Donald Trump is a genius

Donald Trump is a genius in exactly the same way his enemies are morons. I don’t say these people can’t tie their shoelaces or cross the streets by themselves. What I do say is that when it comes to political judgement and ethical behaviour, they are so far below an acceptable norm as to place them beyond any need to pay the slightest attention to what they say or what they want because of how politically stupid they really are. This is what PDT said:

“Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence,” he wrote at 7:19 a.m.

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” he continued. “Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames.”

“I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star . . . to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius . . . and a very stable genius at that!” he finished at 7:30 a.m.

This is from Wikipedia.

genius
ˈdʒiːnɪəs/
noun
1.
exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability.
“she was a teacher of genius”
synonyms: brilliance, great intelligence, great intellect, great ability, cleverness, brains, eruditionwisdomsagacity, fine mind, witartistryflair, creative power, precocity, precociousness More

2.
an exceptionally intelligent person or one with exceptional skill in a particular area of activity.
“a mathematical genius”
synonyms: brilliant person, mental giant, mastermind, Einstein, intellectualintellectbrainhighbrowexpertmasterartistpolymathMore

If you cannot recognise genius when you see it – someone with an exceptional skill in a particular area of activity, political leadership for example – then maybe you are just too stupid to be able to tell.

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134 Responses to Donald Trump is a genius

  1. If for nothing else, he is an absolute genius given the ease with which he can make Leftist heads explode.

    The Fake MSM, the Fake Hollywood Elite, the Fake Democrats and every Fake SJW are but mere putty in his hands.

    Enter Malcolm et al to prove the point.

  2. That would be a reading taken from Chapter 11, then?

  3. Jo Smyth

    Any comments in relation to this post will be in two categories. Those who have become so indoctrinated that their default position is to automatically oppose anything to do with what Trump says or does. They do not have the capacity to stand back and reason because that’s what years of indoctrination does. It dulls the brain. Of course the other group are those who have not succumbed to indoctrination and are able to think freely and can see the benefits of all that a person has achieved in life and what those achievements can bring to a Presidency. The fact that the first group are indoctrinated means there is no point in trying to reason with them.

  4. Cynic of Ayr

    Oh I think the left has no idea how badly they are being manipulated and walked over by The Donald.
    He plays them like a fiddle!
    He puts out a tweet – any tweet – and they go insane about it. While they are fully occupied being insane, he quietly goes about chopping them off at the knees, and they don’t even know!
    There are many to choose from, but I have decided that Meryl Streep is my favorite insane lefty.

  5. Rob

    PDT has made me treat any commentary from the media’s pundits and commentators as highly suspect.
    Sad.

  6. Defender of the faith

    Kates: you need a sandwich board and a long session on Bourke St. I’m sure you will find very many “morons”.

  7. OldOzzie

    Trump maybe a Bluster and Bully Man but he is getting things done

    We’re still better off with Trump than Clinton

    and to see where the Swamp Draining is heading I would recommend the following detailed reports

    The Silence of The Shams…

    but more importantly

    The Scope of the Inspector General Report and the Inevitable March Towards a Special Counsel to Investigate the Department of Justice.

    For you Steve, if you have not already read them – worth your time

  8. Perth Trader

    The responses to Trump’s tweets reminds me of a Homer Simpson line,..’let the babies have there bottle”.

  9. duncanm

    Of course the other group are those who have not succumbed to indoctrination and are able to think freely and can see the benefits of all that a person has achieved in life and what those achievements can bring to a Presidency

    Jo – there’s a third group you’re missing. Those that recognise the Don is brilliant and very successful, but maybe don’t agree with his exploits as president.

    Not saying I’m one of these.. they’re hard to find, and certainly your first indoctrinated group won’t be swayed to join them, but they exist.

  10. Sinclair Davidson

    Trump may or may not have been very succesful as a businessman, certainly he was a successful reality tv star but can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year?

  11. His win against Hillary alone counts as genius. She had a massive financial advantage, practically all the political and editorial endorsements, the media were putrid Trump haters, even his own party didn’t want him. But he won. How is that not genius? How is the ability to understand what normal people feel (despite being a New York billionaire) in spite of the torrent of hatred, not genius?

  12. Mike of Marion

    OldOzzie
    #2603567, posted on January 7, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    That thread reader is is unbelievable – thanks

  13. Mike of Marion

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2603601, posted on January 7, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    In the grand scale of things, I think DJT is a bit ahead of that excuse for a leader we have!!

  14. OldOzzie

    Mike of Marion
    #2603612, posted on January 7, 2018 at 7:12 pm
    Sinclair Davidson
    #2603601, posted on January 7, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    In the grand scale of things, I think DJT is a bit ahead of that excuse for a leader we have!!

    A Bit – Trump is miles ahead of Trembling Turdball, who definitely has no cojones

  15. pbw

    Sinc,

    …can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year?

    Yes.

  16. Shy Ted

    We’ve got our own MAGA, it’s Making Australia Gay Australia. Every institution, every level of government, 24/7.

  17. …can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year?

    https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2009/press.html

  18. Karabar

    “If you cannot tell genius when you see it – someone with an exceptional skill in a particular area of activity, political leadership for example – then maybe you are just too stupid to be able to tell.”

    Thereby you have described the ENTIRE management and staff of the ABC, Fairfax in its totality, and ALL of the politicians in the ACT (apart from Lyonhjelm perhaps), bot federal and territorial.

  19. OldOzzie

    Sinc

    but can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year?

    Yes – Year One List: 81 major Trump achievements, 11 Obama legacy items repealed

    Below are the 12 categories and 81 wins cited by the White House.

    Jobs and the economy

    . Passage of the tax reform bill providing $5.5 billion in cuts and repealing the Obamacare mandate.
    . Increase of the GDP above 3 percent.
    . Creation of 1.7 million new jobs, cutting unemployment to 4.1 percent.
    . Saw the Dow Jones reach record highs.
    . A rebound in economic confidence to a 17-year high.
    . A new executive order to boost apprenticeships.
    . A move to boost computer sciences in Education Department programs.
    . Prioritizing women-owned businesses for some $500 million in SBA loans.

    Killing job-stifling regulations

    . Signed an Executive Order demanding that two regulations be killed for every new one creates. He beat that big and cut 16 rules and regulations for every one created, saving $8.1 billion.
    . Signed 15 congressional regulatory cuts.
    . Withdrew from the Obama-era Paris Climate Agreement, ending the threat of environmental regulations.
    . Signed an Executive Order cutting the time for infrastructure permit approvals.
    . Eliminated an Obama rule on streams that Trump felt unfairly targeted the coal industry.

    Fair trade

    . Made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
    . Opened up the North American Free Trade Agreement for talks to better the deal for the U.S.
    . Worked to bring companies back to the U.S., and companies like Toyota, Mazda, Broadcom Limited, and Foxconn announced plans to open U.S. plants.
    . Worked to promote the sale of U.S products abroad.
    . Made enforcement of U.S. trade laws, especially those that involve national security, a priority.
    . Ended Obama’s deal with Cuba.

    Boosting U.S. energy dominance

    . The Department of Interior, which has led the way in cutting regulations, opened plans to lease 77 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling.
    . Trump traveled the world to promote the sale and use of U.S. energy.
    . Expanded energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline snubbed by Obama.
    . Ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to kill Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
    . EPA is reconsidering Obama rules on methane emissions.

    Protecting the U.S. homeland

    . Laid out new principles for reforming immigration and announced plan to end “chain migration,” which lets one legal immigrant to bring in dozens of family members.
    . Made progress to build the border wall with Mexico.
    . Ended the Obama-era “catch and release” of illegal immigrants.
    . Boosted the arrests of illegals inside the U.S.
    . Doubled the number of counties participating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement charged with deporting illegals.
    . Removed 36 percent more criminal gang members than in fiscal 2016.
    . Started the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.
    . Ditto for other amnesty programs like Deferred Action for Parents of Americans.
    . Cracking down on some 300 sanctuary cities that defy ICE but still get federal dollars.
    . Added some 100 new immigration judges.

