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Donald Trump's Eminent-Domain Empire (Say No To Trump)
Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2011 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 04/22/2011 4:16:39 AM PDT by Kaslin

Don't be fooled by The Donald. Take it from one who knows: I'm a South Jersey gal who was raised on the outskirts of Atlantic City in the looming shadow of Trump's towers. All through my childhood, casino developers and government bureaucrats joined hands, raised taxes and made dazzling promises of urban renewal. Then we wised up to the eminent-domain thievery championed by our hometown faux free-marketeers.

America, it's time you wised up to Donald Trump's property redistribution racket, too.

Trump has been wooing conservative activists for months and flirting with a GOP presidential run -- first at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington and most recently at a tea party event in South Florida. He touts his business experience, "high aptitude" and "bragadocious" deal-making abilities. But he's no more a standard-bearer of conservative values, limited government and constitutional principles than the cast of "Jersey Shore."

Too many mega-developers like Trump have achieved success by using and abusing the government's ability to commandeer private property for purported "public use." Invoking the Fifth Amendment takings clause, real estate moguls, parking garage builders, mall developers and sports palace architects have colluded with elected officials to pull off legalized theft in the name of reducing "blight." Under eminent domain, the definition of "public purpose" has been stretched like Silly Putty to cover everything from roads and bridges to high-end retail stores, baseball stadiums and casinos.

While casting himself as America's new constitutional savior, Trump has shown reckless disregard for fundamental private property rights. In the 1990s, he waged a notorious war on elderly homeowner Vera Coking, who owned a little home in Atlantic City that stood in the way of Trump's manifest land development. The real estate mogul was determined to expand his Trump Plaza and build a limo parking lot -- Coking's private property be damned. The nonprofit Institute for Justice, which successfully saved Coking's home, explained the confiscatory scheme:

"Unlike most developers, Donald Trump doesn't have to negotiate with a private owner when he wants to buy a piece of property, because a governmental agency -- the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority or CRDA -- will get it for him at a fraction of the market value, even if the current owner refuses to sell. Here is how the process works.

"After a developer identifies the parcels of land he wants to acquire and a city planning board approves a casino project, CRDA attempts to confiscate these properties using a process called 'eminent domain,' which allows the government to condemn properties 'for public use.' Increasingly, though, CRDA and other government entities exercise the power of eminent domain to take property from one private person and give it to another. At the same time, governments give less and less consideration to the necessity of taking property and also ignore the personal loss to the individuals being evicted."

Trump has attempted to use the same tactics in Connecticut and has championed the reviled Kelo vs. City of New London Supreme Court ruling upholding expansive use of eminent domain. He told Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto that he agreed with the ruling "100 percent" and defended the chilling power of government to kick people out of their homes and businesses based on arbitrary determinations:

"The fact is, if you have a person living in an area that's not even necessarily a good area, and government, whether it's local or whatever, government wants to build a tremendous economic development, where a lot of people are going to be put to work and make (an) area that's not good into a good area, and move the person that's living there into a better place -- now, I know it might not be their choice -- but move the person to a better place and yet create thousands upon thousands of jobs and beautification and lots of other things, I think it happens to be good."

Like most statist promises of bountiful job creation, government-engineered redevelopment math rarely adds up. Trump's corporations have backed casino industry bailouts and wealth-redistributing "tax-increment financing" schemes -- the very kind of taxpayer-subsidized interventions we've seen on a grand scale under the Obama administration.

Championing liberty begins at the local level. There is nothing more fundamental than the principle that a man's home is his castle. Donald Trump's career-long willingness to trample this right tells you everything you need to know about his bogus tea party sideshow.


