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23 марта, 23:38

Auto Stock Roundup: Tesla to Discontinue Cheapest Model S, Winnebago Q2 Earnings Top

Tesla announced plans to discontinue its base-version Model S. Winnebago beat earnings and revenue estimates and Lear was selected as a supplier for the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Toyota announced investment plans in U.K. while AutoZone increased its authorized share buyback program.

17 марта, 01:08

Auto Stock Roundup: Trump Plans Raise Hope; Ford, Honda Reveal Expansion Strategies

Trump extended support to auto manufacturers while Tesla announced its plans to raise $1.1 billion capital. Honda and Ford revealed expansion plans while Harley-Davidson launched a new low-priced motorcycle.

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13 марта, 10:13

Новый Street Rod - самый юркий Harley-Davidson

Легендарный американский мотопроизводитель представил совершенно новый байк, который совсем не похож на привычные Харлеи. Маневренный и мощный, он создан, чтобы "прошивать" плотный городской трафик и заторы.

09 марта, 09:33

Торговая стратегия Трампа, или "закон джунглей". Трамп ускорит разработку плана на $1 трлн

В ходе предвыборной кампании торговая политика Дональда Трампа включала вызывающие тревогу претензии и жесткие угрозы протекционистского характера. Но мир не знал, до какой степени вся эта риторика будет отражена в реальной политике новой администрации.

09 марта, 08:24

Торговая стратегия Трампа, или Закон джунглей

В ходе предвыборной кампании торговая политика Дональда Трампа включала вызывающие тревогу претензии и жесткие угрозы протекционистского характера. Но мир не знал, до какой степени вся эта риторика будет отражена в реальной политике новой администрации.

09 марта, 08:24

Торговая стратегия Трампа, или "закон джунглей"

В ходе предвыборной кампании торговая политика Дональда Трампа включала вызывающие тревогу претензии и жесткие угрозы протекционистского характера. Но мир не знал, до какой степени вся эта риторика будет отражена в реальной политике новой администрации.

