Fact Check This: Quality Of Life Is Up Sharply Under Trump

  
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Fact Check This: Quality Of Life Is Up Sharply Under Trump
Unemployment at historic lows? Wages climbing at a fast pace? Who knew? The news media, fixated on Trump scandals, hasn't exactly been broadcasting that good news. And media fact checkers busied themselves after the speech nitpicking Trump's economic boasts.

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Good Times: When Trump rattled off a series of economic successes in his State of the Union, he could have added one more. The public's quality of life has improved sharply in the past two years.

"We have created 5.3 million new jobs and, importantly, added 600,000 new manufacturing jobs," Trump said at one point in this address. "Wages are rising at the fastest pace in decades ... . Unemployment has reached the lowest rate in half a century. African-American, Hispanic-American and Asian-American unemployment have all reached their lowest levels ever recorded. Unemployment for Americans with disabilities has also reached an all-time low."

Unemployment at historic lows? Wages climbing at a fast pace? Who knew? The news media, fixated on Trump scandals, hasn't exactly been broadcasting that good news. And media fact checkers busied themselves after the speech nitpicking Trump's economic boasts.

But the upbeat assessment clearly resonated with the public, most of whom gave Trump's speech top marks. Turns out they have been firsthand witnesses to the strength of the economy over the past two years.

How do we know? Look at the IBD/TIPP Quality of Life Index, which asks the public whether they think their quality of life will be better, worse or the same over the next six months.

In the 17 years IBD has been compiling this index, it's averaged 56.2. Under President Obama, it averaged just 53.7. Even if you only include Obama's second term, it was well below the 17-year average.

Under Trump? The Quality of Life Index has averaged 59.3. That's a 10% increase over the average during the Obama years.

To be sure, there's a partisan element to this. Republicans tend to rate their quality of life higher than Democrats when there's a Republican in the White House, and vice versa. But look at independents: Their quality of life averaged 52 under Obama. It's averaging 58.8 under Trump — a 13% bump.

What' more, the gains are across the board. Households making from $35,000 to $50,000, for example, saw an 8% gain in this index when you compare Trump to Obama. Those making from $50,000 to $75,000, an 11% gain.



We see the same phenomenon with the IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index, which has been in positive territory — over 50 — since Trump's been president. It averaged only 46.8 under Obama.

The public is clearly giving Trump credit for the turnaround. While his overall approval ratings hover around 40%, he regularly gets much higher marks for his handling of the economy in the IBD/TIPP poll.

Our guess is that if the press were to let up even a little on the 24/7 criticism of Trump, and spend some time reporting on what's happening in the economy, Trump would get higher ratings on both measures.

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Heartland American
1  seeder  Heartland American    5 months ago

“But the upbeat assessment clearly resonated with the public, most of whom gave Trump's speech top marks. Turns out they have been firsthand witnesses to the strength of the economy over the past two years.

How do we know? Look at the IBD/TIPP Quality of Life Index, which asks the public whether they think their quality of life will be better, worse or the same over the next six months.

In the 17 years IBD has been compiling this index, it's averaged 56.2. Under President Obama, it averaged just 53.7. Even if you only include Obama's second term, it was well below the 17-year average.

Under Trump? The Quality of Life Index has averaged 59.3. That's a 10% increase over the average during the Obama years.”

 
 
 
Heartland American
2  seeder  Heartland American    5 months ago

Donald Trump has been great for America and our powerful economy across the board.  Fact Check all these numbers AOC fans who love 💗 socialism. jrSmiley_36_smiley_image.gifjrSmiley_43_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Steve Ott
3  Steve Ott    5 months ago

And from the same source, only two days earlier:

Unlike other measures, the Quality of Life Index has been relatively steady over the past 17 years.

Seems the writer of the IBD article failed to read the IBD article from two days previous.

From Pew Research:

For most U.S. workers, real wages have barely budged in decades

Purchasing power is basically where it was in 1964 for the average household. And now that Trump's tax cut is showing it's true face as a tax increase, life won't get any better soon.

