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State of the Union: Screwed
Author: BobR    Date: 02/06/2019 14:17:10

Last night, pResident tRump finally gave his belated SOTU speech to a joint session of Congress. I will confess upfront that I did not have the stomach to watch it. I have skimmed through the full transcript, and it's about what I expected. Given that someone else wrote it for him, and he rarely went off-script, he came across as a more subdued and reasonable version of his acidic, acerbic, and bombastic personality.

He tried to take credit for Obama's economic recovery (which is still on the same trajectory) and the high level of energy production.

He called for an end to the investigation of himself, blaming it on partisanship, when it's well-known that most of the players in the Mueller investigation are Republicans.

He introduced his props - er... "guests", a tradition I've found increasingly awkward and annoying (regardless of the party of the president giving the SOTU).

He once again characterized refugees as an "onslaught" of "organized caravans" that must be repelled, and referred to our southern border as "dangerous". He highlighted the statistical minority of crimes committed by "illegal immigrants" and pointed out some of the victims' survivors, again - props... er "guests" in the gallery. All of this was pretext for him trying to sell his vanity-project WALL.

He talked about trade with China, and NAFTA, and tariffs.

He then went on to his domestic policy, which covered drug prices, medical care, infrastructure, and - yes, he went there - abortion.

Then he bounced back to the military and foreign policy.

Apparently, there was an interesting moment where he took credit for an increase in female employment. The dressed-in-white women of the Democratic party stood and cheered, which seemed to baffle him. Here's a clue, tRumpy: yes, you WERE the reason so many more women are in Congress - all on the Democratic side, voted in to counteract your toxic narcissism.

There were definitely areas where he stretched the truth. I am not going to list them all, but CNN has a fact-check list here.

GA gubernatorial candidate (the one who was beaten due to voter suppression by the winning candidate - GA Secretary of State Brian Kemp) gave the Democratic rebuttal. I don't have the time or space to parse that out - you can watch/read the transcript at the link.

NPR provided some key takeaways from the SOTU. What were the key moments for you?

 

33 comments (Latest Comment: 02/07/2019 01:00:03 by wickedpam)
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Comment by Scoopster on 02/06/2019 14:28:38
Mornin' all..

The part where he basically begged/threatened Congress not to investigate him was quite telling.

Comment by Scoopster on 02/06/2019 14:30:33
https://bucket.bluegartr.com/3d28e5d23886798e2a94e452a917793b.png


Comment by wickedpam on 02/06/2019 14:31:23
Morning

Comment by Raine on 02/06/2019 14:34:06


here a takeaway:






Comment by Raine on 02/06/2019 14:35:24
She is BOSS.






Comment by Scoopster on 02/06/2019 14:36:42
That side eye she gave him is fucking glorious.

Comment by Raine on 02/06/2019 14:43:47
Quote by Scoopster:
That side eye she gave him is fucking glorious.

I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

Comment by Raine on 02/06/2019 14:44:29
Longer version is just as badass, She's doing paperwork!






Comment by Raine on 02/06/2019 14:58:57




Comment by Raine on 02/06/2019 15:03:52




Comment by Scoopster on 02/06/2019 15:08:18



Comment by Raine on 02/06/2019 15:13:13
There are so many GREAT pics and gifs from last night!

Comment by Scoopster on 02/06/2019 16:01:43
Oh yeah.. I went to grab the tax return docs from the IRS site yesterday and there's another massive change - they've basically gotten rid of the 1040A and 1040EZ & made the 1040 form itself very similar to a 1040EZ. A lot of the stuff that used to be on the main form is now on the schedules.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/06/2019 16:04:49
Wowser, his fans are do triggered when ya say ya watched Netflix instead of the shit show

Comment by wickedpam on 02/06/2019 16:05:48
Quote by Scoopster:
Oh yeah.. I went to grab the tax return docs from the IRS site yesterday and there's another massive change - they've basically gotten rid of the 1040A and 1040EZ & made the 1040 form itself very similar to a 1040EZ. A lot of the stuff that used to be on the main form is now on the schedules.



I am terrified to do my taxes, keep seeing people say that they now have to pay large amounts when they used to always get refunds.

Comment by Scoopster on 02/06/2019 16:08:26
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Scoopster:
Oh yeah.. I went to grab the tax return docs from the IRS site yesterday and there's another massive change - they've basically gotten rid of the 1040A and 1040EZ & made the 1040 form itself very similar to a 1040EZ. A lot of the stuff that used to be on the main form is now on the schedules.

