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What we saw in Trump that they did not see


by Don Surber


Any honest man must admit that Donald Trump has proved in just one year to be a far better president than his predecessor. The economy is doing too well and our adversaries (Iran, North Korea, and the Islamic State) are doing too poorly to come to come to any other conclusion.


This surprises the experts, which amuses those of us who knew long ago that he would win and he would govern in this manner.


Barack Obama mocked Trump's call in 2016 to bring back jobs:



“What we have to do is to make sure that folks are trained for the jobs that are coming in now because some of those jobs of the past are just not going to come back … when somebody says, like the person you just mentioned who I’m not going to advertise for, that he’s going to bring all these jobs back, well how exactly are you going to do that? What exactly are you going to do? There’s no answer to it. He just says, 'Well, I’m going to negotiate a better deal.' Well, what, how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually the answer is, he doesn’t have an answer.”

Trump began waving that wand the day after he was elected, and factories stopped moving to Mexico -- and at least one is moving back from Mexico (the Dodge Ram truck plant).


Obama also responded to Trump's tweet, "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!"



"At least I'll go down as a president."

Face it, 2016 was not a good year for Obama.


But it was a great for America thanks to those Americans who had the foresight and wisdom to see that the politicians had no clue about the nation, and that we needed an outsider to repair the damage done.


And it worked.


We appreciate the peace and prosperity President Trump brought.


Reuters this weekend quoted Belinda Miller, 50, of Audubon, Pennsylvania:



"My 401(k) and my 403 have soared and, if anybody doesn't realize that, they've been asleep for a year. I look overall not at what he says but what he does. All that other stuff is just rhetoric, smoke and mirrors."


The media's fog of war fails because after eight years of trying to carve a slick-talking community organizer into Mount Rushmore, the media has no credibility.


Trump's leadership skills scare the power brokers in Washington. They are used to presidents they can manipulate to do their bidding.


They cannot control President Trump.


And the power brokers are losing their edge over all the politicians in DC.


The power brokers are losing control because they have wasted the last year trying to bring him down with a dossier about urinating hookers, and crazy questions about his health (both mental and physical), and wild tales about how he was a strongman and a dictator because he dared fight back against the 24/7 of libels on cable news channels.


We the voters are not surprised by Trump's competence. Beneath the maelstrom and headlines lies a rather boring and casebook management style.


On May 11, 2016, I explained this in a piece in American Spectator:


In December 2014, Peter Economy of Inc. magazine wrote, “The Top 10 Skills Every Great Leader Needs to Succeed.” Trump has them all.




1. Inspires and motivates others.


My favorite example is Jim Herman, who at 38 won his first PGA tournament on April 3, 2016. Herman tried for years to make the PGA but gave up on his dreams a decade ago, and settled in as an assistant pro at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.


“I got into a nice conversation with Donald, Mr. Trump, one day. He’s like, ‘Why are you folding shirts and giving lessons? Why aren’t you on the Tour? I’ve played with tour players, you’re good enough.’ I don’t know, maybe something like that gives you more confidence,” Herman told Simon Evans of Reuters after winning the Shell Houston Open.


2. Displays high integrity and honesty.


In business, your word is your bond. Fellow billionaires T. Boone Pickens, Conrad Black, and Carl Icahn vouch for him. Businessmen seldom give a liar a second chance. Trump is tough, but respected.


3. Solves problems and analyzes issues.


In the 1970s, developers gave up on most of Manhattan. Enter Trump. He bought the Commodore Hotel in the hope of restoring it to its former glory. That meant closing down the X-rated shops that infested its first floor. The city offered him tax abatements, but the banks were reluctant to finance his project. Trump, all of 34, figured out a way to make it work.


4. Drives for results.


The city of New York wasted six years and millions of dollars trying to renovate an ice rink at Central Park. Trump took the project over, and brought it in under budget and on schedule in six months.


5. Communicates powerfully and prolifically.


What can I say? No one has commanded news coverage like The Donald. True, much of it is negative, but like Reagan, he talks through the camera and directly to the public. He was the Big Dog who showed that the rest in the litter were runts.


6. Builds relationships.


There is a testimonial on Facebook from Peter David Ticktin, an extraordinary trial lawyer who rid Ontario of the loathsome Uniform Summons within a year of passing the Bar. He served as Trump’s top sergeant when they were in military school together in the 1960s.


“Of the 99 guys (no girls in those days) in our class, there is not one who I know who has a bad word to say about Donald Trump. Think of it. With all the jealousies which arise in high school and thereafter, with all the potential envy, not one of us has anything other than positive memories of this man. How could we? He was an A student, a top athlete, and as a leader, he was highly respected. We never feared him, yet we never wanted to disappoint him,” Ticktin wrote.


7. Displays technical or professional expertise.


His eldest son said he and his brother are the only sons of billionaires in the world who can operate a D-10 Caterpillar. Trump raised him like his father, Fred Trump, raised his sons by making them pull weeds and learn development from the sub-floor up.


8. Displays a strategic perspective.


Throughout Donald Trump’s career, he has developed strategies, beginning with converting the Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt. He studied the media until he mastered it. His reality shows dominated the ratings over 14 seasons.


9. Develops others.


Trump made his caddy, Dan Scavino Jr., his social media director. Trump does not go by résumé. He goes by results.


10. Innovates.


Until Trump, recent presidential nominees had to raise millions and blow millions on ads and huge staffs to win. A billionaire, he did not buy the election. Rather, he earned it by going out there every day and rallying the people by standing for something — America.


Bonus: Champions change.


Trump is an advocate of Management By Wandering Around. He talks to staff and to learn first-hand what is going on. Professor Newt Gingrich said Trump is one of the quickest learners he has ever seen.


Flip flop? You can bet your assets that he will change his position at any time, anywhere, and any place if given new facts. He was pro-choice until he realized that a baby is not an inconvenience but a gift from God.


Yes, I get that he is not a cookie-cutter conservative when it comes to policy. But writing policy is not a president’s job. You hire people like Ted Cruz to draft policy. That is what President Bush 43 did.


Trump’s biggest selling point is that like Bush 43, Reagan, and Eisenhower, Trump accomplished something in life before entering politics. That taught him that public policy has consequences. Leaders should be aware of the damage as well as the good they do.


Washington today is like the Commodore Hotel was in the 1970s. Trump will gut it and make it better than you have ever seen it. He made Manhattan great again. Of course he will Make America Great Again.


Yeah, I know you don't want to hear this, snowflakes.  


Truth is that there isn't ANYTHING Trump could accomplish that would change your minds.    


Which is why Trump will go on winning and you'll go on losing.


Works for me ...





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ANYONE can do the gops Failed TRICKLE DOWN....and get the same short term results for long term Disaster 


the gop keeps repeating it, then the Dems have to come to the rescue...its happened time and time again, when will you rednecks learn?????

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