January 20th – 2020 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #1096

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  5. Stillwater says:

    ***Today’s WeBuildTheWall / Fisher Industries posts***
    (Previous posts: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/01/19/january-19th-2020-presidential-politics-trump-administration-day-1095/comment-page-1/#comment-7760111)

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    Saturday night update – 1/18/20 – (See link above.)

    – 2 new drone videos from Project 1.
    – Tweet about bricks getting placed today at Project 1. Includes photo of bricks.
    – 5 photos with garbage on Mexican side of border.
    – Older Foreman Mike video showing possible location of Project 3 or 4, on the other side of the mountain, opposite Project 1.
    – Misc. tweets.

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    Sunday night update – 1/19/20

    – Tweets with drone video of government wall and 4 photos of trash on the Mexican side of the wall.
    – Foreman Mike video from Project 1.

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    ***Praise: 👍 (11/20/19)… DHS Secretary Chad Wolf & CBP Chief gave a huge endorsement to WeBuildTheWall while visiting Project 1. CBP Chief called it a “Game Changer”. It’s the only time CBP or DHS have ever endorsed a wall builder.
    ***Praise: 🧱 (12/2/19)… Fisher Sand & Gravel was awarded a $400M border wall contract to build 31 miles of wall in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Yuma County, Arizona.
    (Fisher receives $268M of this $400M project)(Estimated contract completion date is Dec 30, 2020.) (2 days of posts here & here.)
    ***Praise: (12/4/19)… Brian Kolfage & his family were given the opportunity to visit the White House.

    ***Praise: Fisher Industries and crews were able to keep working on some aspects of Project 2 from the Dec. 5th hearing (while still working within the limits set by the Temporary Restraining Order) up through Dec 12th, after which they agreed to stop until Jan 4th, the day after the amended TRO expired.
    ***Praise: (Jan 3)… Although Judge Crane extended the TRO another week to Jan 9, he lifted/removed section 8b from the TRO so that Fisher may now continue to shave, grade, or cut the riverbank.
    ***Praise: (Jan 9)… Judge Randy Crane lifted/removed the TROs from both the Federal government’s lawsuit (on behalf of the IBWC) and the North American Butterfly Association’s lawsuit (on behalf of Marianna Trevino-Wright’s National Butterfly Center) against Fisher Sand and Gravel Co.
    ***Praise: 🧱 Fisher was able to begin installing bollards on Sunday (Jan 12) and work is progressing well. Approx. 1,500ft. completed as of Tuesday (Jan 14) evening. (To be completed 8 to 10 days later, depending on weather.)

    ***Praise: (Reported on 12/11/19)… Although WBTW doesn’t have $50 million for Project 2, as a result of the success on Project 1, investors have united to come together to secure that stretch of the border on Project 2.
    (Update)… Fisher is taking the lead on Project 2 and is covering most of the money for the wall costing ~$42 million. (Haven’t heard any more about other investors with the exception of WBTW as a minor investor. Not sure what the discrepancy is between 40M and 50M; perhaps it’s because Fisher plans to sell Project 2 back to the government for $14M per mile ~ $49M for 3.5mi.)
    ***Praise: 🔍 (Reported on 12/18/19)… Senator Kevin Cramer was able to complete his in-depth review of the USACE procurement process and send a letter with his findings and recommendations to President Trump on 12/6/19.
    ***Praise:🇺🇸 (12/22/19)… Brian Kolfage was awarded Patriot of the Year award by Turning Point USA at their Student Action Summit for his work with WBTW in helping to securing our border.

    🙏 Prayer for the work crews. 🙏
    Heavenly Father, we pray in Jesus’ name:
    – for safety and good weather for the work crews as they work on Project 2; that they would be able to continue uninterrupted (w/ no new TROs) until completion (~ 8 to 10 days later).

    – that the DoD IG’s office audit of the $400 million border wall contract which the USACE awarded Fisher Sand & Gravel would show everything is fair and above board; that the swamp in DoD and USACE wouldn’t be able to corrupt the process; & that Fisher would be authorized to proceed with the project as planned.
    – that Rep. Warren Petersen’s (R-AZ) bill,HB 2084, making it easier to build border wall on private property in Arizona would get passed.
    – for the bi-national summit with the Mexican IBWC and American politicians that WBTW will be hosting; for open lines of communication/understanding; and that WBTW/Fisher Industries would learn what they need to know to facilitate the sign off and approval of their projects by the Mexican IBWC.

    – for 100% safety/health/guidance/direction for the work crews, security personnel, legal team, CBP, DHS, Army and all involved in Project’s 2, 3, 4, and other projects; and for WBTW/Fisher Industries as they work with private landowners to secure more property to build on
    – that work would go smoothly with continual, innovative improvements in method/process/efficiency and quality of construction; and with transitioning as they scale up capacity(manpower, equipment, etc.) to build larger projects
    – that there would be no outside interference (cartels, IBWC, courts/judges, protesters, swamp, etc.) and that if outside interference takes place that it would only work toward WBTW/Fisher Industries/USA’s benefit (exposing corruption, raising awareness, fundraising, etc.)

    – that Project 2’s wall will prove that WBTW/Fisher Industries can rapidly complete large sections of wall, with a superior build, at the lowest price
    – that this wall would prove that the design is sound and they are able to safely and effectively build it on a large scale in the Rio Grande Valley (Project 2’s “water wall” design is the first border wall that’s ever been built inside the flood plain)
    – that the federal government would provide funding for WBTW/Fisher Industries to build 250 miles on Private Property in Texas

    – that the Government would purchase all of WBTW/Fisher Industries projects so the funds can be rolled into future projects and Fisher Industries will be able to scale up with additional equipment and manpower as needed.
    (This, in addition to ongoing fundraising from public/investors, will allow WBTW/Fisher Industries to continue to self fund projects, build their reputation/resume, while they continue to pursue other avenues which could lead to government contracts down the road.)