    Protecting communities

    . Justice announced grants of $98 million to fund 802 new cops.
    . Justice worked with Central American nations to arrest and charge 4,000 MS-13 members.
    . Homeland rounded up nearly 800 MS-13 members, an 83 percent one-year increase.
    . Signed three executive orders aimed at cracking down on international criminal organizations.
    . Attorney General Jeff Sessions created new National Public Safety Partnership, a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crimes.

    Accountability

    . Trump has nominated 73 federal judges and won his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
    . Ordered ethical standards including a lobbying ban.
    . Called for a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch.
    . Ordered an overhaul to modernize the digital government.
    . Called for a full audit of the Pentagon and its spending.

    Combatting opioids

    . First, the president declared a Nationwide Public Health Emergency on opioids.
    . His Council of Economic Advisors played a role in determining that overdoses are underreported by as much as 24 percent.
    . The Department of Health and Human Services laid out a new five-point strategy to fight the crisis.
    . Justice announced it was scheduling fentanyl substances as a drug class under the Controlled Substances Act.
    . Justice started a fraud crackdown, arresting more than 400.
    . The administration added $500 million to fight the crisis.
    . On National Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Agency collected 456 tons.

    Protecting life

    . In his first week, Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy that blocks some $9 billion in foreign aid being used for abortions.
    . Worked with Congress on a bill overturning an Obama regulation that blocked states from defunding abortion providers.
    . Published guidance to block Obamacare money from supporting abortion.

    Helping veterans

    . Signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in theDepartment of Veterans Affairs to fire failing employees and establish safeguards to protect whistleblowers.
    . Signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act.
    . Signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, to provide support.
    . Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
    . Created a VA hotline.
    . Had the VA launch an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with a way to access wait time and quality of care data.
    . With VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, announced three initiatives to expand access to healthcare for veterans using telehealth technology.

    Promoting peace through strength

    . Directed the rebuilding of the military and ordered a new national strategy and nuclear posture review.
    . Worked to increase defense spending.
    . Empowered military leaders to “seize the initiative and win,” reducing the need for a White House sign off on every mission.
    . Directed the revival of the National Space Council to develop space war strategies.
    . Elevated U.S. Cyber Command into a major warfighting command.
    . Withdrew from the U.N. Global Compact on Migration, which Trump saw as a threat to borders.
    . Imposed a travel ban on nations that lack border and anti-terrorism security.
    . Saw ISIS lose virtually all of its territory.
    . Pushed for strong action against global outlaw North Korea and its development of nuclear weapons.
    . Announced a new Afghanistan strategy that strengthens support for U.S. forces at war with terrorism.
    . NATO increased support for the war in Afghanistan.
    . Approved a new Iran strategy plan focused on neutralizing the country’s influence in the region.
    . Ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airbase used in a chemical weapons attack.
    . Prevented subsequent chemical attacks by announcing a plan to detect them better and warned of future strikes if they were used.
    . Ordered new sanctions on the dictatorship in Venezuela.

    Restoring confidence in and respect for America

    . Trump won the release of Americans held abroad, often using his personal relationships with world leaders.
    . Made good on a campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    . Conducted a historic 12-day trip through Asia, winning new cooperative deals. On the trip, he attended three regional summits to promote American interests.
    . He traveled to the Middle East and Europe to build new relationships with leaders.
    . Traveled to Poland and on to Germany for the G-20 meeting where he pushed again for funding of women entrepreneurs.

  20. Paul

    Genius? Absolutely.
    He has the msm yellow journalists all worked out, and playing them at their own game.
    Not to mention 2 million jobs, stock market outstanding performance, workers receiving bonuses from employers, as well as tax cuts.
    To bad Turnbull is so far left he can’t see what Trump is doing.

  21. BrettW

    The above tweet was the one where the Channel 10 reporter (9am today) read it out but missed the sentence starting with crooked Hilary even though it was showing on the screen.

  22. Jo Smyth

    Sinc, I think Old Ozzie’s comment pretty much sums up the answer to your query.

  23. Marko

    Eric Weinstein calls him a ‘higher level player’. That is immense respect, from a highly intelligent person of the left.

  24. John Constantine

    Compare America being made great again with Australia getting bollarded up, patrolled by State paramilitary Death squads-except for the no go zones.

    Deindustrialised Australia, unable to make diesel, fertiliser, herbicide,fungicide,insecticide or ice cream.

    The only profitable business in Australia is the population Ponzi and selling your arse to the Chinese communist party.
    Can we clone Trump?.

  25. The Pugilist

    Fair trade

    . Made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
    . Opened up the North American Free Trade Agreement for talks to better the deal for the U.S.

    Espousing Trump’s ‘fair trade’ achievements could literally be written by any leftist anti-globalisation crank. I don’t disagree with all the other stuff but his trade policies are absolute detritus.

  26. John Constantine

    Oh for Racketeering involved corrupt organisations laws in Australia, so the corrupt criminal scum and filth of their ABC could be sold to the Chinese communist party to be used as Frankenstein monsters in the extended life for chicom leaders program

  27. Muddy

    OldOzzie.
    Thanks for the links, in particular the third one about the Inspector General. I know as much about the law and the U.S. political system as I do about economics, science, maths, women, (you get the idea), but it’s interesting nonetheless.

  28. Sinclair Davidson

    The fair trade reflects very poorly on Trump. A lot of the other is tangentially associated with him. The deregulation and tax stuff is good. Judicial appointments too.

  29. OldOzzie

    Sinc

    but can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year?


    Brett Decker: ‘Trump in One Year Is Already Better Than 16 Years’ of Bush, Obama ‘Put Together

    “Trump in one year is already better than sixteen years of [George W. Bush and Barack Obama] put together,” said former Wall Street Journal editor Brett M. Decker, pointing to a current 17-year high in consumer confidence.

  30. Rabz

    can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year?

    My remaining stock portfolio (up 33% in just nine months) emphatically and positively exclaims “yes”.

  31. Eddystone

    Trump Turnbull may or may not have been very succesful as a businessman, certainly he was a successful reality tv star got lucky with OzEmail, but can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year? nearly two and a half years?

    Yes, we can.

    He’s effing hopeless. Just like I predicted when he backstabbed Abbott.

    Trump’s doing ok though.

  32. Eddystone

    A lot of the other is tangentially associated with him.

    So would it have happened under Hillary or Cruz, do you think?

  33. Up The Workers!

    Trump by name and Trump by nature.

    As somebody said in the above thread, the man has huge ‘cohones’, to have been the object of so much hatred, lies and bad press and yet still ‘Trump” all his fact-phobic opponents.

    Meanwhile, on this side of the Pacific Ocean, our Prime Quisling, Halal Mal Turncoat very much prefers swimming in the swamp, to draining the putrid sludge and all its various forms of slimy pond-life.

    On the topic of ‘cohones’, about all that can be said for our cringe-worthy Halal Mal, is that he was once a Director of Goldman Sachs, but as far as can be ascertained, he has shown no evidence of possession of any Gold Man-Sacks at all, for some years now.

  34. Snoopy

    My remaining stock portfolio (up 33% in just nine months) emphatically and positively exclaims “yes”.

    Just imagine your gains if Trump was a committed free trader! You would be richer than Croesus.

  35. JC

    Sinclair

    To be fair, Trump’s trade interventions have been typical of any modern president since the war. The steel protection tariffs/quotas are usually acted on in the 3rd year of a presidency, while Trump enacted his in the first year. 🙂

  36. JC

    Everything else about trade has been a lot of puffing and wind by the orangeman.

  37. Jo Smyth

    Speaking of Mal and as Sinclair is around, it would be very interesting to have his up to date analysis of how we are doing under Turnbull. Is he happy to accept he is the dud a lot of people predicted he would be and that we are soon going to be living under a Labor Government? If I remember, Mr Davidson was overwhelmed with joy when Abbott was stabbed and Turnbull became the fake Leader.

  38. Infidel Tiger

    Trump may or may not have been very succesful as a businessman, certainly he was a successful reality tv star but can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year?

    Yes. Potential greatness in reach.

  39. Y

    A comic genius, at least. His Sloppy Steve Bannon tweet was hilarious.

    Reminds me a bit of Gordon Ramsay actually. Makes his point with direct and hysterically funny wordplay.

