I am writing this letter to the editor but doubt that it will get printed because unlike all of you at the Hi-Desert papers, I am a, as it has been said in your editorials, a racist stupid Trump supporter.

First I want to say that your paper is just like the fake-news media; one-sided and closed-minded when anything at all positive about Trump is mentioned.

You only publish what goes with your agenda. I thought a local paper was meant to support the whole community not just a handful of better-than-thou residents who refuse to take the steps to verify any of the (expletive deleted) they write and that your editor allows to be printed.

Many of the things that you all continue to blame Trump for is policy that had already been in effect starting with Clinton through the brainless Obama administration (talking about the separation of illegal immigrant children from their parents that Clinton made into law, not Trump, so when Trump enforces a law that had been going on for two administrations so that the people can wake the hell up and see how our U.S. had been being governed they want to blame Trump).

Just like the Mueller report throwing names of those that had actually done crimes and their names being ignored. Our past leaders selling weapons to our opposers to use against us. Clinton gets a (sexual term deleted) while president and it’s overlooked, not on his own time but in the Oval Office while conducting his duties, and no one cares. Trump makes a mistake many, many years ago in the privacy of his own life on his own time and all we hear is “impeach him.”

How much more one-sided can you lazy people be?

The reason for a border wall everyone wants to say is wrong. Why is it wrong to tell people if they want to enter our country, do so legally and take the proper steps? Why is it wrong to do background checks on people coming over if they don’t want to go about it properly to come, it’s because they know they won’t pass background checks?

Do you realize just a few weeks ago, when after years of investigation, members of MS-13 were finally arrested for some of the most horrific murders seen in decades? Sixteen of them were in this country illegally.

Do some research and get the facts as to how many crimes against Americans are done by illegals those wanting to pass the background checks so they can enter legally.

I am not prejudice, never have been, and welcome all who want to come. I am just concerned about citizen safety and think the background checks should be first and foremost with no way around. Any other country who cares about their citizens won’t let anyone just pop in to live. All have their security procedures in place, but America is racist because of its protocol to protect you?

Wake up people or things will be out of all our hands when our country is taken over by the ones with the hate of Americans in their heart.

Proud to be an American and a Trump supporter in Yucca Valley.

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idavidgraficks

This here LTE is by what most call a 'low information voter'. There's was only one voting district in the Morongo Basin that didn't give Trump the majority vote in 2016 and that was a small district in Northern Joshua tree that had about a dozen or two voters in it. The papers Publisher is quite right of Center and the editor serves the Publisher (otherwise she's fired). If this LTE commentator read the online comments at all, she'd understand there's plenty of Trump supporters with loads of time to comment with lots and lots of words.

TwoToeJoe

I guess David has nailed it down to the "low information voters". I never knew that the village of Joshua Tree had voting districts let alone a "small district in northern Joshua Tree with about a dozen or two in it". I would love to learn more about this mysterious and magical "small district" in "Northern Joshua Tree" and how they had obtained so much more "information" compared with a "low information larger voting district in Southern Joshua Tree". The term "low information voter" is one of the many pejoratives used quite frequently by certain elite liberals who claim to know more than most and utilize it as a simple response to infer stupidity. As one of these inferred "low information" voters I would love to hear more information about these voting districts located in Joshua Tree as a means of improving my complete ignorance.

Mike



“This here LTE is by what most call a 'low information voter'.”



I don’t think most would call her that Dave. Most are better mannered and more observant.



How do we know the young lady is a voter at all? Nowhere in her letter does she say she is.



See the funny critic with egg on his face?

bill jenkins

this letter is a call to support trump. fair enough. since this a local ca. paper it will be read almost entirerly by californians. the 2016 ca. pres. election turned out as follows:votes for hillary 8,753,788. votes for trump 4,483,810. somehow you must flip well over 2,000,000 votes, assuming all the flipped votes go to trump. i wouldn't give odds on it.

henderson

What was the vote spread for 29 Palms,Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree area? The readers of this newspaper.

bill jenkins

the presidential vote is a statewide pole.

henderson

You gave the statewide spread. But the area in question was won by Trump. So this newspaper serves an area with many Trump supporters as well. To chase them off or insult them would be to do a disservice to the community the paper serves.The author of the piece was responding to a perceived bias.

henderson

i really like this newspaper and find it a treasure. After reading some of the op eds over the past years, however- it can get pretty thick and pearl clutchy at times- especially regarding this and related subjects. So maybe it is out of frustration people respond as the author and several others of late have.

henderson

I'm a Trump voter too. You are not alone.

