Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Biggest Coverup in American History.

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    I can still vividly remember Richard Nixon and Watergate.  I can remember the infamous Saturday night massacre and Nixon's denials and I can remember the hearings in Congress.  I can remember both Republicans and Democrats cooperating to get to the bottom of what happened during the Watergate break in and the subsequent coverups. There was very little partisanship.  The whole process was a lesson in democracy. 

   The current Trump-Russia scandal is by far worse than the Watergate break in.  A foreign country attacked our country by sabotaging our democratic process of electing our president.  Russia literally destroyed a qualified candidate for president and installed someone who was beholding to Putin and his Russian oligarchs.  Even before the election was held our FBI and other intelligence agencies knew of the hacking and release of information to favor Donald Trump, but in a partisan manner withheld the information until well after the election. 
    Now that more and more evidence of Trump's collusion with the Russians is surfacing, members of Trump's cabinet and his top campaign officials are being implicated.  One would think that a bipartisan investigation into Trump's involvement with the Russians would not only be warranted, but eagerly sought to fully investigate this obvious act of war.  But no.  The Republicans are blocking every effort to investigate these allegations and what is much worse, they are actively involved in a coverup to protect Trump!  They have not shared intelligence information with their Democratic counterparts on the House Intelligence Committee, which is tasked with the investigation and have not allowed former Justice Department officials to testify about what they had known and discovered.  Every single ranking Republican, from Paul Ryan, to Mitch McConnell to Rep. Nunes, Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, is actively involved in the coverup.  Sen. John McCain is the only Republican with enough integrity and patriotism to put country over party and help save our democracy.

    The Republicans are so power hungry and so elated that they control both Houses of Congress and the Presidency, that they will cheat and lie, committing treason to keep themselves in power.  Because of Russia's attack on our election Trump, Pence and the entire Trump administration are illegitimate! They do not belong in the executive branch. Ryan and McConnell, likewise do not belong, if they continue their treasonous behavior of putting party before country.  They are willing to destroy the country and their party for power and economic gain.  Once this scandal is over and Trump and his cohorts are brought to justice, which they will, the Republican party will irreparably damaged. The country will survive but the GOP will not be able to recover.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

American Coal Miners Can Go Back to Work, Unitl They and the Rest of Us Die from Pollution.

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    Today Trump rolled back regulations on coal mining and the amount of pollution coal burning facilities can release into the environment, thus fulfilling his promise to coal miners to bring back their jobs. These actions have squarely put America back into the 19th century!  I feel sorry for coal miners who have been out of work because of a lack of jobs, but let's face reality, coal mining and coal powered energy plants are a thing of the past.  Burning coal is a filthy destructive process that is being abandoned by the rest of the world.  There is no way to make coal burning cleaner.  Coal miners, traditionally have gone right into the coal mines as soon as they were able to quit school. They have historically lacked the education or the skills to do anything else other than mining coal.  It may sound cruel, but it is their own fault for not preparing for the demise of the coal industry.  Because of their inability to adapt to the changing workforce, coal miners are forced into doing a job that will eventually kill them.  When regulations that were enforced during Obama's years, are rolled back, owners of coal companies will no longer have to pay attention to the health and safety of their workers. 

    Trump's supporters, will no doubt hail him as the savior of their jobs and the coal mining industry, but in reality they are the losers.  He cares nothing about them, their health or their jobs.  All of this deregulation benefits not the coal miners, but the owners of big businesses, who are now free to spew as much pollution into the environment as they wish,  in order to create even larger profits.  What  is even worse, is that once these coal miners begin to suffer from the health hazards of their industry, the Republicans will have succeeded in taking away their healthcare! When they die Trump will shed no tears!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Obamacare is the Law of the Land


    After the Republicans were unable to even take a vote on their repeal of Obamacare, House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted defeat by declaring that "Obamacare is now the law of the land".  The Republican's replacement for Obamacare, Trumpcare, was only favored by 17% of the American people, a dismal failure.  The Democrats did not at all support the bill, while moderate Republicans were against it because too many people would be hurt by it and The Freedom Caucus (the former Tea Party) thought it was too generous and too much like the original Obamacare. Apparently the Freedom Caucus doesn't really give a damn how many poor people dies, as long as there  is a windfall for the wealthy! 

