A Softer, Gentler Trump

by Jill Colvin and Steve Peoples | Associated Press/The Washington Times  |  published on August 19, 2016


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In a highly uncharacteristic move aimed at resetting his struggling campaign, Donald Trump has said for the first time that he regrets some of the caustic comments he’s made that may have caused people pain.

“Sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that,” the GOP nominee, reading from prepared text, said at a rally in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday night. “And believe it or not, I regret it — and I do regret it — particularly where it may have caused personal pain.”

Trump didn’t specify what comments he was referring to, but he added that, “Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.”

It was a rare admission for a man who has said that he prefers “not to regret anything” and it underscores the dire situation he finds himself in. With just 80 days left until the election, Trump is trailing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in preference polls of most key battleground states. At the same time, party leaders have conceded they may divert resources away from the presidential contest in favor of vulnerable Senate and House candidates if things don’t improve.

The remarks came a day after Trump announced that he was overhauling his campaign operation, bringing in a new chief executive and appointing a new campaign manager. Rarely do presidential campaigns wait to advertise, or undergo such leadership tumult, at such a late stage of the general election.

  • reggie

    Lies, damn lies, statistics. Mark Twain

  • sylvia

    Mr Trump is fine the way he is…he is our only hope. This country has become void of good, sound reasoning (not everyone…yet…politicians still trying to condition the masses).

  • willr3

    The media knows many people are just sheeple, and they will follow the horde. By saying Trump is losing, they hope to find enough sheeple gullible enough to believe the lie, and like Stalin said if you tell the LIE often and loud idiots will believe it and act on it. Trump will be our Next President, and the first “Legal one” in 8 years.

  • William Duncan

    I don’t read the (newapapers) nor do I belive the (polls) none of them are trueful any more…………….

  • downdraft

    Attention TRUMP supporters!
    remember when you commented in the past few weeks that YOU DON’T TRUIST THE MEDFIA LIARS?

    Well, that was a good choice…

    So, if you did then, why would you waver based on what the same crooked MEDIA and CROOKED LIARS now say about Trump?

    Are you addicted to the MEDIA, thinking they are God, or Santa Clause…and NOT LIARS ANYMORE?

    Comon…if you are not strong enough to defend our nation…then bellie-up to the real LIAR…HILLARY…who is sick emotionally and mentally…remember when Hitler was diagnosed as mentally unbalanced?

    Well, Hillary ain’t changed, nor Trump…just you wimps who can’t stand the fight our “JUNK YARD DOG” faces on our behalf…he is really placed everything on the table…JUST FOR US!

  • Askjrsk

    No doubt she was sleeping. No way she is near Presidential looking or acting. No way. However, we will see how low our nation has sunk to accept a rapist defender,Wall street enabler, liar, bought off CONVULUTED candidate that has prostituted our nation and its security for her personal gain. God help us.LOCK HER UP. TRUMP MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

  • rockcut

    Trump version 2.0 does not impress. Trump[ version 3.0 will be along in a few weeks.

    • Ethel Halstead

      The things that don’t impress is what we have been experiencing the past 8 years. Trump is giving us hope that we can recover from it without a full fledged rebellion here at home. Without him, we don’t stand a chance of recovering or avoiding a rebellion.

      • rockcut

        I disagree with you. Trump is giving you emotional snake oil. !!!

        • Ethel Halstead

          You’re entitled to your opinion. But I think??? this is still America, and hopefully??? that gives me the right to my opinion. ’nuff said!!!

          • rockcut

            I agree with you 100% and yes, we all have a right to what we think, both you and I. That is why America is the greatest country on earth!

  • jimahrens

    As I see it we are at the point of no return. We have 2 choices, 1. Vote Trump in! 2. An all out rebellion to take back the Country that we built.

  • Not A Farmer

    His speech was perfect. I hope the Republican Senate and Congress are listening. Why can’t they put the teleprompters in front of the candidate so they are not having to turn their heads like a pin pong ball?

