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Donald Trump's wealth effect

Trump leading in polls as GOP candidates descend on Iowa state fair



Donald Trump Embracing His Wealth

Lisa Boothe: I don't know if they've been craving to hear it, but they're tired of political correctness. Mitt Romney was an affable guy but he was over coached. He wanted to excuse the fact he made a lot of money. Can you imagine the new York Yankees and you've got a guy that comes along and says I'm a hardworking guy, I'm just like the rest of you, great, I don't want him to be the captain. I want Derek Jeter to be the captain. I want successful people to be president. This idea that America has, Hey, I'm just a working stiff like everybody else, that doesn't work when you're running for the highest office in the land, the most powerful position in the entire world. Donald Trump, whether you like him or not, he doesn't run from the fact he's a successful man and, yes, the idea of this one versus 99 percent that is a bunch of bonus stuff that politicians have come up with. People care about their income and that's what Donald deals with.

David Mercer: I don't know and it's yet to be seen. I will say I don't think there's anything dirty going after the American Dream or making money. If you compare Donald trump to Mitt Romney, it wasn't that both were either millionaires or billionaires, it's what Mitt Romney did. He said that he was for creating jobs but we also found in his record shipping jobs overseas. That is what the point is. It's not begrudging anybody for the money they may make or pursuing the American Dream. So I think, you know, it's yet to be seen whether those poll numbers for Donald will hold up and the reason for it. But I'll ask anybody here and now, do we remember or know where Michele Bachmann is, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll. We don't know where she is now.

Suzy Welch: He says I'm not one of you. I'm very rich, and he loves himself and his money. What bothers Mitt Romney, I ironed my clothes on the kitchen table. Sound phony. Donald sounds authentic. The other piece is autonomy; he can't be bought and sold. He says I'm rich, money's okay, he earned it or whatever, but it's about saying nobody owns me, nobody can buy me, nobody can sell me. I only have to answer to myself. That is the part of the message that's resonating.

Gary B. Smith: Look, the point that Dagen made and I think Suzy put to eloquently is that Donald Trump, like him, love him, loathe him, whatever, he embraces his wealth. I think that's a good thing. I think that's what the American public is finally looking for. They're looking for someone to say, hey, you know what? It's okay to go out there and earn a lot of money. It's okay to be wealthy. It's okay to work your you know what off and be a billionaire. Good for Donald Trump for embracing that. I think it sends a very strong signal to the American public that, you know what, it's okay to have nice things, and it's okay to work hard in order to achieve things. That's where I think maybe part of Mitt Romney's mistake was. He didn't embrace his success. And he was a very successful businessman.

Jonas Max Ferris: There can be too much of a good thing. The royalty of France embraced their wealth. The czars embraced their wealth. There's a responsibility to be the billionaire with taking it down a notch with the public because that's how you lead to rising socialism. I would say the Bernie Sanders poll numbers are going up in proportion to Trump because although many Americans like wealth and think it's a success, many others are like that's a guy that needs to be taxed more on his boats and jets so I don't have to pay for "x." It can be a balancing act. I think we've seen too much of with Donald Trump. Maybe there was too little with Mitt Romney but Mike, if we "Mad Mike" Bloomberg, I don't think we'd be showing off and showing how rich you are. It can backfire and lead to a swing back where you get even crazier socialist policies.

Majority of Americans Do Not Support Iran Deal

Suzy Welch: I think 58 percent of the American people think we should kill the deal, be, I think the administration loves this deal. I think they're not trying to hedge their bet, they don't have buyer's remorse. They believe this is the best deal nape think it's a Nobel peace prize-worthy deal. They strongly support it. They come from a place totally different ideological mindset. They believe America is one of many nations and we have to play with other nations in a certain way where we accommodate a nation like Iran. They don't believe as the opponents do that America is special and bigger and different and has the ability and the power to close down Iran. So I think they love this deal. They're accidentally making the case against it. They're not trying to.

John Layfield: Yeah, and they'll are have the money to do that. Suzy is right. This is an ideological bent if they think some deal is better than no deal. 1969, sanctions start. It took decades to get to the point to get Iran to the table. They're going to allow an influx of $150 billion, we'll lift the embargo where they can buy weapons and ballistic missiles. In 15 years they'll be one of the richest countries in the world. They're going to have a well-funded army, a great infrastructure. Right now they have lost the confidence of their own people. And we are going to allow that to happen. Then they can get a nuclear weapon. This is a no-lose deal for Iran, a complete lose deal for the United States and our allies.

David Mercer: I would vote for it and I would alongside the majority of Jewish Americans that support the deal in contrast to the poll that you mentioned earlier. And with regard to, you know, the overall at least echoing of sentiment in opposition to this deal, you know, I just go back to history again. You know, we can negotiate with China and have Nixon go to China during the Cold War or we can have arms for hostages deal that Reagan swore off, but we found out he did. But we can't bring stability with the nuclear arms that Iran is starting or wants to achieve and put that to rest and stabilize the region. It was the Iraq war that destabilized the region and made it more of a haven for jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

Jonas Max Feris: It's easy to criticize this deal because there's no good solution with Iran any more than there's a good one with North Korea or Russia or Cuba. Sanctions do not lead to regime change. We saw that in Cuba.

Lisa Boothe: Couple points. One, most Jewish Americans support it because most Jewish Americans identify more with the Democratic Party than they do with Israel. That's point one. Two, I disagree with Suzy. I think the administration is either dumb or they're the most undisciplined administration out there because when they were talking about ObamaCare, never was heard a negative word. Here, I think they are trying to hedge their bets.

Airline Starts Weighing Passengers for 'Flight Safety'

Jonas Max Ferris: I think it's fair. It's going to happen flat rate, it's communism. A few weeks ago I got a battery mailed in the mail by U.S. flat rate. How do they pay $3 for a whole heavy battery? They took advantage of flat rate's pricing. UPS would not have charged that little because they charge by weight and size, which is how you ship stuff. The airlines are in the live animal shipping business, which happens to be people. Your babies, your stuff, your bags. Plus or minus based on your weight. This thing with the bags when they charge extra.

Suzy Welch: I thought Jonas would surprise me and he did. School doesn't charge you by how stupid or smart your child is. These planes are many, many times -- over time it's a wash about who's on them, targeting people, it's a revenue stream. Another way for airlines to make money by charging you for your bags. Frankly we don't need to debate it that long. This will go into twitter-sphere and the hate storm will humiliate some poor child with diabetes who's overweight and made fun of in the passenger lounge and it will all be over.

John Layfield: Of course Jonas -- if he lost any weight you'd have to file a missing persons report he's so skinny. He weighs 110 pounds. This will never work. You going to hire a Kentucky Derby jockey for your company to save matchup? The first woman that steps on this is going to punch somebody.

Gary B. Smith: I don't think it's horrible at all. If they want you to quack like a duck when you get in a line they should do that. It's a private enterprise. I think it's horrible I have to wait in Starbucks for 20 minutes while the other people ahead of me order complicated drinks. They're allowed to do what they want

David Mercer: Oil prices are down; they're making a boatload of money, the air marshals. To tack on a fee like this I think will not work and there will be an outrage. It's not going to happen.

Stock Picks

Gary B Smith: TTC

John Layfield: VZ

Jonas Max Ferris: WFM