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Jun 12, 2017 5:24 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

New York State Universal Health Care Bill Unlikely To Gain Support Needed Now, But Could In Future

State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and Senator Kennth P. LaValle. PRESS FILE PRESS FILE
Jun 12, 2017 5:24 PM

Proposed legislation to create a universal single-payer plan to provide health coverage to every New York State resident likely will not become law anytime soon in Albany—and the issue puts the South Fork’s two state legislators in a rare position, on opposite sides of an issue.

The State Assembly approved the measure in mid-May. It calls for publicly funded universal health care for all state residents, regardless of wealth, income, age, immigration status or preexisting condition.

According to a press release from Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., who co-sponsored the bill and voted in favor of it, the legislation would give everyone access to comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care, primary and preventive care, maternity care, prescription drug costs, laboratory testing, rehabilitative care, and even dental, vision and hearing care, as well as provide out-of-state coverage.

Versions of this bill have been approved in the Assembly both in 2015 and 2016—but the bill never has won the approval of the State Senate. It’s not likely to be approved this time either, both Mr. Thiele and State Senator Kenneth LaValle said. In fact, the two agreed that it’s unlikely to even get to the Senate floor for a vote.

Opponents of the bill have cited major potential tax increases as a concern, although a campaign website in favor of the bill, nyhealthact.com, claims that 98 percent of all New Yorkers would save money through the single-payer health coverage compared to the costs of existing health insurance policies through employers or the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

Mr. LaValle acknowledged that he expects the state to eventually establish a single-payer system, sometime within the next five to 10 years.

But for now, he said, he wants more information on the fiscal impact of the bill before he would consider supporting the idea of universal health care at the state level.

“I think first we need to see what happens in Washington, with the heath care act, to see how that affects New York State,” the senator said in a phone interview on Monday. “I have been asking people: What is the cost of single-payer? Is it something that we would have to increase taxes in New York to pay for? I have yet to get a direct answer.”

He added, “The cost of that is very important to me, and I think important to the people that I represent.”

Mr. Thiele agreed that it was unlikely that the bill would be voted on this year, let alone pass, but said it was important to introduce the measure again, if only to keep the idea in the minds of New Yorkers.

“Politics being what it is, I think in the current political climate, the chances of a Republican majority leadership [in the State Senate] allowing this to come up for a vote is limited. It’s probably a long shot,” Mr. Thiele said. “Even if it doesn’t pass, an important accomplishment is letting people know about this bill—that there is an alternative to what’s happening in Washington.”

Although the State Senate now has a 32-member Democratic Party majority in the 63-seat chamber after a special election in May, an alliance between several Democratic senators and the GOP still gives Republicans control over the Senate.

Mr. Thiele challenged Mr. LaValle’s concerns over the price tag of the bill. He argued that taxpayers would actually be saving money from the elimination of insurance premiums, which would balance out any tax increase.

Commenting on his disagreement with Mr. LaValle on the issue, Mr. Thiele noted that although the pair work well together, they don’t always see eye to eye on every piece of legislation.

“If two people agree 100 percent of the time, it probably means one of us isn't thinking,” Mr. Thiele said with a laugh.

The state’s proposed health care act comes as the House Of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” hoping to replace it with the Republican-backed American Health Care Act, although the bill still needs support from the U.S. Senate.

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So full coverage for illegal aliens at taxpayer expense.

Fly in, or sneak in across the border and you'll receive any type of health care at no charge, presumably including gender reassignment surgery.

I invite my friends on the left to justify this. It's time to stand up for what you really believe. Is it our responsibility to pay for the health care of anyone physically present in New York "regardless of immigration status"?
By MoronEliminator (64), Montauk on Jun 13, 17 2:25 PM
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Please refer to the Hippocratic Oath, EMTALA, and COBRA.

EMTALA, like COBRA, has been on the books since 1986.
By Mr. Z (8951), North Sea on Jun 15, 17 6:49 AM
I just read the full article and it says nothing about NYS universal care covering illegal aliens.

By btdt (393), water mill on Jun 13, 17 7:42 PM
Nope, you're right, it doesn't say they'll cover illegal aliens, just people "**regardless of** wealth, income, age, ****immigration status**** or preexisting condition.

I used to think no one was fooled by the euphemisms used by liberals, now I know better.
By MoronEliminator (64), Montauk on Jun 13, 17 8:28 PM
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Yes if we don't have a legal residency requirement this is not fiscally responsible. Not only from other countries, but States that have bad healthcare policy. 2 years residency requirement, then provide every New Yorker with the same healthcare that teachers, police, town administration, firefighters, and state legislators receive. If necessary to kickstart that, let everyone buy into those plans at cost.
By dfree (237), hampton bays on Jun 13, 17 8:15 PM
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MAY 22, 2017, 11:15 A.M.
REPORTING FROM SACRAMENTO
Single-payer healthcare could cost $400 billion to implement in California

Melanie Mason

A single-payer healthcare system in California would cost $400 billion annually, according to a legislative analysis released on Monday.

