Saturday, May 20, 2017

“How high's the water, mama? Two feet high and rising" — Trump Can't Swim

No sense of reality – not one lick of sense
(Or, the shrewdest man alive)

The following is a very troubling story and the links are astonishing. All the paths lead to TRUMP.

At the link (excellent report from CNN), just click on any name and then follow the “money” and other paths which all are tied to and lead directly to Donald J. Trump. The story is here >>> The many paths from Trump to Russia

1.  13 Americans with Russian contacts.
2.  One big Putin-managed bank.
3.  Three well-known Russians tied to the Campaign and who knows, what other ties.

I am sure Mr. Trump is worried sick about anyone revealing anything, hence the steps he has taken to shut it down.

Finally, add this startling story – the direct link to Flynn, also from CNN and from SLATE.

Thanks for stopping by. We are suffering from news and updates overkill on top of piles of other unresolved news stories, practically now on a daily basis. 

Maybe all this is the Trump “Art of the Deal (or Con)” ploy: Simply dazzle everyone so much that they will lose interest and give up looking for any more dirt and scandal – thus he walks away clean as a whistle.

Stay tuned for sure.




Friday, May 19, 2017

MAJOR UPDATES: Kushner Must Be Removed from Office Now ... The Last Straw

Again  the Center of Attention and (more) Possible Undue Influence 

ORIGINAL POST STARTS BELOW FOLLOWING THIS MAJOR UPDATE ABOUT THE ARMS DEALS IN THIS POST WITH THIS HEADLINES:

Trump's $110 Billion Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia May Be Illegal

Story from Huffington Post here:  Highlights:

WASHINGTON ― The human rights arm of the American Bar Association has sent the Senate a legal analysis saying that Trump's plan for an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth more than $100 billion would be illegal because of the Saudis’ role in the ongoing conflict in Yemen.
Citing “multiple credible reports of recurring and highly questionable [air]strikes’’ by the Saudi military that have killed civilians, the U.S. “cannot continue to rely on Saudi assurances that it will comply with international law and agreements concerning the use of U.S.-origin equipment,” according to Michael Newton, a prominent Vanderbilt University law professor and former military judge advocate general
Newton, in his 23-page opinion, said the strikes have continued “even after Saudi units received training and equipment to reduce civilian casualties.”
ORIGINAL POST FROM HERE ALONG WITH THIS OTHER MAJOR BREAKING STORY FROM the Independent IN THE UK:

Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has reportedly been identified as a “person of interest” in the ongoing investigation into possible ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign.

The Washington Post said a senior adviser to Trump was among people investigators wanted to speak to.

A New York magazine reporter then said the person in question was Kushner, 36, who is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka. Both of them flew with the president on his first official foreign trip.

ORIGINAL POST FROM HERE:

Jared Kushner is a shady character and has far too much power and influence. We are not a family-run nation (yet) are we – so we need to see a stop to this as shown in this story – these highlights:

President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, reportedly intervened on Saudi Arabia’s behalf to negotiate down a pricey antimissile radar system from Lockheed Martin.
A New York Times report cites several unnamed administration officials, described a meeting between Kushner and a delegation from the Gulf nation on May 1 this way:
“Let’s get this done today.” That is a quote from Kushner saying about the more than $100 billion arms deal on the table between Lockheed Martin and the Saudis. Apparently he wanted both sides to finalize the deal before Trump’s upcoming visit as part of his first trip overseas as President. One American official raised the possibility that the Saudis add a Lockheed-made radar system to the bill.
Sensing that the cost might be a problem, several administration officials said Kushner picked up the phone and called Marillyn A. Hewson — the chief executive of Lockheed Martin, which makes the radar system — and asked her whether she could cut the price. As his guests watched slack-jawed, Ms. Hewson told him she would look into it, officials said.

This incident recalled a frequent boast by President Trump that he had personally pressured Lockheed to lower costs on an order of F-35 fighter jets. Related to this slimy (in my view) Kushner move recalls this I posted about before (the visa deal for a contribution from high-rollers in China seen here.