Branson Hunter

Well, I am not a trump supporter. There are thousands of reasons why I am not. Every day it's something new and unpleasant thrusted upon the country, for example like today: CalMatters reports that "A Trump administration plan would cut food stamps to largely 3.1 million mostly working families with high housing, childcare and medical costs. That could hit hard in California, and hard in our local MB communities. This president, in my opinion, is a malevolent president who knows no bounds. Actually there are thousands of professional that say he is off his rocker. He always looks like he is on opiates.

horsehouse

The opening paragraph made an assumption that was proven wrong. Seems like the writer feels victimized or marginalized rather than racist and this is a profile of many Trump supporters. This leads me to not call the writer a low information voter but rather a voter gathering plenty of information from media outlets that write to fuel this type of anger. We are not making any progress toward E Pluribus Unum. That would require people to step back from absolutism.

booboo77

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frankie43

Regarding Trump merely making a mistake "many, many years ago" on his own time etc., I'm pretty sure the calls for impeachment have nothing to do with whatever she is referring to. Trump has racked up several High Crimes and Misdemeanors since taking office. Amazes me how many excuses and rationalizations his supporters offer in defense of his misogynistic, xenophobic, and racist rhetoric. His supporters love him for who he is, not for his accomplishments, which are limited to the tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. Cult of personality.

horsehouse

Well said Frankie

CookieG

President Donald J. Trump only High Crimes and Misdemeanors since taking office is his complete list of accomplishments that liberals hate. What amazes me is the bad excuses and rationalizations that the cult uses to demonize good policies. Most people are not that ignorant! Here is a few accomplishments left off the list:

Due to President Trump’s pro-growth policies, real gross domestic product (GDP) growth exceeded 3 percent over the last four quarters.

Real GDP grew at annual rates of 3.4 percent in the third quarter of 2018 and 4.2 percent in the second quarter.

More than 5 million jobs have been created since President Trump’s election and the unemployment rate remains below 4 percent.

This is the eighth time this year that the unemployment rate has been below 4 percent.

Prior to this year, the unemployment rate had fallen below 4 percent only five times since 1970.

The unemployment rate for African Americans in May fell to 5.9 percent, which is the lowest rate on record.

Asian and Hispanic-American unemployment rates have reached record lows this year.

Initial weekly jobless claims have hit a nearly 50-year low under President Trump.

Under President Trump, job openings outnumber the unemployed for the first time on record.

Recently, more than two-thirds of Americans rated “now” as a good time to find a quality job, tying a record high in a poll by Gallup.

Americans are seeing more money in their pockets thanks to the booming economy.

In recent months, workers have seen their largest nominal year over year wage growth in nearly a decade.

In 2017, real median household income rose to a post-recession high.

President Trump’s policies are helping to lift Americans out of poverty.

African-American and Hispanic-American poverty rates reached record lows of 21.2 percent and 18.3 percent, respectively, in 2017.

Since the election, 4.6 million Americans have been lifted off of food stamps.

Consumer confidence has soared under President Trump, recently reaching an 18-year high.

President Trump is delivering on his promise to bring back American manufacturing.

The National Association of Manufacturers’ Outlook Index had the highest annual average in its history over the past year.

Manufacturing added 284,000 jobs in 2018, the most added in a year since 1997

Small Business optimism jumped to a record high under President Trump, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

The NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index broke a 35-year record in August.

President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, ushering in the largest package of tax cuts and reforms in American history.

These tax cuts are delivering real results for American families and workers.

More than 6 million workers received tax cut bonuses and benefits.

More than 100 utility companies have announced lower rates.

President Trump is ensuring American workers receive the training and education they need to compete in today’s economy.

President Trump signed an executive order establishing the National Council for the American worker.

More than 185 companies and associations have signed our “Pledge to America’s Workers,” promising more than 6.4 million new training and career opportunities.

The President signed legislation that reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, making more than $1 billion available for career education programs.

President Trump has prioritized the economic empowerment of women.

