National Politics - 2016

Donald Trump: 28 Years Ago

MOGUL BASHED DEFICIT SPENDING, RIGGED TRADE, “NEOCONSERVATISM” In the run-up to the 2016 “First in the South” presidential primary, South Carolina residents were bombarded with clips, mailings, robocalls and other reminders of various things that Donald Trump has said in the past. In fact in our endorsement of Trump’s candidacy – which…


In the run-up to the 2016 “First in the South” presidential primary, South Carolina residents were bombarded with clips, mailings, robocalls and other reminders of various things that Donald Trump has said in the past.

In fact in our endorsement of Trump’s candidacy – which was really more of an endorsement of the sledgehammer he is taking to the “Republican” establishment – we made note of some of Trump’s historical inconsistencies.

“We are not ignorant as to Donald Trump’s past pronouncements on a wide range of issues – nor are we blind as to how those pronouncements run contrary to many of the ideals he is advancing today,” we wrote.

Of course we added that our endorsement of his candidacy was more about “lending our assent to a real movement – a purifying conflagration whose righteous indignation is rooted in a real struggle, one South Carolinians know far better than most in this country.”

Anyway … the attacks on Trump didn’t work.  He won South Carolina handily.  Then won Nevada by an even bigger margin.  And then cruised to additional wins on Super Tuesday.

This week, we were forwarded one of Trump’s “past pronouncements” that actually made a lot of sense to us.

It’s a clip from an April 1988 interview he gave to Oprah Winfrey in which he addressed the national deficit (then “only” $200 billion a year), so-called “free trade,” and America’s subsidization of other nation’s national defense.

“We’re a debtor nation,” Trump said.  “Something is going to happen over the next number of years with this country because you can’t keep on losing $200 billion.”

Trump added that he didn’t see himself running for president at the time but “I do get tired of seeing the country get ripped off.”

Take a look …

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(Vid: Via)

Nice …

Obviously everything Trump lamented in this 1988 video – the deficit, the “rigged” trade, the interventionism – has gotten worse over the intervening years.  Much worse.  And America’s economy has paid the price.

Will Trump get a chance to fix it?

We shall see …


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Flip March 3, 2016 at 10:49 am

So going back through history he has been on both sides of the fence repeatedly, I don’t think we can tell what he will do in office. What I can tell you is that he is big big buddies with the Clintons.

CorruptionInColumbia March 3, 2016 at 11:28 am

No bigger friend than fellow NWO lackeys, the Bush family.

Oh boy! March 3, 2016 at 11:42 am

NWO? HAhahahahahahahahahahaha!

CorruptionInColumbia March 3, 2016 at 12:10 pm

You find that amusing? When you wake up and open your eyes, perhaps you will see that it is a very real thing and bears tremendous responsibility for the surge of turncoats in the Republican Party who bend over and grab their ankles whenever Master 0bama tells them to.

RogueElephant March 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm

I’m just waiting for McConnell to send Obummer’s SCOTUS nominee to the senate. You know, like he said he would never do .

Oh boy! March 3, 2016 at 3:53 pm

He can’t help it. Apparently….*snickers*……. the NWO will make him.

Oh boy! March 3, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Very amusing. Conspiratards always are. I thought GH Bush and his buddies were the NWO. Now it’s Obama? Surely Trump (real name Drumpft) is the leader of the Illuminati then! Say hi to Alex Jones for us…

stumpknocker March 3, 2016 at 11:10 am

here is what is going to happen, the establishment republicans are to block trump’s nomination and let the radical right go off on their own, then rebuild from there. trump republicans will have to find another party, they will not be taking over the gop.

shifty henry March 3, 2016 at 12:11 pm

interesting …..

Rocky Verdad March 3, 2016 at 12:12 pm

I would rather rebuild a building for the future than live in an old falling down house.

Rocky Verdad March 3, 2016 at 12:12 pm

We can only hope. It’s time for the “base” to understand they’re wrong for America and wrong for the Party.

Tom March 3, 2016 at 12:21 pm

The Base is the party. The Base can’t be wrong for the party. The party can be wrong for the country. But the party is what it is. And right now Trump supporters are the Republican Party.

RogueElephant March 3, 2016 at 12:26 pm

Very well said.

Rocky Verdad March 3, 2016 at 12:32 pm

But the “base” isn’t over 50% of the Party.

TontoBubbaGoldstein March 3, 2016 at 3:52 pm

TBG was kind of hoping the neocons would go back to the Democrat Party from whence they came.

Hank March 3, 2016 at 11:21 am

So as I understand, Mitt Romney is going to tell us today why Trump is such a horrible person for the party. I am hoping he will compare and contrast is opinion of Trump from for years ago, which was.

