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Tight races across the U.S. as more polls close in battle for Congress

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Trump agenda: jobs, no illegal aliens, low taxes. Democrat agenda: less jobs, higher taxes, more illegal aliens. Tough choice...

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Trump agenda: More power for the executive (forget the balance and separation of powers); Corporatocracy led by WASP's; keep burning gas and oil to make oil producing nations and corporations richer; make big war industries richer; no regard for the environment; reduce taxes for the richest now, make future generations pay more.

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Rohrabacher: My hopefully to be soon ex-representative.

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Trump agenda: jobs, no illegal aliens, low taxes. Democrat agenda: less jobs, higher taxes, more illegal aliens. Tough choice...

Pretty straight forward, you want to go back to the Dem days and pay higher taxes, regulations, not business friendly, have record unemployment again or do you want the Republican way of keeping more what you make maintain the prosperity, the job growth and a pay less taxes and have more money in your pocket?

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Looking forward to the Dem meltdown videos. No expectation for videos to top the 2016 ones though.

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Trump agenda: More power for the executive (forget the balance and separation of powers); Corporatocracy led by WASP's; keep burning gas and oil to make oil producing nations and corporations richer; make big war industries richer; no regard for the environment; reduce taxes for the richest now, make future generations pay more.

A large number of Republicans will be reading along and nodding in agreement.

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do you want the Republican way of keeping more what you make maintain the prosperity, the job growth and a pay less taxes and have more money in your pocket?

The last Republican President Dan the economy off a cliff. However, you and your still unnamed non-partisan historians see his term in office as a success.

Is that the Republican success you are talking about?

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ran

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Looking forward to the Dem meltdown videos. No expectation for videos to top the 2016 ones though.

Looking forward to the Dems taking control of Congress and making life difficult for the orange idiot.

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It will be interesting to see how U.S. citizens will vote in the mid terms.

1: Continue President Trump's deregulation economic policies which have the got the people jobs?

2: Vote for Democratic economic policies which.........actually what are the Democratic Party's economic policies?

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Looking forward to the Dem meltdown videos. No expectation for videos to top the 2016 ones though.

A meltdown? Not a controlled explosion?

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The last Republican President Dan the economy off a cliff.

The last Democratic president oversaw when the lowest participation of the workforce in the lower sluggish economy, with the lowest GDP of 2.0% and under.

This is the Democrat failure I’m talking about?

For the record I am saying this right now “if” the Republicans lose the house I’m willing to live with that, that is something that they can easily regain control in two years, but the Senate, that is something that I’m more concerned about and hope that the Republicans can keep, which I think they will and pick up seats in the process.

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@fizzb Looking forward to the Dem meltdown videos.

Troll the dems/libs/left: cornerstone to the Trump platform, second only to "believe everything Trump and his fellow .01% ruling class elite say".

Trump agenda: demonize all non-WASPS, even those whose ancestors had been US residents and citizens for centuries, much longer than Trump's family.

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The economy is on a roll and people would vote against that?

Fat chance.......

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A meltdown? Not a controlled explosion?

Here we go. Let the meltdowns begin.

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@Bass

You seem to be avoiding the fact that the Bush years saw the biggest financial crash in 80 years. An unmitigated disaster.

Yet you and your unnamed non-partisan historians still see these years as a success. I don’t understand how you keep talking about the economy when you clearly don’t see the economy as the major metric of judging success. The Bush years were an economic disaster far, far worse than the Obama years.

It’s very confusing.

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The economy is on a roll and people would vote against that?

Fat chance.......

Economics is not really taught in the schools nowadays, that’s why some of the younger kids don’t understand it they think taking someone else’s money is the best way to the road of prosperity

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Economics is not really taught in the schools nowadays, that’s why some of the younger kids don’t understand it they think taking someone else’s money is the best way to the road of prosperity

Such as the 'party of fiscal responsibility' running up projected trillion dollar yearly deficits for as long as the eye can see to fund a tax break to the richest 1%.

Yup, hate stealing other people's money to line the 1%'s pockets.

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Fear and intimidation to rule a country only work for so long before the majority of the populace tire of the eternal fear mongering and bullying with no positive results to see as a result. We have reached that point though a little later than most dictatorships.

