National Politics - 2016

Voter Voices: Stovall Witte III

Welcome to another installment of FITSNews’ “Voter Voices,” part of our website’s ongoing effort to gauge the sentiment of our readers on various issues and candidates as the 2016 “First in the South” presidential primary election begins to heat up.   Want to participate in this forum yourself?  It’s easy….

Welcome to another installment of FITSNews’ “Voter Voices,” part of our website’s ongoing effort to gauge the sentiment of our readers on various issues and candidates as the 2016 “First in the South” presidential primary election begins to heat up.  

Want to participate in this forum yourself?  It’s easy.  Just fill out answers to the questions in bold (below) and email them to us (subject: “Voter Voices”) along with a headshot.

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VOTER VOICES: STOVALL WITTE III

Witte Headshot

Name: Stovall Witte III
Occupation: Graduate Student
Hometown: Hanahan, S.C.

I am … a former Captain in the U.S. Army, an Afghanistan veteran, and now an International MBA student at The University of South Carolina.

My top issue is … Immigration.  We have roughly 94 million American citizens not working in a stable job today.  Out of basic American kindness, as well as personal economic self-interest, we unfortunately face excessive legal and illegal immigration that has led to stagnant wages and higher levels of unemployment and underemployment.  In addition to falling wages and higher unemployment brought on by this oversupply of cheap labor, our modern immigration policy has led to massive increases in government welfare programs at all levels, leaving less for those who need a helping hand most and have been American citizens their whole lives.  We fail the poorest of our American brothers and sisters who wish to live decent working lives by having open borders.  This doesn’t just apply to low wage jobs either.  The regular growth of HB-1 Visas has removed incentives for American companies to train Americans to do more complicated jobs opting for immigrants who do not need the training and are willing to work for less.  There is a better way.  We have to commit ourselves to reducing legal immigration, work visas, and make sure those people we do issue visas to return to their country of origin to make a fair economic playing field for all Americans.

Also, illegal immigration and our loose immigration policies pose a serious threat to national security as we have seen time and time again.  Many do not realize this issue is not just about building a wall.  The vast majority of illegal immigrants in this country arrived legally through our visa program and decided not to return. This is not controlled diversity and brings none of diversity’s advantages.  For the safety and economic security of our people we must address immigration in this country.

Another issue that matters to me is … everything else.  National Security, including ISIS, Cyber Attacks, and strength of the Armed Forces are very important.  The National Debt is skyrocketing with wasteful government spending and no significant entitlement reforms since the last welfare bill passed in 1996.   A budget that requires a 39% corporate tax-rate, and other taxes to pay for a “free” health care system, ever expanding entitlements, and wasteful pork spending.  I am concerned about a society whose morals are in sharp decline, preoccupied with political correctness, and cares more about ‘not judging people’ than the human trafficking of sex slaves (an often unnoticed problem in modern day America). Politicians too scared to support social science proving the benefits of the family unit for children.  I could go on, but I will simply say that there is only one candidate running for president that I agree with on all those issues listed.

My 2016 choice is … Rick Santorum.  Santorum will certainly surprise the establishment media and political elite, as he has time and time again, if voters end up considering these three things.

  1.  No one else in this race has the trifecta of experience, conservative credentials, and actual legislative and electoral victories over the democrats other than Rick Santorum.  And even if they have one or two of those things it is usually not to the degree that would match Rick’s resume.  Rick authored the landmark Welfare Reform Act and led his fellow Republicans in the successful fight to force Bill Clinton to sign welfare reform in 1996.  Rick also authored and led the fight to that made partial-birth abortion illegal in our country.  He’s the only Republican candidate who has experience making Hillary look like a fool in debates.  He is a strong Conservative Republican who has won congressional and multiple state-wide elections in an overwhelmingly blue district and state.  At every turn of his legislative career he was fighting for balanced budgets, entitlement reform, and calling out wasteful spending.  Santorum is also an expert on foreign policy.  He pushed for sanctions on Iran long before it was popular.  He is the only presidential candidate ISIS has called-out by name because Rick has a stronger grasp on what’s going on in the Middle East than anyone else on those debate stages.  He also created the idea of health savings accounts to keep government out of healthcare.  The list goes on.
  2.  Rick is also the only candidate to my knowledge who has advocated for not only stopping illegal immigration, but also severely reducing work visa immigration.  That even puts him to the right of Trump (with his “big door” in the wall) and Cruz on the most important issue of this election.
  3.  90 percent of Americans don’t own their own business or run a company.  74% of Americans age 25 to 65 don’t have a college degree.  But they can all vote.  Rick Santorum is the only Republican who has advocated a plan to reach out to those voters.

