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Day 136. 

You can point to a lot of reasons that the American Without Health Care Act failed.  For one it was a really bad bill.  Secondly, the president can’t figure out that dealing with over 400 people in the House is not like threatening some other contractor that he fails to pay.  Third, Ryan is a lousy leader.

But most importantly, you can look at the Republican Party as the major fault.  And, I am talking about something that began years ago.  Things started becoming really partisan under Ronald Reagan.  But, once Barak Obama was elected President, things really went from bad to worse.

That fact that a black man could actually win an election and become President was too much for the wacko fringe of the Republican Party.  They started organizing under different banners, but the one that stuck out was the Tea party.  With huge money backers like the Koch Brothers, this movement gained momentum.

In 2010 the ultra-conservative nut jobs known as the Tea Party started pealing off seats in the House.  In 2010, the Republicans took control of the House and things started to get worse and worse.  Obstruction became the normal political practice of the Republican Party.  No matter what President Obama wanted, it would be voted down or simply ignored in the House.

This became the entire policy of the Republican Party.  After the Sandy Hook shooting and 70 percent of the country wanted universal back ground checks on gun purchases, the House said no.  When the Senate passed a bi-partisan Immigration Reform Bill that was really good, the House put it in a drawer and it has remained there since.

These actions were not because any of the bills that reached them were bad, it was simply because the House made a concerted effort to declare that nothing that was supported by President Obama would see the light of day.  There would be no hearings, no discussions, and especially no votes.

The Republican Party simply rolled over and let the wackos take charge of their party.  They allowed the so-called Freedom Caucus run Boehner out of town.  They failed to fight back for the principles that the majority of Republicans in the country stood for.  Instead, they let the wacko fringe begin to dictate policy.

They could have stopped all of this simply by talking to the Democrats in the House in order to get things done that would move the country forward.  In the past, they were able to work with the Democrats and there were compromises in legislation that helped everyone.

However, the party stuck to a Reagan Era rule known as the Hastert Rule that said no bill could go to the floor of the House without the party ensuring passage without Democrat help.  That was a huge mistake.  As a result, the wacko Freedom Caucus found themselves with way too much power for their little number of members.  The Freedom Caucus has about 40 members in total.

Only, that number of people is just enough to kill any bill they don’t like.  If a bill is going to help anyone but rich people in the country, the Freedom Caucus simply says no, and the bill fails.  If the party reaches across the aisle, the Freedom Caucus starts complaining that they are RINOs and fires up the country’s fringe against the party.

This whole mess came to light this past week.  In their absolute hate for the Affordable Care Act, a bill one of their own wrote in the 1990s, they ran on the “promise to repeal and replace” the ACA.  They have had seven plus years to put together a plan that would replace the ACA.  Only, the Freedom Caucus wackos would not support anything but a repeal with no replacement.

Being too afraid of the caucus running to Fox News and complaining about how establishment Republicans are trying to pass a health care bill that helps poor people, they simply sat on their hands and did nothing.  They complained and complained about the ACA.  They did everything they could to undermine the bill.  They did everything they could, except write a decent replacement bill.

Then came the election surprise of 2016 and donald trump became our president.  Here they were with control of both Houses of Congress and a Republican, well sort of a Republican, sitting in the White House.  Repealing and replacing the ACA was going to be a slam dunk.

Only they didn’t have anything to replace the ACA with.  They never even bothered to write a plan.  They showed their total incompetence when it comes to actually governing.  As a result, Republican leadership locked themselves in a closet and wrote a bill in secret.  Then a couple of weeks ago they held a Press Conference to show off their work.

The bill had some things that most Republicans loved.  They did away with the mandates in the ACA.  They cut way back on the subsidies intended to allow poor people, poor working people, and the elderly get health insurance which would have either thrown people off their health care or make it so expensive they would pay half of their income to keep it.  And, of course, they eliminated the taxes on the rich and corporations that paid for the ACA.  And, finally they were going to gut Medicaid.  Everything was smelling like roses for Ryan and his leadership team.

But, as usual when Republicans are in charge, something happened on the way to the Forum.  First, people found out that they were going to be severely hurt by the plan, especially trump supporters.  They would either lose their insurance or see their premiums go through the roof.  Then it was figured out that up to 24 million people would lose their health coverage mostly due to the gutting of Medicaid.

That was bad enough.  People started showing up at town hall meetings and blasting their Representatives for taking away their health care.  They demanded they vote against the bill.  But, that was just the tip of the iceberg.

The Freedom Caucus showed just what freedom they were interested in.  Freedom from poor people.  They dug in their heels for one reason only.  The tax credits that were in the bill to help people actually purchase health care coverage.  Forget that these tax credits were miserly compared to the subsidies, it was still something that the “little people” could use.  Their whole philosophy on health care is that it is a privilege not a right and if you can’t purchase it on your own, simply get sick and die.

Republican Moderates went into a tizzy as well.  They started realizing that the bill would surely mean they wouldn’t get reelected.  They started to realize that the old white people they counted on to keep office would be the big losers and that would certainly mean a loss in their next election.

Ryan and company were in trouble.  They started negotiating with the two different groups one by one.  They even relied on trump and his “great deal making” abilities to help them out.  Ryan and his cronies talked to the moderates, and trump would bring along the Freedom Caucus wackos.

The problem was every time Ryan made a promise to the moderates, the right-wing wackos dug their heels in deeper.  When they made promises to move even further right to appease the wackos, the moderates said no even louder.  In order show how things are done, trump sent his hitman, Steve Bannon to speak with the right-wing wackos.  Rather than speaking with them, Bannon threatened them.

A presidential threat of support or taking away support in the upcoming elections would usually work.  But, with trump’s approval rating at just 36 percent, the wackos were not afraid of him.  In the end, the Republicans had to pull the bill without even a vote.  The wackos claimed victory.  The president blamed the democrats who were never even asked to participate in the process.  Ryan said that “governing is hard, but we were really close”.  No shit!

I don’t care if you like Nancy Pelosi or not, but she had some good advice for Ryan and the president.  She said” You don’t pick a date for a vote and then try to ramp up support.  You get the support you need and then hold a vote.”  The one thing about her is that when she was the Speaker of the House, she knew how to get legislation passed.  Something Republicans apparently forgot how to do.

After the calamity of this loss for the Republicans, trump said that Ryan did all he could and he doesn’t blame him.  Only on Saturday, trump told his followers on twitter to watch a Fox News show that night.  The show was Judge Jeanine.