“Donald Trump has shown an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works to create jobs for the American people. He’s done it here in Nevada, he’s done it across the country… He’s one of the few people who stood up and said, you know what, China’s been cheating. They’ve taken jobs from Americans.”

— Mitt Romney praising Donald Trump four years ago.

Flip March 3, 2016 at 11:30 am

Romney is envious of Trump. It’s so easy to see. Really sad.

mamatiger92 March 3, 2016 at 11:35 am

Lots of folks changing their tunes this election cycle:

“Hillary Clinton I think is a terrific woman,” he told Greta Van
Susteren. “I am biased because I have known her for years. I live in New
York. She lives in New York. I really like her and her husband both a
lot. I think she really works hard. And I think, again, she’s given an
agenda, it is not all of her, but I think she really works hard and I
think she does a good job. I like her.”

— Trump praising Hillary Clinton four years ago.

Nat March 3, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Didn’t that use to be called Flip Flopping? Just love that when it comes to Trump it is called evolving.

Crooner March 3, 2016 at 2:05 pm

One can say this about someone and still disagree with their politics.

mamatiger92 March 3, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Fair enough. And, couldn’t you say the same for Romney’s comments 4 years ago? Why does Trump get a free pass but Romney is a hypocrite?

Crooner March 3, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Because Romney specifically praised Trumps understanding of the economy and job creation. At least if the poster above is correct.

mamatiger92 March 3, 2016 at 2:20 pm

And, Trump specifically praised Hillary’s job performance. Again, I fail to see the difference. Both were kissing ass when it was in their best interest & are singing a whole different tune now.

Gracias Senor Drumpft March 3, 2016 at 11:45 am

Donald has created many jobs for Mexicans and Chinese, making his goofy clothes and hats. Not to mention the thousands of cheap foreign labors he brought in through the years to work his resorts.

Nat March 3, 2016 at 11:54 am

Back in 2011 Donald was talking about running for President and being given constant media attention, similar to now. The blue collar, birthers and extreme conservatives were wild about him too. According to several articles citing Romney sources – Romney decided he didn’t want Donald bashing him on Fox news constantly and he also wanted to snag the Donald fans.

CorruptionInColumbia March 3, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Trump’s beliefs as expressed in this interview, almost thirty years ago, do not appear to have wavered. He was right then and he’s right now. We need to quit giving away the farm and getting nothing in return.

Rocky Verdad March 3, 2016 at 12:16 pm

So Corrupt – would you agree that by 1998 we had a balanced budget, so maybe that’s where we need to head?

CorruptionInColumbia March 3, 2016 at 12:21 pm

I don’t know that we’ve ever had a balanced budget in the last 40 or so years, but we certainly need to head in that direction.

Rocky Verdad March 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm

I agree. I just know Trump won’t get us there.

CorruptionInColumbia March 3, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Well, Hillary, Bernie, Ted, Marco, et-all sure as hell won’t get us there. Trump, as evidenced by this ancient clip, at least wants to.

Amos March 3, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Amen!!!! Rocky is a KoolAid drinking, brain dead Lemming!

CorruptionInColumbia March 3, 2016 at 2:21 pm

I wouldn’t say that about him. We have differences of opinion much of the time but I believe he is a good soul.

Rocky Verdad March 3, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Thanks Corrupt – Pogo / Amos / Anus has issues.

idcydm March 3, 2016 at 12:50 pm

A balanced budget, then why did the debt increase?

09/30/1999 5,656,270,901,615.43

09/30/1998 5,526,193,008,897.62

09/30/1997 5,413,146,011,397.34

Smoke and Mirrors.

Rocky Verdad March 3, 2016 at 1:41 pm

I’ve seen that. Though I believe the “balanced budget” argument made my Kaisich excludes spending on SS and Medicare.

idcydm March 3, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Then how can it be balanced other than as talking points for who ever want to declare a balanced budget.

Tom March 3, 2016 at 2:12 pm

The key word is Budget. We do our best to predict expenses and revenues. We can’t know the actual numbers until after the fact. So when projected revenues equal or exceed projected expenses we have a balanced budget.

In the end we may be slightly off our projections. We may have overestimated income or under estimated expenses. For example, Bush refused to even put the Gulf War in the Budget. That does not mean we did not have to pay for it.

Once all the numbers are in we have an annual surplus or an annual deficit. Our annual deficit has been dropping dramatically for the last few years.

idcydm March 3, 2016 at 2:18 pm

No the key word isn’t “Budget”, the key word is $19 Trillion Dollars.

I understand how it works and I also understand the continuing resolutions and baseline budgeting are bull shit.

Flip March 3, 2016 at 2:27 pm

If the debt was increasing at that rate again I wouldn’t be nearly as worried though.

idcydm March 3, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Yep, it’s pretty pathetic that this President and the last doubled the debt of all the Presidents preceding him. That why the claim of an annual deficit dropping dramatically rings hollow.