    🌟 “The more that a broken system tells you that you’re wrong, the more certain you must be that you must keep pushing ahead. Because it’s the outsiders who change the world and will make a real and lasting difference. Nothing worth doing ever came easy. Treat the word impossible as nothing more than motivation.” ~ President Donald J. Trump 🌟

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    • Stillwater says:

      Tweets with drone video of government wall and 4 photos of trash on the Mexican side of the wall. Video is shot on the other side of the mountain from where Project 1 is located.

      Brian Kolfage: This is polluting the city of sunland park. Do residents know this? I’m sure the mayor of @sunland_park_nm knows of this dump site that’s polluting their community.

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      • hawkins6 says:

        Stillwater:

        I wonder if this reckless, unsanitary dumping is deliberate revenge or anger by Mexicans at their American neighbors for building the wall.

        A wall that Mexico and its present state of lawlessness made it impossible for sane Americans not to build it along the border. Great entries as usual SW.

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        • Tseg says:

          Where the butterflies go to die.

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        • Stillwater says:

          That could be the reason. I’m not sure when the dumping all started. I’ve heard that some Mexican communities appreciate the wall as the trafficking back and forth endangers them. A wall slows it down or stops it on both sides. I think Foreman Mike mentioned a while ago that Mexican groups had been coming up to Project 1 and taking pictures of themselves in front of the wall and thanking them for building it. .

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      • mopar2016 says:

        Lot of dump sites all over our side of the border too.
        The wall would really help with this environmental problem.

        Trash bringing more trash, what a surprise.

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    • Stillwater says:

      Foreman Mike Back at Wall 1 – Dangerous Situation Underway – 1/19/20 – (1:31)

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      • bethabcd says:

        Wowza! The Mexican cartels have way too much power, attacking Mexican police, military and citizens, and attacking US Border Patrol agents. Very dangerous indeed!

        And of course, FakeMedia doesn’t report…why am I not surprised😡

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        • WES says:

          Beth:. Sadly these guys only understand force! That is the only language they speak.

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        • cheering4america says:

          I hope these walls are where we need them – NOW!

          https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7905149/Migrants-clash-Mexican-troops-bridge-Guatemalan-border.html

          FTA: Migrants clashed with Mexican troops on a bridge at the Guatemalan border on Saturday, as hundreds of guards also lined the banks of the river to prevent further crossings there.

          Thousands of Central American migrants tried to push their way across a bridge spanning the Suchiate River between Mexico and Guatemala.

          Honduran migrants waved their country’s flag and sang the national anthem as they approached the bridge. At the height of the confrontation, Guatemalan authorities estimated 2,500 migrants were on the bridge, or attempting to get on it.

          Scuffles briefly broke out as a group of several hundred mostly Honduran migrants pressed forward to cross, only to be pushed back by security forces.

          Scores of people who entered Guatemala from Honduras in recent days have been arriving at the Mexican border, with the bulk of them still advancing in a larger caravan, testing the resolve of Mexico to heed US demands to contain migrant flows.

          I find the photos embedded with this article of these masses of people, desperate to come here and live off of us, the United States taxpayers, chilling.

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        • thedoc00 says:

          You left out that they also control the terrain Federal Parks and Reserves on the US side of the border, which they use for storage and passage. Would not be surprised if soon they are able to literally close off entire sections of border and highways along the border for short periods as needed.

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    • WES says:

      Hi Stillwater! We seem to have hit a dead spot on news for project 2 over the weekend!

      My best guess @ 500 feet per day is 4000 feet of wall built so far!

      I think you mentioned a few days ago WBTW chief photo guy was hiding on another project somewhere!

      I am enjoying your postings very much!

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      • Stillwater says:

        Hi WES, Jeff Rainforth said he is the one taking the Foreman Mike videos. So looks like they are or have been at Project 1. They are probably in the area scouting out the other side of the mountain, talking to border patrol, etc.

        Judging from Brian Kolfage’s tweets, it looks like they are gearing up to begin a new wall on the other side of the mountain. Brian has already start placing attention on Sunland Park and IBWC in the area. To me this project would be very exciting as well given the drama surrounding Project 1 last year and the corrupt politicians in Sunland Park and th IBWC.

        Glad you like the posts. It’s going to be an exciting year ~ 🙂

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        • WES says:

          Stillwater:. It is also possible Jeff is taking videos of the new terrain to help Fisher’s engineers size up this new project. A lot of surveying also needs to be done to help engineering calculations such as amount of dirt that needs to be moved, etc. It is tedious work but is vital to a project’s success!

          I often get considerable blowback from my wife about repainting rooms in the house! All she wants to do is buy a can of paint and start painting! She gets really upset with me when I start pointing out all of the preparation work and repairs that need to be done first!

          Our discussions usually end very poorly with her storming off in a hissy fit! I just don’t have the energy to full fill her constant demands! Being older and wiser I try to nip her grand ideas in the bud!

          Come to think of it I would have been the perfect person to be put in charge of building the wall by congress! Narry a foot of wall would ever get built!

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          • Stillwater says:

            I think you’re right. I think they were doing that before visiting Project 1 because Foreman Mike’s prior video last week was of him looking at property in Texas and Jeff did say he was the one taking those videos. Who knows, maybe they are going back and forth between states. I think Foreman Mike said the wall where he is at in Texas is around 2 or 3 miles away from the border. Hopefully that will be changed with the new “water wall” being on the actual border.

