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TheRevengeofTW1ZTY
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12 Jun 2019, 7:55 am

The ONLY things Trump has really accomplished as president is polarizing his country, destroying our trust in the media, and making a twit of himself on twitter.

And this is what he has done so far. Only time will tell what else he will do if he wins the next election in 2020.


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13 Jun 2019, 7:13 pm

Trump just announced his intention to break the law again:



The reason why Mueller didn't indict Don Junior is that this law is one of the few you have to know to be found guilty of breaking it. Mueller couldn't prove that Junior knew what he was doing. But now Trump knows. He chooses to dispute the law, but he knows it. And he is so confident that he can get away with breaking it again, he doesn't mind admitting it on camera.



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13 Jun 2019, 7:20 pm

Gromit wrote:
Trump just announced his intention to break the law again:



The reason why Mueller didn't indict Don Junior is that this law is one of the few you have to know to be found guilty of breaking it. Mueller couldn't prove that Junior knew what he was doing. But now Trump knows. He chooses to dispute the law, but he knows it. And he is so confident that he can get away with breaking it again, he doesn't mind admitting it on camera.



Why not? If we allowed George W. Bush to get away with torturing in Iraq after lying about it and then admitting to it, I'm sure Donald Trump can get away with anything too.


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14 Jun 2019, 6:01 pm

TheRevengeofTW1ZTY wrote:
Why not? If we allowed George W. Bush to get away with torturing in Iraq after lying about it and then admitting to it, I'm sure Donald Trump can get away with anything too.

That was one of Obama's three great failures: don't prosecute the torturers because the Republicans would take it as a partisan attack. The cost was accepting authoritarian practices, and too many people find them entirely acceptable now.

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Also, there's this:



And, of course, another of Trump's achievements is the reintroduction of detention camps: https://twitter.com/ECMcLaughlin/status/1139192167501484033



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14 Jun 2019, 6:36 pm

Gromit wrote:
TheRevengeofTW1ZTY wrote:
Why not? If we allowed George W. Bush to get away with torturing in Iraq after lying about it and then admitting to it, I'm sure Donald Trump can get away with anything too.

That was one of Obama's three great failures: don't prosecute the torturers because the Republicans would take it as a partisan attack. The cost was accepting authoritarian practices, and too many people find them entirely acceptable now.

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Also, there's this:




That is PRECISELY why I came to despise Obama!


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11 Jul 2019, 3:53 pm

Trump signs executive order revamping kidney care, organ transplantation

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The Trump administration pledged Wednesday to reduce end-stage kidney disease by 25 percent over the next 11 years by providing better care of people early in the progression of the disease and doubling the number of transplants performed in the United States.

In an executive order signed by President Trump Wednesday morning, the administration also committed to move many people receiving kidney dialysis away from commercial centers to less expensive, more convenient in-home care. By 2025, the administration wants 80 percent of newly-diagnosed kidney failure patients to receive a transplant or get dialysis at home.

In a briefing for reporters before the event, Joe Grogan, head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, described the package of initiatives as the biggest change in kidney care since the government extended Medicare coverage to include chronic kidney failure in 1972.

The initiatives Trump outlined include experiments with five new payment models to encourage doctors to treat patients earlier and encourage home peritoneal dialysis; a crackdown on some of the 58 nonprofit organizations that do a poor job of collecting organs for transplant; and a public awareness campaign. About 40 percent of people with kidney disease do not know they have it, officials said.

Kidney dialysis is a grueling regimen endured by about 510,000 of the 726,000 people who suffer from end-stage kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. In the United States, about 88 percent of patients receive hemodialysis, a treatment that requires a device to filter waste and toxins from their blood. Most receive it in clinics or private facilities, usually for four hours a day, three days per week.

Average life expectancy for a person on dialysis is five to 10 years, though some live much longer.

“The kidney has a very special place in the heart,” Trump said. “It’s an incredible thing. People that have to go [through] this — people that have loved ones that are working so hard to stay alive. They have to work so hard. There’s an esprit de corps. There’s a spirit like you see rarely on anything.”

In Hong Kong, officials noted, 85 percent of patients receive home dialysis and in Guatmela it is 56 percent.

Currently, the U.S. system creates incentives for center-based hemodialysis, which is dominated by two companies, Fresenius Medical Care and DaVita. Physicians generally are reimbursed at higher rates for care of dialysis patients than for treatment of patients with kidney disease who do not yet need dialysis.