  • Rosemarie Saccardi

    Trum will be the People’s President He will Fight for you he will stand up for you in return the American people ARE ALIVE AGAIN HOPEFUL AGAIN SHARE YOUR VOICE SAVE AMERICA LETS ROLL TO THE WHITE HOUSE WITH TRUMP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S PRESIDENT

  • Leslie Woodhull

    TRUMP is NOT “trailing”!! ALL of the polls are polling MORE DUMBOCRATS than Republicans AND are counting ALL the Independents as in the tank for HILDEBEAST!!! NOT!!! If even a THIRD of the Independents vote for TRUMP-which IS highly likely-TRUMP IS AHEAD BY DOUBLE DIGITS!!!!

    • Dr. G

      Just do what needs to be done. Vote.

      • RuFus92

        Amen Dt. G: Nothing will count in any manner if you do not vote.

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      • Front Sight

        Do not vote “absentee.” Deposit your mail in ballot at the poll. Otherwise, the ballot(s) may not be counted.

        • bobnstuff

          Since I have counted absentee ballots I will say you are wrong. If you dough this become a poll watcher.

      • William Duncan

        For sure and, watch to see if your vote goes to the person that you want to vote for, there has already many votes that have been changed by the voting machines in several poling places !!!!!!!!

    • American Me

      I hope you are right. If not the America that we grew up in and love will not survive 4 years of Hildabeast.She cannot be trusted with the Secrets of our country.She has proven that.She will overrun our country with Muslims and some of them will be terrorists.Many Americans will die in our internal war that is inevitable when she starts taking away our rights.The second amendment is gone and gun confiscation is only months away.VOTE TRUMP !!!!!

    • pmbalele

      Trump is too late now to appear gentler. People have already made their mind to vote for Hillary. The right wing polls are against Trump – 36 for Trump and 60 for Hillary. That is hard for Trump to catch up. I have nothing against Trump-remember that. I know Trump has learned good lesson now. He should wait another 8 years to get into the WH ring. Everybody, including people in his camp are abandoning him. He may as well go to Trump Tower to talk to his wives from foreign countries who are still illegals. What surprises me is that Trump could not find beautiful American women here – but went to solve women problems in other countries. That was betraying women in this country. That should be unacceptable with American women. Do not vote for Trump – he abandoned you. Clint and Trump can talk to as many chairs as they want. Let us vote for Hillary on November 8 at 8 am.

      • Genevieve

        Guess what, he is who he is just like you and me. Really look past all the nit picking and view the real Trump and don’t look at him in a negative way. He has a heart of gold and to me at one time I looked at him in a negative way at one time and put him down because he is rich and we are not, when I started to watch the news media turn many things around and call him names, I am 74 yrs old and have all my marbles. Shame on me for judging him without even knowing anything about him except maybe a remark. Let me tell you this man has the God given strength and courage to do what he said he will do and I know he will be President of the USA and a darned good one. He is the one to vote for in November 8th. TRUMP/PENCE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

        • pmbalele

          What Melania Knauss-Trump married for money? Where is that coming from? WND.

        • William Duncan

          I am 83 yrs old and have never been so worried about our contry as I am today, maybe Trump in not right one for the Oval office, but I know for a fact clinton sure is NOT !!!!!!

      • Leslie Woodhull

        NOT. But nice try.

      • Roscoe

        You are a fool. Probably one of those that voted for that Muslim because it was “historic”; probably can’t wait to vote for the capo regime of the Clinton Crime Family as that will be “historic” as well. Go crawl back under your rock where you belong.

        • pmbalele

          I know you were raised as a bad woman. That is why you call other foul names. Please vote for Hillary on November 8 at 9 am.

          • Roscoe

            There is no cure for stupid.

      • dorcus

        Sorry, but all people have not made their minds up! As for your 36 -60 votes it is bogus! They poll only the people that they want (Dems) in order to get the poll they want! I guess you haven’t been to a rally for Trump! Standing outside because they can’t get in! Too Many people!

        • pmbalele

          I guess you did not read my posting a week ago. There is a conspiracy against Trump – people and especially White women are going to his rallies just to laugh at him. They think he is another Bill O’rielly now divorces. We are told Trump is leading the trip to poor Eastern Europe for a new woman. This time he will be joined by Bill O’rielly, Rev. Swaggart; Jim Bakker, Gov Sanford, Herman Cain, Newt and Pence. All are women abusers. I think Barbara Bush is right to say: “I wonder why women vote for Trump when they know he abuses them.” So join me and vote for Hillary – mild but tough on TPs and Repubs in Congress.

