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Old 04-27-2011, 04:04 PM   #226
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"I want them too.”

That was Donald Trump’s pithy response last December to Fox News personality Brian Kilmeade’s question regarding Trump’s position on whether or not to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for people earning more than $200,000 a year.

During last year’s debate over the tax cuts, the potential 2012 presidential candidate was outspoken in his opposition to President Barack Obama’s effort to deny an extension.

“He’s taking away a lot of incentives from a lot of people that produce a lot of taxes,” Trump told Fox News, explaining that Obama’s proposal would drive the wealthy out of the country. “It creates the wrong image. You really have to keep the taxes down.”

Ten years earlier, when Trump was also floating a run for the White House, he was singing a different tune.

The first proposal unveiled by his exploratory presidential campaign in 2000 was to impose a one-time 14.25 percent tax on the assets of people and trusts worth $10 million or more -- raising $5.7 trillion to help balance the deficit in one year and ensure the stability of the Social Security Trust Fund for decades to come.

In his book “The America That We Deserve” and in numerous interviews, he touted the proposal. He told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on November 18, 1999:


"I would tax people of wealth -- of great wealth, people over $10 million, by 14.25 percent. This tax would raise approximately $5.7 trillion, which happens to be our national debt. We would now save $200 billion a year in interest costs, which would go toward lowering taxes for everybody and particularly the working middle class; getting rid of the estate tax and saving Social Security. The economy would boom. We'd have no debt. Hey, I know about debt probably as much as anybody. I've had too much, and I've had too little. And you know what? Too little is much better, believe me."

Conservative critics attacked the plan, using arguments similar to those made by Trump today to deride Obama’s proposal. Pat Buchanan, who was then Trump’s main opponent for the Reform Party nomination, said the tax proposal would prompt the wealthy to move their money out of the U.S. “I can’t think of a better idea to cause capital flight out of the United States,” Buchanan told the New York Times.

When a student at the University of Pennsylvania questioned Trump, also arguing that the tax would drive the wealthy to shift their assets, the developer dismissed those concerns:

"Well, I just think that the booming economy that we create by my plan would keep the money here because it's incentive. They're going to want to be where the action is. They're going to be -- want -- want to be where the good economy is. And they move their money around, hey, including me. You move your money around where the action is, and now it's a real world economy. But this country would be booming. We'd have no debt. It would be unbelievable."

Trump's office did not return a request for comment.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:44 PM   #227
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Poll: What kind of president would Donald Trump make? - USATODAY.com

WASHINGTON — Republicans may be ready for a fling with Donald Trump, but a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows they have reservations about installing him in the White House.

The real estate developer and reality TV star, who scores at the top in polls of the GOP field these days, falls to fourth when Republicans are asked to rate who among the contenders would be a “good” or “great” president in office.

Fifty percent of Americans, including 31% of Republicans, say Trump would make a “poor” or “terrible” president.

Trump is filling a huge void in the Republican Party right now, and he’s gathering a protest vote: protest against the way Washington works; protest with the establishment Republicans,” says Scott Reed, manager for Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign. “The jury is still out whether Trump can translate that into a real candidacy for president.”

His possible bid faces broad resistance: 63% of Americans, including 46% of Republicans, say they definitely will not vote for Trump for president. In comparison, 46% of Americans say they definitely will not vote for President Obama — significantly lower but itself a hurdle to winning the 2012 election.

Though Trump initially got attention by expressing doubts whether Obama was born in the USA, that issue is not driving his support. Among those who say they definitely or might vote for Trump, only about a third question whether the president was born in the USA.

Support from the “birthers” is stronger for Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. The issue has persisted even though Hawaii has released an official Certificate of Live Birth showing Obama was born there, a fact confirmed in non-partisan investigations by FactCheck.org and others.

Still, in the USA TODAY poll, only 38% of Americans say Obama definitely was born in the USA, and 18% say he probably was. Fifteen percent say he probably was born in another country, and 9% say he definitely was born elsewhere.

Republicans are inclined to say the president was born abroad by 43%-35%.

