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Friday, June 29, 2018

ProPublica: How Mitch McConnell Made Donald Trump

ProPublica repost

How Mitch McConnell Made Donald Trump

There is an unusual space in the basement of the University of Louisville library, in the large anteroom to the official archives for Sen. Mitch McConnell. The space is called the Civic Education Gallery, but it is, essentially, a kind of shrine to the political career of McConnell, not unlike the exhibits on Babe Ruth or Hank Aaron you’d find at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The mere fact of the shrine is curious enough, given that it memorializes a politician who shows no sign of leaving the stage any time soon. What’s most unusual, though, is what it chooses to highlight. There are a few artifacts from McConnell’s youth — his baseball glove, his honorary fraternity paddle — but most of the exhibits are devoted to the elections he won, starting with high school and on up through Jefferson County executive and the Senate.

When I visited the room while researching my 2014 biography on McConnell, I was struck by what was missing: exhibits on actual governing accomplishments from the Senate majority leader’s four decades in elected office. That absence confirmed my thesis that McConnell, far more even than other politicians, was motivated by the game of politics — winning elections and rising in the leadership ranks, achieving power for power’s sake — more than by any lasting policy goals.

Well, that was then. Four years later, it is becoming increasingly clear that Mitch McConnell is creating a legacy for himself, and it’s a mighty grand one.

McConnell has created the world in which we are now living. Donald Trump dominates our universe — and now has the power to fill the second Supreme Court seat in two years. McConnell, who has promised a vote on whomever the president nominates “this fall,” is the figure who was quietly making it all possible, all along.

First, there was McConnell’s vigorous defense, going back to the early 1990s, of the role of big money in American politics, which would help Trump not so much in terms of funding his campaign, but in helping shape the conditions for his appeal.

While McConnell has long cast his defense of campaign spending as a First Amendment issue — money is speech — he made no secret of his motivation for fighting so hard on the issue. Namely, that he was well aware that he, as someone lacking in natural campaign talents, and the rest of the Republican Party, as more business-oriented than the Democrats, would need to maintain the flow of large contributions to be able to win elections. “I will always be well financed, and I’ll be well financed early,” he declared after winning his first race for county executive, in 1977.

His crusade against campaign finance reform culminated in the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling eliminating limits on corporate spending on elections, which McConnell followed up by blocking legislation to disclose the identity of large donors. Even before that ruling, the spread of big money in politics had done so much to sour the public on government, creating a ripe target for the Tea Party and, later, for a billionaire populist running against “the swamp.”

McConnell laid the groundwork for the right-wing insurgency of 2009 and 2010 in another way, too, with his decision to withhold Republican support for any major Democratic initiatives in the Obama years. This meant that Republicans had less influence on the final shape of legislation such as the Affordable Care Act than they would have had as fully willing negotiators.

Prioritizing elections over policy, McConnell calculated that by blocking or delaying Democratic legislation, above all through aggressive use of the filibuster, Republicans would create a tedious gridlock that voters would blame the Democrats for. After all, weren’t they the ones in power?

McConnell was right. This strategy helped to foment opposition to the health care bill, and to drive huge Republican gains in the 2010 election. But it also fueled the rise of the Tea Party, which was motivated substantially by the notion that Obama was “ramming things down our throats” — that is, passing legislation on a partisan basis after McConnell withheld any Republican negotiation. Of course, McConnell proceeded to have plenty of headaches managing the far-right contingent in his own caucus, but it was a contingent he helped produce.

His role in the election of Trump was even more direct. Most notable was his refusal to hold a confirmation hearing, let alone a vote, on Merrick Garland, Obama’s nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, despite the fact that the nomination was made a full 10 months before the end of Obama’s term. This refusal exploded norms and dismayed Beltway arbiters who had long accepted McConnell’s claim to be a guardian of Washington institutions. It also provided crucial motivation to Republicans who had grave qualms about Trump but were able to justify voting for him as “saving Scalia’s seat.”

McConnell’s other form of aid for Trump was more hidden. As The Washington Post reported a month after the 2016 election, Obama had been prepared that September to go public with a C.I.A. assessment laying bare the extent of Russian intervention in the election. But he was largely dissuaded by a threat from McConnell. During a secret briefing for congressional leaders, The Post reported, McConnell “raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.” The Obama administration kept mum, and voters had to wait until after Trump’s election to learn the depth of Russian involvement.

