New Chinese Dictator, any thoughts?

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Re: New Chinese Dictator, any thoughts?

Postby Michael on Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:47 am

I think he just finds it funny to be ironic.
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Re: New Chinese Dictator, any thoughts?

Postby Steve James on Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:48 am

I think he just finds it funny to be ironic.


Yeah, it would be ironic if he were joking.
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Re: New Chinese Dictator, any thoughts?

Postby Bill on Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:54 am

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Re: New Chinese Dictator, any thoughts?

Postby grzegorz on Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:36 pm

Michael wrote:I think he just finds it funny to be ironic.


He praises all power grabbing dictator types. Duterte, Putin, even Kim gets praise, he immediately praised Erodgan when took power from his Congress and so why not Xi too?

I believe Trump has the view that he and those he praises are somehow blessed by God through "superior genes" and should be in the position to make decisions for the "inferior" masses.
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Re: New Chinese Dictator, any thoughts?

Postby Steve James on Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:47 pm

Say what ya want, some things define a dictator and a dictatorship. But, remember when the Hope Hick's squeeze left because of the claims of his ex-wives that he was abusive? Remember, what the prez said about "due process"? Lemme remind ya:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtxObH8h9LM

Otoh, when the subject changes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxgybgEKHHI&t=3s

So, nobody knows what he means by any of the words that come out of his mouth. If tomorrow he tweets that he's going to drop a bomb on NKorea, and he doesn't, his people will say "See, he sucked you in again." Otoh, if he does it, they'll say, "See, he always does what he says." Or, "he's smart enough to know when to change his mind."
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Re: New Chinese Dictator, any thoughts?

Postby Michael on Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:35 pm

Steve James wrote:So, nobody knows what he means by any of the words that come out of his mouth. If tomorrow he tweets that he's going to drop a bomb on NKorea, and he doesn't, his people will say "See, he sucked you in again." Otoh, if he does it, they'll say, "See, he always does what he says." Or, "he's smart enough to know when to change his mind."

And if you criticize him like this, he'll be described as persuasive for getting you to talk about the subject on his terms, distracting you from other topics while effectively bringing you into negotiations you didn't even know you were in. Wow, what a 4 D chess master he is. 8-)
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Re: New Chinese Dictator, any thoughts?

Postby grzegorz on Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:55 pm

Wannabe dictator.

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Priceless!

Trump isn’t hiring enough friends and family

By Dana Milbank

February 27, 2018 at 7:38 PM

Donald Trump Jr. (-/AFP/Getty Images)

Once again, the dishonest haters in the fake news media are dishonestly and fakely hating on President Trump, this time by falsely claiming that nepotism and cronyism are bad.

They say the president should not name his personal pilot, John Dunkin, to run the $16 billion, 47,000-person Federal Aviation Administration. And they are offended because Ivanka Trump, asked whether she believed her father’s denials of sexual misconduct, called this an “inappropriate question to ask a daughter.”

So unfair!

Dunkin has the requisite qualifications to run the FAA, namely that he is, in the president’s view, “a smart guy and knows what’s going on.” And neither Ivanka nor anybody else should be asked about Trump’s alleged misconduct, because it didn’t happen. We know this because Trump denied it, strongly.

But I will grant that there is a problem with nepotism and cronyism in the Trump administration: He isn’t hiring enough friends and family.

Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. have all appeared on Fox News recently, defending their father and touting his political agenda. (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post)

Because he has been hiring too few people related by blood, marriage or friendship, he has wound up with unreliable “professionals.” A study by Kathryn Dunn Tenpas of the Brookings Institution found that first-year turnover of senior Trump administration officials was 34 percent, much higher than under any other president in nearly 40 years.

The obvious solution: more use of the friends-and-family plan. A family-based system may not work for immigration, but it works perfectly for staffing a presidency. I have this from an independent authority: Eric Trump. He said last year that nepotism is “a beautiful thing.”

And it is working beautifully. Beyond the formal roles in the White House for Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner (responsible for everything from Middle East peace to reinventing government), and the informal roles played by Donald Jr. and Eric (responsible for antagonizing the special counsel), Trump’s friends-and-family plan has served him brilliantly. Members include:

Dan Scavino, Trump’s onetime golf caddie, now White House director of social media.

Hope Hicks, a former model who helped with Ivanka’s fashion line, now the White House communications director.