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KEYWORDS: heblows; nototrump; scumbagtrump; trump; trumpschumps
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1 posted on 04/22/2011 4:16:42 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
The Donald is a useful idiot.
He is waking up the conservatives. He has two chances of getting the JOB. 1. Slim 2. None.
Let him stir the pot. He is a doing a good job as a useful idiot.
2 posted on 04/22/2011 4:23:22 AM PDT by DeaconRed (TAGLINE: I can't come up with a good one, so I'll revert to my old standby - FUBO)
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To: Kaslin

Most people who aspire to political office of any kind think they are smarter than the rest of us little people.


3 posted on 04/22/2011 4:24:27 AM PDT by exnavy (May the Lord bless and keep our troops.)
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To: Kaslin

Like Bush and the Texas Rangers stadium in Arlington? Or different? Why does it matter now and not then?


4 posted on 04/22/2011 4:26:21 AM PDT by Puddleglum (dance with the horse that brung ya)
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To: Kaslin
If the left scrutinized its candidates the way conservatives do, we wouldn't be saddled with Obama.

According to his detractors, Trump just won't do...even if he knocks off Obama through the Birther issues.

So, instead of trump, we go for...?

5 posted on 04/22/2011 4:27:17 AM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t like Trump, never have.
Don’t have any intention of ever voting for him, but...

I love to see him going after Zer0. What’s gotten him his sudden popularity is his being so confrontational, and loud. Not so much the message but the method.
Boehner, take notes..


6 posted on 04/22/2011 4:31:18 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Kaslin

The reason that Trump is getting traction is because the so-called ‘leaders’ of the gop are a bunch of p***ies. That’s what this all boils down to. People are dying for some leadership on the right wing and they’re getting girly men who are more concerned with their coiffure.


7 posted on 04/22/2011 4:31:40 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Repudiate the national debt)
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To: Kaslin

I woke up to find that someone had invoked God to rebuke me for speaking out against Trump. Tell me that ain’t some crazy crap. LOL


8 posted on 04/22/2011 4:32:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Rudder

Don’t buy the Lame Stream Media assumption that there is no one on our site worthy for election


9 posted on 04/22/2011 4:33:52 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Rudder
So, instead of trump, we go for...?

I don't get this friendly fire nonsense. Trump is no conservative, but he at least has the nerve to speak out against the Dems and zero. Why neutralize the messenger now, unless one wants Obama in for another term?

10 posted on 04/22/2011 4:40:19 AM PDT by CASchack
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To: Kaslin
"TRUMP IN 1957 AT AGE 7 PULLS GIRL'S PIG TAIL IN SCHOOL...PROVES HE WAS A BULLY, DESTINED TO GROW UP A BECOME A LIBERAL AND RUN FOR PRESIDENT AS A REPUBLICAN SIMPLY TO DIVIDE/DESTROY THE TEA PARTY/CONSERVATIVES WHILE 'SECRETLY' WORKING TO HELP RE-ELECT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA."

Here we go again, shooting ourselves in the foot or maybe, head?

Geeeez, wtf is up with all these people who are so exorcised over Trump?

Now even Malkin has jumped on the "Trump is evil" bandwagon and showing signs of "TDS?"

Hey, y'all STFU already!

I could care less about what Trump did as a 7 year old or whenever. He is doing "God's Work" and helping expose that Narcissistic, Fascist, Community Agitator as well as taking it to the Lame Stream Media and RINO talking heads, such as Rove and in spite of the incessant attacks (sadly by so many on "our" side) he is gaining traction and waking people up.

Until he declares we should all be supporting him. There will be time enough to decide who anyone wants to support in the primaries.

11 posted on 04/22/2011 4:43:18 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: CASchack
Why neutralize the messenger now, unless one wants Obama in for another term?

Many Conservatives are all Ideology and no Strategy.

12 posted on 04/22/2011 4:44:53 AM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Rudder

I agree.


