Phase-2 MAGAnomic Policy – NEC Director Gary Cohn Departs Administration…

There will obviously be another media cycle decrying crisis at the White House with the announcement that National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn is departing.

However, for those who follow the administration closely, this was a foregone conclusion; the MAGAnomic “America First” policy has a specifically timed exit ramp for just this purpose.

We have previously outlined the relationship between President Trump and Gary Cohn HERE – Along with what each of them brings to the perspectives of the other.  In addition, the larger Trump economic policy always held two distinct aspects:

  1. The financial aspects – taxes and monetary policy stability; or perhaps more succinctly the Wall Street aspect.
  2. The trade, jobs and manufacturing aspects – trade policy; or perhaps more succinctly the Main Street aspect.

The implementation of Trump’s economic policy involves those two elements: Taxes and Trade. Inside the Trump administration there are economic policy advocates who agree on the tax element, but disagree on the trade element. Economic adviser Gary Cohn is an example.

The Wall Street crowd align with Trump on taxes, but fundamentally split from him on trade. The combined Trump policy is part of the larger America-First initiative, but some within the economic team only agree with half of the aggregate policy. This is why there is a split.

As previously noted, with the tax reform proposals in place (the basis for domestic economic investment), the focus of Trump’s economic platform turns specifically to Main Street. This policy split is what makes President Trump so stunningly unique amid politicians. POTUS Trump splits from the traditional republican economic outlook on matters surrounding Main Street’s best interests.

Inside this dynamic, and the goal to restore a ‘balanced’ U.S. economy, is where the importance of Gary Cohn diminishes and the role of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross elevates. Secretary Ross is the person creating the fulcrum in the balanced economy reset.

POTUS Trump and Secretary Ross always knew they would need to jettison part of the administrations’ economic team once they accomplished, and moved past, tax reform.

Their focus now is laser targeted policy toward Main Street. Consider this ‘Phase-2’

We are now inside phase-2 of the total policy execution. Secretary Ross outlined how the ‘America First’ economic policy and phase-2 platform engages with the global community during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January.

The corporate media, even the financial media, never highlighted the severity expressed by Wilbur Ross at Davos – because the Main Street policy he was explaining is directly against their interests. During the Davos World Economic Forum, Ross conveyed to the larger multinational interests an explanation of the high-level shift in U.S. trade policy, and reinforced the Trump Doctrine of economic nationalism.

Secretary Ross told the panel: “The Chinese for quite a little while have been superb at free-trade rhetoric and even more superb at highly protectionist behavior. Every time the U.S. does anything to deal with a problem, we are called protectionist.”

“Protectionists” the opposition was predicted to shout by Ross in January. Well, cue the audio visual demonstrations over the past few days surrounding Steel and Aluminum tariffs.

Also at Davos in January, after three decades of President Trump outlining his trade views, secretary Ross accurately said President Donald Trump has a forceful leadership style that some people don’t like. “We don’t intend to abrogate leadership, but leadership is different from being a sucker and being a patsy. We would like to be the leader in making the world trade system more fair and more equitable to all participants” Ross said.

Secretary Ross also challenged the panelists, including World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo and Cargill Inc. CEO David MacLennan, to name a nation that’s less protectionist than the U.S. – – – He got no responses.

Not taking any guff, Secretary Ross then cited a study of more than 20 products that showed China had higher tariffs on all but two items on the list, and Europe all but four. The panel sat jaw-agape at Ross’s delivery of irrefutable facts to the audience. “Before we get into sticks and stones about free trade we ought to first talk about, is there really free trade or is it a unicorn in the garden,” said Ross. Again, no response from the panel.

Despite the tariffs Trump imposed in January on solar panels and washing machines; and despite the proposition of Steel and Aluminum tariffs, China is planning for a “bumper year” for new trade deals, according to China’s own Commerce Ministry.

For the past 30+ years, DC politicians have been selling out the U.S. economy to corporate interests, Wall Street and multinationals. President Trump is simply saying “no more”, and finally putting a stop to it. They hate him. He doesn’t care.

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230 Responses to Phase-2 MAGAnomic Policy – NEC Director Gary Cohn Departs Administration…

  1. wheatietoo says:

    The globalist lackeys will be howling about ‘doom & gloom’ tomorrow, now that their buddy Gary Cohn is out.

    Winning!

    Let the howler monkeys howl.

    Liked by 48 people

    • Pam says:

      Yep. It will be interesting to see the shilling from Liz Claman on Fox Business tomorrow if you know what I mean. 😉

      Liked by 16 people

    • Carrie2 says:

      wheatietoo, Cohn served his purpose but any employee that is not willing to work for and with the employer, then it is time to pack up and move. At this stage he really isn’t needed and our Wilbur Ross will be there to move Trump’s plans on and on. Exciting times and interested as well to see the groaners and moaners yelling the sky is falling, the sky is falling.

      Liked by 17 people

    • The Boss says:

      I assume the stock market will have all sorts of things on sale tomorrow. I missed one opportunity yesterday. Hopefully it will present itself again.

      Liked by 11 people

    • talkietina says:

      Well the big ugly is coming down. Just wish it would go faster.

      However nothing worth anything, ever comes down fast.

      Liked by 5 people

    • A2 says:

      You are right. In the past hour there were 33 articles published squealing ‘end of the world’.

      It seems for as long as they can keep it up before their vocal cords collapse, all the ills of what we use to call ‘mankind’ are due to Trump tariffs. Oh, and his first victim poor Gary Cohn, LOL.