The analysis, released in advance of the proposal's hearing in a key fiscal committee, fills in what has so far been the biggest unanswered question concerning the plan to dramatically overhaul ...more
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 13, 17 9:13 PM
and the post above ladies and gentlemen, proves that liberalism is truly a mental disorder! "Repurpose" 200 BILLION $ of existing funds , each and every year going forward? What about the programs that will be eliminated by scavenging these funds? Taxing employers an ADDITIONAL 15% their own income? Business owners are already being raped by taxes at all levels. Illegals covered too, all without any out of pocket costs for enrollees, pie in the sky JuneZ, Cuba calls.
By bigfresh (2713), north sea on Jun 14, 17 6:22 AM
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Oh, simmer down, and quit with the knee-jerk propensity to stupidly make every damn thing political. Intelligent people on all sides recognize the need to change the current too-costly system and how well single payer works in every other major country in the world. As one example, I know the (politically conservative) head of a major NY area medical center who is a strong advocate for single-payer. Nothing in the California plan is set in stone, and the taxation you cite cannot be judged in isolation ...more
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 14, 17 11:38 AM
The House of Representatives' single-payer plan now has more co-sponsors than ever before, and activists and politicians alike are increasingly approaching Medicare for All as a real possibility -- not just a far-flung dream.
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 14, 17 2:00 PM
And for all your bold assertions, will you, unlike Mr. Z, have the courage to directly address whether you support the Democrats proposal to extend their plan to cover illegal aliens? It's a very simple question, why not stand proudly behind your belief that illegals are entitled to this benefit, if that is the case?
By MoronEliminator (64), Montauk on Jun 14, 17 2:54 PM
I think that the government has no business being involved in the health insurance marketplace. Let the free market work without interference and premiums would go down due to true competition. Doubtful that this will happen as many Americans get theirs for free or at greatly subsidized rates. Try paying your own way for a year or two JuneZ, you will be singing a different tune.
By bigfresh (2713), north sea on Jun 14, 17 5:49 PM
Big Fresh you are spot on but if you think it will be 200 billion ur nuts. Take that number and quadruple it.
By razza5350 (1843), East Hampton on Jun 16, 17 12:25 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By Walt (258), Southampton on Jun 27, 17 12:20 AM
Single Payer is what all liberals want, another welfare program. Health care is not a right under the constitution. Health care is a privilege. Taxpayers should note be forced to subsidize or pay for any one but their own insurance. The answer is to offer many levels of health insurance, the more coverage the higher the premiums. Just like any other commodity, you can choose what you can pay for. Only legal immigrants should be offered healthcare. Maybe if we stopped offering all the benefits ...more
By Walt (258), Southampton on Jun 27, 17 12:20 AM
NYS leading the way with time, effort and money invested on a dead end of corruption. Shocking.
By SlimeAlive (454), Southampton on Jun 14, 17 6:25 AM
Kansas, shining beacon of conservative economics. Austere tax cuts, no or negative economic growth, raging deficits, and a GOP revolt against "supply side economics" as Brownback's veto is overridden by his own party.

FAIL.
By Mr. Z (8951), North Sea on Jun 14, 17 6:54 AM
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Thank you for your North Korean perspective.
By pw herman (492), southampton on Jun 14, 17 8:08 AM
Poor Mr. Z. Consider his position this morning. To oppose providing taxpayer funded health care for all illegal aliens in the state, would, by his own definition, make him a hate filled, racist, bigot. To join state Democrats and honestly state his support would violate the left's rule of "don't spook the sheep until it's too late" by revealing who they prioritize over voting citizens.

While I'm sure he is too sophisticated to join in the left wing social media's raucous celebration of ...more
By MoronEliminator (64), Montauk on Jun 14, 17 10:37 AM
Is that what the voices in your head told you I'm about?
By Mr. Z (8951), North Sea on Jun 14, 17 6:51 PM
Add southern accents to the LONG list of things of which liberals are intolerant.
By SlimeAlive (454), Southampton on Jun 14, 17 7:30 AM
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Heck of Job MSM all your Hate Mongering & Propaganda is motivating your viewers into Terrorist!

Speedy Recover For All The Shooting Victims of MSNBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC...
Jun 14, 17 9:00 AM appended by They call me
Trump being killed on stage......his decapitated head on display....why would we think liberals are violent?
By They call me (2009), southampton on Jun 14, 17 9:00 AM
I don't understand why the right would be upset by this. Isn't it a tenet of Republican dogma that every unbalanced crackpot should have unfettered access to semi-automatic weapons?

As for the theater, wasn't it your boy Trump who whole heartedly endorsed violence against those with a different political opinion?

Two things come to mind:
1. You reap what you sow.
2. Everything goes to the lowest common denominator.

It would seem the right is just collecting the ...more
By bird (571), Sag Harbor on Jun 14, 17 11:29 AM
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We should ban all vehicles, knives, hammers, etc. which have been used in acts of violence by nutjobs so we can keep ourselves safe. Then we can talk about banning guns to prevent us from protecting ourselves. Let us remember that without the 2nd amendment the civil war would never have taken place. What would our country be like today if it never happened?
By Taz (163), East Quogue on Jun 14, 17 11:45 AM
Interesting piece of propaganda in reply. Vehicles, knives, hammers all have legitimate beneficial uses in daily life while semi automatic weapons have but one, killing people. Also nice attempt at twisting my words. At no point did I say ban all guns. I pointed out that it has been dogma by the right that everyone and anyone should have access to semi automatic weapons without restriction. Hence the murders at Aurora, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino and now Virginia just to name a small percentage of ...more
By bird (571), Sag Harbor on Jun 14, 17 12:58 PM
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"Isn't it a tenet of Republican dogma that every unbalanced crackpot should have unfettered access to semi-automatic weapons?" and "I pointed out that it has been dogma by the right that everyone and anyone should have access to semi automatic weapons without restriction"

Wow bird... you can't be serious. clearly, you're making an emotional conclusion and statement....Who said anything remotely like that? That's tantamount to saying the background check process should be eliminated and ...more
By Mr. Snerdley (291), Southampton on Jun 16, 17 8:08 AM
WE WILL NEVER RELINQUISH OUR GUNS!!! WE WILL NEVER TAKE OUR SECOND AMENDMENT FOR GRANTED!!