Now, with the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, it is evident just how much of a lasting legacy Mitch McConnell’s will leave the country: Donald Trump will have at least two lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court. The president has — and will now — enjoy greater latitude in filling those seats as a result of McConnell’s doing away last year with the 60-vote requirement for Senate confirmation, to get Neil Gorsuch seated. In the day and a half before Kennedy’s announcement, the impact of the Scalia seat was made plain again, as the court issued 5-4 rulings in favor of Trump’s “travel ban” and anti-abortion groups, and against public employee unions.

The abortion and union rulings had an ironic resonance, as far as Mr. McConnell goes. In the 1970s, when he ran for county executive in Louisville, he secured the pivotal endorsement of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. by pledging to back collective bargaining for public employees (a promise that went unfulfilled), and while in office he worked effectively behind the scenes to protect abortion rights locally.

But that was a long time ago, before McConnell saw the rightward swing of the Reagan revolution and decided to hop on board for his own political preservation as a Southern Republican. These days, McConnell has made explicit, with taunting tweets among other things, that he views long-term conservative control of the Supreme Court as his crowning achievement. It’s not hard to see why: Holding a long-term majority on the court greatly aids his highest cause — Republicans winning future elections — as recent rulings on voting rights and gerrymandering demonstrated once again.

Whether McConnell decides to add an exhibit in the Civic Education Gallery documenting his role in the rise of Donald Trump is another matter. The final historical judgment on that score will not rest with him, in any case.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Sham Politics

Sham Politics 

  1. a person who indulges in hypocrisy.
    synonyms:pretender, dissembler, deceiver, liar, pietist, sanctimonious person, plaster saint


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Hypocrisy is the contrivance of a false appearance of virtue or goodness, while concealing real character or inclinations, especially with respect to religious and moral beliefs; hence in a general sense, hypocrisy may involve dissimulation, pretense, or a sham. Hypocrisy is the practice of engaging in the same behavior or activity for which one criticizes another. In moral psychology, it is the failure to follow one's own expressed moral rules and principles.

These are trying times when those who visit here express disdain for the videos and encourage more writing. Well, those readers (viewers) should volunteer to write here. Life is such the blog isn't how I spend my quality time.

I that order, I am going to pos tup the following video. The video needs no additional comments. The topic is GOP hypocrisy, spinelessness and shame exhibitions of US politics. 

Watch Your GOP......and their run-away president.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Trump Defends The Indefensible (Fire & Fury)

His Indefensible Mental State

Image result for fire and fury quoteMichael Wolff's book, Fire & Fury, released on Friday, Dec. 5, has hit the world like a giant tsunami. The book has shaken Trump and his White House to the core and led to a very rare press conference.

While having a weekend at Camp David, minus his Attorney General (what up with that), Trump has resorted to the most unusual behavior of availing himself to the media. As you watch the full presser notice in the opening seconds the demeanor of members of Congressional leaders who don't seem in any way excited about taking the stage.

We know that Trump lies well over 85% of the time according to POLITIFACT. Other Fact-checkers also have archived annual upon annual of Trump's various shades of untruth.  His lying has tragically become an accepted norm and places the nation's 45th President squarely in the same coup with Chicken Little and his falling sky.  Can we as a people believe anything that comes from Trump's mouth?  I posit the answer is an unequivocal: "no."

As you watch the video you will also experience Trump claims for personal achievement manifest in the current US economy, you will notice rambling inane comments about Fire & Fury, and yes, you will be exposed to a comment from the Draconian speaker of the US House of Representatives. You will also be exposed to pure malarkey from Senate Majority Leader McConnell as he spoke false hope about "bipartisanship."  Do you recall in case of such as Mcconnell worked to make Barack Obama a one-term president?

Another critical point in the presser was his seeming suggestion of stifling Constitutional Freedoms of Speech. 

If you do not recognize Trump as a potential forebear of US totalitarianism with fissures on common nation killing Fascism, you are probably a Trump supporter. 

How about a couple of linked articles regarding the book?