Whether you vote red or blue, you make a statement. It's up to the majority to decide which statement they are willing to tolerate for four years or more.

Trump says it is a referendum about him. Of course it is. He will go down in history as the most ignorant, hateful, misinformed, bigoted president in American history. The damage he has done to our country will take decades to combat and change.

America is resourceful because of all the refugees from every corner of the globe who have come to its' shores for over 300 years. We can overcome this also.

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 "Sometimes he comes across as insensitive but he’s saying what a lot of people are thinking."

That's probably true, and frightening.

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Trump agenda: jobs, no illegal aliens, low taxes. Democrat agenda: less jobs, higher taxes, more illegal aliens. Tough choice...

Translation from the Orange Language;

Trump Agenda:  more jobs (for Robert Mueller's team), no brown-skinned aliens, low taxes (for the top 1%) - and left unstated - Make Russia Great Again, more wars in the Middle East (two is not enough...), shred the Constitution, get rid of regulations on Wall Street, an assault rifle in every home, and easy access to porn stars and Playboy Bunnies...

Democrat Agenda:  Restore America's standing in the world, control the borders but treat immigrants with dignity and respect, protect Social Security and Medicare, keep Wall Street from crashing the economy again, expand the Affordable Care Act so everyone is covered, strengthen Alliances with friends and allies, free trade without tariffs, stand up to Putin.

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It will be interesting to see how my neighbors and others around the country actually vote.

I'm actually afraid of either outcome since none of the candidates on the ballot are worthy.

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Fear and intimidation to rule a country only work for so long

So you admit that liberals going around smashing windows, jumping on people, following them to restaurants, to their homes and attacking them physically it’s the wrong thing to do.

Whether you vote red or blue, you make a statement. It's up to the majority to decide which statement they are willing to tolerate for four years or more. 

I agree.

Trump says it is a referendum about him. Of course it is. He will go down in history as the most ignorant, hateful, misinformed, bigoted president in American history.

To the haters and half of the country, that is true, but for the other half, No.

America is resourceful because of all the refugees from every corner of the globe who have come to its' shores for over 300 years. We can overcome this also.

Yes, but a now it’s a different story, you have no wall, no borders, you have No country.

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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-economy-obama-economy-administration-claim-fact-check/

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/09/upshot/how-good-is-the-trump-economy-really.html

I love the trumpeting of the current economy and how people are suckered into manipulated data so a certain someone can take credit for something they had minimal impact on... 20 months of policy is not enough time to cause more than small ripples in the economy. The reality is that the majority of the current economy was a result of the economic policies from 2012-2016.  Also, the majority of people who have benefited from the "current economy" are people who invest in the stock market... the majority of Americans don't invest in the stock market and have not seen these benefits that people talk about.

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Today, we begin to take our country back.

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Here we go. Let the meltdowns begin.

The Governership of Guam has flipped to Democrat for the first time ever. Is this going to be an electoral meltdown for the Republican Party?

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Trump was elected to revive American prosperity and is now presiding over an economic boom. The first two years have been so good that his predecessor has lately been barnstorming the country trying to persuade voters that we’re still living in the Obama era. That is the sincerest form of political flattery.

 The Trump era has clearly exceeded voter expectations.

I would think if the democrats wanted any hope of taking the Presidency in 2020, the last thing they would want is taking control of the House for the next two years. Because they will spend that time wrecking the economy and making life difficult again, and almost guaranteeing no chance of them winning in 2020.

 On the other hand, if they don't take control of the House, Trump will continue doing an outstanding job, which also guarantees them no chance of winning the Presidency in 2020.

 This is not a good time to be a democrat.

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Hard to be too optimistic but based on early returns, this election could be more of a shocker than 2016.

Go RED!

MAGA

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Trump accused Democrats without offering any evidence of "openly encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overrun our country."

Thats all Trump has to offer , falsehoods which feed the public paranoia.

Sometimes he comes across as insensitive but he's saying what a lot of people are thinking."

The 'grabbing ...' comment comes to mind.

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I voted from abroad! But I heard in my state at least the absentee ballots are not counted unless the race is close.

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Predictions anyone? Let's leave the bickering for a couple hours and start prognosticating..