IT IS THE AMENDMENT THAT PROTECTS ALL THE OTHER ONES.

Without it we have TYRANNY!
By 27dan (1970), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 18, 17 9:20 AM
Between Kathy Griffin and the NY play both depicting assassinations of Trump, the democrats have pushed their nutjobs over the edge and transformed fantasy into reality. Good job!
By 27dan (1970), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 14, 17 10:42 AM
in 2011 27East reported the Gabby Giffords shooting with the headline "Community Reeling from Arizona Shooting". Then went on with quotes repeating the democrat refrain at the time that "vitriolic rhetoric" and "Crosshairs on a map" motivated the young, mentally ill registered democrat to attempt to kill her.

I wonder, given the far larger scale of this shooting, if we will the story amplified here with an emotional headline as they did then. Something tells me the part of the community ...more
Jun 14, 17 10:49 AM appended by ChrisDiPetta
should have read: if we will see the story amplified
By ChrisDiPetta (34), on Jun 14, 17 10:49 AM
How sad to see among all the thoughts and prayers in yet another sad event in our country that some go right to their political corners. Can't we put a pause button on our biases even as victims and their families are suffering?
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 14, 17 12:21 PM
A pure demonstration of ignorance vis-a-vis the arts. The whole point of Shakespeare's play is that political violence is wrong.
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 14, 17 12:39 PM
enough is enough! call CNN, MSNBC, THE N.Y. TIMES and tell them to stop the nonsense.
By Erin 27 E (785), hampton bays on Jun 14, 17 12:58 PM
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In the words of the shooter self proclaimed Rachel Maddow superfan ... James T. Hodgkinson “It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co

Now watch as the usaul suspects on 27 East and the media will justify his actions..and then go on to try to make this about confiscating our 2nd amendment rights. He was a far left zelot nudged over the edge by the likes of Kathy Griffin and Alec Baldwin, the political rhetoric and propaganda making Republicans out to be targets. It's made it so violence ...more
By 27dan (1970), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 14, 17 12:28 PM
see disgusting comment above by bird that proves you right !
By Erin 27 E (785), hampton bays on Jun 14, 17 12:48 PM
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Erin - Aren't you one of the chief supporters of Trump and his calls to violence on this site?
By bird (571), Sag Harbor on Jun 14, 17 1:05 PM
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You do know that right-wing extremists have killed more Americans than jihadis since 2002, do you not?
As for guns, nobody's advocating a suspension of the 2nd amendment, merely for sensible controls of which the state of VA has none--no background checks, no licensing, etc. And, sure enough, the contradictory position of Republican Mo Brooks of Alabama who voted against controls and who tended to Scalise today was exposed when, before he could "pass judgment on the shooter", said he would ...more
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 14, 17 1:37 PM
James Hodgkinson : On my favorite TV show “The Rachel Maddow Show” she recently stated that 17 very rich men are supplying the Republican Party with more than 60 percent of their campaign contributions.

The best book I’ve read in a while is “Aftershock” by Robert B. Reich. where he explains that these men are trying to buy our country and must be stopped. They want the Republican Congress not to raise their taxes. We all know that the rich don’t pay ...more
By Undocumented Democrat (1418), southampton on Jun 14, 17 12:39 PM
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"So Scalise the sociopath voted for a bill that would take healthcare for 23 million people and kill tens of thousands of Americans per year.

Then he got shot in the hip.

Karma is a biatch!"

___

there is your general liberal reaction online.
By even flow (343), East Hampton on Jun 14, 17 1:32 PM
LIMBAUGH: SHOOTER'S SOCIAL PAGE SOUNDS LIKE MEDIA RUSSIA PANEL...

Where do you think this creep got his ideas from ?

These celebucreeps are ALL responsible for the shooting today and like some here seem to be DELIGHTED!

Kathy Griffin ‘Beheads’ Trump in Graphic Photo
Madonna – “I’ve thought a lot about blowing up the White House.”
Snoop Dogg “Shoots” Trump in the Head in Music Video
Robert De Niro: “I’d ...more
Jun 14, 17 6:10 PM appended by joe hampton
Your so called Artists should be arrested June!
By joe hampton (2778), The Hamptons on Jun 14, 17 6:10 PM
Uh, where were you when your ilk was calling for death to Obama by all manner of sick ways? Or when Trump slyly suggested the 2nd amendment was a solution for Hillary Clinton? Give us all a break.
Oh, and a little late to be calling for Shakespeare's arrest, Einstein.
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 14, 17 6:38 PM
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And then there's this Tweet from last June by one of your idols:

Senator Rand Paul ✔ @RandPaul
.@Judgenap: Why do we have a Second Amendment? It's not to shoot deer. It's to shoot at the government when it becomes tyrannical!
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 14, 17 6:41 PM
Not my ilk lady... you never heard me call for any harm to come to that narcissistic raciest smug arrogant community organizer of the takers... other than voting against the Marxist in the next election cycle. You owe me an apology.
By joe hampton (2778), The Hamptons on Jun 14, 17 9:24 PM
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Joe haven't you figured out that June Bug is Mr Z yet, so easy, I have circumstantial proof but I am waiting for the right time to make what I consider my VERY good case. He is careful but I believe i have got him pegged.

Let just ask, Mr Z are you also June Bug ?
By Ditch Bum (218), Water Mill on Jun 14, 17 9:29 PM
Mr. Z has obviously seen your question and has no intention of answering you .

