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Trump ok with raising his initial projected tax rates on the"rich".
How long until he backtracks on the 2nd Amendment?

We screwed up royal not getting Cruz in..
dont fret....you arent even close to the type of rich he's talking about. LOL
He isnt go to be the perfect president but his is going to be the most pro-american president we have seen in a long time.
 

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dont fret....you arent even close to the type of rich he's talking about. LOL
I know you jest. But, it's not really the point. Do we really need another politician, especially under the GOP banner, who believes that raising taxes is the answer? When are these idiots going to try & curtail the size & scope of government?
 

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Time to stop scrutinizing Trump. He's far from perfect, but he's the only thing standing between us and hitlery.
I 100% disagree.

These questions will come up in any debate so he better be ready to answer them more substantially than he has:

21 Questions for Donald Trump. By David Cay Johnston.

1. You call yourself an "ardent philanthropist," but have not donated a dollar to The Donald J. Trump Foundation since 2006. You're not even the biggest donor to the foundation, having given about $3.7 million in the previous two decades while businesses associated with Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment gave the Trump Foundation $5 million. All the money since 2006 has come from those doing business with you. How does giving away other people's money, in what could be seen as a kickback scheme, make you a philanthropist?

2. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman successfully sued you, alleging your Trump University was an "illegal educational institution" that charged up to $35,000 for "Trump Elite" mentorships promising personal advice from you, but you never showed up and your "special" list of lenders was photocopied from Scotsman Guide, a magazine found at any bookstore. Why did you not show up?

3. You claimed The Learning Annex paid you a $1 million speaking fee, but on Larry King Live,you acknowledged the fee was $400,000 and the rest was the promotional value. Since you have testified under oath that your public statements inflate the value of your assets, can voters use this as a guide, so whenever you say $1, in reality it is only 40 cents?

4. The one-page financial statement handed out at Trump Tower when you announced your candidacy says you've given away $102 million worth of land. Will you supply a list of each of these gifts, with the values you assigned to them?

5. The biggest gift you have talked about appears to be an easement at the Palos Verdes, California, golf course bearing your name on land you wanted to build houses on, but that land is subject to landslides and is now the golf course driving range. Did you or one of your businesses take a tax deduction for this land that you could not build on and do you think anyone should get a $25 million tax deduction for a similar self-serving gift?

6. Trump Tower is not a steel girder high rise, but 58 stories of concrete. Why did you use concrete instead of traditional steel girders?

7. Trump Tower was built by S&A Concrete, whose owners were "Fat" Tony Salerno, head of the Genovese crime family, and Paul "Big Paul" Castellano, head of the Gambinos, another well-known crime family. If you did not know of their ownership, what does that tell voters about your management skills?

8. You later used S&A Concrete on other Manhattan buildings bearing your name. Why?

9. In demolishing the Bonwit Teller building to make way for Trump Tower, you had no labor troubles, even though only about 15 unionists worked at the site alongside 150 Polish men, most of whom entered the country illegally, lacked hard hats, and slept on the site. How did you manage to avoid labor troubles, like picketing and strikes, and job safety inspections while using mostly non-union labor at a union worksite - without hard hats for the Polish workers?

10. A federal judge later found you conspired to cheat both the Polish workers, who were paid less than $5 an hour cash with no benefits, and the union health and welfare fund. You testified that you did not notice the Polish workers, whom the judge noted were easy to spot because they were the only ones on the work site without hard hats. What should voters make of your failure or inability to notice 150 men demolishing a multi-story building without hard hats?

11. You sent your top lieutenant, lawyer Harvey I. Freeman, to negotiate with Ken Shapiro, the "investment banker" for Nicky Scarfo, the especially vicious killer who was Atlantic City's mob boss, according to federal prosecutors and the New Jersey State Commission on Investigation. Since you emphasize your negotiating skills, why didn't you negotiate yourself?

12. You later paid a Scarfo associate twice the value of a lot, officials determined. Since you boast that you always negotiate the best prices, why did you pay double the value of this real estate?

13. You were the first person recommended for a casino license by the New Jersey Attorney General's Division of Gaming Enforcement, which opposed all other applicants or was neutral. Later it came out in official proceedings that you had persuaded the state to limit its investigation of your background. Why did you ask that the investigation into your background be limited?

14. You were the target of a 1979 bribery investigation. No charges were filed, but New Jersey law mandates denial of a license to anyone omitting any salient fact from their casino application. Why did you omit the 1979 bribery investigation?

15. The prevailing legal case on license denials involved a woman, seeking a blackjack dealer license, who failed to disclose that as a retail store clerk she had given unauthorized discounts to friends. In light of the standard set for low-level license holders like blackjack dealers, how did you manage to keep your casino license?

16. In 1986 you wrote a letter seeking lenient sentencing for Joseph Weichselbaum, a convicted marijuana and cocaine trafficker who lived in Trump Tower and in a case that came before your older sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry of U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey, who recused herself because Weichselbaum was the Trump casinos and Trump family helicopter consultant and pilot. Why did you do business with Weichselbaum, both before and after his conviction?

