February 21st – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #33

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1,257 Responses to February 21st – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #33

  1. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Trumpism Rises in Canada as MAJORITY Now Distrust Justin Trudeau’s Government


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  2. Pam says:

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  3. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Limbaugh: ‘Not My President’s Day’ Protests an ‘Abject Failure’


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  4. Cow wow says:

    BigMamaTea posted this tonight on the open thread. It is an excellent piece, and echoes what SD has posted and others have commented upon these past weeks.
    Well worth the read.

    Liked by 7 people

    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      “The Virginia Bureau of Watchdog.org reported that Planned Parenthood contributed more than $1.7 million to McAuliffe’s gubernatorial campaign in 2013. Abortion industry lobbying organization NARAL donated $56,000 to his campaign, as well.”

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  5. quintrillion says:

    Tonights Lou

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  6. John says:

    Oh My:

    I am having a lions and tigers and bears moment.

    Or something.

    This article from the Wash. Times is perfect, as it excretes a level of ignorance and possibly stupidity impossible to fake.

    Particularly but certainly not exclusively the last paragraph – (so I says to myself, self, “just how many political appointees vs. career diplomats where there in 1975 vs. today and why maybe perchance if you think about it may SecRex NOT be filling them?”)



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    • Cow wow says:

      Thanks John. This is priceless, typical Washington drivel.
      No 1, how does anyone expect confirmations for those nominated to even be scheduled in the Senate when the President’s cabinet has not been confirmed…articles like this baffle the unswamped mind.
      Can’t even begin to get to no 2!

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    • Niagara Frontier says:

      Similar stories can be written about many departments and agencies. The front lines are starved to feed the generals.

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      • John says:

        Hi Niagara:

        My point was more we don’t need all these bureaucrats rather than the general is too well fed. I am pretty sure Sec Tillerson can run the state department with the 10 (or 11) mentioned career diplomats and none, I repeat n o n e, of the “top level” 25 political appointees.

        Just a guess – how many people work at Exxon Mobil?

        (Hint – +/- 85,000)


        How many people work in the State Department?

        (Hint +/- 10,000)


        Might even run smoother. Certainly cheaper, and perhaps avoiding certain foreign entanglements (OoO) along the way?


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        • Niagara Frontier says:

          Yes, I understood your point and totally agree. I suppose that I was jumping ahead to say that once the bloat is removed, whatever resources are available need to go to the employees on the front lines who provide direct public services.

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        • SharonKinDC says:

          DoS has somewhere around 70k employees globally, I read. Agree…too many.


          • John says:

            Hi Sharon:

            DoS has about 11,000 US Nationals employed around the globe, the other 50,000+ are local hires (janitors, spies, that kind of thing).

            If you include all of these, then DoS is about the same size as Exxon Mobile. But I would think the Exxon Mobile executive ranks including all country or regional VPs is a lot smaller than the 11,000 or so at the DoS.



    • WSB says:

      Those reporters will be waiting a long time for the refills.

      36 deputy secretaries? OMG…


  7. quintrillion says:

    A unique perspective on the Munich conference attended by VP Pence. The Europeans actually want the Muslim Brotherhood to be in charge of the middle east and it has been their objective . Incredible.

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  8. Rejuvenated says:

    I know we’ve all been talking a lot about the shadow government and wondering what we can do to help fight, so I’m wondering if people are bored and want to do a little internet investigating, there was this nugget that popped up a couple days ago about USAID funds and Soros fronts in Macedonia. We all know it’s not just one country, particularly since USAID has an annual budget of $22.7 billion (and are tied to the notorious State Dept). My thoughts were to find as many other instances as possible of front organizations promoting regime destabilizing activity to inundate Congress with since they’re already looking into it. Maybe, just maybe, if we’re load enough and provide simple evidence we can get another government tentacle of Soros & friends cut off.

    (Fox article referenced)

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  9. Pam says:

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    • Dale says:

      It looks like either McConnell will have to change the senate rules or Trump will have to use recess appoints to get all the appointments that require senate approval in place before his second term.

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      • WSB says:

        Is Trump allowed to make recess appointments now? I know they would only be temporary but this is ridiculous.


        • Dale says:

          I heard/read that there are almost 600 appointments that require senate approval plus he has 100 plus judges to appoint… if the senate takes 30 hours per appointment no legislation will ever be voted on… McConnell must stop this.

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          • WSB says:

            That’s assuming that he wants to make those. I understand about the cabinet, but wonder, if not judges – whose positions can also be dissolved and shuffled around – about the others.

            I never knew we had 36 undersecretaries at the State Department. This may be a true draining of the swamp.

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  10. georgiafl says:

    TRUMP MEDIA UPDATE – 10pm 2/21/17
    Personal/campaign 4 sites: 53,554,650
    Official Presidential 8 sites: 43,758,153
    GRAND TOTAL – 12 sites:
    97,312,803 (+260,901 – 39.5 hrs – 6,605.08 per hr.)

    The most popular, fully-weaponized @realDonaldTrump Twitter account:
    25,363,539 (+107,671 – 39 hrs – 2,760.79 per hr.)

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  11. HarryJ says:

    I thought dems were upset due to election loss and acting erratically. Now i think they are mentally ill. I cant believe msm is talking about 25th amendment.

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