  • Askjrsk

    It’s not what he says but how he says it. Oh that was Obama. Screeching shouting disgusting Hillary always makes Trump so Presidential. Her record, her lying, her selling the Lincoln bedroom, stealing White House furniture and then sleeping through Benghazi. No wonder she ground hogs brown snakes at conventions. Check out large number of folks at Trump rally and paltry numbers at Hillarys. She should apologize. Big time. It’s not only what she says but how she says it. Lock her up Trump make America Great Again

    • bobnstuff

      You do know Benghazi was at 3:00 pm EST. I don’t think Clinton was sleeping. It is both what he says and how he says it. He has made a number of mistakes that he has had to back pedal on. Even now he is very big on doing it but not so on how . As of right now Trump doesn’t look at all Presidential. This change should help him if he can do it. I don’t believe it will last a week but we will see.

      • KT

        Why is it with you people….that someone has to look the part, in oder to have a position? And further more, he is just exactly what this Nation needs, because He….will…not….sell…out! The least expected one, is the most likely one! I am an America & love my Country, but majority of this Nation is judgemental & always accusing before the truth comes out! Just hide and watch is all I can say to you all!!!!! This government has so brain washed society in believing that do no wrong & we have believed the lies….over & over and the buck needs to stop now….we have a voice so, do something positive with it & encourage people to vote!!!!

        • Robo-pro

          Well said

        • bobnstuff

          I could care less what Trump looks likes but his actions over the years say he is not to be trusted. You say he wouldn’t sell out the country but if the price was right he would sell his own mother. He loves only two things, himself and money. The truth is out on Trump or enough that he should not be given the highest office in the land. I’m a businessman or should I say was since I’m retired. I want a president that will be good for our economy. For all his boosting he isn’t all that good a businessman. Atlantic City proves that. Trump is lazy and impulsive. He didn’t understand the market in Atlantic City and because of it everyone involved except one person got burned. Trump is the only one who made out on the deal and that was because he repeatedly lied. The man would make the worst president in history and would destroy the country if not the planet.

          • KT

            And you know this for certain….because you know him personally or you believe everything you hear or read?..Sir!

          • bobnstuff

            How much information do you want? There is a ton of it out there. Trumps failure in Atlantic City has been written about a lot. Non of the stories make Trump look good and the word mismanagement is used a lot.
            http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2011/04/29/fourth-times-a-charm-how-donald-trump-made-bankruptcy-work-for-him/#325578126f7a
            https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/what-trump-didnt-say-about-his-four-big-business-bankruptcies/2015/08/07/bc054e64-3d12-11e5-9c2d-ed991d848c48_story.html

          • KT

            So, how many mistakes have you made a a businessman, in your life time? You see…..this is what I am talking about with American mentality, we all….are guilty to be quick to point out each other’s faults, because it makes us look better or that is just human nature? I can see that Trump is a shrewd business person, but that is what it is going to take to Shake the crap out of this government. It take one to know one & he can do it. Take in consideration the people he is surrounding himself with, he is open to other’s input & guidance.

          • bobnstuff

            Trump has a history of mistakes, I could see one bankruptcy although on a project this big it shouldn’t have happened, but four on the same project is a sign of very bad management. These are not the only failures he has had. If we ever get to see his taxes it’s a good bet that most of his companies are not showing a profit.

          • KT

            So, what time frame did all this take place? Do you think that man is that stupid, to hand over his tax returns right now….knowing how the Hillary campaign manipulates & isolates to discredit him as much as she can….He is a lot smarter than people think! No! disrespect to you, don’t t vote! Then you can be one of the ones responsible for forfeiting by silence & swinging the vote the other way????? Your choice! I could careless about some of his personal business issues…what I know is this!!! Hillary gets in…we are headed for a lot of hell & dark, dark times…worst than now!

          • bobnstuff

            1991 was his first then 1992, 2004 and 2009. He cost investors Billions of dollars. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/nyregion/donald-trump-atlantic-city.html?_r=0
            Last year Trump said he would release his taxes. Now he won’t, does that mean he lied last year?

            I will ask you a question are you having trouble personal? Are you out of work or without income? Have you lost your savings because the market tanked. Are you having problems getting health insurance because no one will insure you? Hows the crime rate around you. Have you had a love one die in a war in the last few years? My guess is that you have income, you have insurance, your 401K is doing alright and you have burred any children because of war. If these are dark years it’s because your eyes are shut or you won’t come out of your cave.

