Senator Elizabeth Warren appeared on Rachel Maddow's show this evening saying she was hoping that some republicans would vote against the McConnell tax plan(otherwise called a healthcare bill). Unfortunately, she is hoping against a storm of disdain for the people, and a group of fifty-one people who owe their allegiances to the oligarchs.
The GOP is the party that obstructed any progress in America for eight years of Obama's presidency. They are the party that advocates for war with Iran, hates Cuba, supports Israel's genocide of the Palestinians, obstructs the Russian investigation, denies food stamps and school lunches for poor children, is actively trying to destroy public education, and abides and facilitates institutional racism. How can they possibly have any values that a responsible human being would have?
How does a party that rigs the democratic processes to suppress the vote of citizens, claims climate change is a hoax, and constantly lies about Obamacare, taxes, the economy, and the state of the nation have any values? Where are their policies to move the country forward? They don't have any because they don't know how to govern, they know how to steal!
The republican party's policy is to maintain the status quo which benefits their donors at the expense of their stupid supporters. Sixty million voters supported the GOP and the criminal Donald Trump based on lies, racism, homophobia, and false promises of helping them economically. Suckers!!!
After six months of this corrupt administration and undemocratic Congress, the payback is coming. This regime is doing more to destroy America than the Russians or terrorists could ever accomplish because the GOP has no values that concern American citizens.
With the installation of Donald Trump as president, one has to look far and wide to find something to feel proud about in the first six months of his administration. Russiagate is alive and well with his son and son-in-law deeply involved in conspiring with Russia to obtain dirt on Hillary Clinton. Beneath the surface is the reality that Russia "owns" Trump and his family because the Trumps need Russian money for their faltering business empire. Hence, they are Russia's pawns in the White House to accomplish Russia's goals of destabilizing the West.
Add to that, Trump is enriching himself at the expense of taxpayers, trade licensing deals with China, Turkey, and others. He and his daughter operate a string of sweatshops in Asia to manufacture overpriced baubles for the suckers infatuated with Trump. Trump even has the nerve to promote "Made in America" month when he makes nothing in America nor hire Americans to work at his "plantations".
He has placed the lowest form of humans in his Cabinet to act as corporate America's first line of defense against regulations to guarantee clean air, water, and the environment. His financial advisers and Treasure and Commerce secretaries are enacting deleting rules or delaying rules which guarantee Americans are not robbed by Wall Street and the major banks. His education secretary, Betty DeVos is an open racist, Rick Perry, a fool, and his nominee for the head of the FBI is linked to Russia (read FBI Nominee Christopher Wray Sure Looks Dirty).
On the international scene, Trump is, according to Al Gore: Trump is first president to deliberately ‘tear down America’s standing in the world’. As if this were not enough, Trump is kissing Saudi Arabia's ass in the hopes of securing deals which will benefit his bottom-line. In addition, he has openly supported tyrants in the Philippines, Turkey, and Israel. While Trump's military has killed more civilians in Syria in six months than the two previous presidents.
So endure the next fifteen months since I think it will take Mueller that long to get this piece of sleaze out of the Oval Office.
I am tired of hearing pundits and other talking heads ascribe some patriotic fervor to Donald Trump. Trump is loyal and devoted to two things: himself and money. Period! Trump's entire life has been focused on being the BIG MAN ON THE BLOCK, and acquiring by an means possible wealth.
The talk about Trump enforcing sanctions on Russia is ludicrous. He owes Russian oligarchs millions of dollars for rescuing his family and others out of bad business deals which are all that Trump ever gets involved in. Do you really think that Trump is ever going to acknowledge or blame Russian hacking and other support for his election. When his trip to meet Putin was announced, the first news reports had Trump trying to figure out a package to present Putin as a so-called offer of good will. Putin, the man who authorized the hacking war on the US according to the intelligence community and others. Is that what you do to someone who burglarized your home?
Also, let's not forget the Christopher Steele dossier about Trump's sexual escapades in Russia and more that surfaced last year and that the FBI is/has confirmed many of the findings in it.
And then there is China, the country which just granted his corrupt daughter, Ivanka, with commercial licenses to sell her overpriced junk-ware made using slave labor. How many potentially conflicting deals has Trump himself have going on in China? How about Trump's claim that China is rigging it's currency and engaged in unfair trade deals, etc. Or the Bank of China which supports North Korea allowing it to build a nuclear arsenal.
