President Donald Trump “IS” The Revenge of John Galt – Yet Few Can Fathom…

Call it “the revenge of John Galt“, call it “the revenge of main street“, call it “the rebuke of the compliance department”, or call it something else…. but what’s brutally missing amid all the pearl-clutching punditry is an acceptance that President Trump is ushering back an era of The Titans of Capitalism.

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A succinct comment by thesavyinvester cuts to the brutal heart of the matter:

How ironic… The last 8 yrs ( and frankly much longer ) the non producing bureaucratic state only focused on growing it’s own organisms ( like something Ripley fought against ) rather than fostering yours, will now be run by those that for eons that had to dot their I’s and cross their T’s for all these pencil pushers. Yikes, they will be more uncomfortable than Rodney Dangerfield constantly adjusting his collar and tie during his comedy routine🙂. No I am not tired of winning, grab the popcorn this will be fun.

The game changing nature of a Trump Administration that will be run by in essence by efficiency experts rather than coming up through the ranks politicians is so stunning I am not even sure Treeper’s and Freeper’s get it.

Words like Demming, Kaizen, Six Sigma etc will be like names of villainous monsters once these departments have to adapt or go metaphorically extinct. No more room for Comity and advising and extending my remarks and yielding to the gentle lady from bla-bla-bla, get-er-freaking-done. Is it me or is this George Washington 2.0 and no one gets it? (link)

No chief, it’s not just you – but, yes, few are “getting it“.

For the past 30+ years the entire construct of Main Street business and enterprise has been dragged through a complex dynamic of ridiculous and insufferable regulatory and compliance building.

For those who constructed this economic system Trump represents a very real and existential threat; intent on destroying decades of economic quicksand with a politically incorrect atomic sledgehammer.

Unfortunately, there are too few people who can grasp the scope of economic frustration upon Main Street brought about by historic special interest do-gooders.   Meanwhile, the doers have had to bite their lips, jump through hoops, dot I’s, cross very specific T’s and watch their language around the compliance officers who were created solely to handle the mandates driven by a need to ensure the policy outcomes of the do-gooder crowd.

To be fair, some of the regulation and compliance was merited. However, we long ago crossed that worthwhile Rubicon, and we raced onto a downward slope where value was removed from the economic equation and replaced by feelings.

Most of the last three decades of regulatory horse crap has been driven by the feelings amid the constituency who control economic legislative interests, ie. Wall Street.

The recent quote from U.S. Steel’s CEO, Mario Longhi, is intensely on point:

[…] “There was a point in time in the past couple years that I was having to hire more lawyers to try to interpret these new regulations than I was hiring … engineers. That doesn’t make any sense.” (link)

Oh, but it’s been a lot longer than “the past couple of years“, this economic risk avoidance process has been well beyond the ridiculous phase for over a decade.

In order to try and retain a viable business model, surviving businesses began emphasizing productivity to offset escalating operational costs.  The regulatory and compliance costs were/are generally considered “uncontrollable costs”. When faced with costs you cannot control – businesses are forced to adjust the economics within the costs they do control.

The period from 1992 through 2002 was a decade of astronomical increases in productivity.  The production principles of Edward Demming, Kaizen (Continuous Improvement), CQI and Six Sigma productivity evaluation were paramount business executive skill sets.   Everyone was focused intensely on how to do more with less.

Efficiencies in transportation, logistics, inventory controls and human productivity factors were the primary KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) of those charged with industry management.

Meanwhile, seemingly oblivious to the same level of pressure and anxiety, the compliance department strolled merrily along, enjoying executive lunches, and critiquing/providing even more and more regulatory requirements that required ever increasing divergences from the core mission of the business.

Within business ownership and management pressure rolls downhill; and soon it became mandatory to change the core mission of Human Resources from payroll and data processing, to the processing of employee feelings.  The emphasis on sensibilities, every associate deserves a recognition trophy, gave rise to an entire new approach toward human capital management.  That sensitive “you matter” team-building management approach continues even today.

What thesavyinvester and a few others are beginning to recognize, is that President Trump is putting together a team of executive efficiency experts, private sector outsiders and captains of industry, who are positioning Trump’s administration to bring the atomic productivity hammer into the public sector for the first time.

Federal Government employees are going to go bananas when they are forced to undergo the same level of productivity expectation and merit-based scrutiny as their private sector neighbors.   This shall be epic.

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However, as we have seen with the appointment of Labor Secretary Andy Puzder, don’t expect too many pundits will be even able to fathom the task.   Most of those who are paid simply to deliver opinion are more familiar with the modern compliance department approach within the principles of current business interests.

As a direct consequence the back-bench angle of insight will be a series of various cabinet member litmus tests and ridiculous discussions of disconnected economic realities because they have no grasp -or have forgotten- fundamental Main Street economic principles.

A good case in point is both Mark Levin and Sarah Palin claiming the Carrier Corporation deal in Indiana is “crony capitalism”.   Laughable.  Brutally laughable.

Only after allowing yourself to become economically disconnected from reality would being allowed to keep your own income be considered “crony capitalism“.

In essence Levin and Palin are calling all Americans who get tax refund checks from the government each year, ‘crony capitalists’.   Why, because according to their logic, the government is ::GASP:: letting Americans keep more of their own money.

No, despite what the cognitively dissonant say, Solyndra is crony capitalism, not Carrier.  Solyndra was given money to fund their business model; money Solyndra themselves were not able to create through revenue.  Carrier is simply being allowed to keep more of their own created income.  THERE IS A PROFOUND DIFFERENCE.

When you recognize how far we have traveled from the place where common sense economic understanding exists, you begin to fathom the scope of the challenge facing President Donald Trump.

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468 Responses to President Donald Trump “IS” The Revenge of John Galt – Yet Few Can Fathom…

  1. Howie says:

    So true, the compliance and permitting and licensing is a nightmare. You can not start a small biz because of it. Everything is set up to favor global mega corporations over the small biz guy. It is awful.

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    • glypenblog says:

      My mom had a small buritto factory in NM in the late 90’s she said the regulations were piling up more and more every 6 months. She finally went out of business because of the crazy regulations.

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      • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

        Then your mom would know that the Feds severely punish with HUGE FINES if a food product is under-weight. Thus food companies find it LESS COSTLY to put more food by weight into the package than the package claims!

        Even the FDA has been weaponized about the American Citizen!

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        • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

          That means you’re consuming more servings and calories than claimed on the package.

          It’s good that there is “more” than stated in that the consumer is not being cheated that way.

          However consumers are being cheated in an even more important way by the FDA then.

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          • steph_gray says:

            Fascinating fact, glypenblog. Because I prevent my pre-diabetes from becoming full-blown by controlling portions (and avoiding sugar/white flour), that accuracy is important to me. I routinely eat a brand of packaged salmon for which I use a scale to divide it into portions. Hundreds of packages later I can confirm that there is always slightly more than the stated weight in the package. Wondered why until now. Love learning frm treepers!

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        • Howie says:

          When I was a kid we did not have to have a license to set up a Lemonade Stand.

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    • Bob says:

      I can attest that Six Sigma in a private company is a disaster…..if it ever creeps into govt. it will set our Country back into the Stone Age.

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      • Scott says:

        Deming, Lean and Six Sigma have been in the government for over 15 years that I know of. I first encountered it as an officer in the Army (retired COL), and now in my post-military govt career, I see it there taking up much office space too. in the military at my level I thought it redundant and a huge distraction — perhaps at the higher directorate levels it would make sense. In my current position, there is lots of smoke generated by this entity, but I see no real positive impact.

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        • JustSomeInputFromAz says:

          “Bob” & “Scott”, I would suspect it is the “metric” being measured and controlled that has your dander up with your experience regarding to the general concepts of Statistical Process Control. I am an Engineer and have worked in the semiconductor world for now 35 years…..SPC works when we monitor the correct metrics…..

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          • Six Sigma standards are ONLY productive if they’re focused on metrics whose improvement generates value that’s a multiple of the cost of each level of improvement.

            Government is a system so far out of control and so subject to capriciously abrupt changes (Legislation and Regulation) that SPC is laughably useless.

            All Trump needs is to take a machete (not scalpel) to waste, fraud, abuse and corruption.

            Concurrently, he can apply the 80/20 Pareto Principle by redirecting spending FROM the 20% of “Benefit” that consumes 80% of the Cost TO the 80% of Benefit delivered by 20% of the Spending.

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            • The trouble is attempting to apply methods used to monitor an industrial process to anything that isn’t numerically quantifiable.

              Shuffling paperwork isn’t the same thing as producing widgets.

              Without reliable measurements and a precise way to capture them the finest productivity science in the world is just a load of trendy buzzwords.

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        • MAGAMAN says:

          The problem with such systems is that they become what the Air Force calls a “self-licking ice cream cone.”

          They start out as tools to support the mission. Being complex and involved, they rapidly become the focal point of the mission. The actual mission — military or industrial — takes a back seat to following the system’s edicts for productivity.

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        • chojun says:

          The Deming cycle is responsible for Toyota and Honda’s dominance in the auto industry.

          However, with that said, I don’t think the Deming cycle or Six Sigma or anything else is a magic bullet that will drive efficiency in Government operations. The truth is that these quality-oriented practices are better-suited for mass-scale manufacturing and quality control in automated production.

          The only answer to Government inefficiency is to reduce the scale and scope of Government operation. The only answer is that we begin to care for ourselves and to provide for our own needs, rather than look to the Government to provide it for us.

          In free-market capitalism there are built in incentives for efficiency. In markets where profits are razor-thin and volume dictates profits, lack of efficiency can kill businesses. This is what happened to the post-war steel industry in Alabama, which operates on razor-thin margins. The US government rebuilt Germany’s destroyed factories with those using the most modern processes, which had a hand in forcing steel mills out of business in Bessemer, Alabama. These kinds of incentives don’t exist in the public sector. There is no efficient-or-die incentive.

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          • You’re so right. I’ve spent some time in public sector years ago. The only incentive is to spend your full budget or risk having it reduced.

            Government is a pure anti-efficiency model.

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          • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

            Agreed. So part of the answer is a vastly reduced FED gov. and vastly reduced FED gov. agencies – so they are given less, and therefore can waste less.

            But honestly, so many many many of government agency functions/activities can be replaced by modern technology.

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          • HOWEVER, Trump could simply RESET the STANDARD for GOVERNMENT:

            The HAMMER:
            “Improve Productivity Every Year or You’re Fired”

            The ANVIL:
            The Federal Government will NEVER SPEND more than 1% LESS than the TOTAL RECEIPTS for the prior year. We will BUDGET 2% LESS and put the difference in a MARTIAL LAW FUND that can ONLY be tapped in Congressionally-Declared National Emergencies by DECLARING MARTIAL LAW and giving the President COMPLETE control over rebudgeting.

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          • Exactly. Buzzwords don’t help if the proper tool isn’t correctly applied.

            What works in a precision machine shop or a semiconductor fab might be broadly applicable in a philosophical sense to a bureaucracy, but unless you can figure out a way to define and gather metrics there isn’t anything to statistically analyze and the sigmas are meaningless.

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            • How do you “measure” productivity improvement in agencies that don’t produce anything? And where did “martial law” declarations come from? What in the heck is that about? Sounds like WAY too much power in Fed Govt.

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        • Les says:

          Since you mentioned Six Sigma…

          If you know anybody who would benefit from this free program, please spread the word (Post 9/11 vets and spouses of vets or AD):

          https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/veteran-and-family-resources/career-training/vctp/

          “The April application will open on January 4th. If interested in the April 2017 cohort, we recommend submitting your complete application right away on January 4th beginning ~0830 EST.”

          I recommend having everything ready to submit in the first 15 mins. They fill quickly. If your first choice goes, have a second and third ready. You get free access to programs for one year and if you make satisfactory progress they will pay for the exam fee for ONE program.