            Sounds like you’re the practical builder and your wife is the artist. The builder builds/repairs the house and the artist makes it a home.

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            • Joemama says:

              A woman with artistic talents is a wonderful thing in a marriage.

              A marriage between two individuals with skills that augment the union is such a beautiful thing. I am so thankful that I have such an arrangement in my blessed life,

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          • Amy2 says:

            I hear ya on the prep work! necessary, but tedious. The painting is the easy part!

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      • Stillwater says:

        Project 1’s pictures were all time stamped to prove when the wall sections were put up so I’d expect they have someone else taking over pictures on Project 2 while Jeff is away.

        To be honest, I sort of expected there to be a dead period for news on Project 2 at some point. I think they may be saving the really good drone footage for a high quality promo video or two when they are nearing completion.

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    Trump Retweet

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  9. citizen817 says:

    Trump Retweet

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    • Rynn69 says:

      Don’t you think Xi Jinping had no respect for the Presidents prior to PDJT going back to 41? Hmmm…

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    • Blue Wildflower says:

      Every American needs this information. What a slap in the face to tax paying, Americans that are struggling to make ends meet. $5000.00 is a lot of money to most working people.

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      • cheering4america says:

        But is there some proof of this? I ask, because in a prior page I saw $15,000 quoted.

        I don’t know which it is, but I don’t think we should be the ones just throwing out numbers and mindlessly repeating things, like the leftists do.

        Also, since I noticed that those pens had the name “Nancy Pelosi” printed on them, whatever the bill was should be sent to her. But to her … crumbs.

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  10. Grandma Covfefe says:

    — * USA * 🇺🇸 —-” The Week Of Prayer ” —- 🇺🇸 * USA*—
    God Bless America…Land that I Love….

    🦅 KAG while Making America Greater Again
    Thank You, Lord, for President Trump, his MAGA Team, and all his supporters.
    Lord, keep them all safe in all they do and go daily. In Jesus’ Name we pray…..
    —————–
    About the Opposition….
    🌟 “May you punish them for their crimes;
    may they receive no verdict of innocence from you.
    May they be erased from the Book of Life,
    and their names not be written with the righteous.” 🌟 -— Psalm 69:27-28
    ————–—
    ***Praise: President Trump & MAGA Team is safely back in the WH from Texas
    ***Praise: President Trump’s approval rating among farmers is now 83%
    ***Praise: Over 2.4 million people went off food stamps since Donald Trump became President–Winning
    ***Praise: A NSC possible mole has been caught….check Sundance’s last article here
    ————–
    🙏 Pray:
    — for 24 hr-protection and safe traveling for President Trump & MAGA Team as they go to Davos in Switzerland (Dep WH 6:15pm to Zurich, Switzerland)
    — a special prayer of protection and alertness for our Patriots at Virginia 2A Rally today…May all evil schemes fail
    — that President Trump feel the love and support from 63 plus million Americans as we all as a nation stand with our President Trump this week
    — for President Trump’s well-being and wisdom
    — that Justice be served on all those Coupmakers and Obstructionists
    — for House/Senate Dems/Uni Party’s schemes/plots to FAIL
    — for our military in the Middle East and elsewhere—Ps 91:11: “For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.”
    — protection for White House, AF1 Planes, WHMU & Pres Trump’s properties
    — Pres. Candidate Democlowns to continue to fumble, jumble, mumble, stumble, grumble, crumble..then diminish….pouf….poof– 17 down 12 to go….POOF!
    — for USA Election Integrity, Voter ID, Paper Ballots, catch voting fraudsters
    — Protection for: USSS, Military, ICE, Border Patrol, LEOs, BP & LEOs’ Horses/dogs
    — for Guardian Angels protecting all our borders–air, land, sea
    — for safety for WALLbuilders as they build more new WALLS with speed
    — for Mexico to honor their promises to President Trump about invaders/cartels
    — for Mexico fighting to hold their southern border against their own southern invasion
    — for thorough investigations and arrests of those involved in Puerto Rico warehouse crimes–Warehouses full of emergency supplies withheld and hidden that was supposed to go to people needing aid after the hurricane and earthquakes
    — for protection/healing for all American children/youth and our young Landen
    — *🇺🇸* Victory Over Evil *🇺🇸*

    🦅 In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King….“On this day, we are reminded of what Dr. King described as “our noble capacity for justice and love and brotherhood.” ”
    — 🇺🇸 — Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America — 🇺🇸 —
    👌 —-Treepers’ Prayer Warriors Post for Monday, January 20, 2020 — 👌
    Countdown: 288 more days…. to “4 MORE YEARS” Win

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    • CountryDoc says:

      Only the tip of the iceberg. From one perspective (60% of the money we front for healthcare through employers, medicare, medicaid, and private policies is extorted away from patients and licensed providers to unnecessary expenditures. From almost every other perspective, it is equally atrocious. Our health care dollars are being wasted, and the health care system, instead of getting better, is disinegrating into a money diverting scheme of extortion from the American People. It is simultaneously diverting money and making healthcare not only less beneficial, but harmful.

      Top Lobbyists: Insurance companies, American Hospital Association, Pharmaceutical Industry, American Medical Associatio (which does not represent doctors well).

      The Opioid situation just highlights the callousness of the medical industrial complex and how much they care about money, and not only do not care about quality, they don’t even care that they are harming.

      There is far more money diverted by the medical industrial complex, than by Military industrial complex. Far more than Global Warming and the Green movement could ever hope. The largest industry in the world is Medicare.

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      • Payday says:

        Are there issues? Sure. But as leftists have typically done for decades, smear a whole industry for some isolated issues involved within it, and forget all the good that is done.