Finally: America is not Trump family property to be marketed by their name and used as a barging chip in a high stakes poker games to increase their wealth around the globe.
This story out Kushner and this Lockheed Martin deal with the Saudis and his direct interference in other areas (like the Chinese visa offer) are both disgusting and perhaps illegal on some grounds, grounds which I don’t have direct info about, but believe there may – and if not illegal certainly questionable and flat out wrong and not acceptable.
Any fallout expected? Nope, probably only more Trump bragging about the “Art of the Deal” um? Yep. Sickening to say the least. More like Art of the Con...!!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Not Trump's Forte: To Be Truthful, Honest, or Factual — Only Insulting and Hateful

Call it for what it is, Mr. President
(Stop the double talk)

Words matter and they do have consequences

Followers of “The Trump View”
(Why expect anything less)

This post follows with the outline topics from this excellent study by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU.

Introduction: Donald J. Trump’s vitriolic anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric (prior to his election) and now since, remains unprecedentedly Islamophobic.

In a new analysis, the Brennan Center identifies how the president and his White House staff and advisers have targeted Muslims through both speech and policy, tangibly harming the American Muslim community, in at least five forms:

(1)  The use of anti-Muslim rhetoric.
(2)  The elevation of Islamophobic staff members to key positions in the White House.
(3)  The ban on visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country.
(4)  The goal of making vetting procedures “extreme for potential visitors and immigrants.”
(5)  And, the lack of response to the rise in hate crimes targeted at Muslims and other groups.


Key subject matter topics in the report are:

Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric 

Islamophobes in the White House (Stephen Bannon, Michael Flynn, and Sebastian Gorka) 

Banning Muslims from America

Extreme Vetting

Hate Crimes


Even before the 100-days of his presidency, Trump and his associates have showed themselves willing to turn anti-Muslim rhetoric and policy ideas into action. We can anticipate more measures focusing on these communities, some of which may be obvious and overt (e.g., suggested registry). Others will likely be more insidious and harder to expose (e.g., increased surveillance of Muslims in communities).

In order to ensure safety, liberty and justice for all Americans, we must keep a keen watch and stand ready to oppose laws, polices, and practices animated by prejudice against Muslims.

Hope you like this study – it surely is worth your time to read it. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, May 12, 2017

TSUNAMI OF LIES: Trump-Putin/Russian Connection; Comey Firing; Etc. Etc. Etc.

The Roadmap to “Follow the Money”
[click image for larger view]

The Constant Big Lie

Update from MSNBC.com

And, this from the UK:  The official investigation into relations between Donald J. Trump and Vladimir Putin now has “specific, concrete and corroborative evidence of collusion.”
New evidence proves discussions took place “between people in the Trump campaign and agents of Russian influence relating to the use of hacked material,” (Source The Guardian).
The developments come as it has emerged that Britain’s spy agencies were among the first to alert their American counterparts to contact between members of Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives.
Putin loves the news that Trump fired Comey from the Vox.com.
Thanks for stopping by today… interesting times we live to say the least isn’t it?

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Trump—Kushner—Kushner—Meyer Chinese $500,000 for EB-5 Visa and Green Card


How the Kushner-Meyer Event Was Seen and Played in China


Disgustingly Sick Headlines

BEIJING (Washington Post) — The Kushner family came to the United States as refugees, worked hard and made it big — and if you invest in Kushner properties, so can you.



The main story headlines (NY Times):

The Kushner family hopes to lure investments from wealthy business owners in China with the promise of American visas.