In the 2012 primary, I voted for … Rick Santorum.  He was the right guy for the job then too.  It was unfortunate that South Carolina didn’t vote for the conservative winner of the Iowa caucus.  Newt Gingrich is a great Republican, but Rick Santorum could have beaten Mitt Romney with the early push of a supportive South Carolina.  Rick Santorum went on to 2nd place with 11 states and over 4 million Republican primary votes nationally.  In his book ‘Blue Collar Conservatives’, Rick Santorum spends the first chapter detailing his frustrations of the party nominating a man who had implemented the trial run of what would be Obamacare and who overvalued business owners thereby devaluing the party’s outreach to working Americans.  The end effect of which was horrific exit-polls with voter after voter implying that ‘Mitt Romney doesn’t care about people like me’.

I believe America’s future is … going to go in one of two directions.  Either we assemble into a strong national identity or we continue to allow ourselves to fall more and more into complex factions.

The next president needs to … be a conservative, experienced negotiator and a proven fighter.  The hard truth is that Washington DC isn’t going to change overnight.  It will require constant Republican victories to change the culture there.  We republicans also have our work cut out for us in the things we need to do to effect the greater American culture in media and the arts.  That is one of the reasons I feel many of the writers at websites like FitsNews are doing important work.  In the meantime, we should help elect a person capable of changing the unprincipled, culture of corruption in DC.  Only one person in this race has actually done that before, Rick Santorum.  A zealous current freshman senator or an outsider with no legislative history will not be as effective, no matter how much bravado or plans of world domination they have.  That being said, they are all a thousand times more preferable than what the democrats are offering.

Once again, if you’d like to participate in “Voter Voices,” just email us your answers to the questions above (along with a headshot).  And if you don’t have a 2016 presidential favorite yet, that’s okay.  Just tell us who you like and/or don’t like – and why.

We look forward to publishing additional responses soon!

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68 comments

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 9:41 am

“We have roughly 94 million American citizens not working in a stable job today.” – The once best in class MIBS is pretty much falling in my eyes.

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The Colonel (R) January 28, 2016 at 9:44 am

You can’t assess the Chicken Coop with this one – even smart folks can have dumb ideas.

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Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 9:55 am

True. Ah those great Fall days, of going back and forth between the Capstone and Gambrell. Used to be able to smoke on the Gambrell patio and look down and – I hate to say this – look down girls shirts as they walked by.

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The Colonel (R) January 28, 2016 at 9:58 am

Not that I would ever do it but you can still do that (look down the shirts of the fine looking coeds), you just can’t smoke there anymore (thank God, it’s a nasty habit).

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stumpknocker January 28, 2016 at 9:59 am

what would make you think he was talking about tobacco?

The Colonel (R) January 28, 2016 at 10:06 am

Didn’t assume he was…

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

It was tobacco.

stumpknocker January 28, 2016 at 10:20 am

was the golden spur still a bar when you attended?

The Colonel (R) January 28, 2016 at 10:28 am

Closed my second year – we moved across the street from the Honeycombs to Pappy’s and the Bird.

stumpknocker January 28, 2016 at 10:32 am

i kinda remember one night getting hammered on 2 dollar a pitcher dark beer then walking over to the theater to watch a little three piece band called the police, those were the days

The Colonel (R) January 28, 2016 at 10:42 am

Hootie and company played for beer money, Rockaway’s had great bands and Pappy for some unknown reason put olives in the bottom of his pitchers…

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 10:43 am

Wanna say say Hootie at one of the above mentioned one night, in like December.

stumpknocker January 28, 2016 at 10:45 am

i bar tended at the Rock, never got laid so many times in my life but had to quit or die young

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 10:58 am

10+++++++

stumpknocker January 28, 2016 at 10:37 am

they used to post somebody on me at the big bird when i played pinball on the pay off machines, i would average about 20 dollars a day in winnings and that was a lot of cash back then

The Colonel (R) January 28, 2016 at 10:58 am

Funny thing is now, 3/4 of the undergraduate students on campus aren’t old enough to legally drink. Ol’Will is big on make doobage legal but you never hear him say anything about the drinking age…

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 10:32 am

The ones I recall (and just the bars not the names) was 1) One on Rosewood that had good wings think it was at around Edisto? Not sure. Then one on Devine just east of 5 Points, had an outside deck. Also what seemed one night, and I was really drunk, a set of like three off Harden and Devine that were all interconnected. Lizards Thicket across from the Horseshoe was good for breakfast. There was also that laundry mat down off of Assembly that was also a bar with food, beer and pool tables. Now that was a great concept.