Senate 55 to 45 GOP

House 220 to 215 Democrat

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Seems, other than their own domestic elections, people around the world know about the US election process than any other country's elections

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Bass: have record unemployment again

I'm seeing that the GOP recession spiked unemployment to 10%, then Obama lowered it to 4.9%. I think you're just repeating criticism you've heard in the bubble but don't really know the numbers. Trump has dropped it from 4.9% to 3.7%, which is great.

with the lowest GDP of 2.0% and under

Well I'm guessing the -2.8% drop in Obama's first quarter might have had something to do with the great recession under Bush. After that Obama had 2.5% growth in 2010, Trump had 2.3% growth in 2017.

As for the deficit, Obama inherited a $1.4 trillion dollar deficit and reduced it to $665 billion. Trump has already raised it to nearly a trillion with no stimulus spending. Bush took a $318 billion deficit and turned it into over a trillion. Before that was Cllinton who turned a deficit into a surplus. Bush Sr. left with a bigger deficit.

So, that's reduced deficits under Obama and Clinton, and increased deficits under Trump. George Bush, and Bush Sr. Bubble dwellers will talk around this by mentioning total debt Obama added, which is obviously impacted by the stimulus spending. Trump can't say the same. If he continues his numbers will be close to Obama's with no recession to blame, just pure spending.

Total jobs added? Clinton is #1 with 18.6 million. Obama had 8.9 million. George Bush had 1.3 million. GHWB had just under 3 million. Reagan is the only one who can compete, and he wouldn't get elected by today's GOP.

Economics is not really taught in the schools nowadays, that’s why some of the younger kids don’t understand it they think taking someone else’s money is the best way to the road of prosperity

And this is a symptom of the problem. There's no financial data anywhere in his post, just empty catchphrases and stereotypes. "Republicans put people to work while Democrats put people out of work!" Well, ok, but here are the actual numbers. "Pfft, I don't have to read that liberal crap." It's just endless belief in stereotypes.

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"key races that will decide control of the U.S. Congress were still too close to call"

How is it even possible that any races would be too close to call. Are those Republicans that good and/or those Democrats that bad?

Predictions anyone?

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The traditional midterm shellacking for the presidents party is now underway.

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Well, no matter what happens, everyone's daily lives really won't change in much.

So there's that.

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Predictions anyone? Let's leave the bickering for a couple hours and start prognosticating..

If history holds true:

Senate: 51-49 Dems

House: 235-200 Dems

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@Superlib - I agree with your statement. One can only hope that something will bring the U.S. population back together again. I do not think the election will do that either.

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Amazing how richer and more educated people vote democratic!

https://www.politico.com/election-results/2018/florida/

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Fox is calling the House for Dems. But then when has Fox ever been right? hehe

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Been watching the election results.

No blue wave happening. Might not even be a blue ripple.

Historically, the sitting President looses control of the house. TV just said that has happened every mid-term election except 3.

Kemp was following Georgia Law. It is easy to find the statutes. I looked them up. Like it or not, he didn't have a choice. The validation of signatures was thrown out by a judge a few weeks ago, BTW. So that part of the law is invalid.

The Kemp voter card problem isn't about his ID. To use the voting machines in Georgia, after you are validated to be in the correct precinct, they hand you a key card to be inserted into the voting machine.

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Trump agenda: jobs, no illegal aliens, low taxes. Democrat agenda: less jobs, higher taxes, more illegal aliens. Tough choice.

No dango bango, it is more like vote for Russian enablers and traitors to the country, who SUPPRESS the vote because they know if more people vote, they will lose, which is why EVERY SINGLE republican have gone out of their way to deny people a chance to vote, even getting as insane as demanding an EXACT match in signatures. Even Kemp in Georgia (the master of this con job in Georgia) was denied a chance to vote for awhile because he didn’t have the right ID Lol. Amazing how you “conservatives” (fighters for FREEDOM) LOVE making your oligarchs still richer. What happens when they (the few oligarchs) own 98 percent of all real estate, an own all of the media (almost there now), and everyone is fighting over the two percent of resources and money, will you be happy then? I mean how many more trillions of dollars does McDonalds have to have STORED away in a bank before you say enough, maybe so that the clerks should have a “living wage”, instead of working three jobs to survive. Or maybe people should work 5 jobs, huh? Would you be happen THEN?