The Guardian (Video)


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tax Cuts Feed The Rich Lead To Social Security Cuts

Rubio Foretells GOP Plans For Social Security

Crooks & Liars

Rubio Says It Out Loud: Tax Cuts Are First Step To Social Security Cuts
Hey Marco! You're not supposed to TELL people that tax cuts for billionaires is a way to get cuts to Social Security done! Rubio told a "Politico Playbook Interview sponsored by the Financial Services Roundtable" (so much wrong, but I digress) that people his age, 46, might want to kiss the money they're paying into Social…

Sunday, January 25, 2015

60 Minutes Gives McConnell And Boehner a "Soft" Stage (Didn't Work Too Well)

The charade goes prime time. 

60 Minutes offered GOP Congressional leadership and opportunity to "shine" in the glory of last November's election wins.  They not only did not shine, they sat and spewed talking points ("patient centered medical care"; "ObamaCare costing jobs.") like Polly wanting a cracker while failing to thoroughly answer  question.

Watch as the two answer a direct questions from Scott Pelley related to GOP designs on repealing ObamaCare.

How about an alternative to ObamaCare since 20 plus million have received some form of benefit one way or another?

Whats your alternative? (Now Scott why did you ask that questions?)

The bottomline is...The Kochs are not supporters of the ACA, BIG Insurance and Big Pharma are not supporters and the GOP does not give damn about the millions who derive benefit from the law. Thus, the dark money is on the side of no ACA and that is an impetus to waste millions upon millions fighting a law that is working its way into all fabrics of our nation. Yet, the GOP Paleozoic dinosaurs continue to fight the inevitable.

The culmination of an interview from hell. "We have done everything we can to help this nation!" Really? How about wasting $86 million on repelling Oabamcare. How about a federal government shutdown that handed the national a $28 billion hit to GDP? How about a lowered credit rating via Stand & Poor's with Boehner stating on camera, he got 90% of what he wanted. How about not allowing a jobs bill vote over the full course of the Obama presidency? How about refusal to consider increasing the aluminum wage to benefit minority employees, women employees and older Americans who work to supplement federal aid programs?

Seriously how about this....The Daily Kos November 25, 2013.

The Caucus Room Plot
Newt Gingrich, "You will remember this will remember this day the seeds of 2012 were sown."
......on inauguration night, 2009, during a four hour, "invitation only" meeting with GOP Hate-Propaganda Minister, Frank Luntz, the below listed Senior GOP Law Writers literally plotted to sabotage, undermine and destroy America's Economy.

 FACT 2:Draper wrote the guest list included:
The Guest List:
Frank Luntz - GOP Minister of Propaganda
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA),
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX),
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX),
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA),
Sen. Jim DeMint (SC-R),
Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ-R),
Sen. Tom Coburn (OK-R),
Sen. John Ensign (NV-R) and
Sen. Bob Corker (TN-R).
Non-lawmakers present Newt Gingrich - Failed GOP candidate for President

CBA provided a 13:37 segment of teh broadcast. You may find it interesting. I personal found it a sham and Pelley was nothing shy of "soft" on the Republican congressional leaders.

All said, progressive American and the Democrats are singularly responsible for the 114th Congress. Milennials are reported to have voted at the meager leve of 13%, African-Americans stayed home and Latinos literally boycotted the vote. Democrats who convinced Obama to avoid addressing immigration until after the election doomed the nation to a 114th Congress bursting at the seams with elected official who are beholden to constituents with deep pockets, not the voters.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Unite Women Dot Org: Know Your Candidates!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

LiberLand And The Midterms

There really is no good news here. While polling has turned into pretty much a political tool to sway the minds of voters, polling result with indication the GOP will gain seats in the US Senate still hits close to home. And when it comes to the GOP advancing its grip on the nation "Close to home" has the words "Horror" residence address.

If the information in the following piece proves accurate, what we have is testimonial to the sad state of the American electorate. Despite policies clearly focused in favor of the nation's wealthy with crumbs (if any policies related) to the middle class, I am reading about GOP gains in Congress.

Ultimately, I strongly suspect these pollsters are counting on a lite progressive turn-out this fall. If that happens they was have stoked the fire that will consume us all. 