        Btw…McKesson is a wholesaler. Not a pharmaceutical manufacturer. And with all the multi millions in waste within these government systems, realize that only about 6% of the health care dollar goes to support pharmaceutical products specifically. The rest? It goes to the purveyors of care, and their medical equipment, services, and procedures. That’s were the real waste is.

        And in this specific case, opioids have been valuable for severe pain basically throughout human history. It’s not so much the manufactures who are the problem, as the distributors, prescribers, and susceptible patients. And junkies still abuse heroin. Which is not manufactured by Pharma

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        • dilonsfo says:

          You hit that out of the ballpark. Only between 2 and 4 percent of the abuse of opioids are prescription. The rest are black market street dope. The DEA, despite spending billions along with federal funding for local law enforcement, have not made a dent in stopping the illegal drug market or lowering the abuse of these drugs from the poor to the wealthy.

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          • listingstarboard says:

            A health care professional I see got complaints from the representative for Obamacare insurance that they were not prescribing ENOUGH narcotics. They seem to want people to be addicted?

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            • CountryDoc says:

              You are damned if you do and if you don’t. “Quality” is measured by patient satisfaction scores. If the patient seeking narcotics inapporpriately (and that is a huge judgement question) and they aren’t happy about it, they can complain to the insurance company. Same if you think the virus a child or adult has doesn’t need antibiotics and a steroid shot because it is likely to be harmful and of minimal benefit, the patient complains, the doctor gets low scores and less money. On the other hand, if you diagnose viral illness and prescribe antibiotics, you get penalized for poor quality and less money.

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              • listingstarboard says:

                My acquaintance is a pain management provider in a rural area with high addiction rates, who strives to help people get off of crippling doses of narcotics if they are addicted and have no real underlying condition. Addicts weaponise the on line satisfaction surveys because they are angry that they do not get what they demand. This clinician takes verbal abuse from addicts daily. Add on the insurance companies demanding you to prescribe MORE to people–there will soon be no clinicians that want to practice in areas like mine.

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        • CountryDoc says:

          Sorry I stepped on some toes, O ye defenders of the pharmaceutical industry. I wasn’t picking on just you. I’m picking on all of us — including docs. The best health care in the world is found here in the U.S. and the worst, but as an industry we suck. The causes are multifactoral, so I’m not just slamming the pharmaceutical industry.

          We give our healthcare dollar ($11,000/patient/yr) to the insurance companies first. Their profit depends on not spending it. The next most expensive country is $4-6000/patient per year. And our care is no better in the U.S. — in many cases worse. That means that ~$6,000 patient/year is not used effectively. We give them the money first, starting in the 1950s, and now, over the years, we have given them the power to decide if we can spend it — one freakin health care decision at at time.

          In this country we have a GDP of 22 TRILLION dollars. %18 of that (or $4 TRILLION dollars is on health care, and %60 percent of that is $2,370,000,000 of our countries wealth is being extorted per year, being used to make physicians, nurses,and other licensed people who are providing real health care (that which is necessary to improve health).

          I know McKesson is a wholesaler. They tried to wholesale Electronic Medical Records in both the hospital and outpatient offices and were terrible at it, now they exited that market to concentrate on where they really focus.

          In my town, primary care doctors, and any cerebral specialty (neurology, rheumatology, endocrinology) cannot stay in business. At town of 35,000 people has had 40 primary care doctors leave primary care in 10 years. In 14 counties, only 3 new primary care docs have started a new practice. A PCP who has $300,000 in debt is not going to take a job fo < $30,000. The hospital is firing their pcps, after forcing them to see more and more patients in an unsafe manner.

          We cant keep neurology, owe have no rheumatology, endocrinology. Specialist wont see patients to figure things out or keep time consuming patients and there are long waiting lists, even in the large metro areas.

          Everyone has a piece to blame for this:
          -Congress who gave the insurance companies this much power, and the money first with no effective accountability
          -Doctors who continued to order unneccesary tests or commit fraud with the money was easy to come by; and then who let the insurance companies and executives of hospitals control their decision making
          – pharmacy benefit managers who take $20 albuterol, negotiate the price down to $5 in china and jack the price up to $150/month because they can.
          – Health insurance companies who purchase pharmacy benefit mangers (express scrips, medco) so they can mislabel that profit as "medical care" so that it doesn't have to be shared by the physicians and providers who are doing the hard work, time consuming work, carrying the liability, and spending the relationship time with the patients for less and less money.
          – pharmaceuticals who twist the truth, pretend to doctors that meds are covered when they are not, create time consuming "discount, voucher, waiver, indigent systems which physician offices must spend the time.
          – insurance companies who are buying hospices and palliative care companies, trimming down the services to 1/3 of the former service, and tripling the "sticker price" so they can launder money into the "medical care" bucket, where the exorbitant profit doesn't have to be shared with the doctors and providers who are really managing the care and taking the malpractice risk. Causing patients and families to get a facade of care while large sums of money are pilfered from their insurance company or estate.
          – insurance companies who are hiring people, or more indirectly, consulting firms to argue with me (and I have to hire staff to do this) to prescribe a drug, or consult a specialist, or put someone in the hospital, or get a piece of durable medical equipment, lancets, insulin syringes, get my claim for money accepted, meet their bogus "quality standards" to get my money, get my money from them after they've accepted the claim, and I've passed all their bogus claims, and then sooth the increasingly frustrated and angry patients who are told "all your doctor has to do is sign to get it approved" when they are the ones who deny that approval for care that I know they need and went to school for 13 years to make those good decisions in an economically sound way.