During the show, she directly went after Ryan and said he should step down immediately.  She went after Reince Priebus for having just as much blame as Ryan.  She claimed that trump had no blame in this disaster.  So much for trump backing Ryan.  Obviously, Judge Jeanine is backing the wacko fringe.

This is what happens when a political party puts party over country.  It happens when a party decides to complain and not rule.  It happens when they allow the fringe groups of the party take control.  In the name of obstruction and hate the Republican Party made a pact with the devil and they are now seeing just what that pact has done to its soul.

Instead of looking for ways to work with Democrats for the last eight years, they sold their soul to the wacko fringe groups in order to gain numbers to they could get power.  Now that they have power, they are being defeated by those very people they thought would make life beautiful.

The problems Republicans are facing in the House and Senate are of their own making.  The very fact that our president is trump, is all because Republicans sat quietly back and let the wackos into the mainstream.  They made a pact with the devil, and now they are paying the price for that pact.

This is not going to end with the Americans Without Health Care Act either.  The whole mess over climate change, the environment, education, the economy, North Korea, Iran, Russia, and a whole host of issues will meet the same fate if Republicans keep to partisan politics instead of governing.  The wackos are driving the policy of the party in these matters as well.

If the Republicans are really interested in moving the country forward and governing in a way that will help the average person on the street, they need to cast off of their fringe wackos and start to talk to the Democrats.  They will need to understand that compromise is the best solutions for the country.  They need to get over their hate and start to act like reasonable people wanting to do the best they can for the American People.

Until Ryan and his cronies in the party understand this simple fact of life, we will continue to be held hostage by the wacko so-called Freedom Caucus.  True Republicans with real policies for the country need to grow a spine and fight back against their own fringe groups.  In normal times, I might think this would be possible.  However, since the Republican party is more interested in power than they are in governing, I don’t expect anything reasonable to come from them.

It is a very simple fact.  Republicans will not be able to govern until they wipe out their opposition.  That opposition is not the Democrats, it is the wacko fringe of their own party.  Unfortunately, they don’t have the will or the courage to take them on.

As a result of their cowardice, the shirts keep marching along!

 

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Day 134. 

As you know, one of the main plans in the trump administration and the Republican Party is to pass laws that go uncovered because of all of the distractions going on at the same time.  This week is no different.  While you were all watching the Americans Without Health Care Act fight, and Nunes showing just what a trump shill he is, the Senate was busy passing something that will affect you personally, and you probably didn’t notice.

Naturally, it was an appeal of another of Obama’s rules that were made in order to protect the general population from exploitation.  If this bill gets to trump’s desk, there are a lot of companies who will be able to make money off of you and there will be nothing you will be able to do about it.

There rule involves the internet, something we all use.  The rule, which hasn’t even taken effect yet said that internet providers could not sell your personal information without your permission.  This included things like using precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children’s information and web browsing history for advertising and internal marketing.

In the usual Republican lying mantra, McConnell said that the repeal of this rule was necessary because the rule “makes the internet an uneven playing field, increases complexity, discourages competition, innovation, and infrastructure investment.”  What he really means is that if you use the internet, you are supposed to be a cash cow for internet providers whether or not you want to be.  And, they don’t have to give you anything in return.  Hell, they don’t even have to let you know they are selling your information.

The Internet and Television Association, a trade group, in a statement praised the vote as a “critical step towards re-establishing a balanced framework that is grounded in the long-standing and successful FTC privacy framework that applies equally to all parties operating online.”

There is a law called HIPPA, which makes your health information confidential.  Yet this repeal allows a third-party to sell your health information to anyone they wish in order to make more money.  Isn’t that a violation of HIPPA?  Apparently, McConnell and the Republicans don’t care.  According to them, your health information is open for sale without your permission.

I also find it amazing that this rule change is being made right at the same time that Congress is trying to remove 24 million people from their health care coverage.  More people will be using the internet to find insurance they can afford.  With this rule change, you are going to be bombarded with advertisements because your private information isn’t private anymore.

Part of dismantling democracy is to remove privacy for the citizens.  More than that, it is making each and every citizen a cash cow for people you don’t know, who is selling your personal information to anyone and everyone.

This rule would not have hampered the playing field, complexity, competition, innovation, or infrastructure investment as McConnell said.  It would simply make it possible for you, as a consumer, to tell Internet Providers they could not sell your personal information.

Republicans have actually made it easier for Russia and terrorists and criminals to get your personal information without having to bother to hack into your computer.  They just have to set up a shill company and buy everything they want from Internet Providers.  And, they say they want to keep us safe from these criminals.

All during the Obama Presidency the right-wing was complaining about “losing their rights”.  When asked which rights they lost, they couldn’t name a single one, because they never lost a right.  So, what is one of the first things they do?  They pass a law that takes away your privacy when it comes to your financial and health information.  This is the second right lost under the trump administration and we are only in month three.  The first was your right to clean air and drinking water with his rollback of EPA rules that protected those rights. How many more are on the horizon?

This presidency is all about rights for corporations and screw the “little people”.  The proposed budget, if passed, will screw the “little people” even more.  And, I can’t wait for the so-called tax reform on the horizon that will really screw the “little people”.

Our right to privacy is one of our most fundamental and important rights we have in our government system.  Republicans just told you that your rights are not as important as corporation’s money.

I consider health insurance not only a right, but a necessity.  Republicans have told us we don’t need clean water to drink or clean to breath.  They have now told us we don’t have a right to privacy.  And, if the Americans Without Health Care Act passes we won’t have a right to health insurance.

Yes conservatives, our rights are being stripped away.  Only it wasn’t President Obama that stripped them, it is trump and his Republican gang of thieves that are stripping them away.  Hope you are happy.

And, the shirts keep marching along.

 

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Day 130. 

Today should be a day when the real fights begin.  The hearings to fill the supreme court opening begins, and the House Intelligence Committee holds its first hearing about the Russian hacking of our elections.  There is also some haggling going on over the Americans Without Health Insurance Act.  Conservatives want more cuts, and moderates want better protection for older people.

You would think these three things would consume our president.  He did show some interest in the House Committee by tweeting that the Russian Hacking hearing was “fake news”.  Even before it starts.  Maybe that is because he wants to deflect away from his own bogus claim about his “wires being taped”.