      (After the CNN stories yesterday, you have to laugh. A good question is why would you trust your hard earned dosh to Wall Street hysterics and fantasists)

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    • john says:

      A good way to mitigate some of that noise and cause a new explosion over there ….would be to fire Mueller and his lackeys…if we are going to have to contend with hand wringing name calling, and pearl clutching we might as well clear up that little matter of the conspiracy to undermine the President and the will of the people who elected him….and it was not the Russians.

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    • waltherppk says:

      In the war between the lions and the hyenas …..my money is bet on the lions

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    • An Aussie Trump Admirer says:

      How much influence has Soros on the way the economy in America will progress and with his buying of state AG’s will this make it hard for the President to continue with his economic agenda?

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      • G. Combs says:

        Soros may very well be in a world of hurt sometime soon.

        My interpretation is that AG Sessions went after the small fry in November and December (9,000+ sealed indictments). On December 21, President Trump issued the Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption. In January Sessions went after the middlemen ( end of January is 13,605 sealed indictments) and NOW Sessions is finally ready to go after the big guys. “Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Chairman Trey Gowdy Request DOJ Special Counsel”

        Soros made a mad scramble to ‘protect’ his wealth/power by Donat[ing] $18 Million To Open Society Foundations in mid October 2017, just before the flood of sealed indictments started.

        A year before back in 2016 you have The Bizarre Media Blackout Of Hacked George Soros Documents
        “[…] when Soros speaks, Clinton listens. A separate email released by WikiLeaks shows Soros giving what read like step-by-step instructions to then-Secretary of State Clinton on how to deal with unrest in Albania in early 2011, including a list of people who should be considered as candidates to become an official mediator sent to that country. Days later, the EU dispatched one of the people on Soros’ list.[…]”

        Several Daily Caller pieces also cover these hacked Soros documents link

        Makes you wonder what information has been hacked and then passed on to AG Sessions… (If the hack is by outsiders aka tips and not law enforcement, it can be used in a court of law.)

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    • “Buy the dip” ! This little hissyfit the Banksters are playing in the futures markets is all BS. I’m persuaded that they are using this Cofefe to shake out the weak hands, shoe string salesman and weak eyed sisters. They intend to buy the bottom of this little joke selloff and make another killing. I’ll be participating in that as well- buying the dip part, not the Cofefe

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    • dbobway says:

      I hate badgers. The scariest animal pound for pound in our country

      If a badger is watching my mainstreet back I’ll sleep like a baby.

      Just saw a Reagan economist bad mouthing Trump’s tariff threat(not yet implemented) on Maria Bartiroma this morning. Reminding me the difference between Reagan and Trump. Crony capitalism flourished in Reagan’s economy and mainstreet not AS much.

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      • dobbsfan says:

        LOL….pound for pound, a wolverine might compete or surpass a badger.

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        • dbobway says:

          Maybe in strength but not attitude.
          I’ve stood in striking range with both.
          Wolverine is hesitant to take on a bigger body like a man.
          A badger attacked my suburban, looking for something he could sink his teeth into.
          He settled for my left front tire, after I started moving he rolled around with tire for 10′. I stopped and put him out of my misery. Rancher gave us $50 for predators that endangered is cattle.

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      • wheatietoo says:

        That term, “crony capitalism”, was invented by Leftists to demonize capitalism, dbobway.

        We help them do that, when we use it.

        Capitalism is merit based…and lets consumers choose the best products & services.

        Cronyism is favoritism with no regard to what the consumer wants.

        Capitalism is pro-consumer.
        Cronyism is anti-consumer.

        It is not the fault of capitalism, that cronyism occurs.
        Cronyism flourishes under socialism and communism.

        Cronyism is just…cronyism.

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        • dbobway says:

          You are correct.
          From a self employed carpenter all my life.
          “It is not the fault of capitalism, that cronyism occurs.
          Cronyism flourishes under socialism and communism.”
          In my defense, I use that phrase as a 2 word meaning not separately. My mainstreet work life started before 1970, Cronyism was in full bloom then. My first job was as a janitor . After school, I drove to an office building and cleaned 3 floors unsupervised. My hours from 5 to 9. In 2 weeks I could do the job in 2 hours, still got paid for 4. True capitalism!

          I worked in a capitalistic system according to what I knew. There walls to climb to prosper, but the playing field was far from equal. It didn’t take long until I realized the system was rigged. I just worked longer and harder to move forward. This was Capitalism to me.
          In truth it was cronyism.
          I didn’t know what to call it back then,
          I just keep my chin up and battled for my place.
          I never got Rich but I have lived a Rich life.

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    • kevin miele says:

      they whine WE WIN ……I LOVE WINNING

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  2. fleporeblog says:

    I thank Gary Cohn for everything he did to assist our President in getting the Tax Reform Bill passed! However, the tweet below is why it is time for his to move on.

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  3. highdezertgator says:

    “One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions.” Winston Churchill

    Liked by 24 people

    • Joeisajoe says:

      I remember Deetroit when it was Detroit

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    • NJF says:

      What a great quote!

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    • olderwiser21 says:

      I know this is off topic, but I just have to say if anyone watched Gary Oldman’s acceptance speech for best performance by an actor, (played Winston Churchill) they were probably as stunned as I was to hear him praise AMERICA and everything it has given him – his career – his wife and more. He went out of his way to pay homage to this country. It literally blew my mind. Makes me wonder if he will ever act again! I didn’t watch the Oscars, by the way – just his speech, so I assume the rest was the usual liberal claptrap.

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      • The Meemer says:

        Probably on the black ball list before he left the podium!!!!!