The women’s unemployment rate recently reached its lowest rate in 65 years.

The Small Business Administration lent approximately $500 million more in capital to women-owned businesses in 2017 compared to 2016.

The Administration helped launch the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, which could leverage more than $1 billion to support women entrepreneurs.

ROLLING BACK RED TAPE: President Trump is rolling back costly regulations that have burdened hardworking Americans and stifled innovation.

President Trump has followed through on and exceeded his promise to roll back two regulations for every new one created.

President Trump’s Administration surpassed the 2:1 ratio in 2018, eliminating 12 regulations for every new one in 2018.

In 2017, the Trump Administration eliminated 22 regulations for every new one.

Since taking office, President Trump’s deregulation efforts have achieved $33 billion in regulatory savings.

In 2018, these efforts alone delivered $23 billion in benefits to American families and business owners.

President Trump has signed 16 Congressional Review Act resolutions into law, eliminating burdensome Obama-era rules and regulations.

President Trump announced U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, which would have harmed America’s economy and cost American workers millions of jobs.

President Trump signed an executive order to streamline the permitting process for infrastructure projects with a goal of cutting approval time from up to 10 years to an average of 2 years.

President Trump signed legislation to roll back burdensome Dodd-Frank regulations that harmed community banks.

NEGOTIATING BETTER DEALS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: President Trump is negotiating fair and balanced trade deals that protect American industries and workers.

President Trump negotiated a new trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico to replace the disastrous and outdated North American Free Trade Agreement.

Once enacted by Congress, the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) will better serve the interests of American workers and businesses.

USMCA will incentivize billions of dollars in auto and auto parts production in the United States and create a freer and fairer market for American agriculture.

USMCA also includes the strongest-ever provisions on labor, environmental, digital, and intellectual property protections to reflect the realities of the 21st century economy.

The President renegotiated the United States–Korea Free Trade Agreement to preserve and grow jobs in the American auto industry and increase American exports.

The United States and Japan are set to begin negotiations on a United States–Japan Trade Agreement.

President Trump is establishing a new trade relationship with the European Union (EU), working toward the elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers to transatlantic trade.

President Trump has established a Trade and Investment Working Group to lay the groundwork for post-Brexit trade with the United Kingdom (UK) and has notified Congress of his intent to negotiate a free trade agreement with the UK.

This year, President Trump filed a withdrawal notification with the Universal Postal Union, launching a one-year negotiation to secure fair international postal rates for American mailers.

President Trump has expanded market access for American agricultural producers.

Argentina has opened to American pork and beef, Brazil to American beef, Japan to lamb and Idaho chipping potatoes, South Korea to American poultry, and more.

The Administration authorized $12 billion to aid farmers affected by unfair retaliatory tariffs.

The Trump Administration has begun the process to expand the sale of E15, or gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, to year round.

Under President Trump, the United States will no longer accept bad trade deals and unfair trade practices that harm American workers and industries.

One of the President’s first actions after taking office was withdrawing the United States from the terrible Trans-Pacific Partnership, which incentivized outsourcing.

In 2017, the Administration oversaw 82 antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.

President Trump is holding China accountable for its unfair trade practices, such as the theft of intellectual property, by imposing tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods.

Following President Trump’s successful meeting with President Xi in Buenos Aires, both agreed to conduct negotiations over 90 days to address the United States concerns.

American steel and aluminum jobs are coming back following President Trump’s tariffs to protect domestic industries that are vital to national security.

President Trump imposed tariffs to protect American-made washing machines and solar products that were hurt by import surges.

UNLEASHING AMERICAN ENERGY:President Trump is rolling back costly and burdensome regulations to unleash America’s incredible energy resources.

After years of stifling regulation under the last Administration, President Trump is unleashing America’s energy potential.

America is the largest crude oil producer in the world and production has hit a record high.

President Trump’s policies are helping to boost American energy exports.

The Administration has streamlined Liquefied Natural Gas terminal permitting.

In 2017, the United States became a net natural gas exporter for the first time in 60 years.

American coal exports increased by more than 60 percent in 2017.

President Trump is expanding access to our country’s abundant natural resources.

The President signed legislation to open up energy exploration in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.

In July 2018, the Department of the Interior announced it would hold the largest oil and gas lease sale in history.