But, to show just how stupid our current president is and to make us really wonder what the hell is going on, he went full trump on Germany.  And, as usual, he showed he doesn’t know what he is talking about.

The day after he met with Angela Merkel, he tweeted this nonsense:

Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!

Well, despite his usual bad spelling and poor grammar, he is also wrong in is biggest complaint.  Germany does not owe vast sums of money to NATO and the United States.  NATO does not have any “accounts” that each member of the alliance pays into.

There are two major parts to the NATO agreement.  The first is that “an armed attack against one or more of them… shall be considered an attack against them all” and that following such an attack, each member would take “such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force.”

The second is that each country agreed to spend at least 2 percent of its GDP on their own defense spending.  Let me spell that out again, each country agreed to spend at least 2 percent of its GDP on their own defense spending.

That spending includes a whole lot of things.  Like maintaining their own defense and military.  Assistance in NATO peace keeping operations.  And any assistance they give in fighting ISIS.

After the 9/11 attack in 2001 NATO enacted the clause that they considered the terrorist attack that day as an attack against all of NATO.  That was the first and only time that article was enacted.  And, it was to support the U.S. not the other way around.

It is true that some NATO countries, including Germany, have spent less than 2 percent of their GDP on defense, but that does not mean they owe the U.S. “vast sums of money” as our stupid leader claims.

If trump would stop treating the NATO alliance like some kind of “protection racket” and start treating it like the most vital alliance we have, maybe he might actually learn something.  Maybe that learned knowledge might go beyond just the defense alliance and he will start treating our allies like allies and not like the enemy.

He needs to understand that NATO is not a protection racket.  The U.S. is not in the alliance to “make money” protecting other nations.  The other NATO countries have agreed to increase defense spending over the next few years.  They actually see Russia as a real and growing threat unlike our beloved leader who seems to think Russia is the perfect model of how to run a country.

In just sixty days, our beloved leader has pissed off Australia, and that really takes some effort, Germany, France, all of the Baltic States, and even England.  Europe is sitting across the pond wondering if our leader is really that stupid or if he can be trusted in protecting them if Russia should attack one of them.

The NATO alliance is not just for the protection of Europe.  It is for our protection as well.  This administration seems to want to build a wall around our country and withdraw from the world scene.  That may sound like it will save money, but it will also destroy our alliances and make us less safe and more open to attack.

NATO has helped keep the peace in the western world since 1949 when it was first established.  Our leader now seems to think we don’t need it, when in fact we need it more than ever.  Russia is trying to flex its muscle and retake most of if not all of Eastern Europe into a new Russia Empire.  China is flexing its muscle and spending more on their own military.  North Korea is probably our biggest threat to breaking the peace.

Add to that the fight against international terrorism, and you can see that we need friends.  NATO is our best friend.  They should be embraced and not pushed away in some financial ploy.  They don’t owe us “vast sums of money”.  They were there when we needed them after 9/11.  The question is will we be there for them if needed?

This is just another example of the total ignorance our beloved leader has in international matters.  One of his campaign promises was that he would surround himself with very qualified and “great people” to help run the country.  To show he meant it, he picked an oil executive to run the State Department and then decided to cut its budget by 30 percent.  Right when we need a stable State Department to help keep our alliances together.

So, today the House Intelligence Committee will hold open hearings on the Russia hacking of our election, and trump is calling it “fake news” before it even begins.  The Senate Judicial Committee will begin hearings on Neil Gorsuch to become our next Justice on the Supreme Court.

The Republican Party and trump are planning to cut 24 million people off of their health insurance.  The administration’s proposed budget will basically leave our country sick, stupid, and starving.

Yet, trump thinks he can show how good he is by tweeting something that only proves just how stupid he really is.  But there is good news for trump in his tiny isolated world.  He holds the record.

Over the weekend, a new poll showed that only 37 percent of the American People approve of his job so far.   A record!  No other president even came close to those numbers in their first 60 days.  So, trump definitely is number 1!  Only it isn’t a record any normal person would be proud to hold.  But this is trump.  So, if his lackies just tell him he holds the record on job approval without telling him it is on the wrong side, we will probably see a tweet bragging about holding the record.

Wouldn’t it be nice to return to the days when our president actually knew what he was talking about?  I don’t believe trump’s “wires were tapped”.  But he is showing that his “wires have been crossed for years”.

And, the shirts keep marching along!

 

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Day 125. 

We are now seeing the fourth step in dismantling our democracy.  That is a simple process of sowing seeds of distrust and just lie your ass off.  The object is to take your enemies and your friends and have them fight between each other.  But, more importantly, have your friends fight between each other.

You may think that sounds crazy, but getting your so-called friends to fight each other allows you to come in and end the fights with some form of crackdown.  That way the people think you are a savior because you tamped down opposition on both sides.

I say we are starting to see this step because of the Americans Without Health Care Act.  This one bill is showing that trump is trying to divide and conquer his own side in order to rule properly.

Here is how things work under step four.  First, you make unproven allegations that make someone else seem like a devil.  Then you make comments about how great a bill may be and then turn your back on it by claiming it isn’t your bill when it runs into trouble.

You make sure your own staff is fighting each other so you can claim some “devious deep state” exists from your predecessor who is out to get you.  You hire people to fill important positions by telling them they have the right to hire and fire people and then tell them no, “I will only make those decisions”.

The object is to keep everyone in the permanent state of confusion.  If you can achieve that, then you have a leg up on everyone else.  By keeping the populace confused about what is going on, you can pretend that you did not start it, but you are the only one who can fix it.

Let’s look at just how trump has put his plan in place:

First, he has the entire White House staff afraid.  It has been reported over and over that the knives are out and everyone is looking to either survive or assassinate the career of their rivals in the office.

There are staffers who are using encryption to talk to each other via email or twitter.  They are afraid to speak up in meetings because they are afraid to be labeled “traitors” to the president or his agenda.  It has been reported that once they get home they turn off their government cell phones because they are afraid they are being monitored or tracked.

Normally I would take all of that with a grain of salt.  But, these reports keep coming out, and they can only be coming from employees who are in this situation.  Then, you have that nice instance when Sean Spicer called in his staff and inspected their cell phones looking for leakers.

I don’t know about you, but that seems like a very toxic environment to work in.  How can anyone expect people to actually do their jobs if they are afraid of being monitored and/or tracked by their cell phones.  With this kind of toxic environment, power is coalesced into a few hands and everyone else is just puppets that are basically expendable if things go bad.