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      • highdezertgator says:

        Hillsdale College Dr. Larry Arnn helped with the production of the movie (historical accuracy) review here https://lp.hillsdale.edu/darkest-hour/
        Article on Churchill
        Three Lessons of Statesmanship
        https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/three-lessons-statesmanship/
        Excerpt:
        “We think of World War II in part because a fine film has just come out about the beginning of that war. The film is called Darkest Hour, and we know and admire its lead actor Gary Oldman and its producer Doug Urbanski, both of whom will be visiting our campus soon. We also think of that war because we have just sent to the printer Volume 20 of The Churchill Documents, the series of documentary volumes that will soon complete the official biography of Winston Churchill, of which Hillsdale College Press is the publisher. Volume 20, entitled Normandy and Beyond, ends on December 31, 1944.”
        Excerpt
        “In war and peace, Churchill had a strategy for freedom. They were related. They both required an utter commitment to freedom. They both required recognition of the limits of politics and the limits of war. They both required the protection of the right of the people to control their government.”

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  4. fleporeblog says:

    Richard Baris from PPD is absolutely right! Our President understands that states like WI, MI, PA and OH voted for him was because of what he would do about trade!

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  5. Carrie2 says:

    I listened to Ross at Davos and as usual very quietly and slowly (so they would understand and get his drift) he educated them with real facts and statements. A few agreed that the WTO needs to be adjusted to today’s world and agreed with Ross. CofC and corporate conglomerations are awakening to the fact that the good old days of ripping of America is over, very over! You don’t mess with Trump and his appointees because they are all seasoned men with lots of experience in the real world. Frankly, I find this all very information and entertaining. When Paul Ryan is against it, then I am for it as he is not trustworthy and should remove himself as Speaker and Congressperson.

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    • missilemom says:

      Ross was a superstar at Davos. When he spoke, people listened. Shocking how people attack his age, looks, but not his message. He is a master at keep it simple!

      Liked by 13 people

    • TNGal says:

      I loved it when the press in the White House briefing room a few months ago thought they could trip up Wilbur Ross with their questions. No way. It is hilarious that they think they are smarter than this man whose art collection alone is worth $150M!! He didn’t make that kind of cash by being dumb!

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      • The Meemer says:

        But simple-minded people think they are so smart. They don’t realize when they have been completely played!!
        Or they are like the kid on the Andy Griffith Show who thought he could get everything he wanted by throwing a temper tantrum (does the name Acosta ring a bell????)!! Didn’t work then and surely won’t work with Wilburine!! Say it ain’t so Joe but the Wilburine has your number and your strings!! Go puppet boy!

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    • Orygun says:

      We the People are getting a free education on how government is supposed to work by President Trump and this administration. It just cost us a vote and like he said “what do you have to lose?”.
      Most awesome President in my lifetime.

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  6. TwoLaine says:

    Mr. President, you have our blessings. Pull the trigger on the tariffs NOW. The sooner you do, the sooner you shut up the naysayers.

    You just gave them the biggest and best tax cuts ever, cut their regs, and substantially lowered their heating and cooling bills, as well as their fuel bills. If they cannot afford a few cents here and there, they do not deserve to be in business.

    And SHAME ON THEM if they decide to price gouge the American citizens! We will be watching!

    As to the we tried this before in the Bush years… SO WHAT! We had high taxes, high gas prices and high everything. Of course it wasn’t going to work. Times are much different now.

    Git-R-Done!

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  7. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Cohn whines all the time about being “uncomfortable.” He said the same thing after the Charlottseville incident. It seems to me that he is looking for an excuse to exit. I have always gotten the impression that he was embarrassed to be working in the Administration.

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    • youme says:

      Leaving Goldman Sachs to work for the government has always been a lucrative career move: eight years ago, it allowed former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson to sell $500 million in Goldman stock tax free, and now its the turn of Gary Cohn, Goldman’s former COO and president, who is leaving to join Trump’s cabinet, who is departing with an “accelerated” gift.

      According to Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs lifted restrictions or accelerated delivery on about $123.7 million in stock and cash awards previously awarded to Gary Cohn, 56, who left last month to become President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser. Cohn was given $20 million in pay for 2016, including $18.15 million in variable compensation and a $1.85 million salary, the New York-based bank said in a regulatory filing Tuesday.

      That wasn’t all: also on Monday, the bank handed over 96,572 restricted shares that were outstanding from earlier stock awards scheduled to be delivered over time. It also lifted selling restrictions on 99,909 shares that Cohn had already earned but was unable to sell. Combined, they were worth $45.9 million based on Tuesday’s closing price of $233.68 a share. About $12.8 million in additional restricted stock was included in his 2016 compensation. Cohn didn’t receive all of the restricted stock because Goldman Sachs withheld an unspecified portion of it for taxes, according to the filing.

      That’s not all:
      He also got $47 million to settle outstanding awards he received each year since 2011 under the bank’s long-term incentive program. He also received an $18 million cash payment in exchange for outstanding performance shares, according to the filing.
      Cohn left Goldman Sachs last month after agreeing to join the Trump administration as head of the National Economic Council. He started at Goldman Sachs in 1990, becoming co-president in 2006, and then sole president. He was long seen as the heir apparent to Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein.

      https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-24/gary-cohns-parting-gift-goldman-accelerated-124-million

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    • Charlie says:

      Democrat label fits, whiny, uncomfortable and always looking for an excuse.

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    • highdezertgator says:

      I’ll tell ya what makes me uncomfortable…. watching him constantly chew on his tongue… some kinda OCD thingy…. disturbance of the mind!

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      • wheatietoo says:

        I noticed that too!
        It was like he had a chaw of chewing tobacco in his cheek.