The point is that Trump is not going to punish, sanction, or criticize any country where he is or has the potential to make money. One exception is Qatar where Trump joined with Saudia Arabia in support of their blockade, etc. The reason, Trump believes that he can getting better deals from Saudia Arabia like the $110 billion arms deal.
The gameplan to understanding Trump is what is benefiting him both in terms of image and financial gain. He already has the support of the sixty million plus low-information voters, the greedy, the racists, homophobes, misogynists, and Muslim haters so he feels his base is secure.
So don't fall for the hype about Trump being a patriot or being presidential he has never had any interest in that. The presidency to Trump is a money-making endeavor which allows him to exercise his psychosis on the entire country. Finally, as the old saying goes, follow the money and that will be all you need to know about Trump.
The House race in Georgia's 6th district was another lost for Democrats who insist on running milquetoast candidates again Republican right-wingers. John Ossoft, the Democrat, was a middle of the road, fence riding candidate who inspired no one. His entire campaign was designed to dodge populist, progressive issues like raising the minimum wage, free college, tax reform, Medicare for all, and ending useless wars. He ran against a republican who was against all those issues and even said that working people don't deserve a living wage. I suppose she is an advocate of restoring slavery. She also is against women's rights, maybe she is not a woman?
The losses in the past four special elections, Kansas, Montana, South Carolina, and now Georgia shows that the Demo. Party doesn't have a message. People want to hear what you believe and are planning to do and centrist bullshit ain't it. They don't want to hear that you are not going to raise taxes, on the contrary they want to hear that you are going to make everyone pay their taxes, especially corporations. Corporations are hoarding trillions in overseas tax havens and avoiding billions in taxes. What do you think the deficit would be if they paid their fair share like working class stiffs?
Do you think Medicare for all is a bad idea or would you rather pay outrageous premiums to greedy insurance companies for minimal coverage? Do you like to incur huge debts to maintain your standard of living or would a livable wage help? How about free college for your kids versus thousands in tuition debt?
These are simple questions to ask voters but apparently Demo candidates to this date are afraid to ask them let alone propose programs to accomplish them. These are the issues that affect most Americans even dumb-ass racist republicans. But apparently the leaders of the DNC don't get it. They would rather cuddle-up to Wall Street and corporate donors and run candidates who sound more like republicans than deal with the real issues affecting real people.
Fired FBI Director, James Comey, completed the first step in disgracing our poor excuse for a leader, Donald J. Trump, yesterday. Comey proved that Trump is a pathological liar and a self-serving ignoramus. Comey also shed light on the misdeeds of AG Sessions and VP Pence both co-conspirators in Trump's yet unproven Russian collusion. Comey indicated that the Steele Dossier is being reviewed by and verified, to a large extent, by the FBI. Trump's pedophilia and sexual assault of young women will be verified and he will become the pariah of the GOP, if not already.
The next step is to "follow the money" which is the ultimate aim of Special Counsel Mueller. A key part of that investigation is Jared Kushner who was trying to setup a back-channel with the Russian bankers. Kushner's business ventures are hemorrhaging money. He is reportedly $200 to $300 million in debt right now and it is only going to get worst. The Russian oligarchs are the only ones who will front Kushner money since American banks won't touch him or The Donald. Mueller has the authority and resources to obtain tax records and financial records of the Trump and Kushner enterprises which undoubtedly show that the Russians have propped them up for years.
The Russians own Trump and Kushner thanks to their lack of business acumen, greed and stupidity. Everything Trump has done in foreign policy has favored Russia or its collaborators. Trump is like a puppet on a string as for as the Russians are concerned and will dangle as long as the Russians find him and Jared useful.
So don't be impatient about impeaching Trump over his actions against Comey. The money trail will be his and his administration's ultimate undoing. What we should be focusing on is getting out the vote for 2018 to turn the House and plan for Trump's impeachment proceedings to begin early 2019. Trump's downfall should be contingent on disgracing him completely; we don;t need another false god like Ronald Reagan.
The news pundits spend hours trying to explain the Trump White House but they never get to the real issue. Donald Trump and his family are only interested in promoting their own interests, in this case their egomania and greed. Trump has not divested from his business interests, or shown his tax returns, and has promoted only policies where he can benefit (Keystone pipeline, for example).