13 posted on 04/22/2011 4:45:56 AM PDT by CASchack
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To: Kaslin

Everything Michelle Malkin says is true but I’ll still be voting Trump. He had to be a bast**d to be worth 7 billion these days. He can beat Obama to a pulp. In fact he is doing it right now

So if Michelle doesn’t like Trump she has to tell me who she has who can drive the Kenyan out of the White House. I’ll back anyone who can do this and Trump is the best bet today


14 posted on 04/22/2011 4:46:35 AM PDT by dennisw (nzt - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: Voter#537

The useful idiot theory is interesting, I hadn’t thought of Trump as a useful idiot for conservatism.

But it could be. Maybe—in a shallow, Donald Trump way of viewing politics—he really is sincere about the birth certificate, and has truly come to realize what a nightmare Obama is.

Although Trump has the heart of a liberal, he might do some good by exposing Obama’s lies. Then go back to counting his money while we elect a constitutional conservative.


15 posted on 04/22/2011 4:48:17 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Sarah Palin is above taking the fake high road.)
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To: Kaslin

Keep pushing, keeping asking. Don’t be shamed, don’t be bullied out of asking a legitimate question.

Don’t lay down and die or shrink away like so many Republicans have.


16 posted on 04/22/2011 4:48:37 AM PDT by Tempest (Ruining the day of corporate butt kissers everywhere.)
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To: Puddleglum

Bush? I didn’t nominate him, but he was still a big disappointment.


17 posted on 04/22/2011 4:50:15 AM PDT by yup2394871293
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To: dennisw

Agree. Well said.


18 posted on 04/22/2011 4:50:29 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Kaslin

Obama and all his sleazy advisers (Axelrod, Plouffe etc) are hoping and praying Trump does not run. Michelle Malkin is the same. So she must come up with someone better who can beat Obama.
I don’t see anyone else who can beat Obama


19 posted on 04/22/2011 4:51:33 AM PDT by dennisw (nzt - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: Kaslin
move the person that's living there into a better place -- now, I know it might not be their choice

When bambi speaks this way everyone gets upset. (but Mr. Trump will get a pass)

Some people think there's nothing wrong with infringing on other people's rights.
Especially when they're the ones doing the infringing...
20 posted on 04/22/2011 4:52:10 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: cripplecreek

Donald Trump: Because having OUR liberal in the White House is more important than any principles.


21 posted on 04/22/2011 4:55:23 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Kaslin
I think its important to keep it in mind that its The Presidency of the U.S.A.....NOT a popularity contest.
22 posted on 04/22/2011 4:55:55 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: Kaslin

In my business, I deal with the public all day & probably half of my customers are travelers - several have told me that Trump has their vote if he is running. They appreciate that he is saying what the other politicians won’t. My sister is a rabid social conservative, but she says she will vote for Trump.

My feeling is that our country is on fire right now - the TOP priority for me is to put that fire out! Then, you can worry about the other stuff. Our economy is on the verge of collapsing - if that happens - none of the other stuff matters. The fact that Trump is NOT a politician is a big plus in my book. I’m sick of the pretense that we have two “opposing” parties - that’s a big crock. I have been feeling like our next president is going to be a complete outsider. I hope Trump stays the course, I like it.


23 posted on 04/22/2011 4:58:04 AM PDT by alicewonders
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To: Kaslin
kA-boom!!!!!

Thank you, Michelle.

24 posted on 04/22/2011 4:59:43 AM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet
I could care less about what Trump did as a 7 year old or whenever.

Bet you wouldn't say that about Obama. You're rallying against a President who wasn't properly vetted and you want conservatives to turn a blind eye to Trump's past?

Screw you!

25 posted on 04/22/2011 5:02:19 AM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: Pan_Yan

He’s little different than Obama in my opinion. He tells people what they want to hear and if elected he’ll do exactly as he pleases.