          When there are no docs who will see you, or the ones who will see you (MDs, DOs, PAs, and NPs) are so poorly trained because all they did was shadow stressed providers in a non viable system.

          Yes, we must drain the medical "swamp". But we are the swamp. It is a swamp, because the water doesn't flow well and efficiently due to rules and diversions that congress has allowed by lobbying interests who are hijacking the medical industry because the U.S. puts $4 trillion dollars into it and gives the "accountability" to the same mob that is holding the money that must be spent for good health care.

          I pull in `$100,000 per month and employ 17-20 empolyees. the majority of those employees do not deliver health care. They deal with insurance companies and regulations. I usually do not take home a paycheck. I work 60-80 hrs a week. I love my patients. I live and go to church with them. I am less and less able to provide them good care and they are increasingly dissapointed. The stress I deal with is not the stress of medical care. It is the stress of training until I was 30 years old, looking at the people who I love and who can't understand why I'm unable to do what they need, no longer in the hospital (where it is also less effective).

          THIS is why the suicide rate is higher among physicians than any other profession currently — more than 20% higher than military vets.

          Its a long post, but a bad swamp as Steve is saying in the post. Its going to take a lot of sunlight, and redirection of water to drain this swamp — but as Sundance says, there really are TRILLIONS at stake.

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          • Treeper 46 says:

            Good post. Thanks Doc.

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          • Ausonius says:

            Many doctors I know (parents of my students plus a long-time friend) will verify your experiences.

            My doctor friend in Cincinnati went to a cash practice many years ago, divorced himself from the Leviathans of government and all insurance companies. He was tired of having bureaucrats from both monsters telling him how to treat illnesses. Financially he is all right, but the practice is small, because most people are connected to the government and insurance companies.

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            • CountryDoc says:

              Yes, that works for the doc for those patients that can afford it, but not so well for the sickest and most vulnerable who lose their doc when the dox exits.

              We need another term for those leaving medical plantation:

              Mexit is taken.

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              • listingstarboard says:

                I have the utmost respect for Docs in the trenches that are doing the right thing, and my experience (worked in hospital nearly 30 years, and as patient with cancer) has been that most doctors are genuinely extremely hard working, and want to do the right thing. But the pressure that EMR and other bureaucratic hoops have placed on them and the demand they see patients for 15 minutes tops has created a patient population that is disrespectful, demanding and abusive. Couple that with the misguided perception that all doctors are filthy rich (that makes me laugh) there will soon be no one worth their salt choosing to be in medicine. Funny how no one seems offended at lawyers like our lovelies in DC making millions of taxpayer dollars on witchhunts.

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          • Payday says:

            Sorry you took that personal. It was really a general response directed at the video clip provided.

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          • Payday. says:

            Although I see I did reply to you. I should have replied to the video itself.

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          • Country Doc bless you. I am 66 years old with numerous medical problems, i see 3 medical specialists all cost me more money then my GP doctor. I have not seen The one specialist in 3 years of MONTHLY visits always a nurse practitioner. After renal failure my visit with the kidney doctor was with a nurse practitioner, my advise to America is do not get old and have medical problems for you will see first hand the unimaginable. Thanks country doc.

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          • Greg1 says:

            Hugely eye opening post, CountryDoc, thank you for saying it.

            I’ve seen so many outrageous prices being charged by hospitals that I’ve looked at things from the perspective of the insurance companies for a long time. My Dad was a lung transplant patient, lived for ten years with a transplanted lung. We lost him almost two years ago. The hospital did things that were insanely unethical regarding billing……..but he was kept alive.

            You accurately nailed it regarding unnecessary testing. That was done frequently til Dad started questioning things. They didn’t like having unnecessary testing questioned, but they could not give him a reason for some of it.

            There is a lot of waste and abuse and outright fraud. But your post is an absolute eye opener. I can certainly understand people reluctant to pursue becoming a doctor and going so deeply in debt and spending so many years of their life in training only to experience frustration such as you have described.

            It sounds as if things could be hugely beneficial to patients and providers if the the providers who are in the trenches so to speak were able to change how things are done. But that might cut into the take of the insurance companies…….

            There has to be a balance. Somehow. Getting there looks flat out impossible based upon your post, sadly.

            Thank you for the post, and for the care you give your patients.

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          • cheering4america says:

            CountryDoc, Thank you for that thorough assessment of what is currently wrong with our medical system. I too know a physician who, when the Obamacare nightmare occurred, went into a private practice with a couple of other PCPs; I am not signed on with him, but the Annual Fee was only $1500 – I didn’t think that was that excessive.

            Can we put YOU in charge of the medical system in this country? You sound like an old school believer in the Hippocratic Oath.

            My niece is nearly through medical school. Because her mother is a rabid leftist feminist crazy and passed that on to their three daughters I never speak to her about these issues, but I worry about her. She is the type who would work herself to death to be excellent at her chosen field.

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  13. bethabcd says:

    Bravo, Grandma! Your prayers cover so many important happenings!

    Yes, prayers for Virginia✝️ It does sound like a setup. Prayers for safety for our brave Patriots!

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  14. Whistling_Past says:

    Dear Merciful, Patient and Loving God:

    Thank You for rescuing The United States of America from the dustbin of history
    three years ago.

    Please continue to bless and protect President Donald J. Trump with the
    uncommon strength and wisdom of leadership which You have given him.

    May America’s enemies, both foreign and domestic, continue to be confounded
    and their wicked plans come to naught as President Trump strives to achieve what
    is good and great.

    May more and more Americans humble themselves, repent of their sins, and by
    faith turn to You alone, O God, as their only Lord and Savior.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    Happy MAGAnniversary, treepers!
    God Bless MAGAmerica!
    * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    In Jesus’ Name,
    Amen.

