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  1. Very well put. You hit the nail on the head when you said 'I don't see people that have universal healthcare in the UK and other countries going into bankruptcy because they are ill- it happens daily in the US'. You also don't see people putting off essential treatment because the can't afford it, which in turn leads to earlier diagnosis which in many cases can literally be life saving. The idea of healthcare only for those that can afford it is so backwards and self-defeating that it would be funny if it wasn't so deadly.
  2. From your own post - 'But, interestingly, and in some ways more importantly, the Justice Department says, but there may be a criminal violation here, so we need to look at that, so we're — we, the Justice Department, are going to take a look at what happened here and see if there's reason to pursue a criminal investigation'. It also clearly explains that this would not normally go to the Justice Department. Trump fans don't do legal. Bigly.
  3. The guy didn't do much wrong and deserves every penny he is owed. TC troubles started years ago when the then CEO, Manny Fontenla-Novoa (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manny_Fontenla-Novoa) racked up huge debts in a massive spending spree, buying MyTravel and other big name travel brands. Peter Fankhauser actually did quite well, getting the group back to profit in many areas (hence why he got the bonuses he did) but the debt of over 1 billion GBP was too much to shoulder and when the banks panicked, pulling the rug, the company went down. There was very little he could do about it.
  4. I think Fiona Hill, one of Trumps ex-staff who until July directed Russian and European affairs for the National Security Council may may have something else to say about that. https://www.vox.com/2019/10/15/20915579/trump-impeachment-ukraine-fiona-hill-whistleblower The noose is going to continue to tighten as we see more and more of Trumps ex and present staff throw him under the bus before he throws them. Giuliani will be next. It's just a matter of time.
  5. Former White House official bolsters the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower’s allegations https://www.vox.com/2019/10/15/20915579/trump-impeachment-ukraine-fiona-hill-whistleblower The noose is tightening!
  6. Before 2015, most House subpoenas needed at least some bipartisan cover, but in 2015 House Republicans changed the rules and allowed the committee chairmen to proceed unilaterally, able to issue subpoenas without consulting the minority party. The Democrats vehemently objected to this at the time and witnessed the GOP wielding this new rule dozens of times against President Barack Obama’s agencies. However the shoe is now on the other foot and the Democrats can thank the GOP for a rule change that is going to haunt Trump. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/28/house-republicans-subpoena-trump-943265
  7. Not sure why you’re engaging with this one. A VERY provocative avatar, equally provocative name, brand new to the site but seems to be on every Trump related discussion regurgitating every conspiracy theory out there? Looks highly suspicious don’t you think?
  8. Biden is the leading Dem nominee but because of Trumps bungling attempts to get some dirt on him, unfortunately some of it will stick and chances are it'll be his undoing. I've no great sympathy because he's put himself in this position (of course his sons dubious directorships was going to come back and haunt him - not illegal but come one, rookie error) but it's a shame as I reckon another old, white man was the best bet to get rid of an old, orange man. So lets just say for arguments sake that Biden needs to go. Still doesn't negate what Trump has done. He's bang to rights on breaking campaign finance rules and you only need to be guilty of one serious offence (although he's adding to them by the day) to be impeached. He's going to get impeached and then the GOP's morality is going to be tested to it's already low standards. I reckon America will see a female President before you know it.
  9. You are either being willfully ignorant or you simply don't get it. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume the latter. Joe Biden, in his then capacity as VP of the US was allowed to cajole, bully, threaten, ridicule, strong-arm and generally do whatever the hell he wanted with a foreign nation as long as it was in the BEST INTEREST OF AMERICA. This includes any quid pro quo arrangement that he, the POTUS, the IMF, the EU and allies might think appropriate which in this case included threatening to withhold funds from a foreign nation unless they cleaned up their act and got rid of an ineffective and corrupt prosecutor. The reason? The foreign country in question ISN'T a political opponent. Donald Trump in his capacity as POTUS could also do this IF it wasn't against a current political opponent. But in that small difference lies all this issue as some very strict campaign finance rules say you cannot ask a foreign power for a 'favour' to investigate a political rival. If Biden WASN'T his likely opponent for the most powerful job in the world then perhaps he could have got away with asking for a 'favor' but he is and therefore by default Trump has to stick to the rules. If Biden is crooked (literally no evidence but since we are halfway through your flight of fancy, lets just go with it) it is completely, utterly and irrefutably irrelevant to the actions of Trump. He is not allowed to do what he has very publicly admitted to doing. That's an impeachable offense and no amount of your deflecting will ever change that. Biden could be as guilt as sin but it doesn't change the fact that Trump is not allowed to do what he very clearly did. Now do we get it?
  10. You keep going on and on (and on and on) about the Bidens as some sort of magic wand that'll magically excuse Trumps actions. Both things are not mutually exclusive; if the Bidens have done something illegal (and so far there is no evidence of this) then get it investigated and either charge them or exonerate them. This can be done in an official capacity through official channels. However what cannot be done (which you willfully ignore time after time) is a sitting President asking a foreign power for 'a favor' to do the investigation. As soon as Biden became Trumps political opponent, the rules changed; campaign finance rules are VERY clear on this matter and whether Trump purposely or inadvertently broke them, what is for sure is he broke them and no amount of deflecting is going to change that fact. That's the point - not the one you keep trying to force.
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