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Name: Ernie Ferguson
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All any salesperson has is their credibility

I've been a high level salesman and sold into the largest global accounts headquartered in the US. I was very, very successful.

The biggest weapon in my bag was my word--in other words my credibility.

When I went into sales I very quickly found out that there were only two types of sales people. The big talking braggarts (not always male) that would say or do anything to get the sale and the craftsman that quietly went about their work and brought in the big numbers.

I watched one of the best I've ever seen, JB, do his thing and it looked easy. He'd bring in a $50 million dollar contract and wouldn't even break a sweat. If he said something would happen it happened. The senior executives that wrote the big checks trusted him utterly.

That's who I wanted to be.

I recognize Trump as the bullshitter braggart.

Up until now he's been able to publicize successes and escape his failures. He just disappears them. He's been able to just leave his many, many failures behind.

Well, the world is watching. In under 3 months Trump has lost all credibility. Once you lose it you can only earn it back with hard work and focus.

I don't think the old man has it in him anymore. I think he's an empty suit. So do a lot of our adversaries.

This is bad position for the US to be in. One our adversaries is going to try him and us very soon. His weakness makes us weak and invites challenge.

Things are unfortunately going to get worse.
Posted by Moral Compass | Tue Mar 28, 2017, 11:09 PM (0 replies)

When in doubt escalate!

Trump knows only one mode--attack. Problem is that doesn't really work in a legislative setting and you have little or no leverage against the people you are trying to manipulate.

The, Republicans, under the brilliant generalship of Paul Ryan (Policy Wonk Extraordinaire) have created a lose/lose situation. Their constituents are furiously against repeal of the ACA without a plan that is better and cheaper. The "plan" they've come up with is not only not better but it is likely to not be anywhere remotely cheaper.

So, if they don't vote for this catastrophe they'll get primaried by the well funded manic right. If they do vote for it their voters will vote them out of office.

Neither one is attractive.

The Freedom Caucus will not be satisfied until we are right back to where we were before the ACA--pre-existing condition exclusions, maximum lifetime benefits, no keeping adult children on parents policies until 26--and no subsidies dammit! Anything else is rampant socialism.

The moderates (yes, they do still exist) would like to keep all the good things about the ACA, but just call it something else.

Trump will push and I'm pretty confident he's going to end up with egg on this face. Although I could be wrong and they may pass this out of the House. The Senate could be crazy enough to approve it.

Problem is even if this ends up on his desk and he signs it--it's pure poison. Welcome to politics, Donnie Boy!
Posted by Moral Compass | Thu Mar 23, 2017, 11:57 PM (0 replies)

Too bad Trump has no shame

Trump is a rich spoiled brat (even at 70) and has no sense of shame.

If he had a sense of shame he would have slunk off the world stage decade ago.

His subsequent performance with Angela Merkel is a case in point. He managed to act like a surly 13 year old during much of the visit. Even refusing to shake her hand.

Posted by Moral Compass | Fri Mar 17, 2017, 10:34 PM (1 replies)

Spot on

The only way the Democrats win in 2018 is by offering a stark contrast to the Republican agenda.

The problem is and has been that the Democratic Party seems to offer only a slight difference these days. The interests that fund them are often the same as those that fund the Republicans.

A key example. Even now, the Democrats are still doggedly defending the ACA, a result of an attempt at a plan the Republicans could and would sign on to. After all, the very genesis of the ACA was from a paper presented to the Heritage Foundation. A version of it was implemented by Romney in Massachusetts and proved very popular.

But the Republicans didn't sign on.

But rather than up the ante and go for single payer or the public option the Democrats are fighting a rear guard action to keep the ACA alive when it needs to be dramatically revamped.

Why? Well, because the Democrats are as beholden to the health insurance industry as any Republican.

The Republicans, however, seem unafraid to just blow everything all to hell.

The only two that are aggressively proposing real solutions to real problems are Bernie Sanders (not a Democrat) and Elizabeth Warren.

Those who do not propose do not dispose.

The Democrats need to start proposing bills that are radical and practical and make a lot of noise about them. What, after all, do we have to lose?
Posted by Moral Compass | Fri Mar 17, 2017, 01:59 PM (0 replies)

My condolences

It is always hard to lose a parent. She sounds like she was an exceptional woman.
Posted by Moral Compass | Fri Mar 17, 2017, 01:16 PM (1 replies)

An idiot defending an idiot

Posted by Moral Compass | Thu Mar 16, 2017, 08:25 PM (1 replies)

Absolutely correct.

Unfortunately, this is spot on.

I've seen a number of posts here talking about how the momentum is building to remove Trump from power and I'm seeing the exact opposite. I see a lot of impotent bitching and moaning and complaining and exclamations of horror.

What I don't see is that there is anyone in the Republican Party that is a patriot any longer. The game is about money and power and that is all that matters to them. Most of their constituents feel exactly the same way. As long as they are on the winning side and get to call the shots they don't care if our entire system crumbles. It all comes down to who's ox is getting gored.

And, right now it is ours. But we don't have the power and we let the entire system be rigged against us to the point that the majority no longer rules in this country.

To turn this around is going to require a mobilization of progressive voters unlike anything before in the history of the United States.
Posted by Moral Compass | Sat Mar 11, 2017, 12:53 PM (1 replies)

Good one

I love the voice of ignorance and privilege. Chaffetz apparently hasn't even met any poor people.

I've been poor, but without the additional problem of being from the lower classes (yes,Virginia, class exists in America and always has), or worse yet being black, brown, immigrant. Or a combination of the two.

What you find, if you are poor, is that many are extraordinarily, kind, patient, and hard working. The amount of crap they calmly take in one year is many thousands of times what Chaffetz has or ever will experience.

I do not doubt that we could find a few examples of someone spending money on an iphone and not been able to pay the rent. But you wouldn't find many. We all do things that we shouldn't and decide to let the future take care of itself. But most of the time, they hang on to their money and make sure they can keep living inside. Healthcare?

Until the ACA it simply wasn't possible for many millions in the US. So, yes, these people without insurance went to urban hospital emergency rooms. Well, the ACA allowed millions to purchase health insurance. At the same time the ACA allowed millions lucky enough to be in the right states (not Texas) to qualify for Medicaid.

But there's a new sheriff in town and all this damn coddling of the teeming, undeserving poor will stop. Don't let them catch you with a new phone, a television, a car--God has decided to punish you for your poverty. You should suffer as you labor.
Posted by Moral Compass | Tue Mar 7, 2017, 07:22 PM (0 replies)

True Conservatives

True conservatives want more cruelty. Obamacare Lite is not sufficiently cruel. It doesn't simply end Medicaid. After all, Jesus said the poor don't want healthcare according to one Kansas representative (must be in a book of the New Testament that didn't make the Nicean cut).

People voted for these guys and gals and probably will again. Because somewhere there may be a brown or black person who is gaming the system and is getting something they're not. Because abortion. Because Hillary. Because Benghazi. Because WTF why not? Because Democrat bad. Republican good. Because a black guy was President.

A republic is not sustainable if most of the voting age populace is utterly ignorant. We have reached that tipping point.

Posted by Moral Compass | Tue Mar 7, 2017, 01:10 PM (0 replies)

Very fluent in bullshit

I couldn't stand to listen so I read the text.

If you can believe this then you might as well start believing in unicorns and pixie dust.

I mean seriously?

That some of the punditry are saying this was presidential is dismaying.

He can't do any of this--except the VOICE stuff. That he'll do.

God, we are so screwed.
Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Mar 1, 2017, 08:44 PM (1 replies)
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