In 2017, the Administration approved construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and the cross border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Administration issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will export American petroleum products to Mexico.

The President has ended the war on coal, cutting Obama-era regulations such as the “Stream Protection Rule” which was estimated to cost industries $81 million a year.

President Trump is replacing the Clean Power Plan, a flawed Obama-era regulation that the Supreme Court ordered halted.

President Trump rescinded the hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the oil and gas industry $32 million per year.

The Trump Administration curbed the burdensome Obama-era rule on methane, saving American energy developers hundreds of millions of dollars in regulatory costs.

EXPANDING OPTIONS FOR QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE:President Trump is expanding access to affordable healthcare choices and taking action to lower drug prices.

President Trump’s Administration is working to provide Americans with affordable alternatives to Obamacare.

The Administration expanded short-term, limited duration health insurance plans that are expected to be nearly 50 percent cheaper than unsubsidized Obamacare plans.

President Trump has expanded association health plans, allowing more employers to join together across State lines and affordably offer coverage to their employees.

The Administration proposed a reform to Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) regulations that will give consumers more freedom to purchase benefits that fit their needs.

Roughly 800,000 employers are expected to provide HRAs for more than 10 million employees once the rule finalized.

Americans have more healthcare freedom thanks to the President signing legislation that ended Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty.

While healthcare premiums had been steadily increasing as a result of Obamacare, the average benchmark exchange premium will decline for the first time in 2019 thanks to President Trump’s policies.

Next year, Americans will benefit from more insurer participation on the exchanges.

Medicare Advantage plans offer more benefit options than ever before, and average premiums in 2019 will be 6 percent lower than in 2018.

President Trump launched an unprecedented campaign to drive down drug prices, leading more than a dozen drug manufactures to enact price freezes, reductions, or rollbacks.

In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a record number of generic drugs, breaking the previous record set by the Administration in 2017.

The FDA’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 generic drug approvals are expected to bring nearly $9 billion in savings in 2017 alone.

President Trump signed legislation eliminating contractual gag clauses that stopped pharmacists from informing patients about lower drug prices.

The President put forth an initiative to stop global freeloading that drives up prices for American patients.

The Administration provided Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans with new negotiating tools to drive down drug costs for American patients.

The Administration implemented reforms to the amount Medicare pays hospitals for drugs that are purchased under the 340B program, saving seniors $320 million in 2018.

President Trump signed “Right to Try” legislation to expand access to experimental treatments for terminally ill patients.

FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THE CRISIS NEXT DOOR: President Trump mobilized his entire Administration to combat the opioid crisis that has devastated communities across the country.

President Trump launched an Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to confront the driving forces behind this crisis.

The President signed the landmark SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, the largest and most comprehensive legislative package addressing a single drug crisis in history.

The President helped secure a record $6 billion in funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

The Administration provided more than $2 billion in grants in 2018 to help States, territories, tribes, and local communities prevent and treat opioid abuse.

The Administration pursued scientific solutions to prevent and treat addiction through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative.

The President launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction and youth opioid usage.

Last year, President Trump created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which recommends ways to tackle the opioid crisis.

The Administration declared the opioid crisis a nationwide Public Health Emergency in 2017.

President Trump is working to cut off the flow of deadly opioids into our country and to disrupt the networks that distribute them to our communities.

The Administration secured first-ever indictments against Chinese nationals for fentanyl trafficking.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a surge to target fentanyl and heroin dealers in the districts with the most severe overdose death rates.

The DOJ formed a Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement team and shut down the biggest Darknet distributor of drugs.

Last year, the DOJ announced the largest healthcare fraud takedown in history, arresting more than 120 defendants with opioid-related crimes.

The President launched a Safer Prescribing Plan that seeks to cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years.

The Administration has led four National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days, collecting a record-breaking 1,837 tons of expired and unneeded prescription drugs.

STANDING UP FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE AND PROTECTING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: The President is committed to defending the right to life and religious liberty.

Shortly after taking office, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy.

President Trump defunded a United Nations (UN) agency for colluding with China’s brutal program of forced abortion and sterilization.

The Administration withdrew guidance that constrained State’s ability to exclude family-planning providers that provide abortion services from the Medicaid program.

The Trump Administration proposed new regulations to ensure Title X family planning funding does not go to projects that perform, support, or refer patients for abortion.