    Immediately after the defeat Trump blamed everyone but himself. He blamed the Democrats because they did not support the bill, while in actuality the Republicans are in the majority and do not need a singe Democratic vote! At first Trump didn't blame Ryan, but just today he changed his mind and placed the blame on Ryan, suggesting he resign. If anyone needs to resign, it's Trump! Trump then totally gave up on offering a decent healthcare bill and decided  to move on to something else to occupy his short and shallow attention span.  He was surprisingly calm about his epic failure, which is quite uncharacteristic. He did however, say he would wait for Obamacare to completely implode, which was a veiled threat that he would do everything in his power to destroy it, regardless of how many people, both his supporters and non-supporters, would suffer.   His whole life he has been a very vindictive person and he is going to retaliate for his failure and take it out on the American people, if he can.

    The United States is the only developed country in the world that does not offer its citizens free healthcare, instead it has the highest healthcare costs in the world, so that CEOs of big pharma and healthcare insurance companies can receive outlandish pay packages.  The Republicans have had over 7 years to come up with a plan that would benefit the American people by offering decent affordable healthcare and keeping costs down, but all they could come up with was a plan to benefit the wealthy, while taking away healthcare from 24 million people and punishing older people, children, middle class families and women! How compassionate of them! 

     For the past 7 years they have promised to repeal Obamacare, the first and only healthcare plan for the American people, which just happened to be from the first Black president.  They succeeded in replacing the actual name of the plan, the Affordable  Care Act, with the name of the Black president who gave it to us, thus linking it to Obama and pandering to its racist base.  It is unbelievable how so many people support the ACA, but not Obamacare!  There is only one sensible solution to the Republican healthcare plan and that is to change the name to something associated to a white person, instead to a person  of color. Perhaps, call it White America Health Plan for Real Americans!  Then all of the GOP and surely all of Trump's supporters can support it!  But the best thing this country can do for its people is to offer healthcare for everyone under Medicare. This will never happen because with the Republicans in Congress, if anything is to be done for the Average American, a hell of a lot more has to be done for the wealthiest of Americans who don't need it!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Who Is Neil Gorsuch and Should He Become a Supreme Court Justice?

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    It's been over a year since Supreme Court Justice Scalia died and his seat has been vacant all of that time , thanks to GOP obstructionists, such as Mitch McConnell. The Republicans did not have enough civility to even interview Obama's nominee for the seat, Merrick Garland.  Instead they ignored both Obama and Garland and waited for the new president to be sworn in, hoping it was a Republican. Now that that disaster has happened and Trump is in office, they are all gung ho in filling Scalia's seat. Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch, a Conservative Republican judge from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Yesterday was his first day of confirmation hearings before members of the Senate.

    Watching his appearance it seemed as his whole performance, especially in answering questions form GOP senators, was very well rehearsed. He was very confident, to the point of arrogance in all of his answers and statements. He declined to reveal any of his views on the many matters which could come before the court in the future.  To me he was a squeaky clean arrogant rich white guy completely devoid of any empathy towards people.  This feeling was shored up by the questioning by Sen. Al Franken, in regards to the truck driver who almost froze to death and was fired by his employer for leaving his vehicle. The truck driver sued his former employer and Judge Gorsuch was the only member of the court to side with the employer in this law suit, sticking strictly with the letter of the law and disregarding any feeling towards the truck driver. This case is known as the "frozen truck driver".

    Gorsuch sided with Hobby Lobby in a lawsuit regarding an employer having to provide birth control to employers. He agreed with the owners of the company's view that birth control was against their religious beliefs.  To me this totally disregards the religious beliefs of the employees and allows discrimination  by religious zealots. This really scares me for the potential future rulings of the Supreme Court in regards to LGBT rights, abortion rights, women's rights and same sex marriage.