  40. Leo G

    “Trump in one year is already better than sixteen years of [George W. Bush and Barack Obama] put together,” said former Wall Street Journal editor Brett M. Decker …”

    At least in part, such an assessment may be explained by recognition of accumulating mistakes and their consequences. It might be fairer to compare Trump’s first year in office with each first year of the other presidents.

  41. Slayer of Memes

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2603601, posted on January 7, 2018 at 7:04 pm
    Trump may or may not have been very succesful as a businessman, certainly he was a successful reality tv star but can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year?

    Given your previous political judgement was to announce that Malcontent Termite was ‘Potentially the Greatest PM EVAR!!’ O Doomlord…. perhaps you should sit this one out??

    Just sayin’…

  42. marcus classis

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2603601, posted on January 7, 2018 at 7:04 pm
    Trump may or may not have been very succesful as a businessman, certainly he was a successful reality tv star but can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year?

    In a qualified sense, yes. By the end of his first year, Obama had proven his loyalty to a non-national global elite agenda and was causing serious damage to international political stability, while acting to deliberately over-regulate the US economy. It got worse from there, causing the collapse of the ‘Sykes-Picot Middle east’ and much unnecessary bloodletting there, and with escalating bad impacts on the US economy.

    If the current path Trump is walking continues, much of the last 60 years of cultural marxist achievements in the USA will be destroyed.

    This is to be applauded, even if alien life forms dwellering under the ice on Europa get deafened by the screaming of the moonbats here.

  43. Confused Old Misfit

    but can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year?

    Damn right we can form an opinion!
    We may be wrong of course as was the Nobel Committee on Obama when they awarded him a peace prize.

  44. Barry 1963

    Leaving partisan eyes out of it, Trump is unorthodox. He stood as an unorthodox candidate and he keeps in this vein. Whether his first term is successful is something over which I reserve my judgment. Anyways, while Trump is a global figure, it is really a matter for the American people.

  45. overburdened

    Rene Descartes made a simple error after noting Cogito ergo Sum. He spent a long time trying to unpick it and explain it. I think Mr Kates should have left his thesis at his last post.

  46. rickw

    The fair trade reflects very poorly on Trump. A lot of the other is tangentially associated with him. The deregulation and tax stuff is good. Judicial appointments too.

    Isn’t Trumps order of priorities completely logical?

    Launch into fair or free trade with your industries heavily regulated and taxed and all you’ll see is China eating them alive.

    I wouldn’t expect him to be interested in even thinking about fair or free trade for another 3 years, if he does touch the issue then it will be with extreme care and consideration.

    The answer is no where near as obvious as with regulation and taxation.

  47. The Pugilist

    I wouldn’t expect him to be interested in even thinking about fair or free trade for another 3 years, if he does touch the issue then it will be with extreme care and consideration

    His NAFTA strategy is downright certifiable. He will add $2500 to the cost of a new car overnight and will severely damage his farmers by destroying the economics of integrated supply chains with Canada and Mexico. He is hurting the people that voted for him in droves.

  48. The Pugilist

    If you’re worried about China, isolate them in the.WTO. Make them lose face. Don’t vacate the field and leave them to go about their manipulation uninterrupted.

  49. feelthebern

    won his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

    At this time, this is the only real achievement of the administration.
    As with GWB appointing John Roberts, then appointing him Chief Justice was the only thing his administration really did on the plus side of the ledger (maybe increasing the DARPA funding a million-fold too).

    I’m sure all Cats are familiar with “Seward’s folly”.

  50. Oh come on

    I don’t think Trump’s a genius. Still, he’s being vastly underestimated by his opponents, which can’t be anything but a good thing. You’d think the Dems would have learnt their lesson in 2004.

  51. Malcolm Thomas

    Sorry Steve, but the people spilling the beans on the child daycare centre that the White House has become, and the dopey, unread clot who presides in it, were not leftists but rather Trump’s own staffers and ex-staffers.

  52. jupes

    Trump may or may not have been very succesful as a businessman,

    Trump’s plane has gold plated seat belts. That’s a pretty good indicator of success I would think.

    certainly he was a successful reality tv star but can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year?

    Yes we can.

  53. Confused Old Misfit

    Ah yes! the people “spilling the beans”: The second raters who couldn’t produce. The ones who burned themselves out trying to look “busy” and succeeding only in impeding. No not “leftists”, but incompetents who got pushed, fired, eased out, remained unpromoted or were otherwise disrespected by Trump’s administration.
    That’s the way the real world works, twinkletoes!
    As has been noted elsewhere the author of that puerile publication is unable to either confirm or vouch for the veracity of the material he has included in his book. That, however, will be no impediment to its sales and even less of an impediment in influencing the gullible.

  54. Art Vandelay

    I’ll take a year of Trump over 3 years of our ‘potentially great libertarian’ Prime Minister:

    Regulations at ‘Lowest Count Since Records Began Being Kept in the Mid-1970s
    Economy advances while administrative state recedes; lefty commentators hardest hit.

    Meanwhile it can take well over a year to simply set up a new business here.

  55. NB

    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has absolutely disgraced itself, becoming transparently Soviet in its tactics. It reports the Wolff book with undisguised glee, concluding Trump is insane. I could once listen to the ABC to find out what the left is thinking (or feeling). But now I’d rather it suffered the same fate as the Berlin wall.

  56. Oh come on

    Sorry Steve, but the people spilling the beans on the child daycare centre that the White House has become, and the dopey, unread clot who presides in it, were not leftists but rather Trump’s own staffers and ex-staffers.

    Keep walking, dummy.

  57. Leigh Lowe

    Jupes at 10:56.
    “Yes we can”
    A beautiful reprise of Obumbi’s empty promise from 2008.

  58. Leigh Lowe

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2603601, posted on January 7, 2018 at 7:04 pm
    Trump may or may not have been very succesful as a businessman, certainly he was a successful reality tv star but can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year?

    Perhaps.
    Perhaps not.
    The only thing we can say for certain is that he is infinitely better than the gin-soaked, polyester pantsuit clad, crooked harridan which the Democrats offered up as an alternative.

  59. The Pugilist

    I’ll take a year of Trump over 3 years of our ‘potentially great libertarian’ Prime Minister:

    Damn straight.

  60. Art Vandelay

    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has absolutely disgraced itself, becoming transparently Soviet in its tactics.

    I refer to the ABC’s nightly anti-Trump diatribes as Two Minutes Hate (except that the ABC’s denunciations usually drag on for a lot longer than two minutes).

  61. Malcolm Thomas

    Sorry, Old Misfit, but even if everything you say is right, it doesn’t stop Kates from having been wrong about the sources of the criticisms of Trump in his latest deluded post.

  62. Malcolm

    He is a genius because he says he is a genius? Bullshit. The man is incapable of rational thought. He is a child who inherited daddy’s money and wasted it, he is the worst president in history and Kates is a senile old man.

  63. Kim Howard

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2603601, posted on January 7, 2018 at 7:04 pm
    Trump may or may not have been very succesful as a businessman, certainly he was a successful reality tv star but can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year?
    Sinc your the economic genius teaching at our kinderversitys and coming from a failing Country like South Africa whats your view ?
    President Trumps successes are well known , there is lists freely available to your good self as you well know .
    Best guess is that your an over paid sycophant spouting university doctrine to continue the decline of actual Libertarian freedoms .
    Importing 6 billion peoples from third world country`s does not add up when they produce 800 million new babies each year .
    Do the math and then get back to me , as doomlord you have my email address .
    Just a sell out South African trading on failed South African Government any comment on that , hows the ANC Government doing with UN help , not so good I hear !

  64. Kim Howard

    John Constantine
    #2603641, posted on January 7, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Compare America being made great again with Australia getting bollarded up, patrolled by State paramilitary Death squads-except for the no go zones.

    plus one from me

  65. Kim Howard

    Eddystone
    #2603684, posted on January 7, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Trump Turnbull may or may not have been very succesful as a businessman, certainly he was a successful reality tv star got lucky with OzEmail, but can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year? nearly two and a half years?

    Yes, we can.

