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post #32801 of 40795

Zuckerberg is the (vaguely) liberal Mitt Romney.

post #32802 of 40795

The statement-to-caught lying speed is ramping up...

 

Drumpf today claimed they have the votes to pass health care, but can't because a senator is in the hospital. He said this repeatedly on camera.

 

They don't have the votes and no senator is in the hospital. One is at home recuperating and able to attend any vote needed.

 

There are so many ways we can use "Trump" as a verb going forward, but I nominate "being Trumpy" to that desperate, floundering flopsweat state where any lie that lets you survive the next 5 minutes seems brilliant.

 

USAGE:

 

When you get stopped by the cops for pulling a Trump, don't act all Trumpy, and by all means don't Trump in your pants!

post #32803 of 40795

"Being Trumpy" sounds like a Rick & Morty B-side.

post #32804 of 40795
At this rate, we need a news channel that does live fact-checking.
post #32805 of 40795
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Originally Posted by Gatorboy View Post
 

"Being Trumpy" sounds like a Rick & Morty B-side.

 

"Take off your pants and your panties... take a piss on the floor..."

post #32806 of 40795

Trump won't waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico because "a lot of people in the shipping industry don't want" it lifted:

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/lawmakers-seek-waiver-of-law-barring-foreign-ships-from-delivering-aid-to-puerto-rico-1506529999

 

As Chris Hayes said on Twitter, "always saying the quiet part loud."

 

That still doesn't explain why it was waived for Texas and Florida...

post #32807 of 40795

My guess: Trump didn't even know Sudan was taken off the travel ban:

 

https://twitter.com/yjtorbati/status/913132988027764736

 

 

What an answer.

post #32808 of 40795

The Pentagon and the State Department did not want the country of Chad to be included in the travel ban.  That didn't stop Stephen Miller from throwing the nation on there:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/26/world/africa/chad-travel-ban-american-interests.html?smid=tw-share

 

Quote:

President Trump’s decision to impose his updated travel ban on Chad came over the objections of Pentagon and State Department officials, who argued that alienating the nation, one of America’s more reliable counterterrorism allies in Africa, risked harming long-term national security interests, administration officials said on Tuesday.

 

Mr. Trump accepted the recommendation of Elaine C. Duke, his acting secretary of Homeland Security, to include Chad in the travel ban after she wrote in a classified report that the country had done too little to crack down on Islamic extremists.

 

The president announced the travel restrictions after the White House’s Domestic Policy Council distributed Ms. Duke’s report to relevant agencies to seek input, according to officials at the State Department and the Pentagon. Officials at both departments were opposed to banning travelers from Chad, concerned about American interests, as were diplomats at the American embassy in the capital of N’Djamena, administration officials said.

 

But Stephen Miller, the president’s senior policy adviser, urged adoption of the entire list as recommended by Ms. Duke, officials said. They would not be named discussing internal deliberations.

 

The addition of Chad to the list of countries from which most travel is banned both befuddled and frustrated a host of administration officials who deal with Africa. Embassy officials said they were still trying to figure out why Chad was on the list.

post #32809 of 40795
The worst part is that there is a not insignificant chance that Trump thinks he banned a guy named Chad from entering the country.
post #32810 of 40795

That sneaky Scott Pruitt keeps showing why he wants that soundproof office:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/us/politics/scott-pruitt-epa-justice-department-funding.html

 

Quote:

Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator who has aggressively pushed to dismantle regulations and downsize the organization, is threatening to reach outside his agency and undermine the Justice Department’s work enforcing antipollution laws, documents and interviews show.

 

Under Mr. Pruitt, the E.P.A. has quietly said it may cut off a major funding source for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Its lawyers handle litigation on behalf of the E.P.A.’s Superfund program seeking to force polluters to pay for cleaning up sites they left contaminated with hazardous waste. The E.P.A. reimburses the Justice Department for that work, paying more than $20 million annually in recent years, or enough for 115 full-time employees, budget documents show.

 

But Mr. Pruitt has signaled that he wants to end those payments, potentially carving a major hole in the division’s budget, in a little-noticed line in the E.P.A.’s budget proposal in the spring. No decision will be made until Congress passes an E.P.A. budget for the fiscal year that begins in October, officials at both agencies said, although the payments were created by the executive branch, not Congress, so Mr. Pruitt may be able to act on his own. Congress hopes to pass a spending plan before a stopgap measure expires in mid-December.