Keith Schiller, Trump’s former bodyguard, first head of Oval Office operations and now a $15,000-a-month security consultant to the Republican National Committee.

Lynne Patton, who among other things planned Eric Trump’s wedding, now a senior official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Steve Kopec, a home improvement contractor married to a former Trump domestic staff member, now a special assistant with the Environmental Protection Agency, according to Politico.

Linda McMahon, professional wrestling magnate and Trump friend, now Small Business Administration chief.

Robin Bernstein, Trump friend and a founding member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, named to be ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

Boris Epshteyn, a friend of Eric Trump from Georgetown University, named a White House spokesman before taking a job in TV.

Kyle Yunaska, Eric’s brother-in-law, named to a senior Energy Department job.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, longtime friend of Melania Trump, whose firm got $26 million for help with the inauguration.

In addition, Trump pals Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Wynn and Omarosa Manigault all had brief but remarkable tenures in Trump world. Trump has also extended the family-based employment program to the friends and family of friends: Ben Carson’s son, White House Counsel Donald McGahn’s wife, Rudy Giuliani’s son, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s husband and sister-in-law, and various other friends’ spouses, siblings and offspring.

I can state unequivocally that every one of these hires has been excellent.

Trump will be even more successful when he makes the following personnel changes:

His hairstylist, experienced in complex structures, will run the Army Corps of Engineers; his personal driver will run the Transportation Department; and Trump Organization chief legal officer Alan Garten, fresh from the company’s fight for control of the Trump International Hotel Panama, will replace the hapless Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.

Melania Trump’s florist will run the Agriculture Department, and her parents will oversee the Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who acknowledged paying a porn star who alleged an affair with Trump, will become attorney general. Stormy Daniels, the porn star, will become the comptroller of the currency.

Because Trump has indicated that good golfers should be entrusted with guns, pro Ernie Els, who has played with Trump, will run the Pentagon.

And Scaramucci will make his triumphant return, replacing as press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who inexplicably softened Trump’s boast Monday that he would have charged, unarmed, into a Florida high school to stop the Feb. 14 mass shooting. She said Trump meant “he would be a leader.”

The Mooch would have asserted unequivocally that Trump not only would have overpowered the shooter but also would have stormed the beaches of Normandy, fasted with Gandhi, marched with King, gone to prison with Mandela, saved more Jews than Schindler and burned at the stake with Joan of Arc.

That’s what friends are for.

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Re: New Chinese Dictator, any thoughts?

Postby Michael on Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:53 am

Some commentary about Pres. Xi from China Uncensored.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_I36tzEHxQ
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Re: New Chinese Dictator, any thoughts?

Postby vadaga on Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:16 am

I originally was up in arms over this, but now am finding myself considering the amount of countries without term limits. That said a good proportion of those countries without term limits also have free elections, which is something PRC certainly lacks

Actually my first analysis was 'more powerful than Mao'. because people know what happened under the last leader for life in China and still this is happening...
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Re: New Chinese Dictator, any thoughts?

Postby Michael on Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:27 am

Considering what's happening, for example, in Xinjiang and Tibet, I wonder if there's anything comparable to China in those other countries without term limits.
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Re: New Chinese Dictator, any thoughts?

Postby grzegorz on Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:22 pm

vadaga wrote:I originally was up in arms over this, but now am finding myself considering the amount of countries without term limits. That said a good proportion of those countries without term limits also have free elections, which is something PRC certainly lacks

Actually my first analysis was 'more powerful than Mao'. because people know what happened under the last leader for life in China and still this is happening...


Outside of China, I defend China. In China, I criticize China.

As you said it isn't as if they have free elections. If anything this is actually a more realistic picture of what China has. In our country the system is rigged too as Greg Palast shows us, ala Koch brothers and voter suppression.

Saying that the main issue with one man, one rule and no opposition is the potential for corruption which China is full of and I am sure Xi and his family, and the future generations will benefit immensely. Behind every great fortune is a great crime.
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Re: New Chinese Dictator, any thoughts?

Postby Steve James on Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:30 pm

Well, it also shows that the law can be changed. The law giveth and the law can taketh away. However, consolidation of power is just one feature of totalitarianism. History shows that people will accept it as long as they feel they are doing well.
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Re: New Chinese Dictator, any thoughts?

Postby grzegorz on Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:34 pm

Steve,

When you have time please check out my Greg Palast thread. It shows what has become of our voting system since the Supreme court crushed MLK's voting rights act.

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