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 10:10 am

Quit in 2009 – still kick my ass for having ever done it – the dentist costs aftwards where horrific – and now if I have a nightmare – I’m smoking (sometimes with Flip).

stumpknocker January 28, 2016 at 10:16 am

that would be a nightmare, though flip is full of intelligent thought provoking insight, he does smoke cow patties because the price of tobacco is too high.

fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 11:41 am

You have to admit, those cow patties are good shit!

Jose Wales January 28, 2016 at 11:45 am

Good choice.A cig smoking dead beat drunk ain’t no way to go thru life.

Congrats.Spend that money you are saving on your children.Shoes and socks are more important than Marlboro’s.

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Pre-paid college funds are more important thn Marlboro’s. I’m also starting a charity for assissinated Disques Accounts.

fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm

Disqus Genocide Awareness Month

#DisqusLivesMatter

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

USC is still a great school – no doubt about it. Particularly the Grad programs.

Bible Thumper January 28, 2016 at 10:05 am

If we could only get the three and a half million 85+ non nursing home residents that are included in the 94 million off their butts into jobs, it would help.

He made some good points, but that was a clinker.

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stumpknocker January 28, 2016 at 10:09 am

its the governments fault, if they took away their social security and medicade, maybe those good for nothing takers would get off their lazy butts and get a job.

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Whatever January 28, 2016 at 10:15 am

What in the hell are they teaching this guy at USC? Blame everything on foreigners?

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Superfly January 28, 2016 at 11:32 am

This guy is enrolled in the International MBA program, not the MIBS program, at the Univ. of South Carolina. Both are great programs, but not the same. I get your point though. If he thinks our economy can flourish without (some, legal) immigration, I have to wonder what they’re teaching him there. Not to mention coexisting with the growth in social welfare programs and the growth industry of disability claims.

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Leaning Outhouse January 28, 2016 at 9:41 am

Wow – wasted keystroke. Santorum isn’t even registering with anyone else.

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Jose Wales January 28, 2016 at 10:43 am

Santorums ‘get out the vote’ guy that won him Iowa works for Trump.Why Trump can take the debate off.

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The Colonel (R) January 28, 2016 at 10:44 am

If I was running for president and I found out I had a staff member who had worked for Santorum on my staff I’d fire him and the guy who hired him…

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Leaning Outhouse January 28, 2016 at 10:45 am

What he said.

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Jose Wales January 28, 2016 at 11:37 am

What bothers you? That he is a Christian and pro-life…or the fact he won Iowa and you are a loser?

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fl ? p January 28, 2016 at 11:38 am

Santorum is also a frothy mixture of fecal matter and lube.

The Colonel: 1, Santorum: -200

The Colonel (R) January 28, 2016 at 12:58 pm

What bothers me about who? Santorum? That’s easy enough, he’s nutty as a fruit bat:

First, there’s this idiotic idea that his Catholic opinion about birth control should be the national policy – “…Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” CaffeinatedThoughts.com (October 2011)

Then there’s this logical fallacy about the effects of abortion – “…The reason Social Security is in big trouble is we don’t have enough workers to support the retirees. Well, a third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion…” Republican presidential debate (May 2011)

I’m staunchly Pro Life but Santorum is just stupid.

Then there’s the fact that despite national exposure, incumbent Santorum lost his senate seat in 2006 by a landslide. added to the fact that despite winning 11 caucases and primary votes Santorum couldn’t beat Romney in the long haul.

Let’s see – loony and a loser – yep, that about sums it up.

Jose Wales January 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

He lost his senate seat in a BLUE state.So what.60 million taxpayers aborted since Roe v.Wade. FACT.

While you ran around ranting and raving about an issue NOBODY cared about but the race hustlers on the left( bringing the ‘rebel’ flag down) so your leftist academia friends would like you,Santorum was speaking about protecting life and defunding Planned Parenthood.

I will stand with Santorum.You my friend are ‘staunchly Pro Life’ only when it is politically correct to do so.

