Erin French Interviews Millennial re Trump

 

Election 2016

Thoughts about Trump

Erin French Interviews Millennial re Trump.

Note…this interview was completed in March 2017, so please keep in mind that any comments about Russia, Putin etc. were based on information that was then publicly available.

What do you believe the “Make America Great Again” movement is all about?

-I believe the movement is about keeping our countries wealth within its borders. I feel there are many parts of our country that are financially struggling because of manufacturing jobs moving to other countries. To me, the slogan is about reviving our countries financially struggling areas.

How did you feel about the Muslim Ban?   

-I feel that it is defiantly over the top and a little absurd. To put a blanket assumption over an entire religion because of a small minorities actions…. Its total BS. Muhamad Ali was a Muslim for cryin out loud

 How did you feel about his thoughts on building “the wall”?

-I do not think a wall will solve any issues, there is already a wall/ impenetrable fence in parts and people just dig tunnels…. I have a feeling there is just some corruption issues at the border crossings, I don’t have enough facts to really say though. I did hear that at one point, America liked the influx of cheap labor and Mexico was the one getting mad at our loose border control. One day you like it, the next day you don’t…. I don’t think it should be built

After his interview resurfaced about “grabbing women by the pussy,” sexual assault attacks are said to have skyrocketed. Do you feel like you’ve witnessed or heard of sexual assault attacks occurring more often, and if so, do you think this has been a result of Trump’s infamous interview?

-I have not heard of any direct correlation of this. I doubt he had influence though if there were, presidents are not usually trend setters as far as American culture goes. Theres enough nastiness OKing that type of behavior on tv/movies.

How do you feel about the statements he’s made towards women and people of other races and ethnicities? 

-I do feel he is a little too blunt at times. I don’t feel like I’m a racist, but I do at times stereotype on looks. The difference is I keep these thoughts to myself, he needs more self control. It is very surprising to me that these statements didn’t prevent him from taking the election…. Its like most of the country just brushed it aside, lol.

How do you feel about Trump green lighting the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines?

-I knew it was inevitable, not too much of a surprise because it’ll create jobs in the construction and maintenance of it. I am a little worried about renewable and greener energies being overlooked though, I feel our dependence on oil will continue until there’s no more left in the ground, lol. I like gas, I use it in my car and motorcycle and it brings me joy, so I really can’t complain. The pipelines should bring down our dependence on foreign oil producers and will hopefully save the city of Houston from having too layoff everyone, lol. Houston oil companies are laying off aaallllooootttt of people right now, maybe some of trumps energy policies will help them keep jobs.

How do you feel his policies will affect you, as a college student?

-I don’t feel I will be effected at all, unless he takes funding away from federal grants for college students, lol

How do you feel about him declaring mainstream media the “enemy of the American people”?

-I did not hear that, lol, I do agree with this though. I see so many people wasting soooo much time watching tv and listening to music with lyrics worse than anything trump has said…. I did enjoy him being critical with the news broadcasters, it does seem a conflict of interest when the news is reporting on things that shouldn’t be public knowledge, like who he is having phone calls with and so on…The news likes to blow small things out of proportion at times and I feel like they need to be checked and called out for it.

How do you feel about Trump’s relationship with Putin?

-Almost no comment, I feel like something big woulda already happened if it was gonna…. I think its just something the media is poking at just cause.

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Albright Calls Trump Useful Idiot for Russia

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Albright Calls Trump Useful Idiot for Russia

By BRENT GRIFFITHS 10/24/16 01:31 PM EDT… published on Politico.com

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“In political jargon, useful idiot is a term for people perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they are not fully aware of, and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause.”
– Wikipedia

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright chided Donald Trump on Monday, saying the Republican nominee has become Vladimir Putin’s patsy.

“There is a great term the Soviets used to use: ‘somebody being a useful idiot,’” Albright told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “I think that Trump falls into that category of people that are manipulated also by the Russians and the Russians are trying to interfere in our democracy because they don’t have one themselves.”

