Donald Trump

No More Outrage Over Steaks and Couches, Please: Let's Talk Budget, Immigration, Drug Policy

Donald Trump needs to show that he's a serious policy guy. The media need to show they're serious, too.

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To date, Donald Trump hasn't exactly inspired confidence as president. He can't open his yap for more than 30 seconds (or less than 30 minutes) without spending much of his time haranguing the press or complaining about being treated "very" poorly by this or that lesser being. He can't forget slights, real and imagined. If his executive order on immigration and refugees was any indication, he can't be bothered to communicate with the very government agencies who are supposed to implement his policies.

Then again, the media—print, cable, online—can't seem to maintain a serious purpose, either. Take for instance the two most recent outrages in the news and the Twitters recently. First up is the incredibly idiotic discussion of Kellyanne Conway putting her shoes on a couch in the Oval Office. Seriously. From the Washington Post:

Conway also addressed the controversy during an appearance on "Lou Dobbs Tonight," which aired on the Fox Business Network, saying she was being asked to "take a picture in a crowded room with the press behind us."

"And I was asked to take a certain angle and was doing exactly that," she said. "I certainly meant no disrespect, I didn't mean to have my feet on the couch."

WTF, really. Let me be blunt: If this is the sort of crap we spend talking about, we deserve every plague visited upon Pharaoh and worse. Really, WTF?

Thanks, Dreyfuss. I rush only to add that this isn't the dumbest outrage ever. It's simply the most recent.

The other recent flap not worth giving a flying fuck about? That would be the president's habit of ordering his steaks well-done and then drowning them in ketchup. The Washington Post again:

For real, Mr. President? In a market where residents can practically point to a spot on a globe and find a nearby dining room that serves its cuisine? In a city where some of the country's best contemporary Greek, Indian and, hello, even American restaurants are about as close to your door as the steakhouse in the Trump International Hotel?…

Food is often referred to as a bridge, a form of communion, a way to connect with people. Trump, a Queens native known to eat pizza with a knife and fork, views food in tinier terms. Unlike his pie-loving, almond-popping, restaurant-savvy predecessor, the current occupant of the White House appears to see food as something to be dispatched without much thought, like tweeting reviews of "Saturday Night Live."…

Everything the leader of the free world does — the books he chooses to read (or not), the clothes he opts to wear, the food he reaches for — is examined for meaning. If Trump's maiden D.C. dinner is any indication, we're looking at four years of imitation vanilla.

I genuinely dislike most of Trump's agenda. I'm good with expanding school choice, reducing regulations, and I want to see Obamacare repealed and a market system implemented. But I'm dumbfounded and disgusted by most of the rest, including his stances on immigration, refugees, trade, war, pot legalization, and much more. All of which is trivialized by mocking the billionaire for his eating habits or whether one of his advisers put her feet on the couch. He can't even proof his tweets, how can he handle the nuclear codes!

We're $20 trillion in debt and the country elected a president who has shown very little ability to act professionally or with the gravitas befitting his office. We get the chief executive we deserve, just like we get the House and the Senate and the governors and legislatures we deserve. We should be asking for more and better politicians and policies. Like Meursault in The Stranger, it's all on us in the end, whether it's exactly fair or right or not.

There's a rumor going around that Trump is actually going to act presidentially in tonight's speech. I'll believe it when I see it but barring that, it would also be a good thing to start demanding he get serious about the federal budget and rethink his nativism and nostalgia for all those good old-fashioned factory jobs that are never coming back. One thing we'll all have to give up is pretending that how a guy eats his meat has anything to do with anything other than his dinners.

It shouldn't be that hard. But it probably will be, especially among media types who want to show that they get it in a way that Donald Trump—"a poor person's idea of a rich person" HAW HAW HAW—never will.

On with the show.

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  1. I just skimmed it, but Nick seemed to be coherent. Are his corporate overlords on holiday?

  2. There’s a rumor going around that Trump is actually going to act presidentially in tonight’s speech.

    Why should he start now?

    More likely he will constantly lie and deflect blame like he just did by blaming others for the Navy Seal’s death in a military operation he ordered.

    1. You are a miserable asshole without comprehension of the word ordered. The mission was conceived of and planned under Obama and the date of the mission was determined and ordered by the Obama administration. Trump just gets the blame because the moonless night selected by the generals during the Obama administration was after Trump was sworn in. Fuck you

        1. I would like to 2nd mamasan.
          You are simply vile.
          If you really believe the non-stop lies you have posted here over the years, then living with your pathetic rotten soul is more punishment than any human deserves.
          It’s good, I think, to sometimes contemplate and understand the worst in humans, so thank you for being that example.

