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7 months ago  ::  Mar 09, 2018 - 10:31PM #1
craner7
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Matthews????!!! [in-disbelief-smiley-emoticon]    Yrs ago I loved watching Hardball Matthews was fair and tough...I even bought his book on Bobby Kennedy this yr. THe Obama yrs changed him but every once in awhile his fair side pops out like here



Chris Matthews on Tariffs: Trump Looking Out for Forgotten Workers, Can’t Let China ‘Grab All the Steel’





MSNBC host Chris Matthews said President Donald Trump is using tariffs to look out for “people that nobody else is looking out for” and argued that tariffs are also very much a “cultural issue” in the Rust Belt.


“This is Pat Buchanan stuff. It’s economic nationalism… It’s the feeling people have that Trump said ‘I’ll be with you.’ This is a cultural issue as much as an economic issue,” Matthews, the Pennsylvania native who always got the interests of working-class voters before he had thoughts of riding MSNBC’s lurch to the left to win the Democratic nomination for Senate in Pennsylvania years ago, informed the Morning Joe elitists Wednesday on MSNBC. “The battle will be won or lost in 2020 in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. It’s not going to be fought in the high-tech areas of California or New York or Massachusetts.”


When Trump signed the steel and aluminum tariffs on Thursday, he specifically mentioned that “workers who poured their souls” into building the country had been betrayed and said he was delivering on his campaign promise to have their backs.


“Our factories were left to rot and to rust, all over the place. Thriving communities turned into ghost towns. You guys know that, right? Not any longer. The workers who poured their souls into building this great nation were betrayed,” Trump said. “But that betrayal is now over. I’m delivering on a promise I made during the campaign and I’ve been making it for a good part of my life.”


The Hardball host also pointed out that while while sophisticates in places like New York talk about things like “terms of trade” and “least comparative disadvantage,” China is going into Africa and doing “anything they want with their tremendous trade advantage in the world.”


“I think there’s a sense that the Chinese are going to grab all the steel industry. They’re going to take it,” Matthews said. “They can do anything they want with their tremendous trade advantage in the world. We have to do something about that. They’re winning.”


This week on Breitbart News Tonight on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125, Rick Manning from Americans for Limited Government said that the Chinese could potentially blackmail America if China controls the steel supply.


“The risk is the cost when the Chinese decide, ‘We’re not going to sell you steel, and you can’t build stuff anymore because you’re a threat to our Chinese economy,’” Manning said. “That’s the risk. You make a small investment … to rebuild a domestic industry that’s been harmed by Chinese dumping and allow that industry to grow and thrive and create an environment where we aren’t vulnerable to blackmail on key component parts to having a modern industrial economy.”


On Thursday, Trump also said that the tariffs were also about national security.


“Today, I’m defending America’s national security by placing tariffs on foreign imports of steel,” Trump said. “You don’t have steel, you don’t have a country.”


Manning made a similar point earlier in the week.


“We have a real problem if you do not have steel [or] aluminum and you don’t have the capacity to domestically manufacture that,” Manning said. “You have a national security threat. The last people we need to be dependent upon to be able to produce airplanes and vehicles are the Chinese, who are engaged in asymmetrical war against our country. Until we come to grips with the fact that they’re playing for keeps and we’re playing like nothing’s happening, until we wake up to that, we’re going to face an untenable situation.”


Matthews added that “the gritty people in Pennsylvania that are cheering this on” have a different point of view on tariffs than the “sophisticated in New York with their advanced degrees who don’t need steel to make a living.’


Matthews asked the insufferably smug Morning Joe panel: “How many people talking here for the last hour made any money with their hands lately?”


7 months ago  ::  Mar 09, 2018 - 10:49PM #2
newinn
Posts: 30,876

Mar 9, 2018 -- 10:31PM, craner7 wrote:


Matthews????!!! [in-disbelief-smiley-emoticon]    Yrs ago I loved watching Hardball Matthews was fair and tough...I even bought his book on Bobby Kennedy this yr. THe Obama yrs changed him but every once in awhile his fair side pops out like here



Chris Matthews on Tariffs: Trump Looking Out for Forgotten Workers, Can’t Let China ‘Grab All the Steel’




MSNBC host Chris Matthews said President Donald Trump is using tariffs to look out for “people that nobody else is looking out for” and argued that tariffs are also very much a “cultural issue” in the Rust Belt.


