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Re: Midterm Elections
« Reply #150 on: April 06, 2018, 05:55:31 PM »
Unfortunately most of the world still operates on the Trump level.  Obama was great, polished, educated, refined, and as some say, an adult in the room.   That's nice except he's often sitting at a dive bar's table with Pablo Escobar and striking a gentleman's understanding.

When you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail

US assets and US dollar are always at a premium because US has the one thing most of the world doesn't - transparency, accountability and respect for intellectual property rights and law - all backed by military might

Most people have absolutely no idea what policy goes in to lubricate the world economy - very easy to pass sound bites and judgements. 

We could have easily imploded in 2011, or 2015 -- but the " gentlemen and ladies" of the world came together to set up currency swap lines for global banks (too much arcane to explain here but can do it offline if anyone wants) that prevented a repeat of 2008 or 1998 - all this was done quietly and behind the scenes - and no one got credit for it. 

Soft spoken and ungainly looking policy makers and bureaucrats who don't have silcone-infused model wives on their arms don't draw the same level of attention and don't need to.

What happens if we debase ourselves and stop respecting contracts -- and change policy at whim ?  It means the world will get a shock at first but over the longer term , gradually adjust and pivot away from us. 

I would have had more faith in this threat-driven negotiating tactic if there was any sort of plan or someone adults around trump to catch him when he went too far .  the thing is we don't and that's the reality we have to live with

What we are in right now is unstable equilibrium.  You better hope it stays that way and does not tip into chaos.  Otherwise all the financial advisors ,  mortgage brokers and real estate agents may have to downsize from their AMG or M-performance cars into Toyota Camrys (not that there is anything wrong with a Camry :)

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Re: Midterm Elections
« Reply #151 on: April 09, 2018, 10:33:53 PM »
The other guy blinked

China's Xi announces plans to 'open' China, including lowering tariffs on imported autos

He discussed plans to further open up the Chinese economy, including "significantly" lowering import tariffs for autos, decreasing duties on other products, enforcing the legal intellectual property of foreign firms and improving the investment environment for international companies.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/09/chinese-president-xi-jinping-speaks-at-boao-forum-for-asia.html


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Re: Midterm Elections
« Reply #152 on: April 10, 2018, 07:08:31 AM »
Xi actually said the exact same things back in March -- there is nothing new in his statements .  he is giving trump a chance to walk back off the ledge ...

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Re: Midterm Elections
« Reply #153 on: April 10, 2018, 07:09:29 AM »
And BTW

MAGA = My Attorney Got Arrested

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Re: Midterm Elections
« Reply #154 on: April 10, 2018, 08:38:25 AM »
And BTW

MAGA = My Attorney Got Arrested

Wow  :D

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Re: Midterm Elections
« Reply #155 on: April 10, 2018, 09:23:12 AM »
And BTW

MAGA = My Attorney Got Arrested

Wow  :D

I bet you this leads to another hannity or tucker Carlson Fox News segment on Clinton emails  :)

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Re: Midterm Elections
« Reply #156 on: April 10, 2018, 10:19:50 AM »
And BTW

MAGA = My Attorney Got Arrested

Did he get arrested?

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Re: Midterm Elections
« Reply #157 on: April 10, 2018, 10:33:30 AM »
And BTW

MAGA = My Attorney Got Arrested

Did he get arrested?

It’s ok to laugh at all this once in a while ...

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Re: Midterm Elections
« Reply #158 on: April 11, 2018, 08:50:24 AM »
Game Changer: Paul Ryan will not seek re-election in November.

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Re: Midterm Elections
« Reply #159 on: April 11, 2018, 08:53:56 AM »
Game Changer: Paul Ryan will not seek re-election in November.

Huh  ?  I thought "nothing was going to change"   do we need a new catch-phrase now to keep this thread going :)

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Re: Midterm Elections
« Reply #160 on: April 11, 2018, 08:55:30 AM »
Game Changer: Paul Ryan will not seek re-election in November.

Huh  ?  I thought "nothing was going to change"   do we need a new catch-phrase now to keep this thread going :)

Abandon ship?

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Re: Midterm Elections
« Reply #161 on: April 11, 2018, 09:13:33 AM »
Cool, Cali gets to lead the house..Go Kevin McCarthy

The race to replace Paul Ryan is on


House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Whip Steve Scalise have started courting Republicans in case the speaker retires.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/09/mccarthy-scalise-speaker-house-republicans-492807

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Re: Midterm Elections
« Reply #162 on: April 11, 2018, 09:40:07 AM »
Cool, Cali gets to lead the house..Go Kevin McCarthy

The race to replace Paul Ryan is on


House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Whip Steve Scalise have started courting Republicans in case the speaker retires.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/09/mccarthy-scalise-speaker-house-republicans-492807

McCarthy is not getting the vote...he was supposed to be the speaker and then people realized that he can't speak in public.  It's how Ryan got the job in the first place

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/kevin-mccarthy-speaker-bid/

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Re: Midterm Elections
« Reply #163 on: April 11, 2018, 09:52:38 AM »
IC has a good pt

but broadly speaking, why even talk about McCarthy ? we all know it will be " someone" since it will be a vacant seat (majority or minority) . 

the bigger issue is even Paul Ryan is not safe in his home district  .  Expect many more retirements from now until November ...

Paul Ryan can nicely make a seven figure check now working with Koch brothers (literally , this is what will happen and you heard it here first :)

He fooled enough people in the media and the public  (of being a smart policy wonk) for long enough that he got a presidential run and a speakership and delivered exactly what his donors wanted.  Now he can relax with $$ at a relatively young age.  this is actually a great timing for him. 

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Re: Midterm Elections
« Reply #164 on: April 11, 2018, 09:58:44 AM »
IC has a good pt

but broadly speaking, why even talk about McCarthy ? we all know it will be " someone" since it will be a vacant seat (majority or minority) . 

the bigger issue is even Paul Ryan is not safe in his home district  .  Expect many more retirements from now until November ...

Paul Ryan can nicely make a seven figure check now working with Koch brothers (literally , this is what will happen and you heard it here first :)

He fooled enough people in the media and the public  (of being a smart policy wonk) for long enough that he got a presidential run and a speakership and delivered exactly what his donors wanted.  Now he can relax with $$ at a relatively young age.  this is actually a great timing for him.

Just in another GOP rep from FL to retire.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/04/11/politics/florida-gop-dennis-ross-retirement/index.html

 

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