I get it. Many millions hate President Donald Trump. What I don’t get is why many people have to tell us this every week, with mostly

opinion-based letters, printed in the Chronicle. One latest missive was mainly about how economic adviser David Stockman has predicted that “... the current stock market bubble is leading to the greatest economic collapse in all of history.”

My first thought was I hoped the letter writer didn’t get of the market when President Trump first took office. I have absolutely no idea what the market will do tomorrow, next week or next year, but just because one man says the sky is falling doesn’t mean I’m buying it. I’ll bet if you asked every financial adviser in Citrus County, you would find very few who would advise one to get out of the market right now. I know that the two I communicate with don’t. As a matter of fact, they are more concerned about a downturn occurring if a socialist-leaning Democrat gets elected.

I would also point out that David Stockman said roughly the same thing about the market back in 2013. Who was president in 2013? The writer asks us to “examine his (President Trump’s) own extensive record of economic failure and bankruptcies.” Well, I believe there are quite a few people who would take his finances over the ones they have now.

I feel most of what is written about President Trump may not actually be false but is often taken out of context, or the entire issue is not presented. Take the Feb. 5 story about Trump’s State of the Union address. It points out Trump did not shake hands with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, but it didn’t report that the speaker did not give the president the customary salutation when he entered the chambers, and at the end of his speech she ripped apart a written copy of it on national television right behind the president. So, the AP didn’t lie, they just didn’t give the reader the whole story. I consider that biased.

Jim Bobay


Editor’s note: Later versions of the AP story mentioned Nancy Pelosi ripping up President Trump’s speech.

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Citrus County Citizen: I received an excellent education. The children's books that were discussed in school were considered wholesome and instructional and are not tor be unfairly judged ad dismissed in current times of increasing moral decline. Regret that you were indoctrinated to follow Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" while attending government (alias public) schools.


SOTU ,nothing buts lies.

was a highly partisan event. Trump touted his own accomplishments on issues like the economy and paid family leave, lowering the cost of health care, immigration and national security. It was punctuated by made-for-TV moments, including a surprise appearance by a soldier as his family was recognized for their sacrifice. Republicans present gave Trump repeated, resounding applause. Democrats, meanwhile, weren't having any of it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even ripped up a copy of Trump's speech at the end of his remarks.

In the 38 months since the 2016 election, the U.S. economy has added 7.3 million jobs — an impressive feat, but certainly not unprecedented. In the 38 months before the 2016 election, the U.S. economy added 8.4 million jobs. The job market has performed better than many forecasters had expected at a time when unemployment is already very low. However, the pace of job growth has slowed. Employers added an average of 176,000 jobs a month in 2019, compared with an average of 233,000 the year before.

We are moving forward at a pace that was unimaginable just a short time ago, and we are never, ever going back. [Applause].

The U.S. economy grew 2.3% last year, matching the average annual rate over the last 10 years but well short of the 3% growth target set by President Trump and his advisers. Growth briefly accelerated to 2.9% in 2018 after passage of the GOP tax cut, but that now appears to have been a short-lived “sugar high.” Although backers of the tax cut said it would encourage more business investment, leading to a decade of 3% annual growth, business investment actually slumped for most of last year. That was partly a result of slumping global demand as well as uncertainty stemming from the president’s trade war.

From the instant I took office, I moved rapidly to revive the U.S. economy, slashing a record number of job killing regulations, enacting historic and record-setting tax cuts and fighting for fair and reciprocal trade agreements. [Applause].

Since the Great Recession, the economy has been growing at a steady, moderate pace, rising at an annual rate of between 1.6% and 2.9%. In 2018, after President Trump signed into law the tax cuts passed by Congress, the growth rate rose to 2.9%. That is pretty good, but not great — it matched the growth rate in 2016. But growth soon subsided and last year fell back to 2.3%. Trump has blamed the decline in the growth rate on the Federal Reserve, which raised interest rates eight times between Trump's election and last December. It has since lowered rates three times.