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          • Lanna says:

            Thank you for the link. I have a friend who put in 11 years and got out this year. He did 4 combat tours in Iraq as a sniper, went into Ranger school, had a bad landing during a training jump and suffered a compound leg fracture. Since that ended his goal of becoming a Ranger, he left the service and is planning a career in IT.

            He was a big fan of Oboohoo, Crooked and Bernie (I’ve been working on changing that) and is planning to attend CU at Boulder, CO using his vet education bennies. I don’t think he’s a lost cause yet but if he goes to CU he may never step away from the dark side.

            This VCTP could change his life. I’ve passed on the info, hope he’ll follow through. I plan to push him a bit too.

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      • Bobcat says:

        Good point, Bob. I remember reading a piece 20 years ago – give or take – that the executive “death toll” following these bureaucratically contrived efficiency programs was rather high.

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        • paulinohio says:

          I think I read the same piece.

          In my experience the issue with many of these systems is, like others have said, that they become the “mission”. Whether in the military or private sector they can be poisonous when they become the end all, be all.

          I can’t tell you how many people love to tell me about how they have this certificate or that certificate. But when asked to explain how that helps them be “better” at their job they quickly change the subject.

          Like I said, when it becomes the end all, be all it can lead to people losing their jobs.

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  2. notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

    YES YES YES!!!!

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    • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

      The entire U.S. government – at all levels – in all it’s agencies – operate as though it were still the year 1840!

      Time to rip the feather-bedding bureaucrats and their bed-bugs out of our public life!!!!!!!

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      • Marygrace Powers says:

        Like a bunch of embedded TICKS/
        sucking the blood out of hard-working
        Americans/ FAT BLOATED OUT OF
        TOUCH CORRUPT GOVERNMENT/

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      • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

        TOUCHE!!!!
        RE: “Unfortunately, there are too few people who can grasp the scope of economic frustration upon Main Street brought about by historic special interest do-gooders. Meanwhile, the doers have had to bite their lips, jump through hoops, dot I’s, cross very specific T’s and watch their language around the compliance officers who were created solely to handle the mandates driven by a need to ensure the policy outcomes of the do-gooder crowd.

        To be fair, some of the regulation and compliance was merited. However, we long ago crossed that worthwhile Rubicon, and we raced onto a downward slope where value was removed from the economic equation and replaced by feelings.

        Most of the last three decades of regulatory horse crap has been driven by the feelings amid the constituency who control economic legislative interests, ie. Wall Street.”

        You can’t even retain natural rainfall on your land according to the EPA.

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    • bertdilbert says:

      This is where you should short California because the politicians are still going green and keeping regulations high. People will just build industry elsewhere and start the CA exodus.

      Liked by 6 people

  3. dianeax says:

    “…so stunning I am not even sure Treeper’s and Freeper’s get it.”

    I get it, and I’m beyond blown away. It’s too big for my brain to completely comprehend or my vocabulary to articulate.

    Liked by 14 people

    • The Boss says:

      Just keep pinching yourself dianeax, and stay vigilant. Lots of good will happen, and lots of resistance will be overcome.

      Liked by 6 people

    • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

      Perhaps if we change a few of the words to this to express and articulate.
      “Freedom the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Trump. Its 8 year mission, to explore fair trade worlds, to re-inject new lifem and save civilization – to boldly go where no free people have ever gone before.

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    • skipper1961 says:

      dianeax,….. “lifted” from a CTH thread two days ago…

      Pam says:   
      December 7, 2016 at 6:31 pm 
      
      Trump knows how to pick winners doesn’t he? Still not tired of winning!
      
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          skipper1961 says:   
          December 7, 2016 at 7:02 pm 
      
          Pam,
          With the fashion that President Trump is collecting indeed TITANS of business and industry, I request a sequel to Ms. Rand’s tome… “Atlas Didn’t Shrug, He’s Just Tightening His Grip” Who is John Galt? He ain’t Donald John Trump!
      
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              piper567 says:  
              December 7, 2016 at 7:21 pm 
      
              I keep hearing him saying how we have, here in America, untapped brilliance…and then talking about the “political hacks” who have been doing the jobs in Government…
              He is, right before our eyes, showing us his ability to find these great Americans who are interested in MAGA.
      

      Yeah, like what would WE know, right?

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  4. spindlitis says:

    I’ve been reading bits and pieces around the Internet, from folks that should be on our side, doing nothing but complaining. The Carrier deal? Oh, it’s not that many jobs and they’ll use the money to buy robots to replace workers. Trump’ Labor Secretary? He’s pro-immigration and H-B1!. And on and on. And my Lefty friend posts stuff about how they’ll impeach Trump when he takes office.

    For eight years, we’ve put up with the guy that does nothing. And the few things he did, like Obamacare, wrecked the economy and peoples’ lives. Not a peep out of either side during his administration. No critiques of his Cabinet picks. The folks at Carrier have a little breathing room. It may not be a perfect deal, but some job have been saved. And it put other corporations on watch that things are going to be different now. For once, we have a President that gives a damn about the citizens of this country.

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    • bulwarker says:

      I’ve heard it all too. The automation response is nonsense, sure over time positions will be automated but when that happens that means there will be people designing, improving, building, installing, servicing, and monitoring those automated instruments. It certainly doesn’t happen overnight, if it did then Carrier would’ve stayed put and simply automated (seeing as a machine is superior to a Mexican when it comes to production). Instead shills like Levin bring up unrelated industries to promote the false automation response. He talked about fast food restaurants replacing cashiers with kiosks, what does that simple computer system already in place at numerous food venues have to do with an advanced system outfitted to build air-conditioners, nothing. Apples and oranges. But his idiot listeners lap it up during his daily 2 minutes of Trump hate.

      “A good case in point is both Mark Levin and Sarah Palin claiming the Carrier Corporation deal in Indiana is “crony capitalism.” Also, Levin intentionally fails to note the tax break was given by the STATE and not the federal government. This is federalism 101, something Levin was supposed to support. States are allowed to compete for business interests with various incentives, it ultimately falls on the people of the state to vote for state reps and a governor who best promote their interests when it comes to such matters. Regardless this is not federal overreach nor cronyism, just a smart move by the STATE to retain the company (and a smart move for Trump to threaten their FEDERAL contracts).

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      • spindlitis says:

        It’s like they are trying to create a downside, when there really isn’t one.

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      • Millwright says:

        Methinks in Mr. Levin’s fall from his former position of influence he landed upon his head and addled his brains. All that he seems capable of lately is snarky, snide rants against PEOTUS Trump and his emerging governing team . Or perhaps Levin’s really a closet liberal/progressive now showing his true colors.

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      • MacKenzie says:

        Although I agree with Levin on most things, I’ve never been able to stomach the man. He is self-righteous arrogance on steroids and his voice is a snide rasp. As for Palin, I’ve always respected and liked her, but she certainly is not without fault.

        Please realize that the term “crony capitalism” can have varying meanings for different folks. Some define crony capitalism as applying when someone gifts publicly generated venture capital (taxpayer dollars) to a crony business owner (a la Solyndra) who provides a campaign kickback, but not applying if it’s merely a tax break that allows a firm (a la Carrier) to merely keep more of the money they actually earned through their honest commercial efforts. You and I believe that and I have no doubt that Palin (and Levin) would agree .

        But to those, apparently like Palin, who want broad policy wherein all businesses are treated equally under standardized taxation and regulatory rules, any disparate treatment favoring one business over another reeks of favoritism and cronyism.” Under that definition, Carrier’s state tax incentives would qualify. Leftists — who supposedly are for “equality” — love to use disparate treatment of their favorites and unfavorites to accomplish their goals and sometimes even just to reward or punish. They are correct that there is a major measure of favoritism at work, but fail to recognize that there is a profound difference between saying “Unless you do what I want you to do, I will start beating you” and saying “If you do what I want you to do, I will stop my current constant beating of you.”

        Frankly, I’d have a more charitable patience toward Palin even though I wish she had kept her criticisms private rather than unintentionally contributing to the Hell’s chorus trying to delegitimize Trump right now. As for the comment below that Palin doesn’t have much spine . . . oh, really. No one, expect Trump himself, has had as much abuse heaped on them and she has endured it for nearly a decade while raising a family, including a special needs child. She’s got more spine than all of us who post here combined.

        As for Levin, feel free to slap him around.

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        • highdezertgator says:

          Ask them (Palin / Levin) if they would give up their mortgage and charity deductions next tax filing…. subsidized housing and the feel good “make the world to sing in harmony”

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        • John Galt says:

          “Although I agree with Levin on most things”

          That’s easy to do, as Levin is basically a flip-flop for $ circuit.

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    • SZ says:

      Thank you spindlitis…I like you, am sick of hearing people that were for PE Donald Trump start sounding the alarm bell. This is what I said to one this evening that tried to justify his position with me as he was negative about what he called Trump’s “ego”…etc. I replied this:

      SZ Knave_Dave • 3 hours ago
      Dave, with all due respect, when I read what you write, you first like to be negative and look at anything you can find to point out flaws in Donald Trump. You are looking for problems instead of looking to be positive in his solutions.

      I have researched everything there is to know about Donald Trump. I have never been political, however, after finding out about him personally, his strengths, and his tenacity for telling truth more than anyone ever has in the political arena, I have great respect that he will do what he says considering he has hurdles with everyone else that will be in government with him.

      Can he do everything he has said exactly…probably not…considering there are a myriad of other factors that will throw hurdles at him.

      He has a great way of dealing with people…and most Americans love him. They want to hear what he says because he says it like it is instead of being politically correct which people are sick of hearing to include myself.

      You could just as easily look at all the wonderful, decent things Donald Trump is documented as doing for the common person over many years instead of pointing out ego which is one factor that won the election for him. He never quits.

      You could look at a President Elect that isn’t taking more than $1 for a salary to do a task that is unprecedented in its complexity.

      You could acknowledge him for his kindness and care regarding Vets.

      You could talk about his continual hard work and how he pressed hard to do all the rallies that won him the Presidency.

      Now, you can thank him because he is intent, after the hard campaign over so many months, on doing a “thank you” tour for the people of this great Nation.

      Who has ever done these things on the political scene before?

      All the prior Presidents and politicians did was take, lie, and cheat Americans in order to give to the rest of the world.

      You could look and be thankful for all the Globalist candidates that he took down like dominoes so we didn’t have to endure their lies and inaction anymore.

      You could be the most thankful that we never have to see Hillary Clinton as President of The United States with her war even on the most vulnerable…the unborn.

      Of course, he has an ego but look at the arena he has had to transit in business.

      He definitely is in the bigger picture…a picture neither you nor I have access to so to judge him at this point after all the great things he has done to get to where he is presently, I feel is very unfair.

      Let history judge him since history will record what he does and the outcome he achieves.

      Only then, I feel, you will see even more greatness in him that no other President has had.

      Mr. Trump is our President Elect and we all owe him a great debt of gratitude for taking on the task that he has willingly taken on for us.

      Instead of knit-picking on a daily basis from a very limited view why not rejoice that we finally have a President that wants the government to be of the people, by the people, and for the people.

      He says it all when he says: We will be one people, under one God, saluting one American flag…people will not be burning our flag on his watch.

      I say…Thank God for that let them all go live somewhere else.

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  5. Pam says:

    We all knew Levin was no longer relevant but when Palin made that idiotic statement about Carrier, then you could put her in that same category. Why should any so called conservative feel threatened by a president elect that is already creating jobs? It just blows your mind.

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    • joanfoster says:

      Every time I have said Palin is an idiot, I have been taken to task on this site. She doesn’t understand the difference between crony capitalism and offering incentives for businesses. If she doesn’t get the difference, she has no place in this administration.

