Thursday, December 13, 2018

Betting On Stupidity

Welcome to reality, Ann Coulter.

Of course, the conservative author's reacquaintance with reality won't last long, but on Tuesday she did acknowledge

In Trump's behalf (in this context)- or in his disgrace- he is still trying to obtain congressional approval for funding of a wall on the southern border. Thus, there are even stronger indications that, yes, Donald Trump believes his supporters just fell off a turnip truck.

In interviews with Sean Hannity on February 22 and April 4, 2006, according to Politifact, Donald Trump stated

It can be done. ... It will take place and it will go relatively quickly.  ... If you have the right people, like, in the agencies and the various people that do the balancing ... you can cut the numbers by two pennies and three pennies and balance a budget quickly and have a stronger and better country.

However, President Trump has done the reverse and

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the preliminary federal budget deficit for fiscal year 2018 was $782 billion. That was $116 billion more than the $666 billion shortfall in fiscal year 2017.

And the most recent CBO projection for fiscal year 2019 shows a deficit of $981 billion. Each year from 2020 to 2028, the CBO projected, the deficit would top $1 trillion annually.

This state of affairs was not divorced from actions taken by Trump himself, analysts say.

The two biggest drivers of the projected increase in the 2019 deficit were the Republican tax bill and the bipartisan agreement on federal spending, both of which Trump signed.

Similarly, in an interview with The Washington Post on March 31, 2016, candidate Trump remarked "We’ve got to get rid of the $19 trillion in debt. ... Well, I would say over a period of eight years. And I’ll tell you why.”  However, the accumulated public debt was projected earlier this year to rise from 76.5% of GDP in 2017 to 96.2% of GDP at the end of 2028.

When candidate Trump said that he would reduce the debt and deficits, he calculated that voters wouldn't catch on till after he was elected, if at all.  He has won that debt; uh, er, bet.

Similarly, Trump continues denigrating Christianity as much as possible, wondering when his supporters will catch on. "Two Corinthians" instead of "Second Corinthians;"  referring to "my little cracker (and) little cup of wine; grossly misrepresenting the significance of communion; putting money into the communion plate; confessing he never feels a need to confess.

And now this: asked as Thanksgiving approached what he's most thankful for, the President might have said for "God's grace" or "the love of God for us all," or "living in the greatest country ever."

"God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble," James wroteTherefore (and not however), after unremarkably replying "for having a great family," he added "and having made a tremendous difference in this country."

The oft-offensive and consistently far-right Ann Coulter will not change her ideological outlook nor her perverted perception of Washington Post reporters. However, she now realizes that they've been had. She recognizes that Donald J. Trump believes that his supporters are really, really dumb. And he's out to prove it.

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