04 марта, 00:15

Remarks by the Vice President on President Trump's Vision for the Future

Blain’s Farm and Fleet Distribution Center Janesville, Wisconsin 12:35 P.M. CST THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Wisconsin!   AUDIENCE:  Hello! THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  Thank you to my friend, Speaker Paul Ryan, for your wonderful introduction.  It is great to be in Janesville, the home of the Speaker of the House of the United States of America.  (Applause.)   Janesville has almost taken on an epic category in America because what works in Janesville will work for the American people.  And I’m just delighted to be with all of you today.  And I’m deeply humbled by the esteem expressed by my friend and your neighbor, Paul Ryan.  And let me just assure you, people all across America are grateful to the people of Janesville for continuing to send Speaker Paul Ryan to Washington, D.C.  So thank you for that.  (Applause.)   I also understand that your mom, Betty, is here.  Where is mom at?  Can mom take a bow?  Would you mind standing up?  Paul Ryan’s mom, everybody.  This is a big deal.  Turn around and wave at the media.  (Applause.)  Wonderful to see you and thank you for being with us today.   The President and I are grateful for your son’s principled leadership in the House of Representatives.  It seems like just yesterday, 16 years ago, when I arrived in Washington, D.C. -- just a couple of years after Paul arrived there.  We were both young and dashing congressmen.  (Laughter.)  And one of us changed -- (laughter) -- and one of us looks exactly like he did the day you sent him.  But I’m deeply humbled to call your congressmen and our Speaker my friend.  And I know for a fact that, Paul, your partnership with this administration is going to benefit the American people for generations to come, and we’re grateful.  (Applause.)  Would you mind just giving him one of those standing ovations that you gave out to a few of us?  He sure does deserve it.  (Applause.)   Also, it’s really great to be back in Wisconsin.  Thanks to all of you, your hard work, your support and your prayers, Wisconsin voted to make Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States of America, and he and I couldn’t be more grateful.  (Applause.)   It was quite a campaign.  And it’s already been quite an administration too, hasn’t it?  (Laughter.)  How many of you watched the President’s address to the Congress on Tuesday night, show of hands.  How about that?  What you saw three nights ago is literally what I see every day -- the boundless optimism, the energy and unshakeable faith in the American people and the ability of the American people to make America great again.  That’s what you saw, and that’s what inspired the nation.  (Applause.)   It’s deeply humbling for me to serve as Vice President of the United States.  I’m just a small-town guy from southern Indiana.  My grandfather actually immigrated to this country, came over on a boat from Ireland, went through Ellis Island and drove a bus in Chicago for 40 years.  I was actually named after my grandfather, Richard Michael Cawley.  That’s who Michael Richard Pence got his name from.   I mean, I can’t imagine what my grandfather is thinking about looking down from glory, except that he’s very surprised about his grandson.  (Laughter.)  But also that he was right.  He was right about America.  Because anybody can be anybody in “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”  And it’s a joy to be with you today. And it’s a joy for me to serve as Vice President in this country because America has a President with broad shoulders and a big heart.  And speaking of which, on behalf of the President of the United States, let me say thank you, Wisconsin, for your support for our new Commander-in-Chief and our new President, Donald Trump.  (Applause.)   It was hardworking Americans like all of you who were some of our biggest supporters.  Communities just like Janesville were really the wellspring of support for President Donald Trump in this campaign.  And on his behalf, I want to thank you for that support, and thank you for being here today.  It’s a privilege to be joined by a couple other people I want to mention before I get to the body of my remarks.   I hope you can sense the caliber, the character, the experience, and the extraordinary confidence that our new secretary of Health and Human Services brings to this task.  Dr. Tom Price, President Trump and I and people across this country are grateful that you have stood up to fill this important role in the life of our nation at such a time as this.  Would you thank him again?  (Applause.) And I’m also honored to be joined today by another great, dedicated public servant.  Senator Ron Johnson, thank you for being here, thank you for your great leadership, and congratulations.  (Applause.)  Congratulations on the renewal of your six-year contract here in Wisconsin.  We couldn’t be more pleased. But I also want to thank all the business leaders who are with us today, including and maybe most especially, our host, Jane Blain Gilbertson, and the Blain’s Farm and Fleet team.  What an awesome company.  What an awesome leader.  What a great American success story.  (Applause.)   Jane got together all these great people from here in Janesville, and we did some listening today, didn’t we?  As Paul said, we listened to the local farmers, and builders, and job creators.  I really enjoyed our discussion, and I appreciate the candid feedback that you shared with us that we’ll carry back to Washington, D.C. But last but not least, let me just say thanks -- thanks to all of you here who are part of this incredible Farm and Fleet team.  The employees and the families that came out today -- you are the backbone of our economy, of our country, of Janesville, and the President, the Speaker, and all of us are grateful for your character, your work ethic, and all you do to make this a great place to live, and to work, and to raise a family.  Give yourselves a round of applause, folks.  (Applause.)  But I’m grateful to be here to talk about family business.  The President and I are going to continue to work tirelessly on behalf of small businesses across this country because I grew up in a small-business family, in a small-business town.  My dad was in the gas station business.  I worked at a gas station as a gas station attendant -- had my name on my shirt, right.  Little blue short-sleeve shirt, when I was only fourteen years of age, and used to -- for those of you that are a little bit younger, a gas station attendant -- (laughter) -- if you could imagine, if you pulled into a gas station and someone came running toward your car, and filled it up, and washed the windshield, and checked the tires, and didn’t charge you any more money for it.  That was where I grew up in a small business. And as the world knows, the President grew up in a family business too.  I mean, he and I both know the sacrifices that are required for a small family business in communities like where I grew up, Queens where he grew up and in -- and right here in Janesville -- long hours, hard work.  And we both know the fundamental truth of our economy:  When small business is strong, America is strong, and we’re going fight every day for small business America.  (Applause.)  President Trump and I want you to become stronger than ever, and I’ll tell you what right now.  President Donald Trump is the best friend Wisconsin businesses will ever have.  (Applause.)  You might have gotten that impression Tuesday night, just a couple days ago.  He actually talked about an employer up here.  I don’t know if you heard about Harley-Davidson -- (laughter) -- here in Wisconsin.  The President actually hosted Harley-Davidson at the White House.  It was an honor for me to join him.  And you saw him talk about that in his speech to the Congress.  And companies like Blain's Farm and Fleet are the engines of the economy, Harley-Davidson, and as President Trump said, whether it's going to be to kick start that engine or turn the key of that engine, we're going to restart the engine of the American economy and create jobs and prosperity and growth like never before.  I promise you that.  (Applause.) In fact, exactly what he's doing -- it's, in fact, already happening.  On day one, he went right to work on doing job-destroying policies and executive orders of the -- eight years.  After years of delays, for instance, President Trump authorized the construction of the Keystone and Dakota pipelines, creating thousands of American jobs and strengthening our energy infrastructure.  (Applause.)  He signed legislation, thanks to the Congress and Speaker Ryan and Senator Johnson, he signed legislation already to roll back reams of red tape and he's instructed every agency in Washington, D.C., to find two regulations to get rid of before they issue any new regulations on businesses and entrepreneurs in America.  (Applause.) He's taken decisive action to end illegal immigration once and for all to strengthen our borders and uphold the laws of the United States of America.  (Applause.)  And businesses around America are already reacting and responding to President Trump's call to buy American and hire American, and they're doing that with optimism and investment all across the country.  Literally from coast to coast, and especially here in the Midwest, companies are announcing they're keeping jobs and creating new ones -- tens of thousands of jobs literally since Election Day.  It's not just the stock market that's taken a positive leap forward, but companies like Ford Motor Company, just next door in Michigan, recently announced that they were not going to do a plant in Mexico and, instead, they were going to expand a plant in Michigan.  And they called it a "vote of confidence" in President Donald Trump and his vision for America.  And other businesses are joining them.  (Applause.) I've got to tell you, this administration has the biggest, boldest and best agenda this country has ever seen, and we're going to pass it with the support of Speaker Ryan and our great leadership in the House and in the Senate, from top to bottom.  And let me make you a promise:  The Obamacare nightmare is about to end.  (Applause.)  Despite the best efforts of some activists and town hall meetings around the country, the truth of the matter is the American people know -- Obamacare has failed and Obamacare must go.  (Applause.) I heard it today.  (Applause.)  I heard it today.  I don't know if we're going to stop by Italian House later -- (laughter) -- but I'm hungry.  (Laughter.)   AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Now we're not.  (Laughter.) THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Paul said, "Now we're not."  (Laughter.)  Can't announce that stuff in advance.  (Laughter.)  But come on, Edmund, do you got, like, a to-go thing or something there?  (Laughter.)  Would that be all right?  Can I get Italian House to go?  Would that be all right with everybody, man?  (Applause.) We were just hearing from Edmund a minute ago -- he's a great employer, a great American success story here in Janesville, but he talked about the weight that Obamacare has placed on his great family-owned business.  And it's a weight that's been placed on businesses and employers all across this country, let alone the weight it's placed on American families. I mean, literally, it literally is just a long list of broken promises, isn't it?  I mean, remember all the promises about Obamacare?  They told you the cost of health insurance would go down, right?  Not true.  They told us if you like your doctor, you could keep him.  Not true.  They told us if you like your health insurance plan, you could keep it.  Not true.  I mean, talk about your fake news.  I mean, the truth is -- the truth is just virtually every promise of Obamacare has been broken. Today, Americans are paying $3,000 a year more on average for their health insurance than when Obamacare was passed into law.  And premiums are skyrocketing -- last year by more than 25 percent on average around the country, millions have lost their plans and lost their doctors.  And not only that, Obamacare, as Edmund was describing, is a job-killer, and everybody knows it. The last few years, it's been hard enough to get ahead and Obamacare has only made it much harder and, in many ways, if not impossible for many small businesses.  The endless premium hikes, the reams of red tape eat up time and money that would be better spent growing your business and benefitting your workers.  And every year the burden grows, so do the hard choices that you have to make.   But not for long.  I'm going to make you a promise -- you heard the President say it -- and give direction to the Congress.  And it's just going to start happening in just a few days.  We're going to repeal Obamacare once and for all, and eliminate all its mandates and taxes and intrusion into your personal lives and into the lives of your business.  (Applause.) And best of all -- best of all, the President directed the Congress right after that election today to -- at the same time that we repeal Obamacare, we're going to replace it with something that actually works and lowers the cost of health insurance for every American.  (Applause.)  The President and I want every American to have access to quality, affordable health insurance.  That's why we're going to pass a better law that lowers the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government.  And we've got an incredible team working literally every single day around the clock to get that done.  In Secretary Price, America has one of the leading experts on healthcare in the country -- I hope you picked up he's a medical doctor.  (Laughter.)  All right?  I mean, how many times in Washington -- this is only the third time in the history of the Department of Health and Human Services that a physician has led that Department.   The President and I are working with him, with Speaker Ryan and his outstanding team in the House of Representatives with Leader McConnell, Senator Johnson, with all of our leaders in Congress, and we're putting the finishing touches on our plan, even as this weekend rolls out.  A better plan for a brighter future that's built on a foundation of individual freedom and personal responsibility will replace Obamacare.  (Applause.) The President talked about it the other night, but you know the outlines -- we're going to give Americans the freedom to buy health insurance that's best for you and end the era of government-mandated health insurance in this country.  