Nicole Kushner-Meyer, the sister of White House adviser and President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushnerspoke at an event in Beijing on Saturday (May 6, 2017).
She was marketing a Kushner-owned property in New Jersey – invest in the development and get into the United States through the EB-5 visa program. The EB-5 visa allows immigrants a path to a green card if they invest more than $500,000 in a project that creates jobs in the United States.
Noteworthy: The EB-5 visa has been used by the Trump and Kushner family businesses. Foreigners mostly wealthy Chinese nationals, have used the EB-5 program as a ticket to the U.S., and that promise has helped attract foreign investments for American real-estate projects.
Irony: President Trump has taken an anti-immigration stance and vowed to severely tighten the use of work visas. The EB-5 program has under fire by members of Congress on both sides say the program essentially sells citizenship to high-income foreigners.
More Irony: Potential investors in the Kushner project were told they should act quickly because possible policy changes to the EB-5 program might raise the required minimum investment just as an Ad for the event held at a Ritz-Carlton hotel, said: “Invest $500,000 and immigrate to the United States.”
Nicole Kushner-Meyer went on to tell the crowd how her grandfather immigrated to the U.S. and built a business from the ground up. She mentioned Jared's new position in the White House, although she made no overt references to President Trump, saying: “In 2008, my brother Jared Kushner joined the family company as CEO, and recently moved to Washington to join the administration.”
The event was meant to draw investors for 1 Journal Square, a $976.4 million residential and commercial project underway in NJ. The company says 15% of it will be funded through the EB-5 program.
The Beijing even was organized by the Chinese immigration agency Qiaowai and it was open to the public. Note: Reporters from the Washington Post and the NY Times attended but said they were later asked to leave.
Neither Kushner nor Qiaowa could be reached for comment about the event.


My Conclusion: So, the Trump's and Kushner's are not in this for their name, more fame, and much [more] fortune, and of course, they have no conflicts of interest, right? 

A visa leading to a Green Card and permanent residency in America: And, for only $500,000.00. Obviously, not a big amount for the Trump's or Kushner's.

This entire family must be removed from all facets of public life and our government, immediately, if not sooner...

This news is so pathetic and sick that I honestly have a hard time finding words to express my outrage. How about you?

I have to truly wonder how much of this the public as a whole can tolerate from this scam and Film-flam racket of the Trump’s – really.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

What is Inside the Mind of Donald J. Trump: His Thinking and Action Model

Looking, wondering and questioning: We may never know
(Maybe in the end, a new reality show or a shrewd act)

A very timely subject for sure: What makes Donald J. Trump tick?

Until now, people who could have shed light on any president’s mental state were professionally hindered from doing so by the so-called Goldwater Rule — named for the late Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) – whom some psychiatrists took to calling crazy because of his foreign policy views (about use of nukes).

That rule admonishes medical professionals not to opine on the mental health of people whom they had not examined. In the context of Donald J. Trump, however, there is some buzz  about doing away with the rule on the grounds that psychiatrists should be able to give their best medical judgment to “warn the public.

Case in point: Lance Dodes, a retired assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, believes that, in this instance, the Goldwater rule is outweighed by another ethical commitment: A sworn “duty to warn” others when they assess that a person might harm them.  Like many of his colleagues, Professor Dodes speculates that Trump fits the classic medical description of someone with:
“… malignant narcissism, which is characterized by grandiosity, a need for admiration, sadism, and a tendency toward unrealistic fantasies.”
On February 13, 2017, in the letter liked above, Prof. Dodes and 33 other mental-health professionals wrote, in part: “We fear that too much is at stake to be silent any longer.”
In response to that letter, Allen Frances, a professor emeritus at Duke University Medical College, who wrote the section on narcissistic personality disorder in the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — IV,” sought to discourage the public diagnoses. Frances wrote in part: “Trump may be a world-class narcissist, but this doesn’t make him mentally ill, because he does not suffer from the distress and impairment required to diagnose mental disorder. The antidote to a dystopic Trumpean dark age is political, not psychological.”
As the letter to the New York Times illustrates, mental health professionals can challenge or defy the Goldwater Rule. It’s up to medical associations to enforce professional ethics. We are going to hear a lot more from such people, I suspect, as Trump displays his temperament in high-pressure situations.
Recall that there was myriad of problems with diagnoses by doctors not treating a patient and a lot of unfounded speculation about Hillary Clinton’s health got out of hand (mostly from the Trump camp and pool of Trump supporters and critics, not to mention some psychiatrists.
In any event, it is not clear that a finding that “the president is suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder” can be used to invoke the 25th Amendment.
There are, however, a few points on which many Americans can agree.
First, there is a fundamental difference between calling someone “crazy” because of his views, for example, on the Vietnam War and questioning someone’s mental stability based on his behavior, speech and other observable factors.
Second, Congress could try to pass a law requiring an annual physical and mental checkup for the commander in chief, although it would have to get past a likely veto. Congress would also need to figure out how to enforce such a requirement and tackle the issue of doctor-patient confidentiality. All of that seems a bit much to overcome.
Third, in an era when anyone has access to social media, we are going to see professional and unprofessional voices eager to assess a president whose behavior seems out of the ordinary.