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        • suejeanne1 says:

          Exactly! My Mom has a sharp eye for that –

          Me, I think he looks like a hybrid of Ari Fleischer and Harvey Weinstein – but that is being mean, isn’t it!

          I just want everyone to be going in one direction, helping President Trump –

          it’s a curious thing if some financial analysts are okay with the tax cuts but not the tariffs –

          maybe they figured they could just coast along and benefit from the tax cuts under Trump and then when his terms are over, go back to business as usual – but his “America First” economic nationalism, is going for a deeper, more substantial correction of things which will may be more difficult for them to undo.

          Obama said he was going to fundamentally transform America –

          praise be to God, we are watching Donald Trump fundamentally restoring America!

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        • The Meemer says:

          Wow!! Can you imagine if he and Nancy (suck your tongue) Pelosi had children????? Medical journals would be in a naming frenzy!!!

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    • Rynn69 says:

      Be wary of the virtue signaler. Motives are selfish instead of common good.

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  8. trapper says:

    Love those photos of Team Wolverine. Teeth bared, backs hunched, claws showing. Nothing personal. Just business.

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  9. StuckInBlue says:

    I suspect that Paul Ryan’s stance is due to Harley’s HW in Milwaukee.

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  10. Ursula says:

    Sundance, you should be resting.

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  11. Ziiggii says:

    “Muh CoC!” speaks:

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  12. We continue to see Trump practice good Management by crafting the Team around the Goal. Cohn was there to move the tax cuts, mission accomplished. His heart isn’t in to restoring our all All-American Hamiltonian Tariff system, so he leaves and will be replaced by a Tariff Hawk.

    Trump is going to be a legendary President.

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    • Rynn69 says:

      Yes. I believe Trump, fully aware of Gary’s globalist lovesick tendencies, knew he would resign on his own accord at some point. He did not have to do anything.

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  13. simicharmed says:

    Gary was the “Useful Tool”. The tool worked for the moment it was needed and the Tool was placed back into the tool box. Some tools NEED to be discarded when they become broken or damaged beyond their use. Gary became a willfully broken tool, which cannot be put back in the toolbox. Gary is on his knees now…begging for forgiveness from all those leftists from his tribe.

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  14. JETS says:

    Here’s a thought. If and when we leave NAFTA, there will be an economic impact on Mexico. With that, I am concerned that more people will try to come to our country illegally looking for jobs. And lots of politicians will support them. That will be a bad effect onPresident Trump’s trade policies and withdrawal from NAFTA.
    Remembering back to the mid 90s, Clinton lent Mexico 20 billion along with an additional 30 billion from other countries to help their economic, political and peso devaluation issues. It is possible that Mexico would face similar issues when we pull out of NAFTA and impose trade tariffs. China wont have a free ride through NAFTA and American companies will be coming home. Some of our companies coming home may be willing to hire these illegals.
    Rather than giving Mexico another mega-billion dollar bailout, I think the USA ( President Trump) could give Mexico a financial deal that would benefit both countries and stop the flow of illegals coming here from Mexico. Many of us have seen the California peninsula of Mexico. For the most part, it is underdeveloped. However, it has a very long coastline both on the Pacific Ocean and in the gulf of California. Therein is the opportunity. American companies get contracts to build communities along the coasts that will be attractive to American buyers. Why go to Belize or Costa Rico, when you can drive down the coast to your ocean-side community in Mexico? Then Mexican labor can stay in or return to Mexico to work on the many development projects that would last for many years. Hopefully, problem solved: no more large influx of illegals to the USA, jobs for Mexican workers, rebuild the Mexican economy, and large construction contracts for American companies. And Americans and other nationals get new vacation/retirement communities near the USA.
    Just a thought

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    • Jase says:

      Rather than the US finance the building of resort-style developments to generate work for Mexicans to stop them entering the country illegally, why not encourage the Mexicans to build the Wall on their side of the border?

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    • rf121 says:

      The problem could become labor. With all this growth at home we will need workers. The question is how many are on the sidelines waiting on a job? How many are so used to government benefits they will not return to the work force? This could become an issue.

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      • platypus says:

        They’ll return to the workforce if the welfare stops. Too simple a solution, probably.

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        • nimrodman says:

          Correct. We’re constantly bombarded with “jobs Americans won’t do” yada yada …

          … well, they’d do them if they had to in order to eat.

          Currently they get a free seat at the dinner table without having to contribute to preparation of the meal.

          Maybe in PresTrump’s 2nd term, when he no longer has to face re-election.

          Just as Barky said “After the election I’ll have more flexibility …”, it’s the 2nd term when the real bombs can be dropped.

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          • rf121 says:

            I always say to the “jobs Americans won’t do” argument. Go to Montana. There are a lot of my peeps, doing that sort of work. Looks like Montana is not real popular with the Latinos. Yet.

            I did the 23andMe thing I just got my results. I am officially 100% white. I am sure that will disqualify me for some government benefits. 75% British/Irish. 7% Scandinavian so as I told the wife. I am a Viking. She has 4% native American in her. I may have married a relative to Pocahontas.

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        • rf121 says:

          That takes action to reduce the benefits.

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      • GB Bari says:

        So the benefits need to be changed. Clinton did it in 1996 after the Repubs led by Newt Gingrich passed it as part of “Contract With America” and it had almost immediate positive results. While times have changed, the approach could certainly be used again. Of course any bill reducing welfare will get challenged by all sorts of leftwing judges.

        Ref. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_Responsibility_and_Work_Opportunity_Reconciliation_Act.