          • Tom

            Bob, bankruptcy isn’t that uncommon in big business. Maybe you should research and focus on his successes. He didn’t become successful for no reason. And if you think that anyone making money doesn’t step on someone’s toes or doesn’t do things we wouldn’t do, you are wrong. I know people who have become millionaires. Someone got stepped on for them to get there. Survival of the fittest. Seriously , most people are happy being poor.

          • bobnstuff

            5% of business declare bankruptcy. Trump has done it four times in the same industry. Trump has been involved in 3500 lawsuits. Both numbers are troubling. I know a little about running a business. At one time I had the tittles of President of one company, Vice President of another and Partner of a third all at once. I never declared bankruptcy. I was respected by my competitors and the other businessmen in my area. Trump is no longer doing deals in New York, no one wants to be business with him and the banks won’t give him money. Lets face it Trump is not a good businessman. He has a lot of money but if you look at others who built wealth at the same time he really hasn’t done all that well. He didn’t beat the basic stock market in growth.

          • Tom

            Well, I know what I have seen here in Louisiana. I know people that are millionaires, maybe some approaching billionaire status. I have worked for them through contracts. All these people will do things that I don’t necessarily approve of, but I’m not rich like them. I believe it’s the nature of that type. Very aggressive people with a desire for more and more. The good side of these people is they really do give many jobs to everyone. They can’t get rich any other way. And the good thing is they understand that. Government and poor people don’t provide jobs. Rich people do. Everything government does is through taxing the hell out of the rich. The government produces nothing. Even small business relies on paychecks provided by big business.

          • dorcus

            It must be difficult to look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself how PERFECT you are! And I don’t believe that you were president of anything! Your script against Trump is just that – democrat talking points to discredit him!

          • bobnstuff

            I don’t care if you believe me or not. I have had a great life, done a lot and had a lot of fun. Now find a source that doesn’t blast Trumps handling of Atlantic City.
            “Trump has pushed the point that his bankruptcies in Atlantic City are a testament to his business acumen”
            That’s from a pro Trump sight.

          • KT

            Wrong! My family has history of Military, Boarder Patrol and teachers! I lost my job due to the millennium -entitlement brought on by Obama’s s Ideology, do not have insurance & presently living off of my 401 k!!! So, now that you are through profiling me, what next?

          • bobnstuff

            Ok, what is millennium -entitlement? If you have no income there is no reason for you not to have insurance unless you live Texas or one of the other states that turned down money from the feds to pay for it. If you paid taxes all those years there is no good reason that you shouldn’t get some of it back. In America we help each other or at least that’s what we are suppose to do. Needing a little help doesn’t mean you are any less of a person. On the other hand there are jobs out there, they may not be the highest paying but they are there. Around my area there are jobs going bagging. When I wanted to retire and only work part time, it took them four months to find my replacement. Blaming Obama for the job market is wrong. He may not be the greatest president in history but he tried. If you want to blame anyone look at Congress. In case you have forgotten it’s Congress that passes the laws, spends the money and creates new programs. We have been blessed with one of the most useless Congresses in history. It’s almost like they wanted the country to fail. Trump and many of his supporters complain about open borders but congress could have done something about it years ago. Instead of doing their job they blame Obama. It doesn’t really matter who is elected president unless the congress gets their act together nothing will be done. We need people who are more interested in solving the problems of the country then making headlines or even being re-elected. You say you have border patrol folk in you family? What do they think of the Great Wall of Trump? I think it’s stupid. It won’t work and is a very large waste of money. What we need are boots on the ground and laws to back them up. Throw the people that hire illegals in jail. Fine then $10,000 per illegal. Take the jobs away and they will go home. A lot of the Mexicans have gone home and we have less coming in then leaving. That’s thanks to the job growth in Mexico. Thank you NAFTA. Two of our largest trading partners are Canada and Mexico, both buy almost as much from us as we do from them. As Mexico’s economy has grown so has the thing they buy from us and in turn our economy. Now if we could get the economies of the rest of Central and South America going much of our illegal problem would go away. Trump is mostly wrong on trade. Starting a tariff war is the wrong thing to do, it would hurt us more then them. What really needs to be done is an overhaul of the WTO. Right now if a country starts dumping product it take a year and a half for the WTO to do anything, by then the damage is done. Trump doesn’t seem to understand how things work. You are out of work. Do you think Trump has a clue what you are going through? He doesn’t even seem to understand basic budgeting. Case in point, he went to Atlantic City and took a billion dollar project and ran it up to 3,6 billion. He bought only the best and instead of a three hundred room hotel built a 900 room hotel even though the market wasn’t there. Just bad judgement with a lot of ego thrown in. Real people know that you shouldn’t spend if you don’t have the money and you don’t go into debt unless you are sure you can make the payments. Trump blames the banks for giving him all that money. It’s the banks fault he over spent. If you borrowed more money then you can pay back would you blame the bank? I’m sorry you are having problems and I truly hope things turn around for you.