The Trump Administration issued regulations establishing new or expanded exemptions from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate based on religious beliefs or moral convictions.

In 2017, the President issued an executive order to promote free speech and religious liberty.

KEEPING AMERICAN COMMUNITIES SAFE: President Trump has made clear that his first responsibility is to protect the safety and security of Americans.

Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows violent crime decreased under President Trump’s watch in 2017, following two consecutive years of increases.

United States Attorneys indicted the most violent criminals on record last year.

Last year, the DOJ announced nearly $100 million in grant funding to hire hundreds of additional law enforcement officers.

President Trump is cracking down on the vile MS-13 gang that has brought violence to communities across the country.

In 2017, the DOJ worked with international partners to arrest and charge approximately 4,000 MS-13 members.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations arrested nearly 800 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year.

President Trump signed an executive order to restore State and local law enforcement’s access to surplus equipment that can be used to help keep our communities safe.

President Trump enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

The DOJ announced the creation of the National Public Safety Partnership in 2017, launching a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crime.

President Trump signed legislation to improve the Federal firearm background check system and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.

President Trump signed the First Step Act, which includes bipartisan reforms to make our Federal justice system fairer and our communities safer.

The First Step Act will help prepare inmates to successfully rejoin society, reducing recidivism and improving community safety.

This legislation includes commonsense sentencing reforms that will make our Federal justice system fairer while keeping violent criminals and sex offenders off our streets.

ENFORCING OUR LAWS AND SECURING OUR BORDERS: From the first day of his Administration, President Trump has worked to uphold the rule of law and secure our borders.

President Trump released an immigration framework that would fix our broken immigration system through merit-based reform and provide the resources needed to secure our border.

This includes closing the legal loopholes that enable illegal immigration, ending chain migration, and eliminating the visa lottery.

President Trump secured funding to begin building the wall and construction has already begun in areas along the southern border.

President Trump deployed the military to assist in securing the southern border.

President Trump and his Administration took action to require aliens seeking asylum to go to a port of entry to make their claim.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 17,256 criminals and 1,019 gang members in FY 2018.

ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 158,581 aliens in FY 2018, an 11 percent increase from FY 2017.

90 percent of those arrested had criminal convictions, pending charges, or had been issued final orders of removal.

ICE ERO increased removals by 13 percent in FY 2018 to 256,086, the majority of whom were convicted criminals.

Removals of convicted criminal aliens increased by 14 percent from FY 2017.

Nearly 6,000 known or suspected gang members were removed in FY 2018, a 9 percent increase from FY 2017.

The Department of Justice prosecuted a record number of criminal immigration offenses in FY 2018, and increased the number of prosecutions for illegal entry by 84 percent over FY 2017.

Immigration courts are now completing more cases than at any point since 2011

President Trump kept his promise by launching the office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) within the Department of Homeland Security.

The Administration has more than doubled the number of jurisdictions participating in the 287(g) program, which enables State and local law enforcement to aid immigration enforcement.

President Trump has made our country safer by ordering the enhanced vetting of individuals entering from countries that do not meet our security standards.

These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court ruling.

REBUILDING AMERICA’S MILITARY FORCE: President Trump is rebuilding our military and defending America’s interests across the world.

President Trump ended the devastating defense cuts of the past Administration and has secured historic investments to rebuild our military.

President Trump signed legislation providing $700 billion for defense in FY 2018 and $716 billion in FY 2019.

President Trump is supporting America’s men and women in uniform, securing the largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.

The President issued a new National Security Strategy to keep America safe from all threats.

The Administration has also released new strategies specific to cybersecurity, biodefense, counterterrorism, and weapons of mass destruction terrorism.

President Trump directed the first whole-of-government assessment of United States manufacturing and defense supply chains since the Eisenhower Administration.

President Trump initiated the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, improving United States deterrence policy and existing capabilities to counter nuclear threats.

President Trump empowered our military commanders with broad authority in order to take the fight to ISIS, and the results are clear.

ISIS has lost nearly all of its territory, more than half of which has been liberated since President Trump took office.

All of ISIS’ territory in Iraq was successfully liberated.

ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city Raqqah has been recaptured.

ISIS’ territorial caliphate has been defeated and President Trump has announced that he is bringing America’s troops in Syria home.