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Republicans keep senate majority according to NBC.

But Democrats will pick up 30+ seats in the house.

Cruz is being called the winner in Texas according to NBC. I'm not sure I believe that as close as it is with 21% of the count remaining in that race.

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Dems are getting creamed in the Senate. If they take the House, Nancy will be Speaker and Maxine will be Chairman of the Finance Services Committee. Now they both have health insurance and are super rich, they can be treated. But will they recover enough to be able to carry out their duties?

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Fox is calling the House for Dems. But then when has Fox ever been right? hehe

well its impossible to fool the masses with lies when the FACTS are staring the population in the face live on TV. Seems like the Dems will control the house, let see Trump and his master negotiating skills get any of policies through now, seems like hes in the same shoes Obama had to negotiate through his term.

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And this is a symptom of the problem. There's no financial data anywhere in his post, just empty catchphrases and stereotypes. "Republicans put people to work while Democrats put people out of work!" Well, ok, but here are the actual numbers. "Pfft, I don't have to read that liberal crap." It's just endless belief in stereotypes.

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/obama-trump-booming-economy/

*For eight years, President Obama presided over the worst economic recovery in modern times. For six years, he blamed Republicans in Congress for thwarting his spending agenda and hampering growth. In his last two years in office, he claimed that 2% growth was the best we could hope for. *

The problem with that was that Liberals were content with that, they were content with people taking them sells all the labor force, high school graduates giving up on finding full-time employment, but the Democrats counted part time employment as full employment when the majority of these part-time employment young people were living at home, which makes it a wash out, not to mention the baby boomer generation retiring at record numbers gave the illusion that the Obama economy was doing well when the exact opposite was happening. The most important thing for Democrats is to make sure government jobs flourish government salaries are paid at the maximum read it taxpayer pays the maximum which should never be the case.

And in his last year in office, while the economy was again stalling out, Obama claimed that Trump's tax cuts and deregulation would only make things worse.

Not only did not do that but in states where steel companies reopen another back in business have seen the 14 to 18% uptick in business.

The problem with Democrats is that they are very good at dishing out humanitarian aid, they are very good at income redistribution and spreading the wealth, but their record on creating jobs especially with in the private industry is less than a tractive and during the Obama years no major company was trying to come invest into the US market were stagnant, but the Democrats were OK with that. The problem with Democrats is that they are very good at dishing out humanitarian aid, they’re very good at income redistribution and spreading the wealth, raising taxes and implementing regulations across the board, but their record on creating jobs especially with in the private industry is less than attractive and during the Obama years no major company was trying to come invest into the US market we just are stagnant, but the Democrats were OK with that.

https://money.cnn.com/2018/07/29/investing/stocks-week-ahead-steel-tariffs-trade/index.html

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DeSantis and Cruz win. Great news!

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Trump will see many more investigations now.

Also, since the house leadership changes, that changes all the committee chairs to be dems too. I doubt Trump understands what has just happened.

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If the Democrats gain control of the house they will go after Trump like a bull at a gate. After finding nothing, they'll hand him a 2nd term.

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I don’t think that the Democrats understand what has just happened, controlling the Senate is the key to everything and now that they don’t have that, for the next two years no matter what they gonna have to deal with this president and they will never be able to unseat him, never.

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There seems to be unusually high support for Trump on JapanToday. Is this just me, or have others noticed this? Is this American military in Japan voicing conservative opinions? I am open to being proved wrong, but I meet no Trump supporters in daily life. Granted, that is my world that I create for myself and I will be around like-minded people, but over the past two years I seem to recall a surprising amount of support for Trump on this site.

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Gerrymandering and voter disenfranchisement are, indeed, powerful tools.

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Is this American military in Japan voicing conservative opinions?

In Japan there are dozens of thousands of active US military personnel, US military defense 'contractors', their dependents, and numerous others whose businesses cater to them. I assume many (most?) favor militaristic leaders like Trump and GOP politicians who want more military spending. They enjoy the job security that comes with being government employees and contractors.

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