Then this from Trump re: inviting the PI President to the White House – that and Trump’s previous praise for Putin and his warming up honor to a meeting with  North Korea’s Kim, Jung-un (Trump even called him a “Smart cookie”) – well,  that seems to show his newly formed circle of “friends” – that is: dictators and strong armed men. What does that deep seated view mean anyway, I have to wonder? Keep in mind that we still have over 1,200 days with this man in office, so, hang on tight to anything you can.

Before I leave, you might enjoy this June 2016 article from The Atlantic reflecting back to 2006 and even further into Trump’s life – worth reading.


Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Trump Tax Plan Beneficiaries: Top Crust Pals, Wall Street Gurus, Off-Shore Giants

White House Strategy: Dodge, Duck, Deceive, Deny
(Blame DEMS for failures along the way)

The Trump Tax Reform Plan analysis from the Chicago Tribune: In essence he says his tax plan helps middle class, not the wealthy.

(Starting Point: Most tax experts say that is not true).

First lesson for Mr. Trump and this very secretive GOP who now won’t even allow DEMS or healthcare providers at their second round of “repeal and replace” sessions is this piece of advice from long-time member of congress and the longest serving speaker in American history, Rep. Sam Rayburn (D-TX) who once quipped: “There’s no education in the second kick of the mule.”

KEY POINTS FOLLOWING THIS SHORT INTRO:
The only Americans who are very clear winners under the new system are the wealthiest,” said Edward D. Kleinbard, a law professor at the University of Southern California and former chief of staff of Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation, which estimates the revenue effects of tax proposals.
Examples:
1.  Repealing the estate tax would affect just 5,300 or so fortunes a year. FYI: For 2017, couples can shield up to $11 million of their estates from any taxation, thus leaving only the largest inheritances subject to taxation. Repealing the estate tax alone would cost an estimated $174.2 billion over a decade, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center said.

2. Reducing the rate on capital gains, non-corporate business taxes, and those in the highest bracket, as well as repealing the AMT (see more below) would also ease the burden on wealthier Americans. Read here to see the impact of that from CNBC… which is past GOP policy and now about to be “new” GOP policy to rectify the past as some sort of favor, um? Yeah, right … read and weep…!!!

3.  Repeal of the ACA (Obama-care) 3.8 percent surtax on the investment income of high earners, put in place to subsidize health coverage for low-income Americans.

“All those are afflictions of the affluent,” Kleinbard added. Plus, there is no way to know how the mathematics of the Trump proposal would work, since he has not offered any cost estimates, no details about which incomes would be taxed and at what levels, and not provided information about tax deductions or other breaks that might be eliminated to make up for the lost revenue.
Main points of Trump “Plan” as basically only talking points and not a plan:
BIG PROPOSAL THAT BENEFITS TRUMP HIMSELD: He calls for totally eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax (the AMT) (enacted in 1969 to prevent high-income people from paying no income tax).  Sadly, it has evolved over the years and now impacts about 5 million households, most of them making between $200,000 and $1 million a year.
My Note: I say don’t eliminate it – simply restructure it by reverting back to its original purpose and intent (e.g., have it apply to the super rich to prevent them from paying lower taxes than say a family of 4 making $60,000 a year).
NOTEWORTHY:  In 2005, Trump paid $36.5 million in taxes, mostly due to the AMT. Without it, he would have paid just $5.5 million (according to that 2-page 2005 leaked copy of his tax return on the Maddow show which now we can see was indeed beneficial and not laughable as many made fun of). His new policy would greatly benefit him and other big money bags like him – thus, we clearly see his aim: “Take care of your rich pals first.”

