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Presidential Debate: Trump is like saying that tax evaders are smart

Presidential Debate

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

It’s true that there are Federal tax incentives imposed by the government to increase investments by prominent corporations. But not paying a single dollar at all sounds fishy. Donald Trump thinks however that he is smart – being able to do that.

[VIDEO]: Hillary Clinton: Trump never pays Federal taxes

Trump Hit on Tax Issue

Clinton hit Trump over his refusal to release his tax returns.
“Why won’t he release his tax returns?” Clinton asked.
“Maybe he is not as rich as he says he is,” she went on. “Maybe he is not as charitable as he claims to be,” “Maybe he doesn’t want the American people to know that he has paid nothing in federal taxes.”

Trump: I'm 'smart' for paying no taxes


Trump’s Justification for Evading Tax

Clinton pressed Trump on the issue, saying “There is something he is hiding.” I’m ‘smart’ for paying no taxes; Trump breaks into her 2-minute turn. Trump replied that he would release his taxes when Clinton made public 33,000 emails that were deleted from her private email server. When Clinton said that Trump had paid no federal income tax in some years, Trump replied “That makes me smart.”

Smart Tax Evader

If Trump thinks that evading to pay tax is being smart, then he should not run for president. He will find it hard to collect taxes. Worst, he just don’t know what to prioritize with the money collected.

How does it feel when your President to be is not paying taxes at all?

This is a good question to Americans especially the white Americans. A rich presidential candidate who never contributes to public services enhancements  will find it hard to understand why better healthcare and infrastructure for the public is important.


Hillary Clinton’s Preparedness

Clinton admits that he prepared well for the debate. This includes having someone pose as Trump as they practiced. She also sounds so real when she said that she also prepared to be president.


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Presidential Debate: Clinton shows Trump how her Stamina is fit for the Presidency

Presidential Debate

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Trump tries to slam Clinton so hard but every time he does, she shines. Perhaps mentioning her staying off the campaign trail due to no big deal sickness is a mistake. Clinton’s response shows that she knows the country’s problems even with eyes closed.

Prepares for the Presidency

“I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate,” she said. “And yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be President. And that is a good thing.”
The line drew a round of applause from an audience that had been instructed to remain quiet.

[VIDEO]: Hillary Clinton knows the job and how to deal with it.

Trump: Hillary does not have the look to be president

Trump diverts his comment to stamina instead of look. It did not matter to Hillary. She has all the brilliant answers that put Trump down. The kind of person who obviously, knows what she’s doing.

Trump: Stamina for Travels

Trump insisted on stamina instead of looks. To be president of this country one needs tremendous stamina; he says. Stamina for negotiating with Japan, Saudi Arabi. With all the money they paid to defend them, stamina is essential.  He believes that Hillary Clinton just does not have the stamina to do those.

Hillary: did not mind stamina instead of looks

As soon as Trump starts to travel to 112 countries, negotiate peace deals, cease-fires or even dissidents. Opening new opportunities or testifying for 11 hours – he can talk to me about stamina!


Credit to Hillary Clinton as the very first woman nominated as  their candidate for president by a major party. She is smart and experienced. Definitely not a bad egg!


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Will Bush’s endorsement help Clinton?

George H. W. Bush

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bush’s announcement to vote for Clinton is appreciated. But will it help her? Former President George H.W. Bush said  he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November.

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Multiple Sources

The comments came during a receiving line for board members of the bipartisan Points of Light Foundation when Bush was speaking to Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, Robert F. Kennedy’s daughter and the former Maryland lieutenant governor. There were around 40 people in the room. It’s not clear how many people heard him. Multiple sources did.
The Republican former president’s supporting the Democratic nominee marks the dramatic chapter in the complicated  relationship between the two most prominent families in American politics.

Trump Respects Bush

It’s a brilliant political move happening just 49 days from the election. Clinton and Donald Trump are also scheduled for their first debate in less than a week.
Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told CNN’s Erin Burnett  that she and Trump respect “the 92-year-old former president’s announcement”

“It is ironic that he would vote for the wife of the man who knocked him out of the race,” she added on “Erin Burnett OutFront.” “But look, this was a bruising primary … so I know there are a lot of hurt feelings there.”
News of his support for Clinton came first on Facebook, when Kennedy Townsend posted a photo of herself with George H.W. Bush, along with the caption: “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”
Kennedy Townsend sits on the advisory board of the Points of Light Foundation.

