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Trump’s Bigly Address to Congress…

Well, the bar is so low that Trump got credit..for not calling anyone a loser or a hater. And yes, this speech was a 6’th grade version of what you’d expect Presidents to say, provided you didn’t want details, or if you overlook the lies and distortions. Here is a “Fact Check” via Factcheck.org (click the link for details).

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump stuck closely to his prepared remarks, but ran afoul of the facts in some cases.
Trump said the U.S. has spent $6 trillion in the Middle East and “with this $6 trillion we could have rebuilt our country.” The amount spent so far is $1.7 trillion, according to the Defense Department.

He cherry-picked the findings of a recent report, saying it found immigration costs U.S. taxpayers “billions of dollars a year.” The report said immigration “has an overall positive impact on long-run economic growth.”
Trump said “94 million Americans are out of the labor force,” a figure that includes the retired, college students and stay-at-home parents. The vast majority — 88.5 million — said they didn’t want a job.

Trump said he would “promote clean air and clean water,” a vague claim that came hours after he had signed an executive order to roll back a 2015 “Clean Water Rule.”

And the president repeated claims we’ve fact-checked before on border security, welfare, job creation since he was elected, health insurance and crime. For instance, he said the U.S. left “our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross.” But the border patrol budget and number of agents have both doubled since 2001.

As far as goals: sure, some sound good (family leave, repair of infrastructure) and I hope he gives serious action on these. But how? Details were non-existent.

And as much as I want infrastructure repair, I remain deeply skeptical.

And I found his use of the widow to be disgusting. There are serious questions about that raid, and he has avoided taking responsibility.

But my guess is that this speech played well with those who supported him most strongly.

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March 1, 2017 - Posted by | political/social, politics, social/political | ,

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