    Right with you Eddystone
    Historically speaking Trumball is a class one fockwit and a his background will have to be analyzed
    further along with his partners Gillard and Rudd and the Clinton Foundation .
    Heck any Government minister that sign`s up to a Global UN Cabal should be made accountable .
    Constitutional lawyers around any were , guess not just litigating lawyers .

  66. André M.

    Why am I not surprised that this blog post, and all the supportive comments which follow it, have talked about the alleged Russian connections to the Trump team without mentioning the names Papadopoulos and Manafort even once?

    Let’s fix that.
    http://observer.com/2017/10/trump-spy-ties-to-moscow-george-papadopoulos-paul-manafort-robert-mueller/amp/

    the White House protested that they barely know Manafort and Gates—a transparent falsehood—while stating that their alleged crimes have nothing directly to do with the president. The latter may be technically true, but difficult questions lurk regarding why Donald Trump wanted someone as unsavory and Moscow-connected as Paul Manafort to head his campaign, particularly since the longtime swamp denizen Manafort’s links to Eastern oligarchs were an open secret in Washington.

    In other words, the Trump campaign knew about Russian intelligence’s hacking of Democratic emails months before the public found out about it in July 2016

    https://www.justice.gov/file/1007346/download

    b) Defendant PAPADOPOULOS further told the investigating agents that the professor was “a nothing” and “just a guy talk[ing] up connections or something.” In truth and in fact , however, defendant PAPADOPOULOS understood that the professor had substantial connections to Russian government officials (and had met with some of those officials in Moscow immediately prior to telling defendant PAPADOPOULOS about the “thousands of emails”) and, over a period of months, defendant PAPADOPOULOS repeatedly sought to use the professor’s Russian connections in an effort to arrange a meeting between the Campaign and Russian government officials.
    ….
    I have read every word of this Statement of the Offense, or have had it read to me. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11 , after consulting with my attorney, I agree and stipulate to this Statement of the Offense, and declare under penalty of perjury that it is true and correct.
    10/5/17 [Signature of defendant]

    Note that the above signed confession resides at the DOJ, not a concoction of “the Fake News Mainstream Media”.
    Perhaps an informed discussion of collusion between Trump team and Russia is now possible at The Cat?

  67. Sinclair Davidson

    Jo – Mal is the best PM since Howard.

  68. pst314

    Hello moderator,
    I have comments on this post, stuck in the spam/moderation queue:
    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2017/12/26/does-one-learn-by-doing-or-by-thinking/

    I’m pleased that someone found my comments useful enough to quote.
    I found you via a link at David Thompson’s blog and have bookmarked you for future visits.

  69. OldOzzie

    New tax law is a huge win for renters

    Renters came out winners under the new tax law.

    For over a century, the federal tax code catered to homeowners and treated renters like second-class citizens. Homeowners have been able to deduct interest on their mortgages, home-equity loans and property taxes. Meanwhile, everyone — including renters — footed the bill for these deductions by paying higher rates.

    The new tax law at last begins leveling the playing field between renters and homeowners.

    Millions of New Yorkers and Californians will reap the benefits, because these states have among the lowest rates of homeownership in the nation. So ignore the hyperventilating from Democratic politicians that tax reform is a gift to the rich.

    New York Sen. Chuck Schumer condemns the new tax law as “a gut shot to the middle class” while “rewarding the wealthiest among us.” The truth is just the opposite. Tax reform benefits renters, who often live in cities and tend to have lower incomes — a key Democratic constituency.

    Under the new tax law, everyone — renters and homeowners alike — will have their tax rates cut and their standard deduction almost doubled. Most will end up paying less. To cover the cost of these cuts, the law caps the mortgage deduction for buyers of the priciest real estate.

  70. OldOzzie

    Why hasn’t Michael Wolff’s dementia-Trump ever been seen in public?

    President Trump is on TV and in newspapers more than any human on earth, and yet Michael Wolff, based on his time gossiping, has convinced the national media that grandpa got away and is now drooling in the Oval Office.

    Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House repeatedly suggests that Trump is in a state of rapid cognitive decline and that all of his staff and associates know it.

    Wolff describes a person who repeats and rambles, doesn’t recognize reality, and is effectively illiterate. (Reminder: The book is about Trump, not Al Sharpton’s attempts to read a teleprompter.)

    In the book, Trump has an impossibly short attention span, refuses to learn from policy briefs and fails to grasp the fundamentals of U.S. government.

    Where was this version of Trump when giving one of his dozens of interviews, hosting his rallies, or delivering public remarks at any point between 2015 and now?

    Yes, Trump mostly spoke extemporaneously during the campaign, often repeating words and themes, a phenomenon otherwise known as speaking aloud.

    But he’s also delivered dozens of speeches off teleprompters, proving he can actually read, frequently going off-script to offer commentary and then returning to the prepared remarks.

    During the campaign, from January to September in 2016, he hosted more than four-and-a-half hours worth of press conferences, compared to Hillary Clinton’s 38 minutes worth.

    Here’s an experiment: Put a truly mentally slow older person, like Dana Milbank, for example, on stage in front of reporters to answer a succession of questions for one hour. Then compare it to the multiple times Trump did it, and see who comes out sharpest.

    As president, Trump frequently approaches the press pool in order to answer a range of questions, something former President Obama rarely did.

    And Yes
    reading through the rest of the Article, I did know what a “Sheet Rocker” was.

  71. struth

    To any of you dumb f…wits out there still trying to place gossip as fact regarding Russian collusion, with the whole world against Trump except for American voters if they had something, anything at all it would have been used.
    So that’s why the narrative is now Trump didn’t really want the presidency and just bumbled his way there by accident.
    Please do try to at least keep up with the lefty narrative you’re all supposed to push this week because they conflict.

  72. Malcolm

    As usual Kates debases the word genius. Einstein was a genius, Trump is certainly not. If you want to make a credible argument, Kates, don’t exaggerate and lie, only a fool would describe Trump as a genius. Ergo Kates is a fool.

  73. Herodotus

    Truth is of no concern to the left media and the anti-trumpers wherever they fall on the political spectrum.
    If the narrative is taken up, that’s all that matters.

  74. Herodotus

    Gee, Malcolm. Have a hissy fit. Way to go.
    We see similar foolish statements by some commenters in The Australian who assert that a learned person like Judith Sloan knows nothing about economics. Kates is ardent in his opinions on politics, but to call him a fool is to soil your own record.

  75. Malcolm

    Judith Sloan knows a lot about economics. She is no fool. But it is foolish indeed to say Trump is a genius.

  76. Mother Lode

    Malcolm, maybe Trump is a potential genius.

  77. struth

    We expect you to never present a fact when discussing Trump, Malcom.
    You just name call and abuse.
    TDS.

    You are indeed the fool.
    Trump is a smart man.
    A lot smarter than you.

    If your enemy makes completely ridiculous claims about your intelligence, when anyone with half a brain can see that the man is no fool, and indeed has their number, he trolls them.
    He has learned that republicans and right wingers trying to maintain the high ground hasn’t worked, so he fights, and he mocks them.
    Sends them loopy.
    Like you’ve gone.

    By trolling them, I mean he makes outrageous statements back at them to bait them and further show them for the fools they are.

    The smart people are having a laugh.
    We get what Trump is doing, and he knows we get it.

    It’s actually very nice to have a president that understands his voters are no fools and can see exactly what he is doing.

    Revving up dumb bastards like you who have nothing but factless bile and baseless opinion to spew.

  78. Bruce of Newcastle

    Watch the hands not the fireworks.

    In one big week, Trump delivers for conservatives (via Lucianne)

    President Donald Trump’s first week of 2018 was a big policy gift to his conservative base, wrapped with a bow.

    Most of Trump’s administration has been defined by the huge gulf between its political theatrics and its real-world impact—a reality-show White House that occupies the headlines without really driving policy, while a serious but less-heralded conservative agenda marches forward behind the scenes at federal agencies.

    Not this week. With three huge moves—tightening up marijuana law, opening new waters for oil-and-gas drilling, suspending aid to Pakistan—Trump handed big victories to red-meat conservatives, the kind of wins that GOP voters might have expected from far more conventional candidates.