No comment from the Bush Family

Bush family representatives declined to respond publicly.
“The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim,” Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.
But sources with knowledge of the conversation told CNN they were surprised and disappointed that Kennedy Townsend had publicly shared a private conversation with the former president.

Kennedy Townsend declined to comment through a spokesman at the Rock Creek Group, where she works as managing director. She later took down the Facebook post.

GOP’s Trump divide

Trump’s controversial candidacy has split the group of former Republican nominees. Mitt Romney has hammered Trump in speeches and on Twitter, calling him unfit for office. But former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole has endorsed Trump, as has Arizona Sen. John McCain — though somewhat reluctantly, often referring to “the Republican nominee” rather than Trump by name.
Neither George H.W. Bush nor George W. Bush had weighed in on the general election — even as Trump savaged George W. Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq. However, many of the 41st and 43rd presidents’ Cabinet secretaries and national security officials have backed Clinton.
George H.W. Bush national security adviser Brent Scowcroft endorsed Clinton in June, saying she “has the wisdom and experience to lead our country at this critical time.” George W. Bush Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said on CNN in August that he “would have preferred Jeb Bush, but I think Hillary is a great choice. I am afraid of what Donald Trump would do to this country.”
And Louis Wade Sullivan, the Health and Human Services secretary under George H.W. Bush and the only African-American in his Cabinet, said this month that “though my enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton is somewhat tempered, I certainly believe she is an infinitely better choice for president than Donald Trump.”
But George H.W. Bush isn’t speaking for his entire family. Marvin Bush, the former president’s youngest son, has said he would vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson. George P. Bush, George H.W. Bush’s grandson, has backed Trump.
And Jeb Bush, Trump’s former primary rival, has said he won’t vote for Trump or Clinton.
A representative for George W. Bush wouldn’t comment on Kennedy Townsend’s Facebook post or how George H.W. Bush would vote. The representative simply said George W. Bush is “spending his time working to keep the Senate in Republican hands and is not commenting on the presidential campaign.”

The Bush-Clinton relationship

The evolving relationship between the Bush and Clinton families began in 1992, when Bill Clinton ran against — and defeated — incumbent President George H.W. Bush. Eight years later, with Clinton term-limited out of office, Bush’s son, then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush, succeeded Clinton on a pledge to “restore honor and dignity” to the White House — a not-so-subtle knock on Clinton’s marital infidelity.

But Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush have also spent their post-presidencies teaming up for philanthropic endeavors. And in recent years, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have increasingly appeared together.
The two grew so close that George W. Bush has referred to Clinton as his “brother from another mother,” and Clinton has said the two bonded over becoming grandfathers.

A Bush-Clinton matchup

Early in the 2016 campaign cycle, it appeared the two families could be headed for another showdown with the presidency on the line: Hillary Clinton was seeking the Democratic nomination, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — the 41st president’s son and the 43rd president’s brother — was a Republican candidate and a fundraising powerhouse.
Even if George H.W. Bush hadn’t endorsed Hillary Clinton, it was hard to envision him backing Trump.


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Clinton,eyes campaign return after pneumonia


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Hillary Clinton is determined to be back to her campaign schedules immediately after recovering from pneumonia. President Oban was willing to replace her on the missed events. Rappler elaborated on that:

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(UPDATED) The Democrat will also make new disclosures of medical records and data. As her team acknowledges it stumbled when it failed to transparently alert the press and public about Clinton’s condition at the weekend

(UPDATED) The Democrat will also make new disclosures of medical records and data. As her team acknowledges it stumbled when it failed to transparently alert the press and public about Clinton’s condition at the weekend

WASHINGTON DC, USA (UPDATED) – Hillary Clinton sought to draw a line Monday, September 12.  Under the health scare rocking her White House campaign. She assures supporters she will return to the fray this week as her team stated. She has no medical ailments other than pneumonia.

Obama Replaces Her

Clinton was set to get a boost Tuesday, September 13, when US President Barack Obama will hit the campaign trail to support her bid to replace him.

Since they are facing intensifying scrutiny about her health, clarification was made. The Democrat will also make new disclosures of medical records and data. Her team acknowledged it stumbled when it failed to transparently alert the press and public about Clinton’s condition at the weekend.