Second, if you hire someone, you need to tell him or her that they can hire their people.  Then, you put the kabosh on that promise once they try to exercise that role.  It was reported that McMaster was hired by trump to be National Security Advisor with the promise he can bring in his own people.  Wrong.

McMaster informed Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence programs, that he’d be moving to another position on Friday, according to reports.  He made that decision after several career veterans complained that the 30-year-old wasn’t measuring up.

So, Cohen-Watnick went to Bannon and Kushner to complain.  Cohen-Watnick apparently formed the alliance with Bannon and Kushner during the transition.  When Bannon and Kushner told trump on Sunday about the move, trump vetoed it and told Cohen-Watnick he was staying put.

To show just where things stand, it was Mike Flynn who brought Cohen-Watnick into the transition team to begin with.  So, McMaster who is supposed to be head of the National Security Team apparently has to clear his employee decisions with Bannon and Kushner.

This tells me that there is no chain-of-command in trump’s white house, except trump, Bannon, and Kushner.  That is a problem, especially for all of the generals he has hired into key positions.  Chain-of-command is very important to military people.  It allows them to do their job.  Meddling in that prohibits them from doing their job and politicizes the entire Intelligence Apparatus.

Third, throw out unsubstantiated accusations against anyone and expect someone else to “prove” you are correct.  Only, when those “others” actually try to show you are right or wrong, use delaying tactics and don’t cooperate with them.

This is playing out in front of us right now.  Our beloved leader claimed that President Obama “tapped my wires” and called for an investigation.  There were already a few investigations into the Russian interference into our elections, and they said they would check it out.

The House Intelligence Committee sent a letter to the DOJ to get any information they have on any wire taps.  The DOJ has not given them any information, but said they need more time.  Sen. Graham sent a letter to the FBI requesting any paperwork on wire taps and/or wire tap requests.  The FBI has yet to give them any information.

Finding the paperwork for any wire taps is very easy.  All you do is go to the computer, pull it up, and print it out.  There isn’t investigative techniques needed to produce the paperwork.  But, if you don’t have such paperwork, then you make it look like something nefarious by delaying or refusing to produce the non-evidence.  That allows the false story to continue circulating and keeping attention away from the real investigation of the Russian hacking.

Or, you make false claims about 3 to 5 million “illegal aliens” voting in the last election, calling for an investigation, and then doing nothing.  That is just to stir up your base and let more false stories float around.  It is even better when you ignore even your own party’s election officials who say openly you are lying.  Truth doesn’t matter, just confusion.

Fourth, you run on a promise to “repeal and replace” the health care law.  You change your story several times about what you want the “replacement” to be.  You first say it needs to be repealed and make premiums cheaper for everyone.  Then you say that you won’t touch Medicaid.  Then you say you want health care for everyone.  Then you say you only want premiums to go down.

The House leadership believes you intend to sign a bill that repeals the ACA.  So, they put together a bill that does that, and even gives tax cuts to people like you.  You immediately come out and call it a “great piece of legislation”.  Then when it starts to go bad, you start to blame someone else.

When people start calling it trumpcare, you complain that it isn’t trumpcare, but rather Ryancare.  You still optically say you want it passed, even put on a phony charm show to prove you want it passed.  Only, you keep stepping further away from it.  You even say, “I am open to negotiation” on the bill when your House leader says this “is the bill”.

Sow more distrust between your leaders in Congress and the ultra-conservatives to make it seem like it has nothing to do with you.  All you are trying to do is repeal what you call a bad bill and replace it with something better.  If it turns out to be worse and it still passes, you simply blame the Republicans for putting a bad bill on your desk.  If it doesn’t pass you simply blame the Democrats for not supporting such a wonderful bill.

Sow the seed of confusion.  Don’t let anyone know where you really stand on the bill.  Just let everyone else fight it out, and then blame everyone else for its failure.  That way you can “prove” to your followers that only you can fix the problems and we don’t need that stupid group of people called the U.S. Congress.  So, let’s just shut it down.

Fifth, of course you need to divide the people even more.  You look at things going on around the country and pick and choose the items that work best for you.  Only, you don’t really denounce anything, just call it bad.

You complain that we shouldn’t be making bomb threats to Jewish Centers or defacing Jewish cemeteries, but ignore the Mosques being burned to the ground.  Nor, do you denounce firmly anyone who is involved in any of these activities.  You simple say something opaque like you “should knock it off”.

When full-throated supporters like Steve King of Iowa make overtly racist comments, you simply stay quiet.  You allow your racist surrogates to try to tell us that King didn’t really mean what he said and we are taking things out of context.  Even when King doubles and triples down on his comments.

You pit people against each other.  That way, when violence does erupt, you can crack down on the side you don’t like and say you are just enforcing “law and order”.  To sow distrust, simply prop up those who think like you and put down those who oppose you.  It doesn’t even have to be open.  You can do it quietly with subtle hints to those who are looking for a fight.

Sixth, unleash law enforcement on immigrants and citizens alike.  You see this with the massive “crackdowns” on undocumented immigrants being rounded up and deported.  What you really haven’t seen is the crackdown on the borders.

Only, this crackdown isn’t against just immigrants.  It is against U.S. civilians.  A very little know fact is that current law says that your rights under the 4th Amendment are not valid at the borders.  As a result, the government is doing everything it can to gather information on its citizens.

As an example, if you live near the Canadian border and decide to drive across and have dinner at your favorite Canadian restaurant, you could be in for a rude awakening when you return.  Customs can demand that you hand over your cell phone along with your passwords so they can check the information in your emails and/or contact lists.

If you refuse to hand over the information, you will be taken into custody until you do.  This began after 9/11 in order to try to find terrorists before they entered the country.  But, citizens were more or less left alone.  Not anymore.

In the month of February alone, more people, mostly U.S. Citizens were ordered to hand over their cell phones or laptops than during the entire year of 2015.  The devices are taken into a separate room from you and the officers do not return for about a half hour.  It is obvious to most people, your information is being downloaded from your device.

The argument by the administration is that they are just trying to “keep us safe”.  Sorry, but I don’t believe it.  If they are just looking to “keep us safe” why do they have to go into a separate room?  It is obvious they are downloading your personal information for their use.

Since the majority of people being ordered to hand over their phones are of the “non-white” population, more seeds of distrust are being sown.  People seeing these activities are seeing the profiling of others to make everyone else distrust them.  Obviously they have “something to hide” or are obviously “suspicious” and are suspected of being terrorists.