17. Your first major deal was converting the decrepit Commodore Hotel next to Grand Central Station into a Grand Hyatt. Mayor Abe Beame, a close ally of your father Fred, gave you the first-ever property tax abatement on a New York City hotel, worth at least $400 million over 40 years. Since you boast that you are a self-made billionaire, how do you rationalize soliciting and accepting $400 million of welfare from the taxpayers?

18. You say that your experience as a manager will allow you to run the federal government much better than President Obama or Hilary Clinton. On Fortune Magazine's 1999 list of the 496 most admired companies, your casino company ranked at the bottom - worst or almost worst in management, use of assets, employee talent, long-term investment value, and social responsibility. Your casino company later went bankrupt. Why should voters believe your claims that you are a competent manager?

19. Your Trump Plaza casino was fined $200,000 for discriminating against women and minority blackjack dealers to curry favor with gambler Robert Libutti, who lost $12 million, and who insisted he never asked that blacks and women be replaced. Why should we believe you "love" what you call "the blacks" and the enterprise you seek to lead would not discriminate again in the future if doing so appeared to be lucrative?

20. Public records (cited in my book Temples of Chance) show that as your career took off, you legally reported a negative income and paid no income taxes. Will you release your tax returns? And if not, why not?

21. In your first bestselling book, The Art of the Deal, you told how you had not gotten much work done on your first casino, so you had crews dig and fill holes to create a show. You said one director of your partner, Holiday Inns, asked what was going on. "This was difficult for me to answer, but fortunately this board member was more curious than he was skeptical," you wrote. Given your admission that you used deception to hide your failure to accomplish the work, why should we believe you now?"
 

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Better get busy ..getting behind Trump ...or looked to be Humped ....

any of you marketing guys feel free to put that a a bumper sticker.
 

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I have said this before, I was not for Trump, but now I am. He is our only hope against Clinton.
 

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I have said this before, I was not for Trump, but now I am. He is our only hope against Clinton.
At this point, he is our only hope, but the pushback he got from fellow Republicans will be viewed as a walk in the park compared to when the Libreal Media and Hilderbeast get threw with him.

He had better study up and develop a solid persona and quit answering guided by his hourly emotional swings.
 

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"17. Your first major deal was converting the decrepit Commodore Hotel next to Grand Central Station into a Grand Hyatt. Mayor Abe Beame, a close ally of your father Fred, gave you the first-ever property tax abatement on a New York City hotel, worth at least $400 million over 40 years. Since you boast that you are a self-made billionaire, how do you rationalize soliciting and accepting $400 million of welfare from the taxpayers?"

I jumped to the middle of the questions at random and read this one. Why the 40 year figure? Is that purely to pump up the figure to $400,000,000 or is 40 years some kind of standard unit for economic types to go by?

If you can get a break of 10 million dollars a year in taxes and they're still collecting millions of dollars a year in taxes from you, you were being taxed too much.
 

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If you need to tax a hotel that much to make your budget, you're SPENDING too much.
 

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"17. Your first major deal was converting the decrepit Commodore Hotel next to Grand Central Station into a Grand Hyatt. Mayor Abe Beame, a close ally of your father Fred, gave you the first-ever property tax abatement on a New York City hotel, worth at least $400 million over 40 years. Since you boast that you are a self-made billionaire, how do you rationalize soliciting and accepting $400 million of welfare from the taxpayers?"

I jumped to the middle of the questions at random and read this one. Why the 40 year figure? Is that purely to pump up the figure to $400,000,000 or is 40 years some kind of standard unit for economic types to go by?

If you can get a break of 10 million dollars a year in taxes and they're still collecting millions of dollars a year in taxes from you, you were being taxed too much.
I'm not sure but maybe that is how long the abatement lasts? http://articles.lati...-trump-20110511

Donald Trump, the developer and would-be presidential candidate, portrays himself as a swashbuckling entrepreneur, shrewder and tougher than any politician, who would use his billionaire's skills to restore discipline to the federal government.

In his disdain of big government, however, Trump glances over an expensive irony: He built his empire in part through government largesse and connections.

From his first high-profile project in New York City in the 1970s to his recent campaigns to reduce taxes on property he owns around the country, Trump has displayed a consistent pattern. He courted public officials, sought their backing for government tax breaks under extraordinarily beneficial terms and fought any resistance to deals he negotiated.

He has boasted of manipulating government agencies, misleading officials in one case into believing he had an exclusive agreement to develop a property and then retroactively changing the development's accounting practices to shrink his tax bill. In New York, Trump was the first developer to receive a public subsidy for commercial projects under programs initially reserved for improving slum neighborhoods. Such incentives have now become the norm in the powerful New York real estate community.

Karen Burstein, a former auditor general of New York City, reviewed a major Trump project in the 1980s and concluded he had "cheated" the city out of nearly $2.9 million. Decades later, Burstein said she was still appalled at the way Trump operated.