Trump has made a concerted effort not to criticize Russia whose oligarchs and banks have funded his ill-conceived projects. One bank, in particular, VneshEconomBank is on the sanctions list established by Obama and other allies. Why do you think he wants to remove the Russia sanctions?
His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has had undisclosed, until recently, meetings with the CEO of the bank. Kushner's New York developments are in financial trouble and VneshEconomBank, or VEB, is one of its financial backer. Kushner is also an infamous slumlord in New York which hints at his greed. Kushner tried to establish a backdoor with Russia not to pass secrets but to get money. ABC News reported recently that Kushner is $1.3 billion in debt. And don't think for a second that Donald did not approve of that!
Today, Donald pulls out of the voluntary Paris Climate Accord, a move that benefits oil producers, Russia and Saudia Arabia, remember the $110 billion arms deal of last week. Do you think the Saudis may have suggested that Trump should pull out of the accord?
And then there is Ivanka who runs slave labor sweat shops in China and elsewhere to produce her overpriced merchandise. After receiving licensing deals in China, Donald's criticism of China has cooled.
All the talk about Trump playing to his base is bullshit. Trump has a following of suckers who don't even grasp the policies of Trump. Trump is playing to his pocketbook. He is too stupid to be a spy. In fact, he is being controlled by spies because of his greed and stupidity. His usefulness to those handlers depends on him doing their bidding or else they cut off the money flow. Trump and his family are losers and now they are traitors due to their incompetence and greed, end of story.
Tuesday, May 26, the voters of Montana elected a liar and criminal to the House. Greg Gianforte is a rich republican who could care less about the subsistence ranchers and farmers of Montana. Gianforte, funded by Big Oil and other special interests, the people of Montana made him lone the representative to DC to continue the GOP assault on America. These people voted for a republican after watching one hundred and fifty days of the Trump Administration's gross incompetence, racist Muslim Bans, tax cut proposals to benefit the rich, GOP proposals to gut the ACA, EPA, public education, send their sons/daughters back to war, and selloff the country's infrastructure.
Did I miss anything?
Do you have an explanation for such assine behavior? I doubt that anyone can explain such stupidity. Look at Kansas! DetlefK at Demo. Underground stated that they don't care and he made some great points. I think it goes deeper; they are too stupid to care. They cannot "connect the dots" between their economic and social well being and the policies of the party of traitors who they continually vote for.
For example in Montana, there are thousands of streams and rivers which are now thanks to curtailing the EPA are liable to be polluted by the oil, gas, and dying coal industry. Waterways which they use for drinking, fishing, vacationing, etc. Maybe they like unclean water. Maybe they don't mind lead, arsenic, or mercury in their drinking water. But they support a candidate and a party who doesn't give a damn about their concerns. How do you define that behavior? Maybe they have already drank too much contaminated water and are suffering from brain damage or maybe as Nance Greggs said at DU, they are just too stupid.
Whatever the case might be, it certainly does not bode well for this country moving forward. As an infamous old Soviet Union leader, Nikita Khrushchev, once said, "we will defeat you from without firing a shot." With a population of fools, I think he was prophetic.
With the obvious evidence that Donald Trump has obstructed justice in his attempts to bribe James Comey, and Comey's subsequent firing because he refused to pledge loyalty to Trump the cry for impeachment grows louder. It ain't gonna happen.
Why, three basic reasons:
1. First the Demos do not have the power to conduct the necessary investigations into the obstruction of justice charges. Also, the real Trump crimes are money laundering for the American and Russian mafias. Those crimes once proven require the justice department to prosecute. Does anyone believe this Sessions' controlled department will conduct an honest transparent investigation? Even by some strange miracle that the Senate and House investigating committees uncover the evidence, does anyone believe that Senator Burr who owns stock in Russian oil companies is going to cut his own throat? The House committees are being run by Trump Transition team members who collaborated with the Russians themselves.
2. The GOP is only interested in getting tax cuts for their donors, the one percent, and will not do anything to Trump until he signs that legislation. They could decide to dump Trump for Pence but Pence as head of the transition team is just as guilty as Trump. Trump's crimes will implicate Pence soon who has been consistently lying about Flynn.
3. The GOP base will continue to support Trump and down-ticket races as they are looking for the party to maintain its racial and gender bias politics and anti-progressive agenda. The base doesn't understand that they have been pawns for decades to the GOP southern strategy and neoliberal policies which have screwed them. Also, the Democratic Party is still hesitant to move left and provide consistent policy alternatives for the working classes of America. Their continued support of Wall Street and the top ten percent leaves a gigantic hole in the political discourse which even Bernie Sanders cannot fill.