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      • Rynn69 says:

        rf121 – Yes, but Trump has thought out his strategy as this is his wheelhouse – business. That is why he hinted at welfare reform.

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      • Did you notice President Trump mention his upcoming priority for Welfare Reform?

        He’s already got the Apprenticeship Program teed up.

        All the workers we’ll need, recognizing that Automation will free up more.

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        • Maquis says:

          I’ve been anticipating Welfare Reform, to reduce entitlement costs and increase productivity, there are far too many idle hands.

          Your second point is sure to be so, though I hadn’t considered it in this fashion, in sustaining growth by employing mechanical hands. All those hinting darkly at an “over-heating” job market forget the new incentive that creates to develop technology to pick up the slack.

          Automation is one reason why I almost universally disregard claims of impending doom at the deportation of illicit agricultural labor. American ingenuity always steps up to save the day.

          Might these voiced “worries” about a labor shortage be in part a method of promoting H1B hires? Legal, if anti-patriotic, foreign slave labor?

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      • ThingsWeTakeForGranted says:

        Welfare reform is on the Trump agenda.

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        • The Meemer says:

          Maybe the only good thing Bubba tried was Workfare. I believe the time is right for it. There needs to be a program where the open positions make a specific list of requisite skills. Training should not be willy-nilly. Target training to the job for which you are trying to place an unemployed worker. Simple move to avoid wasting money on training people for jobs that are not there!

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    • mariner says:

      “…I think the USA ( President Trump) could give Mexico a financial deal that would benefit both countries…”

      I believe President Trump will attempt exactly that, but Mexican leaders need to be willing to deal with him instead of cursing him publicly and braying that they won’t pay for our wall.

      When they’re properly humbled maybe they’ll be ready to negotiate.

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    • tolona says:

      Take that money and the Wall…

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      • The Meemer says:

        Increase the tariffs on the imported cars and use the tariffs to build the wall. That way, Mexico would pay for the wall!!!!!

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  15. jeans2nd says:

    “name a nation that’s less protectionist than the U.S. – – – He got no responses.”
    Ummm…not quite.

    From the Davos vid
    0:40:22
    MacLennan “Your point about the least restricted market in the world? There isn’t anybody less than us.”

    Ross “Right”

    Apologies.
    Too many years of trained listening.

    As for Gary Cohen – “well…bye…” 😉

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  16. Tom H says:

    I continue to be amazed at Jim Cramer (former Goldman partner and friend of Cohen). Instead of joining the hysterical mob, he continues to calmly explain why the Trump Main St. policies will be good for the US “real” economy and why China needs to be put in its place. Cramer has a big following among people who are interested in the markets and making money, but who probably are not political junkies. His respectful attitude towards the President and his economic policies will have a good effect on a lot of “independent” types who may not particularly like Trump personally. (I am thinking of my brother, who loves golf and the stock market and is basically conservative, but doesn’t “get” my extreme interest in politics.)

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    • Cow wow says:

      So does Charles Payne. Patriots.

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      • olderwiser21 says:

        Well, you’d think so but Payne freely admitted that he voted for Bummer ’cause he was a black man, even though he knew his economic policies weren’t right. Barry got a lot of mileage off his skin color – kind of “reverse” racism.

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        • mariner says:

          It wasn’t “reverse” racism.

          It was black racism straight up, and a great example of it.

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          • LULU says:

            Charles Payne was a #NeverTrumper from Day One. I stopped watching him…

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          • Maquis says:

            Indeed. There is no such thing as “reverse racism.” Racism is a universal human vice. Not that all are, in fact, racists, but all are eligible to be.

            Saying “reverse racism” is a way to justify someone’s racism by insinuating that it’s only in response to their being so treated. It blames the victim and excuses the perpetrator.

            This disingenuous term is as vile as the subject itself.

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        • The Meemer says:

          Why reverse? You have fallen into the trap of believing racism is a white thing. Racism, according to Webster, is a “belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race”. By his own admission, Charles voted for Obama because he was a black man (RACE). Therefore, it was racism.

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          • lokiscout says:

            You don’t win the presidency with 12% of the population (Black) vote. It was the large majority (White) vote that wanted to show the world that we were over racism that elected Mr Obama. And we got kicked in the teeth for it. Sad but if he could run again many would still vote for him.

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            • Orygun says:

              The result of nonstop propaganda in the media and our school system. Picking one race over another is racism and has been going on in this country for 50 years. Any race but white is racism.

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            • Maquis says:

              “White guilt” is the knee-jerk response to decades of being bullied by racists. “Whiteness” courses at university conducted by Whites is racism. Whites are now practicing racism against their own race.

              And no, it’s not a “self-corrective,” it’s demonic. It’s a suicide-murder. They destroy themselves, seeking to take us down into the pit with them.

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  17. Convert says:

    All I know is that what we’ve been doing has destroyed America’s middle class and working class, too. Go MAGA!

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  18. mot2grls says:

    Wow Laura Ingraham is on fire supporting the tariffs. Good for her. I usually change channels at this point in the evening. I am glad President Trump is standing strong on this.

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  19. missilemom says:

    Phillip Reines on Laura Ingraham is giddy about Cohn leaving administration. Reines says I was hoping Dr. Gorka would smell of booze. Gorka attacks and Laura says lets play nice. Laura, we are not feeling nice. If you have a Clinton sycophant on, own it. Don’t stifle the Trump supporter.

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    • mariner says:

      Not only that, but she also hosted the execrable Richard Goldstein, and listened to him claim that the world was closing in on President Trump because of his misdeeds.