          • dorcus

            Nice try blaming congress! I guess you forgot about Obama and his magic pen! How many times has he gone around congress and the courts to get what he wants! And finally it’s apparent you don’t know what it takes to be a businessman! If you don’t take risks, you would never get anywhere! You win some, you lose some. Ask any BIG businessmen!

          • bobnstuff

            I guess you forgot that the President is limited in his powers and can only do so much with EO’s. It’s apparent you have never been a businessman because you try to limit your risks when ever you can. Owning a business is not gambling. Ever heard of a thing called a business plan? Trump hasn’t either. By the time he is done spending there was no way his operation in Atlantic City could make money. When I start a business I can tell you all the cost involved before hand. I do market studies and create a marketing plan. My business make money and I have never had to go bankrupt. When I opened my Restaurant I wrote a five year business plan and at the end of that time I was off less then 5% plus or minus. I sold it off at five years and one day. I wrote that plan before I spent a dime. That’s how it’s suppose to be done.

          • dorcus

            I guess you forgot who has been in charge the past 8 years! It sure wasn’t Trump!

          • dorcus

            You sound like a paid troll!

          • Genevieve

            You are so wrong about Donald Trump, so the Media has brainwashed you. Find things out and then you will know whats going on in this world. Till then, your comment has no meaning. I am not insulting you ,but just being honest. God Bless!

          • bobnstuff

            Would you hire someone as a CEO that took a $1 billion project and ran it up to $3.8 billion and then declares bankruptcy. I have read like ten pieces on Atlantic City and they all boil down to Trump over spent, he over built and even when people warned him he blow them off. It was Trumps ego that caused him to fail in Atlantic City. Trump is a fantastic salesman which is how he kept getting money but you can’t run a business based on you ego, you can dream big but you need to do your homework in the awake world.

          • dorcus

            It’s apparent that you believed what you have been spoon-fed by the democrat media. Maybe you need to do your own research!

        • wellilltellya

          THEN getting a FAIR COUNT is the next hill for a stepper !! hillery has been caught rigging outcome ALREADY ? and still in the running?? WHY??

      • Ethel Halstead

        If “NOT LOOKING AT ALL PRESIDENTIAL” could mean that he doesn’t come across like Obama or Hilary, that can’t be anything but a very, very, VERY good thing for this country. Maybe we need a president that doesn’t look or act like any of the recent performers. Maybe we need someone who actually thinks about what it takes to run a country efficiently.
        Back when this country WAS great, thousands of people took advantage of opportunities that were available to all, but only some could see, or were willing to, or wise enough, to take a chance on IT. Those are the ones that now support this country.
        Trump has never received a salary from any political office, yet he has managed to obtain more wealth than most politicians (except for the most vile of the criminal lot) by building and hiring thousands of unemployed people who pay taxes and supported this country which includes thousands of lazy bums that refuse to think or work.

        However, think, build, and hire the unemployed is what most ultra wealthy people do. Here are some stats from just one of those chain stores.
        Walmart employs 2.3 million associates around the world. About 75% of their store management teams started as hourly associates, and they earn between $50,000 and $170,000 a year. Walmart is investing $2.7 billion over two years in higher wages, education and training…
        There are many more like Wal-Mart and they all get badmouthed by dumbassed bums who think that the rich should be doing more for them..

        When the ultra wealthy, who keeps it all going now, says to hell with it all! What then? The idiots that can’t work, or think, believe it’s going to last forever or as long as they can keep raising hell and scream louder for more.