Zeldin Says No Special Prosecutor Needed After FBI Director Fired
By Mr. Z (8939), North Sea on Jun 14, 17 10:56 PM

Also he is most likely staying away from todays news and Joe's comment above, Its not good for his story line .
By Undocumented Democrat (1418), southampton on Jun 14, 17 11:10 PM
The stupid is strong here.
Jun 15, 17 5:44 AM appended by Mr. Z
Two words: Dynamic scoring
By Mr. Z (8951), North Sea on Jun 15, 17 5:44 AM
Again, very poor reading comprehension. Notice I didn't say "you and your ilk". But your ranting description of our former president reveals the same level of hatred of those who called for the harm to him and to Hillary Clinton for which you claim innocence.
You charged liberals with responsibility for yesterday's shootings; I respond by pointing out the role the right wing has been playing in this charged atmosphere. For that I owe you an apology? Please do get real.
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 15, 17 11:08 AM
Leave Mr Z/June, Bird, HHS, Johnj, and Mets alone at this point they have lost so bad Its embarrassing, I know they don't make It easy but lets try and let them fester in peace.
By 27dan (1970), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 15, 17 2:43 AM
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Perhaps you prefer festering failure? Nice picture of the guy who tripled the national debt.

I told you so:

Kansas Republicans End the State’s Failed Tax Reform Experiment
Jun 15, 17 5:52 AM appended by Mr. Z
Also, in case you missed it the same "economists" who designed Brownback's colossal failure are also the architects of Trump's tax plan. What could go wrong? LOL
By Mr. Z (8951), North Sea on Jun 15, 17 5:52 AM
P.S. The gross national debt went from 995 billion to 2.9 trillion under GOP watch during the Reagan administration. Additionally, Reagan expanded the government work force. Your hero added and unprecedented amount to the debt, more than any president before him. And, failed to pay it off.

When you lie to yourself for so long, you eventually live one.
By Mr. Z (8951), North Sea on Jun 15, 17 6:07 AM
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More delusional, fantasy from right wing-nuts. Still waiting for repeal and replace on day one, Mexico is paying for the wall, and waiting for tax reform. Zilch from the "the Art of the Deal,"Nada, Nothing. But let's make sure every mental defective has the right to own a gun, without stronger background checks. Wake me up when the orange orangutan actually accomplishes anything. Still not convinced the tangerine toddler is a carnival barker, I'll be saying the same things three and half years later, ...more
By Mets fan (636), Southampton on Jun 15, 17 6:59 AM
I'm touched that you included me Dan. Really got into your head, eh?
By johnj (606), Westhampton on Jun 15, 17 9:32 AM
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By SlimeAlive (454), Southampton on Jun 15, 17 6:51 AM
Maybe we should use the second amendment on Hillary. Delusional right wing nut Breibart, Hannity, Jones followers
By Mets fan (636), Southampton on Jun 15, 17 7:02 AM
I appreciate you suggesting that yesterday's shooter was wrong and that he should have never done that. That being said, yesterday's shooter had a 30 year criminal record. Criminals don't follow the laws, that's what makes them criminals. IL, where he lived, has very tough gun control laws. Getting the gun wasn't his problem. His problem was that his social media accounts sounded like the very liberals who post here day in and day out with minds POLLUTED with fiction aimed at making them angry ...more
By SlimeAlive (454), Southampton on Jun 15, 17 7:39 AM
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With nothing but bad news on the Trump criminal investigation front (the latest being that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has now initiated his own investigation of Trump's obstruction of justice) the Right-Wing moppets on this forum have reverted to gossiping.

It's happened before and is a sure indication that times are really bad in Right-Wing world.

For normal readers, it's a pleasure to see

By highhatsize (3199), East Quogue on Jun 15, 17 8:13 AM
Your declaration is based on an unsubstantiated and unsourced trouser in wapo i.e.:

"The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said"

Yesterday's shooter was motivated by the same type of irresponsible reporting. Then he too would go online and froth other ...more
By even flow (343), East Hampton on Jun 15, 17 8:32 AM
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An anti-Trump leak from an "independent" special counsel who has appointed at least 4 Hillary donors to his staff. The hypocrisy is overwhelming. Mueller should be fired immediately.
By Taz (163), East Quogue on Jun 15, 17 11:56 AM
More than silly. Mueller has been appointed by trump's Justice Department. He is a highly respected public servant and war hero. However, being an appointee of trump's Justice Department means a completely outside and independent investigation is needed.
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 15, 17 12:22 PM
registered democrat sets out to ''kill as many republicans he can''....opens fire on a field of GOP senators...ends up the only fatality.

any questions?
By even flow (343), East Hampton on Jun 15, 17 4:12 PM
Would any of the NRA members commenting care if gins were fingerprint or password locked like cell phones? Establish chain of possession for each gun so that if a citizen bought a gun for a terrorist we would know quickly?
By dfree (237), hampton bays on Jun 15, 17 10:19 PM
Shots fired at truck flying 'Make America Great Again' flag...
STARBUCKS staff harasses Trump supporting customer...
TIME WARNER CEO Defends Funding 'Assasination' Play...
PAGLIA: Nationwide orgy of spite...
NOONAN: Leftest Rage All the Rage -- and It's Dangerous...
Focus on left-wing anger...

If yo have a fingerprint lock that is the same as a registry making gun confiscation by a Hillary type potus way to easy
Jun 16, 17 12:58 AM appended by They call me
The liberal media is disgusting. In spite of their hate and smearing and name calling and threats, our president is working to keep his word and to do what is right and best for America and ALL her citizens. I respect and admire President Trump even more every day as he goes about the business of doing what he was elected to do. Real Americans have spoken. We want our country back. Our jobs were being sent to Mexico and China. Our taxes were being spent on illegals, refugees, and welfare leaches. My healthcare is too expensive. Time to step away from socialism and let the capitalism work.
By They call me (2009), southampton on Jun 16, 17 12:58 AM
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Do you know that we have laws against killing people? Criminals are actually called criminals because they don't follow the law.