 

Mr. Pruitt, a former attorney general of Oklahoma with strong ties to the fossil fuel industry who frequently sued the E.P.A. before President Trump placed him in charge of it, has made no secret of his ambition to unwind its regulations and shrink its work force to curtail what he sees as federal overreach in protecting the environment and public health.

post #32811 of 40795

Speaking of Scott Pruitt, it's not just Tom Price who's enjoying exuberant plane rides at taxpayers' expense:

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/09/27/epas-pruitt-took-charter-military-flights-that-cost-taxpayers-more-than-58000/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.29c1de2d9248

 

More than $58,000 on charter and military flights for Pruitt.  He has nothing on Price, though, who should be fired.  Trump said he wasn't happy with Price.  Why?  Because he got caught?

post #32812 of 40795

Fucking scum.

 

Trump is slowly snowballing the Puerto Rico crisis into his Katrina and Stephen Miller deserves to be treated with a pencil the same way John Wick does to people trying to kill him.

 

Stephen Miller also has the face of a man who deserves a swastika or a pentagram carved into his forehead.

 

Also: Walton Goggins and Michael Rooker are both native Alabamans who could potentially punch Roy Moore to death in a Thunderdome for the Senate seat.

post #32813 of 40795
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Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
 

Speaking of Scott Pruitt, it's not just Tom Price who's enjoying exuberant plane rides at taxpayers' expense:

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/09/27/epas-pruitt-took-charter-military-flights-that-cost-taxpayers-more-than-58000/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.29c1de2d9248

 

More than $58,000 on charter and military flights for Pruitt.  He has nothing on Price, though, who should be fired.  Trump said he wasn't happy with Price.  Why?  Because he got caught?

Also potentially a scapegoat for the whole healthcare thing. He can't fire McConnell, but Price is a convenient target whose life he can really make hell.

post #32814 of 40795
I find what Pruitt is doing to be the thing that is honestly scaring me the most. First order of business his eventual successor must undertake is to very publicly softly repudiate his predecessor's need for such a room and then get rid of the fucking thing.
post #32815 of 40795
So does Pruitt imagine that casting Leomund's Tiny Hut or whatever will somehow block whatever wiretaps the FBI has on his phone? Who else's surveillance devices would he be trying to thwart? Is he trying to hide his conversations from other White House personnel? Just what the fuck do y'all is this guy actually doing?
post #32816 of 40795

He just doesn't want Vlad getting tapes of him jacking off in his office.

post #32817 of 40795
Been thinking about forgiveness recently due to the Drafthouse thing and wondering if people do change and more importantly, if other people care or will force them to wear their transgressions for all time (hint: they - the internet - don’t believe anyone ever can and also, they will) and with those guys its iffy.

But these assholes, the Scott Pruitts of the world, I hope they are reminded every day for the rest of their lives what fuckawful examples of humanity they are. I want to pay people to just protest them with signs 24/7, shouting into a megaphone.
post #32818 of 40795

Some kind of White Bear situation, then.

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post #32820 of 40795

More and more women are miscarrying while detained by ICE:

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/she-miscarried-while-detained-by-ice-and-they-locked-her-back-up

 

Quote:

ICE has a stated policy against detaining pregnant women except in extraordinary circumstances. But immigrants’ rights advocates say they believe the agency has quietly changed or eliminated that policy. The number of pregnant women like Monica who are held in detention centers has gone up significantly in the last few weeks, observers say–sometimes with lethal consequences.

 

When Monica was sent to the center in Washington state, officials there told her she would imminently be deported. One morning, after three weeks in detention, she began bleeding profusely. Immigration officers ignored her at first. But they finally took her to a hospital, where a doctor informed her that she had miscarried. Then they brought her back to the detention center again, where she was held until her family was able to pay $1,500 to bail her out.

 

The harrowing story was detailed in a sworn declaration Monica made to immigrants’ rights advocates for a report recently filed with ICE.

 

Jennifer Elzea, a spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that the agency is “committed to ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of all those in our care.” But immigrants’ rights advocates are skeptical. And it’s not just because they believe that under the new administration more pregnant women are being put in detention and for greater lengths of time. Women in detention also have less access to medical care than those who are free, and the stress of being detained can often be a health risk for pregnant women and their unborn children.