We're going to let you buy health insurance across state lines, the way you buy life insurance, the way you buy car insurance.  That's how you bring down the cost of health insurance -- you create a national marketplace and then you get that little lizard and you get Flo on television -- (laughter) -- and let them start selling cheaper health insurance to every American.  That's the American way.  (Applause.) We'll make also -- make sure, I promise you, that Americans struggling with preexisting conditions have access to the coverage and the care that they need.  And we'll give states the flexibility and the freedom and the resources they need to take care of our most vulnerable.  You know, just the other day, I was talking to one of my favorite elected officials in America, Governor Scott Walker.  (Applause.)  I mean, what is in the water here in Wisconsin?  Governor Scott Walker is not only leading the association of fellow governors of his party across the country, but he's a recognized national leader and I'm honored to call him a friend. As a former governor myself, he and I both know that every state is unique.  The challenges here in Wisconsin are different than they are down in Illinois, different than they are in the state of Indiana, Minnesota.  And what Scott Walker is doing is he's pulled together governors from around the country, we met last weekend in Washington, D.C.  And we're working on ensuring that when we repeal and replace Obamacare, that we're going to allow states to have the flexibility to craft state-based solutions that will work for the people of their individual states.  What will work in Wisconsin is better designed by the people of Wisconsin for the needs of the most vulnerable in this state.  And I’m grateful for his leadership.  (Applause.)   And despite what the other side is saying, all the -- creating anxiety for Americans, the President said it last fall in Philadelphia, he said it again this week:  We’re going to have an orderly transition to a better healthcare system that finally puts the American people first.   So it’s about healthcare right out of the gate.  And our 45th President has said that’s the number-one priority, and we’re going right to work on it in just a matter of days.  But President Trump’s agenda doesn’t stop there.  I could keep you here the rest of the afternoon to tell you about all the things the President planned, but let me touch on a few.   I loved it when he was out campaigning in Wisconsin and I was a little bit myself.  President Trump, you see, had a three-part agenda:  Jobs, jobs and jobs.  And this President is going to get this economy moving again by passing the biggest package of tax relief since the days of Ronald Reagan.  (Applause.)   With the strong support of Speaker Ryan and Senator Ron Johnson, we’re going to cut taxes across the board for working families, small businesses and family farms.  We’re also going to keep rolling back job-killing regulations, rein in unelected bureaucrats so they can’t cripple the economy from the comfort of their taxpayer-funded metal desks in Washington, D.C. We’re going to end wasteful government spending and restore fiscal responsibility to our nation’s capital.  We’re going to pass an infrastructure package so that America, once again, has the best roads, bridges, highways, airports that we’ve ever had in the history of this nation.  (Applause.)   President Trump and I believe that roads mean jobs.  And not just road jobs; when you have the right infrastructure, this builder who’s become President knows the right investments and the right infrastructure is going to make for a more prosperous Wisconsin and a more prosperous America.   And, ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake about it:  Thanks to President Trump, this economy is going to grow faster than ever before.  But making America great again also means restoring safety to our streets, keeping our country secure, and President Trump hasn’t wasted any time on that either.   I’ll tell you what, in my lifetime, I couldn’t be more proud, because I’ve never seen at this level -- and they know it -- President Trump stands with the men and women who serve in law enforcement all across this country like no one I’ve ever met.  (Applause.)  We’re going to stand with those men and women who keep our communities safe every single day.  And we’re going to continue to take steps to make sure that people that are coming into this country don’t represent a threat to our families or to our way of life. President Trump is standing tall with our allies, standing up to our enemies.  He’s also working to rebuild our military.  I’m the proud father of a United States Marine.  (Applause.)  And truth of the matter, in recent years, we’ve seen budget cuts that have failed to provide our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines with the resources that they need to do their jobs.  That’s all about to change. Under President Donald Trump, with the leadership of this Congress, we’re going to rebuild our military.  We’re going to restore the arsenal of democracy.  We’re going to make sure our armed forces have the resources and training they need to protect our nation starting right now.  (Applause.)   My friends, President Trump is keeping his promises, promises he made to the people of Wisconsin and promises he made to the American people.  And that includes one of his most consequential promises.  Out on the campaign trail, there was a vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States.  The President said that he would promise to name someone to the Supreme Court in the tradition of the late and great Justice Antonin Scalia.  And I promise you, in Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump has kept his word to nominate a jurist who will uphold the God-given liberties enshrined in the Constitution of the United States of America.  And we look forward to him being confirmed by the United States Senate.  (Applause.)   Healthcare reform, tax reform, regulatory reform, taking steps to make America secure, ensuring that the highest court in the land upholds our highest ideals.  That’s what it looks like to make America great again.  And President Trump is fighting to make that happen every single day, every single moment.  And we’re going to continue fighting.   Now, we’re hearing from plenty who want to stick with the status quo, whether it be on healthcare or other issues -- whether it’s the media, the establishment, insiders and the rest, they have no problem standing in the way of change.  But trust me, whatever challenges face us today, we’re going stay in the promise-keeping business.  And President Trump is going to deliver on this moment for the people of the United States of America.   And we’re going to make America more prosperous again.  We’re going to have a better healthcare system that respects the doctor-patient relationship and harnesses the power of the private marketplace.  We’re going to make America safe again.  And with your help and with God’s help, I promise you, Wisconsin, I promise you, Janesville, we’re going to make America great again.   Thank you very much.  Thank you for coming out today.  And just God bless you.  God bless America.  (Applause.)  END 12:58 P.M. CST