Tell us about your theory that a person who is planning to shoot people ..won't be deterred by laws against murder but will be stopped because he'll decide that it's illegal for him to possess a gun?
By even flow (343), East Hampton on Jun 16, 17 6:56 AM
trump has no idea how to run a country. Only knows how to use his position to line his pockets. Capitalism is the very reason your healthcare is too expensive. No way should healthcare be a profit center. And the taxes you resent? Try this on and keep in mind that the numbers are from 2 months ago.

First Family
DONALD TRUMP’S LIFESTYLE COULD COST TAXPAYERS NEARLY $1 BILLION

BY EMILY JANE FOX
APRIL 11, 2017 10:01 AM
Of the 82 days of Trump’s presidency, ...more
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 16, 17 7:00 PM
Hiring this non-pol know nothing to "give you your country back", TheyCallMe, is the equivalent of hiring a plumber to do your colonoscopy. Same thing.
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 16, 17 7:33 PM
Friday, June 16, 2017

TRUMP APPROVAL HITS 50%

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance.

MAGA !
By 27dan (1970), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 16, 17 9:40 AM
Again with the (weighted) Rasmussen? It is to laugh.
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 16, 17 7:02 PM
Hey 27dan, you curiously neglected to tell us about the latest Gallup Poll that shows a whopping 17-point drop among Republicans just from May to June in their approval of the direction of the country.
I think you should be called 10dan from here on out.
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 16, 17 8:56 PM
June, I find it amazing that President Trump can even receive 42 % approval when 96 % of the news stories present a negative view of him. Of course, we remember how accurate the polls were last fall in predicting the outcome of the general election. President Trump has achieved many positive accomplishments in his short number of days in office . Please try not to forget he still has 95 percent of his term in front of him.

If you are going to go looking for negative news you will find it. ...more
By 27dan (1970), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 17, 17 1:43 AM
Trump will not deport "Dreamers" breaking another campaign promise.

Everyone waking up to how the new administration is

FILLING THE SWAMP AGAIN?

Pence hires attorney.

Mueller probes obstruction charges.

House of Cards getting more off-kilter!

The higher it goes, the harder it will fall . . .
By PBR (4791), Southampton on Jun 16, 17 9:47 AM
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thats all crap and you know it.

Please stop already you are embarrassing yourself

Now that all the temper tantrums and nonsense have been dispelled, Lets get this country rolling again !
Jun 16, 17 11:25 AM appended by Undocumented Democrat
Press 1 for English, Press 2 for English, Press 3 for English, If you need this repeated, in English, press 9.
By Undocumented Democrat (1418), southampton on Jun 16, 17 11:25 AM
Dream a little Dream for me.
By pw herman (492), southampton on Jun 16, 17 4:23 PM
Are we supposed to have confidence that these two clowns know what they doing? They are both "do nothing" life long politicians who have zero experience in the private sector. Thiele is a republican who supported Bernie Sander and Lavalle's office is unresponsive (is he still alive?). They are both poster boys for term limits.
By razza5350 (1843), East Hampton on Jun 16, 17 4:02 PM
The only thing missing from the picture is the bra.
By dnice (1907), Hampton Bays on Jun 16, 17 9:46 PM
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LOL. Spot on. Very true.
By razza5350 (1843), East Hampton on Jun 17, 17 5:22 AM
Cuilibet fatuo placet sua calva.
By Mr. Z (8951), North Sea on Jun 17, 17 1:41 AM
Asinus asinum fricat
By razza5350 (1843), East Hampton on Jun 17, 17 5:27 AM
When you make the government the center of all, and we become merely property of it, then corruption the like would make Madoff blush would inevitably follow. As Reagan one said on how to spot a communist, "Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."
By 27dan (1970), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 18, 17 9:23 AM
BOOM: STOCKS NEW HIGHS, AGAIN...

Looks like President Trump is the last man standing...

MAGA
By joe hampton (2778), The Hamptons on Jun 20, 17 12:14 AM
M2 Jan. 1 1986:

2.5 Trillion dollars

M2 Jun. 5 2017:

13.5 Trillion dollars


31 years, 11 Trillion dollars printed out of the clear blue sky (that we know about). Debauching an enemy's currency is one of the oldest strategies in war...
By Mr. Z (8951), North Sea on Jun 20, 17 3:21 AM
It is a true joy watching Sean Spicer taming the jackals of the lying leftist media each morning.
By They call me (2009), southampton on Jun 20, 17 9:23 AM
Anyone who is not troubled by the fact(s) that suddenly the daily press briefing can't be recorded, that the POTUS has not granted an interview in weeks or held a full press conference in months, and that the Senate is writing a (healthcare) bill in secret reveals a total ignorance of what it means to live in a democracy, and represents to those who have not been indoctrinated by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, and whose forbears fought for the rights of a free press and an informed electorate, ...more
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 20, 17 12:51 PM
i just know that i feel "snug as a bug in rug" with president trump at the helm.

aside from the fake news witch hunt perpetrated by the far left and the main stream media everything seems so calm in the news, and when something does comes up he deals with it in a professional and stern manner. then reports directly to we the people via twitter. i love it so much.
By Erin 27 E (785), hampton bays on Jun 20, 17 12:34 PM
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So you love having your country run by corrupt know-nothings in bed with our adversaries and hostile to our allies, who Tweet one thing then send out mouthpiece lawyers to contradict? Who psychotically Tweets incessantly about himself? Where's your wall? Where's your elimination of ISIS?
Where's your wonderful healthcare? Where's your Muslim ban?
Where are your jobs? Where's your infrastructure? And now the conman who convinced you Hillary was a war monger has us heading right back ...more
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 20, 17 1:49 PM
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June I must ask you where were you when Hillary went missing for almost a year. Talk about a double standard She did not talk to the press for 7 months during the election. and refused to debate Bernie more than a half dozen times ??? Depriving the public from seeing who the better candidate was and the crooked media went right along with her every step of the way !

