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Poor leadership in D.C.

Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2019 12:00 am

For the past 2 years, Republicans had 100 percent control over the government.  How have we faired? 

Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate boss, said immediately that there would be no wall. It was widely seen by Republican Senators as a boondoggle — because it is.  We also have two dead children, as a result of the policies put in place to pacify our “Dear Leader!” 

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  • Mary Lou Shelton posted at 8:13 am on Thu, Jan 17, 2019.

    Mary Lou Shelton Posts: 1255

    links to claims of job creation in the coal and steel industry:

    politifact ohio, 10-24-2018 article by Kara Haas. very fair article that gives due credit.

    coal mining jobs up in trumps first year.

    climate news article by Paul Horn, May 30, 2017. at that time, 800k+ jobs in renewable energy and rising.

    coal mining jobs are being replaced by clean energy. last kick

    mine closing wipes out many of trumps coal job gains. 2018/01/10 2018-02-02. gene

  • Mary Lou Shelton posted at 2:28 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2019.

    Mary Lou Shelton Posts: 1255

    did you actually read the site t? it clearly states that the grown in blue collar jobs are due to the expanding oil industry, short term jobs due to hurricane repair work, and an uptick in the overall economy. fact check sites rate the statement of job growth of 475k under trump as half true. now if you want to credit trump for inventing fracking and causing the hurricanes, then i will give you that. why do you guys have such a need to demean obama? i give trump his full due for what he has done, and i wish even more success . i am simply saying that he is a liar, as are his henchmen, so you need to watch his statements carefully.

    since i have already wasted another post on you, let me go ahead and add: when the economy was doing well under bush, the paper was full of letters of praise for bush making the economy better. when it cratered, the letters shifted to how the president doesnt really have that much control over the economy, it was due to market forces in general (i do go along with this theory). then when the economy continued to go bad under obama, the paper became full of letters blaming him for the economy, then when it began to recover, the letters shifted back to you cant give the president credit. but now that the growth curve under obama has continued (i posted links to this in my last letter) all of a sudden the president is responsible. you guys are all over the map logic wise.

    obama inherited an ecoomny that was cratering and shedding millions of jobs (and no, i don't blame bush). trump inherited an economy that had shown 6 strait years of growth. two totally different worlds there.

    okay thats it. if you cant understand the data, there is nothing i can say except to look up the dunning-kruger effect.


  • trose posted at 10:19 am on Tue, Jan 8, 2019.

    trose Posts: 286

    This is one of many web sites where it shows Trump's manufacturing job creation is outpacing Obama's 10 times faster.
    Just do a Google search and you will find many more.

  • Mary Lou Shelton posted at 6:41 am on Tue, Jan 8, 2019.

    Mary Lou Shelton Posts: 1255

    well thanks conservative, but it doesnt take a lot of energy to sit on my recliner and type. and i enjoy reading your posts. since i am essentially a centrist (which nowadays seems to mean screaming liberal to some), i don't have much of a problem with what anyone chooses to believe. but i do have problems with made up facts in an effort to bolster ones position. i appreciate that you (and others who post) have never done that.

    i am increasingly reminded of the dunning-kruger effect the more letters and posts i read. also an accurate but funny article on the on line version of the onion about why many people seem to be incapable of admitting error. and of course this also ties into the dunning-kruger effect. gets mighty tiresome dealing with people who have that "disease". gene

  • Conservative posted at 8:18 pm on Mon, Jan 7, 2019.

    Conservative Posts: 837

    "half stove up old man"... not true Gene. You are not afraid to speak your version of the truth, and for that I admire you. Your comments are always appreciated, and I respect your positions.

  • Mary Lou Shelton posted at 12:39 pm on Mon, Jan 7, 2019.

    Mary Lou Shelton Posts: 1255

    trose, we have been losing manufacturing jobs for 30+ years, mostly due to automation. losing only 210 k over 8 years is actually pretty good when you think about it. and if you will fact check, you will find that most of those 475 k jobs have nothing to do with manufacturing. you really need to look up stuff instead of just repeating the party line. heres anther party line: salaries are going up due to the tax cuts, nope going up cause at least 15 states have raised their minimum wage. and did you know that more coal mines have shut down since trump came in than in obamas complete first term? and that steel mills are not actually being built?

    and didnt have to think at all as i have heard that tired refrain about job creation multiple times and i have looked it up multiple times. they depend on people digging in and disregarding facts. i mean who you going to believe, respected people and think tanks including many conservative ones or don the con, a time proven liar. its not the end of the world to admit you were wrong about something, but sure a lot of people out there who simply cant deal with it.

    all i am saying is that trump is a liar and his henchmen are liars. i am glad people are going back to work and i glad my stocks are going back up. but that changes nothing about the truth. gene

  • trose posted at 10:50 am on Mon, Jan 7, 2019.

    trose Posts: 286

    Gene, during the 8 years of the Obama administration our country had a net change in manufacturing jobs of -210,000. During only 2 years of the Trump administration we have had a net change of +475,000 jobs. I am sure if you think hard enough you will find some negative issue here.