For what it’s worth, not everyone is convinced Trump was born in the USA either: 43% say he definitely was born here, and 20% say he probably was; 7% say he definitely or probably was born in another country. Nearly three in 10 say they don’t know enough to say.

The poll of 1,013 adults, taken Wednesday to Saturday, has a margin of error of +/–4 percentage points.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:16 PM   #229
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Donald Trump Suits And Ties Made In China | Mediaite

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Donald Trump has emerged in recent years as the nation’s foremost China basher, going after the Asian superpower for undervaluing its currency and for taking American manufacturing and jobs. So it’s at least ironic — and at most an example of gross hypocrisy — that Trump’s own line of men’s wear, the Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, is manufactured in China.
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The kind we deserve, if he actually were to run and get elected.
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can we now turn our national attention towards finding out if sarah palin is, in fact, the spawn of an eskimo and a polar bear?
And a moose. There's a moose in there somewhere.
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Winfrey asked Obama why he waited so long to release the full documentation.

"When it first came up, were you thinking, I hope I was born here?" Winfrey asked, according to a transcript provided by her production company.

"Can I just say? I was there, so I knew," Obama said. "I knew I had been born. I remembered it."

"Of course you did," Winfrey said.
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I'm actually kind of sorry they caved. Maybe if it had come with a harsher scolding.
exactly. i didn't want him to show it, it's no one's business. the more i hear about trump (like the suits made in china thing kramer vs. kramer mentioned, as well as wanting his precious tax cuts extended) the more i realise he's a huge hypocrite. the only people who should want him as president are that top 1%, the fact that only 63% say they wouldn't vote for him is sad. give it up, remaining 36%, you are NOT filthy rich and trump will NOT have your best interests at heart.
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Imagine if Paulie from the Sopranos fell into big money through real estate, then decided to run for office. You've just imagined the Trump presidency.
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exactly. i didn't want him to show it, it's no one's business.
I think Trump is a buffoon and a blowhard, and I think the birthers are a bunch of loons. At the same time, I can't agree that the nationality of someone running for (or holding the office of) President of the United States is no one's business. However, this "issue" had been settled by the President long ago. It's frustrating and aggravating that this became a huge distraction.

But, in the words of an Op-Ed piece from the Business Insider, perhaps the President just pulled a brilliant political move before our eyes. "Obama didn't end the craziness. He elevated the crazies. Bravo."
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"Obama didn't end the craziness. He elevated the crazies. Bravo."
Trump: 'I've done a great service to the American people'
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Did anybody see Lawrence O'Donnell tonight on MSNBC? I couldn't find any video yet, but try and catch the re-run tonight. He gave NBC a smack down for even associating with this clown (DT) and even asked them to fire him. The first 20 minutes are just him looking dead pan in to the camera pleading with the network. It was brilliant. He also had the lunatic Orly Taitz on at the end wanting to give her a chance to do a mea culpa since she is the mother of all birthers. He had to throw her off the show! It was classic!

I love you Lawrence!
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"Obama didn't end the craziness. He elevated the crazies. Bravo."

ah, judo master Obama strikes again. maybe?

well, it is true that when you engage the fringe you discredit them to the masses, and that's where 2012 will be won -- the independents.

if gas prices don't cause mass suicides first. sheesh.
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Did anybody see Lawrence O'Donnell tonight on MSNBC? I couldn't find any video yet, but try and catch the re-run tonight. He gave NBC a smack down for even associating with this clown (DT) and even asked them to fire him. The first 20 minutes are just him looking dead pan in to the camera pleading with the network. It was brilliant. He also had the lunatic Orly Taitz on at the end wanting to give her a chance to do a mea culpa since she is the mother of all birthers. He had to throw her off the show! It was classic!

I love you Lawrence!
If any body cares.. I found a clip of the Orly Taitz train wreck w/L.O.

Lawrence O'Donnell And Birther Orly Taitz Have Wild Shoutfest About Obama (VIDEO)
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He also hawks mattresses. Bet those are made in China too-and infested with bedbugs

And his wife hawks jewelry on QVC-made in China. They need the money.
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