Optimistically, the Demos may capture one the House or Senate in 2018 but will they exercise that power to fully disgrace and remove the Trump Swamp? Time will tell but don't hold your breathe.
A recent Neal Gabler - Bill Moyers' piece in Raw Story "..Why we have become a failed country.." stated :
The voters who elected and enabled them bear responsibility, too, not just for Trump but for every person who doesn’t get health care when they need it and for every baby who dies as a result, for every stream polluted by Trump’s rescission of Obama’s executive orders, for every family torn apart by Trump’s immigration policies, for every woman who dies of cancer because Planned Parenthood is to be defunded, for every worker who is injured or dies by Trump’s scaling back of workplace safety regulations, for every target of the hate speech that Trump has joyfully unleashed. We hear endlessly about the frustrations of the white working class who support Trump, but wounded white working-class pride doesn’t justify any of these things.
Barack Obama stated recently: "You Get The Politicians You Deserve"
“You get the politicians you deserve. And if you don’t vote and you don’t participate and you don’t pay attention, then you’ll get policies that don’t reflect your interests.”
These statements encapsulate the current predicament of the nation in which a uneducated, reality-averse population has elected a dysfunctional administration and cowardly Congress whose only interests is to protect the slime bag they erroneously call the president. A man lacking in moral fiber, courage, and integrity. A man who masquerades as Al Capone and lacks the intelligence of the dumbest criminal.
This year should mark the seventeenth year of a Democratic presidency but it marks the first year of a failed administration under the traitor and thief, Donald J. Trump.
Remember when stupid Americans criticized France for not supporting G.W. Bush's lies about WMDs in Iraq. Surely, you remember our thousands of dead soldiers and hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis and the wasted trillions of dollars. France just held an election contested by an overt Nazi sympathizer and a neoliberal banker turned politician. The banker won handily but what does the future hold for France. One saving grace is that the people were smart enough or in the words of Moyers they possessed enough humanity to put their fellow citizens first.
America seems stuck in a time period of two hundred years ago where pillaging an indigenous village and kidnapping/enslaving black bodies was the norm. Now we deny people healthcare, proper schooling, housing, human rights, all under the guise of "I earned my way on my own" in a government sanctioned system of racism and discrimination. Now, America is a country of failing infrastructure, dying industries, growing inequality, and a special interest government incapable of addressing the simplest problems. A government of failure and neglect perpetuated by the selfish and the ignorant. America the Beautiful!!
Tuesday, Trump fired James Comey, FBI Director, using Democratic talking points which criticized Comey's action in tilting the 2016 election toward Trump last October. This comes on the heels of Comey's inaccurate testimony before the Congress last week about Huma Abedin's computer email fiasco. His faulty testimony certainly shows some degree of incompetence in the handling of the Clinton matter and I don't regret his firing. But a more important reason for his firing might be the following: CNN reports that a grand jury has issued subpoenas in the FBI Russia investigation.
According to the press release: Washington (CNN)Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year's election, according to people familiar with the matter. CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey.
Is that a coincidence? I don't think so. The Senate has instructed the IRS to provide business records of Trump business ties. In addition, Senator Burr, of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is threatening to issues subpoenas to the WH for not turning over records of meetings between Trump campaign officials and the Russians.
Also according to today's NY Times:
"Days before he was fired, James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, asked the Justice Department for a significant increase in money and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election, according to three congressional officials who were briefed on his request."
So, Deputy AG Rosenstein was well aware of what Comey was doing and he was aware that the White House was the target. Engaging in a bit of speculation, it is plausible that Rosenstein informed Trump and the plan was set to fire Comey using Clinton's email and a bending of FBI procedures as the reasons for the termination. Trump feared what Comey would find and Trump is too dumb to realize that Comey's investigation will continue without Comey. Trump's hope now is to find a troll to replace Comey who will sweep everything under the rug.
All of this provides a backdrop to Trump's WH meeting today with his puppet-master, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who I am sure has new instructions from Putin on what Trump has to do to continue betraying the USA. Trump has come along way from being a money launderer for the American and Russian mafias through bogus real estate deals, now he faces exposure for being the country's greatest traitor surpassing even Ronald Reagan.
Comments to think about.