03 марта, 23:53

The Zacks Friday Finish Line Highlights: Snapchat's Groundbreaking IPO + TGT, YouTube TV

The Zacks Friday Finish Line Highlights: Snapchat's Groundbreaking IPO + TGT, YouTube TV

03 марта, 22:01

Target Earnings, YouTube TV, and Can Snapchat Justify Its $30 Billion Valuation?

On today's episode of the Zacks Friday Finish Line, Content Writer Ryan McQueeney and Editor Maddy Johnson take on this week's biggest stories, including what will go down as one of the biggest market events in years: the massive Snap Inc. (SNAP) IPO.

03 марта, 02:03

Auto Stock Roundup: US Sales Decline, AutoZone Misses Q2 Earnings, Takata to Cough Up $1B

The auto sector saw relatively negative developments last week. U.S. auto sales for Feb fell and AutoZone missed second-quarter earnings expectations. Tesla's revenue from China increased while Ford may cut jobs in UK. Takata has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $1 billion.

02 марта, 03:14

Trump Bump: Which Companies Were in Focus During the President's Speech to Congress?

When President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, the first major speech since his inaugural address, he named multiple companies he has directly affected since he first entered the Oval Office on Jan. 20.

02 марта, 01:09

Trump's 'Help' For Harley is Hurting The Bike Maker

Donald Trump has invoked Harley-Davidson as a victim of an unfair trade regime he would fix, but Harley's overseas sales would have been helped greatly by the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that Trump squashed his first days in office.

01 марта, 23:28

Actually, Harley-Davidson doesn't pay India's 100% motorcycle tariff

It's true that there's a country with a 100% tariff on U.S.-made motorcycles. Donald Trump said the tax is unfair to Harley-Davidson in his speech Tuesday night.

01 марта, 16:32


Last night, Trump promised America could have all the cake it wants, and lose weight, too. What happens when he needs to deliver?

01 марта, 08:53

How Trump’s disciplined speech came together

The president prepared for days, edited until the final hours and managed to stick to a script.

27 февраля, 22:04

Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with the National Governors Association

