Wednesday, November 09, 2016
DONALD TRUMP BECOMES THE 45TH PRESIDENT OF AMERICA. THE REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE SENATE AND HOUSE AS WELL. A COMPLETE SWEEP.
11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
13 The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
22 Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
Fed up with Washington, Trump's 'deplorables' shake up the elite-[Reuters]-By Luciana Lopez and Michelle Conlin-November 9, 2016-YAHOONEWS
MIAMI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fed up with Washington and feeling left behind, supporters of Republican Donald Trump upended the U.S. presidential race, electing a political newcomer they say offers the country a shot at dramatic change.Once dismissed by Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as "deplorables," supporters interviewed on Tuesday shrugged off his late-night tweeted insults, allegations against him of sexual misconduct and dire warnings from many in the Republican establishment that the businessman-turned-reality-television-star would throw U.S. economic and foreign policy into disarray."The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer," Trump said in his acceptance speech after Clinton conceded.The economy, terrorism and healthcare ranked as the top three concerns facing Americans casting ballots in Tuesday's election, according to an early reading from the Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll of about 35,000 people."The freedom-loving Americans pushed back against the elites and the globalists. They might win in the long run, but we're not dead yet," said Andrew Dye, 48, of Dexter, Michigan."I think this big country is getting a little too far left a little too quickly and some people finally woke up and said enough," said Dye, a partner in a small management consulting firm.Cuban-American Sarah Gird, 67, described herself as an independent who had felt let down after twice voting for Democratic President Barack Obama.“I’m not conservative at all,” she said. But Obama “didn’t produce anything.” In contrast, she said she trusted Trump would fix the economy."I think he’s sincere, he’s truthful, he means what he says,” said Gird, adding she thought Trump would address poverty and jobs in African-American neighborhoods.For many, the vote was a rejection of Clinton, whose use of a private email server during her time in government came to symbolize what is wrong with Washington."All the corruption. I'm tired of business as usual, being sold out all these years," said Kevin Barrett, 57, in Nashville.Tom Kipp, 53, an architect also of Nashville, said he voted for Trump because "we need somebody in there not beholden to anyone.""Our checks and balances system is beyond being compromised. I don't say he's my prime candidate, but he's my best option," Kipp said.Others found Trump's promise to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico appealing."Last-minute decision: I changed my mind to Trump," said Lisa Ciafone, 48, of Madeira Beach, Florida, citing her concerns about illegal immigration and the rising costs of health insurance. “It made me lean towards Trump.”Vicki DeLira, 54, a dental hygienist from Schererville, Indiana, grew up a Democrat but voted for Trump because it was time for change even if it means "a little bit of chaos.""It will be a little different atmosphere for a non-politician to be in the White House," DeLira said. "But I think there’s enough politicians around him to help round them out.”Todd Recknagel, managing partner of private equity firm Three20 Capital Group, said the caricature of Trump as a "monster" was overdone."He is an effective business man at the end of the day. So things are never quite as good as they appear and things are never quite as bad as they appear in life and I think he can make a decent president," said Recknagel, 52, from Panama City Beach, Florida.As Trump became the projected winner in state after state, fans from Arkansas, Texas and Virginia sitting on velvet sofas in the lobby of his new Washington luxury hotel just down the street from the White House celebrated as waiters popped champagne.Preston Parry, 20, had bet all along that Trump would defy the pollsters who predicted a Clinton victory."These were shadow voters, people who had never, ever voted before that the polls didn't pick up. Unlikely voters. Like him or hate him - look, he did something right."(Reporting by Emily Flitter in Ohio, Luciana Lopez in Miami, Michelle Conlin in Washington, Timothy Reid in Las Vegas, Ben Klayman in Detroit, Emily Stephenson in New York, Letitia Stein in Tampa Bay, Renita Young in Indiana, David Schwartz in Phoenix, Tim Ghianni in Nashville, Kim Palmer in Cleveland, Keith Coffman in Denver; Writing by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Howard Goller)
Trump and Canada: Many ways northern neighbour could feel election aftershock-[The Canadian Press]-November 9, 2016-YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON — When an unpredictable nationalist gets elected to lead the globe's biggest superpower, the political shockwaves from the ground-shaking event will inevitably be felt by the next-door neighbour.Donald Trump's win jolted markets and stunned political leaders around the world.The particularly abrupt plunge of the Mexican peso signalled expectations that the southern neighbour might feel the most effects. The loonie fluctuated too. Trump's ascendancy to the White House could affect Canada in multiple ways.An example of areas potentially affected include climate-change measures, trade, oil pipelines, Syrian refugees, labour and capital flows, military partnerships and high-level relations — some to Canada's possible benefit, and others not.