   It is highly unlikely that Gorsuch will not be confirmed as the Democrats don't have enough votes to block the nomination. As he is replacing Scalia on the court there will not be a significant change in the direction of the court since he is as far right or even more right than Scalia was.  There is a lot more about Gorsuch that we do not know, but I am sure we will find out. For me the bottom line is that Gorsuch is going to be seated on the court in a position that was stolen from Merrick Garland. If Gorsuch, indeed had any integrity he would refuse the nomination, in favor of Garland. But I am sure he can't wait to put his far right stamp and conservative religious views on American society through his stolen seat.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Trump's Accusations of Obama Wiretapping

    A couple of weeks ago Trump accused President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower before and during the presidential campaign.  As usual with any and all of Trump's accusations there is no proof offered regarding his allegations. The Justice Department and our intelligence agencies quickly denied that this every happened or could have happened. But that didn't stop the Conspirator-in Chief. He reiterated his baseless accusations and demanded Congress investigate. Surprise! They are doing just that Donald!

    Today in a public hearing before Congress, FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers vehemently denied  Trump's accusations that he or Trump Tower was wiretapped by anyone. They also reiterated that no President could do this! Comey also disputed Trump's accusation that British Intelligence agencies were involved in Trump's paranoid accusations.

    There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to substantiate these wild , maniacal, paranoid tweets of Donal Trump, yet The White House says the President stands by his claims! What must his staff be thinking? This man is seriously mentally ill. If he were just an ordinary private citizen this wouldn't be so serious, but it would raise questions about his ability to be a part of normal society. But Good God, he is the President of the United States!  He has the ability to nuke the entire world! He does not have the mental competence to carry out the duties of his office, yet the Republican Congress is willing to give him a clean bill of mental health, just so they can stay in power!  If they don't do something about his man our country will soon be in grave danger!



Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Leader of the Free World and Trump

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    On Friday Donald Trump met with Angela Merkel, The Chancellor of Germany, one of our closest allies.  And once again he made a fool of himself and caused our once great nation major embarrassment. He not only stood by his completely outrageous and demented lie about President Obama wiretapping Trump Tower, both during and after the campaign, he even tried to tie Germany to his insane conspiracy theory, stating that he and Merkel had being wiretapped in common. By looking at the photo above, from the Washington Post, one can almost read Merkel's mind. "This man is completely insane and unfit to be a world leader" must be the phrase she is thinking of.

    If this was not enough Trump went on to embarrass the country further by once again implicating, perhaps our closest ally, Britain in his paranoid conspiracy theory regarding Obama wiretapping him!
It is becoming apparent that world leaders view him as an unstable lunatic, who cannot be trusted to take a leadership role in the free world. He is a clear and present danger to the stability of Europe and Asia. In just a little over 2 months since his inauguration Trump has managed to destroy the credibility of the presidency and our democracy. In those few short weeks the United States has gone from a word leader to a rudderless rogue nation. We have become the laughing stock of the world! Trump has ceded his position of the leader of the free world to Angela Merkel, who is by far the more intelligent and more capable leader.
    His behavior frightens the free world, but his followers love his bravado. They don't have the intelligence and the world knowledge and awareness to realize that his actions are not only destroying our standing in the world, but our own survival as a democracy.  Every great nation is destroyed, not from the outside, but from the inside, as what happened to the Roman Empire. This can be seen in Trump's budget proposal, where he has attacked the poor, the elderly, the sick, the disabled and children, while adding to the wealth of the top 1%. When his disastrous foreign policy leads us into war, it won't be his children or the children of his billionaire cronies who are sent off to die! The future of our country will be sacrificed so that the wealthy few may reap the greatest economic benefits. People like Ryan and McConnell and the rest of the GOP will be at the forefront welcoming Putin as our new leader!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Did Trump Release His Own Tax Returns?


    Last evening on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC 2 pages of Trump's 2005 tax returns were made public. There was nothing earth shattering revealed about his taxes, as he did pay $38 million on income earned. They did however raise a few questions. First of all he paid taxes at the same rate as me and millions of other middle class tax payers! Secondly there were only two pages released. Where are the attachments and schedules? Also where did the income come from? The copy was mailed to David Cay Johnston, an investigative reporter, who also wrote a book on Donald Trump, called "The Making of Donald Trump".