President Trump announced a new Iran strategy to confront all of Iran’s malign activities and withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran nuclear deal.

All sanctions that had been lifted or waived under the Iran deal have been reimposed.

The Administration has sanctioned more than 160 individuals tied to the regime’s support of terrorism, ballistic missile program, human rights abuses, and more.

President Trump took decisive military action to respond to the barbaric use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.

President Trump directed strikes in response to the regime’s chemical weapons attacks in April 2017 and April 2018.

The Trump Administration has also rolled out sanctions targeting those tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.

President Trump is strengthening America’s cyber defense and directed the elevation of the United States Cyber Command into a major warfighting command.

The President announced that the Department of Defense will work to create a Space Force to serve as an independent branch of the United States military.

RESTORING AMERICAN LEADERSHIP ABROAD: President Trump is restoring American leadership on the world stage and advancing an America first agenda.

President Trump held an historic summit with Chairman Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula.

Since the summit, the leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both countries have met.

Because of the President’s actions, North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.

The remains of POW/MIA service members from the Korean War are being returned to the United States.

Prior to the summit, President Trump’s leadership helped secure the passage of historic UN sanctions on North Korea.

President Trump followed through on his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the American embassy there.

President Trump withdrew the United States from the UN Human Rights Council due to its bias against Israel.

The Administration made clear that it does not accept the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over Americans and will continue to protect America’s sovereignty.

President Trump has successfully advocated for cutting waste at the UN.

Changes made to the organization’s structure allowed the UN to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from their budget, while making the organization more efficient.

The President’s leadership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has encouraged members to increase their defense spending and realign the Alliance’s priorities.

In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending among NATO allies.

President Trump convinced the Alliance to strengthen counterterrorism activities, and NATO formally joined the coalition to defeat ISIS.

President Trump’s Administration is working to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific through investments and partnerships.

President Trump has imposed tough sanctions on the corrupt regimes in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.

President Trump has taken tough action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including Russia’s efforts to undermine United States elections.

The Administration has imposed sanctions on more than 200 individuals and entities related to Russia’s destabilizing activities.

The Trump Administration has enhanced support for Ukraine’s defense by stepping up sales of weapons to its military.

The Trump Administration has secured the release of numerous American citizens held abroad, including Pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey, Josh Holt from Venezuela, and more.

President Trump attended G20 summits in Argentina and Germany, where he promoted American First policies and encouraged closer cooperation.

In 2017, President Trump conducted tours through Asia to promote America’s interests.

HONORING AMERICA’S COMMITMENT TO OUR VETERANS: President Trump is honoring America’s commitment to our veterans by ensuring they receive the quality care they have earned.

President Trump secured a record $73.1 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide quality medical care for our veterans.

This funding included $8.6 billion for mental health services, $400 million for opioid abuse prevention, $206 million for suicide prevention, and more.

The President signed the VA MISSION Act, revolutionizing that VA healthcare system and reforming numerous services for our veterans.

This legislation will consolidate and reform existing programs to give eligible veterans better access to healthcare providers in their communities.

Thanks to this legislation, eligible veterans will have access to walk-in community clinics that offer immediate, local care.

President Trump and his Administration have expanded access to telehealth services for veterans, including through the “Anywhere to Anywhere” VA health care initiative.

President Trump issued an executive order requiring the Administration to improve access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources for veterans.

President Trump signed the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, making it easier to fire failing employees and protect whistleblowers.

Under President Trump, the VA has removed, demoted, or suspended more than 4,300 employees for poor performance.

President Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, streamlining the process used by veterans when appealing benefits claims.

President Trump fulfilled his promise to create a new White House VA Hotline to provide veterans with 24/7 support.

The VA is providing veterans with online access to wait time and quality of care data.

The President signed the Forever GI Bill, providing veterans, service members, and their families with enhanced education benefits.

Last year, programs at the VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development helped more than 51,000 veterans find permanent housing and access supportive services.

TRANSFORMING GOVERNMENT: President Trump has followed through on his pledge to transform the Federal Government and increase accountability and transparency.

President Trump’s Administration submitted a plan to reorganize the executive branch in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

In a historic show of transparency and accountability, the Trump Administration completed the Department of Defense’s first ever audit.

The President implemented a five-year ban on lobbying for White House employees and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign countries.

