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About alexey

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  1. Those agencies were so good at protecting the people that the people forgot why they were created in the first place. the thing is, we are getting better at changing the environment and changes that we are making are more subtle. It used to be, dump tons of some bad stuff into the river, the river catches fire, oops let's do something. Now things are not as obvious.
  2. Cutting Endocrine disruptors funding from 300 to 10 mil - wtf? That is very important stuff!! BPA is an example. I suspect foul play. Somebody must have some friends in the chemicals business. Cough cough koch.
  3. Sure, as observed from the outside. From the inside, their priorities may look like this: 1) reducing the size and power of the government bureaucracy. 2) as a result of 1), reducing the spending and tax burden, letting people keep more of their hard earned money, freedom from government telling people what to do. 3) safety and security of Americans. Just presenting a different spin on it - not agreeing with these and not saying these make sense or anything like that.
  4. Look at that warm, relatable, kind looking woman, how could he refuse to meet with her?
  5. Right. So money paid out by my insurance, how is that classified in the "out of pocket vs other people" graph? I do not know how to compare cost control of companies vs customers. They control costs in very different ways.
  6. I wonder how much of this is due to an aging population getting on Medicare. also, when I pay into my insurance, and then my insurance pays for my services - is that classified as "other people's money"?
  7. Agreed. As an optimist, I'd like to think that there is some space for success using an approach that's more aggressive than Obama's extra careful non-interventionism. As long as the commander in chief allows Mathis and co to do the work, of course... it's scary to think where we might end up if he starts overruling them in defense matters.
  8. Hey look at the bright side - Pentagon gives the plans and options for Trump to pick from. We have competent people there.
  9. "from implementing some of his policies" is the key here. Some people may say that the difference lies in GOP focusing on opposing Obama first and his policies as a result of that, not the other way around.
  10. Pelosi on working with Trump: It's better than saying "we will oppose him no matter what". They are not saying that their job is to make Trump fail.
  11. Schumer on working with Trump:
  12. Elizabeth Warren pledging to work with Trump on things she cares about.
  13. As a matter of fact that ovation is still standing.
  14. I think it's important for trump to be liked and respected. That might incline him to try and deliver on some promises that he made. im concerned about a trade war with China though. Low and middle income Americans depend on cheap household goods. A trade war with China could raise prices on those, effectively creating a regressive tax.
  15. Obama was more of a "speak softly and carry a big stick" kind of guy. His soft speaking could be interpreted as weak or apologetic. Trump has a different style. "America first" sounds great. Lets just make sure we are not focusing too much on the short term. Obama did a lot of forward looking things that have long term benefits, but those things could be interpreted as him having wrong priorities.