    Just before the Maddow show the White House released a statement trying to discredit the release by saying it proved that Trump did pay taxes and had been paying right along. Of course Trump had to follow up on Twitter attacking Maddow and MSNMC as fake news!  He also said that Johnston was an unknown reporter. It's odd that he can't remember someone he has known for 30 years and was his biographer! It is interesting to note that the copy of the 1040 shows a stamp at the bottom that reads "Client Copy"! When taxes are filed by a tax attorney or agency there are 3 copies; one for the IRS, one for the lawyer and one for the client. It seems to appear that Trump may have released his own returns to deflect from the massive problems he is having with Trumpcare and his Russian connections.  Why was only this one year of returns leaked?  Was it cherry picked? If he indeed did nothing wrong, why is he still refusing to release the complete returns for other years?

    As everything that comes from the Trump White House, this appears to be a smokescreen to hide all of the corruption and collusion with Russia. The release of these forms may have captured the news cycle for a day of two, but Trump and his cabinet's conspiracy with Russia to install a pro-Putin government, will continue to be investigated, despite Republican resistance and complicity!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Trumpcare Findings Announced by the CBO!

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Well the Congressional Budget Office just came out with the figures on the Republicans proposed healthcare plan, Trumpcare.  According to the CBO an estimated 24 million more people will love healthcare by 2016! Those numbers will not come from the wealthy, but the poor and middle class. The deficit would be cut by $333 billion, which undoubtedly go for the construction of Trump's useless 'Wall". Healthcare premiums are projected to rise 15% to 20% for single policy holders. Larger tax credits would be given to wealthier people, whose incomes are 400% of the federal poverty line! Those who will suffer the most will be older working people and younger people.  Of course the Republicans made sure that the CEOs of the health insurance companies will be given $400 million in tax credits. Think of all the iPhones they can buy! 
When every single developed country in the world offers its citizens universal healthcare the Republican assure that only the wealthy can afford healthcare and the rest of us be damned. They say that under this new plan we will be given more options. But what good are more options if we can't afford any of them? I have the option to buy a Ferrari, but there is no way in hell I can afford one! I can barely afford my Ford Focus! Why don't the Republicans want poor and middle class American to have healthcare and why do so many morons vote against their own best interests in continually electing the same people like Ryan and Mitch McConnell?

Thanks Politico for these statistics!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Justice Department Without Lawyers?

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Two days ago Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired 46 US Attorneys, who were appointed by Obama. This is really not uncommon since most new incoming administrations eventually replace the US Attorneys named by the previous administration. But always those administrations waited until they had replacements!  But in keeping with Trump's administration of incompetence and secrecy this was normal.

I have two serious concerns about Session's firings.  First of all with the number of lawsuits piling up against Trump's new Muslim ban, there won't be any US Attorneys to defend Trump's ban. I really don't care about this as the ban is definitely racist and unconstitutional. My second concern is more troubling. With all of the investigations centering around the members of the Trump team involved with the Russians and ethical misconduct, it appears that Trump and Sessions have gotten rid of anyone who was in a position to investigate the charges leveled against them. It does appear to be a massive and treasonous coverup!

Friday, March 10, 2017

What are the Connections Between Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and Russia?

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It is no secret that Julian Assange, who has an arrest warrant for rape issued by Sweden and has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy, hates the United States.  We are all familiar with WikiLeaks, but  recently we have seen much more activity, especially in the 2016 presidential  elections where their activities were aimed at destroying Clinton and supporting Donald Trump.  This was quite obvious when only a matter of minutes after the audio tape of Trump bragging about his sexual assaults of women was released, WikiLeaks released damaging hacked emails about Hillary Clinton. Now that Trump is having very serious problems with accusations of colluding with the Russians to steal the election and now to eliminate Russian sanctions, Asssange continues to release hacked information damaging to the CIA and US intelligence agencies.  Just yesterday Trump's close friend and British politician, Nigel Farage, who also happens to be a close friend of Assange, visited Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. As he was leaving he  was asked by a reporter why he visited the Embassy and he replied "I don't remember".  Strange coincidence! 