Her Say

“I felt dizzy and I did lose my balance for a minute, but once I got in (the van), once I could sit down, once I could cool off, once I had some water, I immediately started feeling better,” Clinton told CNN, adding that she would be back on the campaign trail within the “next couple of days.”

Clinton, 68, fell ill at a 9/11 memorial event in New York. She was seen wobbling as she was helped into her vehicle. This forced her campaign to disclose she had been diagnosed with the acute respiratory infection.

Video Capture

The incident – captured on amateur video – gave her Republican rival Donald Trump, 70, a new opening to question her fitness for the nation’s highest office. This coincides as the race heats up with 8 weeks until Election Day.

The campaign said she “felt overheated,” then released a statement by her personal doctor, Lisa Bardack. She revealed that Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia Friday and was suffering from dehydration.

Condition  not Serious

“There’s no other undisclosed condition. The pneumonia is the extent of it,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told MSNBC.

On CNN, Clinton initially said that she has “twice” gotten dehydrated and felt dizzy over the past five years. She then said it had been “a few times.”

Absent on Few Campaigns

Clinton was forced to scrap her California fundraising trip Monday and Tuesday. And the campaign acknowledged, just as Clinton was tweeting, that she will not attend her scheduled campaign event Wednesday, September 14, in Nevada – with Bill Clinton due to stump there on her behalf according to an aide to the former president.

No negativity from Trump

In his first public comments since Clinton abruptly left Sunday’s Ground Zero ceremony, an unusually restrained Trump offered her his wishes for a rapid recovery.

But he also suggested the former secretary of state’s health issues were of longer standing than admitted.

“Something is going on but I just hope she gets well and gets back on the trail, and we’ll be seeing her at the debate” in two weeks, the Republican told Fox News.

Suspicions Arise

The unexpected turn of events has turned a conservative angle of attack into a serious line of questioning about Clinton’s health and why it took two days to reveal the pneumonia diagnosis.

“Antibiotics can take care of pneumonia. What’s the cure for an unhealthy penchant for privacy that repeatedly creates unnecessary problems?” asked David Axelrod, a former White House aide to Barack Obama, on Twitter.

Taking Responsibility

Clinton admitted: “If we weren’t fast enough, you know, I’ve talked to my staff, we, you know, take responsibility for that.”

But she quickly insisted she has been far more transparent than Trump.

“The information is out there. You can’t say the same thing about Donald Trump,” she said.

“The American people deserve to know what he’s up to and what he is hiding.”

The episode has fueled fresh speculation and conspiracy theories on the internet, already awash with unsubstantiated rumors Clinton may have a brain tumor, Parkinson’s or dementia.

The root of persistent claims about Clinton’s health lies in 2012, toward the end of her tenure as secretary of state.

A stomach virus and dehydration prompted her to faint, causing what her doctor said was a concussion. Doctors said they found a blood clot on the brain. Clinton later received the all-clear.

On Monday, Fallon insisted that “there was nothing here in terms of anything that was caused by what happened in 2012.”

He also said Clinton’s team would be releasing medical records “in the next few days” in order to “further put to rest any lingering concerns about what you saw yesterday.”

Trump also promised to release medical records once test results are back.

The former first lady has dismissed rumors about her health, but Trump has repeatedly raised doubts about Clinton’s stamina and physical strength, and he questioned her campaign’s account of the current episode.

“They say pneumonia on Friday, but she was coughing very, very badly a week ago and even before that if you remember, and this was not the first time,” he told CNBC.

‘Hard time keeping up’

Clinton spokesman Fallon said several senior Clinton collaborators at campaign headquarters in Brooklyn also fell ill in recent weeks, including campaign manager Robby Mook. But it was not known if that was the source of Clinton’s infection.

Democrats including her running mate Tim Kaine rushed to her defense.

“Her energy staggers me,” he told a crowd in Dayton, Ohio. “I have a hard time keeping up with her.”


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US Election: Clinton’s pneumonia not a big deal


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

As U.S. election day is fast approaching, there’s no stopping Hillary Clinton. She has not rested after being diagnosed with pneumonia. She’s back on the campaign trail – thus showing signs of weakness. Is it worth it? Here’s CNN’s coverage:

Pneumonia not a big deal

Hillary Clinton said Monday night she’s “met a high standard of transparency” about her health and didn’t think the pneumonia was “going to be that big a deal.”