    If you think about it it makes sense. Trump is out in front drawing all the lightning bolts, meanwhile his guys have clear air to fight the swampies in their departments. Some have been doing great (Pruitt). Others may be playing longer games (Sessions, Tillerson). But they have the chance to do so without being swarmed by the MSM and people like Waters and Ellison.

    As for the pot thing, I actually think this is Trump/Sessions saying to Congress “we ain’t happy with the extralegal basis for this stuff which was left to us by Obama, so get your arses in gear and pass some legislation guys!”

  79. Tom

    Mike of Marion suggested I put this Steve Breen cartoon here. Quite appropriate. How many economists overcame their Trump Derangement to forecast the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the past year?

  80. Myrddin Seren

    Scott Adams agrees:

    Scott Adams: Trump’s ‘Very Stable Genius’ Tweet Was ‘Absolutely Genius’

    Adams, who is also a trained hypnotist, pointed out that every anti-Trump critic in the world is now going to sarcastically mock him after everything he says and does as a “very stable genius.”

    Adams added that he himself will get mocked for calling Trump a genius.

    “Well, the Dilbert guy says he’s a genius so it must be true!” he goofed, applying a fake goatee to his chin for effect. “Or they’ll say, ‘well, the guy who writes Garfield thinks he’s a genius. I’m convinced!'”

    The cartoonist pointed out that Trump also gave himself a “forever name” in his last tweet, although “very stable genius” may be a bit of a mouthful. He suggested that the president use POTUS VSG from now on. “You have to admit, that’s a keeper,” he said.

    and

    Adams surmised that the president was attempting to put distance between himself (a regular guy) and the mainstream media who are “a bunch of intellectuals who have not yet figured out that the gap between their intelligence and the president’s is a pretty big gap, but not in the direction they hope it is, if you know what I mean.”

    the mainstream media who are “a bunch of intellectuals”

    I think that is being waaayy too kind by Scott Adams, unless he is damning them with faint priase ?

  81. Tom

    It’s actually very nice to have a president that understands his voters are no fools and can see exactly what he is doing.

    Revving up dumb bastards like you who have nothing but factless bile and baseless opinion to spew.

    Harsh, but fair, Struth.

  82. stackja

    To those who accept the changes in the USA, no explanation is necessary.
    To those who don’t, no explanation is possible.

  83. struth

    Here’s what I have learned from Trump.
    The left need exposing.
    They have marched through our institutions and remained hidden while wrecking the joint.
    Once exposed, they show themselves to be the deviated, dumb bastards, full of hate and highly hypocritical, etc.
    The way to expose them is to get them angry.
    It’s all about emotions.
    And their emotions are the bad ones.
    Once exposed, normal people are aghast at the level of hypocrisy, racism, sexism, in these western hating nut jobs.
    And the level of dumb astounds.
    And the seedy behind the scenes stuff, and the criminality is surprising to the average decent human.
    Like Meryl Streep and Roman Pol anski.
    Look at the laugh we have had at women in pussy hats, and Madonna admitting to wanting to blow up the white house, the death of Hollywood hypocrites, late night TV hosts and the MSM generally have outed themselves etc etc.
    He’s making them own their leftism, and just like the “she knew” campaign against grandstanding dummy Meryl Streep, it’s coming back to bite them on the bum.
    He’s winning on so many levels and it’s sending them insane with rage.
    There is no calm rational thought with lefties.
    There is definitely no calm rational thought with losing lefties.
    If my own country wasn’t such a left wing shithole, I’d be on top of the world.

    God bless the United States of America.

    The greatest show on earth.

  84. struth

    Here’s what I have learned from Trump.
    The left need exposing.
    They have marched through our institutions and remained hidden while wrecking the joint.
    Once exposed, they show themselves to be the deviated, dumb bastards, full of hate and highly hypocritical, etc.
    The way to expose them is to get them angry.
    It’s all about emotions.
    And their emotions are the bad ones.
    Once exposed, normal people are aghast at the level of hypocrisy, racism, sexism, in these western hating nut jobs.
    And the level of dumb astounds.
    And the seedy behind the scenes stuff, and the criminality is surprising to the average decent human.
    Like Meryl Streep and Roman Polanski.
    Look at the laugh we have had at women in pussy hats, and Madonna admitting to wanting to blow up the white house, the death of Hollywood hypocrites, late night TV hosts and the MSM generally have outed themselves etc etc.
    He’s making them own their leftism, and just like the “she knew” campaign against grandstanding dummy Meryl Streep, it’s coming back to bite them on the bum.
    He’s winning on so many levels and it’s sending them insane with rage.
    There is no calm rational thought with lefties.
    There is definitely no calm rational thought with losing lefties.
    If my own country wasn’t such a left wing shithole, I’d be on top of the world.

    God bless the United States of America.

    The greatest show on earth.

  85. struth

    Here’s what I have learned from Trump.
    The left need exposing.
    They have marched through our institutions and remained hidden while wrecking the joint.
    Once exposed, they show themselves to be the deviated, dumb bastards, full of hate and highly hypocritical, etc.
    The way to expose them is to get them angry.
    It’s all about emotions.
    And their emotions are the bad ones.
    Once exposed, normal people are aghast at the level of hypocrisy, racism, sexism, in these western hating nut jobs.
    And the level of dumb astounds.
    And the seedy behind the scenes stuff, and the criminality is surprising to the average decent human.
    Like Meryl Streep and Roman Polanski.
    Look at the laugh we have had at women in pussy hats, and Madonna admitting to wanting to blow up the white house, the death of Hollywood hypocrites, late night TV hosts and the MSM generally have outed themselves etc etc.
    He’s making them own their leftism, and just like the “she knew” campaign against grandstanding dummy Meryl Streep, it’s coming back to bite them on the bum.
    He’s winning on so many levels and it’s sending them insane with rage.
    There is no calm rational thought with lefties.
    There is definitely no calm rational thought with losing lefties.
    If my own country wasn’t such a left wing shithole, I’d be on top of the world.

    God bless the United States of America.

    The greatest show on earth.

  86. John Comnenus

    Trump defeated:
    -17 GOP candidates in the primaries
    -the GOP establishment
    -the best funded political campaign ever with far fewer resources
    -the main stream media, punditocracy, academia, Hollywood and just about anyone with media access
    -the Whitehouse and President Obama
    -the Public Service (bureaucracy),
    -plenty of foreign politicians and people with public profile, and
    -the US Intelligence Community.

    All of these campaigned hard against him, with massive resources, frequent illegality and a vehemence rarely seen in a Democracy. And he won. That is fucking genius whether you like the guy or not. I have never seen a Democratic political victory against this magnitude of opposition before. And he did it on his first hit out. I think genius is the only apt description of what his political ability.

  87. struth

    Here’s what I have learned from Trump.
    The left need exposing.
    They have marched through our institutions and remained hidden while wrecking the joint.
    Once exposed, they show themselves to be the deviated, dumb bastards, full of hate and highly hypocritical, etc.
    The way to expose them is to get them angry.
    It’s all about emotions.
    And their emotions are the bad ones.
    Once exposed, normal people are aghast at the level of hypocrisy, racism, sexism, in these western hating nut jobs.
    And the level of dumb astounds.
    And the seedy behind the scenes stuff, and the criminality is surprising to the average decent human.
    Like Meryl Streep and Roman Polanski.
    Look at the laugh we have had at women in pussy hats, and Madonna admitting to wanting to blo w up the white house, the death of Hollywood hypocrites, late night TV hosts and the MSM generally have outed themselves etc etc.
    He’s making them own their leftism, and just like the “she knew” campaign against grandstanding dummy Meryl Streep, it’s coming back to bite them on the bum.
    He’s winning on so many levels and it’s sending them insane with rage.
    There is no calm rational thought with lefties.
    There is definitely no calm rational thought with losing lefties.
    If my own country wasn’t such a left wing shithole, I’d be on top of the world.

    Go d bless the United States of America.

    The greatest show on earth.