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    • Rynn69 says:

      Laura is disappointing with her choice of guests. And can we all please, please stop saying “I like you” or “I’ve always liked you” to these charlatan Democrats? We are at war here, Laura. Playing nice is how the GOP is in this mess of a Uniparty. Stop with the pandering and niceties. Thank you. Peace and love.

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    • Rynn69 says:

      I agree 100%. Laura’s show is starting to disappoint with the guests she has on. Also, can we please stop saying “I like you” or “I’ve always liked you” or “he’s a great strategist” to these despicable charlatan Democrat operatives. Note to Laura, we are at war fighting for our country in case you have not noticed. Stop pandering and stop with the niceties. That is how the GOP got the country in this mess – weakness that dissolved necessary opposition and produced a Uniparty. We do not want to see this anymore. Be more Trumpian please.

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  20. Phil aka Felipe says:

    Mr. Cohn, thank you for your service in being an instrument in the hands of President Trump on his way to MAGA with his America First Policies. He completed the task he had in mind for you. That job is finished. You can go now and throw stones at our wonderful POTUS like the rest of the Globalists. He’ll keep on Winning Bigly. Bye.

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  21. MTK says:

    At every turn in major US shifts to meet head on challenges, there has been just as equal major social realignments.
    Just watch any Ken Burn documentaries to get a primer on them. And, this time will be no different.

    To all, those hungry for jobs, higher pay and more importantly a once in life time desire to impact your family. GET READY TO EXCERISE YOUR CONSITUTIONAL RIGHT TO MOBILITY.
    That is right, go to where jobs are going to be.
    It is the only answer and responce to the opportunity PDJT is putting place.
    THE GLOBALISTS HAVE BUILT THEIR HOUSE ON A FOUNDATION THAT SAYS AMERICA CAN’T COMPETE BECAUSE THE WORK FORCE CAN’T DELIEVER THE NUMBERS THAT COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA DELIEVER TO THE MULTINATIONALS. THEY ARE BEHOLDING TO THE WAY CHINA SHIFTS THEIR LABOR FORCES.
    Bullshit… It is high time corporate America digs into the tired and true playbook of encourging economic migration to the under ultilized in this country.
    Mr. President, that is the key to your America First MAGA policy. Don’t under estimate it.

    Too many citizens see themselves with little opportunity and as long they cling to the fail hubs of liberism and globalism decay, and don’t move to where job growth is going to occur, your policies will fail under the weight of jobs not being filled.
    The MSM, has many believing there is no escape for todays youth stuggling to make in communities that are failing.
    Hogwash, I don’t believe all are lost, they just need the sign to make and take the risk to get away from the nanny state. They will do just fine and figure it out once they have something to believe in.

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    • piper567 says:

      MTK, your point is a good one.
      My Grandfather called my Dad not too long after WWll, as he had driven to CA from Illinois.
      Told my Dad to get out here bc its where the work is.
      My Dad moved us “away”. That was that.
      Big Move: whole family in Illinois.
      Oh, well. Follow the work.
      Going to be interesting, the next 5 – 10 yrs.

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  22. Kaco says:

    Gary Cohn is forgetting his Cleveland steel town roots!

    I can’t say I’m not disappointed. I really appreciated him sticking up for Pres Trump against people saying this is Obama’s economy. I even saved that video that I’ve used against people’s comments on other sites saying it’s Obama. And Cohn being a Dem made it even better.

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  23. Beverly says:

    OT, but this is hysterical: President Trump killed it at the Gridiron Dinner!

    Here are just some of the great zingers. See the link to read them all — he was in rare form!

    “While there was — seemingly — no video or audio recordings from the annual dinner celebrating the White House and the media, Samantha Chang and others on Twitter relayed some of the best lines. Here are my top 10:

    10. Trump apologized for being late, noting that it was because his son-in-law “Jared couldn’t get through security.”

    9. On North Korea: “I won’t rule out direct talks with Kim Jong Un, I just won’t. As far as the risk of dealing with a madman is concerned, that’s his problem not mine.”

    8. On ego: “Nobody does self-deprecating humor better than I do. It’s not even close!”

    7. “I was very excited to receive this invitation and ruin your evening in person. That’s why I accepted.”

    6. “So many people have been leaving the White House. It’s invigorating since you want turnover. I like chaos. It really is good. Who’s going to be the next to leave? Steve Miller or Melania?”

    5. “It’s been a very tough year for CNN. They’ve lost a tremendous amount of credibility this year and your best reporter, Steve Bannon. That guy leaked more than the Titanic!”

    4 On The New York Times: “I’m a New York icon. You’re a New York icon. The only difference is, I still own my buildings.”

    3. Trump on Jeff Sessions, who made a surprise appearance at the Gridiron Dinner: “I offered him a ride over and he recused himself.”

    2. Trump said Vice President Mike Pence is patiently waiting for his impeachment so he could step into the top job. “I really am very proud to call him The Apprentice,” Trump gushed. “But lately, Mike’s showing a particularly keen interest in the news. He is asking, ‘Has he been impeached yet?’ I don’t like that.”

    1. “In one job I had to manage a cutthroat cast of characters desperate for TV time, totally unprepared for their roles and their jobs, and each week afraid of having their asses fired. And the other job, I was the host of a smash television hit.”

    Bonus: “This is one of the best times I’ve had with the media. This might be the most fun I’ve had since watching your faces on election night!”

