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Showing posts with label Election 2020. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Election 2020. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

US Deficit Increased By 17% Over 2017

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Yesterday we posted a short piece about the White House and the CBO's recent revelations of a 17% increase in the US deficit. That is a 17% increase over last year's Deficit increase. the nation went from $666 billion deficit in 2017 to a $770 billion deficit in FY 2018.

Here is what perspective looks like. From Obama to Trump and a hefty tax cut for the nations wealthy.

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Of course, you recall the many on-camera appearances of Paul Ryan, Trump and McConnell as well as other GOP politicos speaking about how the wealthy American tax cut would not increase the Deficit. Did you actually believe them?

Since you are reading this post vs speaking with a person, it is OK, to honestly consider your faith in (pre-tax cut) GOP rhetoric as the party works to legislate for its constituency (not me and you).  

Well, Democrat Chuck Schumer's Twitter page addresses the rhetoric of which you may have bought into.  
Is there any veracity at the inner core of the GOP?  

The question is rhetorical.

On another front, it appears we have another permanent ward of the state who fought to force you to work past age 70.



Saturday, October 6, 2018

Kavanaugh Confirmed

Kavanaugh confirmed to Trump's Court.....

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Trump gets his Get Out OF Jail Justice.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Central Park Five, Mocks Dr. Ford; A Reminder To Vote

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A Day In The Life

Yesterday Trump spent an unusually long time on the White House lawn yielded questions for reporters, and lying. While we have grown to expect lies form Trump, we continue to respond in awe and shock when his words literally contradict the manner in which he lived his past. Remember the Central Park Five; linked, here and here?
Didn't Trump publicly state the FBI could "go anyplace they wished" in their one-week investigation into accusations against his SCOTUS nominee. I wonder what is the number assigned tot hat lie We long ago passed 5,000 lies in 18 months in the Oval Office. Have we reached 6,000 lies yet?
It seems Trump lied about an open investigation of matters related to Kavanaugh There is nothing new there, but consider what comes next.

A US President travels to the pits of social America (the State of Mississippi) and openly mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh's accuser. One the day of Fords Senate Hearing testimony Trump indicated his thought so Ford as a credible person.

Watch your President as he reminds of another inhumane act from the 2016 campaign:

Again Trump reminds rational Americans of the horrors of staying home on election day, and he reminds of a flawed electoral system which ended with Trump taking the Oval Office despite the reality of finishing the election 2.8 million votes behind his opponent. 

It is critical to notice the extent to which irrational Americans find Trump entertaining.  Watch as the crowd roars with approval.  

A President of the United States of America!

If you have a need to read a few words about Trump's Mississippi oozfest, I have linked a New York Magazine piece, here

A Day In The Life. Remember, these are things we know of his day, only the heavens know what acts and manifest he enacted outside of our scrutiny.


Monday, October 1, 2018

US Conservatism's Love of Dictators From A Trump. Kim Jong Un, and Russia Perspective (Video)

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It is one of those days when sitting and developing a piece for the page, just isn't going to take place.  

Enjoy the social media reports and whatever you do, visit the MSNBC links towards the bottom of the age  The On Assignment segments with Richard Engel are award-winning journalism in my opinion.

First, let's visit with a couple of social media posts.
While I am enjoying a non-writing day, I cannot help but post a few additional items I viewed last night on MSNBC. If you viewed the segments from the On Assignment show you have no need to proceed.

The first segment relates to a nascent phenomenon of US conservatives literally loving the Russian society. Despite being one of the most repressive nations across the globe, US conservatives have latched onto Putin; Russia as surely as they continue to moniker Ronald Reagan as one of the nation's great presidents. Ronald Reagan was a facade of how US conservatives wish their world to exist. While the following segment doesn't touch upon Reagan's contributions to a rebirth of US racism (post the 1960s and ear 1970s.

From his overt affinity for Bob Jones University (with all known racist policies) through his part in advancing the GOP's successful Southern Strategy, and his outright disgusting handling of early AIDS cases, Reagan was the epitome of US social regression.  And, the GOP still to this day loves his being and legacy.  

Alas, the following segment doesn't visit Reagan's social regression beyond touching on Russia's anti-LGBT policies. As you view what follows, think about the dangerous abyss to which Trump has us all standing on the precipice and leaning over the edge.