  88. struth

    Here’s what I have learned from Trump.
    The left need exposing.
    They have marched through our institutions and remained hidden while wrecking the joint.
    Once exposed, they show themselves to be the deviated, dumb bastards, full of hate and highly hypocritical, etc.
    The way to expose them is to get them angry.
    It’s all about emotions.
    And their emotions are the bad ones.
    Once exposed, normal people are aghast at the level of hypocrisy, racism, sexism, in these western hating nut jobs.
    And the level of dumb astounds.
    And the seedy behind the scenes stuff, and the criminality is surprising to the average decent human.
    Like Meryl Streep and Roman Polanski.
    Look at the laugh we have had at women in pussy hats, and Madonna admitting to wanting to blow up the white house, the death of Hollywood hypocrites, late night TV hosts and the MSM generally have outed themselves etc etc.
    He’s making them own their leftism, and just like the “she knew” campaign against grandstanding dummy Meryl Streep, it’s coming back to bite them on the bum.
    He’s winning on so many levels and it’s sending them insane with rage.
    There is no calm rational thought with lefties.
    There is definitely no calm rational thought with losing lefties.
    If my own country wasn’t such a left wing shithole, I’d be on top of the world.

    God bless the United States of America.

    The greatest show on earth.

  89. struth

    Here’s what I have learned from Trump.
    The left need exposing.
    They have marched through our institutions and remained hidden while wrecking the joint.
    Once exposed, they show themselves to be the deviated, dumb bastards, full of hate and highly hypocritical, etc.
    The way to expose them is to get them angry.
    It’s all about emotions.
    And their emotions are the bad ones.
    Once exposed, normal people are aghast at the level of hypocrisy, racism, sexism, in these western hating nut jobs.
    And the level of dumb astounds.
    And the seedy behind the scenes stuff, and the criminality is surprising to the average decent human.
    Like Meryl Streep and Roman Polanski.
    Look at the laugh we have had at women in pussy hats, and Madonna admitting to wanting to blow up the white house, the death of Hollywood hypocrites, late night TV hosts and the MSM generally have outed themselves etc etc.
    He’s making them own their leftism, and just like the “she knew” campaign against grandstanding dummy Meryl Streep, it’s coming back to bite them on the bum.
    He’s winning on so many levels and it’s sending them insane with rage.
    There is no calm rational thought with lefties.
    There is definitely no calm rational thought with losing lefties.
    If my own country wasn’t such a left wing shithole, I’d be on top of the world.

    God bless the United States of America.

    The greatest show on earth.

  90. struth

    I wish I was allowed to put my other comment up

  91. struth

    Here’s what I have learned from Trump.
    The left need exposing.
    They have marched through our institutions and remained hidden while wrecking the joint.
    Once exposed, they show themselves to be the deviated, dumb bastards, full of hate and highly hypocritical, etc.
    The way to expose them is to get them angry.
    It’s all about emotions.
    And their emotions are the bad ones.
    Once exposed, normal people are aghast at the level of hypocrisy, racism, sexism, in these western hating nut jobs.
    And the level of dumb astounds.
    And the seedy behind the scenes stuff, and the criminality is surprising to the average decent human.
    Like Meryl Streep and Roman Polanski.
    Look at the laugh we have had at women in pussy hats, and Madonna admitting to wanting to blow up the white house, the death of Hollywood hypocrites, late night TV hosts and the MSM generally have outed themselves etc etc.
    He’s making them own their leftism, and just like the “she knew” campaign against grandstanding dummy Meryl Streep, it’s coming back to bite them on the bum.
    He’s winning on so many levels and it’s sending them insane with rage.
    There is no calm rational thought with lefties.
    There is definitely no calm rational thought with losing lefties.
    If my own country wasn’t such a left wing shithole, I’d be on top of the world.

    God bless the United States of America.

    The greatest show on earth.

  92. struth

    wrote a comment regarding how much fun Trump is giving us by fighting lefties and exposing their hypocritical moronic positions like Meryl Streep.
    She couldn’t help but put her attention seeking head above the parapet and now look at her, the dumb bitch.
    It’s the way to fight them, and it’s brilliant, and fun.

  93. Tel

    . Made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
    . Opened up the North American Free Trade Agreement for talks to better the deal for the U.S.
    . Worked to bring companies back to the U.S., and companies like Toyota, Mazda, Broadcom Limited, and Foxconn announced plans to open U.S. plants.
    . Worked to promote the sale of U.S products abroad.
    . Made enforcement of U.S. trade laws, especially those that involve national security, a priority.
    . Ended Obama’s deal with Cuba.

    Well IMHO a short simple trade deal is a good trade deal, but even based on Trump’s own perspective the measure of success would be balancing out the trade deficit. If you look here…

    https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/IEABCN

    Hasn’t significantly improved under a year of Trump. Fair enough, these things take time, and I understand that overly obsessing over balance of trade is a waste of time, but it hasn’t been positive in decades.

    Anyone can “make plans” and “open talks” by the way… we ultimately can’t say much until some action comes of it.

  94. Tom

    Scott Adams: Trump’s ‘Very Stable Genius’ Tweet Was ‘Absolutely Genius’

    Here is the Scott Adams video talking about the genius of Trump’s tweeting over the weekend and his campaign to get “POTUS VSG (Very Stable Genius)” trending on social media — very entertaining. The comments under the YouTube are also great.

    BTW, Adams will be livecasting his commentary on Trump’s fake media awards at 5pm Monday (US eastern — 0900 Tuesday AEST) at Periscope.TV (which I haven’t yet allocated the time to figure out if I can get on my laptop — I can’t currently access it).

  95. struth

    I think that Trump is fixing the holes in the ship before sailing it into (relatively) free trade waters.
    He’ll need to have all the damage from the icebergs of left wing regulation fixed or they’ll sink in the cold waters of competition.

  96. Tom

    Woops! JC has just pointed out on the OT there is an update on the fake media awards:

    The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!

  97. Rabz

    Al Sharpton’s attempts to read a teleprompter

    Unintentional comedy gold.

  98. Faye

    Trump may or may not have been very succesful as a businessman, certainly he was a successful reality tv star but can we form an opinion about his political leadership and success after just one year?
    Sticking my neck out:-
    Sinclair can’t say Trump was a successful businessman – it hurts too much for him to say it.
    Sinclair easily says Trump was a successful reality tv star because they are a dime a dozen.
    Sinclair sweeps aside the numerous successes Trump has had so far because his excuse is – it has only been a year and Sinclair is waiting for the day when Trump fails.
    I think Sinclair compares Donald Trump to himself and believes he could do better.

  99. Jo Smyth

    Sinc – ‘Mal is the best PM since Howard’. An obvious conclusion with regard to Rudd and Gillard. Their credentials are nonexistent. That leaves Tony Abbott. I would have to bow to your vast and superior knowledge in these matters but I cannot for the life of me figure out how you think Turnbull has been better for the Country than Tony Abbott. Abbott was outed as a result of a long and planned campaign by the media, with the help of Turnbull. Turnbull is there because of the media’s support and for no other reason. He continues to divide the Party. He and others are moving the Party further to the left and the only conclusion I can reach is that you are quite happy with that outcome.

  100. Up The Workers!

    To “Confused Old Misfit” at 9.31, Obama wasn’t awarded the Nobel PEACE Prize; he was awarded the Nobel PIGMENT Prize.

    His award had more to do with his skin pigment than with any alleged activity he may or may not have indulged in, in the cause of peace, as he had only been in office for 5 minutes at the time.

    Like everybody else on this earth (other than Labor’s invisible car-jacking, home-invading, drug-dealing Apex and M.T.S.-gang pals in ‘Mogadishu-on-the-Yarra’) I also have skin pigment – my skin is flesh coloured – but I am as likely to win the Jackpot in Tattslotto as win a Nobel Prize for my skin colour.

  101. Snoopy

    Jo Smyth
    #2604092, posted on January 8, 2018 at 10:54 am
    Sinc ………… I cannot for the life of me figure out how you think Turnbull has been better for the Country than Tony Abbott.

    Please, Jo, Sinc shares a staff common room.

