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Saturday
Mar152014

DNC - What do Brown and Trump have in common?  

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Scott Brown and Donald Trump have A LOT in common.

 

They both regularly appear on Fox News to maintain some sort of political relevance.

They both toyed with the idea of running for President.

They both are huge supporters of polices that benefit the super wealthy over the middle class.

 

But today, Scott Brown decided to run for statewide office while Donald Trump declined.

 

Congrats, Scott Brown – today you made Donald Trump look reasonable.

Tuesday
Dec062011

New National Review editorial: Trump debate is a sideshow that candidates should avoid 

A new National Review Online editorial, “Trump’s Sideshow Debate,” says “The nominating process must be about which candidate can lead the country back to fiscal and economic reality, not about which candidate can best truckle with a reality-TV star.”

The complete text of the editorial is found below. It can also be found on National Review Online at http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/284857/trump-s-sideshow-debate-editors.

 

Trump’s Sideshow Debate

In announcing that their candidate would not attend the Newsmax debate set to be moderated by Donald Trump later this month in Iowa, the Ron Paul campaign wrote, “The selection of a reality television personality to host a presidential debate that voters nationwide will be watching is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity.”

We could not have put it any better than the Paul campaign, but it is bizarre that such a response was necessary in the first place. The statement goes on to assert, again quite rightly, that Trump’s participation “will distract from questions and answers concerning important issues” and “contribute to an unwanted circus-like atmosphere.” Paul deserves credit for declining to step into the clown car — as does Jon Huntsman.

But Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich can, at least in this instance, be said to lack the good sense of Paul and Huntsman, as the three have RSVPed in the affirmative. The first two responses are perhaps understandable, if unfortunate, political moves — Bachmann is an avowed Trump fan, and Santorum’s poll numbers make it difficult for him to be selective. Gingrich’s decision is something worse. Sure, we see the angle: Gingrich excels in debates and he knows it, and in light of his threat to Romney in Iowa, his participation all but dares the yet-uncommitted Mitt to irk the pro-Trump rump of GOP voters by refusing. As a serious contender running a campaign with maximal pride in its own seriousness, Gingrich lowers himself by association with this consummately unserious man. Romney should refuse to follow suit.

We had hoped that after the brief and frivolous publicity stunt Trump branded as exploration of a presidential run, there would be no further occasion to rehearse the many ways in which his sometime association with the Republican party hurts the conservative cause. So we’ll keep it brief: Trump is a tax-hike-supporting, missile-defense-opposing, universal-health-care-advocating, eminent-domain abusing, Schumer-Weiner-Rangel-Reid-donating, long-time-pro-choice economic protectionist who in 2008 called George W. Bush “evil” and lauded president-elect Barack Obama as a potentially “great president” who would “lead by consensus.”

The Trump debate is a sideshow, and those who would be the Republican nominee for the presidency of the United States are, one and all, better than it. The nominating process must be about which candidate can lead the country back to fiscal and economic reality, not about which candidate can best truckle with a reality-TV star.

Wednesday
Apr202011

CLUB FOR GROWTH - TRUMP ABUSES EMINENT DOMAIN 

Club for Growth: Trump tried to boot elderly widow to make way for limousine parking lot; said he agreed "100%" with Kelo v. New London decision

  Washington, DC - The Club for Growth today noted that Donald Trump once tried to use eminent domain to evict an elderly widow from her Atlantic City home to build a limousine parking lot, and has repeatedly tried to use eminent domain as a tool of his development business:

"First we find out Donald Trump is a liberal on taxes, health care, and trade. Now we find out he's an abuser of eminent domain. Eminent domain abuse is an assault on freedom, pure and simple" said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. "No real conservative would ever use eminent domain in order to take the private property of citizens. I'm shocked and appalled by these revelations. Club members and conservatives ought to know where Donald Trump stands on the issues."

Donald Trump: A History of Eminent Domain Abuse


In 1997, Trump tried to evict an elderly widow to expand an Atlantic City casino: Vera Coking agreed to drop her lawsuit against Donald Trump yesterday and accepted a settlement of $90,000 from Trump's demolition contractor for damage to the rooming house she has long refused to sell. The settlement does not affect the longstanding battle over ownership of Coking's house on South Columbia Place, a block from Trump Plaza. Coking is still fighting a court battle to keep her home in the face of a state eminent domain action to assist Trump with the expansion of his casino. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/19/97)

Trump would have used the land to build a "limousine waiting area": Superior Court Judge Richard Williams said the state's plan to seize the parcels for an expansion of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino was flawed because it set no limits on what Mr. Trump could do once he obtained the land. Mr. Trump had said the land would be used for a park, a parking lot and a limousine waiting area. (New York Times, 7/26/98)

Trump on pro-eminent domain Supreme Court case Kelo v. New London: "I happen to agree with it 100 percent": CAVUTO: You know, the one thing that sticks in the craw of a lot of people with this court, Donald -- and I don't know where you come down on it, but this eminent domain issue that essentially allowed someone's home to be bulldozed, as was the case in New London, Connecticut, if it gets in the way of developers. Now, you're a pretty successful developer in your own right. What did you think of that decision? Was the court overdoing it with that decision? TRUMP: Well, it's sort of not a good one for me to say, because I noticed every article written about it said, "Will Donald Trump take over your home?" sort of using me as the example, Neil. And it's sort of -- it's an interesting situation to be in. But I happen to agree with it 100 percent, not that I would want to use it. But the fact is, if you have a person living in an area that's not even necessarily a good area, and government, whether it's local or whatever, government wants to build a tremendous economic development, where a lot of people are going to be put to work and make area that's not good into a good area, and move the person that's living there into a better place -- now, I know it might not be their choice -- but move the person to a better place and yet create thousands upon thousands of jobs and beautification and lots of other things, I think it happens to be good. (Fox News, 7/19/05)