 

At the Dilley family detention center in Texas, there are currently upwards of 1600 undocumented women and children detained there, according to Katie Murdza, the advocacy coordinator for the Dilley Pro Bono Project, which represents detained women and children. Murdza told The Daily Beast that they only knew of one pregnant woman detained at Dilley in the months of June and July. But in early August, she said, that number rose dramatically. Starting early in that month, ICE began sending pregnant women to Dilley by the dozens. Over the course of approximately seven weeks, 30 pregnant women were newly detained there, according to Murdza

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post #32822 of 40795

According to Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Twitter page, the Jones Act has been waived for Puerto Rico.  I guess the bad headlines after the whole "special interests don't want me to waive it" debacle yesterday shook Trump a bit.

 

I just hope all of this isn't too late.

 

EDIT: Clearly, waiving the Jones Act isn't a be-all-end-all decision regarding Puerto Rico's dire situation, but it should've been done right away.

post #32823 of 40795
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Originally Posted by Farsight View Post
 

The statement-to-caught lying speed is ramping up...

 

Drumpf today claimed they have the votes to pass health care, but can't because a senator is in the hospital. He said this repeatedly on camera.

 

They don't have the votes and no senator is in the hospital. One is at home recuperating and able to attend any vote needed.

 

There are so many ways we can use "Trump" as a verb going forward, but I nominate "being Trumpy" to that desperate, floundering flopsweat state where any lie that lets you survive the next 5 minutes seems brilliant.

 

USAGE:

 

When you get stopped by the cops for pulling a Trump, don't act all Trumpy, and by all means don't Trump in your pants!



The Scots have you beat.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/betrump

post #32824 of 40795

Well, at least, he's honest:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/us/politics/trump-tax-cuts-deficit-republicans-congress.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

 

 

Republicans are very much in "tax cuts pay for themselves" mode:

 

Quote:
For years, Republican lawmakers lamented the soaring national debt, pressing for spending cuts and clinging to the mantle of fiscal responsibility. But last week, Senate Republicans hammered out a deal to allow for as much as $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, betting that supercharged growth will make up for lost revenue, a potentially dubious prospect. The tax plan outlined Wednesday by the White House and Republican leaders in the House and Senate could cost more than $2 trillion over the next decade, according to a preliminary estimate by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

 

Back to Walker:

 

Quote:
While Republicans denounced the ballooning debt when President Barack Obama was in office, they have much less of a political incentive to dwell on the issue now that their party controls the government.

“There’s been less talk about it this year with a Republican-led administration than there has been the last seven or eight years,” said Mr. Walker, who bristled at the Senate’s plan for tax cuts that would add to the deficit and said it was imperative that lawmakers pay attention to the debt.
post #32825 of 40795

HHS is pulling out of state-level ACA enrollment events, and this is how it responded when contacted by Vox:

 

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/27/16374158/obamacare-mississippi-hhs-events

 

 

I really hope the GOP gets a mouthful for sabotaging the ACA, especially considering that so many insurance experts have said that premiums will be going up because of their efforts.

post #32826 of 40795

Not sure if any of you saw Brian Williams last night, but he had Jimmy Gurule on.  He was an Assistant AG in the GWB administration.  He did a pretty good job of listing what he thought were going to be the likely criminal charges that come out of the Mueller probe into the whole Russia thing.

 

- Obstruction of Justice violations

- Federal Election Campaign Act violations

- Foreign Agents Registration Act violations

- Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations

- IRS tax laws violations

- Money laundering violations

 

Some of those are obvious (Manafort and Flynn will be nailed on the FARA violations, for instance), but it's unclear how any of these will go back to Trump.  Right now, the best thing is to have a grand jury name Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator so that he can't pardon anyone AND he can be connected to the crimes in the hopes that congress will act to impeach and, eventually, prosecute.

post #32827 of 40795
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Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
 

HHS is pulling out of state-level ACA enrollment events, and this is how it responded when contacted by Vox:

 

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/27/16374158/obamacare-mississippi-hhs-events

 

 

I really hope the GOP gets a mouthful for sabotaging the ACA, especially considering that so many insurance experts have said that premiums will be going up because of their efforts.