 
 
 
Heartland American
3.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Steve Ott @3    5 months ago

Trumps tax cuts only raise federal income taxes on people who have a mortgage that exceeds $750,000 and can no longer deduct interest paid on amounts higher than that and those who used to deduct more than the new nation wide $10,000 cap on deductions from state and local taxes.  The only people paying more taxes than before are wealthy people in high real estate value mostly blue areas and high state and local tax blue states and cities.  The rest of us are no longer subsidizing the high mortgage and high tax rates of much of blue state America.  I love it that over half of the homes in our Bay Area are now subject to tax increases due to the limit on mortgage interest deductions.  This means that they will pay more in taxes on a 1500 sq ft 3 BR 2 bath 2car garage tiny yard tract house than we will on a 4,000 sq ft. 5 bedroom 4 bath home with a three car garage and a pool and 1/2 an acre. 

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
3.1.1  Studiusbagus  replied to  Heartland American @3.1    5 months ago
The only people paying more taxes than before are wealthy people in high real estate value mostly blue areas and high state and local tax blue states and cities.

And that's not true either..

UNREIMBURSED EMPLOYEE EXPENSES

Anyone that drives their car or has to provide their own safety equipment, clothing, maint. of the clothing, tools not provided by the employer, hotels and meals not provided by the employer....can no longer deduct these expenses.

How conveniently you left that out...

Driving my car alone was 90,000 miles a year was a deduction of $30,000 off my income. Cleaning my suits, another $2000 off, hotels and meals another $3000.

That's $35,000 income adjustment loss no matter where you live.

Just more right wing propaganda being pushed by the usual liars and propagandists.

 
 
 
Steve Ott
3.1.2  Steve Ott  replied to  Heartland American @3.1    5 months ago

So your just going to forget about how the author left out the part about the index being the same for 17 years?

When I was a kid, I used to love picking cherries.

 
 
 
Split Personality
4  Split Personality    5 months ago

How many times have you reminded us that polls are useless?

Remember Hillary?  The polls said she was going to win the last Presidential election, no contest, because the polls said so.....almost unanimously.

How can you possibly trust any poll now?

 
 
 
Heartland American
4.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Split Personality @4    5 months ago

IBD and Rasmussen polls have almost always been reliable enough to trust most of the time.  

 
 
 
JohnRussell
5  JohnRussell    5 months ago
Our guess is that if the press were to let up even a little on the 24/7 criticism of Trump

My guess is that some in the media feel an obligation to report on a pathological liar.

Here's a tip for you HA, Trump will never be "let up on". Nor is there the slightest reason why he should be "let up on". 

If he had a shred of decency he would resign tomorrow morning and stop embarrassing the hell out of this country every day. 

 
 
 
Heartland American
5.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  JohnRussell @5    5 months ago

And we who support him will double triple and quadruple down on our support of him and his presidency in direct proportion to the intensity of what  you describe.  We will not go quietly into the night.  The more heat your side turns up the louder and more outspoken and devout our support for him will be.  

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
5.1.1  Studiusbagus  replied to  Heartland American @5.1    5 months ago

But does your side have to constantly lie ?

Obviously so.

 
 
 
Heartland American
5.1.2  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Studiusbagus @5.1.1    5 months ago

My side tells the truth unlike what your side does.  It’s your side that rarely does that. 

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
5.1.3  Studiusbagus  replied to  Heartland American @5.1.2    5 months ago
My side tells the truth unlike what your side does.  It’s your side that rarely does that. 

Way too many debunked seeds to make that proclamation..

And when busted for the untruths the seed gets abandoned or locked to escape being busted. 

More than one player on the right uses these tactics. Then of course there's so many right wing commentors that will drop lies in seeds and never return with a link to prove it....

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
5.1.4  Studiusbagus  replied to  Heartland American @5.1.2    5 months ago
My side tells the truth unlike what your side does.  It’s your side that rarely does that. 

Funny! Because the Republicans have been under court supervision for 30 years for their dishonesty

 
 
 
Heartland American
5.1.5  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Studiusbagus @5.1.4    5 months ago

Which Republicans? Where? On what grounds? 30 years would be the late 1980s show us a link please.