“This is Pat Buchanan stuff. It’s economic nationalism… It’s the feeling people have that Trump said ‘I’ll be with you.’ This is a cultural issue as much as an economic issue,” Matthews, the Pennsylvania native who always got the interests of working-class voters before he had thoughts of riding MSNBC’s lurch to the left to win the Democratic nomination for Senate in Pennsylvania years ago, informed the Morning Joe elitists Wednesday on MSNBC. “The battle will be won or lost in 2020 in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. It’s not going to be fought in the high-tech areas of California or New York or Massachusetts.”


When Trump signed the steel and aluminum tariffs on Thursday, he specifically mentioned that “workers who poured their souls” into building the country had been betrayed and said he was delivering on his campaign promise to have their backs.


“Our factories were left to rot and to rust, all over the place. Thriving communities turned into ghost towns. You guys know that, right? Not any longer. The workers who poured their souls into building this great nation were betrayed,” Trump said. “But that betrayal is now over. I’m delivering on a promise I made during the campaign and I’ve been making it for a good part of my life.”


The Hardball host also pointed out that while while sophisticates in places like New York talk about things like “terms of trade” and “least comparative disadvantage,” China is going into Africa and doing “anything they want with their tremendous trade advantage in the world.”


“I think there’s a sense that the Chinese are going to grab all the steel industry. They’re going to take it,” Matthews said. “They can do anything they want with their tremendous trade advantage in the world. We have to do something about that. They’re winning.”


This week on Breitbart News Tonight on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125, Rick Manning from Americans for Limited Government said that the Chinese could potentially blackmail America if China controls the steel supply.


“The risk is the cost when the Chinese decide, ‘We’re not going to sell you steel, and you can’t build stuff anymore because you’re a threat to our Chinese economy,’” Manning said. “That’s the risk. You make a small investment … to rebuild a domestic industry that’s been harmed by Chinese dumping and allow that industry to grow and thrive and create an environment where we aren’t vulnerable to blackmail on key component parts to having a modern industrial economy.”


On Thursday, Trump also said that the tariffs were also about national security.


“Today, I’m defending America’s national security by placing tariffs on foreign imports of steel,” Trump said. “You don’t have steel, you don’t have a country.”


Manning made a similar point earlier in the week.


“We have a real problem if you do not have steel [or] aluminum and you don’t have the capacity to domestically manufacture that,” Manning said. “You have a national security threat. The last people we need to be dependent upon to be able to produce airplanes and vehicles are the Chinese, who are engaged in asymmetrical war against our country. Until we come to grips with the fact that they’re playing for keeps and we’re playing like nothing’s happening, until we wake up to that, we’re going to face an untenable situation.”


Matthews added that “the gritty people in Pennsylvania that are cheering this on” have a different point of view on tariffs than the “sophisticated in New York with their advanced degrees who don’t need steel to make a living.’


Matthews asked the insufferably smug Morning Joe panel: “How many people talking here for the last hour made any money with their hands lately?”





yeah,everytime someone agrees with you their fair side pops out. Does your fair side ever pop out?

7 months ago  ::  Mar 09, 2018 - 10:49PM #3
MajorYankFan
Posts: 28,515

Trump Looking Out for Forgotten Workers 


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Commie Donnie is a plutocratic socialist who hires undocumented


workers and has his crappy products made in Communist China.


Proposing to make it easier for employers to pocket their employees’ tips


On December 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced a proposed rule that would grant employers full control over the tips that their workers receive. Under the rule, which would reverse protections instituted by the Obama administration, owners of restaurants and other businesses would be able to legally pocket the tips given to their workers so long as tipped workers earned the minimum wage. According to estimates from the Economic Policy Institute, this bill could result in between $523 million and $13.2 billion in tips going to business owners, not workers.