The unemployment rate for African-Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans has reached the lowest levels in history. [Applause].

Trump often talks about record-low unemployment for blacks, but those numbers have not translated into strong political support for him from African Americans. Only 8% of African Americans voted for Trump in 2016. A recent Washington Post-Ipsos poll found that 8 in 10 black Americans say they believe Trump is a racist and 9 in 10 disapprove of his job performance.

On and on Lies on top of lies. Trump is a fake and a fraud, and should not represent this country


Alflorida you hit it right on the head..... Are you in front of the mirror?

" You can't fix Stupid".


Yes I am looking back into a rear view mirror @ those who would overthrow our President and nullify his fairly won election. Is that you I see there?


Let me correct you on that Corrupt election at the assistance of Putin and the Russians....NEXT!!!


President Donald Trump hates many millions. Sentence fixed for you, Jim.


This author is incorrect on his facts, Trump did not give Pelosi a chance for the proper salutations because he would not even shake hands with her when he approached the bench and totally ignored her. So this was out of context and most probably the rest of the letter appears to be out of context as well.


And while we are at it, since they wanted to mention Nancy shredding the Clowns speech, did they mention The Ring Leader firing Vindman today along with his twin brother? So speaking of Vindictive!!!! He's a joke! This man has many medals and it's so many he's jealous! Darn, I forgot he was home with his spurs.....

Miuke Nelson

Swampy and Not out of context:

Two years ago, the Trump administration revealed plans to open land in two national monuments for mining. On Thursday, those plans were implemented, drawing protest from Utah conservationists and tribal groups.

Trump cut the size of Bears Ears National Monument by 85% and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by nearly half.

Conservation groups that have called the decision the largest elimination of protected land in American history.


Jim and all the rest of you who have Tunnel vision, It's so easy to throw your toys out of the sandbox, but not want to play with others appropriately. How Childish of The Clown not to shake Pelosi's hand but wants to be addressed appropriately, Really??? I think not! Especially after All the names he calls people. What other Real President has done any of this? When you want Respect you give it. I don't think it's fair to say this is winning at all, I think it's Cowardly People backing down from a Bully and being afraid of being belittled by him. In other words, going against the grain. Get a backbone and look at the wrong he's done and look at yourself in the mirror if you can do it......He's still impeached and still the Circus Ring Leader!


No worries Jim. Its like Deja vu all over again - Trump keeps winning and the media keep losing >

CitrusCo Citizen

Nope, most of what Trump says is a blatant lie and the rest are partial lies or exaggerations. "(I am the best _____ in the history of ________ of all time, with the highest _________). Believe me." We are beyond being sick of his constant lies and he will tell lies until he dies.


More like, Trump keeps whining and America keeps losing, SJOHNSON.


I question your patriotism and your intelligence.


Right on! The Democrat Party of Hate keeps hating and their sky is always falling. Deep State supporters here who ignore the traitorous, treacherous and proven coup attempt by Democrats to overthrow the election of President Trump will never acknowledge his substantial ongoing contributions to Make and Keep America Great. Mark Twain's advice in dealing with these folks is perhaps best summed up by his comment. "Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

CitrusCo Citizen

Agree. You can't be fixed. Case closed.


Trump 2020! :) It's kinda fun listening to the Democrats as their heads "explode. Reminds me of the tigers in the story of' "Little Black Sambo" who chased eachother around a tree until they are reduced to a pool of ghee clarified butter.


Perhaps you can next describe for us all how it feels to be a pawn on Putin's chess board. Being a pawn means you are totally expendable when the time is right. Your King knows that, but do you. Enjoy your square.

CitrusCo Citizen

If that was the only book you read as a child it proves that you are (1) old--really old, (2) only remember one of the worst children's books about racism, and (3) are rather "simple" as my grandmother would politely say. Oh, dear.

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