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    Maybe the political shake up that is coming will be a good thing.... and thank God for checks and balances in our government.
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    Got a text sort of funny
    It was a picture of Belichick and Trump...
    stated "Belichick doesn't even lose.. when he picks a candidate.. "
    The only thing I really disagree with is all the protesting.. he is our elected president. It is what it is...
    It only shows the children that they are sore losers..
    Don't remember all of this protest when Obama got elected...
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    I still feel like it's a bad dream. Waiting to wake up. My family in Germany have mentioned a few times that the US is a laughing stock - this election was a total joke.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    For those in Aruba, whats been the reaction?
    How about our friends to the North ( in Canada). It's been terrible in my area, very polarizing. Hopefully things will calm down soon.

    Well, Tracey, since you asked and because I was also recently appointed, “Spokesperson for All Canadians”. Heh.

    My family has owned homes in Florida since the early 1970s and I worked in the US (mid-west and south) for five years in 1990s during the first Clinton heyday. I’ve spent a lot of time in the US since I was born and, if I was a US demographic, I’d be characterized as a social Democrat and fiscal Republican. I wouldn’t have a strict party allegiance – I’d vote for whatever suits me at that point in life.

    I’ve worked in financial services for almost twenty-five years now so world events are always registered as, “What’s happening to the market?” and then the social implications.

    The run up to the US election this year was, as always, interesting. If anyone is familiar with Italian politics, it sure seemed like the US was leaning into that model of...let’s charitably call it “craziness”.

    I don’t think anyone, American or otherwise, thought that Trump had a shot for the RNC nomination much less the presidency. As an outside observer, it became readily apparent that something touched a nerve in the American politic and it just kept resonating and resonating no matter what sound-bite showed up. There was a lot of anger and people wanted change. We had the same thing happen in Canada (on a much smaller and more civilized scale) with the election of our new PM: the status quo just wasn’t acceptable anymore.

    So I came into work on Wednesday and was astonished to find how many people were in a tizzy over the result. Again with, “What’s going to happen to the market?!?” but, like Brexit, this too shall pass and everyone will get on with the challenge of living. But the Canadians I work with DEFINITELY had opinions.

    We have a group called “Women in Technology” and a few of my senior managers lead it. One said to me, “I can’t even imagine how American mothers are going to explain this to their young daughters ...” So, yeah, that was a cringe moment.

    But then everybody calmed down and thought about some of the realities of the campaign rhetoric.

    A lot of it was boisterous positioning. He’ll have huge challenges rallying support on certain issues from Congress so... will doomsday occur? Probably not. The US government machine is a lot bigger than one man.

    We obviously worry about the future of NAFTA but, even if he does tear it up, something will have to replace it. And he’s more focused on Mexico than Canada in that regard.

    Immigration? Yes, he’ll make a move to do something about illegal immigrants but that might take the form of legitimizing them and reform of entry policies rather than “throwing out the Mexicans”. There are a lot of business leaders that are counting on that contingent labour force still being in place post-inauguration.

    The wall? Yeah, okay, if that happens it’ll be an emotional one.

    But, like Tracey said, I’d be watching the Supreme Court appointees very closely if I were still living in the US. That can have long-lasting and damaging effects way beyond any presidential win (and that’s my Democrat speaking LOL).

    And the entire world needs to be worried about what happens with the Iranian nuclear agreement. THAT’S the scary ka-ka.

    You know what’s going to be interesting? Chelsea Clinton versus Ivanka Trump in 2024... I think the campaigning starts next week!

    Good luck, America!

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    I have to say act1966, you really summed up pretty much what I have been feeling. I consider myself in the middle of the two parties, leaning left on social issues and right on fiscal issues. This was a tough election cycle on all of us. I really can't say much more. I am also declaring you spokesman for me on all political commentary, so now it's all Canadians plus one..lol.
    Thanks for such a well thought out response.

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    I love steve's (act) words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    I have to say act1966, you really summed up pretty much what I have been feeling. I consider myself in the middle of the two parties, leaning left on social issues and right on fiscal issues. This was a tough election cycle on all of us. I really can't say much more. I am also declaring you spokesman for me on all political commentary, so now it's all Canadians plus one..lol.
    Thanks for such a well thought out response.
    Canadian plus two.... count me in..... act1966 that was very well put....!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    I have to say act1966, you really summed up pretty much what I have been feeling. I consider myself in the middle of the two parties, leaning left on social issues and right on fiscal issues. This was a tough election cycle on all of us. I really can't say much more. I am also declaring you spokesman for me on all political commentary, so now it's all Canadians plus one..lol.
    Thanks for such a well thought out response.
    Excellent! I'll need a podium and a fire hose. "...she has no comment..."

    I've alerted the government of your arrival and they're preparing the maple syrup margaritas.

    And, hey, if everything goes in the toilet, the worst case scenario is that we move to Aruba!

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    Guess I'm plus 3. Thanks Act for your thoughts.

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    Thanks, AJ.
    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    I love steve's (act) words.

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