"It's extraordinary to me that we elevated someone to this position of public importance who has openly admitted that he has used government's incompetence as a wedge to increase his private fortune," she said in a recent interview.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) fought Trump over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding that the developer wanted for a luxury apartment complex in Nadler's district.

"He sought to abuse the taxpayer and stretch the law," Nadler said. "He said he ought to get a massive government subsidy. I said, 'Listen, Mr. Trump, if you think this is a good project, you spend the money.' "

In a phone interview last week, Trump was unapologetic about pressing for government tax breaks, noting that he had used them not only for his own profit but to spur development in foundering parts of the city.

Referring to how he managed to win a 40-year tax abatement for rebuilding a crumbling hotel at Grand Central Station - a deal that in the first decade cost taxpayers $60 million - Trump said, "Someone said, 'How come you got 40 years.' I said, 'Because I didn't ask for 50.' "

He said his success at manipulating city and state governments was itself an argument for his presidential candidacy.

"When I work for myself, I try to make the maximum profit," he said. "If I run [for president] and if I win, I will no longer care about myself. I'll be doing the same kind of things for this country."

It is difficult to assess how much of Trump's complex empire has been built with the help of government munificence, since many of his projects remain shielded from view. But even a limited view demonstrates that government programs have bolstered Trump.

He has also curried favor with elected officials through campaign contributions and lucrative job offers. In the last election cycle, Trump contributed to individual campaigns and wrote large checks to political groups, including $170,000 to the Republican Governors Assn., $50,000 to the GOP-supporting American Crossroads PAC and $116,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research organization.

His giving has long been carefully targeted. A 1980s study by Newsday found that Trump had donated more than anyone else to members of the New York City Board of Estimate, which at the time approved all land-use development. A recent study by New York's Public Interest Research Group showed that since 1999, Trump has donated $595,638 to the state's lawmakers.


Trump, 64, was launched into the world of million-dollar deals by his father, Fred C. Trump, who left a $250-million estate based partly on building government-backed housing for middle-income tenants in Brooklyn and Queens. Early in his career, Donald Trump abandoned his father's formula and instead made a name for himself developing luxury hotels and apartments in Manhattan. But like his father, he continued to rely on government incentives.

Trump's first major real estate triumph in Manhattan was to buy and transform the Hotel Commodore, a derelict colossus at Grand Central Station. He was 27 when he persuaded the city and a state development corporation to back him in the makeover and enlisted Hyatt to operate the new hotel, which would be called the Grand Hyatt.

Under pressure from Trump, whose father was a longtime political ally of then-Mayor Abe Beame, the city granted the project the 40-year full property tax abatement.
 

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Hannco, Okay, so let's say Trump's a terrible choice to be the Republican standard bearer (and he is, no doubt).

And Billary is totally unacceptable. Anathema. Toxic. Unmitigated disaster. The absolute worst.

What's your solution to the problem?

We can't vote for Billary. Who do we vote for?
 

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Hannco, Okay, so let's say Trump's a terrible choice to be the Republican standard bearer (and he is, no doubt).

And Billary is totally unacceptable. Anathema. Toxic. Unmitigated disaster. The absolute worst.

What's your solution to the problem?

We can't vote for Billary. Who do we vote for?
I have said I NOW 100% support Trump.

That said, he's no Boy Scout and when you discuss his merits with the HilderbeastBOTS, you had better know what you're up against.

So far, the Liberal Press has been playing with him and soon all the gloves will be off favoring their hand picked Queen.
 
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Many here on LIF falsely portray me as a Cruz Fanboy. Shame on them for their ignorance.

I am 100% for individual freedom and if Libertarians could get their head out of their you know whats, I would support them.

I support anyone who is willing to best protect the rights I find most resemble the pre-1920's view of our Constitution.

Today, Trump is that candidate.
 

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This is just real estate subsidies that are available to every citizen, in this case New York, Take a long look at all the federal and state monies made available to anyone that wants to spend the time and effort to take advantage of these programs.

If this is the way we react to normalcy in the business world now imagine what the other side is saying.

We eat each other and our own. Good luck with Hilary
 

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I won't jump into the who is better portion, I'll just say that Hillary is not an option. You cannot expect the majority of this country who are woefully uniformed and ignorant of the Founder's vision to go from the most Socialist President in our history to a hard core Conservative. Trump may be our way back to gradually moving things to the right, it won't happen overnight.
Just to be clear, I voted for Cruz in the primary, but will support Trump in the general election
 

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We are so screwed no matter who wins. The screwing will come from different directions though depending on the election outcome but will come nonetheless
 
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I'm more optimistic with Trump than Hillary. I think we have a chance to maintain the Supreme Court with Trump and no chance with the felon from Chappaqua. I really don't think the 2nd Amendment is in dire straits with Trump, his sons are very pro gun and its not a topic that I think he'll attack, Hillary will come after it like Bill on an intern
 
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