Trump’s chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn said the standard deduction for a married couple would be doubled to $24,000. But that's not double. The standard deduction now for a married couple is $12,700 – double would be $25,400 and he’s the smart banker in the room?
Cohn also said the deduction would create “a zero tax-rate for the first $24,000.”
NOTE: Very few families making $24,000 a year pay federal income tax. (FACT: About 44% of all U.S. households pay no federal income tax, though most pay other taxes due to being low-income (some working more than one job too).

Trump is also silent on whether the tax code would still include the personal tax exemption, which allows most families to exempt $4,050 in income for each spouse and dependent child. (NOTE: During the campaign Trump said he would eliminate the personal exemption – devastating to say the least).
Trump proposed getting rid of the “head of household filing status, which is mainly used by single parents.” (NOTE: That status provides a lower tax rate and a higher standard deduction than filing as a single person). His plan is silent on that now. Trump's new plan is silent on this issue as well.
What is the “middle class” anyway? The median household income in the U.S. is about $55,000, though people living in high-cost areas can make much more than that and still feel like they are in the middle class.
Doubling the standard deduction — or at least raising it to $24,000 — could provide significant tax relief to middle-income families. But whether they pay more or less depends largely on details that have yet to be released.
One of those pesky details is how Trump will structure the tax rates on individual income. Trump has proposed reducing the number of tax rates from seven to three — 10 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent. (NOTE: The administration has yet to determine the income levels for people who would be put in each bracket as pointed out above too).
HIGH-INCOME FAMILIES:
Trump's plan has the potential to provide big tax cuts to high-income families — unless you live in a state with high state and local taxes (i.e. NYS is #1 @12.7%); #2 is CT @12.6%;  NJ is #3 at 12.2%); #4 tied are WI and IL both @ 11%; all others here from Market Watch).
On the flip side, Trump wants to eliminate the deduction for state and local taxes, a big tax break that benefits millions (NOTE: Especially people living in Democratic-controlled states with high local taxes such as New York, New Jersey and California). Last year, more than 43 million families claimed the deduction, saving them nearly $70 billion.
THE SUPER-RICH: These are the 1 percenters, people like Trump who make millions a year and are worth even more. Trump is proposing big tax cuts for the superrich, including repealing the estate tax.

The federal estate tax is widely misunderstood. The fact is it affects very few estates. If your parents' estate is worth less than $10.9 million, you don't have to worry about this tax. This year, about 5,200 estates will pay the tax, according to the Tax Policy Center. Trump also wants to reduce the top income tax rate from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. But perhaps the biggest windfall for rich people could come from Trump's plan to lower the top tax rate for small business owners from 39.6 percent to 15 percent.
Rich people, including Trump, tend to report a lot of business income. But the true effect of this tax cut will depend on how the Trump administration defines a small business owner. If the tax cut applies to all business income reported on individual tax returns, it would be a huge windfall for many rich families.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Trump will propose safeguards that would prevent rich people from taking advantage of the tax cut, but he provided no details on how that would work.
Related and still most-critical: Mnuchin: Trump has “no intention” of releasing tax returnswhy not?

Presidents since Nixon have released their taxes and with no problem and even while a few were under audit (that is not excuse – can be done).

It is obvious that Trump does not want the public to know who is he is indebted to (e.g., borrowed tons of money from banks and private individuals in China and Russia and from other powerful people and places).

We need to know – we have a compelling need to know.