          1. Fuck off. I am critical of war, statism, and religion. That is what “lying” means to you.

            1. Palin’s Buttplug|2.28.17 @ 9:44PM|#
              “Fuck off. I am critical of war, statism, and religion.”

              Fuck off; you’re a lying piece of shit.

            2. What has this site come to when I am enjoying Buttplug’s comments more than his haters?

              1. Chipper Morning Wood|2.28.17 @ 10:57PM|#
                “What has this site come to when I am enjoying Buttplug’s comments more than his haters?”

                Maybe you’re not real bright?

              2. Not only that, a little further down, amsoc actually said something sensible. We clearly woke up in Bizarro World this morning.

        2. That really put me in my place. Wowza! Trump was advised of the planned mission..wax given no reason or I tel to suggest the Obama administration was wrong and signed off…Trump approved the Obama mission, are you saying that was his mistake?

          1. You know, when so say it out loud like that…

            Yeah, it is his mistake.

            I would think any incoming president would be briefed about upcoming operations and allowed time to review with their own team. I doubt it was just dropped in his lap going “Oh yeah by the way, we have this operation against Al Qaeda we need you to sign off on.”

          2. Was not wax
            And was given no reason nor Intel
            The criticism in your newspaper article is for the administration who oversaw the mission for months…not the guy who happened to be there when the Obama admin plan fails. But again, why are you blaming Trump for agreeing with an Obama plan?

            1. not the guy who happened to be there

              A real take-charge Commander in Chief would have looked at the mission in detail before rubber-stamping it like a gullible idiot.

              1. Palin’s Buttplug|2.28.17 @ 10:35PM|#
                “A real take-charge Commander in Chief would have looked at the mission in detail before rubber-stamping it like a gullible idiot.”

                Yeah, like the guy who high-fived shooting a sleeping victim?
                Fuck off.

      1. The first military operation ordered by President Trump may have resulted in as many as 30 civilian deaths and the killing of an American operative, according to several reports questioning the intelligence behind the raid in Yemen.

        U.S. military officials told Reuters that the operation was approved without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup operations.

        Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens died in the raid, along with 14 militants. President Trump flew to Dover Air Base in Delaware on Wednesday to visit with Owens’s family.

        Trump approved the early Sunday morning raid, but it had been in the works under the Obama administration for months.

        http://thehill.com/policy/defe…..telligence

  3. I’m good with expanding school choice, reducing regulations, and I want to see Obamacare repealed and a market system implemented.

    Oh, are you, Nikolai? Are you now?

    But I’m dumbfounded and disgusted by most of the rest, including his stances on immigration, refugees, trade, war, pot legalization, and much more.

    STOP YOUR SOCIAL SIGNALING ALREADY. What’s a little trade war between neighbors?

  4. Trump: America is a poverty stricken shithole and only I can make it great again!

    1. Well, it kinda is for the working class

      1. The Republicans I know protect corporations from taxes by raising taxes on the working class.

        1. I’ll bet you have a cite showing that, right?

        2. Which taxes raised might those have been?

          1. And how did they get corporations to pay those taxes without passing them on to ‘the working class’?

    2. Palin’s Buttplug|2.28.17 @ 9:15PM|#
      “Trump: America is a poverty stricken shithole and only I can make it great again!”

      Turd: I’m a lying piece of shit and only Obo ban make things great!

  5. the country elected a president who has shown very little ability to act professionally or with the gravitas befitting his office

    ^This is like getting outraged over how the president likes his steak or how his spokeswoman sits on a couch^

    1. It doesn’t seem terribly outlandish to want the man supposedly working for you and representing you to have a little decorum and professionalism. Now if he were a total asshole who nonetheless had a grasp of simple concepts and was committed to move us on the direction of personal liberty, I’d hold my nose and cheer him on. But that’s not what we have. We have a statist who’s also an acts like your friend’s asshole little brother from 4th grade.

  6. Trump asshole: “Drugs and violent crime are out of control in America! Lawless Chaos!”

    1. Obo asshole: “My name is turd!”

      1. Trump asshole WE NEED A BIGGER POLICE STATE!

        Sevo “YOU’RE SO DREAMY MR. PRESIDENT!

        1. Palin’s Buttplug|2.28.17 @ 10:06PM|#
          “Trump asshole WE NEED A BIGGER POLICE STATE!”

          Do you ever post without lying? Did you see me promote Trump at all? Were you born a lying piece of shit, or did it take you some five minutes of training to become one?
          Why didn’t the doctor kill you on your birth?
          Fuck off.

  7. Nick Gillespie?Verified account @nickgillespie 2m2 minutes ago

    I’m old enough to remember when people didn’t want to be miners if they could help it.