We are well into the fourth step of dismantling our democracy.  Distrust and hate is on the rise.  People are pointing fingers at each other, even in the White House.  The chain-of-command in government agencies are being taken away from the heads of those departments.  Lies are becoming the new “truths”.  Confusion reigns supreme.

We are seeing friends fighting against each other.  We are seeing friends fighting against enemies.  We are seeing people being pit against each other.  We are seeing races being pit against each other.  We are seeing religions being pit against each other.  We are seeing the deliberate attempt to create chaos.

Unless there is chaos, you cannot “crackdown” on your opposition.  You need chaos and violence in the streets in order to fully take control.  With chaos and violence you can claim to be the “savior” that will restore “law and order”.  Only it won’t be the “law and order” of a democracy, it will be the “law and order” of a totalitarian dictatorship.

All of this chaos and we are just two months into this administration.   It is obviously going to get worse as time goes by.

And, the shirts keep marching along.

 

 

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Day 120. 

To paraphrase Jim McKay what in the wide world of sports is going on around here?  The whole problem of trump’s Russia connections keeps growing and growing.  We don’t know what exactly what those connections really are, but the circumstantial evidence is showing more and more that it isn’t very good for our country.

In all of this we are also learning that trump is not the great leader or business man he has claimed to be.  His people, according to him, are running around without his knowledge getting involved with lots of things that are proving troublesome for trump.  Either he is really stupid, or he really knows what is going on and covering it all up.

I don’t believe in conspiracy theories.  But, I do believe in reasoned deductions and logic.  Maybe it is time we really look at this somewhat logically and see what happens.

As you know, the only “plank” in the Republican Party Platform that was changed at the Republican Convention was one that dealt with Ukraine.  The original plank said something along the lines that we should support the Ukraine in their fight against Russia and Russian insurgents in Ukraine up to providing lethal weapons.

That plank was softened to remove the part about providing Ukraine lethal weapons.  People who were at the meeting said that it was the trump campaign that lobbied and fought for the change.  “Not so” said the trump campaign.  Paul Manafort, who was campaign manager at the time said that the campaign had no input on that change.

Now, there is a problem with that denial.  Seems Manafort had a protégé named Liminik.  He is a duel Russian/Ukraine citizen who worked with Manafort when he was leading the campaigns for Putin’s puppet dictator in Ukraine who was thrown over.  It is also known that Liminik was a GRU agent.  GRU is the Russian Military Intelligence Agency.

Shortly before the convention, Carter Page, one of trump’s advisors was granted permission to travel to Russia to give a speech.  Right after that speech and Page returned to the U.S. and Liminik turned up in Cleveland and has since bragged to Russian News that he lobbied the trump campaign for the change.

And, Gordon, a trump campaign advisor, has recently admitted that he was the campaign spokesperson who lobbied an fought to get the change made.  He even said that he was acting on orders from trump himself.

We also remember the WikiLeaks dumping of emails from the DNC the day before the Democrats started their convention.  It also mysteriously leaked more information every time trump put his foot in his mouth and those leaks helped deflate trump’s errors.

Then we have the case when Roger Stone, a trump confidant, tweeted that Podesta was the next to be on the WikiLeaks hot seat.  Two days later at 8:06 AM RT, the Russian propaganda media outlet, announced that WikiLeaks released Podesta emails.  Only, at 8:27 AM the same morning, WikiLeaks did finally release Podesta emails.  How did RT know before hand that the dump was coming?

Our beloved leader bragged about how much “he loved WikiLeaks” and how marvelous these criminals were.  This love affair was because they were attacking his opponent.

During the campaign all 17 Intelligence Agencies for the U.S. said that they had proof that Russia was behind the hacking and leaks that WikiLeaks were giving out.  Only trump would not accept that analysis.  He claimed that is was probably some 400 lb. guy sitting on his bed in his mother’s basement that hacked the DNC.

Since the election, we have heard all of the lies from his people that no one had any contact with Russian officials during the campaign or during the transition period.  Those lies were exposed big time as trump would say.  Mike Flynn was fired over his lies.  Sessions has not resigned or been fired over his lies under oath to Congress.

Since Rex Tillerson became Secretary of State, there have been mass firings at the State Department.  These firings have included the most senior career members of the Department that have the most knowledge about Russia.  Tillerson has remained silent about the cuts in staff, and about the proposed 37 percent cut to his budget.  As a matter of fact, Tillerson has been invisible since he became Secretary of State.

No one from the State Department have been invited to attend meetings with heads of state from other countries.  To show just how bad things are, the spokesperson for the State Department was asked the other day if anyone from State would be involved in talks with a high-ranking official from Mexico this week.  He said he didn’t even know the official was even in town.  Sorry, but isn’t it the job of the State Department to deal with foreign governments in the interests of the United States?  Here is a person in the country and State doesn’t even know he is here?  Really?

Then, right after trump made unsubstantiated claims that President Obama “tapped my wires” and the heat got higher on him, we have WikiLeaks claiming to have hacked the CIA and releasing lots of classified material.  What have we heard from the trump administration of this huge problem?  Nothing!  Why is that?  Why hasn’t trump made any condemnation about this criminal hack from his favorite criminal organization?  Does he hate the intelligence community so much he doesn’t care of we are placed in danger from our enemies over such a hack?  What the hell is going on here?

About the same time, his former National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn, submitted paperwork that says he is a foreign agent, which is fancy talk for lobbyist,  working for Turkey.  He also claimed in the paperwork that his job period was retroactive to before the election when he was working for the trump campaign.  Which means that while he was advising trump on intelligence issues during the campaign, and during the transition, and during his time as National Security Advisor, he was working for a foreign country.

The trump administration claims that trump had no idea that Flynn was working for Turkey.  Hmmm.

Yesterday, Comey met with the “gang of eight”, the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee.  When asked if the wire taps trump claimed Obama put on his tower were discussed, Comey said nothing.  When a Republican Senator at the meeting was asked about the wire taps, he said “there is no evidence that I have seen that says it happened.”

We really need to ask some very hard questions of trump.  Logical deduction is saying that there is something not quite right with all of this.  Especially when you take into account that unverified dossier created by the former MI6 agent.  If you compare that dossier to what is coming out, a lot of what is in that document is being proved to be correct.