  • Mary Lou Shelton posted at 3:43 pm on Sun, Jan 6, 2019.

    Mary Lou Shelton Posts: 1255

    conservative, i say a lot of stuff to a lot of people. i think you assume i am a member of some organization or group, but I'm not. i let people with far more energy than i have do those sorts of things, and i donate money to them. its kinda like i could volunteer to be a meals on wheels driver, but i don't. instead i donate money. the money for the meals has to come from somewhere. different people do different things to reach the same goal. I'm basically a tired, half stove up old man. gene

  • Conservative posted at 2:41 pm on Sun, Jan 6, 2019.

    Conservative Posts: 837

    Gene, I wish you a quick recovery from the cedar. It kills me too. You are correct about the 80 / 20 split. Don't believe for one minute you are powerless. The 20% does not even make an effort. Why don't you start to build on the 20% by actually taking a stand, or at least offer some input on local issues. For starters, if you see something you don't like at the local level, say something. If you have a better idea, say something. If you want to take it to the next level, form a voting block and back certain Repub candidates in the Primary. You will swing some important elections, and will have instant credibility. The Kerr Republicans are constantly infighting over who gets the tax money. Pick a side and negotiate some policy issues and get them elected.

  • Mary Lou Shelton posted at 10:55 am on Sun, Jan 6, 2019.

    Mary Lou Shelton Posts: 1255

    trose, there are a lot of economic expects predicting a high risk, but once again your comparison is meaningless. do you understand the undying economics of what is going on? and conservative, i would like for you to explain to me how 20 trumps 80. i have been really sick now for 2weeks with cedar fever, so you may or may not get a response for me. the kind of sick where you know you aren't going to die in your sleep and its actually a disappointment.

    i do agree that many people are afraid to speak up. small wonder with so many seemingly angry. paranoid, semi-demented people living here. and i am still waiting for that coward who sent the the anonymous letter threatening to horse whip me to show up. gene

  • Mary Lou Shelton posted at 10:45 am on Sun, Jan 6, 2019.

    Mary Lou Shelton Posts: 1255

    t rose, think hard and see how that one situation has nothing to do with the other. gene

  • trose posted at 9:45 am on Sun, Jan 6, 2019.

    trose Posts: 286

    Dorothy; during the great depression in the 30's the unemployment rate was 25%. Now it is under 4%. And you are saying we are on the brink of another depression. Are you serious??

  • Conservative posted at 12:28 pm on Sat, Jan 5, 2019.

    Conservative Posts: 837

    Gene, there is an argument to be made that those who proffer political positions at the national level but are scared to stand up for those same values at the local level forfeit their qualifications to lead. This is my position. I see this as a 100% occurrence with the Kerr County Democratic Party. When local Democrats attack Washington, they have nothing to lose, as they are just background noise. When they oppose local Republicans, they are standing between powerful people their ATM machine, the local government. Local Democrats have the power to bring about change at the local level. They do not have the power to bring about change at the national level. It is just that simple.

  • trose posted at 11:43 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2019.

    trose Posts: 286

    As far as the 2 children that just happened to die on our side of the border. I wonder how many people died on the other side of our border during this crazy caravan march. This will probably never be reported.

  • Mary Lou Shelton posted at 10:53 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2019.

    Mary Lou Shelton Posts: 1255

    i do agree with you here conservative, for the most part. dc gets all the attention, but the big thefts occur at the lower levels of govt.when you look at the aggregate amounts. but once again, why try to diminish her statement and do the usual bs about democrats having no backbone. trump won by 80% here. so what are the 20% of the remaining people to do?

    i do agree that some are afraid to go against the local grain as they fear various forms of retaliation. so far there has been push back from dc against locals who protest against them.

    perhaps the local repubs might show some morality. gene

  • Conservative posted at 6:35 am on Sat, Jan 5, 2019.

    Conservative Posts: 837

    Ms Brundrett, thank you for taking the time to write this LTE. I admire your spirit, however I am a little confused regarding your passion concerning DC politics and your avoidance of local politics. You talk about greed, corruption, abuse of the environment and a desire take the reins of government. As you know, Republicans have controlled Kerr County for a long, long time. We have corruption, greed and environmental abuses right here, in spades. What do you say about this? I think I know the answer, and the answer is that you and your colleagues are scared to go against the grain locally, and I understand this. You can lash out at DC in a scathing LTE with no blowback. Kerr County is a different situation. Until the local Democrats show some backbone, and put forth pragmatic solutions to local problems, I can not take them seriously.


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