Amit Tevar, director of the kidney and pancreas transplant program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said the U.S. model of center-based hemodialysis has not changed because it is effective and patients are not well-educated on alternatives.

“The process of hemodialysis, it may be cumbersome, it may be expensive, it’s not great for the patients, but it does work,” Tevar said. “There’s been no big incentive to change.”

The U.S. transplant system also has been slow to change, part of the reason, advocates contend, that more than 113,000 people are on waiting lists for organs. The vast majority of them are seeking kidneys.

The administration plan is to cover more costs for live donors of kidneys and livers, including lost wages and child care, to encourage increased donation. And it pledged to crack down on poor performers among the 58 nonprofit organizations that are responsible for collecting organs from deceased donors and getting them to transplant centers.

Each of those “organ procurement organizations” holds a monopoly over a piece of U.S. territory and collects and reports its own data on how successful it is. Some poor performers have manipulated the numbers, researchers have shown.

Trump ordered that clearer and more reliable performance measures be drawn up and said rules would also require personnel from those agencies to be more timely in collecting and transporting organs.

In a statement, the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations said its members “support the goal of enhanced performance metrics that improve the ability to recover and deliver organs to those who need them.” The organization also said that changes to expand the pool of acceptable organ donors would increase transplantation because about “20 percent of available donor kidneys were discarded rather than being transplanted” in 2018.


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15 Jul 2019, 7:26 pm

I have NOT read this entire thread.

Here are the ones that have made an imprint in my memory:

-- GDP - 4.2 (President Obama said it would never get higher than 2-point-something.)

-- Lowest unemployment in decades - lowest EVER for blacks.

-- The return of manufacturing jobs to the U.S. (hundreds of thousands - including increase of aluminum and steel jobs / production), including preventing Carrier (the air conditioners company) from moving to Mexico.

-- Added millions of jobs - there are now more jobs, than people looking for a job.

-- Tax cuts.

-- Negotiated a 15 percent tariff (a tariff we pay them) with some country (unfortunately, I can't remember which one); down, from 45 percent.

-- Is investigating China for Intellectual Property theft (something that we knew they were doing, for years, but nobody did anything about it).

-- Negotiated deals for the increase in the exports of beef, chicken, pork, soybeans, and potatoes.

-- Under his administration, the U.S. became the largest crude oil producer in the world, and negotiated a deal to increase gas exportation.

-- Met with Kim Jong-Un / went to N. Korea - his meetings may not do much, good, but, at least, they seem to have stopped their nuclear testing, for now.

-- Raised SSD.

-- Seems to have put the kibosh on ISIS.

-- Stopped the order of a new Air Force One, cuz it cost too much (I think, IIRC, he negotiated a better deal).

-- Isn't getting paid.

And, something keeps niggling at me, that I've forgotten some other really good ones..... but these are the ones I could think-of, off the top of my head.

Oh, because I am a proud U.S. military veteran, and read military news, I wanted to include these:

-- Got another Black Hawk (which is really good, cuz, AFAIK, we never replaced the one we had to destroy, when we went to get Osama bin Laden).

-- Negotiated the return of all of our soldiers' bodies from North Korea (Korean war).

-- Gave the military the largest pay raise in almost a decade.

-- Is getting rid of, and demoting, slimy VA workers----it's up to about 4,000, now, I think----which is really good, cuz you wouldn't believe how slimy some of these people, are (Baltimore has the third worst VA, in the country).

-- Under his administration, more VA Disability appeals were decided, in a year, than ever before----like, 60 or 70 thousand, I think----which, of course, is good, cuz our guys (and gals) need alot of Mental Health help, for PTSD (boy, could I tell you some stories of what some of these people have been-through - no question how they got PTSD). (Twenty-two veterans, a day, commit suicide.)

-- Increased funding to the VA----the largest in history----including instituting / funding the "Veterans Choice Program", which gives us the choice of going to an "outside" doctor (again, slimy VA workers - not ALL, of course, but).

Oh, geez, I know there's a whole bunch, more----but, that's all I can remember, right now.....





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15 Jul 2019, 8:06 pm

Oh, see, I knew I had forgotten some good ones.....

-- I have never seen a president (or any politician, for that matter) who kept as many of his stump promises----and I've been registered to vote, for over 40 years.

-- Every president says "I was left a bad situation", or some-such as that, when they first take office----and I've heard President Trump say it, a couple of times----but, I don't remember ever being shown the proof, like this, before (cuz, AFAIC, we got the proof, since President Trump has accomplished all this [and much more]).





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