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      • dianeax says:

        She had way more irritating qualities than favorable ones. Having her on one’s side isn’t a positive thing IMO.

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      • sundance says:

        Palin is not an idiot. She’s a victim of battered conservative syndrome.

        If Palin had stopped to really think through the Carrier deal, she would have recognized the fundamental flaw in the expression. Alas, like many people, the economic gaslighting has been so severe a few of the best have been caught in it.

        Think about all those “fiscal conservative” people at CPAC who stood up and cheered Paul Ryan despite his passing of Omnibus a month earlier. It’s not that those people are stupid, it’s just that they have succumb to the same intellectual disconnect.

        Thus, our challenge.

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        • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

          Touche touche touche!
          RE: “Palin is not an idiot. She’s a victim of battered conservative syndrome.”
          Perhaps Sundance needs to list the signs of battered abuse syndrome.

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          • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

            Symptoms of Battered Person Syndrome,

            When battered person syndrome (BPS) manifests as PTSD, it consists of the following symptoms: (a) re-experiencing the battering as if it were recurring even when it is not, (b) attempts to avoid the psychological impact of battering by avoiding activities, people, and emotions, (c) hyperarousal or hypervigilance, (d) disrupted interpersonal relationships,…

            Additionally, repeated cycles of violence and reconciliation can result in the following beliefs and attitudes:
            The abused thinks that the violence was his or her fault.
            The abused has an inability to place the responsibility for the violence elsewhere.
            The abused fears for her/his life, and/or, the lives of loved ones whom the abuser might or has threatened to harm (e.g., children-in-common, close relatives or friends).
            The abused has an irrational belief that the abuser is omnipresent and omniscient.
            The abused thinks that the violence was his or her fault.
            The abused has an inability to place the responsibility for the violence elsewhere.
            The abused fears for her/his life, and/or, the lives of loved ones whom the abuser might or has threatened to harm (e.g., children-in-common, close relatives or friends).
            The abused has an irrational belief that the abuser is omnipresent and omniscient.
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battered_person_syndrome#Symptoms

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          • joanfoster says:

            She may be battered, but some of it is of her own making. She was not ready for prime time when McCain selected her eight years ago. In the ensuing eight years she has done nothing to enhance her image. Maybe Katie Couric’s question was indeed a set up, but Sarah should have been able to name magazines and periodicals that she reads without getting bent out of shape. Instead of working to improve her speaking skills and her image, she spent all of her time promoting her daughter’s failed television debut and running around the country selling her books. Eight years of some self evaluation, life coaches and tutoring by valued conservatives like Phyliss Schlafly would have been time better spent.

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            • CharterOakie says:

              Unfair.

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              • joanfoster says:

                How is a lack of readiness deemed to be unfair. Sarah did virtually nothing to improve her image, her world knowledge and sophistication and her ability to express it coherently. How is that unfair. It’s so obvious and that’s why she stumps for Trump, but will not be anywhere close to the seat of power. it’s purely her own doing.

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                • CharterOakie says:

                  Your characterization is unfair, and I disagree with your assessment of her readiness.
                  Character, courage, determination and judgment count for more than polish and perceived sophistication.

                  Watch her 2008 RNC acceptance speech again. Not only polished, but she had Obama pegged exactly right. More so than anyone else did, including all of the “sophisticates” of the media and political class.

                  She’s authentic and true to herself, bottom line.

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        • dianeax says:

          If Palin suffers from battered conservative syndrome she doesn’t have the spine to play a meaningful role.

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        • dekester says:

          Thank you for all that you are doing. Our family truly appreciate your insights, and perspective.

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        • WSB says:

          The problem with that, though, is that Palin was a governor and should well have understood this.

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      • Dixie says:

        and by criticizing President Trump, calling the Carrier deal crony capitalism, I think she closed that door with a bang. I wonder what she hoped to gain with that remark?

        Then again maybe she wasn’t invited to Trump Tower…….

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      • India Maria says:

        Levin is a Globalist who has been exposed, and is throwing tantrum after tantrum because he has gone from “The Father of Modern Conservatism” to “The Fish Wife of Irrelevancy.”

        But for goodness sake, Palin is not an idiot. That’s like condemning all ToxicTed supporters for believing he is a “rock-ribbed constitutional conservative.” (This includes myself, until December 2015). Media deceit, decades of politicians lying, cheap lawyer tricks, and Globalist agendas have all confused so many of us. Palin is a Patriot, and so am I. She has made a stupid assessment of the Carrier deal which shows that she has a lot of homework to do about Free Market Capitalism. I am a Patriot, but I thought that ToxicTed was The Conservative Savior. Both Palin and me were very misguided, deceived and simply dead wrong.

        By the way, Palin’s timing was very clumsy as well. But remember. She put herself in the arena, she took the crap dealt out by GOPe, the Left, and the MSM. Most of the rest of us battle only in the privacy of our keyboards.

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      • Bert Darrell says:

        That someone like Palin can say something that some consider stupid doesn’t make her a stupid person. Was she stupid when she went all the way out for Trump at the beginning of the primary campaign and again several times later on. Please don’t be so judgemental. You act as you were perfect and expect nobody to disagree with you because of it. Palin has a right to her opinion and I believe she is backing Trump despite disagreeing on one of his decisions.

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        • annieoakley says:

          I like and agree.

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        • I for one am wondering what is going on here, seems like a combination of effective trolls and light thinking Trump fans following waves of negative thread posts. Use your heads! Quit acting like Kindergardeners in the water fountain line ……OY
          WE WON! WE ARE ON THE CUSP OF GREAT THINGS……….

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        • joanfoster says:

          Palin has a right to her opinion as well as a right to be “wrong” and a right to make her opinions on the President elect’s Carrier deal public rather than privately with him. All around she showed poor judgment, but then that’s no surprise. It’s not about my thinking, nor anyone else thinking that they are “perfect”. I believe Palin is ticked off about not being invited to Trump Tower for a possible position in Trump’s administration.

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      • lilbirdee12 says:

        All of you “Treepers” bashing Sarah and calling her an “idiot”…need to get a grip! She stood up for all of us years ago and has continued to do so despite being assaulted by millions daily and this is the thanks she gets. Very disappointing to say the least. Everyone is entitled to their opinion…but, imo, there are several here that should THINK before they SPEAK ! Rant over !

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      • John Galt says:

        Palin attended 5 different colleges before eventually scraping together a journalism degree. She has spirit, but she’s not the sharpest knife.

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        • susiepuma says:

          You wish!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an ass you are….she paid for her way through college without taking a single student loan and her degree was not scraped…………her IQ is probably 30 points higher than yours. She has a photographic memory and you believe Tina Fey……………talk about not being the sharpest knife……………..I put Governor Palin up against you and the rest of the haters any day……………….

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    • dianeax says:

      I’ve never been a Palin fan. That sealed it for me. #snake

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  6. Cow wow says:

    Amen SD!

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  7. joanfoster says:

    I had a long conversation with a 26 year old today about the Trump appoiintments. Much to my pleasure, he noted that Trump is not appointing career bureaucrats, but “practioners” as he put it. I felt really proud that his education and his interest in world affairs had made him realize the importance of this very simple fact. There really may still be hope despite the idiots we see on the nightly news.

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    • hificomp says:

      Trump went to a military school so he has respect and a very good understanding what strengths someone from the military brings. As i said in another post Trump is going to sell and protect America. A good business man will put together simple, proven plans. A politician loves plans that are convoluted. So Trump will pick strong business and military leaders and on his staff and not politicians. That is why Rudy dropped out. Rudy is not a salesman.

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    • 24 year old here to say there’s more of us than anyone knows! 😉

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      • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

        I believe it.
        Sad to say the evil MSM and evil Uniparty/Globalists have brow-beaten everyone not belonging to THEIR CULT to such an extent that we are all silent.

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      • wyntre says:

        Good for you! My tenant (in a small ex-summer cottage) is an amazing young man, 23 Y.O., just finished Auto-Tech school, a 2-year degree, is working full-time, worked all during his schooling, paid his rent, his expenses, living alone for the first time and loving it.

        When he drops the rent off we have hour-long converstions about the state of the country. He is an avid Trump spporter and says most of his friends feel the same way.

        Young people like him (and you) are a breath of fresh air and give those my age hope for the future. 🙂

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        • Thanks Wyntre! Sounds like you got a good tenant there! 🙂

          It saddens me to see the people who grew up in the era of WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War watching these fools on college campuses hiding in their “safe spaces” because their candidate lost an election or because someone “hurt their feelings”. It’s truly shameful that people who fought and sacrificed so much at a young age are subjected to thinking these crybabies are the future of our country. They are not the future, they are an embarrassment!

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          • lorac says:

            I agree. And in addition, while it’s both genders doing this, I think back to the feminists who got women the right to vote. They chained themselves to the White House fence, they starved themselves, suffered through forced feedings and terrible treatment. I think they must be turning over in their graves to see today’s women giving up their human strength and intelligence to be little shrinking violets, crying about microaggressions and needing safe spaces.

            Reminds me of how hard blacks fought to get a decent education, and now “real blacks” think that getting educated is “acting white”.

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            • Excellent points! It amazes me, so many of these people wouldn’t know discrimination if it hit them in the face and are actually the ones who are bigoted. I think you can tell a lot about discrimination based on who is injecting the distinctions. For example, back in the day a man would say “I’m not hiring you because you’re a woman”, but now if the topic comes up it’s usually a woman saying “You’re not hiring me because I’m a woman”. Same thing happens with race, religion, etc.

              Discrimination is wrong in every form, but unfortunately this kind of “reverse discrimination” is potentially more dangerous because it pretends to have the moral high ground.

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              • skipper1961 says:

                illinoiswarrior,
                And quite often (and somewhat predictably) has the OPPOSITE effect. i.e. resentment, cynicism, and antipathy.
                Another element? The black folks I WORK with, resent programs like affirmative action, finding it true racism through patronizing conceit. Indeed the “soft bigotry of low expectations”.

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      • aredtailblog says:

        Really? I’m 26 myself!

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      • elize says:

        Thank God! 🙂

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      • My two grandsons included! Ages 24 and 21.

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    • NYGuy54 says:

      For the most part Trump is bringing on subject matter experts, doers, achievers, leaders and visionaries. He would not nominate someone who did not share his vision and were not committed to achieving the goals he sets.

      That’s why it doesn’t matter to me who he brings on. I assume all the nominees know exactly what he expects and they are the best in the country at delivering that.

      No community organizer would think like Trump. They just don’t have the skill set.

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      • Les says:

        This ^^^

        Exactly.

        I’m even going to suck it up and not complain when we have to start paying back that deficit. I know it’s coming, and I’m not looking forward to it, but I’m thinking DJT will give us the best deal possible and make things right for my grandkids.

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    • CDuran says:

      There sure is hope. I have four “kids” one is a rich house wife, the other two are rebellious millenniums, and one clueless boy. I am trying real hard.

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  8. clash108 says:

    I can’t help thinking that the last 8 years and beyond is a mirror of “Office Space”. The two Bob’s represent the Trump Administration coming in to clean out the fat.

    It’s going to be a fun 8 years.

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  9. Pam says:

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  10. got243kids says:

    I picture the “wet nurse” at Rearden Steel who saw the writing on the wall and begged Rearden for a real job. America has withered under the dead weight of Directive 10-289 for decades.

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  11. Glenn At New York City Guns says:

    We are entering a new phase of American policy. Old alliances and friends will fall to the wayside and new alliances and paradigms will emerge. As a child of the 70s, a solid state survivor, I welcome it. From that first personal computer I touched in the late 1970s to the Trump victory last month, I can finally see the thread that has been hidden for so long. If Sarah and Mark can’t come along, so be it. New allies and supporters are emerging on a daily basis. Nothing and nobody will stop us from making America great gain. NOTHING. NOBODY.