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
5.1.6  Studiusbagus  replied to  Heartland American @5.1.5    5 months ago

No problem....

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/550052/The Republican Party Emerges From Decades of Court Supervision

The Republican Party Emerges From Decades of Court Supervision

It would have been over long before this except the kept getting caught suppressing voters.

 
 
 
bbl-1
6  bbl-1    5 months ago

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The Magic Eight Ball
6.1  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  bbl-1 @6    5 months ago
Things are getting better for the Russian Oligarchy

that's funny...

5.3 million new jobs

if trump keeps this pace he will oversee the creation of pert near 20million jobs in 8yrs 

 and beat obamas 8yr job creation numbers in just 4yrs.

newsflash....   people vote for the economy, not the gossip.

some might say, obama just set the bar so low that even trump could jump over it.

I'm sure putin is just thrilled about our economy, stronger military, and generally happier people

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bbl-1
6.1.1  bbl-1  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @6.1    5 months ago

So, you are saying that Deripaska is not pleased?

FSB home base?

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.1.2  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @6.1    5 months ago

I just got back from my tax preparation man before the President began speaking and he confirmed for a fact that I will get back $1,700.00 more in state and federal refunds a couple weeks than I would have under the old tax code.  I’m well pleased.  

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.1.3  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @6.1    5 months ago

Not to mention what our energy exports are doing to their economy and global influence. 

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
6.1.4  Studiusbagus  replied to  Heartland American @6.1.3    5 months ago
Not to mention what our energy exports are doing to their economy and global influence. 

Which is nothing.

And if that were really the case, Canada would be screaming right now. 

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
6.1.5  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Heartland American @6.1.2    5 months ago

Nice that somebody will. I am retired/disabled military living on a fixed income and I have to pay on both state and feferal. The new tax deal screwed me...

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.1.6  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @6.1.5    5 months ago

How did that happen?  The doubling of the per child tax credit and the standard deduction for head of household meant I didn’t even have to itemize.  

 
 
 
bbl-1
6.2  bbl-1  replied to  bbl-1 @6    5 months ago

Badfish.  Off topic my butt.

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.2.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  bbl-1 @6.2    5 months ago

jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gifYour butt is most definitely off-topic.

 
 
 
bbl-1
6.2.2  bbl-1  replied to  Heartland American @6.2.1    5 months ago

Nope.  That is the only topic that matters.

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.2.3  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  bbl-1 @6.2.2    5 months ago

Is it offering breath mints to everyone?  

 
 
 
bbl-1
6.2.4  bbl-1  replied to  Heartland American @6.2.3    5 months ago

I see you've forgotten 'the topic' already.

Breath mints?  As required I suppose.

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.2.5  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  bbl-1 @6.2.4    5 months ago

The topic is the increased standard of living for most Americans due to the strong economy that Trump and his policies helped to generate that he is presiding over. Had you questioned the judgement of any of the other moderators you would have received a lightning bolt from their domain at the gates of Hades.  🌩 🌩 🔥 

 
 
 
bbl-1
6.2.6  bbl-1  replied to  Heartland American @6.2.5    5 months ago

Americas standard of living is not improving.  To suggest that it is---is pure propaganda.  Water systems, sewage systems, roads and many other structural things are failing. 

 
 
 
XDm9mm
6.2.7  XDm9mm  replied to  bbl-1 @6.2.6    5 months ago
Water systems, sewage systems, roads and many other structural things are failing. 

Then I suggest you speak with the LOCAL and STATE governments responsible for those "structural things".   

However, I don't know and don't care where you live, but here in Texas, San Antonio specifically, our roads are relatively good and TxDOT is currently expanding vast amounts of highways from border to border, north to south, east to west.   Locally, our sewage system is in great shape and is expanding to accomodate the additional growth, and with the exception of the occasional pipe break, or water system is excellent, and we're putting in a major pipeline to another source of potable water for the future.

 
 
 
MUVA
6.2.8  MUVA  replied to  bbl-1 @6.2.6    5 months ago

Speak for yourself I live in VA my is going up all the time. 