Shameful isn't it?

How about some dessert?



Wednesday, July 25, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: “Lugenpresse” (Fake News, Lying Media)

 “Lugenpresse,” a word which translates roughly to “lying press.”

As Donald Trump shows increasing signs of a longing to subjugate the nation to the fiefdom which he would undoubtedly rename Trumpland or The Republic of Trumpistan, it is important to ask a question. How long will the more than three-quarters of the nation which doesn't support Trump speak out?

Let's take a look at the fiefdom.

Imagine what follows as part of a national flag and emblem for The Republic of Trumpistan. 

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We shouldn't ignore the signs.   

The signs include a strategy which is so obvious it isn't humorous outside of the hordes of supporters and GOP Trump fearing politicians. Strategy? Turn the media, or focus the American psyche to far-right propaganda outlets, and the capitulation of a nation is made simple.

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When Adolf Hitler took power in 1933, the Nazis controlled less than three percent of Germany’s 4,700 papers. The elimination of the German multi-party political system not only brought about the demise of hundreds of newspapers produced by outlawed political parties; it also allowed the state to seize the printing plants and equipment of the Communist and Social Democratic Parties, which were often turned over directly to the Nazi Party. In the following months, the Nazis established control or exerted influence over independent press organs. 
During the first weeks of 1933, the Nazi regime deployed the radio, press, and newsreels to stoke fears of a pending “Communist uprising,” then channeled popular anxieties into political measures that eradicated civil liberties and democracy. SA (storm troopers) and members of the Nazi elite paramilitary formation, the SS, took to the streets to brutalize or arrest political opponents and incarcerate them in hastily established detention centers and concentration camps. Nazi thugs broke into opposing political party offices, destroying printing presses and newspapers. 
Sometimes using holding companies to disguise new ownership, executives of the Nazi Party-owned publishing house, Franz Eher, established a huge empire that drove out competition and purchased newspapers at below-market prices. Some independent newspapers, particularly conservative newspapers and non-political illustrated weeklies, accommodated to the regime through self-censorship or initiative in dealing with approved topics.
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Trump's anti-media strategy is, yes, obvious.

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It’s no secret by now that Trump loves to dismiss stories critical of his demeanor or administration as “fake news” — but what you may not have known is that the “fake news” attack echoes one of Hitler’s favorite insults: “lugenpresse,” a word which translates roughly to “lying press.” 

Watch and listen to Trump via an excerpt from his hour-long oral insanity delivered to the VFW in Kansas City Missouri. 


The full Kansas City Trumpfest with the VFW, linked here. If you heard boos and applause as Trump attacked the media, we have read reports VFW leadership admonished its members for the boos.

How did Haler actually treat the German press?

Former Republicans strategist Steve Schmidt often speaks out against Trumpism and its various tyrannical fissures.  Schmidt was a guest on the MSNBC The Beat show after yesterday's White House Press briefing. As you watch the segment notice a moment int he White House briefing when sanders literally read her response with no eye contact up from the podium. 


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Civility, Caging Kids, Trump Tax Cuts And Spending

“If you try to scale the fence they’d be even too happy to have you arrested and separated from your children.” Jeff Sessions, US Attorney General. He jokes about the repressive and draconian US Policy in seven decades.
To the level of a joke with applause? And he jokes with this as a backdrop.

 And with this as a matter of US Law:
18 U.S. Code § 1204 - International parental kidnapping "Whoever removes a child..who has been in the United States..with intent to obstruct the lawful exercise of parental rights shall be fined under this title or imprisoned" #GOPChildAbuse
In Detail:

18 U.S. Code § 1204 - International parental kidnapping

(a) Whoever removes a child from the United States, or attempts to do so, or retains a child (who has been in the United States) outside the United States with intent to obstruct the lawful exercise of parental rights shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 3 years, or both.
(b) As used in this section—
the term “child” means a person who has not attained the age of 16 years; and
(2)the term “parental rights”, with respect to a child, means the right to physical custody of the child—
whether joint or sole (and includes visiting rights); and
whether arising by operation of law, court order, or legally binding agreement of the parties.
(c) It shall be an affirmative defense under this section that—
the defendant acted within the provisions of a valid court order granting the defendant legal custody or visitation rights and that order was obtained pursuant to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act or the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and was in effect at the time of the offense;
the defendant was fleeing an incidence or pattern of domestic violence; or
the defendant had physical custody of the child pursuant to a court order granting legal custody or visitation rights and failed to return the child as a result of circumstances beyond the defendant’s control, and the defendant notified or made reasonable attempts to notify the other parent or lawful custodian of the child of such circumstances within 24 hours after the visitation period had expired and returned the child as soon as possible.
(d) This section does not detract from The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Parental Child Abduction, done at The Hague on October 25, 1980.
(Added Pub. L. 103–173, § 2(a), Dec. 2, 1993107 Stat. 1998; amended Pub. L. 108–21, title I, § 107, Apr. 30, 2003117 Stat. 655.)
Trump, Miller and Session's policy is illegal.  And, Sessions jokes!

From Trumpian Draconian immigration policy to a reality which affects each of us and could lead to another US recession. Trump Debt and Deficits.

MSNBC's The Last Word

The Trump/Ryan Tax Cut could prove as dangerous to the US as any terrorist threat from overseas. While we are being horrendously entertained by Tropism lie some cheap reality TV show, real dangerous is at the core of Trumpism. The well-staffed and judicial activism of the SCOTUS is returning the US to a time of comfortable social regressivism for conservatives, Trump is tickling the innards of regressive Americans and the Congress is hiding like a Tortoise in a hail storm.

The following projection is more than troublesome.

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The Balance published a great piece regarding the US Debt with attention to past US Presidents.

Here is a graphic from the piece. Yes, it points to former President Obama as a leader whose Administration positively addressed US Debt.

The piece clearly delineates Obama's impact on US Debt while commenting on what is to come for Trump (as projections).
Donald Trump: As projected in the FY 2019 budget, Trump plans to add $8.282 trillion, a 41 percent increase from the $20.245 trillion debt at the end of Obama's last budget for FY 2017. If he spends as he hopes, Trump will add the second-highest dollar amount in history. More importantly, he will add almost as much in his first term as Obama did in two terms.
  • FY 2021 - $1.119 trillion.
  • FY 2020 - $1,198 trillion.
The tendency to equate Obama's Debt experience with Trump's Tax cut related projections and unbelievable spending based on regressive policies (imprisoning Immigrant kids) is a false equivalence comparison, to put it mildly. It I used the non-mild vernacular, I would characterize the comparisons as utterly ridiculous while verging on ignorant. Let's stick with the mild version.  Since Trump and his cabal are pushing civility from the Left (only).  

Is calling Senator Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas civil?
Is calling all brown skinned refugee immigrants "rapists", "criminals, "murderers", civil?

Oh, I digress.

Obama spending as enacted in response to the US Bush Great Recession. It was enacted to stop the bleeding towards another Great Depression and it worked.

Take a look at how President Obama accomplished a critical economic mission via his Stimulus and other anti-recession (remedying) spending. Linked here.

Trump's failing economic policies are not getting attention. Media is chasing Trump's daily reality show episodes while the GOP incompetently leads the nation into treacherous realms. Actually, I should modify my use of the word "incompetent" to fulfilling the wishes of GOP corporate constituents.  Well,  the GOP has to pay its Piper (moneyed constituents and socially regressive bigots). 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

SCOTUS: Gives Trump A Travel Ban Path

NOTE: CBS video has an auto-start. Consider scrolling down to the video and enacting pause until you are ready to view and listen.

We will devote minuscule space and time to another example of the seriously regressive state of US Courts in the hands of a president who has an undeniable lean towards authoritarianism or a hybrid form of totalitarianism.  

While I have little knowledge of the various iterations of Trump initial band, I understand that previous rulings against a blanket ban were modified. Modified to include Venezuela and North Korea. Now that Trump is schmoozing with Kim Jong Un, I wonder how he will modify the ruling when Kim or Putin voice objection.

The conservative Court strikes again.

It is important to note throughout history court systems in totalitarian states (or the national government cousin of the totalitarian state: authoritarianism.) are either non-existent or the courts are cosigning judicial bodies for the whims of the leader.  