Bernie 2020 !
By local 84 (276), riverhead on Jun 20, 17 8:32 PM
Who needs the media we have Twitter !

MAGA !
By Ditch Bum (218), Water Mill on Jun 20, 17 9:46 PM
Yea his tweets are professional and stern manner, what fantasy world do you live in? While seven sailors were killed in a collision the orange orangutan was tweeting how unfair everyone was to him. He's an egotistical little child liar-in-chief. Get a grip on reality.
By Mets fan (636), Southampton on Jun 20, 17 1:36 PM
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Shhhhh, don't burst their bubble. It's nice and quiet in there, and white.

Ignorance is bliss.
By johnj (606), Westhampton on Jun 20, 17 2:17 PM
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Beware of the 3 North Korean agent posters above.
By pw herman (492), southampton on Jun 20, 17 2:50 PM
White? Really ? Yes ignorance IS bliss.....and you must be perpetually blissful.
By Sturgis (156), Southampton on Jun 20, 17 3:27 PM
"orange orangutan" You are a racist. LOL
By razza5350 (1843), East Hampton on Jun 20, 17 4:25 PM
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OSSOFF TRUMP-SLAYER FALLS...
MOST EXPENSIVE HOUSE RACE IN HISTORY...
REPUBLICAN WINS SCAROLINA HOUSE SEAT...




DEMS LOSE AGAIN
GA SEAT SLIPS AWAY
By Undocumented Democrat (1418), southampton on Jun 20, 17 9:39 PM
"We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
By Mr. Z (8951), North Sea on Jun 20, 17 10:13 PM
Oh yeah, Erin27, about that "witch hunt".....It didn't take long for trump to declare the appointment of a special counsel for the Russia inquiry “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history", again laughably demonstrating his total ignorance of American witch hunts, and for the cultists to latch on. What's easier to deflect guilt than to create a delusional narrative and to sully the reputations of others and to deny accountability, so in more than one tweet, trump ...more
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 20, 17 6:45 PM
?
By They call me (2009), southampton on Jun 20, 17 8:35 PM
Democrat Jon Ossoff Fails to Flip Georgia’s Sixth Even With $8 Million in Outside Money
By Undocumented Democrat (1418), southampton on Jun 20, 17 8:43 PM
Pissoff Ossoff !
He's a Nobody propped up by hollywood hate and their commie cash. The amount of money they've spent represents their misery and desperation. 7000 of Ossoffs 7800 donors are Californians ! Just think about how many footed pajama sets they could've bought !

Ossoff and Libs got Handel-ed ! Ha !
Laughing my Ossoff !
By Ditch Bum (218), Water Mill on Jun 20, 17 9:44 PM
"The passion for money is never fickle."

~ Mason Cooley
By Mr. Z (8951), North Sea on Jun 20, 17 10:12 PM
You have lost your mind son
Jun 21, 17 1:21 AM appended by They call me
DEMOCRATIC PARTY PARTICIPATION TROPHY !
By They call me (2009), southampton on Jun 21, 17 1:21 AM
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Georgia special election smashes all-time spending record
It's official: It will be the most expensive House race in U.S. history.

By Elena Schneider 05/06/2017 07:17 AM EDT
Jun 21, 17 5:41 AM appended by Mr. Z
Nope. But even that would be better than being a sheep for a pompous, conceited, haughty, sententious windbag of a sheperd with delusions of grandeur.
By Mr. Z (8951), North Sea on Jun 21, 17 5:41 AM
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By joe hampton (2778), The Hamptons on Jun 21, 17 11:45 AM
Still not able to come to grips with the last election Z?
By bigfresh (2713), north sea on Jun 21, 17 6:18 AM
My covfefe tastes so good this morning!
By joe hampton (2778), The Hamptons on Jun 21, 17 9:56 AM
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Sugar rushes are great until they're not, so congratulations and do enjoy it while it lasts.
71 electoral districts are bluer than GA6, and Dems only need 24 to take back control of the House. Only time will tell, of course, but stasis doesn't last forever. Rethugs will have a harder time in '18 when they have to defend their legislative record, or lack thereof, and that includes Handel.
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 21, 17 2:45 PM
Trump 2020
By Ditch Bum (218), Water Mill on Jun 26, 17 6:11 PM
Karen Handel wins special election and barely any news on the results.. For the last two days all I've heard is how this special election was a referendum on trump. If the carpetbagger had won it would have plastered all over the news.
By razza5350 (1843), East Hampton on Jun 21, 17 10:43 AM
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Libs made this election the biggest thing on the planet. They can't make it the least important thing now that they've lost.
By SlimeAlive (454), Southampton on Jun 21, 17 11:27 AM
The insane progressive left has now lost all (4) special elections.

Their answer?

"Hey, find more people with shovels... this hole we're digging isn't anywhere near deep enough!"

LaughingMyOssoff

MAGA
Jun 21, 17 11:24 AM appended by They call me
DEMOCRATIC PARTY PARTICIPATION TROPHY
By They call me (2009), southampton on Jun 21, 17 11:24 AM
The nation is running out of ways to tell Democrats to go away
By SlimeAlive (454), Southampton on Jun 21, 17 11:26 AM
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OCT 17 2013, 3:33 PM ET
Obama to GOP: ‘Win an election’ to change policies
by MICHAEL O'BRIEN, NBC News

President Barack Obama challenged the GOP to end political brinkmanship and said Republicans should "win an election" if they so badly wish to change his policies.
By SlimeAlive (454), Southampton on Jun 22, 17 5:35 AM
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TRUMP TO GET ANOTHER SUPREME JUDGE!