Denying overtime to millions of working people


The Trump administration derailed an Obama-era protection to extend overtime protections to 4.2 million Americans. In a June 30, 2017, court filing, the Department of Justice announced that it would revisit the Obama administration’s expansion of overtime protections to workers earning less than $47,000 per year. Three weeks later, the administration released a request for information that suggested that it may issue new overtime regulations to cover far fewer workers. In September 2017, the DOL dropped its appeal of a Fifth Circuit court case that blocked the overtime rule nationwide. The next month, the DOL filed a new appeal, but asked the court to hold the appeal while the DOL goes through the rulemaking process to determine a new salary level. Even if the administration pushes forward with this effort, it will likely take years for a new rule to be finalized. Each day that goes on without this rule in effect, American workers lose an estimated $3.3 million in wages.



Delaying and weakening mine inspection rule


On the campaign trail, President Trump often discussed miners. However, after reaching office, he has taken action that will make their jobs more dangerous. The Mine Safety and Health Administration delayed a rule requiring mine operators to inspect their mines daily before allowing workers to go inside. Furthermore, the agency is proposing to change the rule so that miners can be sent in before inspections are finished. Unions representing mine workers argue that these changes could make workers less safe.




Endangering the retirement investments of working families


President Trump signed a memorandum on February 3, 2017, that delayed the enforcement of new protections that would require retirement advisers to act in the best interest of their clients for 60 days. Without these protections, advisers can recommend investments that are in their own best interests rather than their clients’, making themselves money but potentially charging savers high fees or producing poor results. While part of the rule went into effect in June 2017, the Trump administration is continuing to review this rule ahead of its full implementation date and has solicited additional public comments. On November 29, 2017, the DOL announced the delay of key parts of the rule until July 2019.



Rolling back gainful employment protection


In June 2017, Trump’s Department of Education announced that it will rewrite an Obama-era protection that helps to ensure that career training programs provide a good value to students. The rule was enacted to prevent training programs from receiving federal student aid if they leave graduates with too much debt relative to their earnings. If this protection is weakened, too many workers will be saddled with debt for training programs that don’t deliver on their promises. In August 2017, the department established a new process giving schools that are caught violating the gainful employment regulation even more time to appeal their violation; the department also eliminated clear standards for statistical rigor.


Shutting down retirement savings plans


On July 31, 2017, President Trump’s Treasury Department ended the myRA savings program. Launched in 2014, myRA was a public option for workers to start saving for retirement and other life goals through a safe, affordable, and portable Roth individual retirement account. It was also a first step toward bolder policies that would have improved employees’ personal savings and retirement security. At a time when 44 percent of adults struggle to cover a $400 emergency expense, making it harder to save is unacceptable.




Exposing workers to toxic materials


The Trump administration announced on June 23, 2017, that it would roll back new safety rules protecting workers from beryllium, a toxic metal that causes lung cancer and other deadly diseases. Although the Trump administration is leaving in place Obama-era beryllium protections for workers in defense and aerospace industries, its proposed rule would rescind requirements for medical exams, exposure monitoring, and other protections for construction and shipyard workers.



Endangering workers and first responders at chemical facilities


On June 12, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delayed critical updates to its Risk Management Program (RMP) until February 2019. In January, the EPA had finalized changes to the RMP that would require facilities using and storing potentially toxic or dangerous chemicals to mitigate risks, thereby helping workers and local emergency responders plan for potentially catastrophic chemical accidents. The Obama administration directed the EPA to improve safety requirements after a 2013 explosionat a Texas fertilizer storage facility killed 15 people, including 12 firefighters.



Undermining the quality and pay of apprenticeship programs


In June 2017, President Trump signed an executive order establishing “industry-certified apprenticeship programs” that would potentially weaken standards and wage requirements for existing apprenticeship programs. Trump’s move could undermineexisting programs, which are typically labor-management partnerships covered by equal opportunity in employment requirements and wage standards, and award nationally recognized credentials.