I am terrified to do my taxes, keep seeing people say that they now have to pay large amounts when they used to always get refunds.

Same. I'm hearing from a LOT of people who file 0 exemptions in order to "save" up a larger refund (just like I do) saying that their refund is significantly lower this year, or that they even owe (which is supposed to be literally impossible when you file 0 because you're overpaying every single week)

Comment by wickedpam on 02/06/2019 16:17:57
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Scoopster:
Oh yeah.. I went to grab the tax return docs from the IRS site yesterday and there's another massive change - they've basically gotten rid of the 1040A and 1040EZ & made the 1040 form itself very similar to a 1040EZ. A lot of the stuff that used to be on the main form is now on the schedules.

I am terrified to do my taxes, keep seeing people say that they now have to pay large amounts when they used to always get refunds.

Same. I'm hearing from a LOT of people who file 0 exemptions in order to "save" up a larger refund (just like I do) saying that their refund is significantly lower this year, or that they even owe (which is supposed to be literally impossible when you file 0 because you're overpaying every single week)



This is gonna hurt bad, isn't it

Comment by Scoopster on 02/06/2019 16:19:41
Hmmm Cohen's testimony has been bumped to the 25th.

Comment by Scoopster on 02/06/2019 16:22:49
Comment by Raine on 02/06/2019 16:33:44




Comment by Raine on 02/06/2019 16:37:39

I saw Debbie Dingles tweet about that this morning. This is very sad.

Comment by Raine on 02/06/2019 16:46:35
my heart hurts.






Comment by Raine on 02/06/2019 16:47:58




Comment by Scoopster on 02/06/2019 16:52:44
Mark Herring now too? This whole thing HAS to be a coordinated smear campaign.

Comment by Raine on 02/06/2019 16:53:48
Quote by Scoopster:
Mark Herring now too? This whole thing HAS to be a coordinated smear campaign.

It's attempt at a coup. It's disgusting.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/06/2019 17:06:55
Quote by Scoopster:
Mark Herring now too? This whole thing HAS to be a coordinated smear campaign.



Looks like it. Can we all agree we were idiots in the '80's?

Cause this is how the Repubs are stealing Virginia.

Comment by Scoopster on 02/06/2019 17:12:21
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Scoopster:
Mark Herring now too? This whole thing HAS to be a coordinated smear campaign.

Looks like it. Can we all agree we were idiots in the '80's?

Cause this is how the Repubs are stealing Virginia.

They're big-time desperate to do this now too, cuz when the state leg redistricting is done the Virginia GOP is gonna be toast.

Comment by Scoopster on 02/06/2019 17:13:56
Quote by Scoopster:
Hmmm Cohen's testimony has been bumped to the 25th.

Oh boy something is going down. I just saw these pop up:






Comment by wickedpam on 02/06/2019 17:20:52
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Scoopster:
Mark Herring now too? This whole thing HAS to be a coordinated smear campaign.

Looks like it. Can we all agree we were idiots in the '80's?

Cause this is how the Repubs are stealing Virginia.

They're big-time desperate to do this now too, cuz when the state leg redistricting is done the Virginia GOP is gonna be toast.



Yep.

Comment by Raine on 02/06/2019 17:30:46
Comment by wickedpam on 02/06/2019 19:30:57
Bob just FYI, Amy can been rather combative and inflexible. She's a good person but doesn't really do shades of grey in conversation

Oh and she hates when people try to explain stuff and thinks that they think she's dumb. Esp those of us who live around here. Its frustrating, I know.



Comment by BobR on 02/06/2019 23:26:33
Quote by wickedpam:
Bob just FYI, Amy can been rather combative and inflexible. She's a good person but doesn't really do shades of grey in conversation

Oh and she hates when people try to explain stuff and thinks that they think she's dumb. Esp those of us who live around here. Its frustrating, I know.


She hasn't come at me

Comment by wickedpam on 02/07/2019 01:00:03
Quote by BobR:
Quote by wickedpam:
Bob just FYI, Amy can been rather combative and inflexible. She's a good person but doesn't really do shades of grey in conversation

Oh and she hates when people try to explain stuff and thinks that they think she's dumb. Esp those of us who live around here. Its frustrating, I know.


She hasn't come at me



I'm glad she didn't.