 
 
 
Split Personality
6.2.9  Split Personality  replied to  XDm9mm @6.2.7    5 months ago

Well, they are expending money on highways like drunken sailors whether it's on 35, 820, 287, 45 or the new ( awesome, but expensive)  express lanes throughout Dallas Fort Worth.

TXDOT is  taking flying bridges and ramps to new levels.

But as a state?  The regular surface roads are miserable, and as a long term PA resident, I know miserable.

Texas?  South Carolina's maintenance of sand roads is better than the average residential street/road in Texas.

I have lived in over 9 states and Texas is the least impressive, especially for a state that lacks any appreciable snowfall or tectonic activity.

No wonder that there are more than 4 million pickup trucks in TX already and that number keeps growing.

(We don't want to be second to CA in anything, lol)

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.2.10  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  XDm9mm @6.2.7    5 months ago

It’s true that the federal government has built infrastructure but it is up to state and local government to maintain them once built.  California sucks at that. 

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.2.11  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Split Personality @6.2.9    5 months ago

In the part of California I live in pickups and SUV’s are by far the two post popular kinds of vehicles on our highways and streets.  I contribute an SUV to those numbers as my sole vehicle.  

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
6.2.12  Studiusbagus  replied to  Heartland American @6.2.3    5 months ago
Is it offering breath mints to everyone?

If someone else's butt is handing you a breath mint....

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.2.13  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Studiusbagus @6.2.12    5 months ago

We will leave the pet detecting to you Ace.  

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
6.2.14  Studiusbagus  replied to  Heartland American @6.2.13    5 months ago

Not sure what Ace Ventura has to do with the irony that a butt would give someone a breath mint it's really gotta be bad.

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.2.15  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Studiusbagus @6.2.14    5 months ago

Bbl-1 first introduced butt into the conversation in 6.2 above.  

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
6.2.16  Studiusbagus  replied to  Heartland American @6.2.15    5 months ago

I know that...and you asked if his butt was handing out breath mints....I thought. "Man! Someone's breath has to really be bad if a butt is handing you a breath mint"

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
7  The Magic Eight Ball    5 months ago
The public's quality of life has improved sharply in the past two years

one would have to be deaf, dumb, and blind not to see that from a mile away.

the silence from antifa and blm since trump was elected is priceless.

seen any cities burning lately?  not since obama was in office... go figure... LOL

and the cure was so simple.

step 1 - no more taxpayer dollars to violent leftwingnuts

step 2- no more support from a corrupt doj for violent leftwingnuts

step 3 - just lock them up

it is amazing how quiet things have gotten since the lefts brownshirts got defunded and charged with felonies...

 

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @7    5 months ago

Antifa and BLM need to be confronted every time they attack others physically or with hate speech.  

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
7.2  Studiusbagus  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @7    5 months ago
the silence from antifa and blm since trump was elected is priceless.

seen any cities burning lately?  not since obama was in office... go figure... LOL

and the cure was so simple

You don't see antifa because the "fine people" of unite the white got their asses kicked and the leaders fled as well as went bankrupt. 

No assholes, no antifa.

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.2.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Studiusbagus @7.2    5 months ago

I have access to numerous videos of Antifa starting crap with other groups and fleeing with their tails between their legs after getting their butts kicked after they started the crap.  

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
7.2.2  Studiusbagus  replied to  Heartland American @7.2.1    5 months ago

Yeah, sure you do.

 
 
 
Heartland American
7.3  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @7    5 months ago

 
 
 
charger 383
8  charger 383    5 months ago

There are a few things I don't like but the economy has been doing great, 

 
 
 
Heartland American
8.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  charger 383 @8    5 months ago

Agreed.  Now is time to get spending and deficits under control. 

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
8.1.1  Studiusbagus  replied to  Heartland American @8.1    5 months ago
Now is time to get spending and deficits under control. 

Both of which he has already screwed.

 
 
 
Heartland American
8.1.2  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Studiusbagus @8.1.1    5 months ago

Most of that damage was done during the eight years of economic terror of the Obama regime.  