Rocky Verdad March 3, 2016 at 12:16 pm

Well, I guess in Mitt speak, that was foreceful. Better get a few more of the boys out to the podium. Maybe, I dunno, well, I guess, let me think………………….nah………. oh I got it…….no not her…………………. How about W, some strong Senators, that pick-up truck guy in NH that was Senator from MA, maybe Nancy Reagan – she would be awesome!!!!! Barbara Bush, General Colin Powell, kids of Ike, kids of Ford. Nikki, Jindhal, Pawlenty, McConnell (no wait, he’s heading to jail).

Nat March 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm

The Donald infactuation is like the person who is an abusive relationship and everyone tells them he is no good for you – and the abuser even tells that person he is an asshole…..But the person never listens cause they believe the abuser loves them, the past isn’t relevant he’s changed, he doesn’t mean those horrible things he says its just his way etc..

Rocky Verdad March 3, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Well push me down the stairs and call me happy.

Frightened Fools March 3, 2016 at 3:55 pm

Also, they are very weak minded and looking for someone to control and protect them. They crave an Authoritarian figure to make them feel safe.

RogueElephant March 3, 2016 at 12:34 pm

A vulture capitalist that bought companies for the soul reason of bleeding them dry and closing them down to sell off the assets is a really fine example to say anything about a man that has created millions of jobs. This sounds like the death throws of an injured RINO. The way he praised Trump in 2012 when he needed money, then turn on him like a curr dog is very revealing. Romney was a POS then and is a POS now.

CorruptionInColumbia March 3, 2016 at 12:37 pm

AMEN, Rogue!!!!

Nat March 3, 2016 at 12:44 pm

CNN says Donald might have created between 34,000-65,000 jobs – not millions. Hard to tell since he is in the private sector. Romney was a governor too, so he touts his job creation creds on that and Bain.

Turner March 3, 2016 at 7:50 pm

He certainly created jobs for foreigners looking to work at one of his resorts. Not mention his imported wives who would do the job American women refused to do.

mamatiger92 March 3, 2016 at 1:31 pm

How is that different from Trump praising the Clintons 4 years ago when it was in his best interest only to bash them now? See my post below.

Flip March 3, 2016 at 2:26 pm

It’s the usual “when the guy I like does it, it’s okay” defense.

9" March 3, 2016 at 12:43 pm

you’re only a pawn in his game

autofill March 3, 2016 at 12:55 pm Reply
Squishy123 March 3, 2016 at 1:15 pm

You’re just upset that Lindsey pulled out…

Flip March 3, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Upset? I doubt you could even tell he did.

Rocky Verdad March 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm

He looks like my drunk cousin from the Irish side of things. Beer for everyone!!!! Hurray!!!!!

Jobe March 3, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Screw Haley, Romney and the establishment Republicans. They are pissing off many, many Americans!

Hank March 3, 2016 at 3:51 pm

From Politico:
“Wall Street is getting ready to go nuclear on Donald Trump. Terrified that the reality TV star could run away with the Republican nomination and bring his brand of anti-immigrant, protectionist populism to the White House, some top financiers are writing big checks to fund an effort to deny Trump a majority of delegates to the GOP convention.”
If this does not tell you who you should be voting for nothing will. You are brain dead. Wall Street has spent billions buying Republican politicians. They now see all those dollars disappearing, as the power base they bought and paid for crumbles. Its time to put an end to these leeches. Why does Wall Street fear Trump? Because they cannot control Trump. They were counting on a President they controlled.

Pank March 3, 2016 at 3:58 pm

No, because Trump is an incompetent businessman who’s non-existent policy would likely cause chaos internationally. He’s a fool who would make doing business unnecessarily difficult for Wall Street.

HD March 4, 2016 at 7:59 am

How about what he said LAST NIGHT? He said that he could and would order our military to commit acts that are, unambiguously, murder and war crimes, because “that’s what leadership is all about.” Of course he couldn’t even make that statement without getting his facts wrong. He seems to think that the 9/11 hijackers had family here at some point. I suppose he’s confusing the Bin Laden family’s leaving the country a week or so after the attacks with whatever the hell he was talking about. In any event, given what he’s said on the matter, his plan would have been to round up the family members of the hijackers and execute them. He’s a psychopath.

Tom March 4, 2016 at 10:55 am

No offense but as a moderate independent, how can the GOP possibly believe they have offered a credible alternative to Donald Trump. Even I prefer him of Cruz or Rubio. The GOP has made a lot of mistakes over the past 40 years. But offering no one who would make a better President than Donald Trump takes the cake. I think the GOP should close its eyes, hold its nose and go with the best they have to offer. I like Kasich, but lets face it. He is not going to win.


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