State Dining Room 9:45 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  That is pretty good, I'll tell you.  Coming from governors, I can't really -- I can't even believe it.  That's so impressive.  And I very much appreciate you being here.  And thank you to Vice President Pence.  He has been so wonderful to work with.  He's a real talent, a real guy.  And he is central casting, do we agree?  Central casting.  He's been great.  (Applause.)   Good morning, everybody, and welcome back to the White House.  The First Lady and I were very, very happy last night to host you.  We saw some real talent, military talent, musicians who were fantastic.  And everybody enjoyed it.  (Applause.)   I’m very proud to have so many former governors in my Cabinet.  Vice President Pence, as you know, big governor from a very great state -- I state I like very much -- Indiana.  Nikki Haley at the U.N. -- is Nikki here someplace?  I think so -- yes.  We have Rick Perry -- is going before.  We're trying to get people approved, we can't get them out.  But Rick is going to do a fantastic job.  Sonny Purdue will be joining the Cabinet very soon.  Terry Branstad will be our ambassador to China.  And an interesting story on Terry -- every time I spoke in Iowa, he'd say, please don’t say anything bad about China. (Laughter.)  I said, what do you mean?  What do you mean?  He said, I like China and we do a lot of business with China.  "And really, just don’t" -- and I said, "hmm."  So when it came down to picking an ambassador, I called him up, I said, you like China.  And I can tell you, China is very, very happy with our choice.  So we made everybody happy.  (Applause.)  Right?  These governors -- thank you.  And thank you, Terry. These governors have been bold reformers, and their success shows why we need to make states the laboratories of democracy once again.  Many of you have shared past frustrations with waiting for permission from the federal government and agencies -- and I understand that, and I've had many people tell me about it, and it's been catastrophic for some of your states.  You know your citizens and you know they want things done.  But they don’t get things done and it's not your fault.  Sometimes it's your fault, but they understand that.  But sometimes it's not your fault.  We're going to speed it up.   Because that's not how a partnership is supposed to work.  The government should not stand in your way in delivering needed reforms and services -- and it won't.  We're going to move very, very quickly, environmentally, with Scott and so many others that are involved in the process of regulation.  We are going to be cutting -- we're going to be doing the right thing.  We're going to be protecting people environmentally and safety-wise, but we're going to be moving it quickly, very quickly.  (Applause.)    And speaking of that, I know many of you -- and I've spoken to some of you last night about it -- have many projects that are -- I mean, just literally tied up because of environmental concerns, and it's been in for years and years and years the project your state wants, great for employment -- everybody wants them -- and they couldn’t get them out of environmental protection.  And we will get them out.  Now, that doesn’t mean they’re going to be approved, but they'll be rejected quickly one way or the other.  They'll be either rejected quickly or they're going to get approved.  I would say most will be approved, but you're going to know you're not going to wait nine years or eleven years -- some of the horror stories that I've heard. Under my administration, we're going to have a true partnership of collaboration and cooperation.  We will get to the answers and we will get them quickly, and the flexibility you need to implement the reforms that you are going to have in order to make decision-making proper and decision-making fast.  So we're going to do both those things -- proper and fast.   One of the most important responsibilities for the federal government is the budget of the United States.  My first budget will be submitted to the Congress next month.  This budget will be a public safety and national security budget, very much based on those two with plenty of other things, but very strong.  And it will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it.  (Applause.)     And you'll be hearing about that tomorrow night in great detail.  This is a landmark event, a message to the world, in these dangerous times, of American strength, security and resolve.  We must ensure that our courageous servicemen and women have the tools they need to deter war, and when called upon to fight in our name only do one thing:  Win.  We have to win.  We have to start winning wars again.   I have to say, when I was young, in high school and college, everybody used to say "we haven’t lost a war" -- we never lost a war -- you remember.  Some of you were right there with me, and you remember we never lost a war.  America never lost.  And now we never win a war.  We never win.  And we don’t fight to win.  We don’t fight to win.  So we either got to win, or don’t fight it at all.  But where we are -- 17 years -- almost 17 years of fighting in the Middle East.  I saw a chart the other day -- as of about a month ago, $6 trillion we've spent in the Middle East -- $6 trillion.  And I want to tell you, that's just unacceptable.  And we're nowhere.  Actually, if you think about it, we're less than nowhere.  The Middle East is far worse than it was 16, 17 years ago.  There's not even a contest.  So we've spent $6 trillion.  We have a hornet's nest.  It's a mess like you've never seen before.  We're nowhere.  So we're going to straighten it out.    This defense spending increase will be offset and paid for by finding greater savings and efficiencies across the federal government.  We’re going to do more with less.  I got involved in an airplane contract, I got involved in some other contracts, and we cut the hell out of the prices.  I mean, we saved a lot of money, tremendous amount of money, beyond anything that the generals that were involved -- they said they’d never seen anything like this before. On one plane, on a small order of one plane, I saved $725 million.  And I would say I devoted about, if I added it up, all those calls, probably about an hour.  So I think that might be my highest and best use.  (Laughter.)  Because if we can do that, our budget will be -- might be my highest and best.  (Applause.)   And there are many other places; it’s all the same.  And in one way, that's a good thing because we have an answer.  And David is going to do a fantastic job at the VA.  I see David is sitting there, shaking his head.  Stand up, David.  (Applause.)  So we can't get our people through Cabinet, but he went through -- was it 95 to nothing? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  A hundred to zero.   THE PRESIDENT:  How the hell did you do that?  (Laughter.)  Boy, oh boy.  He must be good.  You were the one.  