We all know that there are two agencies that Putin hates the most.  The first is the Department of State and the second is the CIA.  We also know that Putin is a former KGB agent and former head of the FSB which replaced the KGB.  The CIA was his opponent all of the time, and he really hates them.

He also hates the State Department because they have the audacity to call him on the carpet for his murders of opposition leaders and reporters who write scathing articles against him.  Additionally, when protesters hit the streets in large numbers in Moscow, Putin blamed Hillary Clinton for “antagonizing the situation”.  He claimed that State was “helping and stirring up” the protesters against him.

Then, during the election, he interfered with our election.  I don’t know if he loved trump that much or if he hated Clinton that much.  But the interference was certainly designed to hurt Clinton whether or not she won.  Now that trump is president, the Department of State is being gutted of anyone who is better equipped to fight back against Putin and Russia.

It appears that trump is side lining the Department of State and not allowing it to do their job.  How can that be?  Why would a president hamstring the diplomatic agency responsible to work with our allies?  It doesn’t make sense unless you don’t want to work with our allies.

Since trump is so twitter happy, why hasn’t he said a word about the CIA hacking?  What is he hiding about that incident, if anything?  It doesn’t make any sense.  It seems like he is happy about the hack.  You got that feeling when asked about it yesterday, all he did was smile.

What is even worse in all of this is the silence from Republicans in Congress.  With the exception of very few Republicans, no one wants to question beloved leader.  No one wants to properly investigate what is going on.  No one wants to be the target of one of trump’s famous tweets, apparently.

This is madness.  Remember when Bill Clinton was running for office and it was discovered that someone from China donated to his campaign?  There was an outcry from the right that brought down mountains.  Now, when evidence is showing that trump or members of his staff just might have colluded with Russia to influence the election, we hear nothing from the right.

There simply are too many questions and way too many lies floating around for this to continue.  It is now the time for Republicans to get off of their asses and set up an independent commission, complete with a Special Prosecutor, to find out the truth behind all of this.

The American People deserve to know the truth.  We deserve to know the facts.  Our democracy, our freedoms and our very country is on the line.  I don’t know if trump and/or his minions were involved in colluding with Russia.  But, I want to know the truth.  I hope trump was not involved.  That would be a crisis that we really don’t need right now.

I served my country for 20 years under five different Presidents of both parties.  I don’t give a shit about party affiliation.  I do give a shit about my country.  If Republicans do not establish that independent commission with a special prosecutor, and any of this turns out to be true, they would be just as guilty as trump and/or his minions.

This is really the time to put country ahead of politics.  It is time we learn the truth.  This is not Russia.  Congress is not supposed to be trump’s rubber stamp for anything he wants to do.

It is time for Mitch McConnell to show he s a real patriot interested in the well-being of our country and not just a politician trying to cover for his president.  So, I say to McConnell, “from one old fart to another, show some guts and do what is right for a change”.

If he doesn’t act, the shirts will keep marching along!

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Day 119. 

With all of the hoopla going on about the Russian connections between trump’s administration a Russian officials, the Republicans in Congress have fired off several rounds in their war on the people of this country.  And, it is going to get much worse before it gets better.

There has been one battle cry from Republicans since the income tax was first introduced.  They say this is what has been going on.  Rich people are being “unfairly” taxed and the money is given to the rest of the lazy worthless people who live in the country for free.

You really have to understand where Republican priorities are.  According to their mantra, if you are rich, you are blessed and worked hard to get your money.  If you are not rich, you should be “thankful” that some rich guy has been nice enough to let you work at the factories that make him rich.  Even if the wages he pays you don’t let you support your family.

You are looking at everything the wrong way.  These rich people are our saviors.  If not for them, we would all be even poorer than we are.  They have all the power.  They have all the money,.  They have all the land.  We should be thankful that we are fortunate enough to live among such great people.

The way things are supposed to work in our country is that the rich, who are marvelous caring people, should pay little or no taxes.  Instead the rest of us should pay all of the taxes the country needs and just shut up.

The rest of us do not deserve the things that we already have.  We don’t deserve a secure retirement through Social Security even though we have paid taxes all of our lives to get it.  We don’t deserve health care when we are old through Medicare even though we paid taxes all through our lives to get it.  We don’t deserve health care at all.  If we can’t afford to pay ridiculous premiums so Insurance Company CEOs can get a bigger tax break, that is our problem.

We don’t deserve proper housing.  We don’t deserve food that has been inspected to make sure it isn’t bad and make us sick.  We don’t deserve clean water to drink or clean air to breathe.  We don’t deserve to have our children receive a good public education.  No, we don’t deserve any of that because we are just slime that is allowed to labor for the rich to get richer.

According to the Republican worldview, there are two kinds of people. The marvelous, wonderful rich people and everyone else.  Everyone else must be fully dependent on the rich letting us work for low wages and we should be very thankful for their generosity.

When it comes to the nation we live in, our rights are all dependent upon their view as well.  They say the government cannot get between a doctor and his patient, but it is okay for the government to get between the doctor and patient if that patient is a woman.  See, women are stupid ignorant forms of life that need a man to tell her what is right and wrong.  She needs that man to tell her how to live.  And she needs that man to tell her how to behave.

I know you think I am being facetious.  I am not, this is exactly the current Republican view of the world.  What Congress has been doing behind the curtain is very showing of this view they have.

Let’s examine what they have been up to.  The very first thing that they got their brainless hand to sign hurts first time home buyers.  Under President Obama, the rates for the Mortgage Insurance that is usually required for first time home buyers was to be reduced.  NO shouted Republicans.  They killed that decrease and instead raised it so people buying their first home will have to pay $500 more per year in home mortgage insurance costs.  Even if that is the drinking water for their workers.

The second thing they did was kill a clean water provision.  Mines have for hundreds of years polluted the water around the mines.  There was a rule that said that mines could no longer dump their byproducts into streams and rivers thus polluting the water.  The Republicans again shouted NO, and passed a law killing that rule.  So, now mine owners can pollute the water anytime they desire just to save a few bucks.

Then there was the rule that made it so brokers handling your retirement plan had to serve you and not his commissions.  They were required to let you know the disadvantages of buying a new stock, and get your permission.  Again a loud NO came screeching from the right.  So, now they passed another law that allows these brokers to simply change your portfolio without your consent even if that change will increase their commissions and hurts you.