 
 
 
lady in black
8.1.3  lady in black  replied to  Heartland American @8.1.2    5 months ago

The damage is being done now, the US is a laughing stock to the rest of the world because of the loud mouth asshole that inhabits the white house.

 
 
 
KDMichigan
8.1.4  KDMichigan  replied to  lady in black @8.1.3    5 months ago
the loud mouth asshole that inhabits the white house.

You will be happy to learn that Obama's tenure was up two years ago. He left the white House and took that ungrateful bitch with him.

 
 
 
lady in black
8.1.5  lady in black  replied to  KDMichigan @8.1.4    5 months ago

Whataboutism at its finest.....trump is the worst president ever.

 
 
 
Jack_TX
8.1.6  Jack_TX  replied to  lady in black @8.1.3    5 months ago
The damage is being done now, the US is a laughing stock to the rest of the world because of the loud mouth asshole that inhabits the white house.

First, we are the laughing stock of the world because we're fat, ignorant, and behave idiotically when we travel abroad.

Second, I don't give a single percent of a shit what other countries think of us.  

 
 
 
lady in black
8.1.7  lady in black  replied to  Jack_TX @8.1.6    5 months ago

Nope, all on trump and his asinine ways.

 
 
 
KDMichigan
8.1.8  KDMichigan  replied to  lady in black @8.1.5    5 months ago
Whataboutism at its finest..

WTF you talking about? You expressed a opinion as did I.

I think you have no clue what whataboutism means.

So please tell us how Trump hurt you other than you didn't get the anointed hag Hillaryious Hillary as your President?

 
 
 
lady in black
8.1.9  lady in black  replied to  KDMichigan @8.1.8    5 months ago

He is hurting this country with all his bullshit and lies.  And once again, what does Hillary have to do with this seed, not a fucking thing, like I said, whataboutism.

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
8.1.10  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  lady in black @8.1.9    5 months ago
He is hurting this country with all his bullshit and lies

actually, that would be the left...  "russia russia russia"

but the upcoming criminal indictments for FISA abuse will sort that out soon enough.

cheers :)

 
 
 
lady in black
8.1.11  lady in black  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @8.1.10    5 months ago

Psst....did I mention the r word...nope 

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
8.1.12  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  lady in black @8.1.11    5 months ago

 

I was speaking of the left in general.  psst... I never said you said it.

trumps economy is twice that of obamas and the lefts bs narrative is just about done.

 cheers :)

 

 
 
 
Heartland American
8.1.13  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  lady in black @8.1.5    5 months ago

America is a great country and Trump is a great President.  He created a booming economy.  

 
 
 
Heartland American
8.1.14  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @8.1.12    5 months ago

There are some here who bring up Russia every time anyone says anything at all positive about Trump and his American presidency.  

 
 
 
Jack_TX
8.1.15  Jack_TX  replied to  lady in black @8.1.7    5 months ago
Nope, all on trump and his asinine ways.

You're proving my point.

 
 
 
Jack_TX
8.1.16  Jack_TX  replied to  lady in black @8.1.9    5 months ago
He is hurting this country with all his bullshit and lies.

How?  Be specific.

And please do offer something less ridiculous than the feelings of foreigners.

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
8.1.17  Studiusbagus  replied to  Heartland American @8.1.13    5 months ago
He created a booming economy.  

No, he didn't. He rode the coat tails.

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
8.1.18  Studiusbagus  replied to  Heartland American @8.1.2    5 months ago
Most of that damage was done during the eight years of economic terror of the Obama regime.  

Nice try and a good attempt to deflect.

Obama had nothing to do with a tax reform that is creating a damning dericit. 

Nothing to do with throwing billions of dollars at a tech company that took the money and then said 1/3 the jobs promised by Trump.  And the tech company can back it up in the agreement....Trump can't back up shit because he lied.

Throwing money at United Technologies...still went to Mexico...he lied.

Then the big bullshitting about the Tariffs which has wreaked havoc on the market and the economy.

Now he's fucking up local economies he lied about crime in el Paso .....how many real estate deals got dinged overnight?

The right is fucking up the country.