Each quarter since taking office, President Trump has donated his salary, fulfilling a promise he made to the American people.

President Trump is reshaping our Federal judiciary, appointing judges who will follow the Constitution as written.

The President has appointed Circuit Court judges at a record pace.

President Trump has appointed two Supreme Court justices, Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.


horsehouse

I am truly impressed by the list of topics to support President Trump’s policy moves. As usual, alternately valid arguments can be presented, but to reply in agreement or disagreement to the list would not reach a large enough audience here to warrant my time. Just one thing I would expand upon. Employment has been increasing since the end of the disastrous financial collapse 10 years ago. This is not simply because of President Trump. My research shows that job creation during the Trump administration’ first 30 months is less than the last 30 months of the Obama administration. Just observing a wider horizon.

Branson Hunter

Cookie, your voluminous list of Trump's accomplishments [some of which are horrible] is noted. What's also noted are raw opinions foisted up as news. I'm not faulting you but can you disclose those sources? One question please: can you comment on the $1 trillion tax cuts to the very, very rich, the $1trillion that that added thereby to the debt, and the 3.1 million people whom will be cut from food stamps program. To which California is hit the hardest in terms of working families. Talk about it please. Lets talk like neighbors.

bill jenkins

next year you will have a choice between hate and fear, which appeals to the most primoidel instinct, suvival; or reason, understanding and compassion which appeals to a more civilized aspect of human nature. i know how the majority of californians will choose, and it won't be fear.

CookieG

Branson, individual tax rate cuts are usually directed towards those who pay taxes. The $9,525 to $38,700 bracket was reduced from 15% to 12% for a 3% reduction. The $38,700 to $82,500 bracket was reduced from 25% to 22% for a 3% reduction. The $82,500 to $157,500 bracket was reduced from 28% to 24% for a 4% reduction. The $157,500 to $200,000 bracket was reduced from 33% for a 1% reduction. The $200,000 to $500,000 did not receive a reduction in taxes. Those in the over $500,000 tax bracket went from 39.6% to 37% with a 1.6 % reduction. To say the wealthy got more of a tax cut as a percentage of taxes paid would be flat wrong. If anyone got ripped off from the tax cuts it would be those earning $200,000 to$500,000. It is a fact that those who earn $200,000 or more pay more than half of total income taxes in our progressive tax system. I am sure Branson you would like the rich to pay all the taxes because being rich is inherently evil in your world. The rich can afford CPA's to legally utilize IRS tax loop holes, buy tax free bonds, invest in the markets, or countless ways to ease tax burdens. They do so on a massive scale so the whining about who pays the most taxes is a just a political talking point for liberals. My source is the tax act itself not based on political talking points you rely on Branson. I think the new limit on SNAP recipients’ earning more than 130% of poverty guidelines is a great idea and will reduce some of that concern you have towards our national debt. As far as Bill's concern with hate and fear I am reasonably assured that most Americans know who exactly is depending upon it. When logic and reasoning gets in the way most liberals depend on it and they use it frequently to create the fear and hate we see each passing day.


Branson Hunter

Okay, I get it. That the tax distribution is okay with you. No so with a majority of residents and voters. We would like not have a deficit of a $trillion because the wealthiest few are given special treatment. Thank you for the comment.

JT Bunny

The breakdown of how local areas or "districts" voted by pink, dark red, light blue and dark blue (indicating what percentage of the vote went to Clinton or Trump) was a link to an article (I can't recall the original source) that was posted to Facebook by a local resident. Dark blue meant mostly Clinton, dark red meant mostly Trump, etc. If I can find the post I will share...

TwoToeJoe

The Governor of New York "Got it too"!

"Gov. Cuomo's Right: The Rich Are Leaving High-Tax New York"

"I don't believe raising taxes on the rich," Cuomo said. "That would be the worst thing to do. You would just expand the shortfall. God forbid if the rich leave."

"He's absolutely correct, though he'll no doubt get royally roasted by the far-left of the New York Democratic Party. The state already has a steeply progressive tax code. The top 1% of earners pay 46% of all the income taxes. That's punitive."

"Last year, the study said, 61.5% of New York movers left the state; just 38.5% moved in. Among those who left, 41% earned $150,000 or more. Just 8.4% earned less than $50,000."