DOOM: Poll Shows Cantor’s Not The Only GOP Idiot In Trouble Nationally! (via Americans Against The Tea Party)
Eric Cantor’s stunning primary loss may herald other GOP losses in November. A recent poll from HuffPost/YouGov show that Republicans aren’t sure about other sitting Congress members either, as the poll found Republicans feel that the current GOP…


Monday, October 14, 2013

GOP Tea Party, Confederate Flag, Cruz and Palin, and Bill Moyer's Nails The Shutdown


Bill Moyers comments on the Government shutdown.  

We have embedded a seven minute video of the full Moyer's essay.  Before Moyers are taking an opportunity to keyboard a few words and thoughts about the shutdown. 

Our position on the shutdown has been consistent, the shutdown is the (desired) outcome of seditious acts from uber wealthy Americans via the US Congress (specifically the tea party infested House).  Many authors have written about Koch sponsored PACs and possible direct contributions to republican representatives since the election of the nation's 44th president.  Within, weeks of his taking office the nation was exposed to a full fledged obstructionist movement the Koch brothers and Dick Armey referred to as the Tea Party. It took little to no time for Fox News to jump on the Tea Party bandwagon with full promotion and free (newsroom) advertisements of Tea Party rallies.

The Tea Party movement worked according to plan. If the movement 'fathers' could turn significant numbers of voters against the president and the democratic agenda from the president, the nation would effectively move even farther to the right. A nation that is moderately right of Center is a breeding ground for plutocracy and oligarchy on the backs of  LIVs (low information voters) and fertile ground bigots and racists. Big business money flowed, uber wealthy conservatives pooled huge sums of money and funneled contributions to conservative political campaigns, and avowed racist moved their wretched social views across the gullible minds of most who subscribed to the tea party. It does'nt take much for racist to move the mindsets of people who are bigots, and it takes even less effort to influence and soil the minds of the nation's conservatives and their 92% white GOP. The prospect for those who would seek to acquire a grip on our federal government via mind altering social dogma and hatred of a president must consider LIVs a veritable field of dreams. When in US history have you observed so many white older Americans sitting in lawn and folding chairs in protest.

I will ever forget this image.

But, there is one problem.....

No Taxes, No welfare, No Food stamps, No government, No society and I am certain not one plutocrat will assist these people in vital (municipal and social) services. In some cases services may include feeding the elderly and unemployed.  It also means children from poor families have opportunity for two meals while in head start and school programs. It may also mean aid to the disabled.

Other signs and memes come to mind. Over this past weekend a alleged "conservative veterans" group and other tea party LIVs held a protests outside the White House. The event was bill as a Million Man Veterans protest; it drew in the hundreds and was laced with significant levels of racism and sedition. Take a quick look and listen...


Weekend protest video via Progressive Populist Dot Org.
In the video below, as the riot police show up, you can hear shouts of “gestapo”, “brown shirts”, and “stasi” coming from the raucous crowd. And then they laughed at them and chanted, “shame on you!”

Then there was the moment when someone clearly says, “looks like something out of Kenya.” 
To see more of the infantile behavior of these Tea Partiers, watch the video below and SHARE, so that every time they want to claim that their protests are always civil and respectful, you can direct them to this video.
How about a Washington Post gallery of protest images.

We ask that you keep in mind, these people are not protesting against cuts to food aid for children. They are not protesting the impact of the shutdown on food inspections. They are also not protesting other dire consequences of the GOP Congressional shutdown of the US government. No, because protest organizers need a place for the important critical visuals associated with the protests. Hence, the appearance of two noted anarchists (Palin and Cruz) at a the World War II Memorial. Cruz has the gall to show his face, when he led the charge towards the shutdown. Palin,,,, well no additional comment.

Let's spend a minute with a protest organizer who is an obvious bigot and we suspect also a racist.


Freedom Watch's Larry Klayman makes some provocative comments to a group at the WWII Memorial. Don Lemon has more.