    Liked by 11 people

  15. citizen817 says:

    Doug Collins interview with
    Mark Levin:

    Liked by 5 people

    • steph_gray says:

      Just one of the many Fox shows being silenced on ScrewYouTube. Gotta catch ’em early before they’re chopped by the Thought Police!

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    • Jase says:

      Warren and Klobucher? Not so much a Dream Team as a Nightmare Pair.
      A Scold and a Vacuous Nag.
      I suppose the thinking goes that because Warren is probably a more virulent Stalinist than Sanders, all the Bernie Tots will get behind Warren once they have finished rioting because their man got shafted – again.

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      • snarkybeach says:

        One of my dear friends was a Bernie Bro for the 2016 elections. He even got to go to the convention! He was crushed how they were treated, both at the convention and after when they were bullied into supporting the Hag.

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    • mr.piddles says:

      Wall Street just Tweeted: “If Pocahontas Warren is ever elected President , we’re moving to Canada.”

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  16. lida rose says:

    God Bless and Protect President Trump
    And his family
    Y
    Unite, Patriots

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  17. citizen817 says:

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  18. Troublemaker10 says:

    100,000 tickets requested for Wildwood Trump rally, Van Drew says
    https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/tickets-requested-for-wildwood-trump-rally-van-drew-says/article_c67c4936-ad58-5be4-bd64-47b9a9ade889.amp.html?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR29WSSXbO9WdxnMeAvPI-SiQSjJoxsh3iSWzhQVtRWh_2-9023FYqbvUUY

    Excerpt:

    Congressman Jeff Van Drew said Sunday that more tickets have been requested for President Donald Trump’s Wildwood rally Jan. 28 than for any other rally Trump has held.

    “It’s exciting, and I’m proud to say for this event of all the events he’s done we’ve had the most ticket requests,” Van Drew said on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo, of approximately 100,000 ticket requests for a venue that holds about 7,400.

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    • Julia Adams says:

      When you see the popularity and the (pent-up) demand for Trump 2020 Campaign events, and the way these events are growing in ticket requests and attendance these two factors alone indicate a relevant truism: It might be easier to get into Harvard or Notre Dame than it is to actually get a seat at a Trump Campaign rally.

      Forget the MSM polls, instead follow the American people. They come from near and far away, they stand literally for days enduring frigid, inclement weather 10 months prior to the general election hoping to get “inside” or just be able to catch a glimpse of President Trump. I know. I am one of those people. I have witnessed the phenomenon called a Trump rally. There’s “nothing like it”.

      Follow the people.

      Liked by 10 people

    • prognomore says:

      At a strictly summer resort, in January. This will be yuge!

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    • burginthorn says:

      Could I suggest the MCG in Melbourne Australia? It holds 100,000 people, which would easily seat all ticket requests PLUS I get to see the President 🙂

      Liked by 3 people

    • bkrg2 says:

      this is amazing! 100,000 in New Jersey area for a Trump rally???
      So many Demonrats in this area, so its good to see this strong support.

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  19. The Devilbat says:

    BERNIE THE COMMUNISTS PAST REVEALED

    Please share this with all the democrats and independents that you know.

    I am not Jewish but I rather enjoy reading the Jerusalem Post. They just ran an incredible story about Bernie Sanders that is truly a “must read.”

    To think that this communist jerk who got his first job at the age of 58 is likely going to be the democratic party’s choice to run for the presidency of the United States is downright scary.

    The article starts off assuming that one knows about someone called Pulley. This is who he is:
    Andrew Pulley (born May 5, 1951) is a former American politician who ran as Socialist Workers Party (SWP) candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1972.

    Here is the article:

    https://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/Bernie-Sanders-joined-a-party-that-supported-Iran-during-hostage-crisis-614524

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  20. citizen817 says:

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  21. Rynn69 says:

    ICYMI: Brandon Straka on CSPAN discussing the Walk Away movement. Brandon did such a great job and maneuvered around those land mine traps with ease:

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?468233-4/washington-journal-brandon-straka-discusses-walkaway-campaign&mc_cid=a31f3b8efd&mc_eid=88645a4f99

    Liked by 3 people

  22. hawkins6 says:

    I have no idea if this warning is legitimate or if it is intended to reduce the turnout of genuine 2A supporters.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Julia Adams says:

      If true, this is truly frightening…a disgusting set up.

      Liked by 2 people

    • freespeechfanatic says:

      It is most certainly a set-up. Absolutely no way to win. Attendance guarantees violence and lurid “Charlottesville” lies, lack of attendance guarantees press reporting weak support for 2A. We are paying every day for not waging a more effective war against the media.

      Liked by 2 people

      • t says:

        “We are paying every day for not waging a more effective war against the media.”

        You are kidding, right? Do you talk to any real people or just spew nonsense on the internet?

        PDJT war on the MSM has been wholly effective.

        I live in a purple state and talk to people of all political persuasions. True, I dont have much contact with the rabid left, but here in Michigan everyone I talk to despises the media and thinks they lie to serve an agenda.

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    • Somebody says:

      Well the buses will have to unload somewhere. Sounds like a perfect opportunity for some citizen journalists or an O’Keefe type. Expose it for all to see.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Ausonius says:

        Completely predictable: the KGB and Gestapo had the same technique. Sacrifice some of your own to prove that you are not one of them.

        Communists have no morals: they have replaced them with a Nietzschean Will to Power. DEMS have followed The Will to Power also: remember Billy Jeff Clinton being asked about his obvious lies!

        “Whatever it takes (to win).”