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    • John says:

      What else came along in the 1970s? Jimmy Carter, who begat the fall of the Shah and the rise of the Ayotollah, the FHA, loss of the Panama Canal, and much much more. This was the beginning of the great decline.

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      • LP says:

        Not that I recommend it, but just read the Congressional Record during the Carter Admin. (was paid to). There was a not any regulation too risible not to pass or be EO’d by that ‘good’ ole boy.

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      • WSB says:

        The only thing good that happened in the 70’s? The music. Even the architecture was hideous…and I hated having to sit in gass lines, but it was the only way to get the car from my parents.

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      • hificomp says:

        70’s I bought my first house for what you pay for a car today. Getting laid every other day no aids to worry about. Had a corvette. Instruction manuals were only in English. Smoked cigars no one complained. Started my first business selling tomatoes for $1 basket. Did not need to have concealed carry. Did not care about politics. PC was not around. You got a manual and a free box of floppies with your PC. Personally I liked the 70’s.

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    • dianeax says:

      I’m right there with you. I am so hopeful for the first time I a long time!

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  12. TheRosyGlow says:

    President Trump has had a huge, positive impact on the economy since he was elected. My sister, a raging liberal, will give Obama the credit for it since he is still in Office.
    It doesn’t matter what she thinks or feels or says anymore, on this subject. I still love her anyway. We won the argument when Trump won the election. And there ain’t nothin’ she or anyone like her can do about it. Cool, huh?

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  13. Sam says:

    I haven’t heard Deming, Six Sigma, and Kaizen since I retired. I learned about it in Grad school and applied it in an engineering company I worked for. I wondered if Trump knew about these concepts (of course he did!)

    Government workers are in for quite a shock when this is implemented in government. Their world will be turned upsidedown and inside out. They will not like it one little bit. Definitely grab the popcorn. It will be quite a show.

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    • liberty2828 says:

      I had to look it up… Very interesting.

      Here is one explanation that made sense to me.

      https://in.kaizen.com/blog/post/2015/09/11/what-is-the-difference-between-kaizen-lean–six-sigma.html

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    • Inside government you grow your standing by increasing organization size. Find new things to do (or things you are already doing not yet recognized), add headcount, get a promotion.

      In corporate life you grow your standing by enhancing the bottom line: do more with less (or the same with less in mature industries) or come up with a bold new idea.

      If Trump is successful there will need to be huge cuts in personnel. The practices in the first paragraph have going on for decades so the fat has overtaken the muscle.

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      • Sam says:

        There wiil be personnel cuts is the first thing people see about optimization of processes and product. This means they know, at some level, that the current way of doing things is wasteful.

        Management must deal with employee expectations up front using both carrots and sticks. Getting the buyin of key people is critical so you have to identify them first.

        You’re right about the differences in the private vs the public sector. If the business owner or top management really want to optimize, it can and will get done.

        In government it’s the opposite. The top level boss might want it done but the range of carrots and sticks is limited and if people resist, it will be difficult. Iron nerve and brass balls are required.

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      • MacKenzie says:

        Then those government workers being cut should be glad Trump is going to create a lot of private sector jobs so they aren’t left out in the cold.

        Of course, if they’re going to take jobs in the private sector, they’ll have to learn to actually work.

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    • ohnomrbill59 says:

      I do believe that the do nothing make work persons will soon find themselves out of a position just ad soon these principles are applied. Hope they have a good resume. NOT.

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    • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

      Sam, if the government slugs…..er….excuse me…EMPLOYEES don’t like it then they can quit and go look for another job that pays lots of money for doing nothing!

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  14. Chip Bennett says:

    Deming. Kaizen. Six Sigma. Sundance: now you’re talking my language. The next four (eight) years will be as fun as they are epic.

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  15. wjb105 says:

    Just like president Reagan did, mr. Trump will likely bring a lot of (economic) realism to the whole world.

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  16. pyromancer76 says:

    This transformation is so splendid, I can hardly contain my enthusiasm, and, yes, joy. Real workers, with real skills, making real products, with real quality control, for real profits, with real managers and bosses.

    Also real scientists, following the scientific method, using real raw data, developing a real double blind research project with careful controls, with published results “out there” without secretive peer review by the “insiders”.

    Then we could go on to journalism, investigative reporting, and so forth and so forth.

    It’s a new world. Thank you Donald Trump. You prepared your whole life for this moment.

    Now, I would like to see ways to persuade and inspire and noodle and nudge and intuitively draw those who are goodhearted (and would like to have integrity) to the new ways. They will love it — but the work is hard. The excitement of achievement and the amazing creative outcomes (but not every time, there are failures, too) make the adventures worth while.

    Thank you, Sundance (and crew), for consistently illuminating the issues in more depth and with more real economic and political understanding than almost anyone else in the blogisphere.

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  17. Marygrace Powers says:

    Trump epitomizes the best of capitalism in its purist form — innovation, self-reliance, and freedom from government interference/ an ERA TO BEHOLD/ WE ARE TRULY BLESSED/

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  18. EasyTarget says:

    Actually Palin was right and respectful (I have no idea what Levin said), Crony Capitalism is when one companies is given special rules or breaks. The field should be a level playing field. Palin stated she didn’t know what was in the deal and reminded of the trappings of Cronyism. Palin is an easy target, heck she has taken more abuse than any politician in History. The first Fake News was about her. How about Sundance, stop hiding and come out of hiding.

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  19. Scoob says:

    The issue with Carrier is whether they are getting a deal that other companies aren’t getting. Frankly, there is so much corruption with politicians extorting companies and companies bribing politicians, I am not too concerned about allowing Carrier to keep more of their money in return for saving American jobs.

    What would be great if Washington was shrunk, power devolved back to the states and citizens, and the centralized corruption was reduced by reducing power in Washington.

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  20. It will be a lot easier to bring productivity to DC by scattering the agencies across the country per Glenn Reynolds’ reco in USA Today. It will be Trump against most of DC – a battle he can win, for sure. But it would be far easier for the Agencies to reform away from DC and the constant ‘he’s doing it wrong’ nonsense from the MSM and talking heads. Divide (geographically) and conquer.

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    • M. Mueller says:

      YES!

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      • Deplorable Saint says:

        Yes, particularly if Trump deals with the Civil Service Protection Racket.

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        • Good idea to spread DC workers around the country. There are gazillions of fed govt building all over this land. My guess is that most, if not all, of those buildings are half or more empty.

          Talk about crony capitalism. Crony means friend, pal, associate. Politicians get these pork projects in their districts on a regular basis. Why are they called pork? Because they give the projects to their piggy friends!

          After competitive bidding, of course. /sarc

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    • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

      AGREE! A GREAT IDEA! SEND IT TO TRUMP!

      Goodland, Kansas, Stillwater, Oklahoma, and a hundred other real American towns would be great places to “keep” gooberment employees focused on task and not distracted by their after job martini circuit parties.

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    • MissV says:

      Yes, and while he’s at it shut down the entire DC construct for say, eleven months out of the year. Congress can meet for maybe a month to pass a budget, then ship ’em back to their districts where they belong!

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      • Oh, and here’s the downside to this suggestion: you’ll never be able to close those offices. Ever. Don’t believe me? Consider the fuss about closing military bases after the Cold War was over. Don’t ever underestimate the extreme difficulty in getting rid of superfluous bureaucracy.

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        • steph_gray says:

          OTOH, a great many DC-based holders of federal sinecures would leave the so-called “service” the moment they knew they were to be transferred to the dreaded flyover country. Instant attritition.

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  21. Niagara Frontier says:

    Here’s a paradigm shift to watch Sundance and it involves strategic planning. I know because I lived through it.

    Every agency is required by law to submit long term strategic plans. A plan written today would be called something like “Agency ABC Vision 2036.”

    The truth is that they are all bullsh1t. Plans gets written but nobody reads them and nobody takes them seriously. Strategic thinking in agencies rarely goes beyond the next election cycle. That’s the problem and it must change!

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    • wyntre says:

      Same thing with teacher lesson plans. Bunch of BS. Waste of time. Thank God I haven’t had to write one in quite a while.

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      • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

        Touche!

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      • Truthfilter says:

        Totally agree. Teachers are swamped with meaningless paperwork and documentation that serves no purpose. Public school systems are no different than federal and state agencies. Inefficient, ineffective, top-heavy bureaucracies. I’m hoping that things improve under President Trump.

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        • annieoakley says:

          Truex1000

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        • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

          Did you see the report that found for the last 30 years all the funding increases for the public school systems had gone into administrators’ salaries and for their administrative staff?

          But what do all the Leftists screech everytime they want more money for public schools and “teachers?” We got to do it for the CHED-REND!!!!!!!!!!

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          • Report about admin salaries was probably bunk or bogus. Most new money has gone into teacher benefits, which unsurprisingly work to enrich…. the teacher unions! Things like insurance, etc., all handled by union-linked “companies.”
            There’s more, but this is the big one.

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    • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

      What an exercise in futility. Vision 2036 – from the deaf, dumb and blind DC ticks.

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  22. EPIC.

    All of your bureaucracies are belong to us.

    It was most evident at EPA, but the fact is that the producers who have victimized for decades by the parasite class are now in charge of their oppressors.

    The worm has turned.

    Atomic sledgehammer, indeed.

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    • Less regulatory weight, means that the companies will also be able to shed a serious amount of regulatory compliance personnel. Lawyers, accountants, quality control, etc.

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      • wyntre says:

        But how to get rid of two million federal workers!

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        • WSB says:

          We can’t do what ever restaurant does…close and reopen under a new name. Works every time.

          Honestly, I am still not sure if this provision is still an EO or law, but if this is still an EO, it can be wiped away with that pen.

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          • elize says:

            This is going to sound mean, but….pre-Trump running I actually created a spreadsheet calculating the birth years of our average and old “feet securely rooted in DC” politicians. I figured if we couldn’t vote them out then at least I could get a general idea based on birth year and average life span when they might actually benefit us by finally croaking. I needed something to look forward to and I was praying hard that they partied hard in the 70’s!

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  23. Deplorable Saint says:

    I have asked many corporate management people this question: The question we should be asking is “how can we do less with less”. In other words, stop doing things we no longer need to do just because they’ve always been done that way. The ‘less’ is fewer bureaucratic processes and systems and fewer people, etc. versus improved processes and systems, and improved capabilities of people. It is NOT JUST doing Less with Less or More with Less. That only gets you part way to the goal line. Unless you dramatically change the organization, get the right people on the bus at all levels, plus change and improve the systems and processes you will not succeed. Be sure if you really want to do More with Less it is the Right More and the Right Less. It’s a tough sell in the corporate world and an even tougher sell in government. I know, I’ve done it in the corporate world and attempted it in the world of government. In all cases, it requires a commitment from the man at the top to ensure results are obtained and the follow-thru is relentless, complete and sustainable. It is painful, but necessary to ensure future success of the organization.

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  24. mysticrose80 says:

    “Federal Government employees are going to go bananas when they are forced to undergo the same level of productivity expectation and merit-based scrutiny as their private sector neighbors.”

    This statement stuck with me, as I am personally seeing the meltdown(s). I am a contractor and I have been witness to some very “interesting” reactions since President-Elect Trump’s victory. The latest one: An assertive push to get Feds to join a union as soon as possible. Since you know, Trump hates Feds…..or so said the Fed who was doing the recruiting.

    I’ve been pretty mum as it relates to the growing concerns about PE’s Trump goal of fumigating Washington. However, it’s rather ironic that the Feds, of all people, are 100% convinced that Trump has every intention of draining the swamp. It would be nice if the Palins and the Dobbs (who call themselves supporters) would have a FRACTION of that same conviction. Or at least wait until the man is actually sworn in and is able to implement his agenda before grading his performance.