Albright, who served as the nation’s top diplomat under then-President Bill Clinton, says that as someone who has studied Russia, its alleged hacking to influence the 2016 election is “stunning,” but that Trump’s rhetoric only exacerbates the issue. The Obama administration has publicly accused Russia of using hacked emails to try to influence the election.

“Trump was briefed in his intelligence briefings about what the Russians are doing…”

“I have never seen a mind meld of this kind between the Russian leadership and a candidate for the presidency of the United States,” Albright, a frequent Clinton surrogate, said. “Trump was briefed in his intelligence briefings about what the Russians are doing and he is playing their game instead of being concerned about America’s democratic system.”

Clinton pressed Trump during the final presidential debate to admit that Russia was trying to meddle in the electoral process.

In response, Trump said the United States has “no idea” who is behind the hacks of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails, which have been released by WikiLeaks. But he later added, he “of course condemned” any foreign meddling.

Read entire article: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/trump-russia-useful-idiot-madeleine-albright-230238#ixzz4O8H1bLZy

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Interview With Author J.D. Vance

 

 

Appalachia

This excerpt is from an interview at americanconservative.com with J. D. Vance, the author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis.

“I wrote last week about the new nonfiction book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance, the Yale Law School graduate who grew up in the poverty and chaos of an Appalachian clan. The book is an American classic, an extraordinary testimony to the brokenness of the white working class, but also its strengths. Continue reading

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Trump’s Game Plan Election 2016

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                                               Trump’s Game Plan

All of the quotations included in this article about Trump’s game plan are taken from an article first published on Salon.com.

Now that Donald J. Trump’s occupancy of the Oval Office is in its eighth month, it might be interesting to take a look back at some thoughts about Trump’s meteoric rise to the presidency that were voiced well before the U.S. presidential election of November 8th,2016

What is Donald Trump’s Game Plan? Does he have one or is his decision to throw his hat into the ring and become a Republican presidential candidate just another bold move on the part of a man who has based his entire career as a real estate developer writ large on the big, the bold and the unexpected? Continue reading

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Was Woodrow Wilson Racist?

 

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Was Woodrow Wilson Racist?

from vox.com…see below for link to complete article.

Easily the worst part of Wilson’s record as president was his overseeing of the re-segregation of multiple agencies of the federal government, which had been surprisingly integrated as a result of Reconstruction decades earlier. At an April 11, 1913, Cabinet meeting, Postmaster General Albert Burleson argued for segregating the Railway Mail Service. He took exception to the fact that workers shared glasses, towels, and washrooms. Wilson offered no objection to Burleson’s plan for segregation, saying that he “wished the matter adjusted in a way to make the least friction.” Continue reading

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American Race and Class re Tim Wise

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How Racism Explains America’s Class Divide and Culture of Economic
Cruelty (An Excerpt from Under the Affluence)

Posted by Tim Wise at http://www.timwise.org/

The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America (San Francisco: City Lights, 2015).
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That the United States has long had a less complete system of social safety nets than most other industrialized nations is by now well established. Despite a brief period of substantial government intervention on behalf of the poor and unemployed from the 1930s through the 1960s, for the past forty-five years there has been a steady retrenchment in these efforts, fueled by a persistent and increasingly hostile rhetoric aimed at such programs and those whom they serve. Continue reading

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United Nations Memorial to Victims of Slave Trade

 

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United Nations Unveils Stunning Memorial in New York To The Millions Who Were Killed and Sacrificed in Slave Trade To Create America’s Riches

Posted by Nick Chiles to http://atlantablackstar.com

United Nations Memorial to Victims of Slave Trade

Visitors to the United Nations headquarters in New York will get a powerful reminder of the brutality of the transatlantic slave trade and its enormous impact on world history through a visually stunning new memorial that was unveiled yesterday in a solemn ceremony.There were speeches intended to touch the emotionality of a system that operated for hundreds of years, killing an estimated 15 million African men, women and children and sending millions more into the jaws of a vicious system of plantation slavery in the Americas. Continue reading

