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“Say Little, Do Much”

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Contemporary leaders can learn from ancient wisdom, and President Trump will benefit from the 2,000-year-old advice of Rabbi Shammai to “Say Little, and Do Much.”

The President has certainly done much in his time in office, but he would gain greatly from saying less–and avoiding statements that undermine admirable actions. For instance, his gratuitous praise for President Putin contradicts his decisive get-tough policies against Russia, with tough sanctions and arms aid for Ukraine.

Similarly, he has achieved valuable cooperation with our NATO allies, but random negative comments, like calling the EU our “foe,” get disproportionate attention. He and his representatives respectfully answer press questions every day, but harsh words about “fake news” upstage White House work to cooperate with journalists.

The President should recall another old maxim that “actions speak louder than words”–and let his constructive actions speak loudly to convey a better message.

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  1. Rick Schwab  •  Aug 1, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    This is an accurate observation and a well said evaluation.

  2. Jim Bird  •  Aug 1, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    In your eyes Michael the establishment GOP is absolutely brilliant for their ability to say nothing for years, and backing that up having mastered the techniques of DOING nothing for decades. Trump on the other hand is what Americans have been praying for since the days of Reagan. Thank God for Donald Trump. I guess you won’t vote for Trump in 2020 either since you wouldn’t be able to look your kids in the eye, right. I think you and the old guard stuffed shirts in the GOP are fine with pissing away the Constitution, right? Say Michael, your buddy Lannie Davis is the consigliere for Hillary, Mueller and the Deep State now, really cool. He’s got Cohen’s frijoles in a vice on trumped up charges (catch the pun?) which gets Trump impeached and the government overthrown. America will be fundamentally changed just like Cuba and Venezuela and Iran! We can all live in peace then and no one will need to work – Utopia!
    Your old buddy Lannie is a major player in the transition—doesn’t get any better than that.

    • Tru  •  Aug 12, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      There's a reason why Trump said he "loves the truly under-educated ". He understood that they would be the most likely to soak up what he offers, and cooperate with his strategy to keep the country divided and drowning in ignorance and blind hatred.

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 13, 2018 at 4:13 pm

        If Trump loves the so-called “under-educated”, he would love you, Tru.
        You have offered nothing of substance.

  3. Charles P. Clock  •  Aug 2, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Trump for all of his many rough edges is a fresh breeze blowing across the fetid swamp of the deep state and its sanctimonious morality, spewing from politicians and all the swells living in coastal California, New York, Massachusetts and the greater DC area. I'm morbidly amused by trust fund babies and silicon valley lottery winners who, with their entitled wealth, feel it incumbent to subject we hoi polloi to the brilliance of their big government funded and sponsored social experiments to reform mankind in their image. Obama is the first of many who will follow in is footsteps, eager to again double the national debt and let a thousand new bureaucrats bloom with their artificially intelligence algorithms to manage my family's daily life, all charged to my children's national credit card.

    • Ty  •  Aug 3, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      "Trump… is a fresh breeze…"

      If ever there was another real world example of the dress in play

      I don't know what is. I don't EVER want to hear another conservative DARE pretend they EVER gave a flying #$%^ about any debt with what Trump did, slashing taxes for corporations while NOT closing most of the loopholes he said he'd close and raising the debt for what… stock buybacks? Inflating CEO/shareholder wealth sand any material/organic growth in actual profits from an ACTUAL increase in wages for the population?

      And don't you dare pretend elites are just liberal. Conservatives and liberals have crosscutting memberships of the poor, middle class, and wealthy members. Liberals pay taxes too, it's identity issues that cleave support most of all, which is why people like you will pitch b*tch fits over the debt increased by Obama, in the middle of a massive recession when you WANT government spending to increase to counteract the free fall from the private economy, and ignore what Trump is doing for no practical benefit for most people. His actions are to prop up elite balance sheets, and you dumb rubes don't give a damn.