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    • bkrg2 says:

      i have been reading about this Antifa set-up for past couple weeks. I’d guess this tweet is 90% probable.
      Let’s hope it turns out to be the 10%

      Like

    • This pro 2nd amendment rally is now off to a very good start.

      None of the gloom and doom predictions have happened and instead of many staying home and having the rally be a bust, tens of thousands showed up and have made it a very nice peaceful success.

      Our side can turn things around and WIN.

      We do not need to give in and give up!

      Thank heavens people did not listen to this Ken Jones and Virginia voters are making Martin Luther King day a win for 2nd amendment supporters.

      Liked by 1 person

  23. nimrodman says:

    Missed this last week, but tell me it isn’t pinpoint accurate:

    Warning: Gang Of Known Criminals Holds Meeting To Discuss How Much Of Your Money To Steal

    DES MOINES, IA—Authorities are warning that a gang of known criminals is currently holding a meeting to debate various plots to steal your money.

    The criminals are debating exactly how much of your money to steal. Some are suggesting stealing all of your money, while others would just like to steal most of your money. Whatever the case, they all agree on two things: A.) you have money and B.) it must be stolen.

    “I know!” shouted one of the criminals, an older man with frizzy hair, known throughout the criminal underworld as a seasoned veteran when it comes to stealing people’s money. “We could lower ourselves in through people’s roofs and grab stuff like in that new movie the kids are talking about, Impossible Mission!”

    “That movie is called Die Tough, you dummy,” snapped one female gangster with the chiseled features of a Native American.

    https://babylonbee.com/news/group-of-known-criminals-meet-to-discuss-how-much-of-your-money-to-steal

    Liked by 5 people

  24. Joemama says:

    Dear lord, please help us understand how we can become better.

    Liked by 3 people

  25. Dora says:

    But what about Bernie?

    Liked by 2 people

  26. spoogels says:

    Bernie Sanders was in a party that supported Iran during hostage crisis
    Pulley often condemned “[US President Jimmy] Carter’s war drive against the Iranian people,” claiming the US “was on the brink of war with Iran.”

    https://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/Bernie-Sanders-joined-a-party-that-supported-Iran-during-hostage-crisis-614524

    Liked by 2 people

  27. Robster says:

    Just watched an excellent 1964 movie on Bitchute. Seven Days in May. Starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas.

    Storyline: Several military leaders and congressmen join forces to overthrow the President based on their disagreement with the foreign policy of the President.

    Highlighted is the fact the President has the role of forming foreign policy and the departments of state and military has the role of carrying out that policy. If they disagree and refuse to carry out the policy they can resign and run for office.

    An excellent film that has many parallels to current events and explains how the constitution is meant to work. Should be viewed before the impeachment proceedings begin.

    Hope the link works. https://www.bitchute.com/video/uTXUmamf88Ql/

    Liked by 4 people

  28. Ausonius says:

    Hugh Hewitt reported on Meet the Press yesterday that “Material allegation #73 on p. 25 of the second submission directly contradicts an earlier allegation in the impeachment articles on how the president was trying to influence the 2020 election through the Ukraine.

    Such a contradiction (and apparently others) in his opinion will invalidate any need for witnesses and should lead to a simple dismissal.

    i.e. The Articles of Impeachment are such a vague, badly written, badly thought-out, and self-contradictory mess that no one – and especially the highest judge and lawyers in the land – can take it seriously.

    Liked by 3 people

    • “Unconstitutional” is supposed to mean something very special. It’s supposed to mean that you can’t do it anymore. Every time the Supreme Court has said it, since the first day they appointed unto themselves the right to say it, their rulings have been honored. Well, now it’s time for the US Senate to say it as they dismiss these unconstitutional articles.

      The Founders of our nation were very explicit on what they thought impeachment was, and was not, and must never be. And, to keep things short, “they were talking about precisely this.”

      Any Court can throw out any case without trial if that case is defective. Nothing could be more defective than unconstitutionality. These Articles are indeed unlike the ones brought forward in every previous case. These, unlike the others, do not “even superficially” meet the requirements set forth in our founding document. For many compelling reasons, they should not be heard, but dismissed with prejudice. Very truly, “there is nothing here to try.”

      Liked by 2 people

      • Ausonius says:

        Amen! And we shall see just how competent all of these lawyers in the Senate are, along with Roberts!

        I am betting that a good number are willing to sequester any competence they may have for their hatred of President Trump. I hope it is not a majority of 2/3!

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    • Bubby says:

      I don’t think that will stop Pierre Dilecto, Collins, Murkowski et al from wanting Bolton as witness in order to be “fair” while hoping to remove President Trump.

      Liked by 2 people

  29. Dora says:

    Never Trumpers flame out

    Joe Walsh and Bill Weld have failed to file in many of the states where GOP presidential primaries will be held this year.

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/18/never-trump-2020-walsh-weld-100665

    Liked by 3 people

    • lawrencepaul1 says:

      More like a “fizzle” than a “flame” though.

      Liked by 2 people

    • thedoc00 says:

      More like the RNC told them no primaries because we need our cash cow in tact. The RNC does not have the Billionaire donor base equal to the DNC’s, which is focused on defeating one person. This fact alone may convince GOPe members to end the impeachment farce for the next 5 years.

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  30. Guyski says:

    This info originally posted on NSC Russia Expert escorted from White House….

    Interesting. 🤔🤔🤔

    Andrew Lewis Peek

    Father: Jeffrey Merle Peek

    Mother: Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Taylor Peek.

    She is known. She is on Fox News and Fox Business

    Like

    • benifranlkin says:

      and she is a staunch proponent of Maganomics….

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      • jeans2nd says:

        Yes, she is. Liz Peek is an economist-commentator, very old-school Republican, very MAGA, but more GOPe than not.

