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Old June 8th, 2017, 02:58 PM   #1
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Trump or Potemkin??

Po·tem·kin:
having a false or deceptive appearance, especially one presented for the purpose of propaganda.
Turns out that Potemkin was the surname of a Russian soldier and statesman, Grigori Aleksandrovich (1739-91) and a lover of Empress Catherine II. In response to the man’s actions, Potemkin has become an adjective meaning something that is fraudulent or counterfeit.
Originally used in the phrase “Potemkin Village” it described a fake settlement, built only to impress. Apparently (although some modern historians believe the story has been exaggerated), in 1787, Potemkin erected sham villages along the banks of the Dnieper River in order to convince Catherine that the Crimea was more affluent than it really was.

Trump: having a false or deceptive appearance, promising but not delivering.

It’s “Infrastructure Week” at the White House. Theoretically.

On Monday, the administration announced a plan to spend $200 billion on infrastructure and overhaul U.S. air traffic control. There was a high-profile signing in the East Wing before dozens of cheering lawmakers and industry titans. It was supposed to be the beginning of a weeklong push to fix America’s roads, bridges, and airports.

But in the next two days, Trump spent more energy burning metaphorical bridges than trying to build literal ones. He could have stayed on message for several hours, gathered Democrats and Republicans to discuss a bipartisan agreement, and announced a timeframe. Instead he quickly turned his attention to Twitter to accuse media companies of “Fake News” while undermining an alliance with Qatar based on what may be, fittingly, a fake news story.

The secret of the Trump infrastructure plan is: There is no infrastructure plan. Just like there is no White House tax plan. Just like there was no White House health care plan. More than 120 days into Trump’s term in a unified Republican government, Trump’s policy accomplishments have been more in the subtraction category (e.g., stripping away environmental regulations) than addition. The president has signed no major legislation and left significant portions of federal agencies unstaffed, as U.S. courts have blocked what would be his most significant policy achievement, the legally dubious immigration ban.

The simplest summary of White House economic policy to date is four words long: There is no policy.
AND there's much more......

https://www.theatlantic.com/business...licies/529554/
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Old June 10th, 2017, 08:22 AM   #3
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Apparently Trump's trip to the UK has been postponed until October. I wonder if this is one of the reasons why??

Britons plan mass-mooning for Trump visit | Newshub

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