  102. OldOzzie

    WOW – Interesting Interview With Joe DiGenova Links DOJ-NSD John Carlin With FISA Court Judge Rudolph Contreras…

    The word is getting out. People are slowing beginning to piece together the BIGGER STORY of what fundamentally lies behind the Obama administration’s 2016 use of FISA 702(16)(17) surveillance, and how the intentional non-oversight of the Department of Justice National Security Division was used in the construct of the unlawful FBI surveillance and spying operation against presidential candidate Donald Trump.

    During a radio interview on WMAL legal analyst and former U.S. Attorney General for Washington DC, Joe DiGenova, specifically highlights the DOJ National Security Division head John P Carlin and his role in the 2016 FISA warrant. Other than within our own research few people are paying attention to the DOJ-NSD side.

    Additionally, and in complete concurrence with our prior research, DiGenova states first-hand knowledge that FISA Court Judge Rudolph Contreras did not recuse himself – but was rather forcibly recused from the Michael Flynn case by either U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts or the aggregate FISA court.

  103. Oh come on

    Andre M brings the slow. FFS, everyone knows about those charges, they were discussed months ago, at the time they were laid.

    If that’s all the Mueller investigation turns up – a couple of pleas for minor process charges – it’s going to be a very damp squib indeed.

    You do realise that lying to law enforcement is the charge federal prosecutors hit you with when they can’t get you for anything else? It’s a ridiculous, totally unnecessary offence that any quarter decent lawyer would shield you from. These idiots ought to have taken the Fifth. Where the hell were their lawyers??

  104. I see a couple of commenters including Sinclair having a go at Trump about his “Fair Trade” policies and rantings. These commenters would be ones who’ve never actually suffered through “Free Trade”, but have learned it via books and business media articles.

    Trump was/is a builder employing tens of thousands of people. many of whom are immigrants. He also has built in many places outside of the USA.
    Anyone who thinks Trump is anti Free Trade just isn’t paying attention to detail. Trump has NEVER been against free trade but has always been against trade agreements like NAFTA which are skewed against the US and which are used by countries such as China and others as a backdoor entry into the US.

    The US middle class (and that of Australia) have been decimated by these lopsided unfair trade practices.
    Trump is trying to bring some balance to these trade agreements.

  105. Anyone who thinks Trump is anti Free Trade just isn’t paying attention to detail.

    I’m pretty sure that Trump once stated (or words to that effect) that he doesn’t agree with the terms of the extant ‘Free Trade’ agreements, so they need to go, but what he does want to do is implement ‘Fair Trade’.

    What’s wrong with that?

  106. Defender of the faith

    So Bannon is now a second rater and a whinger. Not long ago he was jammed into the national security council by Trump, to the exclusion of the most senior defence leaders. He was also architect of a number of Trump’s primary attempts at policy. Then of course was ousted for upstaging the boss.
    Apologists for Trump take no notice at all of the extraordinary ignorance and mismanagement of the role by this president and as far as I can tell the sole argument is that trump is not Clinton. Ok. So that’s done. We know who he’s not. Tune to face what the man really is.

  107. GoWest

    You cant really compare Trump and Turnbull – Trump is a Leader, Turnbull is a Armchair general.

  108. Jo Smyth

    Defender of the faith, you obviously got your information from an anti Trump source. If you listen to another source it is this. The Mercers, who are connected to Breitbart were also contributors to the Trump campaign. Bannon worked for Breitbart and the Mercers requested he be added to the Trump Team. He came to the Trump Team very late in the campaign and only at the request of the Mercers. Trump gave him the title of strategist. Bannon was never enlisted by Trump but only at the request of the Mercers. He never truly had Trump’s ear. Have you noticed that since Bannon turned on Trump that the Mercers have continued to support Trump. Have you also noticed that Bannon has now backflipped and has said he supports Trump.

  109. The Pugilist

    Well IMHO a short simple trade deal is a good trade deal, but even based on Trump’s own perspective the measure of success would be balancing out the trade deficit. If you look here…

    https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/IEABCN

    Hasn’t significantly improved under a year of Trump. Fair enough, these things take time, and I understand that overly obsessing over balance of trade is a waste of time, but it hasn’t been positive in decades.

    Anyone can “make plans” and “open talks” by the way… we ultimately can’t say much until some action comes of it.

    Tel, please explain exactly what Trump should fix and what success should look like…

    I’m pretty sure that Trump once stated (or words to that effect) that he doesn’t agree with the terms of the extant ‘Free Trade’ agreements, so they need to go, but what he does want to do is implement ‘Fair Trade’.

    What’s wrong with that?

    Don’t trash the WTO then and vacate the field and allow China, India, et al to continue to manipulate the rules themselves. Turn the screws on them. Don’t aid and abet them in trashing the rules based system.

  110. mh

    As someone who paid attention to Trump during 2016 I know what Trump’s position is on trade deals. Trump stated that he is for good trade deals for America. This is the position all good national leaders should take. It shows that Trump isn’t caught up in ideology. If Trump believes that TPP or NAFTA are bad trade deals for America, that doesn’t mean that Trump thinks America should have no ‘free trade’ deals.

    Only the Randroids here would think that any deal stamped ‘free trade’ is a good thing.

  111. Myrddin Seren

    Regrets at the repetition if this has been posted before ( via Drudge ):

    ‘Fire and Fury’ author Wolff says 25th Amendment concept ‘alive every day’ at White House

    Wolff defended his tactics in gaining enough access to the White House that he was able to speak very freely with numerous top administration officials.

    “I literally kind of knocked on the door and said, ‘Can I come in?’ and they said, ‘OK.’ And I came in, I sat on the couch, and that’s the point of view I’ve written this,” he recounted.

    White House officials who spoke with NBC News were adamant that the last time Wolff spoke with Trump was in a phone call on Feb. 6, 2017 — 17 days after Trump’s inauguration — something they also say Wolff has acknowledged in writing.

    Wolff said Sunday that “there were several other moments after that” when he spoke with the president but that “he probably did not think of them as interviews” and instead were more informal conversations in places like hallways. Wolff acknowledged that he never spoke with Trump inside the Oval Office.

    The author also claimed that he did not violate any “off the record” agreements with his sources but instead tried to blend in with work as usual in the West Wing.

    “I tried to be inobtrusive,” he said. “So I tried not to have anyone quite notice me, or not notice me above the level that they notice the furniture. So my goal was to keep going until somebody said go away.”

    Well, if these assertions are true – it looks like terrorists have missed a great opportunity to stroll in to the White House and hang out waiting to button hole the POTUS in a corridor. And security needs a major overhaul.

    Plus, the visitor logs would surely confirm when and who Wolff was signed in by before he donned his disguise as a piece of furniture and started hoovering up comments and criticisms ?

  112. mh

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2603601, posted on January 7, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Trump may or may not have been very succesful as a businessman

  113. OldOzzie #2603631, posted on January 7, 2018 at 7:37 pm and John Comnenus #2604006, posted on January 8, 2018 at 8:20 am both listed some of President Trumps positive achievements.

    Can Cats compile a list of Lord Malcolm’s wins please?

    E.g., Alienated history aware ex-servicemen, Japan & USA by asking France to sell us very dubious submarines at an outrageous cost.
    Offends our major defence supplier, and ally, by publicly ridiculing Mr Trump.
    Breaks promise to protect Freedom of Speech and Religion in any SSM legislation.
    Seems to ignore threats to security posed from Asia.
    Fails to maintain Australia’s national fuel reserve.
    Commits us to the costly & destructtive global Warming Hoax.
    Ignores our national electricity generation crisis.
    Promotes the insane Snowy Mountains electricity plot.
    Seems to use our defence force to promote operationally destructive social experiments.
    and . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  114. rickw

    Jo – Mal is the best PM since Howard.

    Possibly true given that the bar is set below ground level.

  115. The Pugilist

    As someone who paid attention to Trump during 2016 I know what Trump’s position is on trade deals. Trump stated that he is for good trade deals for America. This is the position all good national leaders should take. It shows that Trump isn’t caught up in ideology. If Trump believes that TPP or NAFTA are bad trade deals for America, that doesn’t mean that Trump thinks America should have no ‘free trade’ deals.

    mh,
    The thing is both NAFTA and the TPP are/would be good deals for the US. My issue is that Trump’s statements on these deals are wrong. He might not be caught up in ideology but he is full of shit on this issue.