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    • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

      Touche!!!!!

      To quote someone….’GET THEM OUT OF HERE!!!!!!!”

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    • M. Mueller says:

      “Federal Government employees are going to go bananas when they are forced to undergo the same level of productivity expectation and merit-based scrutiny as their private sector neighbors.”

      Congress should be held accountable too, but productivity doesn’t mean the number of bill passed. It should be based on the improvement in the lives of Americans and the American economy. Also, everything they pass should/must apply to them also – like Obama Care.

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    • wyntre says:

      The POS just increased fedearal employee pay raises to match military raises. 😡

      President Obama has authorized a larger-than-expected pay increase for federal employees, just in time for the Christmas bills.

      In letters to the House and Senate, Obama authorized an average pay raise for 2017 of 2.1 percent, instead of the 1.6 percent he submitted in August.

      “However, in light of the decision of Congress to provide a 2.1 percent pay increase for military personnel in 2017 and reconsideration of current and projected economic conditions, I have concluded it would be appropriate to revise my original alternative plan for locality payments so that the total combined cost of the 1.0 percent across-the-board base pay increase and varying locality payments will be 2.1 percent of basic payroll,”

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/12/09/obama-authorizes-larger-raise-for-federal-employees/?utm_term=.b8b93023d1d9

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  25. Sarah Palin says:

    Dear Sundance,

    Did I call the Carrier deal “crony capitalism”? I did not – my comments to the Young Conservatives were the reminder that we don’t believe in crony capitalism, we’ve railed against it forever, and we need to make sure we’re incentivizing all American business via creating a pro-private sector framework that treats businesses equally.

    Young Conservatives, especially, need this reminder because they’ve come into their own – politically speaking – under the current Administration’s cronyism-on-steroids. I’m thankful to have come into my own under Reagan, so my worldview (which is right😁) may differ from some young conservatives who see Obama and RINOs do their favoritism thing and may mistakenly think it doesn’t lead to corruption. And socialism.

    And what the heck was wrong with Mark Levin’s warnings against big government ever unleveling our economic playing field? For a new Administration comprised of some politically-unknown representatives of we the people, to NOT remind them of free enterprise expectations is flirting with disaster!

    My comments came at a time when we didn’t know the terms of the Carrier deal, as I explained in my op-ed, and I prudently took the opportunity to essentially challenge the people now within Trump’s inner circle (hence my reference to Team Trump) to be fully aware of the dangers of EVER straying into a crony capitalism arena.

    Sure wish y’all would re-read my comments.

    You may post my op-ed from SarahPAC.com and let others decide if I was attacking the President-elect whom I wholeheartedly support, and along with many others worked my butt off (very early on, I’ll add) to get voters to hear what he was saying amidst the insufferable lapdog liberal media filters attempting to snuff out his MAGA message.

    Further – exclusive for CTH – Mr. Trump and I have spoken about my Carrier comments and he had no problem with them, he assured me. We both know coverage of my comments, reported as “turning on Trump” and “attacking Trump,” is fake news. We share laughs about the fakery.

    One other thing. I’ll not hesitate to speak up for hardworking taxpayers if ever “my” President’s policies contradict what the American economy needs to become great again… even if that means facing the wrath of my favorite commenters’ blog and oft-quoted head honcho here – you, the brilliant Sundance. Doggone it.

    Aside from THAT, keep up the good work all you Treepers and Trumpers! There are more of us than there are of them.

    God bless!
    – Sarah Palin

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    • SharonKinDC says:

      Kudos for speaking up, Sarah. Wish you’d have held off until the terms were known, b/c there wouldn’t have been the need for a speculative warning… That warning impugned Trump’s judgment, although it wasn’t meant that way.

      As for Levin… I can’t stand his shrieking, so I don’t listen and cannot comment further.

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      • deedee says:

        If you notice in her comment,she said that Trump didn’t have a problem with it,so why should you.

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        • SharonKinDC says:

          B/c I’m allowed to have an opinion.

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          • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

            Touche! Something always stuck me as being “off” with Levin, and others such as Leftists “complimenting” military personnel – but only after Obama was erected. Those Leftists’ “behavior” absolutely made my skin crawl!!!!!!!!!!

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        • dilonsfo says:

          Did you hear Trump say he didn’t have a problem with it? Cause I sure haven’t. She spoke up without knowing the facts. By doing so she allowed a media cycle condemn Trump once again using a prominent conservative voice. This has always been a problem with the Republican party….they crap on their own rather than supporting their own and then cop out with “I will always stand up for the working man.” When in fact, they never do…just look at their record. This is why so many people voted for Trump. They are tired of the backstabbing.

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      • daughnworks247 says:

        We can all easily imagine how Sarah’s comments were sliced and diced by MSM to create/perpetuate a luscious leftist theme of disarray and discord within Team Trump.
        Looks like that was not the case at all.
        And, not to worry, after the last decade, Treepers are all so cynical, if Trump were to stray too far, we will never be silent again.

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    • snaggletooths says:

      Sarah I like nothing better then to see you in the Trump administration.
      MAGA

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    • MAGAMAN says:

      Is that truly Gov. Palin, Sundance?

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    • sundance says:

      Sarah, it’s all good. We are blessed and thankful for you and always will be.

      The essence of my framework above was to direct attention to the “crony capitalism” message – as the information within your op-ed was broadcast. In essence, the various affiliates used your wording to construct a narrative that you were accusing Trump of “Crony Capitalism”. Hence, my framework addressed that implied message.

      In the same vein you felt the need for a shot across the proverbial administration bow on picking winners and losers, you also used this phrase (emphasis mine):

      […] concerns over a deal cut by leveraging taxpayer interests to make a manufacturer stay put are unfounded – once terms are made public.

      Leveraging taxpayer interests“? I too feel the need to fire a warning shot back against the subsequently carried narrative that keeping your own income is any form of cronyism. It is not.

      Warmest best to you and yours.

      Merry Christmas!

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    • starfcker says:

      OK, that’s a fair explanation.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Vixey says:

      Well said, Gov. Palin! Thank you for your patriotism and for always speaking the truth. Hope to see you in the Trump cabinet soon! God bless!

      Liked by 12 people

    • adoubledot says:

      Woohoo! Sarah in the hoooooouusse!!

      Liked by 15 people

    • excopconservative says:

      Thanks for the clarification but those following you since before 2008 understood just how slippery the slope is that results in crony capitalism and knew that your warnings were in order. A new administration always needs reminding that a cleared swamp creates a hole waiting to be filled.

      President-elect Trump is going to have a lot of supporters in the “show-me” mode for the first months and even years and many opponents waiting to say, “I told you so.”. I hope you are there to help.

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    • Bert Darrell says:

      Well, well, well. I wrote my comment (above) before I read this from Sarah Palin. I was right and those who jumped the gun and unfairly criticized her and unjustly called her “stupid” missed the ball and owe her an apology.

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      • Vixey says:

        It’s one thing to not see eye-to-eye with someone, but it’s another to name call and accuse. Doing that makes us no different than the Libs, in that case.

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        • lilbirdee12 says:

          Couldn’t agree more, Vixey ! It upset me so much, I came out of semi-retirement.

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          • KitKat says:

            I learned today that Sarah Palin had posted in this thread, and a Treeper kindly linked to her comment. I remember browsing the first part of this thread soon after it was first posted, but soon lost interest in it, being as I could not stomach the many ignorant things that were being said about Sarah Palin in the comments at the start of the thread.

            Then later she herself posts …

            What a brave lady she is.

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    • tinkerthinker2 says:

      Well said and thank you for all you have done for us patriots, hope you get a spot if you want one! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    • BakoCarl says:

      In my dreams –

      President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress shortly after his inauguration and explains his overall vision, the general steps that need to be taken to implement it, and a heartfelt request for all to embrace this vision to make American great again.

      After a significant pause, he goes on to address those who might stand in the way of making America great again. He gives a little hand signal and Gov. Palin comes in, and field dresses a moose right in front of them.

      Then President Trump, after looking thoughtfully at the gutted carcass and the pile of steaming entrails on the floor, says “Any questions?”

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    • thank you Sarah for standing up! It started with Blaze which quoted just by those two words “Crony capitalism” and most people jumped on it without reading it. Most of us still appreciate you for standing with Mr. Trump and for the support and voice you gave the people for the last few years. Much appreciated. Thanks
      God bless you. Merry Christmas!

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      • Carolyn says:

        That the Blaze took her words out of context is not a shock.. read the nasty things Beck said about her [as well as our new President]….. I will not read The Blaze – or Redstate – under any circumstances.

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    • skipper1961 says:

      Governor Palin,
      It was the way that the gope “establishment” and mehdia treated you, that made me most receptive to the plight of our candidate Mr. Trump. I hate a “pile-on”, and it only elicits sympathy from me to the “pile-e”. I was proud of the way you stood up to the crowd, and if I doubted you (which I don’t think I did), please accept my apology. God Bless Yours and You. Merry Christmas! MAGA!

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    • notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

      Keep communicating directly to We the People Sarah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Too many Globalist/Uniparty Trolls (you know who THEIR father is) are out lying lying lying now.

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    • Gov. did you follow us during the whole election from the primaries? Just curious to know! This is the best site to read news and family enjoys giving their opinion! Please don’ take it personally we also have a lot trolls here from hufpo!
      Do come and visit us! Thanks for explaining to all your point. love it.

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      • Joe Knuckles says:

        If I was her, or any famous person, I would comment under an assumed name like everybody else. Maybe even go to great lengths to hide my identity. I think it would be refreshing to express yourself freely without getting beat up in the media over every little thing you say. Who knows who else is walking among us, so to speak?
        I suspect Sarah decided to unmask herself just this once to make a public statement that she didn’t mind being attributed to her.

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    • Mike says:

      Sarah in da house! You’re the best!

      & congrats on newest grandbaby!

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    • smartyjones1 says:

      Governor, rightly or wrongly the comments were made and tied to Carrier as that was the “deal” on the table at the time. IMHO, it was interpreted by many, (myself included) as a backlash due to you not seeing some cabinet level post with the Trump Administration re: Interior.

      If that’s mistaken, the timing of the comments at the crucial point of the Carrier effort(s) are consequential to the apparent disappointment in being an early voice aiding the President-elect’s rise.

      Not intended as a criticism as there actually needs to be representation from the West of voices against BLM abuses of citizen rights among those larger issues in the region.

      Wishing you and yours the best,

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    • amjean says:

      Perhaps you should have found out the details
      of the Carrier deal before your op-ed whereby
      it appeared you were criticizing it. And, if
      I recall correctly, “early on” you were a supporter
      of Ted Cruz, not Trump.

      That said, I applaud all your hard work on behalf
      of conservatives. In 2008, I, and many others,
      were inspired by you to vote for the McCain/Palin
      ticket.

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        You are mistaken, amjean. Sarah was a supporter of Ted Cruz when he ran for the Senate in 2012. She went to Texas and campaigned for him, and he credited her for his win. He fully expected, based on that 2012 support, that she would endorse him for President. She did not. She came out early for Donald Trump and appeared with him at several rallies. Her support was unwavering throughout the primary season and through the general election campaign.

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    • Iron Lady says:

      Sarah Palin – though we may not always agree, we mostly agree. And what a privilege to have the opportunity to thank a FINE AMERICAN who has paid a great personal price yet is still found standing and fighting for God and country. Bless you, sister.

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    • Joe Knuckles says:

      Sarah, I love ya, but please think a few more moves ahead in the future. Lots of people are just watching and waiting for the chance to take cheap shots at Trump. I understand you and I appreciate where you are coming from. Please, just be a little more savvy about how you express yourself. Because of your stature, everything you say can and will be used against you (and everybody connected to you) in the court of public opinion.

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    • Hi Sarah, it’s an honor to share a nice comfy tree limb with you.

