Doing my “catch up” articles is always a challenge. It’s been over a month since I last published one. This is an impossible assignment but here we go. Let’s explore.
I’ll commence with a sophomoric tidbit I picked up. In Wales and portions of Northern England the word “trump” is slang for a particularly loud fart. I’ll just leave it there for now.
Tulsi Gabbard was the only member of the House to vote present on the two articles of impeachment. Is that decisive leadership after a careful review of the evidence?
Trump has played golf approximately one-third of the days he has been in office. Much of it has been at Trump branded properties so the taxpayers are financially underwriting his personally profitable, recreation time. To me the bigger question is when did the presidency become a part-time job?
After Susan Collins cast what was effectively the vote that confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court she told a group of Republican Senators that the Democrats would come after her to which Lindsey Graham replied that Sheldon Adelson would be the finance chair of her reelection campaign. Adelson is a deep pocketed Republican financier and native New Yorker who lives in Nevada. Collins is the Senator from Maine who is up in 2020. You connect those dots and if you believe the “news” came out of the blue to Collins get that unicorn feed handy.
Am I the only one who is uncomfortable with the very private (almost secret) relationship between Trump and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg? I have a difficult time believing that Facebook’s pro-lie policies – which benefit Trump – are a coincidence. If you are getting your primary political information via Facebook you are a fool. The problem is a fool’s vote counts the same as an informed citizen’s does.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is trying to delay a report on Secret Service spending on Trump family travel until after the election. Sounds like there is something Trump wants to hide here.
Imaad Zuberi pled guilty to felony charges connected with a $900,000 donation he made to the Trump Inaugural Fund. Does the phrase organized criminal enterprise sound familiar?
In what I found to be an interesting political move Julian Castro endorsed Elizabeth Warren shortly after he dropped out of the race. Is he angling for the Veep spot and figuring Warren will win and pick him out of ticket balancing and loyalty? That is one hell of a political gamble in my mind. His “logic” is far from a guaranteed outcome.
I could write a book let alone an article on Trump’s Iran antics of the last few weeks alone. I just want to mention his most insane comment. He actually threatened to target Iranian cultural sites. Those attacks would be a violation of international law, humanity and simply motivate the Iranian people to fight to the death. How does America win in that proposition?
As I was writing this I just got word that Cory Booker dropped out of the race. And then there were five – with any chance of winning the nomination that is.
11 months after the Trumps announced they were purging their businesses of undocumented employees they finally fired a large group at their winery. Interestingly the purge took place just after the labor intensive grape harvest. You connect those dots.
The evidence continues to mount that Trump was directly involved in a quid pro quo in Ukrainegate but most Republicans are still “playing the three monkeys”; see no evil, hear no evil and say no evil. Nancy’s delay strategy looks smarter every day. The truth has a way of eventually emerging.
The latest continuing resolution originally had a provision that congressional aid to Ukraine would have to be released within 45 days of authorization. Trump threatened to shut down the government unless it was removed. Congress relented and it was stricken from the legislation. Maybe 55 days is just a “Pause”.
Remember State Department veteran diplomat Bill Taylor? The Trump Gang does. Taylor was ordered out of Ukraine before a scheduled Mike Pompeo trip there. Maybe it’s just me but something doesn’t pass the smell test here.
The original Defense Spending Bill had several provisions that would have held Saudi Arabia in check. They were all stripped from the final version. The Saudis are significant financiers of Trump/Kushner real estate ventures. You connect those dots.
On average the 400 largest American corporations paid a federal tax rate of 11 per cent under the Trump Tower Tax Cut. The official rate is 21%. 91 of the Fortune 500 paid no federal income taxes at all. Did your net 2019 income explode?
That is far from everything but it is plenty to raise your blood pressure today.
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