Donald Trump doubles down: ‘Our wages are too high’

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Real-estate tycoon Donald Trump argued during the Tuesday-night Fox Business Network debate that US wages are “too high”— and he didn’t back off the next morning when pressed.”It’s a tough position politically,” Trump admitted during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“We have to become competitive with the world. Our taxes are too high, our wages are too high. Everything is too high. We have to compete with other countries.”

The leading Republican presidential candidate raised eyebrows with his initial comment, which was in response to a question about raising the minimum wage.

The National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar labeled Trump’s answer a “huge debate blunder.” He noted that Trump has risen to the top of the polls by striking a populist note on some big economic issues.

Trump has railed against the tax system for unfairly benefiting “hedge fund guys,” and he has proposed to eliminate the so-called carried interest loophole in the tax code.

He also opposes free-trade deals supported by Washington Republicans and, unlike some of his rivals, Trump supports a graduated income tax that would result in billionaires like himself paying higher rates.

“We have got to do something to compete with the rest of the world,” Trump said. “Our country is not competitive anymore. That’s why we’re losing all of the manufacturers. Now, it’s currency manipulation and all of those things that I talked about last night.”

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Vote For Which of 5 USPS Prototypes Should Be The Next Mail Truck

March 09, 2018 by Carly Schaffner
Which truck will win the bid for the next U.S. Postal Service mail truck in a deal worth an estimated $6-billion? (Graphic: Alana Goldenberg/
#USPS  Five prototype delivery vans are undergoing full-scale testing by the U.S Postal Service as it gets ready to spend more the $6 billion on the next mail truck contract.
The Postal Service will use one or more of these models to replace as many as 180,000 vehicles in its aging fleet of 215,000 trucks. The agency is keeping mum on the details but hunted down the prototypes.

After spotting all five models during road tests, has heard from many readers – some mail carriers, some not – about what amenities they would like to see in the Postal Service’s next generation mail delivery truck. Which truck would you vote for? Cast your vote below.
Keep in mind that the Postal Service wants an operating life of 18 to 20 years, right-hand steering with two-wheel drive and a driver’s-side airbag. It must also have a four-wheel drive option and ideally a van-style body with an integral cargo and cab compartment constructed of aluminum alloy or composite materials and sliding side doors. The truck must have a minimum 1,500-pound payload capacity and optional air conditioning.
Here are the choices:
VT Hackney/Workhorse
The only competitor offering a pure battery electric truck is the VT Hackney/Workhorse duo. VT Hackney, is a manufacturer of specialized truck bodies and is based in Washington, N.C. Electric work truck maker Workhorse is based in Loveland, Ohio.
The chassis and powertrain of the delivery truck is expected to be closely related to the Workhorse W-15 electric pickup truck. It will have a small BMW gasoline engine that will act as a generator to extend the range of the truck. The truck, seen delivering mail in Virginia, had an attention-grabbing profile with a low-slung aerodynamic hood, oversized windows for increased visibility and an upright stance for the cargo box.
The U.S. division of the Indian manufacturer Mahindra is known for building right-hand drive commercial vehicles. It’s vehicle designs can typically handle rugged conditions.
Mahindra’s truck, photographed awaiting testing in Flint, Mich., uses a 2.5-liter engine from General Motors and also will offer gasoline or mild-hybrid powertrain option, according to a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration filing. The truck is loaded with technology such as cameras near the roofline and possible forward-facing camera in the front grille. The transmission is controlled by the driver using electronic buttons on the dashboard, and there is a large infotainment screen instead of the traditional tachometer. The truck also is equipped with an electronic start/stop button for increased efficiency.
AM General
South Bend, Ind., manufacturer AM General submitted an internal-combustion engine truck with start-stop technology for improved fuel efficiency. The company, which builds the military Humvee, has an existing relationship with the USPS. It built the Dispatcher Jeep — the first civilian model of the military Jeep — which was used by the agency as a delivery vehicle into the early ’90s.
AM General’s mail truck prototype is equipped with digital instrument gauges and a large central display screen. It also has LED headlights and exterior cameras at the front and rear. LED strips inside the cargo space increase visibility. The company said its truck combines “highly reliable, low-maintenance, fuel-saving powertrain options and advanced safety systems into a durable, low operating-cost vehicle.”
Karsan/Morgan Olson
Turkish truck maker Karsan and partner Morgan Olson submitted a plug-in hybrid mail truck. The team‘s prototype has ports on either side of the truck – one looks to be for electricity and the other above the left rear wheel is a conventional gasoline port. There’s a sliding cargo door on the right side of the truck. It’s also the oddest looking of the bunch. It has a low-slung boxy hood that projects forward under the windshield, and bulky sideview mirrors are suspend from both sides of the upper cab.
Oshkosh Corp. is headquartered in Oshkosh, Wis., and manufactures vehicles such as aircraft rescue and fire trucks, snow blowers and tactical vehicles. It also has several active contracts with the federal government.
The Oshkosh entry uses the body of a high-roofed Ford Transit van with its own modifications to the doors and cargo area. The added height would allow mail workers to stand in the cargo area while loading and unloading. The truck uses the Ford Transit headlamps and taillights as well as a similar grille shape and driver cockpit. The truck also has an internal-combustion engine. Cameras located on all side of the vehicle give the driver a better view of the truck’s surroundings and may possibly provide a 360-degree view similar to technology inside the Ford F-150 pickup truck.

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WH official tells Washington Post John Kelly is ‘a big fat liar’ when it comes to Porter saga

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has severely mishandled the allegations of domestic abuse against former staff secretary Rob Porter, numerous White House aides and advisers told The Washington Post, so much so that one said it “amounts to dereliction of duty.”
Last week, Porter’s two ex-wives came forward and said Porter had physically and verbally abused them during their marriages. Kelly first defended Porter, and the White House eventually landed on a time line that had Porter’s background investigation ongoing through his departure. In front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray contradicted this version of events, saying the White House received a partial background report on Porter last March, with the full report sent in July.
Several people told the Post that in the wake of the Porter fiasco, President Trump has been asking about possible replacements for Kelly, and many senior staffers say they believe that Kelly told them to to offer a misleading time line about the Porter accusations. He’s a “big fat liar,” one staffer said of the retired four-star Marine Corps general. “To put it in terms the general would understand, his handling of the Porter scandal amounts to dereliction of duty.”
Kelly does not believe he should be blamed for the fallout, one confidant told the Post, and he thinks the White House communications office should take some responsibility. He also gets defensive when discussing the matter and complains that the media is making a bigger deal out of the allegations than is necessary, several people told the Post. When asked by the Post if Kelly could have been more transparent or truthful, one staffer responded: “In this White House, it’s simply not in our DNA. Truthful and transparent is great, but we don’t even have a coherent strategy to obfuscate.” Read more about the debacle at The Washington Post. Catherine Garcia

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