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Trump: ‘Patsy’ US Has Lost Global Respect, Must Halt Divisive Tactics

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 09:46 AM EDT

Whoever wins the presidential election this November needs to unite the country and strive to get Democrats and Republicans to act more like dealmakers and less like adversaries, says real-estate mogul Donald Trump.

Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have spearheaded such divisive policies that the country has suffered, especially abroad, where governments are moving forward with policies that encourage businesses to prosper.

“Somehow there has to be a coalition formed here," Trump tells CNBC. "You can’t just have two sides. That’s another thing when you talk about Obama and by the way, as you know, I was never a huge believer in what was going on with President Bush, because he couldn’t get coalitions.”

Editor's Note: Prophetic Economist Warns: “It’s Curtains for America.” See Evidence.

“Congress doesn’t even have to meet because they can’t agree on anything. A leader will bring these people together,” he said.

Other countries, meanwhile, are pushing ahead and making trade and business deals in a manner that the United States used to do.

“I just feel that this country has lost so much of its mojo,” he said. “I deal all over the world, I run a very big company and do business with people from many, many countries and they no longer respect us. It used to be our country was the king,” he said.

“You look at a country like Colombia — they made $4 billion last year. You look at China, $350 billion to $375 billion. Let’s call it profit and that doesn’t include the fact they’re making our products and taking our jobs and so many other things,” Trump said.

“We’re like a patsy. It’s very, very foolish.”

Political brinkmanship and divisiveness continues to hamper recovery, polls show.

Both parties nearly threw the country into default in 2011 when they agreed at the last minute to raise the debt ceiling.

Meanwhile at the end of this year, the Bush-era tax cuts and other tax breaks are set to expire, while automatic spending cuts are set to kick in, a one-two punch known as a "fiscal cliff" that could send the country sliding back into recession next year if left unchecked by Congress.

A Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 44 percent of likely U.S. voters say that due to the nation’s economic problems, what worries them most is that the federal government will not do enough to improve the economy.

Forty-one percent were more worried the government will do too much, while 15 percent were undecided.

Opinions on fiscal reform continue to leave Americans divided.

“Not surprisingly, an overwhelming majority (89 percent) of voters who fear the government will do too much think the government should cut spending,” the report finds.

“But among those who fear the government will not do enough, 39 percent think the government should increase spending, and 37 percent favor spending cuts.”

Editor's Note: Prophetic Economist Warns: “It’s Curtains for America.” See Evidence.

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012 09:46 AM
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