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Old 11-12-2016, 08:40 AM   #1
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Default If you voted for Trump because he’s ‘anti-establishment,’ you got conned

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The greatest trick Donald Trump pulled was convincing voters he’d be “anti-establishment.”

Well, maybe not the greatest trick. But in a campaign full of cons, it has to rank close to the top. This was near the heart of Trump’s appeal to the disaffected and disempowered: Send me to Washington, and that “establishment” you’ve been hearing so much about? We’ll blow it up, send it packing, punch it right in the face, and when it’s over the government will finally be working for you again. And the people who voted for Trump bought it. After all, he’s no politician, right? He’s an outsider, a glass-breaker, a guy who can cut out the bull and get things done. Right?

But the idea that he would do this was based on a profound misunderstanding of what the establishment actually is, and who Donald Trump is.

Here’s a report on Trump’s transition from Eric Lipton of the New York Times:

President-elect Donald J. Trump, who campaigned against the corrupt power of special interests, is filling his transition team with some of the very sort of people who he has complained have too much clout in Washington: corporate consultants and lobbyists…

Mr. Trump was swept to power in large part by white working-class voters who responded to his vow to restore the voices of forgotten people, ones drowned out by big business and Wall Street. But in his transition to power, some of the most prominent voices will be those of advisers who come from the same industries for which they are being asked to help set the regulatory groundwork.

An organizational chart of Trump’s transition team shows it to be crawling with corporate lobbyists, representing such clients as Altria, Visa, Coca-Cola, General Electric, Verizon, HSBC, Pfizer, Dow Chemical, and Duke Energy. And K Street is positively salivating over all the new opportunities they’ll have to deliver goodies to their clients in the Trump era. Who could possibly have predicted such a thing?

The answer is, anyone who was paying attention. Look at the people Trump is considering for his Cabinet, and you won’t find any outside-the-box thinkers burning to work for the little guy. It’s a collection of Republican politicians and corporate plutocrats — not much different from who you’d find in any Republican administration.

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And it isn’t just personnel. What are the priorities Trump and the Republican Congress will be pursuing right out of the gate? There’s the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, of course. “Take that, establishment!”, 20 million people can say when they lose their health coverage. Next on the list is that eternal Republican priority, cutting taxes. If you’re waiting for your fat rebate from the government once the establishment has been sent packing, you’re in for a shock. It won’t actually be Trump’s plan precisely that will pass Congress and he’ll sign, it will be some combination of what he wanted and what congressional Republicans want. But the two share a driving principle in common, and you may want to sit down while I tell you that helping regular folks is most definitely not it.
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And you believe the Washington Post?
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And you believe the Washington Post?
What's not to believe?

Verifiable statements of fact.
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Old 11-13-2016, 06:16 AM   #4
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Bring back the guys who gave us the Iraq war and tax cuts/deregulation that crashed the economy.

Trump's transition team signals return to GOP establishment

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is rich with lobbyists and includes a climate change denier and an ex-federal prosecutor…


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Old 11-13-2016, 07:48 AM   #5
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Trump has zero experience in Polictics, so it makes sense to have experiencd politicians around him. I think what Trump anti-establishment voters is going to realize quickly is Government is a sausage factory, compromises and concessions... Doubt they'll like that.
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You and the media have lost their minds but that isn't all bad cause it's funny this is exactly how the media shaped your opinions the last 8 years.
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You and the media have lost their minds but that isn't all bad cause it's funny this is exactly how the media shaped your opinions the last 8 years.
Judging from this post, either you (a) didn't read the WaPo article, or (b) you just flat ass don't care that Trump isn't the anti-establishment maverick you thought you elected - after all, you just wanted to "send a message," right?
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C) you're wrong as usual but that never stops you.
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Lol at those lives wanting Trump to fail - Another day, another excess of the recommended dosage
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C) you're wrong as usual but that never stops you.
Wrong that you got conned?

Only if you refuse to acknowledge the facts.
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L0L @ you thinking you were electing some sort of anti-establishment maverick.



Same ****, different Republican administration, i.e., beholden to special interests, lobbyists and the usual Washington insiders.
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Like you need an excuse to disrespect trump or any other republican on the planet
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Like you need an excuse to disrespect trump or any other republican on the planet
Rather difficult for you to ask for Kumbaya given your attitude and Trump's rhetoric, don't you think?
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Rather difficult for you to ask for Kumbaya given your attitude and Trump's rhetoric, don't you think?
Who asked for Kumbaya?
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Who asked for Kumbaya?
Kellyanne Conway, for one.

Go ahead, think you've got complete and total control and can ignore most Americans.

Good luck with that.
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Never need because you never fail to provide.
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These dip****s have only themselves to blame. Rump hired the guy running Citizens United as one of his masterminds along with little Himmler. He actually telegraphed his intentions plain as day.

How damn stupid do you have to be to buy the idea that a supposed billionaire gives a **** about your petty working stiff problems? One with a long history of conning other uneducated suckers?
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These dip****s have only themselves to blame. Rump hired the guy running Citizens United as one of his masterminds along with little Himmler. He actually telegraphed his intentions plain as day.

How damn stupid do you have to be to buy the idea that a supposed billionaire gives a **** about your petty working stiff problems? One with a long history of conning other uneducated suckers?
Particularly a long history of using and abusing his own workers.
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Particularly a long history of using and abusing his own workers.
That in fact is how he sees them, as useful idiots and commodities necessary only to elevate his own power.

Conning the millions of simpletons eager to swallow his white nationalist pablum is one thing, but actually knowing how to govern and solve problems is an entirely different matter. This moron has no actual defined strategy or platform and his ability to form a workable set of policy approaches that will satisfy his hateful dregs is basically going to be non-existent.
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Particularly a long history of using and abusing his own workers.
You two are funny foots points out he abuses uneducated suckers which is exactly what the democrats and republicans always do and all of a sudden he just figured it out?
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These dip****s have only themselves to blame. Rump hired the guy running Citizens United as one of his masterminds along with little Himmler. He actually telegraphed his intentions plain as day.

How damn stupid do you have to be to buy the idea that a supposed billionaire gives a **** about your petty working stiff problems? One with a long history of conning other uneducated suckers?
You mad bro? Lmmfao I love it. Squirt some tears and let it flow.
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You two are funny foots points out he abuses uneducated suckers which is exactly what the democrats and republicans always do and all of a sudden he just figured it out?
You're one of the suckers.

First you went for Bush's okey doke, and now this grifter.
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You're one of the suckers.

First you went for Bush's okey doke, and now this grifter.
You got sucker punched by Hillary and the DNC in the primary and you didn't see it coming and now you want to cry about it, who's the sucker?
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