Retirement rumors as Supreme Court nears finish big cases...The biggest news of all, though, would be if Justice Anthony Kennedy were to use the court's last public session on Monday to announce his retirement.

MAGA
By 27dan (1970), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 24, 17 11:05 PM
CNN is going down before our eyes as the Fake news reaches critical mass , The scandal surrounding CNN’s mishandling of a very fake news hit piece on President Donald Trump and his associates grows bigger on Sunday night as the network’s president Jeff Zucker and public relations team is refusing to comment to anyone, even to CNN radical leftest media reporter Brian Stelter, about what happened.
By They call me (2009), southampton on Jun 26, 17 7:59 AM
Remember CNN hit it big during the first Iraq war when Saddam let them keep broadcasting while blocking the rest, thats because CNN was as anti American then as it is today. Only now there is a President with the nuts to not only stand up to them, but slap them to the ground, where they belong.

Thank God in Heaven for President Donald John Trump.

MAGA
By 27dan (1970), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 26, 17 8:06 AM
CNN dirtbags are worse than Al Jazeera, and on par with the Soviet propaganda organ Pravda. They are a bunch of sore losers over at CNN....especially since their collusion/obstruction stories are falling apart, CNN and the rest of the lying leftist media is a nonstop infomercial for the anarchist Democrats.
By Undocumented Democrat (1418), southampton on Jun 26, 17 8:19 AM
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Eye rolling male reporters and gals with 2 rows of teeth.
By pw herman (492), southampton on Jun 26, 17 8:35 AM
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Russians?LOL?

It was the DEMOCRATS WHO MEDDLED IN THE ELECTION to sway everyone from Bernie TO Hillary!!!!!!!

Soooo Dishonest the people see right through this nonsense only the dishonest still cling to cnn fantasy world.
By local 84 (276), riverhead on Jun 26, 17 10:43 AM
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seems since the world has tired the russia made up story, mr hat, junez and mets have borrowed into there holes to ride out a long long winter in hibernation ~giggle~
By Erin 27 E (785), hampton bays on Jun 26, 17 5:41 PM
Don't forget about johnj, bird, but in blank, phil and adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp

All made to look foolish with there spin, predictions and pontifications.

Like CNN , MSNBC and Hollywierd....... just left to lick there wounds and shake there heads in disbelief.

MAGA
By They call me (2009), southampton on Jun 26, 17 5:55 PM
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You all always leave out the man who knows all... Arnold Timer

and Turkey Bridge

"You're right, chief, and the Republicans are right to be afraid. I'm a lifelong Democrat and I'm afraid, because I believe the two party system has served us well for 240 years and is one of the most important features of our democracy. Don't like to see either of the two major parties take such a hit as the Republicans will this November. Here's hoping, sincerely, that the GOP doesn't take too long ...more
By joe hampton (2778), The Hamptons on Jun 26, 17 6:03 PM
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to Mets fan,

…SUPREMES LIFT LOWER COURTS’ BLOCK OF TRUMP TRAVEL BAN
By 27dan (1970), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 26, 17 6:06 PM
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They should have put a wall up when the hordes of Irish and Italians were infiltrating our early twentieth century. Nothing but drunks and mobsters. Drinking got so bad, we had to ban booze. We've paid a mob tax on all types of economic activity ever since. See how easy it is to be a Trumpette, nothing to it. The Muslim ban is nothing new, we vetted everyone coming into the country during the Obama administration. That's why there have been zero terrorist acts committed by anyone entering our country ...more
By Mets fan (636), Southampton on Jun 26, 17 8:14 PM
By the way, how could Obama done more against Russian influence, that the child-liar-chief insisted never existed. Classless tangerine toddler is all yours. Ha-ha, what a jack...!
By Mets fan (636), Southampton on Jun 26, 17 8:20 PM
Lied in last week's Tweet about "just having learned" about Russian hacking, etc. (Was briefed before the election and briefed after the election. Even told there was potential blackmail material on him.) Lied when he said "Obama did nothing" when apparently kicking out the Russian diplomats and shutting down their estates, and adding new sanctions was "nothing".
His pathological lying catalogued by the Times over the weekend just for his first 40 days in office has included a lie a day. ...more
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 26, 17 9:08 PM
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Its starting to feel like I'm getting my country back!

Travel Muslim BAN in place. 9-0 SCOTUS Decision

2nd Amendment restored for non-violet non-felons

Slavery for Christian Bakers on the way to repeal

State discrimination and bigotry against Christian
schools struck down

3 CNN liars FIRED for FAKE NEWS

Loretta Lynch under investigation

Hillary about to be under investigation

Dumbo exposed for LYING about Russians

Anyone ...more
By Ditch Bum (218), Water Mill on Jun 26, 17 11:53 PM
NACHO PRESIDENT!
By Undocumented Democrat (1418), southampton on Jun 26, 17 11:45 PM
It's really got to make CNN and Democrats feel stupid and embarrassed, falling again to the amazing skills James O'Keefe, they never saw it coming.