Last year, a study by Wallet Hub looked at states ranked by their total tax burden. New York came out on top. Our own report compared the Wallet Hub data with Census data from 2007 to 2016. New York lost 1.3 million citizens, more even than CALIFORNIA, which lost just under a MILLION, and Illinois.



https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/cuomos-budget-rich-high-taxes/

dvg

"I am a ... racist stupid Trump supporter." Those are your words, not mine. However, I want to chime in on the tax thing. While the tax rates went down for most brackets, many deductions that middle class taxpayers use were capped or eliminated. I am in that $100-200K range and my taxes rose significantly and UNEXPECTEDLY by which I mean that Congress enacted the changes at the very end of the tax year to go into effect just the very next year. Net result is that my take home pay went down sharply and it is painful. Meanwhile, the robber barons and corporations at the very top got a windfall! I am not happy about that. I am a "Decline to State" voter (independent) but I will remember what the GOP did to the middle class in favor of the rich FOREVER.

horsehouse

Yes, I get labeled a stupid liberal because I have a different view of the world from others. I completely agree with the inequity of the tax give away to the wealthiest. If you consider that just three U.S. citizens’ combined wealth is about the same as the bottom 160 million Americans how do people think that is a good thing? Source: Forbes. So if we middle class tax payers are getting minimally smaller tax bills to startlingly larger tax bills it is surprising that so many still succumb to the mind manipulation. Trump supporters and non supporters actually have more in common than it seems. Follow the money not the divisive targeting.

Hidesertgirl23

Everyone should educate themselves and understand what is behind

Agenda 2030, be informed, know what to do.

Branson Hunter

Interesting to read read personal discussions of how the tax distribution new laws impact voters. Here is a question.... Why is Forbes list of the top 10 richest families in the world never list the Rothschild family -- the the richest family in the world. It is said that claims that they have a net worth of $500 trillion and own 80% of the world's wealth are grossly exaggerated. Is it overstated when facts indicate that they own over 80 percent of all US mortgages. BANKS Owned or Controlled by the Rothschild Family are virtually unknown to the general public because of the fact that the US Federal Reserve is a privately owned company, sitting on its very own patch of land, immune to the US laws. Anyway never mind the question. I already know why the Rothschild family is never listed in any legit report as the richest families in the world. They own the world.

Josh

Number1 , this letter will not convince anyone to vote for Trump. It only valdates how everyone views Trump supporters.

Number 2. If you still believe your vote matters in california for the presidential election. you are wrong.

horsehouse

I agree with point Number 1. Not sure why votes don't matter.

Rainbowarrior

Donald J. Trump is a well known pathological liar and simply a disgrace to the USA.

don mckinney

As is evident Trump is a zionist . Zionism means " Israel First " . Not America . Trump hired 9/11 criminals Guliani , Elliott Abrams , John Bolton , Jesuit Suprme court just us Kavanagh . Drumpf , real Khazar name dropped 44,000 bombs last year and is expanding our perpetual war . After promising to end the ridiculous wasteful wars . Principles are more important than the blood money from military weapons of mass destruction Pedo dollars . War is a racket and by these letters we see who the money counters are . The Palestinian concentration camp enforcers . Happy to steal Palestinians land and lively hood for money from the bankstas . Mercenaries are employed by the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA INC . A corporation with NO SOUL . Mercenary is a job counted . 836 U.S. military bases in over 100 countries is what we can NOT AFFORD financially we are borrowing money from our off spring , paying zionist bankstas interest to fight for THEIR GLOBAL CORPORATIONS . I do not accept that as employment . That is a hired bully with weapons of mass destruction . Russia and China have 8 bases out side their country . Who would consider this GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT ? Wasteful socialism and communism living on base , dining on the taxpayers dime . War glorification is evil and the way the income from selling Saudis and Israelis WMD's is Satans , your slave masters way to earn blood money that you count repeatedly . See " natural law " , CARING and PRINCIPLES . That is where real PROFIT is found . How do you know you are suffering ? The people around you are suffering . FREE ASSANGE , MANNING and SNOWDEN , real reporters of War crimes against us and globally . Why is Drumpf holding them and charging them with FREE SPEECH .Drumpf's mom was KOBER , a caucasus mtns jewish person . Ashkenazi

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