3-20-2017 Set Your Watches

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The war between President Obama and the Republicans had taken its toll on the average American. After 8 years of being victimized by its own government.  Americans wanted something different.

In 2012, the political landscape was different than 2016.  In 2012, a Ben Carson, a Bernie Sanders and a Donald Trump candidacy would have faded early.  In 2016, voters were angry, they were collateral damage of the war.  Many believed established candidates like Bush and Clinton was part of problem.

Ultimately ,I think 45 wanted to promote his brand. Despite his inflammatory statements his popularity grew, much to his surprise.      It was his words in Iowa, when he said (“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters””It’s, like, incredible.” )   

Incredible, best describes his candidacy.  His supporters believed in him. Common Sense wasn’t important neither was any  version of the truth, him!   After all, they all lie, for eight years they lied to us, a do nothing Congress. 

  The economic recovery express didn’t stop in every city, every area in the United States.  Many people can’t relate to the evening news stories of jobs when nearly every business on main street is boarded up and nearly everyone they know is unemployed. Who were they to believe Scott Pelly at CBS or the people in his community?

His personality increased ratings for news outlets who treated him carefully, softening questions to guarantee future appearances. When they finally asked him the same questions they would ask any other candidate, the media became the enemy

45’s administration has been a disaster. He relocated and upgraded the swamp. He hired many of Hillary’s Evil Wall Street friends and plays more golf than the former President. His international gaffes may have embarrassed seasoned members of both parties but  hasn’t weaken his base.  They justify his cabinet appointees because they believe in him, he will “Make America Great”.

But there are cracks.  There are many in his base who are on Obamacare. While they believe in him, they are concerned about losing their insurance.  The hastily prepared replacement with astronomical premiums has made even his strongest supporters nervous and those members  of the house and senate who’s seats are up in 2018 are concerned.  Large numbers of their constituents are appearing at town meetings and making phone calls to their representatives.

As news of his first budget grows,some of his supporters are feeling betrayed.

Friday (17th) The Roanoke (va) Times Editorial Department:

Appalachia voted for Donald Trump more enthusiastically than almost any other part of the country. Trump ran stronger in Appalachia than any other Republican ever. He won more than 90 percent of the localities in Appalachia, taking the entire region by a landslide margin of nearly 2-1. Trump has an odd way of returning the favor.Trump wants to eliminate funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission. Appalachia is a lot more than coal. Virginia has 25 counties and eight cities along its western border that are covered by the Appalachian Regional Commission; only six of those produce coal. You can argue, of course, that maybe federal spending is so out of control that Trump’s budget cuts are necessary. For argument’s sake, let’s accept that and look at trade-offs. The Appalachian Regional Commission asked for $120 million in funding for the coming year. Trump wants to increase funding for charter schools by $168 million. He wants to increase defense spending by $54 billion. Let’s not even talk about defense. It sure looks like Trump just said charter schools — which, if they’re going to work, are going to primarily be in metro areas — are more important than Appalachia’s economy. That’s not exactly making Appalachia great again.

On Monday(19) Asheville North Carolina  Citizens-Times

Trump’s budget proposal has alarmed much of the region, including longtime Republican Congressman Hal Rogers, who represents the mountainous eastern Kentucky coal region where Trump won every county, a first for a Republican presidential candidate.“I am disappointed that many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the President’s skinny budget are draconian, careless and counterproductive,” Rogers said.   

46% of Americans voted for Donald Trump. 45’s approval rating after confirmation was the lowest on record, less than 50 approved of him as President. A recent Gallup poll indicates less than 40% approve of his performance, these numbers include his supporters.

Earlier this month 45 accused the Obama Administration of wiretapping Trump Tower.  Last week. House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican who worked on Trump’s transition team, had declared, “We don’t have any evidence that that took place. . . . I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.”Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey said he has seen no evidence to support President Trump’s accusation.

45 seems to find comfort from his supporters in Florida  and Appalachia. In February he met with supporters in Florida and yesterday in Louisville Kentucky.    In Louisville, the supporters outnumber the protesters by a large margin, this was his third visit.

At the rally, he didn’t mention the wiretaps or the on going meetings in Washington.  He smiled several times at the rally.

45 needs the attention and love from his supporters.  He’s not likely to visit other parts of the country including most of the red states where the opposition to the changes in Obamacare and the proposed budget is growing hourly.  

 One major takeaway from  the hearing yesterday,there is a Russian Connection to the Trump campaign. The early conclusions. Russian President Vladimir Putin preferred a Trump Presidency. However, a full investigation could take months or years.

Winning is important to 45. Love from his supporters is Winning for 45. If the cracks continue to diminish that support, it may be difficult for 45 to remain in office.

Unlike candidate Trump. Credibility is crucial to 45 ‘s success as a leader.  

 45’s is no Richard Nixon, his ego needs the adoration from his supporters, they energize him.  But there’s trouble in  Clarksburg, West Virginia in Chester,Pennsylvania, Fairchild, Wisconsin and many other towns across the nation who voted for 45. Feeling he has betrayed them.     

If you want to get an instant reaction from someone. Grab for his wallet.

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