A long row to hoe as they say – so, say tuned. Besides, it ought to be a Hoot-n-holler

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MAJOR UPDATE of GOP Obama-care Repeal-Replacement Plan: New Trick and Stunt

AHCA to Replace ACA (Obama-care) Phase I: Never Got a Vote
(Ryan Failure #1)

“You Guys Got My Back This Time, Right?”
(Ryan Possible Failure #2)


MAJOR UPDATE: Original Post Follows Below. This update refers to the GOP's so-called MacArthur amendment” explained and introduced below. I said it was weak and a parody of sorts. Further research now shows it is harsh, plays favors for member of Congress, and bashing millions of needy Americans in the end, if it passes into their new law. This great overall analysis comes from Vox.com here and this updated impact of what they want to sneak around is here from the Hill.com with this headline: 

House GOP health bill changes exempt members of Congress

The highlights are these and boy do they stink to high heaven:

[That MacArthur amendment] to the House Republicans Obama-care replacement plan (Note: Which I call the “GOP-don’t-care” plan) exempts members of Congress and their staff from its effects. (Neat trick, um)? 

The new changes to the bill would allow states to apply for waivers for certain Obama-care provisions, (1) such as a ban on insurers charging premiums based on a customer's health, and (2) the requirement that insurers' basic health plans cover certain services: like prescription drugs and mental health. But, then GOP amendment exempts members of Congress and their staffs to ensure that they will still be protected by those Obama-care provisions especially if they are in states what ban those things – 

(I note: In other words: protect your own while screwing most Americans – welcome the GOP). 
The exemption provision was flagged by health law professor Tim Jost who has an exceptional eye for these things big kudos to Professor Jost. 

Democrats quickly jumped on the development, arguing that Republicans are willing to take away protections for the general public, but not themselves. 
Continue the story at the link and then take action. Tell your member of congress don’t vote for this… if you do, your days are numbered. Stop screwing Americans and protecting yourself and your staff at the expense of millions.
That kind of citizen action probably will work if enough citizens rise up and we should … this a sick and harsh and just plain low-down trick.

Amazing how this GOP thinks and works, isn’t it?

ORIGINAL POST BEGINS HERE: Absolutely and excellent piece written by Eugene Robinson at the Washington Post (April 20, 2017): Key points follow this short reminder of how we got here from various sources and links – a really super story – Eugene Robinson is an excellent writer for sure.
The repeal bill was pulled from a House vote by Speaker Paul Ryan due to lack of GOP votes that many GOP Freedom Caucus members said they could not support because it did not do or go far enough to dismantle Obamacare. After that loss, Trump targeted the Freedom Caucus on Twitter with this “nasty gram:”
“The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!”
@therealDonaldTrump

House Republicans are apparently ready for yet another attempt to snatch health insurance away from constituents who need it. Someone should remind Ryan of a saying often attributed to his legendary predecessor former speaker Sam Rayburn from Texas who died in 1961 (at age 79) and had been the 43rd House Speaker from 1940 to 1947, and then again from 1949 to 1953, and still again from 1955 to 1961. He remains the longest-serving speaker ever (17 years).  He also represented the TX 4th District from 1913 to 1961 (until his death: total of 48 years). His famous quote applies here: “There’s no education in the second kick of the mule.”
Having failed miserably to win passage of an abomination of a bill — the American Health Care Act — Current Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his minions are back with something even worse. A draft framework being circulated this week would pretend to keep the parts of Obamacare that people like, but allow states to take these benefits away. There is great pressure to follow through on the GOP promise to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, and Trump is nearing the 100-day mark, thus he sorely needs a legislative victory to tweet about.
Republicans don’t talk much about the practical reason for moving urgently on health care, which is to set the stage for tax reform: They want to take money now used to subsidize health care for low-income Americans and give it to the wealthy in the form of big tax cuts.