Then we come to the proposed budget from the trump administration.  You can see there what the Republicans worldview really is.  This budget targets the vulnerable people in our country, as well as the middle-class with massive cuts while giving our best equipped, strongest, and best military in the world a $54 billion increase in their budget.  Plus, they need another $21 billion to build the Berlin Wall on the southern border.

How are these massive unnecessary increases gong to be paid for?  Well, you guessed it.  Out of your pocket.

The administration has decided that we don’t need a State Department anymore, or at least not one that works.  They are planning to slash at least 30 percent from the State Department’s budget including from USAID.  These programs that are being targeted are the very ones that help us maintain our leadership throughout the world, but since trump appears to be wanting to partner with Putin, we don’t need to hold on to that leadership role anymore.

The budget also calls for a 35 percent cut in the budget for the EPA.  Who the hell needs a department called the Environmental Protection Agency if you don’t care if the people get clear air and drinking water?  That is obviously an unnecessary agency.

We will also see a $6 billion cut to HUD.  These cuts will be made to cut back on major repairs to buildings.  Why should we fix buildings that people live in?  They are just poor schmucks and should be happy they have a roof over their heads.  Quality of life means nothing to them.  Hell, this works nicely for the wealthy.  Our own president made millions doing just this type of ignoring properties in private business.  The biggest cuts will hit the community planning and development grants, which have been used to clean up struggling neighborhoods.  That area will see a $4 billion cut.  Who needs to clean up struggling neighborhoods.  Rich people don’t go there.

Other cuts will include direct rental assistance payments — including Section 8 Housing and housing vouchers for homeless veterans — would be cut by at least $300 million, to $19.3 billion. Additionally, housing for the elderly — known as the Section 202 program — would be cut by $42 million, nearly 10 percent. Section 811 housing for people with disabilities would be cut by $29 million, nearly 20 percent. Money available for Native American housing block grants would fall by $150 million, more than 20 percent.

But, what is the problem here?  These are worthless people who don’t really contribute to the rich people’s pockets.  They merely take up space and breathe some of that clear air we won’t have very much longer anyway.

In addition, we are looking at deep cuts to the Coast Guard and TSA.  Two vital organizations that are part of our vital national security to keep us safe.  We are going to se massive cuts to FEMA.  We only need FEMA if there is a natural disaster or some major large-scale terrorist attack relief responses.  But, since there is no climate change, natural disasters won’t happen.  And, since the military will get a massive increase in their budget and we will have our marvelous Berlin Wall on the southern border, there won’t be any terrorist attacks either.

We are going to see huge cuts to the Department of Education, Health and Human services and much more.  The only things that won’t be cut are defense and ICE.  They will increase “hugely”.

Finally we have the Americans Without Health Care Act that is currently being rammed through Congress.  Under this plan, the likelihood of you losing your health care coverage is better than 50/50.  If you are one of those “takers” who get subsidies so you can afford to get health insurance, you will lose those subsides.  Instead you will get a smaller amount in “tax credits””, which you won’t be able to use either.

If you are someone who got coverage under expanded Medicaid, you can forget about having any coverage after 2020.  If you have pre-existing conditions, you can look forward to higher premiums and higher deductibles in those nice fancy “high risk pools” they want to set up.

If you are someone who is between age 55 and 65, you can expect a doubling of your premiums since the company will be able to charge you five times more than a younger person for the same coverage.  Plus, if you are making less than $75,000 per year your subsidies will decrease up to about $10,000 per year to purchase your health coverage.

If you live in a rural community and have less access to health insurance on the open market, you will get even fewer choices and the chances are your hospital will close down due to lack of funds.  With fewer people with health insurance, hospitals will have to go back to giving out free treatment thus losing money forcing them to shut the door for good, just like before the ACA was enacted and saved many of these hospitals.

And, if you are wondering, everyone loves this new plan.  Well except the American Medical Association, The American Hospital Association, and AARP.  But, so what, the Republicans didn’t ask their opinion to begin with so who cares what they think.  They are just the professionals and who knows more rich tax cut friendly Republicans or health care professionals?

Besides, what is most important in this bill is that the CEOs of the companies about to be allowed to rip you off will get a tax cut.  And, those nasty taxes that made the ACA possible without hurting the deficit will all go away too.  Meaning those who make over $250,000 will also get a tax cut.

We all know that tax cuts for those people are far more important than the average American scumbags having health care coverage.  How dare anyone think that their health is more important than the rich’s tax cuts?  You must be on some illegal drug to think that.

Paul Ryan said two things yesterday about the Americans Without Health Care Act.  First he said this was “sound, good conservative plan”.  Then he said “this plan is an act of mercy”.

And, according to the Republican worldview, he is absolutely correct.  This plan is a “good conservative” plan because it throws overboard everyone who isn’t rich.  And, it is “an act of mercy” because it ensures that more rich people get more tax cuts.  That is exactly what Republicans think their job is.

As you can see, you have been looking at the real world upside down.  The only people who matter are the rich.  You and me and the rest of America who slave away trying to make ends meet are just in the way of the rich.

We are all just supposed to fall in line and do what we are told by the rich.  If we dare to ask questions, or we dare to expect fair wages for our labor, or if we dare to consider ourselves equal to them, we need to be put back in our place.

So far, everything that the Republicans in Congress and what has been done by our beloved leader are intended to put us back in our place.  If you are willing to go along with this, I feel sorry for you.  If you are willing to allow this dehumanizing of our people to continue, then you need help.

All of this is just the tip if the iceberg that is heading towards our Titanic.  Soon you will hear about how Medicare should be voucherized and how Social Security should be prioritized.  The vouchers for Medicare won’t be nearly enough to purchase proper insurance for seniors, and the privatization of Social Security will only be set up to allow bigger commissions to crooked brokers.

Remember, these cuts are not just aimed at the poor. They are aimed at everyone who is not rich.  The massive tax cuts on the horizon are not intended to help your, they are aimed at the rich and corporations.

In the current Republican worldview, there are two classes of people.  The rich and everyone else.  Everyone else are on their own.  If they can’t make ends meet, it is their fault.  If they can’t get a good education it is their fault.  If they can’t afford health care coverage for themselves and their families, it is their fault.

We are all supposed to bow down to the oligarchs and thank their golden idol for their existence and great generosity for allowing us to work for slave wages.  That is what the Republican Party is giving us.  That is the world they want for themselves and us.

And, the shirts keep marching along.

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Day 117. 