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Maybe if he’d spent more time being a Senator and less time pontificating on Hannity and Colmes he’d still be a Senator. What a dork. And now you claim it’s a blue state, when two weeks ago you said it was in play with Trump. Get your damned facts in order.

Jose Wales January 28, 2016 at 1:29 pm

It is a blue state that will flip-all bout that war on coal by the Democrat Party.

After Pennsylvania and America sees all the perverts and communists invade Philadelphia for the DNC and shit in/litter/riot in the city, many blue states will flip red.

Does Fits give you 30 minutes for lunch?

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm

You must be drunk. You realize that there are 8,000 coal workers in PA, versus a labor force of 6.5 million, and a total population of 12.8 million. God you’re dumber than a bag of coal. Ever been to the coal region? There’s nothin’ left of it. WY produces 7 times as much coal as PA with the same number of people. You’re as clueless as a blind dog in a cat factory.

Jose Wales January 28, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Will buy lunch today? Working lunch? All those brain cells you killed smoking those cigs is apparent.

Pennsylvania is coal country

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2013/09/15/Pennsylvania-is-coal-country/stories/201309150214

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm

What’s that, an article from another little weekly fish rag? 8,000 coal workers. 12.8 million people. Do the math. You think they dig coal in Philly, or Pittsburg, or, OMG – Gettysburg? Or Erie? You’re nuts.

Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 3:21 pm

I had the French Dip – we called it the French Flip. Wil thought it was really funny. Then we all had prostitutes for dessert.

RogueElephant January 28, 2016 at 5:33 pm

EVERYPLACE is in play for Trump. I’m looking for the old Reagan Dims to come out of the woodwork , the Christian Coalition crowd as well as many “independents” . Trump 2016.

Rocky Verdad January 29, 2016 at 9:21 am

They died between 2003 and 2012.

The Colonel (R) January 28, 2016 at 3:54 pm

He’s still a LOOOOSER.

Santorum is as nutty as squirrel poop.

Rocky Verdad January 29, 2016 at 9:20 am

Hey, what’s wrong with squirrel poop.

The Colonel (R) January 29, 2016 at 9:27 am

Nothing is “wrong” with it, I just prefer my nuts unprocessed by squirrel intestinal systems.

Jose Wales January 28, 2016 at 11:41 am

Chuck Laudner is best known for engineering Rick Santorum’s upset caucus win here in 2012 by driving around the former senator from Pennsylvania in his pickup truck. He is now traversing the state, laying the groundwork to convert celebrity gawkers who flock to events featuring Trump, a famed real estate magnate, into first-time caucusgoers.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-donald-trumps-man-in-iowa-plans-to-mess-with-the-gop-and-win/2015/06/26/5abe8592-19d8-11e5-93b7-5eddc056ad8a_story.html

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SOSO January 28, 2016 at 9:50 am

Sheesh, them’s some big ol’ paragraphs.

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Bible Thumper January 28, 2016 at 10:10 am

That’s Santorum’s problem too. Trump puts him to shame by saying,”I’ll build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.” But people believe Trump’s crap and fall asleep when Santorum speaks sensibly.

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stumpknocker January 28, 2016 at 10:12 am

same can be said for the Bernie supporters but i think the democrats are not going to let their anger trump their pragmatism. hehe

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RogueElephant January 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Santorum speaks sensibly ? I never heard that before.

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stumpknocker January 28, 2016 at 9:51 am

well if fits will publish something this irrelevant, i think i’ll send in my Rev Al for president rant for your viewing pleasure

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Whatever January 28, 2016 at 10:14 am

Why do people blame immigration for corporations and Congress keeping wages stagnant? What are they teaching him at USC? Then you read he’s a Santorum supporter…poor guy must be very confused.

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southmauldin January 28, 2016 at 10:39 am

I was confused when I was young. He’ll get the picture once he starts with the real world of running a business, paying taxes and such. This guy will represent about 20% of the Santorum vote in South Carolina, anyway. He and Huckabee run every 4 years so they can live off of their campaign accounts and avoid getting a real job (Fox talk show contributor is not a real job).

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Superfly January 28, 2016 at 11:24 am

And to generate material for their next book, then hit the book tour, and then run again.

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9" January 28, 2016 at 11:58 am

Which head?