      God bless you and your family!

      And I wish you a very merry Christmas.

      Karen Sundstrom

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    • Underreported is the most significant part of the deal crafted by Pence and Trump, and it wasn’t crony capitalism, it was the complete opposite.
      Carrier would simply lose all of their government contracts if they made the “unwise” decision to set up shop in Mexico. That’s simply good business on the part of the government, something Trump said was non-existent with our “stupid politicians.”

      Crony capitalism could be the act of awarding government contracts to companies that in turn play ball with the politicians – donations, gifts, employee voting blocs, kick backs, promotions for son-in-laws, etc.
      This is not what Trump was doing.
      Carrier was taking their government contracts and giving a big “screw you” to America to boot.
      With Trump’s deal, I’m not sure what he gets from these “cronies,” other than benefitting from a company staying in America, just like every other American would benefit.

      (I’m not minimizing the concerns we should all have as conservatives if case by case deals are being carved for various companies. I just object to certain deals being cynically characterized as crony capitalism when it’s not the case.)

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    • Reality Wins says:

      For those that missed it, here is the link to Sarah’s column:
      http://www.youngcons.com/sarah-palin-but-wait-the-good-guys-wont-win-with-more-crony-capitalism/

      All you need to know about the dust up can be discovered by doing an internet search of: “sarah palin to young conservatives”

      Search results:
      Sarah Palin: Trump’s Carrier deal is ‘crony capitalism’
      – Politico

      Sarah Palin blasts Donald Trump Carrier deal as ‘crony capitalism’
      – New York Daily News

      Glenn Beck Trolls Sarah Palin: ‘Has She Had a Brain Aneurysm?’
      – The Daily Beast

      Sarah Palin and her onetime fans on the right: It’s so over
      – Washington Post

      Sarah Palin criticizes Trump over Carrier deal
      – CBS News

      Sarah Palin Calls Out Trump’s Carrier Deal, Warns Against ‘Crony Capitalism’
      -NBC News

      Since when do any of us get our news from these FAKE NEWS websites?

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    • Gov. Plain – I have always liked your fighting spirit and your killer instinct, two traits missing in most politicos of the GOP stripe. I remember that the only time anyone punched Obama in the face during the Obamacare debate was you, when you coined the term “Death Panels”. The left hates you because they fear you.

      My issue with Levin is that while he great at discussing abstract ideas he does not seem to be able to bridge them to reality. He sings the praises of free trade and denounces protectionism while ignoring China’s mercantilism. Or as he did last week, denouncing “nationalism-populism” (a term, to my knowledge, bestowed on Trump by his critics) by playing Huey Long and FDR calling for the redistribution of wealth and implying that the “populist” Trumpsists want the same thing. It’s as if upon being told of the toxic contaminated water in Flint Levin flies off on a rant denouncing sugary soda and proclaiming the health benefits of water.

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    • NYGuy54 says:

      Well there you have it. No better authority on Sarah Palin’s remarks than the governor herself. I think it is very clear that she is one of us. And congratulations to the Palin family on the Meyer’s announcement.

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    • Dear Sarah,

      What a rare privilege to be able to thank you for your service to our Nation, and to thank your family for their sacrifices along the way.

      Thank you for your “above and beyond” efforts to elect President Donald Trump.

      Thank you for leading from-the-front when so often it’s been “against all odds”.

      Thank you for inspiring Young Conservatives to put country before self and to act with integrity when no one is watching.

      I have no doubt that you will continue to be a “force multiplier” in our shared crusade to Make America Great Again, and look forward to hearing whenever and however our help would make a difference.

      Godspeed in all that you do, and have a Very Merry Christmas!

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    • WSB says:

      Sarah, so nice to hear from you tonight and thank you for the clarification. You know Treepers have the unique ability to debate a cracked walnut if necessary, so we appreciate your backbone.

      I am speaking for myself in being confused about your oped. I understand your admonishment about Federal cronyism. I just do not see how PE Trump’s actions related your comment? Which is why I believe your oped may have caused confusion where there should have been clarity.

      Mr. Trump was specific that he saw a Carrier employee on television, stating that he really believed his job would be saved because Mr. Trump said so. On to action. At this point, Mr. Trump decided to contact the CEO of Carrier, in my opinion, to find out what the company needed financially to keep as much of their manufacturing in the US as possible. As Trump is still a private citizen, no issue there. I think that a President also has the same rights.

      Uniquely, Pence is the Governor of the state in which Carrier is located. The end result is that communication and state incentives are assisting in a bridge bandaid until a formal Federal change in tax reform is possible. Trump initiated a call. Pence, as the Governor, has jurisdiction to ‘regulate’ commerce, and as in the eighteenth century meaning of the word, ‘regulate’ is defined to make commerce regular… to make commerce as easy as possible, within or between the states.

      Your oped was correctly admonishing about Federal cronyism. I just do not believe this event mirrors your oped arguement. However, I completely agree with your views on Federal cronyism.

      Thrilled to have the discussion and best wishes for your family!

      Merry Christmas!

      http://www.youngcons.com/sarah-palin-but-wait-the-good-guys-wont-win-with-more-crony-capitalism/

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    • WSB says:

      Oh my…I just got through responding and realized this is one of the longest subthreads in history!

      Have a great weekend!

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    • teajr says:

      Thanks for your response Gov Palin, but more importantly, can we figure a way to take Glenn Beck’s microphone away, or at least unplug it and just let him think he still has a show that Conservatives listen to?

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    • Craig Phillips says:

      You are my hero Sarah and I have been following your progress from across the world since 2008, getting most of my news about you at C4P (first time commenting here at CTH).
      Just want to see you and your amazing family win in whatever you do!
      Lots of love coming to you from Down Under – always!

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    • wheatietoo says:

      Dear Governor Palin,

      Thank you for all that you do for our Veterans and for our country.
      I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time and was one of those who sent a barrage of emails to McCain’s team, to urge them to pick you as his running mate.
      It was a privilege to vote for you.

      I wish you would explain what you mean by the term “crony capitalism”.

      How is ‘crony capitalism’ any different from just…’cronyism’?
      Cronyism is corruption, showing favoritism for one over another for the purpose of politics, personal gain or a quid pro quo.

      It is not the fault of capitalism when cronyism occurs.
      Cronyism occurs under Socialism, Communism, and every other ‘ism’.
      But linking the word “crony” with “capitalism” gives the impression that it is something that is unique to capitalism…and thus is happening because of capitalism.

      The term ‘crony capitalism’ is a made-up term, created by the Left to demonize capitalism.

      Cronyism and Graft have been around for a long time.
      Capitalism is a meritocracy, where consumers get to choose which goods & services are best for them.

      Capitalism is pro-consumer.
      Cronyism is anti-consumer, since it causes the favoritism of one company over another, not for merit but for political or monetary gain.

      Cronyism and Graft corrupt a system of capitalism…and thwart the basic nature of a meritocracy.

      So I cringe every time I see or hear the term ‘crony capitalism’ being used.
      We are helping the Left to demonize capitalism when we use this term.

      Thank you in advance for your kind reply.

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    • Sure wish y’all would re-read my comments.

      You may post my op-ed from SarahPAC.com and let others decide if I was attacking the President-elect whom I wholeheartedly support

      Governor Palin.

      I read your initial comment (that was linked at “Young Conservatives”) when you first made it/. At that time it was perfectly clear that you were not accusing the President-Elect of “Crony Capitalism”, as was evidenced by your remark that you were withholding that sort of judgement until “after all the details of the Carrier agreement were known”.And, I have rebuked several others, Levin included, for suggesting otherwise.

      To me, as it should have been to others, this was an example of how someone can be intentionally misconstrued for the purpose of generating “Fake News” for use as propaganda. And that is exactly what the left-leaning media has done, once again.

      Thank you for clarifying the matter,

      And, please, assume a role in the upcoming administration. Something (hopefully) that will allow you to unravel and roll back a lot of the misguided regulations of the EPA and BLM. Your experience as resident and Governor of the vast State of Alaska gives you a skill set that is uniquely designed for just such an undertaking.

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    • georgiafl says:

      Governor Palin,

      We are just so happy that you came to explain this matter to us, and even more happy that you called Mr. Trump clear the air and that you are willing to retain an ongoing good relationship with both.

      We will always be grateful for your hard work to promote and defend conservatism and common sense policies that work for all Americans!

      Bless you and your family always!

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    • cohibadad says:

      I was there in Iowa when you came out swinging for Trump Sarah. You were early and you were strong and brave. As far as the Carrier deal goes, I didn’t know what everyone was talking about regarding your comments but it didn’t make sense to me. So glad you cleared it up. You have a whole lot of get out of jail cards built up in my book before I’d ever say a word against you. God bless you and your family.

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    • Neil Flagg says:

      Very good, Governor. This is what we expect from you, looking not just to the moment but into the future as well, and standing up for bedrock principles. Also, I’m of the opinion that there is no P.E. Trump without your endorsement. If you had backed Ted, we would have had a Jeb, and thus a P.E. Clinton. (Think it through people.) So everyone give respect where it is due – including our host here at this site. No one deserves more respect and latitude than Gov. Palin. The biggest problem in this modern connected world, is our suicidal tendency to jump down people’s throats before taking a deep breath and thinking things through just a little more calmly. God bless you and your family, Governor Palin, from an inspired fan from South of the border here in Canada.

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    • Keln says:

      Welp, that clears it up for me any way.

      Liked by 1 person

    • CharterOakie says:

      Even though now days late, I can’t pass up the opportunity to add my note of appreciation and thanks to our beloved Gov. Palin.

      I thank God for you, sister Sarah, and for your courage, commitment, integrity, patriotism, perseverance, and…too many other qualities to list fully.

      You’re the best!

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    • ROBERT PILCHMAN says:

      Sarah Palin – Long time fan of you and Donald Trump. Apparently, at “11:44 AM – 14 Dec 2016” you tweeted ( https://twitter.com/SarahPalinUSA/status/809122002212651008 ) a link to http://www.youngcons.com/after-8-years-of-being-attacked-by-liberals-sarah-palin-finally-gets-revenge/ This link states “Palin recently wrote an op-ed for YoungCons where she goes into detail about the crony capitalism displayed by Trump with the Carrier deal.” This seems to cast doubt on your purported comment above. Please advise.

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  26. The business news channels may become the best to watch. By their very nature, they are better equipped to detect this shift in government and report in a manner that indicates they actually get it.

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  27. dianeax says:

    “Words like Demming, Kaizen, Six Sigma…” are trendy and in the same category as “affirmative action.”

    By the grace of God we elected a President who values “tried and true” and common sense more than the latest biz “trend.”

    Thank God we’re getting back to basics. Hopefully we’ll live to see the day that media sites the same.

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    • WSB says:

      I will be fascinated to learn how the Trump administration and each cabinet member will handle the protocol. This is what normally sheds the hair…I only worked with the GSA for nine months or so, but it was excruciating. The forms and forms and forms….if you are a private sector regular, you want to strangle yourself.

      I hope they slay the protocol.

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  28. krisk says:

    why insult Palin? at least she has the balls to speak out under her real name and not hide behind some dumb pseudonym. I thought the trump party was supposed to be big tent…lots of views and opinions…what a pity

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    • dianeax says:

      And your real name is?

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      And look at the extreme grief she And her family take! Most people choose not to go that route and it is understandable in today’s PC pressure cooker.

      Early in the primary I shared that we had put political bumper stickers on our cars for the first time ever and why it was the first time. My husband was against public displays of political opinion as he was concerned about backlash and reprisal post election. He had escaped a communist country with his family with only the clothes on their back so he was sensitive to free speech really being free. His family had been free to speak their minds and fight against communism…until their area of the country fell to the enemy, became controlled by communism and they had to escape or be killed.