Did you notice the any diversity in the clip beyond one woman?
I suggest the comments from Klayman and the theme of the protest verges on sedition.
Multiple media and many internet based bloggers and internet Op-Ed writers have documented Koch brothers involvement in financial support in opposition to the ACA. History has archived Koch brother support for the tea party back to 2009. Actually, the Kochs have worked to fund anti-democratic  policies from the right since the late 1990s.  It is impossible to believe the Kochs would not find a great deal of satisfaction with the current federal government shutdown. The stumbling GOP as operatives for US plutocrats and the leadership of Ted Cruz started the movement to shut down  the government in early summer. The GOP has used "Shut it down" mantra regarding the Obama Administration as far back as 2010.
Mike Pence: 
More Pence with "Shut it down" placards in the audience: 
McConnell, Mike Lee and others ..."Shut it down."
Despite the seditious circus over this past weekend, and the clear fact te GOP (and its money backers) have finally secured the government shutdown they have so long relished high information voters/people know the truth. 
We will now turn this piece over to one of the nation's most high information purveyors of information: Bill Moyers.
“When the president refused to buckle to this extortion, they threw their tantrum,” Bill says. “Like the die-hards of the racist South a century and a half ago, who would destroy the union before giving up their slaves, so would these people burn down the place, sink the ship.” He goes on to tell us where the “reckless ambition” of the Republicans could lead us.
"High Information" only takes an open mind. One does not have to be an intellectual. Of course, one has to be free of bondage of bias, bigotry and racism. Unfortunately, millions have bought into the GOP Southern Paradigm and have become fodder for uber wealth plutocrats.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Bachmann Unleashes More "Hot Air" About ObamaCare

In late June, the Obama Administration responded to concerns from business about mandatory coverage for employees if the business has 50 or more employees.

The business sector asked for the postponement of the mandate and it was generated for one year.  Ironically, only 4% of businesses have concerns with the mandate because the vast majority of employers provided medical insurance coverage for employees.  Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor-Clinton Administration, posited in early July the delay may have political purpose as we head towards the mid-term elections. Reich also rightfully posited that the longer the delay in full implementation the long the GOP has to "Demonize" the ACA. 

Reich is again 'dead on'.  Michelle Bachmann has again come forth with rhetoric comparable to any she has told over the past few years. 

Huff Post July 12, 2013
“I made Obamacare an issue,” Bachmann said. “That’s why even the president is admitting it’s not working and the chief author is calling it a train wreck.”
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) renewed her criticism of Obamacare during an event in Elk River, Minnesota, saying the Affordable Care Act is preventing job creation.

“The No. 1 reason we are failing to see more jobs being created is because of the president’s health care plan,” Bachmann said, according to MinnPost.

Bachmann later told Minn Post's Cyndy Brucato it's been a highlight of her time in office to criticize President Barack Obama's health care plan.

Earlier this year Bachmann 'went here': "Repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens," Bachmann said.

Read more 
Other comments from Bachmann and top GOP Leaders. 

USA Today July 2, 2013  

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the "White House seems to slowly be admitting what Americans already know ... that Obamacare needs to be repealed." 

House Republicans, who have tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act 37 times, echoed McConnell.

"The best delay for ObamaCare is a permanent one," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.
Bachmann healthcare claims FactChecked.

While the GOP is known for 'fear mongering' and known for major concern with the president's signature piece of legislation, it amazes the GOPy practices incessant rhetoric without details to backup their rhetoric. 

If the ACA provides any benefit to society, why not attack the "GOP problem" from a perspective of making the ACA better for all parties?  

Bachmann and issues of veracity. : Bachmann Bungles Benghazi, Food Stamps


Friday, May 3, 2013

Barack H. Obama: 44th President & Commander-In-Chief, 212 Accomplishments (PCTC Blog)

Last year posted with permission a post from the PCTC Blog, The following is a link to the latest update. We have posted the blog here. We highly encourage all due credit go to the developer of the PCTC Blog for the enormous amount of work involved in updating this archive.  We have little doubt the archive will become a major historic piece as President Obama moves out of the Oval Office and into US History, (Please Cut The Crap).  

Let's counter all of the media "whoa is us" talk about the Obama Administration.  I heard Michael Steele, former RNC Chair, today speak about how President Obama 'blew" the gun control (Senate vote) issue. Steele went on to say that Obama does not use the bully pulpit.

"Does not use the bully pulpit!"  Since before Obama took office the GOP has plotted against him, and the nation, at every turn and on each occasion. Prior to the Steele comment, the following video segment ensued. The extracted segment places all negative remarks about our president in perspective. 

Tomey (R) PA. 

McConnell's historic proclamation