Likely the crowds at GOP Town Halls will be totally understanding, um? Just be sure to check attendees at the door for tar and feathers.
This new proposal — brokered by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), from the moderate “Tuesday Group,” and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), of the far-right “Freedom Caucus” — itself is like a sick parody.
Nominally, it is now called the “MacArthur amendment” — it would retain the “Essential Health Benefits” standard imposed by Obama-care which requires insurance policies to cover eventualities such as hospitalization, maternity, and emergency care — basically, the things many people need you know, to live.
It appears to maintain Obama-care’s guarantees that anyone could buy health insurance, including those with preexisting conditions, and that parents could keep adult children on their policies until age 26.
But that is where the parody ends and the GOP illusion kicks in.

After specifying that these popular provisions will stay, the amendment then gives states the right to snatch them away.
States would be able to obtain waivers exempting them from the Essential Health Benefits standards and the other stuff mentioned above – those life-saving in some cases – good decent care and waivers from the “preexisting conditions requirement by creating what is called: “high-risk pools” to provide coverage for those who are unwell. What does that mean?
It means there would no longer be a prohibition against charging “high-risk” individuals more — so much more in fact, that they would potentially be priced out of the market entirely. We would go then back to the pre-ACA (Obama-care) days and situations wherein serious illness would mean losing a home or filing for bankruptcy just to get decent life-saving healthcare – neat stunt isn’t it: That is to appear to be helping while literally watching people in need die – the illusion part.
All this probably will satisfy GOP ideological imperatives — and Ryan’s hero, Ayn Rand would be so proud of him – but it is atrocious policy, even if you put aside considerations such as compassion and community. Thus, we live at a time of enormous economic dislocation:
1.  Manufacturing sectors have shrunk dramatically,
2.  Retail may be starting down the same path,
3.  Long-lost jobs in industries such as coal mining are not coming back, no matter what Trump says.
4.  Workers need to be able to move to where jobs are being created — which means that health insurance should ideally be portable.

But Republicans are heading in the other direction by trying to set up a system with radically different health-insurance rules in different states. In today’s world, how does that make sense? Unchanged from last month’s failed bill are provisions that would strip massive amounts of money out of Medicaid, by far the nation’s biggest source of payment for nursing-home care. So Republicans might not want to show their faces anywhere near a retirement community.

The Affordable Care Act changed the way most people in this country think about health care. It did not, however, change the thinking of many House Republicans, who continue to believe individuals should be held financially liable for and to blame for: (1) Having a genetic predisposition toward diabetes, or (2) a random cellular mutation that leads to cancer.
Stay tuned. It outta be a hot time in the old town – to coin an old cliché.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hey, America — I Want a Beautiful Wall — Fork Over the $20 Billion So I Can Start

 TO CONGRESS: Get money from taxpayers for my down payment
(Blame the DEMS along the way for their stonewalling)

President Trump says he may not approve a government funding bill this week if it does not include funding for a “badly needed border wall” that he claims Mexico, “in some form will eventually” pay for it.

But, even GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) when he was asked last month if Mexico would in fact pay for it simply said: “Uh, no.”

Plus, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed their doubts and especially as the WSJ reports not a single member of the House or Senate 
representing territory on the southwest border where the wall would be built supports Trump’s funding request.

Government will shut down on Friday if funding is not passed or the CR is not extended all the while Trump threatens to veto any bill w/o wall funding in it – some say total cost will exceed $20 billion … thank you taxpaying Trump supporters – dig deep in you wallets and purses and savings accounts .

In a pair of tweets Sunday, the president accused Democrats of withholding money from the federal budget to start building the wall he wants constructed along the U.S. southern border with Mexico. FYI: The majority HAS the purse strings, Mr. President not the very minority DEMS – stop blaming and start leading…!!! SAD (how’s that tweet sound, um?).

First Tweet: “The Democrats don’t want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members.”

Then a Second Tweet: “Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.”