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 3, 2018 at 6:16 pm

        When will leftists like you LEARN…. our debt is not a matter of not taxing people enough. It’s a spending problem.
        The latest monthly Treasury report on taxes and spending shows that gross tax receipts in February were $1.4 billion higher than the year before.
        You leftists just want to tax for the sake of taxing and control. It’s a sickness. You leftists are sick people. You hate freedom…. I can’t, on any level, make senses of it.

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 4, 2018 at 11:14 am

        Ty…. moron, explain your rationale for punishing taxes. It accomplishes exactly the opposite of your stated goal.

        The latest monthly budget report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office finds that revenues from federal income taxes were $76 billion higher in the first half of this year, compared with the first half of 2017. That's a 9% jump, even though the lower income tax withholding schedules went into effect in February.

        The CBO says the gain "largely reflects increases in wages and salaries."

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 4, 2018 at 11:21 am

        “no practical benefit for most people.”????

        Have you not examined the economic numbers and indicators?
        Workforce participation
        Welfare/Food Stamps
        GDP Growth
        Stock Market
        Etc., etc., etc.?!?!?

        You are truly a blind ideologue.

      • Pat  •  Aug 5, 2018 at 10:09 am

        Since limiting the state tax deduction affects the only the super wealthy, Democrats must be celebrating it, right? Nope that's the part of the tax plan that Democrats complain about most vociferously.

      • Ty  •  Aug 5, 2018 at 6:51 pm

        They complain that it isolates out rich people in more liberal leaning states you tribal deceit monger.

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 5, 2018 at 6:57 pm

        You had us all at: "they complain".

        Why would they complain? The blue-state, leftists desire higher taxes, and apparently they got 'em!

      • Ty  •  Aug 6, 2018 at 12:51 am

        Higher taxes for some common good, not to shift more resources to pay for the tax cuts of wealthy companies and individuals.

        I know this may come as a shock to you but I'm going to let you in on a little secret Rizzo. Liberals don't want taxes for their own sake. Just because we enjoy people earning money to have less. We consider taxes a basic price of civilization, and a tool to fund interventions that can help structure society into something more resilient and stable than the cancer of social darwinism where the strong thrive and the weak suffer. We want the edges smoothed out, not to eliminate the strong from taking higher earnings, but to minimize the consequences of not being on the high end because we liberals are orders of magnitude less vicious than you.

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 6, 2018 at 7:23 am

        So Ty… How does government "Pay" for a tax cut?

        To believe that a tax cut has to be "paid" for, is to believe that money inherent belongs to government. I'll let you in on a little secret, money belongs to the people who earn it.
        People pay for taxes. Government does NOT pay for people keeping the money they earn. And, another thing… "Wealthy companies" DON'T PAY TAXES. People pay taxes… The people who buy their goods and services, are the ones who pay for increased corporate taxes. You REALLY need to take a basic Economics class!

        Lastly, higher taxes don't necessarily help fund your idea of "common good". Many times, higher taxes do exactly the opposite. It is higher amounts of MONEY, being collected by the treasury, that help pay for legitimate functions of government. So why….. PLEASE TELL US WHY you do you oppose Trump's tax cuts?
        Here are the FACTS: The latest monthly budget report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office finds that revenues from federal income taxes were $76 billion higher in the first half of this year, compared with the first half of 2017. That's a 9% jump, even though the lower income tax withholding schedules went into effect in February.

        I think you're a fraud.

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 6, 2018 at 10:15 am

        $76 billion. Just imagine all the ways leftists could spend that money. They could fund a study to see how long and often LGBQ lab rats run on a their exercise wheel, compared to their heterosexual counterparts.

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 6, 2018 at 10:16 am

        All for the “common good”, of course!

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 8, 2018 at 11:58 am

        Your silence is deafening.
        Perhaps now, you will reconsider your blind adherence to your anti-American ideology.

      • Ty  •  Aug 8, 2018 at 12:55 pm

        "money belongs to the people who earn it."

        AFTER it is taxed. Don't like those rules, there door is THAT way! You pampered little pissant want all the benefits of civilization, and none of the costs. You don't get to have that, deal with it.