    UPDATE FULL TRANSCRIPT VIA THE HILL: You can read Trump’s comments below:

    http://americandigest.org/wp/trump-spares-no-one-10-best-lines-gridiron-dinner/

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  24. Rodney Plonker says:

    Here is an April 2017 article in Vanity Fair saying how Cohn (and other Goldman Sachs alumini) have got themselves into the Cabinet. Just like Obama’s GS buds with Larry Summers and Geithner but I digress. Anyhow the piece questions why Cohn, a Democrat and Goldman themselves, hated Trump as a businessman. Who can also forget “Famously, Goldman paid Hillary Clinton $675,000 to appear at three non-taxing question-and-answer sessions during 2013, less than two years before she declared her candidacy for president.” https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/06/the-untold-story-of-how-gary-cohn-donald-trump-goldman-sachs-alumni

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  25. 4harrisonblog says:

    This was gold to me, per VSGPDJT Bonus: “This is one of the best times I’ve had with the media. This might be the most fun I’ve had since watching your faces on election night!”

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    • Maquis says:

      Did you notice the fun he had at the SOTU when he would tweak the Left side of the chamber, inviting them with a gesture and a smile to rise up and join their countrymen on their feet to celebrate America’s achievements. It was pure Trump, he was having a grand time. So were we. But not Bitter Pill Pelosi. Tant pis.

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  26. Charles Fritter says:

    The marxist democrat party has been getting away with breaking the law for decades.
    It is well past time to hold them accountable. If we are to begin this monumental task
    what better place to start than kalifornia. There are sane people living in the outskirts there but they are outvoted by the full on marxism spilling out of LA, San Francisco and Sacramento. If Sessions wins he know the decision will get overturned by the most reversed court in the country-the ninth circuit appellate court. But he also knows he will win in the SCOTUS.
    Slapping down kalifornia liberals will be pure joy.

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  27. The Jimmy Jackz says:

    Steve Pieczenak came out hard against Trump in his most recent video over this. He criticized Navarro and whoever the proposed replacement for McMaster is (forgot his name offhand) and blamed Kushner for both of them. He also suggested Kelly is running the WH but can’t keep it up much munger bc he can only do so much.

    In the beginning Pieczenak supported Trump. Huge change, totally different tone.

    Surely he’s controlled opposition. And if he is, the Deep State is rolling out the push back on every front with everything they’ve got.

    This is the “trillions at stake” agenda of evil we are entering full throttle now.

    SD, great points on how the msm ignored Wilburine at Davos. We knew it bc we read it word for word here. I don’t watch much msm so didn’t realize how completely they ignored thus. Interesting this is the root of where the latest attack on Trump will come from – charges of insider trading with Icahn who dumped tens of millions in stock. However, if we knew this was coming Icahn did too without any private intel from Trump for insider trading.

    This and the Stormy lawsuit will be all over the news this week. The celebrity blinds at suggesting Tiffany is dropping out of law school to do a reality show on travel and the lifestyle of the rich and famous.

    If that’s not enough in Texas today Soros money paid off big in the DA race for Bexar County (San Antonio) giving us a preview of this fall.

    Buckle up and press on Treepers.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Fetched you from the bin JJ….. 😦

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    • Orygun says:

      Quit watching Pieczenak as he is all over the place with his views. One day this way and the next day somewhere else.
      The people he associated with during his time in the government history has shown to be more than undesirable. I think he might have a bottle tipping problem.

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  28. Maquis says:

    WE love him!

    It is utterly jaw-dropping how many of the facts and figures clearly demonstrate that we’ve had a raw deal for decades, yet our leaders couldn’t stand up and state them, and set a new course.

    Then again, they knew what they were doing.

    Thank the Heavens our current leaders know those facts better than anyone, and they are indeed charting a much better course.

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  29. ltravisjr says:

    It’s interesting, I did some googling on tariffs and about every resource said were critical of them, saying that they are essentially taxes that raise the cost of goods and services dependent on the imported items yada yada. Now these are in effect taxes, which I am not by nature in favor of. However, what about the other side of the coin here? Money will come in as these tariffs are paid, and I don’t think it’s insignificant. So my question is where will this money go? Will this extra money collected be a possible upside in addition to the upside inherent in the revival of the US steel and aluminum industries? I haven’t heard that discussed.

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    • Maquis says:

      Oh, it will. We ran our government on tariffs alone for better than a century, except for the Civil War bit. I am quite certain that we will marvel at what Trump accomplishes with it. …cough..national-debt…cough…

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      • Orygun says:

        Not a lot of people know how this country was funded. Tariffs and land sales paid for our minuscule federal government. We have come a long way down the rabbit hole.

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    • Esperanza says:

      They’re taxes you don’t have to pay. And they are in lieu of health insurance heath and safety. Call them social vat.

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  30. C-Low says:

    Its past time the US stand up for its self. Pour the coal on the chicoms full trade war if necessary but whatever the end result should be a leveling of the playing field no more slave labor, vs US labor. The US reg imbalance can be corrected, including/along with allot of other US bonuses like energy etc… but the labor part must be offset with tariffs.

    Ask yourself why does a US warship cost triple a chinese of comparable design? Plane train etc…

    We have a market advantage a energy advantage. Untie the americans hands and give a temporary tariff to force the repatriation of the factories and the rest will follow.

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    • Maquis says:

      The best way to slow the ChiCom’s roll around the globe is to stop paying them to do it.

      Europe is starting to discuss adopting tariffs on Chinese steel, much like the “Rest of the West” suddenly became concerned about the bite they were putting on their citizens’ paychecks after VSGPDJT passed tax reform and slashed our corporate rate. He is teaching the World how to win; Just Follow Trump!

      I digressed… If we do what we have to do to clip the upstart dragon’s wings, even killing the WTO and such, they will have neither means nor reason to colonize Africa or build their silly road.