In 1994, Trump proposed using eminent domain to purchase land in Bridgeport, CT to build an amusement park: The city currently owns Pleasure Beach, which makes up about 40 percent of the 100 acres. The remaining 60 percent is privately owned. Under the Trump proposal, the city would acquire the private land through eminent domain and then convey it to Mr. Trump. The Trump organization and the city's Parks Board would enter into a long-term lease for the Pleasure Beach area. (New York Times, 6/3/94)

Wednesday
Apr202011

CLUB FOR GROWTH- TRUMP WAS FOR THE AUTO BAILOUT 

Trump in 2008 on bailing out the Big Three car manufacturers: "I think the government should stand behind them 100 percent."

  Washington, DC - The Club for Growth today criticized Donald Trump for saying that the federal government should back the auto industry and that "You cannot lose the auto companies.":

"If there's anyone who should know the value of filing for bankruptcy, it's Donald Trump. He should have known that the $13.4 billion government bailout of the auto industry just put off the inevitable while putting taxpayers at risk," said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. "Bailouts and nationalizing whole industries can cripple free markets and has hampered our economic recovery. We need our next President to understand that economic freedom leads to growth and prosperity for all, and that the government should never be in the business of picking winners and losers."

Trump on bailing out the auto industry: "I think the government should stand behind them 100 percent: CAVUTO: Do you think that we can afford to do without one of the Big Three?TRUMP: No. I think you should have the Big Three. I think, frankly, they should do dip financing. I think the government should stand behind them 100 percent. You cannot lose the auto companies. They're great. They make wonderful products. Maybe they're making too much. Maybe they're not making too much. I mean, I just brought a Dodge Ram truck from Arrigo Dodge, who's a member of one of my clubs and great guy. (Fox News, 12/17/08)

Trump favored bailing out the auto industry instead of letting them go bankrupt, but he has filed for corporate bankruptcy at least four times: Previously, Trump filed for corporate bankruptcy in 1991, 1992, 2004, and 2009. As Trump stated in the interview, these Chapter 11 corporate bankruptcies were used to negotiate debt deals. After the deals were done, all of his companies went on to survive (and in some cases thrive). (International Business Times, 4/12/11)

Tuesday
Apr192011

CLUB FOR GROWTH TO TRUMP: YOU'RE A LIBERAL! 

Club for Growth: Trump called for massive tax hikes; is a self-described "liberal" on heatlh care

Washington, DC - The Club for Growth assailed potential presidential candidate Donald Trump today as a tax-hiking liberal whose open flirtation with single-payer health care and warm embrace of protectionism disqualifies him from consideration by conservatives.

"Donald Trump for President? You've got to be joking," said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. "Donald Trump has advocated for massive tax increases that display a stunning lack of knowledge of how to create jobs. His love for a socialist-style universal health care system and his alarming obsession with protectionist policies are automatic disqualifiers among free-market conservatives. This publicity stunt will sputter and disappear just as quickly as the 'The Apprentice' is losing viewers."

Donald Trump: Just Another Liberal


Trump: "We must have universal healthcare": We must have universal healthcare. Our objective [should be] to make reforms for the moment and, longer term, to find an equivalent of the single-payer plan that is affordable, well-administered, and provides freedom of choice.  (Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.206-208 & 218)

Donald Trump favors a massive tax hike on Americans that would kill jobs and investment: I would impose a one-time, 14.25% tax on individuals and trusts with a net worth over $10 million. For individuals, net worth would be calculated minus the value of their principal residence. That would raise $5.7 trillion in new revenue, which we would use to pay off the entire national debt [and shore up the Social Security Trust Fund].
(Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.170-74)

Trump: The King of Protectionism:

  • Trump wants a 25% tax on all Chinese imports: "Twenty-five percent tax on China, unless they behave," he told O'Reilly. "You're threatening China with a trade bill. Twenty-five percent tariff. That's big," O'Reilly retorted. "No, they're threatening us. They're going to make a three hundred billion dollar, let's call it profit, this year on the United States." (Source: Fox News, 4/1/11, http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/04/01/trump-tax-china-25-0#ixzz1JKlujJYV)
  • Trump: "I'd love to have a trade war with China. If we did no business with China frankly we'd save a lot of money.": In a Fox News interview, Trump said “I’m a big free trade believer by the way.” A few minutes later he said “I’d love to have a trade war with China. If we did no business with China frankly we’d save a lot of money.” (Source: http://www.therightscoop.com/donald-trump-id-love-a-trade-war-with-china/
  • In 1999, Trump opposed NAFTA: “KING: You shared Mr. Perot and Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Nader's belief with regard to NAFTA, right? You were an opponent of NAFTA? TRUMP: I am. And the reason NAFTA looks OK now is because the economy is strong, but when the economy is not strong, which, unfortunately, will at some point happen, NAFTA is going to look like a disaster.” (Source: http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/stories/1999/10/08/trump.transcript/)