    Yet mine owners have never had any trouble filling the job

    1. What is your point?

      1. That what Nick remembers about miner mentality back in the day may not be all that important.

      2. He meant literally “filling” the job.

    2. Probably because it was the only decent paying job in the region.

      1. Back when mining was more labor intensive people used to move TO West Virginia.

        1. I still stand by my statement.

          No one willing moves to West Virginia if they can help it.

          1. Why not? I hear they have great moonshine there.

  8. Brilliant p.r. on the part of Kellyanne. They’re playing 3D p.r. chess with a hostile media that plays tic-tac-toe.

    There is no way the MSM would ever publicize a photo Trump with several dozen smiling African American professionals … unless they had an angle that they thought would besmirch Trump.

    Of course, progressive, learning-impaired Democrat dead-enders will approve, but to normal people the MSM looks petty while actually portraying Trump as not-a-racist.

    1. Interesting take. Even if unintentional by trump, the media is dumber than rocks

    2. Wow. I really hope they are actually smart enough to make you right.

  9. Those Walmart jobs were seasonal hires that had nothing to do with Trump. It’s worthless listening to this guy talk.

  10. Oh fuck this asswipe – now he is bashing free trade and immigration again. At least he is on familiar ground.

      1. Buttplug is being more libertarian than anyone else on here (except Fist, of course).

        1. Chipper Morning Wood|2.28.17 @ 11:01PM|#
          “Buttplug is being more libertarian than anyone else on here (except Fist, of course).”

          And you’re trying to beat turd in the stupidity event?
          Good try.

  11. Why do the dems get mad when trump says the middle class is being gutted and the inner cities are in shambles? Because he is stomping around on their turf?

    1. Our middle class is doing better than any middle class in the world with the possible exception of a few Northern European countries.

      The two countries that Trump likes to scapegoat – China and Mexico, have sorry-ass poor middle classes.

      1. Palin’s Buttplug|2.28.17 @ 9:41PM|#
        “Our middle class is doing better than any middle class in the world with the possible exception of a few Northern European countries.”

        Yeah, Obo wasn’t quite capable of fucking up everything.

      2. But the dems are the one saying they are screwed by the oligarchs and plutocracy. The rich, income inequality etc

        1. Anyone who uses “oligarch”, “plutocrats” or even worse, “the 1%” for political purposes is a simpleton idiot.

          The very rich in this country are as divided politically as the rest of us – about 50-50.

          1. Palin’s Buttplug|2.28.17 @ 9:57PM|#
            “Anyone who uses “oligarch”, “plutocrats” or even worse, “the 1%” for political purposes is a simpleton idiot.”

            Blue-team cheerleaders who post here are lying pieces of shit.

          2. I didnt say politically. The ds whole mantra is that they are being screwed by the rich

    2. Probably because they’ve seen Republicans protect the wealthy from modest tax increases by demanding that taxes be raised on the working class as well or not at all.

      1. Memory Hole|2.28.17 @ 9:42PM|#
        “Probably because they’ve seen Republicans protect the wealthy from modest tax increases by demanding that taxes be raised on the working class as well or not at all.”

        You were called on that pile of shit above, and repeating it only makes it clear you’re not real bright.

        1. You making some assumptions that I happen to know are not true. Fitst you allege I was called out, that I read the response to this comment and that I’m repeating some obvious error because I’m dumb. That was your first mistake because more often than not I post and bail and never return so its very likely and my good faith memory that I didn’t see a response to this particular comment if indeed I have posted this comment before. That brings us to your mistaken belief that conservatives do not hold taxes that hit working people harder as hostage to protect wealthy interests from tax liability. The conservatives in my home state legislature did exactly this and its widely acknowledged. They would not raise taxes modestly on corporations nor would they raise the income taxes on the income brackets. They demanded an increase in the sales tax which we know hits poorer people harder. Now Louisiana has the highest sales tax in the nation.

          1. I’m calling you on your bullshit:

            “They would not raise taxes modestly on corporations nor would they raise the income taxes on the income brackets.”

            You stupid lefty pile of shit, you CANNOT get ‘korpurashuns’ to *pay* taxes; they collect it from their customers and add the processing fees.
            What did you think they do, go out back to the money orchard? Take it from the stockholders and kill the stock price?
            I’ll bet you’re a product of gov’t schools; it takes that sort of ignorance to post what you do.
            Oh, and fuck off.

            1. Okay, I reading these two responses right now. I neglected to mention the proposals were to end tax subsidies to corporate interests not necessarily raise taxes but the net effect was that these companies would pay higher taxes.

              I know they pass on costs to consumers but there’s a limit to it and they also pocket profits and don’t always pass on savings to consumers. It’s not black and white. There’s a shitload of income equality but we also have cheap goods to buy at grocery stores and a dynamic economy that makes all of our lives better.