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ELCID January 28, 2016 at 1:05 pm

Good call: the HB-1 visas are killing the American Engineer. I’ve seen it personally at many universities across the country. Today, there’s no economic incentive for a US Citizen to go thru the amount of work and education that is required to become a graduate Engineer from a major accredited university. With the same, or less, amount of effort they can become a doctor or worse yet: Lawyer. At much higher salaries.

We do need a few of these brilliant HB-1 international engineers, but the vast majority are poorly educated, and only coming in to kill wages and take jobs at the companies and even colleges that are lobbying to keep this rip off in action.

Most of these HB-1 foreign engineers are worthless vs. US Citizen engineers. I’ve seen one US Student work rings around 5 or more of these foreign “so called engineers.” Who were not trained, educated or brought up in a free thinking society.

The HB-1 visa program is: “Killing the Goose that lays the Golden Eggs,” USA dominance in high tech. Many just steal our secrets and take them back to China and other places to use against us. A completely disastrous and traitorous practice.
The HB-1 Visas need to be completely shut down.

Remember: 911? Some of the Terrorist were in the USA on Student HB-1 visas.

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TroubleBaby January 28, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Buy this man a sweater vest!

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sparklecity January 28, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Here’s what I say Captain Witte III:
I believe America’s future is going in one of two directions: It’s either gonna get better or it’s gonna get worse …………
****there fixed it fer ya “Capt’n” {that’s what us senior NCO’s excel at!!!)*****
Respectfully submitted,
Sparklecity
(Vietnam era/Yom Kippur alert, Gulf I, Bosnia & Gulf II {Iraq & “Gafanistan”) vet…

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somebody call a medic! January 28, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Don’t be obsessed with your desires Danny. The Zen philosopher, Basho, once wrote, ‘A flute with no holes, is not a flute. A donut with no hole, is a Danish.’

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sparklecity January 28, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Can’t argue with that….

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Jose Wales January 28, 2016 at 2:08 pm

“I cannot imagine a greater expression of Christianity than to say, ‘I, too, am a Jew,'” Obama said.

Quote of the day. The radical Islamist Muslim that hates Israel and gave Iran nukes to destroy the Jews within a decade now says he is a ‘Jew’.

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Rocky Verdad January 28, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Lick Hime!!!

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Jose Wales January 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/01/28/this-is-lie-sanders-lashes-out-at-negative-attacks-clinton-camp.html?intcmp=hpbt3

LMAO!!! Hillary the criminal turning in Bernie the communist cheater!!!!OH MY!!!

Bernie Sanders lashed out at Hillary Clinton’s allies – and threw in Donald Trump for good measure – during a heated breakfast session with reporters in Des Moines Thursday, countering an array of allegations from the Clinton camp while claiming he’ll win the Iowa caucuses if turnout is large.

The Democratic presidential candidate, who is running almost even with Clinton in most Iowa polls, got animated when he was asked by a Bloomberg Politics journalist about Clinton camp whispers that out-of-state young people may try to show up to caucus.

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Fake Fundraising January 28, 2016 at 4:08 pm

No mention of the farce veteran’s fundraiser Donald is holding? That he just created the website yesterday and that the funds go to his private foundation, not directly to a veteran organization. Or that he gave more to the Clinton Foundation than he has vet causes combined (measly $59,000 is one figure I read). Not to mention for decades he has been attempting to have licensed disabled veteran vendors booted off 5th Avenue? LOL, one of the stock photos on the website is an Ukrainian actor dressed up as a soldier.

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Ben Hurr Jr. January 28, 2016 at 4:15 pm

The veteran organizations say they won’t take the money from Trump tonight.
Good to hear the whiny ass vets that serve a couple of years,think they are hero’s and then fill the disability rolls bankrupting this nation have ALL the money they need.

They won’t get a dime from me again.Ungrateful and not patriots!They sure don’t make veterans like they used to.

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Fake Fundraising January 28, 2016 at 4:25 pm

I don’t they are going to miss out on much. The first fundraiser he held was for a scam veteran group. This one is going directly to Donald’s Foundation and you can see below how much he donated to them in the past. 57k divided by 7 about $8100 each.

The Donald J. Trump Foundation has donated $5.5 million to 298 charities between 2009 and 2013 (the most recent year available), according to the non-profit’s 990 tax forms from those years. Of that, only $57,000 has been donated to seven organizations that directly benefit military veterans or their families, Forbes found. Wounded Warriors was not among the organizations Trump’s foundation gave to in that time period.

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