One has to wonder how the Trump inner circle will actually administer the ban.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Lindsay Graham Goes Vulgar And The Politics Of Non-White Children

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It seems GOP congressionals are sharpening their classlessness for the fall elections. Why would any elected officials appear on national television and spew vulgar language as the Senator from South Carolina spewed today?

His choice of words was intentional and disturbing. Well, disturbing to rational and decent Americans. I suspect there are millions who literally reached an orgasm after he spoke the words.

Now a moment with the leader Lindsey Graham seems to imitate and seemingly wants to clone

Sit straight and worship
 The Politics Of  Non-White Children

Imagine living in a world where anything that comes from trump's mouth was well received by your gray matter?  How irrational would you have to be to actually believe that Democrats are responsible for the draconian and neolithic policy of separating kids from their parents or guardians? Housing kids in an old Walmart store or other unidentified buildings once they leave the confess of fenced cages. 

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Oh, that tendency to lie.


Friday, June 15, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Sit Straight And Worship Him?

We often speak of a president who speaks what first comes to his mind. His first thought is not only to lie, it could also lead to decorations which appear awful totalitarian.

Do you recall this little Freudian Slip by one of Fox News's on camera models: Abbey Huntsman? Two dictators; listen carefully.

The Freudian shouldn't surprise us in any way. Trump obviously has an affinity for dictators and his psyche seems to show he also wants a similar arrangement in the US.

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Short Version

 If you can stomach Steve Doocy along with Trump, you might want to watch the longer version.

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A refugee from North Korea and Trump's Carnival fantasy.

What a morning! 

A morning apparently set up to diminish the prospect of Trump's campaign Chair having his two ankle bracelets taken away along with a dedicated jail cell.

Trump recently also offered the following statement.  During the course of his campaign, he claims to have heard from many parents with a request to bring home the remains of their loved ones killed in the Korean War. How convenient and very big problem for those who use their brains.  The ages demographics of his fathom parents and age of Korean War troops just don't add up. 


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: America...Kids In Cages

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The United States is a nation of immigrants back as far as the late 1400s. White immigrants invaded the land of native non-white people, eventually practiced a policy of Manifest Destiny (literal genocide accompanied by land grabbing for East to West), forced slave immigration of Africans, and all while promulgating a policy of modern-day colonialism through-out its history. 

During World War II the Federal government interned Japanese citizens who lived on the West Coast in internment camps.

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Approximately one month ago Jeff Sessions and Trump's chief Whtie House enforcer appeared publicly to speak about a new policy of separating refugee (immigrant if you prefer) Children for their parents. The practice is active and disgusting even as refugees present themselves on the southern border in accordance with current guidelines.  


Kelly on NPR

When asked about the policy and practice as cruel, Kelly responded well outside the realm of past American psyche and policy.
Excerpt (Business Insider)

"I wouldn't put it quite that way," Kelly said. "The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever. But the big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long."

In the interview, Kelly also acknowledged that most immigrants who cross the border illegally are neither criminals nor members of the MS-13 street gang. He added that he sympathized with their reasons for attempting to come to the US but that he believed they wouldn't "easily assimilate into the United States."
"They're overwhelmingly rural people," Kelly said. "In the countries they come from, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm. They don't speak English — obviously that's a big thing. They don't speak English. They don't integrate well. They don't have skills."
When Trump chose John Keely, former four-star Marine General, as Chief of Staff, did you deceived yourself in it believing he would usher-in even modicum of decency to the White House. If you believed such, you was naive to the point of dagerous. Kelly would have to pass a litmus test (quite a few) and his inner core seems to well fit Trump's Paleozoic Era regressivism (and other associated "isms"). I will also suggest you have never served in the US military.

And that leads to this.... 

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Waiting to be taken from their parents or take and caged like an animal.  

If you were aware of such images from a country in Europe which practices caging immgrants from a white nation, do you think you might find the practice abhorrent? I serioulsy hope your first thought was "yes, it is disguting". As I frequently state, if you do not find the pracitce abhrorrent and well outside waht we once knew as Americana consider clinking off this page.

Here is more from last night's MSNBC, ALL- IN With Chris Hayes.

Trump ad Trumpism is a major problem for humankind. we as a nation are already on a path to irreversible horrors (socially, economically and internationally), Humankind suffers when America suffers.

America is suffering like never before in US History.