        2. Payroll taxes are regressive. They go away at $118,500 to $127,200, for single and joint filers respectively, in 2017.

          Income taxes are progressive and don’t start until about 35k, but I’m too lazy to look that up exactly. I AM NOT AN ACCOUNTANT, but the math is in plain view. Whether you think the rich are screwing the poor, or visa-versa, the tax law is what it is. Start from there.

  12. DRUG PRICES IS TOO HIGH!

    The Orangutan sounds like Bernie Fucking Sanders.

  13. Now i know why PalinsButtPlug is so pissed….

    The dems are looking if all they are for is top down solutions based on control which isn’t a good look for the party

  14. Is Trump promising to tax the rich and the greedy corporations to pay for free college tuition and abortions for all the kiddies yet? I’m watching the Simpsons.

  15. Any guesses on what the national debt will be if Congress goes along with this guy?

    1. A lot…he is a democrat mainly (moderate sense with a bit of vulgarity)

    2. The GOP haven’t favored small government since Coolidge.

      1. Thanks. So why you a D fan again?

        1. I’m not. Democrats suck.

          I did say that Obama was marginally better than Bush, McCain, and now Trump (which he is). Once I found that TEAM RED! fans here went ballistic and squeeled in outrage I like to repeat it often.

          1. Palin’s Buttplug|2.28.17 @ 10:02PM|#
            “I’m not. Democrats suck.”

            Says turd who’s been licking Obo butt for 8 years.
            Fuck off, liar.

          2. The TEAM RED on this site is out of control. Thank you for raising their ire a little, Buttplug. They sure need it.

            1. Chipper Morning Wood|2.28.17 @ 11:03PM|#
              “The TEAM RED on this site is out of control.”

              I see stupidity. A LOT of it. Right here.
              Fuck off.

  16. Shit, now he is using the Navy SEAL’s death for political gain. What a shitbag.

    1. He is really in your head isn’t he? You took the hillary loss pretty hard huh

    2. Palin’s Buttplug|2.28.17 @ 10:00PM|#
      “Shit, now he is using the Navy SEAL’s death for political gain.”

      Taking lessons from Obo, turd?

    3. He honored a fallen soldier. Just like they all do.

  17. Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom — we will never forget him.

    I’d love to see a poll in six months on what percentage of people know who Ryan Owens is.

    1. I’d love to see a poll in six months on what percentage of people know who Ryan Owens is.

      Probably the same number who could tell you who MSG Joshua Wheeler was. I.e:, no one beyond his friends, family, and the members of his unit.

  18. I just watched a few minutes of Trump’s speech to Congress. I believe he running to be a Senator from Wisconsin as a Democrat.

  19. Trump is at least half a democrat. Not sure why they hate him so much

    1. He’s an apostate to progressives.

      1. Lol yea they are really really far left

        1. Jim Goad’s not everyone’s cup of tea but sometimes he writes beyond his audience:

          As far as I can tell, globalism is a scheme concocted by the rich to destroy the working and middle classes through worldwide financial imperialism.

          I have a strong hunch that globalism is also a plot hatched to obliterate indigenous cultures and real human differences under the deceptive ruses of “multiculturalism” and “diversity.”

          This is why I’m confused whenever I hear someone say they hate “the rich,” oppose “imperialism,” and support “the working class” while being an unquestioning cheerleader for open borders and global government.

          YMMV.

          1. Globalism simply means trade instead of war.

            Trade partners become symbiotic – as they should, and seldom engage in war with each other.

            1. Like in the US Civil War?

          2. “As far as I can tell, globalism is a scheme concocted by the rich to destroy the working and middle classes through worldwide financial imperialism.”

            Whoever wrote that is an imbecile and totally ignorant of history. You might just as well quote Marx.

  20. I love it.

    There won’t be a wall, there won’t be ACA repeal, there won’t be a Muslim ban, there won’t be a new trade deal with China or Mexico, there won’t be mass deportations of people with illegal status only, there won’t be anything the shitty white trash Bitter Clinger assholes wanted when they elected this cocksucker.

    Alll this asshole will do is grow more impetuous and belligerent every day.

    1. Im so confused. So are you a trump supporter now?

    2. Like seriously are you ok? You appear to be a bit unhinged

      I suspect you think he gave a good speech…as when cognitive dissonance occurs it elicits these over the top reactions

  21. If anything this speech and his twitter over the last two weeks show belligerence on way down

  22. Then again, the media?print, cable, online?can’t seem to maintain a serious purpose, either. Take for instance the two most recent outrages in the news and the Twitters recently. ???? ?? ?? ?????? ??????
    ???? ?? ?? ?? ??????? First up is the incredibly idiotic discussion of Kellyanne Conway putting her shoes on a couch in the Oval Office. Seriously. From the Washington Post:

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