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Government by Coffee?

coffee maker #3

 

 

 

 

How much coffee is consumed these days? It is getting close to a half billion cups per year. Why not replace big government with government-by-coffee. Replace those austere chambers where catastrophic courses of action are suggested and wars declared with Starbucks-like coffee chambers, so that the great issues of the day can be decided in a cozy and fraternal atmosphere over a leisurely Cappuccino and toasted bagel rather than in great halls which so often serve as settings for policies based on the blood-and-iron approach to problem solving.

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Krugman on the Financial Stimulus

Krugman: Fiscal Stimulus Was Economic Success, ‘Political Disaster’

Friday, 21 Feb 2014 10:57 AM

By Dan Weil

Paul Krugman on the financial stimulus…

We are now just beginning to pick ourselves up out of the dust vis a vis the Great Recession brought on by the recent housing crash.

Millions of people were left homeless, jobless and penniless by this trillion dollar(s) debacle. The White House was in a precarious position. Should it step in and try to engineer a recovery by bailing out the very financial institutions whose recklessness was considered to be the prime cause of this financial disaster in the first place.  Should it, conversely, just wait and hope that things would turn around with time and effort…the oft-heard appeal to “market forces?”

 

At this date – February 2014 – President Obama’s stimulus package is regarded as a mixed blessing by some. Although the ghastly unemployment figures that prevailed during the so-called Great Recession – over 20% in the hardest-hit regions of the United States and elsewhere – have decreased, many of the newly created – or restored – jobs are part time and low paying. Many former home owners are renters and hundreds of thousands of couples have split up because of the awful financial pressure brought on by the downturn – said to be second only to the Great Depression in magnitude.

 

Here is what the esteemed economist Paul Krugman has to say in this regard:

 

The estimated $831 billion fiscal stimulus package engineered by President Obama and congressional Democrats five years ago did much good, but was a political disaster, says Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman.

“And the consequences of that political disaster — the perception that stimulus failed — have haunted economic policy ever since,” he writes in The New York Times.

As for the benefits of the stimulus, “it helped end the economy’s plunge,” Krugman says. “It created or saved millions of jobs; it left behind an important legacy of public and private investment.”

The economy at the time faced a huge spending shortfall. And it was so hard hit by the financial crisis and the housing bust that the Federal Reserve couldn’t fight off the recession by itself by cutting short-term interest rates like it normally does, he explains.

So why do so many people view the stimulus as a failure? “Because the U.S. economy continued to perform poorly,” Krugman writes.

“There’s no mystery about why: America was coping with the legacy of a giant housing bubble. . . . The stimulus was both too small and too short-lived to overcome that dire legacy,” he notes.

Read entire report at

http://www.moneynews.com/newswidget/Krugman-fiscal-stimulus-economic/2014/02/21/id/554013?promo_code=115FE-1&utm_source=115FENESN_Home&utm_medium=nmwidget&utm_campaign=widgetphase1

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Draconian Drug Sentences in America

just say no

 

Draconian drug sentences in America are now seen as a problem, not as a solution as it was a few generations back. Ill advised and ill begotten, the once-vaunted war on drugs has served as a vote-getting strategy that has helped to put opportunistic politicians in office while doing little to end the scourge of hard drugs in America. In fact, it might have worsened the situation more than anything else has.

Draconian Drug Sentences in America

By Dr. Sinclair Grey III
from kulturekritic.com

 America and its Draconian drug laws

First time drug offenders, often nonviolent youths, have been given stiff drug sentences for years now in an ill-conceived attempt on the part of conservative forces to ‘storm trooper” the problem of drug addiction and related crime, much – if not most – of it caused by this self same Draconian sentencing policy Continue reading

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