      Well, bless your heart, I told him. This is America! We truly have free speech and nothing like that would ever happen here. I tried to explain how we all express ourselves, hold a fair election, accept the results for a peaceful transition and then work within the system to change things we don’t like but that there were no reprisals or punishments for speaking one’s political opinions loud and clear. He said that he believed that is exactly the way it is …for now but it could always change. I did not believe him at all.

      Bless my naive heart! Well, 10-15 yrs later and we have the 2008 election. Post the 2008 election there were indeed reprisals! Car dealerships were closed based on political loyalty. Loud wake up for me! Tea Party activism and Prop 8 in CA were punished. Jobs were lost due to political opinion, donations &/or activism. People were smeared and ridiculed without logical reason, including Mrs. Palin, labeled racist for wanting smaller government or for disagreeing with anything the current president said. This in America, my America.. 100s of years of free speech and tradition of free and open public debate snuffed out by the left. Hard to believe but it has happened over and over. IRS targeted conservatives – both individuals and political groups. And now the IRS director is not being impeached. Still seems like an era out of East Germany or the USSR.

      Very understandable when people do not post under their own name. They can be more productive and active as they are not fighting for their own reputation but for truth and disseminating information as their personal life is a bit more peaceful. Harder to smear and ridicule them. Harder for the left to marginalize.

      I would rather the articles be written, information be shared and conversation continue without people scared that they will be found out and fired or their reputations ruined by lies from the left because of their conservative opinions and activism. Real name? Not important!

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      • WSB says:

        Thank you for posting, Katherine! I have just always used my initials…

        Liked by 1 person

        • NYGuy54 says:

          I’m hiding behind a puppy picture. I mean, how could you argue with a puppy?

          Liked by 3 people

        • Katherine McCoun says:

          “Katherine McCoun” is a combination of two of my great, great, great grandmothers who were pioneers in KY in the late 1770s. I need the courage when first making phone calls that I derived by thinking of them. And my nervousness on the telephone seemed downright silly after all they went through! I sit up a little straighter every time I think of them going through the Cumberland Gap, about more of my family tree being First Families of TN, fighting in King’s Mtn, others fighting in VA and NC and I would suck it up and get on the phones!

          I felt that what we volunteers were doing was almost nothing compared to what they did & sacrifice to help the leaders of the American Revolution. The War was only one part, one phase of the American Revolution. I am so thankful for the framework of the Constitution that we still have so that we could fight on a political battlefield! I feel our cause was just as vital. It was a political revolution and made the same sharp change in the trajectory of the future of our country as the American Revolution. I really believe that!

          So not my real name and most people here post under an online name. I see it as a sign of the culture in which we live and figure its less distracting. Think how much the news is filled with Who said what instead of focusing on the logic, validity and truth of What was said.

          However, we did do yard signs and we (I) went heavily on the bumper stickers supporting PE Trump. I felt these things helped “punch” through the media created alternate reality of PE Trump’s support. Many supporters out there and I wanted everyone to know when we drove by that we supported him and that they were not alone!

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          • WSB says:

            Your ancestors and family’s sacrifice in the formation of our country is so admirable. I believe we have had, hopefully, a bloodless revolution in 2016 because of their brave and sometimes life
            ending actions.

            I am also lucky enough to be a 7th generation US citizen and 9th generation American only due to great sacrifice by my predecessors, fighting and preaching in Revolutionary Pennsylvania.

            The good news is that we descendants and all other patriots in this country have all played a part in Trump’s historic intervention!

            Now, we just need to continue the vigilance.

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  29. I wish there was a like button on this post because that was an epic lay down of truth right there Sundance! Amazing perspective and analysis! Thank you!

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  30. doit4atlas says:

    On one hand, extend the deal Trump made with Carrier; i.e. tax break, to ALL businesses and you have an amazing economic engine.

    On the other hand, extend what the Obama administration did with Solyndra to ALL businesses and you have an amazing economic catastrophe.

    It ain’t rocket science.

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    • dianeax says:

      Not a facetious question…did I miss the fact that we know the deal Trump made with Carrier beyond a tariff to import products?

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      • booger71 says:

        The only deal I know of is the one Carrier made with the state of Indiana.

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        • WSB says:

          Bingo…this is a Bandaid until Federal tax reform becomes law.

          Liked by 3 people

        • straightstreet says:

          The state of KY (including the county I live in that has a large manufacturing base) gives tax incentives to businesses to expand and/or locate here all the time. I just thought that’s what companies, states, and local governments did. Of course I’m NOT an expert on the subject by any means. I’m just stating what I read and hear on the news locally.
          Gov. Palin I admire you greatly as a sister in Christ and a warrior for the truth and love for our country. I am sorry for all the vicious attacks you and your family have had to endure over these last few years. As a side note, we have a 17 year old son who says he wants to marry your daughter Piper some day 🙂

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  31. Gnerphk says:

    It’s going to be interesting making sure the merited regulations don’t get lost. I think it’s more likely we’ll see mass destruction of compliance agencies and a lot of useful things will be lost.

    Granted, government is excessive; it’s proverbial for that. However, some regulation is essential, as you say. Let’s take, for example, fisheries regulation under Commerce.

    Some would say that Commerce merely interferes, and that this sort of thing belongs properly in the realm of the states in question. And that could be very true, from a strict rights standpoint. The problem with that, though, is that fish stocks don’t know where those little dotted lines on the map are; they just know where to find food and warm water. As a result, we’ve got a handful of small federal sub-agencies tracking, mapping, and following the populations of fish — and the industry benefits greatly, because species have stopped getting fished out. Under the federal banner, states that would be busily infighting are instead cooperating. People get to eat fish, and tax revenues are massive.

    This is one example. I could find others under Agriculture, Interior, Energy, and a couple of others. On the other hand, we can also find dozens of obsolete military bases, war stock surpluses, oil and agricultural reserves, wasteful printing, high-rent offices, and (in the case of the V.A.) decaying structures and insufficient staff and materials.

    Things need to be fixed — not with sledgehammer and dump truck, but individually, one program and agency at a time.

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    • Athena the Warrior says:

      What a job this would be -efficiency experts whose jobs it is to compile the inventory on these facilities and make them ready for sale to businesses, citizens or foreigners as long as it doesn’t hurt national security.

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    • booger71 says:

      Get rid of the auto cafe standards, and The Dept of Fish and Wildlife and I will be happy. Most ABC agencies are better suited at the State level.

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    • In my experience EVERY regulation imposed “for the public good” or “for the good of the industry” benefits the existing industry and PREVENTS competition.
      Everyone supports competition, except in their own industry. Think about it.
      Most, if not all, regulations are unnecessary. One small example – in the Monterey Calif area in the 1930s, the fishing industry was alledged to have “fished out” the sardine population. So they stopped fishing for sardines.
      Several decades later – voila! Sardines are back! The fishery is open again. This is called the laws of supply and demand and those laws merit much study.

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  32. NoOneButTrump says:

    After nearly two decades in the private sector working for the government, I moved to the government, hoping I could make a difference. This last decade seemed futile in that regard. I can’t express how hopeful I finally am. It is such a corrupt swamp.

    Jan 20 can’t come soon enough. Watching the panicked rats scurrying for cover is the only fun I’ve had in years.

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  33. hificomp says:

    Trump went to a military school so he has respect and a very good understanding what strengths someone from the military brings. As i said in another post Trump is going to sell and protect America. A good business man will put together simple, proven plans. A politician loves plans that are convoluted. So Trump will pick strong business and military leaders and on his staff and not politicians. So DC will be given sales objectives and goals. Hard work and results will be rewarded. The Swamp Rats will get retribution.

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  34. angryduc says:

    I couldn’t be more pleased with PE Trump. There is a a palpable shift in the hope of the American people that is growing. It makes my eyes well up. Some of his choices I may not understand at first glance. Then again, I am convinced This President has a tangible quantifiable plan to rebuilt the engine of this country. I am reminded that I need to let him put his tools in place. So I am very excited by what I see. His rally was great tonight.

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  35. MAGAMAN says:

    Doubters and the faint of heart just need remember one thing: Trump isn’t Hillary.

    And when we hopefully (don’t want to jinx things here by assuming) put the stake through her undead heart (Lord willing) on January 20, 2017, there will still be trials and tribulations. Stand strong–there is much yet to be overcome. Folks just need to remember: Hillary (or Jeb) isn’t in office selling out America for personal or dynastic gain.

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  36. truthandjustice says:

    I’m just the average (I thought) clueless, non-interested in economics, etc. that this post is about but I “got it” about the difference between crony-capitalism and just plain ‘ol capitalism when it happened. I thought it was just common sense. I guess that’s not that common as I’ve learned over the years.
    Crony capitalism, corruption helped nurture the hatred for what liberals, youth thought was the plain ‘ol capitalism that is good. They did/do not understand. Hopefully, they’ll get more educated and the best will be to see for themselves how it’s meant to work with Trump’s unprecedented reign.

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  37. kallibella says:

    It’s been decades since I’ve felt real optimism and real hope about our economic future.

    I absolutely love the idea of America reclaiming its rightful place in industry, in the economy, in innovation, in state-of-the-art science/medicine/research, in first-class education. I love the idea of reclaiming our leader status in domestic affairs and foreign policy. I love the idea of America being the shinning city on a hill, shining, guiding, showing the way.

    I pray for success and protection and guidance from above to be President Trump’s pillars of strength and determination.

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  38. eric says:

    President Trump is appointing people who have signed the front of pay-checks,built businesses out of nothing,been very successful…all while operating in a rigged system orchestrated by morons who say to them “you didn’t build that”……and appointing war heroes,patriots who love,have served and sacrificed for our freedom…Generals who have the guts to make difficult decisions and the courage to live with the consequences….and we will NEVER have to worry about if they will keep America first.
    These Generals and business titans have something else in common….THEY DON’T TALK ABOUT IT….THEY GET SHIT DONE…NOW!!!!!!

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  39. Here is the perfect exemplar of the compliance department run amok.

    I went to high school with this maroon.

    http://www.mrctv.org/videos/epa-official-al-armendariz-crucify-oil-companies

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  40. milo minderbinder says:

    I wasn’t on board with Trump at the very beginning. But there was a moment early on during the primary campaign when something clicked, and I knew. I knew he would run the table just like Reagan. I am so blessed to be able to live thru this experience twice in my lifetime.

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    • Fe says:

      Reagan was the first President I voted for. I am also from the same area where he grew up, Oregon IL (my hometown) is roughly 14 miles from Dixon, IL (Reagan’s hometown). I can’t even begin to express the pure joy I have knowing that DJT is going to our President Jan. 20 2017. My birthday is Dec. 15, and his win is all I wanted … I’m still pinching myself. And yes, best Merry Christmas ever!

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  41. Sandra-VA says:

    Trish Regan and Charles Payne on FBN are the only two who seem to “get it” 100% and their excitement is just contagious the past couple of weeks 😀 Varney gets stuck on what I call “concern talking points” but as a farm owner, he is very excited about the prospects of less regulations – especially EPA.

    Personally, I am shocked at how quickly the optimism kicked off. The Carrier deal was a VERY big deal, small as it was… it was YUGE! Set the scene for what was to come, and it seems every day there is a new “win”. I am very excited!

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  42. Keln says:

    I reckon I disagree with the premise that only a few “get it”. I know a lot of people here in Ohio get it. We’ve seen what the bureaucracy can do to a steel mill or factory. Plenty of people know that just by the mere removal of regulatory burdens business will boom. A lot of folks on Wall Street apparently get it, considering how much money suddenly start shifting back into US markets after Trump won.

    International companies get it, considering the sudden influx of capital investment in manufacturing and construction materials in the US. It’s a sign that the money is to be made here again. That’s what will make America great again…and Trump said that repeatedly. It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure it out, and frankly, many of us on the bottom of the totem poll understand it just fine.