 
 
 
Tessylo
8.1.19  Tessylo  replied to  lady in black @8.1.3    5 months ago

Complete White Trash in the now White Trash House.  

 
 
 
Heartland American
8.1.20  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Tessylo @8.1.19    5 months ago

 It is exactly that kind of a statement in opinion that is expressed in blue state America that has created the intensity of the deplorables strong support for our president. He has done an excellent job and the more intense the attacks on him and us the stronger our bonds of support for him are .

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
8.1.21  Studiusbagus  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @8.1.10    5 months ago
but the upcoming criminal indictments for FISA abuse will sort that out soon enough

Hahahahaha! 

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
8.1.22  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  Studiusbagus @8.1.21    5 months ago
Hahahahaha!

yepp... I find it very funny also.

https://oig.justice.gov/press/2018/2018-03-28b.pdf

people will be going to jail over that. (and they know it)

 

cheers :)

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
8.1.23  Studiusbagus  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @8.1.22    5 months ago
people will be going to jail over that.

Uh huh.....hahaha!

 
 
 
Heartland American
8.1.25  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Studiusbagus @8.1.23    5 months ago

My seed today about McCabe and the deepstate will expose the extent of the deep state corruption in their attempt to take out Trump and veto the wishes of 30 states and 304 electoral votes.  

 
 
 
Heartland American
8.1.26  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  lady in black @8.1.3    5 months ago

What you seem to hope for and wish to be true is not happening.  No one is laughing at America now.  That all ceased on Jan. 20, 2017.  Now our friends respect us and our enemies fear us.  

 
 
 
lady in black
8.1.27  lady in black  replied to  Heartland American @8.1.26    5 months ago

Keep your head buried in the sand and/or up trump's butt:

Best description of the moron in the White House yet, and from a Brit!

“Stolen from a friend. The best description of Trump I have ever read, from a Brit.

Someone on Quora asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?" Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote this magnificent response.

A few things spring to mind.

Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.

For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace - all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.

So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing - not once, ever.

I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility - for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.

But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is - his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.

And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults - he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.

There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.

Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.

Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.

And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.

Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.

He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.

He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully.

That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.

There are unspoken rules to this stuff - the Queensberry rules of basic decency - and he breaks them all. He punches downwards - which a gentleman should, would, could never do - and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless - and he kicks them when they are down.

So the fact that a significant minority - perhaps a third - of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think 'Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:
* Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.
* You don't need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.

This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.

After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.

God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.

He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.

In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws - he would make a Trump.

And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:

'My God… what… have… I… created?

If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set."

 
 
 
Heartland American
8.1.28  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  lady in black @8.1.7    5 months ago

Trump is doing a great 👍 right now.  He’s accomplished a lot for America.  Our success is all onTrump And his highly intelligent and brilliant ways.  

 
 
 
lady in black
8.1.29  lady in black  replied to  Heartland American @8.1.28    5 months ago

Trump sucks and he is bringing America down with him.

 
 
 
Heartland American
8.1.30  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  lady in black @8.1.29    5 months ago

Yep.  He has America’s inflation rate down low. Interest rates?  Check he’s got those way down still too.  Unemployment?  He’s got America’s unemployment rate at historically low levels as well as the rates for the least educated, and for all minority groups.  Trump has brought somethings in America down low.  

 
 
 
Heartland American
9  seeder  Heartland American    5 months ago

Please do not unlock any of the seeds yet that are locked I am about to go out again on an errand for another family member also without power to make a food delivery hopefully when I return from that the power will be on in my own home and then we can get back to this again 

 
 
 
Heartland American
9.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Heartland American @9    5 months ago

OK I have returned from my mission and what a site.  Lots of downed trees some downed powerline’s and slow driving.   Thousands of homes will be without power another night. Anyway I’m back for a while.

 
 
 
Studiusbagus
9.1.1  Studiusbagus  replied to  Heartland American @9.1    5 months ago

Glad to know you and yours are safe.

 
 
 
Heartland American
9.1.2  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Studiusbagus @9.1.1    5 months ago

Thanks....

 
 
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