 

Never heard of Caitlyn Oakley before, but reading that load of disingenuous horseshit:

 

 

 

 

 

There really needs to be action, on a state and federal level, to make the creation or knowing use of bots (that aren't clearly marked as marketing/customer service tools) a criminal offense.  For as silly as Twitter and Facebook seem most of the time, they were the means of as serious an attack on the nation's stability and governance as we have ever seen.

post #32828 of 40795

I miss the old days when we didn't need the internet to tell our Presidents what the right thing to do was.

post #32829 of 40795
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Originally Posted by HunterTarantino View Post

At this rate, we need a news channel that does live fact-checking.

 

Trump would call it "Fake News", even if all they did was to post videos of his own speech.

post #32830 of 40795
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Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
 

HHS is pulling out of state-level ACA enrollment events, and this is how it responded when contacted by Vox:

 

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/27/16374158/obamacare-mississippi-hhs-events

 

 

I really hope the GOP gets a mouthful for sabotaging the ACA, especially considering that so many insurance experts have said that premiums will be going up because of their efforts.

 

The way this administration plays god with people's lives is so fucking disgusting. 

post #32831 of 40795

To inject just a bit of hope/optimism, here's Julia Louis-Dreyfus announcing her diagnosis of breast cancer and then using it to advocate for universal health care: 

https://twitter.com/samimain/status/913454582759641088

post #32832 of 40795
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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post
 

Not sure if any of you saw Brian Williams last night, but he had Jimmy Gurule on.  He was an Assistant AG in the GWB administration.  He did a pretty good job of listing what he thought were going to be the likely criminal charges that come out of the Mueller probe into the whole Russia thing.

 

- Obstruction of Justice violations

- Federal Election Campaign Act violations

- Foreign Agents Registration Act violations

- Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations

- IRS tax laws violations

- Money laundering violations

 

Some of those are obvious (Manafort and Flynn will be nailed on the FARA violations, for instance), but it's unclear how any of these will go back to Trump.  Right now, the best thing is to have a grand jury name Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator so that he can't pardon anyone AND he can be connected to the crimes in the hopes that congress will act to impeach and, eventually, prosecute.

I can actually picture Satan telling Nixon to move to a less fiery and spiky pit in Hell, because Trump has earned Tricky Dicky's spot.

 

Also, regarding Universal Healthcare, Ive never understood why having the goverment provide a basic system to keep the workforce healthy and productive is seen as anticapitalist.

post #32833 of 40795
Its because universal health care Is viewed by too many Americans as socialism that why.
post #32834 of 40795
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Originally Posted by ryoken View Post
 

I can actually picture Satan telling Nixon to move to a less fiery and spiky pit in Hell, because Trump has earned Tricky Dicky's spot.

 

Also, regarding Universal Healthcare, Ive never understood why having the goverment provide a basic system to keep the workforce healthy and productive is seen as anticapitalist.

 

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Originally Posted by History Buff View Post

Its because universal health care Is viewed by too many Americans as socialism that why.

1) Wealthy oligarchs might make slightly less profit;

2) The American definition of socialism is pretty much literally "Helping other people."

post #32835 of 40795
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Originally Posted by History Buff View Post

Its because universal health care Is viewed by too many Americans as socialism that why.


Largely due to the fact that big pharma and health-care conglomerates have a shit-ton of money to tailor that message with.

 

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Originally Posted by Mangy View Post
 

 

1) Wealthy oligarchs might make slightly less profit;

2) The American definition of socialism is pretty much literally "Helping other people."

 

And that's the tragic comedy of it all:  Most Americans feel like they don't get their money's worth for the taxes they pay the federal government.  Right or wrong, that's how they feel.  So naturally they balk at the idea that they might have to pay more for universal health care.  BUT they fail to connect that they then would not be paying their health insurance premiums every month (offsetting some or possibly even giving a net gain in regards to their monthly expenditures), AND that they would be taken care of for the rest of their lives as far as their non-elective medical treatment goes.  In other words...they might start feeling like they ARE getting their money's worth.

 

And naturally, the Republicans cannot allow this to happen or their entire "Government is broke and only we can fix it by breaking it more" narrative may die forever.

 

If there is any justice in this world, Barack Hussein Obama will live to see universal healthcare in America during his lifetime.  But there's still a long uphill climb ahead of it.

post #32836 of 40795
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Originally Posted by Jmacq1 View Post
 


And that's the tragic comedy of it all:  Most Americans feel like they don't get their money's worth for the taxes they pay the federal government.  Right or wrong, that's how they feel.  So naturally they balk at the idea that they might have to pay more for universal health care.  BUT they fail to connect that they then would not be paying their health insurance premiums every month (offsetting some or possibly even giving a net gain in regards to their monthly expenditures), AND that they would be taken care of for the rest of their lives as far as their non-elective medical treatment goes.  In other words...they might start feeling like they ARE getting their money's worth.