Rolling back guidance on who is an employer


In June 2017, the Trump administration withdrew Obama-era guidance that strengthened wage theft enforcement by ensuring that companies did not illegally misclassify their employees as independent contractors and that when workers were cheated out of wages, “joint employment” standards were enforced against the companies with the power to ensure legal compliance. A 2014 report from the Economic Policy Institute estimated that wage theft could cost American workers more than $50 billion every year.


Exposing farmworkers to toxic pesticides


In January 2017, the Obama administration’s EPA finalized stronger protections for workers who apply—and therefore are exposed to—restricted-use pesticides, the most toxic pesticides on the market. The rule strengthened certification requirements for pesticide applicators, established training requirements for those who handle and apply these pesticides, and set a nationwide minimum age of 18 for certified applicators and people working under their direct supervision. On June 2, 2017, the EPA delayedimplementation of this rule until 2018 to give the agency time to review and potentially reconsider it.




Making it harder for workers to save for retirement


In May 2017, President Trump signed legislation to repeal Obama-era guidance that helped cities and states set up retirement savings plans for workers without access to employer-provided plans. While 30 percent of workers have no access to an employer retirement plan, the Trump administration sided with financial industry lobbyists who opposed these programs.



Delaying safety protections for construction workers


In April 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a three-month delay in the enforcement of a new standard to limit silica dust exposure among construction workers. The protection was projected to save more than 600 livesevery year, preventing a variety of work-related diseases—including lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease. On September 20, 2017, the administration announced that employers would have an additional 30 daysbefore being penalized for violating the new standard, provided they made a “good faith effort” to comply.


Letting lawbreakers off the hook for safety violations


In April 2017, President Trump signed legislation repealing requirements that clarified that OSHA’s mandate, which directed companies in dangerous industries to keep accurate records of worker injuries, was enforceable for five years. Without strong record keeping requirements, safety enforcement agencies have difficulty detecting and correcting long-standing problems at lawbreaking companies. Companies must now maintain injury records for only six months.


Exposing farmworkers to toxic pesticides


On March 29, 2017, the EPA reversed its earlier decision to ban chlorpyrifos—an agricultural pesticide— even after agency scientists completed an extensive risk assessment that concluded it could damage the neurological development of children and cause acute symptoms in those exposed to even small amounts. Just two months later, a dozen farmworkers in California fell ill after winds blew a chlorpyrifos-based pesticide from nearby orchards into their cabbage fields.


Signing a tax bill into law that tilts the tax system further against workers


On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed a tax bill into law, giving massive permanent tax cuts to corporations and only temporary cuts to individuals’ income taxes. In 2027, this will allow the top 1 percent to capture more than 80 percent of the tax cuts while a majority of families will actually pay more. In fact, due to these corporate tax cuts, in 2019, foreign investors will receive $5 billion more than every working- and middle-class American household in the states that voted for President Trump, combined. The tax bill also provides billions in cuts to owners of pass-through businesses, which will result in wage earners paying higher taxes than self-employed business owners with comparable earnings. Analysis from Adam Looney at the Brookings Institution finds that an employee earning $65,000 per year would end up with 4 percent less after-tax income than a self-employed person earning the same amount.




Weakening workplace safety protections for offshore drilling workers


On December 29, 2017, the Trump administration published a proposed rule on offshore oil and gas production safety systems that would weaken 2016 protectionsfinalized in response to the Deepwater Horizon accident, which killed 11 workers in 2010. The rollback would eliminate a requirement for third-party inspections of safety equipment, make key safeguards optional, and allow for industry self-policing.








7 months ago  ::  Mar 09, 2018 - 11:08PM #4
craner7
Posts: 21,167

CNN anchor says Trump would go down 'as a great president’ if he solves North Korea problem



CNN's Erin Burnett said Thursday that if President Trump can solve the U.S. problem with North Korea, he "would be going down as a great president."