Remember that throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump vowed that Mexico would pay for his planned wall, despite public refusals by Mexican officials.
And, then in January shortly after assuming office, Trump announced a proposal to impose a 20% tax on all imported goods from Mexico to pay for the border wall (of course that would hurt consumers who buy goods made there and American companies who produce there under NAFTA deals). We taxpayers are now expected to pick up the tab “for the sake of speed.” Then we will be reimbursed by Mexico at a later date – how would that happen do you suppose w/o a tax hike and NOT big tax or programs and agencies cut as Trump also wants?
Then add this from AG Jeff “Wall Weasel” Sessions (R-AL) to the mix:
On ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Sessions suggested Democrats would be to blame if the government is shut down over the wall saying: “I can’t imagine the Democrats would shut down the government over an objection to building a down payment on a wall that can end the lawlessness.”

Stephanopoulos then asked: “So the president won’t sign the bill if it doesn’t include funding for the wall?”

Sessions said: “Well, he’ll make those decisions. I’m not engaged in the budget negotiations. But I know one thing: We need that wall. It will help us complete the promise that the president has made to the American people.”

Okay Mr. Sessions now STFU…

My final comment: This all government-run GOP simply cannot govern, at least not effectively – obvious fact.

Whoa - wait a frigging minute... with an expected massive defense budget increase, why not use part of that $54 billion for the wall and simply call it: “National Security Defense Measure” um, Mr. President???


Okay, say Trump can't get money, what then? He and GOP go boom...!!!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Trump Name Money Marketing Scheme Put Over on America: Yuge Really Yuge



Here’s one major achievement President Donald J. Trump is about to pack into his first 100 days:
Twelve consecutive weekend trips to his own properties
Trump dined at his new Washington DC hotel in this the last weekend before hitting his 100th day in office which BTW he now calls a silly milestone before it was critical as to what he said he would achieve.
That means that in his short Oval Office tenure, he has kept a three-month streak of escaping to his own businesses — often at the expense of taxpayers.

A tally by the Washington Post found that Trump has trekked to his properties twelve weekends in a row, and 33 times altogether in his first 94 days as President. Since February, he has also never made it through one full week without ending up at part of his business empire.
Each of his trips has cost up to an estimated $3 million in taxpayer dollars for travel and protection.
As he nears his 100th day, Trump’s travels have run up a taxpayer tab of at least $20 million, according to a CNN analysis. That is more than one-fifth of the $97 million in travel expenses Obama ran up in his entire eight years as President. 
The regular retreats signify one (of many other) broken promise from Trump’s first 100 days: That he would anchor himself in the White House and forget about his other abodes.
On the campaign trail, Trump told supporters that if elected he would “stay in the White House and work my ass off,” leaving no time for him to see his homes elsewhere.
Plus, he also constantly criticized President Barack Obama for his golf games and for traveling on taxpayer money.
Since his inauguration, Trump has played golf at least 14 times, usually at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, and he also has spent a weekend at the Trump National Doral hotel in Miami and two stops to his new hotel across the street from the White House. 

So, he has no conflicts of interest, um? Oh, yeah we forgot, the president is “exempt from any conflicts of interest,” right? How about a Rick Perry oops moment followed by this favorite Trump one-word summary for himself: Yugeas in huge hypocrite?

Summary of Trump-speak from this interesting video analysis keep the word finding deficit disorder definition below in mind as you watch this video speech.

People with word finding deficit disorder rely on words with little meaning. They use phrases like “by the way,” or “believe me.” They depend heavily on empty words like “really” and “very” and use a restricted list of adjectives. Trump uses the words “tremendous,” ”amazing,” and “nice” – none of which tells us anything. People with that disorder repeat themselves a lot.
Classic Trump examples:
After the RNC convention he said: “Thank you very much. We had an amazing convention. It was one of the best. Ivanka was incredible last night. It has been just an incredible four days. Tiffany was amazing.”
During the campaign and run up to November 2016: “So, I will tell you, I think we’re gonna get a lot of his voters. Because of the trade issue. Because they understand. Because of the trade issue, I think we’re gonna get a lot of his voters.” 

A humorous keeper and his own words: 

Trump's worst enemy? Himself.