One hundred to zero, wow.  Chose you -- hey, we can do it.  But we do -- we have still quite a few Cabinet members, and they're just in limbo waiting and waiting.  It’s like obstruction.  It’s obstruction.  But eventually we'll get them, and they'll put their people in, and we’ll get those agencies, et cetera, to work. We’re going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable to the people.  We can do so much more with the money we spend.  With $20 trillion in debt -- can you imagine that -- the government must learn to tighten its belt, something families all across the country have had to learn to do, unfortunately.  But they've had to learn to do it, and they’ve done it well.   My budget increases spending, and the increase in all spending, for federal law enforcement also.  And activities having to do with law enforcement will be substantially increased.  And we will fight violent crime.  If you look at what’s happening in our cities, you look at what’s happening in Chicago, what’s going on in Chicago -- we will fight violent crime, and we will win.  And we’ll win that one fairly quickly.  Once we give the local police, the local law enforcement the right to go in and fight it, and we back them monetarily and also otherwise, we’re going to win that one.  We're going to win it fairly quickly, I believe. My budget also puts America first by keeping tax dollars in America to help veterans and first responders.  So important.  This budget follows through on my promise to focus on keeping Americans safe, keeping out terrorists, keeping out criminals, and putting violent offenders behind bars, or removing them from our country altogether.  And I must say that we’ve been treated very well -- very, very well -- on the job that General Kelly has done at the border.  It’s tough, it’s strong.   I was talking last night to Terry McAuliffe, and he said, you have to mention this -- because he met with -- where is Terry?  He’s around here someplace.  Terry -- he met with General Kelly, and I think I can say you were impressed with General Kelly.  And he said, you have to get the point out that they’re removing the bad ones.  And that’s where our focus is -- it’s the bad ones.  We’re getting some very, very bad players out of this country -- drug lords, gang members, heads of gangs, killers, murderers -- we’re getting them out.  That’s what we’re focused on.   The press isn’t covering that, unfortunately, but it’s something that is very important.  We’re getting the bad ones out.  And that’s always where I said I was going to start.  I was going to start with these bad players.  And they are bad.  They are rough and tough, and we’re getting them the hell out of our country, and we’re bringing them to where they started out.  Let their country do what they have to do with them. So the budget, which is going to be a very big part of tomorrow night’s speech, it’s going to be I think a budget of great rationality.  But it’s going to have to do with military, safety, economic development, and things such as that.  Great detail tomorrow night. We’re also going to do whatever we can to restore the authority of the states when that is the appropriate thing to do.  We’re going to give you back a lot of the powers that have been taken away from states and great people and great governors.  And you can control it better than the federal government because you’re right on top of it.  You have something that’s controllable.  So I think that’s going to be very important.  You see that already taking effect.   We have to let the states compete and to see who has the best solutions.  They know the best how to spend their dollars and how to take care of the people within each state.  And the states are different, and people are different.  So the governors are going to have a lot more decision-making ability than they have right now. All states will benefit from our economic agenda.  We will reduce taxes very, very substantially, and simplify the tax code.  We’re also going to make taxes between countries much more fair.  We’re one of the only countries in the world that people can sell their product into us and have no tax, no nothing, and they get rich.  And yet if you want to do business with them, you’ll have taxes, I’ve seen, as high as 100 percent.  So they sell into us, no problem; we sell into them -- because we don’t sell them because the tax is so high that they don’t want us to sell into them.   So I know that’s always been a point of contention, but to me it’s just fair.  It’s just fair.  It’s reciprocal.  It’s fair.  And so we’re going to be doing a lot of work on that, and that’s becoming a very, very important factor -- fairness.  Because I believe in free trade.  I want so much trade -- somebody said, oh, maybe he’s a total nationalist -- which I am, in a true sense -- but I want trade.  I want great trade between countries.   But the word “free” is very deceiving, because it’s good for them, it’s not good for us.  I want fair trade.  And if we’re going to be taxed, they should be taxed at the same amount, the other countries.  And one of two things is going to happen:  We’re going to make a lot of money or the other country is going to get rid of its tax.  And that’s good, too, because now the product, like Harley-Davidson -- I was talking to them -- the product will now flow into other countries where right now they can’t do it. So we’re going to make it easier for states to invest in infrastructure, and I'm going to have a big statement tomorrow night on infrastructure.  We spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, and we have potholes all over our highways and our roads.  I have a friend who is in the trucking business.  He said, my trucks are destroyed going from New York to Los Angeles.  They’re destroyed.  He said, I’m not going to get the good trucks.  He always prided himself on buying the best equipment.  He said, the roads are so bad that, by the time we make the journey from New York to Los Angeles or back, he said the equipment is just beat to hell.  I said, when has it been like that before?  He said, it’s never -- he’s been in the business for 40 years -- he said it’s never been like that.  Forty years -- never been like that.  So we’re going to take care of that.   Infrastructure -- we’re going to start spending on infrastructure big.  And it's not like we have a choice.  It’s not like, oh, gee, let’s hold it off.  Our highways, our bridges are unsafe.  Our tunnels -- I mean, we have tunnels in New York where the tiles are on the ceiling, and you see many tiles missing.  And you wonder, you know, you’re driving at 40 miles an hour, 50 miles an hour through a tunnel.  Take a look at the Lincoln Tunnel and the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, and you’re driving, and you see all this loose material that’s heavy.  And it was made many years ago, so it’s heavy.  Today, it’s light.  It used to be better.  The problem is, you got to hold it up.  