The commentary from the "Outfront" host followed the White House announcement that Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would meet "by May" in an effort to negotiate the denuclearization of North Korea.


“Just an extraordinarily evening and of course opening the door to the big question, if President Trump can truly solve this problem, that would be going down as a great president. And there’s no way around that. That is the reality here," Burnett said at the end of her show.

7 months ago  ::  Mar 10, 2018 - 8:33AM #5
NW
Posts: 13,043

Mar 9, 2018 -- 11:08PM, craner7 wrote:


CNN anchor says Trump would go down 'as a great president’ if he solves North Korea problem



CNN's Erin Burnett said Thursday that if President Trump can solve the U.S. problem with North Korea, he "would be going down as a great president."


The commentary from the "Outfront" host followed the White House announcement that Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would meet "by May" in an effort to negotiate the denuclearization of North Korea.


“Just an extraordinarily evening and of course opening the door to the big question, if President Trump can truly solve this problem, that would be going down as a great president. And there’s no way around that. That is the reality here," Burnett said at the end of her show.




If he can make a deal with North Korea, it would practically guarantee him a second term.  He used a strong America stance to get our kids back rather than sending them a pallet of money like Obumbler did.  He's using the same strong stance here.


Meanwhile, he's promoting a strong domestic agenda, working for the steel workers and coal miners that have been marginalized by every President since Bush 41.  He's lowered taxes for almost everyone and the economy is stronger than ever.


He's proposed a great compromise on immigration, both protecting the so-called Dreamers and strengthening our border with a much-needed wall.  On the gun issue, he's suggested sensible compromise which ironically won't get any traction with any Democrats or Republicans.


Honestly, I didn't vote for the guy because I thought it was a circus stunt and I've voted Libertarian in almost every election of late.  Trump certainly isn't the man I'd want dating my daughter.  However, America didn't elect him to date our daughter; they elected him to run our country.  For that, Trump has shown to be an excellent choice and I'm looking forward to what he can get done in the next 6 years.


7 months ago  ::  Mar 10, 2018 - 1:40PM #6
Max
Posts: 38,801

Mar 9, 2018 -- 11:08PM, craner7 wrote:


CNN anchor says Trump would go down 'as a great president’ if he solves North Korea problem



CNN's Erin Burnett said Thursday that if President Trump can solve the U.S. problem with North Korea, he "would be going down as a great president."


The commentary from the "Outfront" host followed the White House announcement that Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would meet "by May" in an effort to negotiate the denuclearization of North Korea.


“Just an extraordinarily evening and of course opening the door to the big question, if President Trump can truly solve this problem, that would be going down as a great president. And there’s no way around that. That is the reality here," Burnett said at the end of her show.




I would ask Burnett if Nixon who normalized relations with China which is a much more powerful country than N. Korea is considered a great president? 

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7 months ago  ::  Mar 10, 2018 - 1:41PM #7
Max
Posts: 38,801

LOL! I guess it was just easier for Cons to just ignore MYF post. 



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7 months ago  ::  Mar 10, 2018 - 2:22PM #8
laurenf2
Posts: 6,957

Mar 10, 2018 -- 1:41PM, Max wrote:


LOL! I guess it was just easier for Cons to just ignore MYF post. 






Indeed...hard to ignore MYF's post...

7 months ago  ::  Mar 10, 2018 - 3:12PM #9
realglenn
Posts: 2,521

Both Chris Matthews and Joe Scarborough are complete idiots...No, wait, I can't say that; they're both hard at work to enhance their idiocy.  In other words, they haven't finished and polished their idiocy just yet.

7 months ago  ::  Mar 10, 2018 - 4:33PM #10
MajorYankFan
Posts: 28,515

Here is the mental midget being supported by Crooked Donnie.............


Pennsylvania Republican Defends 'Right-To-Work' Laws Before Vote In Union-Heavy District


Republican Rick Saccone defended so-called “right-to-work” laws three days before a special election in a Western Pennsylvania district with a high rate of union membership.


Can't support right-to-work-for-less laws and be pro-worker.

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