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a congratulatory statement Wednesday morning saying he looked forward to working closely with Trump and Congress on issues related to trade, investment, peace and security.''Canada has no closer friend, ally and partner than the United States,'' Trudeau said. ''The relationship between our two countries serves as a model for the world.''The relationship will see some changes.On climate policy, Trump promises to pull the U.S. from international climate agreements. He says he'll shred President Barack Obama's greenhouse-gas policies, and gut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Canada has numerous climate projects with the U.S. — now they're in limbo.The Trudeau government also announced plans to introduce carbon pricing — designed under potentially outdated market assumptions. One Canada-watcher in Washington wondered whether Ottawa's new carbon policy would be economically feasible."Canada is going to be left with very, very, very expensive climate policies,'' said Laura Dawson of the Wilson Center's Canada Institute. ''It will be a disincentive to investment and manufacturing.''Trump has repeatedly demanded a renegotiation of NAFTA — or he says he'll cancel it.That's sure to cause jitters to the north, given that Canada sends three-quarters of its exports south. Several people interviewed recently downplayed the potential drama. Trump has the power to scrap NAFTA, but they said it's mitigated by several factors.First is the possibility he'd back away from the promise, or seek only a minor renegotiation. Then, even if he cancels NAFTA, several trade experts have said Congress might have to actually reinstitute tariffs for it to have a serious impact. Further, Dawson said, the prior Canada-U.S. trade deal could still cover many parts lost from NAFTA.One Canadian official expressed doubt a while back that Congress would assist in strangling the economy with trade barriers: "I've not met one Republican who thinks you can rip up NAFTA... They all roll their eyes."If he does scrap NAFTA, Dawson said, industry groups that remained silent during the election would suddenly start roaring.''All of those folks are going to be lined up saying, 'Are you kidding me? Do you know how much of our livelihood is dependent on open borders and trade between these three countries?' If you were to impose a 30 per cent tariff on Mexico the economic impact would be immediate, swift and would represent even more job losses... There would be huge backlash.''One other trade dynamic has changed: Polls suggest Trump's rhetoric has made the Republican party more hostile to trade than Democrats. It remains to be seen whether protectionism and Buy America provisions become increasingly popular in Washington.Canada's oil industry will appreciate another stated policy of Trump's-He has said several times he favours construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, killed by Obama. His campaign literature suggested he'd invite TransCanada Corp. to reapply for a permit. Then again, he's made difficult-to-decipher comments about demanding a larger share of the profits for the U.S.; American companies and local governments always stood to profit from it.If he's serious about proceeding, it could be a bit of welcome news for the Canadian government. Trudeau had supported the pipeline, and now faces political dilemmas at home related to new pipelines.He differs dramatically with Trump on refugees.Trudeau went to the airport to welcome them from Syria. Trump refers to these people as a Trojan horse. His son even tweeted a comparison to a bowl of Skittles, where only one bad one can kill you.Canada works closely with the U.S. on intelligence and screening of foreigners. It's an integral part of ongoing plans to thin the Canada-U.S. border and facilitate trade. It's far from certain a Trump administration would be keen on more refugees next door.This is in sharp contrast with the Democrats, who wanted to be more welcoming. The current administration even looked to emulate Canada's system for privately sponsoring refugees — another U.S. project potentially in limbo."This openness to foreign refugees could.... (affect) confidence in each other's practices,'' Dawson said, adding that it could have a ripple-effect touching trade-and-border initiatives.Another potential plus for Canada: brain-poaching possibilities.Even before the election, CNBC reported that the number of Americans searching for jobs in Canada had increased a whopping 58 per cent since last year on the jobs-posting platform Monster Worldwide.It said the most-searched job for Americans looking to work in Canada was engineer. Young, college-educated Americans like those who populate Silicon Valley are among the most hostile to Trump. The federal government has been working to rebrand Canada as more than a resource producer, but also a player in the digital economy.Will Canada go poaching for brains, as well as investors? The head of a major multinational investment company, Laurence Fink, told Trudeau within earshot of media, in a New York meeting a few months ago: ''A lot of confusion here in this country in investing. There's probably even greater opportunities in the stable environment of Canada."There's already some debate among Americans about heading north. The writer Jonathan Chait expressed annoyance at people contemplating this, in a piece for New York magazine on election night titled: ''Forget Canada. Stay and Fight for American Democracy."Defence spending could become an irritant.Trump has threatened to leave allies to their own devices if they fail to meet the agreed-upon NATO target of spending two per cent of GDP on the military. Canada is nowhere close and recently said it had no current intention to get there.Here's what Trump says about NATO allies: ''The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense, and if not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves.''Finally, the high-level leadership.Trudeau's affection for the current president was obvious during their meetings. He'll soon face a less-predictable interlocutor.Trudeau bit his tongue, mostly, during the campaign but did make clear his displeasure with Trump's talk of a Muslim ban. Trudeau dedicated his first United Nations General Assembly speech to the danger of nationalist populism.Members of his government expressed concern, privately, about a Trump win.Now they'll be dealing with a president whose election drew a celebratory tweet from France's National Front. Also, a president whose default stance on trade irritants during the campaign was to vow punishment of trading partners.It's unclear how Trudeau will handle a counterpart with whom he disagrees more often; and might struggle to read. Complicating matters, the Trudeau team has far fewer connections with Trump's rag-tag campaign outfit, which frequently underwent staff overhauls and relied heavily on political rookies.The Trudeau PMO had ready-made connections with top allies to Hillary Clinton. Trudeau's top aides, for instance, knew her campaign chair. Now they'll be making different contacts. As for who the new team might include, a recent report suggested Trump was weighing making Newt Gingrich his secretary of state and Rudy Giuliani his attorney general.One final benefit working for Ottawa: Trump and his team have said virtually nothing negative about Canada during the campaign — unlike the constant complaints about the neighbour to the south.Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press
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