        Well kiddos, I’ve got news for you, We’re already near twenty trillion dollars in debt and no end in sight to the spending, When there’s only you to keep it going, what do you think will happen then, The billionaires that keep it going now can easily say why should we? And walk away from it all, which will put multi-millions more people out of work, and those will have to go on welfare too, or start killing and robbing in order to survive, but there will be nothing to rob when you’re all in the same boat..

        And why shouldn’t the wealthy take their billions, shut down their huge factories and plants and chain stores and run with their wealth? All you ever do is bad mouth them. They are the ones who figures out how to earned their money. That makes it their money, not yours. So why shouldn’t they just close down all those multi billion dollar businesses that has kept enough taxpayer going to support you all. Why not take their wealth and retire in Tahiti where they will never have to work again, or pay attention to your crap? After all, it seems pretty likely that that’s what you would do!

        • bobnstuff

          I have no problem with an outsiders for president I voted for Ross Perot. He was a self made man and a good businessman. If he was running today I would vote for a man like him in a minute. I’m no great Clinton fan and I wish I had other choices but the people I liked didn’t get nominated. You seem to be under the imposition that the rich are the job creators and that if you give them money they will create jobs and invest in our country. Sorry but the facts are against you. It’s the small business’s that build our economy and create the most jobs. Give money to the rich and they send it to their off shore bank. Give money to the middle class and they invest it, they start business’s, they send their kids to college and they buy new cars. All these actions help grow our economy. You talk about when our country was great, I’m not sure just when that was but I’m pretty sure the tax rate was higher then the one Trump wants. The idea that the very rich just walking away but that is a myth. Ayn Rand had it all wrong. We are a market driven economy, supply side economics is a joke. Companies hire people when there is a demand for the product. As long as there is a demand there will be jobs making the product. Walmart is making a big deal about how the are raising wages and improving train. They are talking about spending a $500 per employee, sounds like a lot but it works out to less then a $50 per month or 40 cents per hour. That manager making $50,000 per year is working a 60 hour week or under $13 per hour. Doesn’t sound so great when you break it down. I turn down the job a while back. This isn’t the first time they have said this but they are not very trustworthy. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/what-trump-didnt-say-about-his-four-big-business-bankruptcies/2015/08/07/bc054e64-3d12-11e5-9c2d-ed991d848c48_story.html
          Right now the good people at Walmart are installing self service check out lines. Walmart’s CEO makes $19.3 Million per year.

          If you want to create good jobs help the small business get capital to grow, help increase exports, fix our healthcare system so it is competitive with the rest of the world.

          You seem to be concerned with the national debt. You can thank Reagan for it. It was Reagan that said the debt didn’t matter. As a rule Republicans grow the debt faster then the democrats and it’s the Republicans that in the past has grown the size of government. Right now we have a much smaller government work force the when Obama came into office. Trump is planning to spend a lot of money fixing things, building a wall, rounding up illegals, building roads and the like. He is also planning to cut government income by cutting taxes on the rich, The math says you can’t spend money you don’t have in less you go deeper into debt. If you look at Trumps style of doing business he has no fear of debt, he just walks away from it.

          • Tom

            Are you really serious about big business not providing jobs? You have just lost any credibility.

          • Tom

            You really are confused. But then, I bet you live up north in a city.

          • bobnstuff

            http://www.nber.org/digest/feb11/w16300.html

            http://www.businessinsider.com/rich-people-create-jobs-2013-11

            Yes the big employers provide jobs but it’s the small companies and the start ups that account much of our job growth. One Walmart employees around 100 employees, the 20 small business on the same street employee more.

          • Tom

            Maybe in your town. Not in mine. I am in south Louisiana where many jobs, high paying jobs, are provided by companies like Shell Oil and the like. Jobs that pay high school graduates more than most doctors make. Without these big companies, our economy wouldn’t be nearly so good. We count on big business, because they tremendously boost our economy. Maybe a different world than yours.

          • bobnstuff

            You have an economy that relies on one industry, that’s bad. If something happens to the oil industry you are in trouble. Pittsburgh was like that until the steel industry went bad. Now our economy has manufacturing, education, medical as well as research. When the rest of the country had problems we didn’t feel it near as much. Our home values didn’t drop much and our employment wasn’t hurt nearly as much as most parts of the country. Small business is still the backbone of our nation. Even on the Gulf Coast you rely on the small business more then you think.