Clinton said she felt dizzy and lost her balance Sunday, but did not lose consciousness, and is now “feeling so much better.”
“I was supposed to rest five days — that’s what they told me on Friday — and I didn’t follow that very wise advice,” Clinton told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a phone interview.

“So I just want to get this over and done with and get back on the trail as soon as possible,” she said.

Clinton appeared wobbly and stumbled Sunday as she left a 9/11 commemoration ceremony in New York. Her campaign later revealed she’d been diagnosed Friday with pneumonia — a disclosure that fueled arguments that the Democratic nominee isn’t sufficiently forthcoming about important details. But during her interview Monday, Clinton sought to turn criticism of her secrecy over her illness into an attack on Republican rival Donald Trump.
“Compare everything you know about me with my opponent. I think it’s time he met the same level of disclosure that I have for years,” Clinton told Cooper.

“It’s really past time for him to be held to the same standards, not just as me, but as anybody else who has sought this job,” she said.
Clinton had a cough last week, and chalked it up to allergies — joking at an event that she was allergic to Trump.

She said Monday night she’d thought at the time it was allergies, because she experienced a similar cough in the spring and fall due to seasonal allergies.

“What happened this time, though, was it didn’t dissipate, and that’s why when I got off the road on Friday, I did go to see my doctor, and that’s when I was diagnosed with pneumonia,” Clinton said.
She said her campaign didn’t publicly reveal her diagnosis because “I just didn’t think it was going to be that big of a deal.”

“Obviously I should have gotten some rest sooner — I probably would have been better off if I just pulled down my schedule on Friday, but like a lot of people, I thought that I could just keep going forward and power through it. And obviously that didn’t work out so well,” she said.


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Hillary Clinton is 69 Years Old – Health attacks are just normal for aging people

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The 69 year old busy presidentiable Hillary Clinton has been traversing the country, making brilliant speeches, raising lots of money and very vocal in her criticisms against Republican Donald Trump – and she did really well in launching her general election campaign.

How could anyone think that she is sick if not just scrutinizing for some loop holes that will discredit her into the presidency? Don’t they know that Clinton’s tripping on a stair, laughing her heart out, hesitating in the middle of a sentence in a speech are just mere signs that she is a human being that can get tired or be happy with something and dree enough to express it.

Why is it not enough when Hillary’s personal physician last year released a statement calling the former secretary of state in “excellent health and fit to serve as president of the United States?” Is this photo not a normal gesture offered to an older person? What is happening to the society?

Dr. Ben Carson, a former GOP presidential candidate himself, wouldn’t even declare Clinton’s behavior proof of any specific ailment but did note that “as a person gets older, the number of medical conditions that we have to watch for increases,” and that is a simple fact, believe it or not!.one


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Obama’s performance helps in widening Clinton’s Lead Over Trump in Key States

Hillary Clinton

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Hillary Clinton is gaining more in Colorado, Virginia and North Carolina; while maintaining her steady advantage in Florida over controversial rival Donald Trump according to a new poll result.

Clinton lead in Colorado over Trump is 14 percentage points, 46% to 32% which is six points more than a poll taken last July. She also gained in Virginia, leading 46% to 33% and North Carolina at 48% to 39%.

Clinton’s at 44% in Florida to 39% of Trump’s that gives a bit of increase for him compared to last month’s result but analysts say that even if he will overpass Clinton in Florida, that will not help him much either – unless his ratings improve in other key states. Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion said: “Trump still needs to unify Republicans and better position himself among traditional GOP groups in order to make the contest competitive in these must-win states.”

The growing approval of President Barack Obama’s job performance is also trending, that stands at 50% or higher in each state. That is up 3 points in Colorado and Virginia over the past month, up 2 points in Florida and about the same as the past month in North Carolina. “It’s a tall order for a sitting president to pass the baton to a member of his own party,” said Mr. Miringoff. “President Obama is actively trying to do just that, and his improved approval rating is boosting that effort.” Trump’s trouble with fellow republicans really hurt his chances into the presidency whereas, Hillary Clinton’s strong affiliation with President Obama as endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama can make Clinton the ultimate winner if the trend continues that way.


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Hillary Clinton’s 2015 tax return showed that she’s doing what she’s preaching

Hillary Clinton

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
As Hillary Clinton released her latest federal income tax return rcently, that shows the couple paid more or less a third of their multi-million dollar income to the tax bureau. $10.6 million was paid in 2015, which is a lot less than the almost $28 million they made the year before.
Overall, their tax return showed that both paid $3.24 million in federal income taxes – which means their effective tax rate – a measure of their income tax burden – was 30.6% based on their adjusted gross income, that is on par with their 32% effective rate in 2014.