And I say to myself -- every time I drive through, I say, I wonder how many people are hurt or injured when they are driving at 40, 50 miles an hour through a tunnel, and the tile falls off.  And there are so many missing tiles and such loose concrete.  So we have to fix our infrastructure.  It’s not like we have a choice.  We have no choice, and we’re going to do it, and it also happens to mean jobs, which is a good thing.   We’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare, and get states the flexibility that they need to make the end result really, really good for them.  A very complicated issue.  We have Tom Price, just got confirmed -- sitting here.  (Applause.)  Stand up, Tom.  And I spent a lot of time with Governor Walker and Governor Rick Scott the other day -- we were talking about it.  They’re really very expert on the subject, and I want to thank them.  They spent a lot of time with me.  Governor Christie who's here someplace.  Where's Chris?  Governor Christie, thank you.  And so we have a lot of talent and a lot of expertise here, I will tell you.  And we have come up with a solution that’s really, really, I think, very good.   Now, I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject.  Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated.  And statutorily and for budget purposes, as you know, we have to do healthcare before we do the tax cut.  The tax cut is going to be major, it’s going to be simple, and the whole tax plan is wonderful.  But I can’t do it until we do healthcare because we have to know what the healthcare is going to cost.  And, statutorily, that’s the way it is.  So for those people that say, oh, gee, I wish we could do the tax first -- it just doesn’t work that way.  I would like to do that first.  It’s actually -- tax cutting has never been that easy, but it’s a tiny, little ant compared to what we’re talking about with Obamacare.   And you have to remember -- and I say this to Democrats in the room -- of which we have many -- Obamacare has failed.  If you go to Minnesota, where they had a 66-percent increase, and the governor of Minnesota, who is with us today, said, Obamacare -- the Affordable Care Act -- is no longer affordable -- something to that effect.  I think that might be it exactly.  But the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable.  Obamacare has failed.   I say to the Republicans, if you really want to do politically something good, don’t do anything.  Sit back for a period of two years, because ’17 is going to be a disaster -- a disaster -- for Obamacare if we don’t do something.  Let it be a disaster because we can blame that on the Dems that are in our room, and we can blame that on the Democrats and President Obama.  Let it implode, and then let it implode in ’18 even worse.  Don’t do anything, and they will come begging for us to do something.  But that’s not the fair thing to do for the people.  It’s not the fair thing.   Politically, I think it would be a great solution, because as soon as we touch it, if we do the most minute thing -- just a tiny, little change -- what’s going to happen?  They’re going to say, it’s the Republicans’ problem.  That’s the way it is.  But we have to do what’s right because Obamacare is a failed disaster.   And it’s interesting, it’s sort of like, when you see -- you see it with politicians, you see it with President Obama -- when you know he's getting out of office and the clock is ticking, and he's not going to be there, his approval rating goes way up, even though, you know, not that active in the last period of time.  The approval rating goes up.  That’s not him; that's like almost everybody.  I see it happening with Obamacare.  People hate it, but now they see that the end is coming, and they're saying, oh, maybe we love it.  There’s nothing to love.  It’s a disaster, folks, okay?  So you have to remember that. And, very importantly, we are going to work to restore local control to our nation’s education system.  Betsy is here someplace, and she is going to be, I think, fantastic.  (Applause.)  I think she's going to be fantastic.  Stand up, Betsy.  Betsy feels so strongly, and she has had such support from so many people.  You know, you don’t see that too much because you see the anti, you never see the positive.  But I can tell you, I’ve had so many calls while she was going through that horrible process.  That was a tough, tough, nasty process.  And she hung in, she was as strong as you get.  But so many people were calling Betsy, saying you will do such a fantastic job once you get it. It’s like sometimes I'd say, it’s much tougher to get into Harvard than it is to stay there.  Does that make sense?  It’s tougher to get into the Wharton School of Finance -- you can’t get in.  But if you get in, it’s fine, you get through, right?  I think you’re going to do a fantastic job, and we’re very proud of you.  And you took a lot of heat, but you’re going to do great.  So she wants to bring decision-making powers back to parents, back to the families and back to the states, where they can really control education.   And just finally, I’m looking forward to working with you on these projects and so much more.  We’re going to do these projects and so many more.  And I thank you all again for being here.  It’s going to be a really productive discussion -- so productive that I’m going to ask the press to start leaving because I wouldn’t want them to see any great, productive session.  (Laughter.)  But they'll be seeing it and hearing about it.   Again, thank you very much all for being at the White House.  We’ll do this many times.  I want the opinions of the governors of the states of the United States.  So I want to just thank you all for being here, and let’s take some questions, okay?  (Applause.)  Thank you. END  10:05 A.M. EST

23 февраля, 02:24

Primitive Minds

(Don Boudreaux) TweetHere’s a letter to a new and intrepid correspondent: Mr. Nolan McKinney Mr. McKinney: You point to Harley-Davidson’s resurgence, after Ronald Reagan drastically raised tariffs on imported large motorcycles, as “evidence of protectionism strengthening our economy.” Harley’s resurgence is evidence of no such thing.  The argument against protectionism is not that it doesn’t help the […]

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23 февраля, 00:50

Baja On Two Wheels With EagleRider

Riding a motorcycle in Mexico is an adventure. Riding a Harley-Davidson through Baja with EagleRider is an experience.

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21 февраля, 12:09

Офис Plarium Kharkiv: здесь мы разрабатываем игры

Вертолетная площадка, солнечные панели, 800-килограммовый робот, Harley-Davidson, батут, студия Motion Capture, кинотеатр, допросная, штатный повар, инструктор по йоге и ручной барнакл. Что из этого действительно есть в студии Plarium Kharkiv — смотрите под катом. Читать дальше →

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Байк без бензина

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