          • Tom

            Small business is important. And we don’t just rely on the oilfield. The medical industry is big here. But I just don’t see small business making it without the paychecks provided by big business. The days of small businesses ruling the economy are gone.

          • Ethel Halstead

            Tom, you’re right about small businesses not being capable of holding up the country. And that’s a shame. It was small businesses that made this country great. And, left to their own digression, intelligent, business minded people could do it again, and I’d like so see many more of them spring up across the country because it would boost our economy so very much. But if the liberals win the election that will never happen. The restrictions will never be lifted and the EPA will only grow stronger. And I can already see many more businesses going bust. Liberals, without a good conservative leader, couldn’t manage a one car funeral, much less a country.

          • Ethel Halstead

            I can’t believe that I’m agreeing with you– for the most part– but I too believe that the middle class could keep this country going very well, given an opportunity. . But Obama, Hillary and the EPA have put so many restrictions on small businesses that it has become impossible to even start up a private business. And that’s why our country is sinking in a cesspool of greed, graft, and power hungry blood-suckers. It’s also why the very rich have been holding up this country with their wealth. Large companies, like Wal-Mart for instance, do not sit on their money. That’s because it does not make them more money until they invest it in the earth’s people. That is just plain common sense. Look up the large number of powerful companies on earth and check how many people they have in their hire. It runs into hundreds of millions. Poor people and gutter people do not keep this earth going. For the most part they take from it. And that is not to say that all poor people are just another form of blood -sucker. Some of them were victims of circumstances beyond their control, but still have more to offer than money. Some have talents that money couldn’t buy and they pass that along to their children and grandchildren. So, in spite of my recent depression, due to our shaky political situation, there are still good people from all walks of life. And we can be very thankful for that.

          • bobnstuff

            The largest employer in the US is Walmart at 2.2 million. There average wage is under $13 per hour and their CEO get $19.3 million per year.
            http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonnazar/2013/09/09/16-surprising-statistics-about-small-businesses/#547fcb093078
            Half of the workers in the US work for small business’s.
            You say it EPA gets in the way of starting small business’s but having stated four myself and having work with a number of other startups I would say you are wrong. The people who are having problems with them are the big guys and in almost all cases it’s their profit they are defending against the health and safety of people. Neither candidate have said they would do anything that would really help small business’s. The biggest problem for small business’s is capital, getting money to start and run the business. If you go to the bank you will find that to get money you had better not need it and if you need it you can’t get it. The SBA is a joke. You have to understand that even though small business’s make up over 50% of the employment the government doesn’t like them. They are to hard to deal with. Everything is set up for the benefit of the large corporations. The money the government put out as part of the recovery meant to help small business was spent by the banks on buying other banks. Most never got to the people who needed it. Clinton isn’t great but Trump would be much worse. Trump thinks he knows what is needed but doesn’t really and wouldn’t do his homework to find out, Clinton isn’t much better in knowledge but she will do the homework and listen to others and come up with a plan. It really doesn’t make much difference though since congress will screw it up anyway. I have respect for many of the poor people I have meet. Yes some are just lazy but many have dreams just like everyone else. I have helped some of these dreamers start on the path to chasing that dream and I have seen some make it. I have a lot more respect for a person who starts with nothing and makes a good life for themselves and their family then for someone who starts with $70 million and turns it into $3.2 billion. Right now the world is at a point where if we make the right moves, invest our time and money in the right places wonderful thing could happen but if we just keep giving the money to the rich while keeping the workers poor we are in big trouble.

          • Ethel Halstead

            I’M TIRED OF YOU’RE RETORIC, BOBNSTUFF.
            I WILL NOT RESPOND WITH MORE OF MY OWN. BUT IF YOU’D READ THE RIGHT NEWS YOU’D KNOW THAT HILARY IS GOING DOWN AND MOST LIKELY TAKING A LARGE PORTION OF THE CURRENTLY RULING LIBERALS WITH HER.

      • Genevieve

        You are so wrong. Look at whats inside a person not only what you see. Please look at the whole picture before making a followers judgement. Someone once said (don’t believe everything you hear and only half of what you read). Right Media!!

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