26 posted on 04/22/2011 5:04:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: patriot08
Thanks! 
Job #1 is evict Obama from the White House
People who don't like Trump have to tell me who they have who is better equipped to do this. Who can raise the funds to do this. Who can get independents and Democrats voting for him or her. I see Trump as a crossover candidate who can pull in these independents and Democrats. Trump should talk more about putting our military on the border. This appeals across the political spectrum and so does his OPEC bashing and China taking American jobs.
****Trump has also come out strongly for more drilling and energy production on US soil. Not this green crap Obama is promoting
27 posted on 04/22/2011 5:05:20 AM PDT by dennisw (nzt - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: Kaslin
Eminent domain has been a fact of life since the US began, and is of course included in the constitution. There is also an old strategy that works well for any would be developer: make them an offer they can't refuse. But if it has become common that property owners are being paid less than fair market value, then that should be a crime. Actually, property owners should be paid much more than the value of their property assessed at its present use, and paid what it'd be worth for its new intended use.

If someone wants to build a skyscraper where an apple orchard sits, then they should pay downtown, skyscraper prices for the land, not apple orchard prices. Such pricing would keep out all but the most efficient builders.

28 posted on 04/22/2011 5:10:51 AM PDT by Will88
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To: Puddleglum

You wrote: “Like Bush and the Texas Rangers stadium in Arlington? Or different? Why does it matter now and not then?”

Nice try. Obviously you assume that anyone who opposes Trump is some sort of Bush insider — which is ridiculous. BUT to answer your question: I would say that if Bush did that it DID matter — and I don’t know the details of the Arlington case.

HOWEVER: I would also add that Bush did not have a habit of that and Bush did not champion that type of business deal as to why he should be President — as Trump does. And oh, from what I can tell, Bush is not running now.


29 posted on 04/22/2011 5:11:52 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

If you believe Trump is a conservative, you are certainly entitled to it. But Trump is anything but. He is also a big flip flopper


30 posted on 04/22/2011 5:15:06 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Tainan
NOT a popularity contest

Technically speaking, that's exactly what it is.

31 posted on 04/22/2011 5:17:48 AM PDT by Huck (We must have universal healthcare. -- Donald Trump.)
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To: Kaslin
I suppose Michelle Malkin is a RINO now too. ;-)
32 posted on 04/22/2011 5:18:14 AM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: dennisw
Amazing how many Freeper's are drinking the kool-aid. How pathetic. I thought conservatives were smarter than this.
33 posted on 04/22/2011 5:22:06 AM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: Rudder

I don’t care who finally wins the Republican nomination, I’m voting against obama.


34 posted on 04/22/2011 5:25:23 AM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: novemberslady
What will people 'round here say when bambi gets re-elected because 25% of the base has latched on to this charlatan.
35 posted on 04/22/2011 5:25:34 AM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: cripplecreek

If Mitt Romney came out blasting about Obama’s birth certificate would all the FReeper’s jump on his bandwagon? After all, they’ve both flopped on almost every major position. Both were successful in business. Both supported big govenment healthcare. Both flopped on abortion and gay marriage. Neither pretended to be a conservative until recently. In fact, Romney has pretended to be conservative longer than Trump, who supported Hillary in 2008. And Romney has experience in running a campaign and being an elected government executive.

What say you, Trump fans? If we get Mitt on board the Birther Express will you all start talking about him as the only one who can beat Obama?


36 posted on 04/22/2011 5:27:33 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Kaslin

NO TRUMP! One liberal with delusions of godhood in the White House is enough.


37 posted on 04/22/2011 5:34:39 AM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: rintense

I will never forgive Trump when he said 3 years ago, that President Bush should be impeached after calling him the worst president.


38 posted on 04/22/2011 5:41:17 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: ejdrapes
Amazing how many Freeper's are drinking the kool-aid. How pathetic. I thought conservatives were smarter than this.

Your obligation is to come up with someone better than Trump who can dislodge Obama from the White House. Don't just diss the Donald. Tell me who has a better chance and that includes fund raising ability

39 posted on 04/22/2011 5:41:38 AM PDT by dennisw (nzt - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: Kaslin
Good post. Michelle Malkin's article is right up there with Larry Elders piece on TheDonald. Factual and to the point.