Clintons’ effective tax rate as 34%, included the $300,000 or a bit more the couple paid for self-employment taxes,considered as payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare. They are normally not included in the calculation of federal income tax burdens as per basic practice.

This report clearly shows that Hillary Clinton and Bill have satisfied the Buffett Rule that she’d campaigned to implement if elected. The proposed mandate will rule that anyone with adjusted gross income over $1 million would would be paying a minimum of 30% of their income in taxes.

The couple are highly paid speakers and writers that accounted to the $6.7 million they made in speaking fees alone. That is a lot lower than the $20 million they made the previous year. $3.1 million was the income on various books they wrote. Bill Clinton’s consulting business also made around $1.7 million.$226,000 in pension and annuities were also received. Bill Clinton is also entitled to receive a pension worth of $200,000 annually as a former president. on top of that, they gained $109,000 in interest and dividends, with $3,000 in capital losses claimed that was carried over from prior years.They also donated $1 million Clinton Family Foundation, which is another entity and not the Clinton Foundation that has been scrutinized nowadays.

This move ultimately gave intense pressure to Donald Trump who is still hesitant to make his tax returns public. This is why she is pushing him to do so as they found some irregularities in it that might discourage Trump’s voters.Trump promised however that he would disclose it when the audit is complete but the damage has been done on his credibility on the issue because it will give the public a notion that he needs to delay things to be able to do something with his paying almost nothing as an active real estate tycoon that benefited from numerous federal tax breaks.

Aside from that, he is breaking with a 40-year bipartisan tradition of transparency that is asked for by the public from presidential candidates.
The actual value of his fortune and other businesses affiliations are now in question because of the delay. Thus giving hints to critics that he pays very little in income taxes or worst, nothing at all.

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Hillary Clinton’s Sincerity on Economic Plan Questioned by Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Hillary Clinton declared that she would oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade pact that is a top priority of President Barack Obama. “I oppose it now. I’ll oppose it after the election, and I’ll oppose it as president,” said the former secretary of state. She said this while laying out her economic plans.

Trump responded by questioning her sincerity: “If she were ever in a position to approve it, she would approve it in two minutes,” he said.

Clinton disclosed her economic plan after criticizing Trumps plan of cutting taxes and regulation while advancing a more protectionist trade policy. She described Trump’s revamped tax policy as a “regressive windfall for the wealthiest Americans”.

Here’s what Trump has to say if clinton wins: “enjoy your tax increase, folks,” he said. “It’s going to be four more years of Obama, but it’ll be worse.”

Clinton has unveiled numerous vital policy proposals on infrastructure, taxes, family-friendly workplace policies and college education, and she urged Trump’s camp to set sharp goals for the average worker.

But all Trump could do is to malign the credibility of Clinton saying she can’t be trusted to follow through on her promises because she was being pulled to the left by alleged younger voters who favored Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary while she is being captured by her donors.

Clinton in return stressed that Trump’s proposal to repeal the estate tax “would do nothing for 99.8% of Americans”.


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Trump’s camp tried to mischaracterize Clinton emails to accuse her of corruption

Hillary Clinton

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Trump’s camp tried to implicate Hillary Clinton with corruption allegations when they cited Clinton Foundation official Doug Band’s lobbying Clinton aides for a job for someone else in the State Department. In one of the emails, Band tells Hillary Clinton’s former aides at the department — Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin — that it is “important to take care of (redacted).” Band is reassured by Abedin that “Personnel has been sending him options.”

The emails were disclosed after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was filed by Judicial Watch against the State Department back in 2015.

To add to that, Judicial Watch President Tom Filton said in a press release that Clinton purposely “hid” the 44 emails to cover up Clinton Foundation’s influence over state matters.

from Clinton campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin expressed his disbelief on the misinterpretation saying: “Neither of these emails involve the secretary or relate to the Foundation’s work.” “They are communications between her aides and the President’s personal aide, and indeed the recommendation was for one of the Secretary’s former staffers who was not employed by the Foundation.”

No matter how this group tries to mischaracterize these email exchanges, the fact remains that Hillary Clinton never took action as secretary of state in relation of donations for the Clinton Foundation,” Schwerin said.


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