        Liz Peek supports MAGA economics, but how much more MAGA she supports is unknown.
        This is a wee bit concerning.

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        • albertus magnus says:

          I am surprised and concerned as well. Count me as disappointed as well.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Pew-Anon says:

            I don’t have any specific reason to doubt SD’s analysis so far. Notwithstanding, no DoJ action has yet been taken against any actual Trump resistor. This Peek guy would be the first. So until this shakes out some more, I will default to interpreting any DoJ action as evidence the target is doing something right rather than doing something wrong.

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  31. lawrencepaul1 says:

    The Military and State Can’t Handle the Trump Truth by Larry C Johnson
    https://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2020/01/the-betrayal-of-trump-by-larry-c-johnson.html

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  32. lawrencepaul1 says:

    Liked by 2 people

  33. lawrencepaul1 says:

    “A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.”

    Friedrich Hayek

    Liked by 2 people

  34. lawrencepaul1 says:

    A unique perspective on Blexit.

    Liked by 2 people

  35. jim says:

    President Trump nixes Obama deal for China to control Port of Long Beach

    The Port of Long Beach, California is the second-busiest port in the United States and one of the world’s busiest seaports, a leading gateway for trade between the United States and Asia. It supports more than 2.6 million jobs nationally and generates billions of dollars in economic activity each year.

    https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/president-trump-nixes-obama-deal-for-china-to-control-port-of-long-beach

    Liked by 5 people

  36. lawrencepaul1 says:

    Big day for Virginians today. I hope that nobody fall for the gun grabbers trap let themselves be provoked. This whole thing stinks of a set-up to me.

    Liked by 7 people

  37. Publius2016 says:

    False flag alert on MLK Day…once again Deep State Think Tank Black Ops only has TERROR…With Shampeachment the level of RINO AND MEVERTRUMPER BLAME will be insane!

    Thing is BLOOMBERG only has one issue to play: Gun Ban…so Virginia area or Historically Black college is most likely target…

    45 has tremendous support among young black Americans!

    Liked by 1 person

  38. paintbrushsage says:

    Like

  39. Trumpstumper says:

    Can we have a Richmond Thread?

    Liked by 1 person

  40. beach lover says:

    I have a question about the impeachment procedures. If this will go as expected, Senators will be submitting questions.. who are those questions to? The lawyers and House Managers?

    If so, what’s to keep a wise GOP Senator, asking little pencil neck all about his false reading of the phone call, or his association with the WB? Can he refuse to answer like he always does? And if so on what grounds?

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    • Somebody says:

      Not sure, but I presume there will be parameters regarding questions. Most likely they will be limited in asking questions limited to facts presented to them.

      I know they submit their questions to the chief justice and he asks them, so I presume Roberts is the final filter so to speak. I think Roberts ultimately decides if a question is Germaine and or appropriate

      Liked by 1 person

      • beach lover says:

        That makes sense. So I guess the Dims have to be very careful to not bring up any information gleaned from the WB, or that would be fair game?

        Im counting on the Presidents team to be light years ahead of the idiots on the Dem side. In fact, I think the majority of the lawyers behind the Left (Lawfare) actually enjoy thinking of things to screw up the status quo and stretch the bounds of the constitution. It’s got them this far. Roberts must have control or this could go off the rails quickly.

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      • thedoc00 says:

        I agree with one added nuance. The questions may also be viewed, if no also reviewed by Lindsey Graham and the Democrat Ranking member of the Senate Judicial Committee. Justice Roberts may render the final verdict on use of the question, but both parties in the senate are at least going to want to be privileged to questions asked.

        Also look for the questions to be “submitted” via the media as well.

        Hopefully Mitch is smart enough to use Schiff’s ploy of classifying everything until after the Senate Trial.

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    • Garavaglia says:

      They will set parameters (boundaries) on the subject matter of questions. I suspect that if it does not pertain to Trump and that damned phone call, it will not be allowed. Same with witnesses. Having Roberts ask the questions gives the swamp a filter. Just my 2 cents.

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      • beach lover says:

        So, with that thought, would not the Schiff false reading of the phone call that started this whole circus, in fact, be material?

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  41. Brant says:

    From the excepts I’ve read on the WaPo book, “A very stable genius”, seems it will add more folks liking Trump much to angst and goal of it’s authors. Seems Trump was really giving it to Tillerson and the politically positioned general officers at the pentagon/Tank in June 2017. Calling them losers on a 17 year long war. I won’t get the book, but it seems it will backfire on the authors now that folks are starting to see the deep state/uniparty/ all wars for what it is…..thanks to Trump.

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    • Brant says:

      And I think the opposite is true too. When Trump meets with NCOs and enlisted, he doesn’t want officers there either. With NCOs, I hope he doesn’t go very far above platoon level. Above that you probably start getting into nearly political positions at company/battalion and above level.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      Link for the book you are talking about? Thanks.

      Like

  42. Reserved55 says:

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  43. Publius2016 says:

    AG Barr can engage counter terrorism investigation as we speak…MLK day is obvious False Flag territory for BLOOMBERG’s anti gun agenda…BLOOMBERG like SOROS is GLOBALIST DEEP STATE 101…

    Charlottesville was FAKE NEWS…Tomorrow SHAMPEACHMENT opens with RINOs and NEVERTRUMPERS waiting for something to hold onto…

    Liked by 1 person

  44. Reserved55 says:

    Like

  45. lawrencepaul1 says:

    Like

  46. Zy says:

    How are 2a issues “white nationalist”? Wouldn’t gun confiscation apply to the loyal inner city residents of D controlled cities?

    Liked by 1 person

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