Trump's no more a standard-bearer of conservative values, limited government and constitutional principles than the cast of "Jersey Shore."

40 posted on 04/22/2011 5:41:49 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: dennisw
>>>>>Your obligation is to come up with someone better than Trump ...

Wrong. As a conservative, my job on this forum is to speak the truth about liberalism and oppose a scumbag liberal like Trump.

Its the job of the political system to come up with candidates. If Trump is the best the GOP has to offer, Obama will be reelected.

41 posted on 04/22/2011 5:45:41 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Kaslin
Don’t buy the Lame Stream Media assumption that there is no one on our site worthy for election. Does that mean 'electable?'

You must have a short list of potential candidates, don't you?

I'm listening...

42 posted on 04/22/2011 5:47:12 AM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Reagan Man

If Trump is the best the GOP has to offer, Obama will be reelected. >>>>>>

First off Trump has to run and he might decide not to. If he does run I see him winning the Republican nomination plus I see him easily beating Obama. The tough part will be winning the Republican primaries and nomination. The easy part will be beating Obama


43 posted on 04/22/2011 5:49:41 AM PDT by dennisw (nzt - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: C. Edmund Wright
Obviously you assume that anyone who opposes Trump is some sort of Bush insider

Not obvious at all. You are, in fact, incorrect. Go back to mind-reading 101 or some other inferential training.

44 posted on 04/22/2011 5:51:00 AM PDT by Puddleglum (dance with the horse that brung ya)
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To: Voter#537

I cannot believe how much traction Trump is getting on FR. This guy is McCain Part 2, only more “in your face”. He would wheel and deal with both sides of the aisle to relentlessly pursue his own needs and his own legacy. He is a flip-flopper of the highest order. He has consistently donated to Democrats. He is not a family man, has no morals, and apparently no knowledge or respect for the Constitution. He is repulsive in his demeanor, and would sell his first born child for a bump in Nielson ratings for his ridiculous reality TV show.


45 posted on 04/22/2011 5:51:36 AM PDT by KingOfVagabonds
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To: ejdrapes
What will people 'round here say when bambi gets re-elected because 25% of the base has latched on to this charlatan.

You could say the same thing about Huckabee, but there were lots of people here who latched onto him as their candidate. If Trump gets 25% of the vote, it will speak more to the weakness of the GOP nominee. As it stands now, he is the only voice who isn't spouting the typical pablum we hear from the establishment GOP pretenders. Trump will probably self-destruct a la Ross Perot and the NAFTA debate without any additional help. In the meantime, he's scoring hits on Obama when no one else is.

46 posted on 04/22/2011 5:52:34 AM PDT by CASchack
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To: C. Edmund Wright; yup2394871293
HOWEVER: I would also add that Bush did not have a habit of that and Bush did not champion that type of business deal as to why he should be President — as Trump does. And oh, from what I can tell, Bush is not running now.

yup2394871293 Since Jan 21, 2011

Seems to think so (referring to post#17)

47 posted on 04/22/2011 5:52:45 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
Unfortunately Ms. Malkin et al. don't seem to want to talk about the wholesale FRAUD that is Barack Hussein Obama. I don't really hear much from any of them about the World's Muslim problem either, unless they sugarcoat their words.

They sort of opened the door for a guy like Trump.

ML/NJ

48 posted on 04/22/2011 5:55:45 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: dennisw
>>>>>The easy part will be beating Obama

Right. LOL

49 posted on 04/22/2011 5:58:01 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: KingOfVagabonds

Trump makes me leery of him. I don’t trust him, because he is wishy washy. If anyone is a flip flopper it is Trump. He is anything but a conservative. Also his boasting how rich he is disgraceful. We all know he is rich, but he doesn’t have to shove it down our throat


50 posted on 04/22/2011 5:59:40 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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