  116. egg_

    The US middle class (and that of Australia) have been decimated by these lopsided unfair trade practices.

    Some Aussie Manufacturers employ “Anti-Dumping” Officers, precisely to keep an eye on unfair practises by our Global competitors.

  117. egg_

    Sinc ………… I cannot for the life of me figure out how you think Turnbull has been better for the Country than Tony Abbott.

    He thought we needed an enema?

  118. OneWorldGovernment

    When Abbott was promoting the TPP as being good for Australia I sent an email to Jo Nova asking her to cover this but she said, no disrespect to her, that she did not understand it.

    And I appreciated her comment.

    The TPP as iterated will create a Pacific equivalent of the Brussels EU.

    It will supersede the WTO and create an enormous bureaucracy.

    Don’t believe me, read the thousands of pages and STFU until you have.

    Trump saved Australia from the crap.

    I have one question.

    If you like what a particular business produces in a particular country then why do you need a “TRADE AGREEMENT”?

  119. OneWorldGovernment

    Surely “FREE TRADE” means there are NO agreements and you just buy what is right for you from wherever.

  120. The Pugilist

    It will supersede the WTO and create an enormous bureaucracy.

    It will actually give us substantial market access gains over and above WTO tariff schedules and beyond some of our existing preferential agreements.

    The TPP will also standardise rules of origin and lead to compliance savings for business.

    It will raise standards in developing countries like Vietnam and force them to discipline their State-owned enterprises that are often the source of ‘unfair trade practices’.

    It will give our businesses protections of dispute settlements mechanisms, particularly in developing countries.

    Surely “FREE TRADE” means there are NO agreements and you just buy what is right for you from wherever.

    If by NO agreements, you mean absolutely nothing underpinning global trade, then there would be chaos as countries imposed their own standards on everything (eg use of chemicals on farm/food/fibre products) and used tariffs, quotas and other barriers to protect their own domestic markets.

    If by NO agreement, you mean merely relying on the WTO, then that has wide gaping holes in it, which large “developing” economies in particular, exploit to buggery, at the expense of their own consumers and producers in developed and the least developed economies. But Trump’s policy isn’t to rely on the WTO even more and pressure the large developing countries to play by the rules. His policy is to pursue ‘advantageous’ bilateral trade deals and try and trash the WTO. Much like the large “developing” countries he decries. At the expense of his own consumers, but also his own businesses that benefit from globalised supply chains and the lower costs that specialisation brings.

    Trump’s trade policy could have been written by Adam Bandt, it is that fruity.

  121. Tel

    Tel, please explain exactly what Trump should fix and what success should look like…

    I think that long term the balance of trade should be close to zero, or wobble around the zero not always precisely on target, and that’s the thing Trump was pointing to when he started campaigning. Success would look like that occasional positive amongst all the negative.

    The point is that if you buy something, you need to pay for it, which means the other guy buys something off you. That’s the concept of reciprocal exchange. If the USA gets goods in exchange for IOU notes continually for 20 years or more, that’s unhealthy (for both sides).

  122. The Pugilist

    I think that long term the balance of trade should be close to zero, or wobble around the zero not always precisely on target, and that’s the thing Trump was pointing to when he started campaigning. Success would look like that occasional positive amongst all the negative.

    Is that on a bilateral basis for the value of trade? Or volumes of each commodity?
    To me, in either case, that seems like economic nonsense. Why would you expect a zero trade balance for any economy if each is specialising according to their comparative advantages?

  123. Tel

    Why would you expect a zero trade balance for any economy if each is specialising according to their comparative advantages?

    Because national accounts really do work the same way as household accounts, and because of Say’s law.

    Money is a veil over barter. Butchers and bakers are both specialized, but you would not expect the butchers to accumulate IOU notes as issued by the bakers over the long term. Perhaps one butcher will accept an IOU note one day, but he wants it paid out another day. Specialization only works where there is genuine exchange. The butcher buys bread from the baker, and the baker buys meat from the butcher and the money is simply a convenient way to decide prices and facilitate trade.

  124. Defender of the faith

    Jo Smyth: are you saying that Bannon wasn’t out on the nsc? Because he certainly was. It was a very big call. So it doesn’t really matter whether Trump was doing the Mercer’s Bidding (and that’s a new theory) as it is very clear that Trump either thought extremely highly of Bannon or Trump hasn’t a clue about the nsc. Of course Bannon has now been forced to backflip. These guys make it up as they go along. It’s an astonishing state of affairs.

  125. The Pugilist

    But Tel, there are many more commodities than bread and meat. So you would never expect butchers and bakers to have a zero trade balance as industries on a bilateral basis.
    Don’t forget about capital flows versus consumption either. Of course the balance of payments with all countries under flexible exchange rates with full capital mobility is zero. But the balance of trade, even with all other countries, rather than on a bilateral basis, would almost never be zero.

  126. faceache

    Being a naive individual I want to know if someone could explain to me how gay people have “sex”.

  127. Sinclair Davidson

    Jo – not just a media campaign. I campaigned here at the Cat for Abbott’s removal from office and his replacement by Turnbull. Not only should Abbott be out of office I think he should be out of the Parliament too.

  128. Jo Smyth

    Sinc, Thanks for taking the trouble to reply. I do remember your total support for Turnbull. I and many, many more people totally disagree with you and all I can do is commend your loyalty to a lost cause.

  129. The Pugilist

    Tel, this was part of another post, but if you are worried about the trade deficit, this is what I would do:

    To be effective, Trump’s tax cuts will need to be paired with substantial deficit reduction through spending cuts and the Fed will need to ‘normalise’ interest rates to bring domestic saving and investment back towards balance. The tax cuts will also improve incentives to work, save and invest, but the tax cuts on their own will just risk blowing out the budget deficit, raising the real exchange rate and blowing out the trade deficit.

    Culling regulation will also help.

    If Trump is really worried about the trade deficit, he would be better to focus his energy and political capital on getting industry support for government spending cuts. He’s currently pissing them off with his bullshit trade rhetoric and he risks not delivering on reducing the trade deficit which will narrow his support amongst voters.

    I agree with almost everything else Trump is doing, but his focus on NAFTA and the TPP trade policy is at best an irrelevant distraction and at worst, it could undo his whole agenda.

  130. The Pugilist

    Surely “FREE TRADE” means there are NO agreements and you just buy what is right for you from wherever.

    Maybe if you’re a Soviet style command economy. But in a capitalist system, the government should do no more than set the rules and let businesses do their thing. That’s why it is important to have as few sets of rules as possible.
    Think of an exporter deciding which market to pursue as a young athlete having to decide whether to play league, union, AFL, cricket or whatever. What they decide early on will affect their choice of markets down the track. Yes athletes can and do switch sports but it isn’t cost free. Same with exporting. If you gear up to supply one market, it can take years to be able to switch if it goes pear shaped. Having more standardised rules in a trading bloc expands your choices and enables you to manage risk more effectively. You’d think a great entrepreneurial genius would understand this.

  131. Faye

    Sinclair Davidson:
    “Jo – not just a media campaign. I campaigned here at the Cat for Abbott’s removal from office and his replacement by Turnbull. Not only should Abbott be out of office I think he should be out of the Parliament too.”
    And you’re proud of knifing a first term landslide winning Prime Minister to put in a proven ‘would be if he could be’ dud? Oh I know, Abbott isn’t Left enough for you.

  132. Faye

    “Apologists for Trump…” I and the millions like me are thankful for Trump.
    To change the subject:-
    Apologists for Turnbull – If they are not writing in the newspapers advising Turnbull on how to run the country, they are exhausted covering up his mistakes and backflips. And even your good self feels the need to prop him up.
    When he has to think on his feet, Turnbull can’t string two words together without prior preparation. Sinclair can’t you find a better hero for running our country than Mr Embarrassment?

  133. mh

    mh,
    The thing is both NAFTA and the TPP are/would be good deals for the US. My issue is that Trump’s statements on these deals are wrong. He might not be caught up in ideology but he is full of shit on this issue.

    You believe Trump’s views are wrong. On November 08 2016 Americans believed otherwise.

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