      The dragon so tamed, can be pushed to abandon it’s criminal construction of faux islands hundreds of miles from their own shores, in order to participate in the World Economy.

      To consider the absolutely epic achievements of VSGPDJT, what he’s done, the grand goals he ie currently striding towards with a confidence and competence not seen since Reagan, even surpassing that great man, which astonishes me…to consider all that, in this short time, with seven years to go, the mind boggles at the goals and plans our President surely has in store for us. It’s like Christmas every day.

      GBVSGPDJT
      🇺🇸

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  31. donny says:

    What I liked best today is President Trump at the press session with the Sweden guy: Q. What are the 2 leaders doing about Russia meddling in this year’s elections. The Swede said blah,blah,blah. Trump said paper, scoffed at computer voting machines. BOOM!

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    • Maquis says:

      I like it!

      Liked by 1 person

      • donny says:

        Yeah, it’s the first time I heard that spoken. That and illegal voters crackdown by Homeland Security at voting stations. That blue wave isn’t going to leave a puddle, won’t even need a raincoat/

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        • Maquis says:

          Once that man speaks, things happen. He’s on this. Election reform is a must. Electronic voting is an abomination.

          Liked by 3 people

        • Lefty says:

          Did you see the results in Texas? like it or not, Democrats are VERY VERY motivated to get out and vote. I don’t see the same urgency on our side, unfortunately.

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    • JmkNY says:

      Donny I loved the Paper answer too. However I don’t think we need Homeland Security/Ice at polling stations. Illegals are voted for. Not necessarily voting. It’s why democrat states pass motor voter. Need to have lots of “registered “ voters to counterbalance the cheating.

      I seem to recall the stopped the Jill Stein requested recount in Wisconsin quickly when discrepancies between votes cast and ballots actually in the box was drastically apparent.

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    • Larry Bucar says:

      That Sweed PM is the epitome of a bloated bureaucrat spewing out bloated bs about trade and paris climate bs hiding behind a union blue collar, pitiful, no wonder Islam is overtaking that cuntrie

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  32. ThingsWeTakeForGranted says:

    One fav DAVOS speech by Sec Ross was when he mentioned we helped Japan, Germany, and South Korea after the wars but no one put a timeline on it. The agreement is still in effect. It needs to change.

    Amen to that!

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  33. Larry Bucar says:

    Where’s the pic of Gary Cohen’s snarling puss?

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  34. The Meemer says:

    Promised myself that I would make a conscious effort of saying to Sundance————

    A BIG THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!! YOU ARE AMAZING!
    Surgery and still putting us ahead of your pain! You’re the heat!!!!!

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  35. trapper says:

    We are going to see a lot of movement in and out of this administration because it is being run as a businessman runs his business, as a developer runs the development process. Pres Trump will bring in talent for particular functions, sometimes people who hold views at odds with his on other matters, and once they have completed their tasks they will either leave because their disagreements with PDJT then come to the front or they will leave because PDJT will have Kelley, his #2 guy, let them go. The key to figuring it all out is actually very simple.

    You can tell what phase a building is in by who shows up. Are there cement trucks lined up for blocks? Pouring foundations and floors. Are there electricians coming in every day, or are truck loads of plasterboard there everyday? Floor tile and carpet deliveries, or are furniture trucks lined up around the block? See how that works?

    So, for each person coming onboard, ask “why is this person coming into this administration, what skill set does he bring, and why is he coming in at this time? Do the same for those leaving. This approach will also help us live with those who don’t share all our economic nationalist, America-first views. Who cares what kind of carpet the electrician likes?

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  36. Texmom says:

    My SIL is convinced that Trump’s tariff ideas are stupid and insane, courtesy of his idol, Ben Shapiro.

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    • Orygun says:

      Little Ben Shapiro! One of the first to try and sink Trump with his support of the poor girl that was nearly murdered by Lewandoski when he moved her out of the way. He is a shill along with Levin. Trying to regain the trust they lost so they can remain relevant and get a paycheck from the uniparty.

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  37. Mickturn says:

    Gary Cohn was a bad choice…I like to think Trump utilized the old saw to keep your friends close and enemies closer. Cohn finally figured out which he was and left before he got fired!

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  38. FerdinandAkin says:

    President Trump cut a deal with the Republican Party management in order to get their endorsement for the election. Part of this deal was the Republican leadership would give their blessing to people Trump put in his administration. As these original appointees leave, they are replaced by people solely chosen by Trump.
    Cohn leaving the Administration does not hurt Trump or his policies. The next person appointed will be fully on Trump’s team without any back channels to the Republican Party.

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  39. Wee2low says:

    Here’s what I can’t reconcile about this. If a Treeper can explain this to my pea brain it would be greatly appreciated.

    Ok so the way I’m understanding this analysis is Cohns value to Trump was keeping things stable during phase 1 (the economic shift) and Trumps value to Cohn was to ensure a smooth transition of the Fed Chair and tax cuts. Ok so that’s happened. Cohn is not (and would never have been) on board with PTRUMPs trade strategy.

    Ok so here’s where things get fuzzy for me. Cohn is an apex predator on Wall Street. You don’t get to that level without being smarter than the average bear. My question is why would Cohn stay on? He must have game’d out PTRUMPs trade strategy right?

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    • Maquis says:

      The first phase therefore had to be that important to Cohn.

      He had a great concern in preserving his interests, which coincided with Trump’s for phase one. That he’s not on board for phase two does not lessen his committment to the first. He had to be concerned that another might have bungled the task, so willfully set his own shoulder to the wheel.

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  40. bkrg2 says:

    what a great time to be an American!

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