Assange has, in the past, been defended by Vladimir Putin, in regards to his rape charges and his hacking charges. It is strange why WikiLeaks never leaks any information regarding Russia, China, Iran or other totalitarian states. Only the US and her allies!  I also wonder why Ecuador continues to allow Assange to claim asylum and remain in their Embassy in London. What are their motivations?

It has become quite apparent that Assange is out to destroy the US government intelligence agencies, but what is particularly alarming is that Donald Trump and the GOP are helping him!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Healthcare Choices Under Trump

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I'm so happy that Trump and the GOP have given me a better option for choosing my healthcare!
According to Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R) myself and the rest of us Americans can choose either paying for health insurance or buying an iPhone! It really is a tough choice though. If I have insurance I won't be able to have a phone so I can't call an ambulance or the doctor if I'm sick! If I have a phone I can at least Google my illness or look it up on WebMD!
I guess this would mean my insurance would cost no more than $600, the price of a new iPhone. I'm also happy that the CEO's of the health insurance companies covering my insurance will be given a huge tax break, if they earn at least $500,000, which means all of them! I'm also happy to learn that the older I get the more expensive my insurance will be! Another choice! Food and housing or paying for healthcare! Thank you Republicans for your wonderful plan that makes life worth living only for the rich!

Monday, March 6, 2017

What A Mess We Are In!

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It's been less than 100 days since Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States and the country is in a real mess, more divided than ever before. His divisive campaign rhetoric has continued to vilify, immigrants, Hispanics and Muslims. Since his election heretofore hidden racists and bigots have resurfaced with a sense of pride and protection from Trump and the far right members of his cabinet, such as Steve Bannon, a known white supremacist. His promise to "drain the swamp" has resulted in the addition of numerous billionaires, whose only qualifications for their position is that they donated heavily to Trump's campaign. Jeff Sessions, a well know staunch Southern racist is now in charge of civil rights laws, as the head of the Justice Department.  The Secretary of Education, Devos, has absolutely no qualifications other than the millions she donated to Conservatives. She has pledged herself to dismantle public education in favor of Christian schools. The head of the EPA has pledged to dismantle the agency and get rid of all laws protecting the environment, in favor of big oil companies being able to do what they want. The Secretary of State has very close financial ties to Russia and undoubtedly will  protect those ties for his former bosses at Exxon Mobil. The swamp has far been drained by putting more vermin in the swamp!

One of Trump's first executive orders banned people from 7 Muslim countries from entering the US, even those with valid visas and green cards. Interesting enough those countries that were not banned were those that Trump had business ties to. After massive outrage from the public and numerous lawsuits Federal Courts put a stop to the ban. A revised order was made public today that excluded Iraq and visa and green card holders, but still has the appearance of a Muslim Ban. It will be interesting to see how the courts will view this new revised order.

This past Saturday our Twitter-in-Chief took to Twitter to accuse former President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the presidential campaign. As always, with Trump's accusations, there is absolutely no proof of any such thing. It is quite evident that this was only a sad attempt to divert the country and the media from the very serious problem with the Russians interfering in our election in order get Trump elected. It appears that many of the Trump team are involved and many more could be implicated in the scandal. All of our intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies agree that Putin was directly involved in swaying the election towards Trump, but his White House and his supporters refuse to believe our own country's intelligence. Democrats in Congress have called for an investigation into these treasonous acts, but the Republicans, giddy with their new found power, are putting their party over the safety, sovereignty and security of the country. Only a few GOP members have acted in a patriotic manner and have seen the seriousness of the Russian involvement.

It hasn't even been 100 days since Trump took office and yet the United States is not as it always has been, a country that welcomed immigrants, refugees and all those wishing to have a better life. We, instead are quickly becoming a nation where hatred, racism and bigotry is going to be the norm. Trump has declared war on foreign terrorists and Muslims while, enabling American born white supremacist terrorists to carry out acts of violence and terrorism towards anyone of a different religion or skin color. The cowardly media even refuses to call these home grown terrorists, terrorists, but instead calling them mentally ill or calling their acts "isolated incidents". 

This is not only a fine mess you got us into Trump, but it is extremely dangerous for our democracy.

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