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has struck again: This time, a senior CNN producer was caught on camera by one of O’Keefe’s investigators admitting that the network’s relentless bashing of President Donald Trump with the Russia scandal lacks proof.
Jun 27, 17 9:37 AM appended by They call me
CNN and the rest of the MSM are corrupt at a cellular level. For decades we "middle Americans" have been ruled by elite totalitarians on the east and west coasts and their lapdogs in the press. Through alternate media like Breitbart, we have been given a voice that has a profound impact on corruption. Through the power of our Constitution we have taken over the reins and we're now steering our republic in a new direction. The elite globalists and their state-run press in New York and California are in panic mode; however, their shrieking temper tantrums are irrelevant - we now control our own destinies. Representative government projected through a constitutional republic is a beautiful thing. Long live Trump, Pence, Sessions, et al. Long live our republic.
By They call me (2009), southampton on Jun 27, 17 9:37 AM

O'KEEFE STRIKES AGAIN! CNN Producer Says Russia Narrative 'Bullsh*t'...
3 CNN Staffers Resign Over Botched Report...
New 'investigative' unit rocked...
TRUMP: What about all other phony stories?
ZUCKER: Viewers trust more than ever...
MANAGEMENT SHAKEUP?
GREENWALD: Latest example of media recklessness...
Outlets publish fase claims over and over...
Acosta turns heckler at press briefing...
By 27dan (1970), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 27, 17 9:54 AM
Russian scandal lacks proof? Trump says Obama should have done more to stop it. I see barking dogs on the right really needed to step it up this morning as their carnival lights of winning and maga really isn't doing anything substantial. Trying to find anything that resembles an accomplishment. It's great that they may try an-anti-american bigoted, bias jerk from selling a cake to gays. Ah yes, the religious right, don't you have to love everything God created, that's the way I was taught. What ...more
By Mets fan (636), Southampton on Jun 27, 17 10:04 AM
Oh please stop with your fake outrage, I have nothing against gays! just the government telling a some private business what it must do and giving others a pass. If the guy does not want to make you a cake with a certain design then go somewhere else and stop the drama. Try going into Dearborn Michigan and getting a gay wedding cake from a sharia bakery. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT ! wont happen will it. But let me guess you see nothing wrong with that do you.
Jun 27, 17 10:21 AM appended by Ditch Bum
HERE SAVE THIS AVATAR THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE IT
By Ditch Bum (218), Water Mill on Jun 27, 17 10:21 AM
The left needs to look in the mirror and slap itself.
By pw herman (492), southampton on Jun 27, 17 10:22 AM
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WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security will start construction of prototypes for a border wall this summer in the San Diego area, agency officials said on Tuesday, the first step in fulfilling a campaign promise made by President Trump.

Homeland security officials said the prototypes would be added to the existing border walls in San Diego and would allow the agency to evaluate which barriers are most effective in giving Border Patrol agents time to respond to illegal drugs ...more
Jun 28, 17 12:19 AM appended by 27dan
Obama Backdoor Amnesty Provided ‘U visas’ For 140,000 Illegal Aliens AP by NEIL MUNRO 27 Jun 2017 President Barack Obama’s deputies hugely expanded a little-known “crime visa” program to help roughly 140,000 illegal aliens obtain amnesty and U.S. citizenship.
By 27dan (1970), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 28, 17 12:19 AM
Hiding behind religious values to promote hate. One of the right wings founding principles.
By Mets fan (636), Southampton on Jun 28, 17 10:22 AM
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I missed the part where it says Mexico is paying for the wall. The delusional orange cheetoh even said he would make it a solar wall, so it would be cheaper for Mexico to pay for it. What a bunch of saps to continually buy his nonsensical drivel.
By Mets fan (636), Southampton on Jun 28, 17 10:27 AM
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Trumpism is a mental illness.
By johnj (606), Westhampton on Jun 28, 17 11:54 AM
Condoleezza Rice: Trump stands for American values and seeks to act in the best interests of the US
By Undocumented Democrat (1418), southampton on Jun 28, 17 10:02 AM
Says she with a straight face, she of the smoking guns and mushroom clouds. Thx for the laugh.

Oh, and trump's been ordered to take down the fake Time magazine cover, so you might want to follow suit.
Jun 28, 17 12:20 PM appended by June Bug
"Bests interests" alright. Has no idea what he's signing. "But the president’s efforts are hindered by the fact that he seems to care more about signing a bill than he does about the policy issues at stake. Several senators who have spoken with Trump about the evolving legislation describe an executive with little apparent understanding of the basic principles of the reforms and virtually no understanding of the details." Source: Weekly Standard
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 28, 17 12:20 PM

Jun 27, 2017 | 02:02
U.S. global image plunges under Trump

(Reuters) - The image of the United States has deteriorated sharply across the globe under President Donald Trump and an overwhelming majority of people in other countries have no confidence in his ability to lead, a survey from the Pew Research Center showed.

Five months into Trump's presidency, the survey spanning 37 nations showed U.S. favorability ratings in the rest of the world slumping to 49 percent ...more
Jun 28, 17 12:24 PM appended by June Bug
Nearly 73 percent of Democrats and 17 percent of Republicans said they would abstain from alcohol for the rest of their lives if they could see the official political process begin to remove Trump, according to a Detox.net survey of 1,013 men and women nationwide. The latest data set showing support for Trump’s impeachment—an exhaustive political process that includes no definite promise of his removal—comes at a time when multiple Democratic lawmakers are drafting articles of impeachment and at some point could bring them to the floor of Congress. Source: Newsweek
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 28, 17 12:24 PM
Wonder if our Condollizzard would include lying about everything as an
"American value" including his educational background:

Trump Says He Was ‘First In His Class,’ Evidence Is Released Showing That’s A Lie
President Trump has maintained for quite some time that he graduated “first in his class” at Wharton in 1968. He has repeated the claim several times to various publishers and news agencies, including the New York Times who he accuses of “fake ...more
By June Bug (1021), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 28, 17 6:52 PM
Firecracker 8K run & 3 Mile Walk Southampton Village 4th of July weekend