My experience is less that they don't see the benefits of it, and more that they don't want to pay for other people being sick. It's a handout in their eyes and handouts are bad.

post #32837 of 40795
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Originally Posted by wd40 View Post
 

My experience is less that they don't see the benefits of it, and more that they don't want to pay for other people being sick. It's a handout in their eyes and handouts are bad.

 

Especially if those handouts go to "the wrong people".

post #32838 of 40795
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Originally Posted by wd40 View Post
 

My experience is less that they don't see the benefits of it, and more that they don't want to pay for other people being sick. It's a handout in their eyes and handouts are bad.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Jacob Singer View Post
 

 

Especially if those handouts go to "the wrong people".


There's certainly truth to this, but I think people SAY they see the benefits but they don't really.  Or don't realize that between the lack of premiums and the amount of healthcare they're likely to receive over their lives, relative to current prices (of course those prices would have to come down for such a system to end up working)  they're almost certainly gaining more than they spend.

post #32839 of 40795
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Originally Posted by Mangy View Post
 

 

1) Wealthy oligarchs might make slightly less profit;

2) The American definition of socialism is pretty much literally "Helping other people."

 

I'd argue that for many ignorant Americans, socialism is defined as "helping THOSE people"...and Americans hate helping 'those' people all while being completely oblivious to the fact that they are most likely considered one of 'those people' by pretty much the whole of the GOP these days.

post #32840 of 40795
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Originally Posted by Jmacq1 View Post


There's certainly truth to this, but I think people SAY they see the benefits but they don't really.  Or don't realize that between the lack of premiums and the amount of healthcare they're likely to receive over their lives, relative to current prices (of course those prices would have to come down for such a system to end up working)  they're almost certainly gaining more than they spend.

I'd say their too blinded by hatred, fear, entitlement and ignorance to recognize any of the better aspects of their existence. 

post #32841 of 40795

Also, sadly, there a lot of Americans who equate socialism with communism. Unfortunately, they aren't smart enough to know the difference between the two. But, overall yes, it's more than anything about "handouts" and having people of color access to something that they don't want to pay for. 

post #32842 of 40795
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Originally Posted by History Buff View Post
 

Also, sadly, there a lot of Americans who equate socialism with communism. Unfortunately, they aren't smart enough to know the difference between the two. But, overall yes, it's more than anything about "handouts" and having people of color access to something that they don't want to pay for. 


And also Americans that don't realize there is a difference between people being socially conscious or socialists. I've referred to myself a Social Progressive or a Social Democrat, and the Republicans in my life just keep calling me a socialist.

post #32843 of 40795
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Originally Posted by ryoken View Post
 

Also, regarding Universal Healthcare, Ive never understood why having the goverment provide a basic system to keep the workforce healthy and productive is seen as anticapitalist.

 

Because these politicians are stupid.

 

The math isn't that complicated. Less sickness means more productivity, which means more money in the economy, which means more money for the wealthy and the government as well.

 

But that's a three-step thought process, and a politician's thought process is one step: "How do I get re-elected?"

post #32844 of 40795
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Originally Posted by Farsight View Post
 

 

Because these politicians are stupid.

 

The math isn't that complicated. Less sickness means more productivity, which means more money in the economy, which means more money for the wealthy and the government as well.

 

But that's a three-step thought process, and a politician's thought process is one step: "How do I get re-elected?"

 

 

For conservatives, I think the one-step process is "This requires raising taxes?  BADBADNOEVILBAD."   It doesn't matter how much bang for your buck you might get; if it costs an extra buck it's the work of Satan.

 

(military spending obviously excluded, because....well, it must be obvious somehow because it is)

post #32845 of 40795
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Originally Posted by Schwartz View Post
 

 

 

For conservatives, I think the one-step process is "This requires raising taxes?  BADBADNOEVILBAD."   It doesn't matter how much bang for your buck you might get; if it costs an extra buck it's the work of Satan.