        "So why….. PLEASE TELL US WHY you do you oppose Trump's tax cuts?
        Here are the FACTS: The latest monthly budget report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office finds that revenues from federal income taxes were $76 billion higher in the first half of this year, compared with the first half of 2017. That's a 9% jump, even though the lower income tax withholding schedules went into effect in February."

        One month? Oh there is a trend for sure, and there are reports there was a lot of increased economic activity (and so payments to workers) to get products before more tariffs kicked in, not sustainable growth. Don't give me a god damn month, how does that tax revenue compare year by year?

        And personal INCOME taxes were not even the MASSIVE meat of the tax bill, the big cuts were to corporate tax rates, so I would not expect a large shift in the income taxes either way.

        "$76 billion. Just imagine all the ways leftists could spend that money."

        Actually, that is very close to the expected total to pay for "free" college for public institutions. It would directly shift massive private debts off the backs of young people that are dealing with much higher tuition costs than their parents from decades ago.

        Of course, that same increase in spending for the military = no harm no foul, republicans don't give ANY damns about potential waste when it's toys THEY like.

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 8, 2018 at 4:17 pm


        It’s a monthly report, on the FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR… not 1-month.
        And regardless of who or what got a tax-cut, the federal government collected $76 billion additional dollars. Isn’t that what you want?

        You leftists are such economic illiterates.
        You are leaches, just looking for the biggest fish to suck dry.
        Destructive, pathetic, and morally bankrupt!

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 8, 2018 at 5:07 pm

        So money is only ours, “AFTER it is taxed.”?
        Then why, after my money is taxed, do I go to the store, I buy something, and then more taxes are taken? Or, I invest that money, and more taxes are taken? Then, that same money, which was already taxed, has to be used to pay property taxes? It never ends with you leftists. You believe ALL money belongs to government, and we hardworking individuals only get what government deems we need.
        It’s an immoral, totalitarian mindset.

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 8, 2018 at 5:32 pm

        “massive private debts”?

        Have you ever looked at public debt?

        And no…. gutting our military, a basic and primary function of government, is NOT the answer, ya loon!

      • tru  •  Aug 12, 2018 at 1:24 pm

        Good post, Ty.

  4. Rizzo  •  Aug 2, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Mr. Clock
    Your well-timed commentary is nothing short of brilliant.
    Thank you!

    • Jim Bird  •  Aug 2, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      AGREE! Mr. Clock is a Rolex.

  5. Rizzo  •  Aug 4, 2018 at 10:08 am

    More video evidence of the lunatic left, which is actually mainstream democrats.
    Who could EVER vote for a democrat? Who? This is what this lunatic, fringe political party has become. They offer no serious, thoughtful debate on anything.
    Absolutely PATHETIC, America-hating lunatics.

  6. Pat  •  Aug 5, 2018 at 10:04 am

    This obsession with the fact that Trump chose not to insult one of the three super-power leaders in a joint press conference is bizarre. Honestly its just good manners not to offend your host. Everything this president says drives the left and the never-Trumpers into hysteria. It is not a good look at all.

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 5, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Exactly! The left's overreaction to EVERYTHING has become just complete white-noise.
      There is no serious debate nor discourse with the left, or any Never-Trumper.
      Other than Fox, turn on ANY news program, and within 5 min., it's another negative story about Trump. I challenge any and all of you, RIGHT NOW, turn to CNN, and see how long they can go before they have a panel of mind-numbed dones obsessing on how awful Trump is. I have seen nothing like it before in my life.
      But, oh well…. whatever…. it ain't working. They have only served to TOTALLY discredit themselves.

      • Tru  •  Aug 12, 2018 at 1:34 pm

        Rizzo, it might be constructive for you to read up on the recent history of Kansas State, and their extreme tax-cutting policies.

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 13, 2018 at 8:26 am

        Perhaps you ought to read about Kansas state. It's NOT a tax-cut story.
        It's a story of a state government with EXTREME over-spending.
        This one was free. My next lesson will cost you.

  7. Armand  •  Aug 7, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    The Murdoch’s backed Hillary Clinton not trump you moron

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