    Because, after the corporate announcement that we are going to have layoffs once again, and the BS reasons they give for it, we hear our managers tell us that the real reason is because the government is making the company jump through this or that hoop and they can’t afford it so they have to cut costs. After years of hearing that, a lot of people get it now.

    Anyone who thinks Trump won because he talked a good game or whatever is fooling themselves. Many people “get it” now, even if the media doesn’t, and that is why he won.

    And many here at the “shopfloor level” have been saying for years that these pencil-pushers who cause all of this have no concept of what it takes to be successful, and never have to meet things like quotas.

    You liken this to an Atlas Shrugged event. That works I guess. But I’d call it “revenge of the results-oriented over the method-oriented”. We want them to have to feel the pressure of their results being what they are judged on. We’ve wanted that for a long time.

    But nobody listens to the blue collar riff-raff. The lower to mid-middle class who do all of the things that make the nation go. Until Trump.

    We’re waiting, tools in hand, for those jobs. Because we know what is possible and what this nation is capable of. Our grandfathers did it, so can we. If Trump opens the floodgates, just watch what we can do.

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    • LBB says:

      “But nobody listens to the blue collar riff-raff. The lower to mid-middle class who do all of the things that make the nation go. Until Trump.”

      Maybe some more inspired artwork capturing this sentiment?

      I’ve personally put DJT in a modern version of someone who speaks “tongues” . Look at the rally crowds we have pointed out so often. All the different type of people from various ages, locations, cultural backgrounds, economic classes and more. Yet , we all get him because he gets us (except those that don’t get it, who aren’t understanding this language)

      I have seen what happens when a mfg company stops communicating with the shop floor. When one generation of a family owned company passes away, and the new one comes in with better or new ideas, but didn’t think it was necessary to go out to meet with the employees, know who they are, understand the job they are doing , ask what can be done better, etc. I hear the older generation talk about the young educated white collar workers who come in with their textbook knowledge to tell them they know a better way than someone working there 20,30,40 years. They both have good ideas , but they are just not always working together to share them. I’ve saw the company try to apply several of the techniques in this thread, but just about when it is paying off, new management comes in and wants to change it all again. If company is old enough, old timers may tell them this one worked, or that one didn’t , but they don’t care because “they know better”

      Common sense, efficiency, “tried & true” (dianeax) or budgets.All principles we can understand. Ones we apply to our own kitchen, workshop, child raising, home.

      I love that DJT speaks to us. The blue collar billionaire to the blue collar riff-raff (in the elite/snobs eyes only).

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      • Keln says:

        Heh, there’s that request for artwork again. I keep getting those, but honestly art has never been my medium. I got lucky on one thing that went big and I’ve had a few others that people liked, but words have always been my form of expression and I’m not going to change that. I just have too much to say and no time for pictures.

        At any rate, the best artwork to capture what I said was done years ago, as SD had pointed out before, The Forgotten Man by Jon McNaughton (which I will post below). It captures the sentiment beautifully.

        Admittedly, in my own case, I straddle the line between blue collar and white collar in my current job, because there have been so many layoffs that we employees have multiple jobs now. And my “company” is really a government contractor. I actually owe my currently having a job to regulations that say we can’t just shut it down and layoff everyone. And we can’t move to Mexico because…well, nuclear proliferation and all of that.

        But my last job was a steel mill. And we saw what happens when China imports steel for years then suddenly cuts off orders because they were using all of that steel to manufacture parts to make their own steel mills.

        My point was, nobody asks us on the shop floor. Everyone assumes we don’t know what is going on. That we vote based on a whim or a candidate talking a good game. That couldn’t be further from the truth. We know exactly what is going on. And the R vs D thing, among us has been because there hasn’t been anyone in recent memory that ran on what we know. Until Trump. So he won.

        I threw out a lot of numbers months ago to prove Trump would win. I was confident not in the math, but because I knew how many people understood what Trump as president meant. I knew he would win. I knew he would carry Ohio, and I figured PA and MI wouldn’t be far behind, because these states are all populated by the same worker class who have “got it” for a long time.

        But nobody listens to us. We are not considered important. What we know is taken for granted and assumed to be little. Our ideas are second guessed and sometimes even disparaged. We’re called rednecks and the like because most of us aren’t highly educated.

        But we have wisdom, and that is something so many who rule us don’t have. Demonstrably don’t have. We are actually the wisest, because we know what we know and what we don’t know. Those who rule us assume they know everything.

        The whole damned thing reminds me of the Socrates trial as told by Plato. Anyway, here is the picture I mentioned:

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  43. julie salvetti says:

    Palin said that it would be crony capitalism if the incentives given to Carrier were exclusive to them and not made available to other businesses. I think that’s an important distinction.

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    • WSB says:

      Individual states and Congress have a responsibility to create environments incentivizing commerce. This was not about personal payback but providing a bridge in the gap for many, until tax codes can be dealt with.

      As with anything in life, you won’t get anything unless you ask for it. Trump simply opened up the dialogue. He had common sense to ask how Indiana could work with Carrier to retain that business.

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    • smartyjones1 says:

      Carrier is a one off, albeit a one off victory for Americans and the company.

      If you listened to President Trump in his rally he stated something fairly obvious but quite important. He said the Carrier operation was far along in investment in Mexico for facilities there. So there had to be some give on both sides to make a deal work after that capital investment.

      The subtle counter to that; other companies will not be a similar position to argue that post capital investment and will feel the full brunt of the cost to import foreign made goods into the US after destroying jobs here.

      It’s a whole new ballgame. Hopefully, Congress cooperates with the Trump administration to make this a win-win for America, domestic companies and American workers.

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  44. In AZ says:

    I think there are many reasons, that we do not know or understand, why Trump is choosing the people he has.
    Honestly, what we have had since Reagan, and especially the last eight years, has been a nightmare. Like Trump said ” What have you got to lose by voting for me?”.

    We have a hard fight ahead of us against the Alt Left Communists and the Globalist Communist puppet masters. We must support Trump.

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  45. 2 things:
    1. I believe the incentives from the state for Carrier to stay had been on the table before they initially decide to move to Mexico.
    2. What’s with many of these so called conservative talk show hosts looking for reasons to complain about Trump on any and everything? Could it be that he stole their thunder? A little jealous? Hand size envy?

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  46. hificomp says:

    PE DJT will be “Teaching the Elephants To Dance” in Washington DC. The DC swamp is like elephants, slow to change. Circus trainers shackle the young elephants with heavy chains and deeply driven stakes. The young elephant learns to stay in its place. Now older elephants have learned and been conditioned never try to leave. Eventually, they are conditioned in limiting there movement with only a single metal bracelet on one leg without the chain attached. So it’s up to DJT to remove the bound of “we always did it this way” and teach them to dance. Then we as American’s will Dance!

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  47. Sarah Palin says:

    Thank you Sundance! Now I can sleep well tonight. Seriously.

    I just told Todd that I finally posted on “my favorite site” bc it stunk to have to skip over comments in a thread that’s really very important. Without hesitation Todd guessed that “favorite” to be CTH.

    Sarah Palin

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    • JustSomeInputFromAz says:

      Merry Christmas Governor & your family and Thank You for all your help with the election of Mr. Trump!

      Liked by 15 people

    • booger71 says:

      Sarah

      Thanks for all the positive things you have done for our country. I sure wish you would take over the National Park Service….there are many changes and improvement needed, and I believe you are the person to implement them. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    • lilbirdee12 says:

      What an honor to have you in the Treehouse tonight, Mrs. Palin. Very glad you addressed this issue and set the record straight for others. American women are very grateful for your willingness to step up to the challenge and speak our feelings. You truly are a Mama Grizzly. May God bless you and your family. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Thank you for all that you do in Making America Great Again. ❤

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      • Alison says:

        I, too, am grateful for your continued service, Sarah. You are a true Warrior & Patriot. Thank you for all you contributed to PETrump’s glorious victory. We all have much to celebrate.

        Sundance, your explanation of crony capitalism vis-a-vis Solyndra & Carrier is a critical distinction. Well done!

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    • Sedanka says:

      We love you, Sarah!

      Liked by 7 people

    • Fe says:

      Merry Christmas Governor Palin! We are blessed to have you on our side fighting the good fight. God bless your heart.

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    • Sue Lynn says:

      Thanks Sarah…was great seeing you in Midland Michigan helping turn it RED! 11/06/2016…PS this Gold Star Family wants you for Secretary of Veteran Affairs …you sure would deliver for our Vets! God Bless and Merry Christmas! Great news from Bristol and Dakota congrats on new spring baby!

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    • Lady K says:

      God bless you and your family Governor Palin. Your help with the election of Mr. Trump is truly appreciated. You and your family have made some tremendous sacrifices for our country and your selfless spirit is inspirational. Sure hope to see you have a place in PE Trump’s administration!

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    • Keln says:

      It’s a brave new world Governor. Maybe it’s time folks like you pipe up from time to time on your favorite sites to cut through the garbage that Fake News MSM spreads about you. In the past, that lens of media is all we’ve had to go on. That and sound bites and speeches from folks like you that the networks feel are OK for us to see.

      PE Trump has changed all of that now. He’s shown the power of speaking directly to people using social media and bypassing the filters. It goes a long, long way. Thanks for speaking up. I’ve long been suspicious we’ve had some big names that were quiet Treepers.

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  48. Sharkdiver says:

    Great take sundance. As a commercial banker for 32 years I could not agree any more with your analysis.

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  49. rsanchez1990 says:

    So many golden nuggets here. This is why I keep coming back. (Please pardon the long comment)

    “In essence Levin and Palin are calling all Americans who get tax refund checks from the government each year, ‘crony capitalists’.”

    This is especially rich, because Palin was governor in Alaska, where by law Alaskan residents get a check from the government every year.

    “Federal Government employees are going to go bananas when they are forced to undergo the same level of productivity expectation and merit-based scrutiny as their private sector neighbors.”

    Thus far, what I’ve heard from Trump (unless he went further and I didn’t hear) is that he will shrink the federal work force by attrition, instituting a hiring freeze. If (more likely WHEN) Trump starts running the federal government like a lean business machine, federal employees will need to demonstrate results or leave.

    The scope of waste in the bureaucracy is staggering. A few days ago, I read about how the Pentagon tried to bury a study that showed the Pentagon can save $125 BILLION off its budget by reducing bureaucratic waste. This was even without having to fire any federal employees. The trade deficit with China in 2015 according to Census.gov was $367 billion, and the Pentagon alone was wasting at least $125 billion it didn’t need to waste. The kind of savings we’ll see in a Trump administration that focuses on efficiency will be in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

    As an amusing aside, the left has been blasting merit-based scrutiny as racist and sexist for years now. Public sector unions, especially teachers’ unions, have fought tooth-and-nail to prevent merit-based reform. Party’s over folks, get to work or get packing.

    Luckily for these people, President Trump will bring back manufacturing jobs for them to do. Unfortunately for them, they’ll have to get up on their feet away from a desk and actually work. Oh well, they’ll get used to it!

    “No, despite what the cognitively dissonant say, Solyndra is crony capitalism, not Carrier.”

    100%. This is also another reason why federal government employees are going to go bananas. There has been chatter recently about a leaked questionnaire purportedly sent to the Department of Energy by the Trump transition team. I haven’t been able to find confirmation from anyone on the Trump team that they actually sent this, so in all likelyhood it is just FUD from the media establishment. In either case, it shows just how scared the Department of Energy is of a Trump administration.

    Amusingly enough, sundance last month linked to an article that says, “Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling.”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/11/12/panic-amid-the-department-of-richard-windsor/

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  50. tinkerthinker2 says:

    Love Sarah! I personally will never forget how the GOPe treated her. Hope she gets a spot if she wants one!

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