 

(military spending obviously excluded, because....well, it must be obvious somehow because it is)

 

That's the thing... Republicans lie about wanting to spend less. The true numbers show that Republicans consistently balloon the deficit, and Democrats usually reduce it. So we know they don't actually care about spending more money.

 

I can only see two rationales for continuing to support trickle-down economics (which is yet again what their new tax proposal is):

 

Either they are just too dumb to understand basic economic theory, or they truly don't care if they plunge the US into 3rd-world status, as long as they can make their millions and move somewhere else first. 

post #32846 of 40795
The con artistry runs deep with Republicans. Deficit spending is an investment opportunity for people who make all their money through capital gains. The payoff on government bonds sold to make up budget deficits is guaranteed, and provides a nice way to hedge against losses in other investments. It's also a direct way of funneling money from all taxpayers to the rich, since taxes pay off the bonds.
post #32847 of 40795

Scott Pruitt has spent $913,000 on his soundproof booth, private security and private flights:

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/scott-pruitt-spending-epa_us_59cc2a95e4b05063fe0ef9b3?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004

post #32848 of 40795

An oldie but a goodie from Tom Price complaining about the "reckless spending habits" of D.C. Democrats:

 

https://twitter.com/RepTomPrice/status/75667444940800001

 

Tom "government waste is bad... if other people do it" Price has promised to pay back $51,887.31 of his private plane fixation:

 

https://twitter.com/finnygo/status/913503846558834695

 

That leaves taxpayers on the hook for $348,112.69. 

 

https://twitter.com/RepRubenGallego/status/913505504273543170

 

Oh wait, there's more!

 

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/28/tom-price-military-jets-europe-asia-hhs-243276

 

Quote:

The White House approved the use of military aircraft for multi-national trips by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to Africa and Europe this spring, and to Asia in the summer, at a cost of more than $500,000 to taxpayers.

 

The overseas trips bring the total cost to taxpayers of Price’s travels to more than $1 million since May, according to a POLITICO review.

 

Price pledged on Thursday to reimburse the government for the cost of his own seat on his domestic trips using private aircraft — reportedly around $52,000 — but that would not include the cost of the military flights.

 

Price’s wife, Betty, accompanied him on the military flights, while other members of the secretary’s delegation flew commercially to Europe.

 

I'm so glad we drained the swamp.  Never been happier.

post #32849 of 40795

Trump's staff can't figure out why he keeps saying Thad Cochran is in the hospital:

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-aides-are-confounded-by-his-hospital-lie-hes-just-you-know-doing-his-thing?source=twitter&via=mobile

 

Quote:

White House officials could not quite rationalize why President Trump keeps promoting the bizarre claim. One senior Trump aide told The Daily Beast that the president was “just, you know, doing his thing,” in riffing on a topic and reiterating a false claim to which he feels attached. Another said that the media was engaged in hair-splitting to ding the president. But when The Daily Beast emphasized that the failure of the repeal effort had nothing to do with a sick lawmaker, the official did not respond.

 

Another White House official, however, did, only to sarcastically reply: “tax reform going great.”

post #32850 of 40795
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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post

Not sure if any of you saw Brian Williams last night, but he had Jimmy Gurule on.  He was an Assistant AG in the GWB administration.  He did a pretty good job of listing what he thought were going to be the likely criminal charges that come out of the Mueller probe into the whole Russia thing.

- Obstruction of Justice violations
- Federal Election Campaign Act violations
- Foreign Agents Registration Act violations
- Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations
- IRS tax laws violations
- Money laundering violations

Some of those are obvious (Manafort and Flynn will be nailed on the FARA violations, for instance), but it's unclear how any of these will go back to Drumpf.  Right now, the best thing is to have a grand jury name Drumpf as an unindicted co-conspirator so that he can't pardon anyone AND he can be connected to the crimes in the hopes that congress will act to impeach and, eventually, prosecute.

 

Still hoping Schneiderman's brand-killing dirt surfaces in the coming months. And I hope there's a little bit of treason mixed in too.

 

In a perfect world, who would Mueller claim? Trump, Sessions, Flynn, Manafort, Junior, Kushner... could a case be made against Bannon, Gorka, Miller, Pence, Ryan, even McConnell? What about Giuliani and Christie? Could Spicer or Priebus be staring down time?

 

And these cabinet stooges have really pushed the envelope that beneath their fear mongering and party-over-country shittiness is how comically stupid they are.

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