Yesterday two major things happened.  First the Republicans unveiled their massive tax cut for the rich calling it “Obamacare Repeal”.  This wonderful plan of theirs will probably cut 4 million people from their health care, but it ensures that the CEOs of Health Insurance Companies get a tax cut.  We will talk about this so-called plan later in the week as it moves through committees.

The other thing that happened was trump unrolled his revised Muslim Ban.  All three puppets who announced the plan all mimicked trump’s claim that it is designed to keep us safe from terrorism.  But, they are lying.  It won’t really do anything.  Plus, the border wall won’t do anything either.

If you are wondering why, just look at the proposed budget that was also released over the last few days.  According to this proposed budget, DHS is due to receive an increase in funding of 43.6 billion dollars.  Sounds great, yes?

Problem is you have to look beyond the overall budget and look at what is really inside the numbers.  And, what is inside the numbers is very disturbing at best.

For example, did you know that there are three organizations in DHS, two of which are directly tied to national security and one that helps after natural disasters or major terrorist attacks?  The two involved in national security are the U.S. Coast Guard and the TSA.  They are involved in relief after natural disasters is FEMA.

Most people do not actually know what the Coast Guard does.  The Coast Guard is one of the five branches of the U.S. military.  However, it does far more than that.  Most people know that the Coast Guar is involved in search and rescue at sea.  They are also responsible for a myriad of law enforcement activities that usually go unnoticed.

The Coast Guard is involved in drug interdiction.  They catch billions of dollars of illicit drugs attempting to enter the country every year.  It is also responsible for port security.  At one point after 9/11 there were scare tactics about nuclear bombs coming into our ports and being detonated.  Well, it is the responsibility of the Coast Guard to help stop that from happening.

The Coast Guard is also responsible for intercepting masses of people from entering the country from the sea.  We have been involved in this operation long before trump even thought it was a problem.  All of the boats full of people coming from Latin and South America are intercepted by the Coast Guard.

We are also responsible to respond to oil pollution on the navigable waterways of the U.S.   When the big spill in the Gulf of Mexico happened, it was the Coast Guard that was responsible to get it cleaned up.  The Coast Guard is also involved in disaster relief after natural disasters.

Those are just a few of the missions that the 41,000 men and women of the Coast Guard are responsible to accomplish.  As you can see, it is vital to our national security and drug interdiction.  Actually, it is the only sea service involved in our national security at home and abroad.

To give you an example of what the Coast guard does, consider these facts.  In fiscal 2016, the Coast Guard intercepted 6,346 undocumented migrants, patrolled 3.4 million square nautical miles and removed 201 metric tons of cocaine and 52,613 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $5.9 billion. It also responded to 35 oil and 17 hazardous substance incidents, analyzed and investigated more than 13,000 and 1,800 cyber events, respectively, and conducted 139 airborne intercept missions over the Washington area at the request of the Department of Defense.

In addition, the demand for Coast Guard assets to train Central American forces in interdiction efforts has increased 320 percent this year.  And, the Coast Guard is the only “law enforcement” agency that is also military, so no one else can do these jobs.

Our beloved leader said he was going to increase military spending.  But that only includes the four military branches under the Department of Defense.  He also wants to build his great Berlin Wall on the Southern Border and increase Customs Agents by 5,000 people and ICE by 10,000 people.

He needs to pay for all of this somehow.  So, he has decided that the Coast Guard doesn’t need more money, he has decided to cut their budget by 14 percent.  The overall budget for the Coast is 9.1 billion dollars.  If this budget passes it will be cut by $1.3 billion, to $7.8 billion.

Where this is really going to hurt is in the procurement of new equipment like ships and helicopters.  The Coast Guard needs new equipment, but under this budget, they will probably have to cut operations like air flight time and ship patrols.

Stephen Flynn, a retired Coast Guard commander who is director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University said:  “As you harden the land border you open up the maritime border.  It makes no sense. You are going to have this balloon effect.”

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft in an interview with Politico, before the proposed cuts were revealed said:  “Our intelligence is extremely good on the movement of drugs.  And where we’re really challenged is we just don’t have enough resources — enough ships, planes — to target all the events. So on the best of days we could probably target maybe three out of the 10 known events.”

Rep Hunter, (R.-CA) who chairs the Coast Guard subcommittee said even more.

The OMB treats the Coast Guard like a lunch fund to fund their other priorities in DHS.  Congress funds (through appropriations) and we’re not doing what they are doing.  They are off in la-la land.  If they want to be irrelevant they are off to a good start.

So, you can see the Coast Guard is really wasting money and their budget needs to be cut.  And, it gets even better.  In addition to the cuts to the Coast guard, this budget also plans to cut 11 percent from the TSA.

The TSA will be the recipient of a $500 million reduction that includes cutting $65 million for behavioral detection officers and $55 million for local law enforcement grants to airports. On the other hand, it proposes a $1 increase to the TSA security fee in fiscal 2018 to generate an extra $470 million in revenue.

Do you remember the several people who walked through security at JFK just the other week and three of them set off the metal detectors and were never stopped?  These cuts will do nothing to improve incidents like that from happening again.

How is cutting 500 million dollars from the airport security agency going to make our air travel safer?  It won’t.  It will make it more dangerous.  The TSA has struggled through its existence.  It has been mostly proficient, but it only takes one missed passenger to cause real havoc.

Instead of improving airport security and helping the Coast Guard secure our harbors, the trump administration is more interested in headline grabbing things like the Berlin Wall and are therefore are making us less safe.

Now that you know just how unsafe trump is making us, let’s look at FEMA.  FEMA will get a $370 million cut, which includes a 25 percent reduction, or $280 million, in the agency’s program for countering violent extremism and preparations for a wide-scale terrorist attack, as well as a 40 percent cut of $80 million for FEMA’s port transit security grant program.

As you can see, if there happens to be another wide-scale terrorist attack, FEMA won’t be able to efficiently respond to that attack.  All in the name of national security!

This is just another example of how much trump does not know about how things work.  He doesn’t know the vital role that the Coast Guard does is securing our borders.  He doesn’t think that TSA does anything to help us be safe while flying.  And, he doesn’t know that if there is a major attack that FEMA is responsible to coordinate response to that attack.

He only knows that he promised to build a stupid wall and that is what he is going to do.  He only knows that he promised to remove 11 million people from the country, and that is what he is going to do.  Those will get him headlines, these other agencies won’t.

Airport security?  Who needs it.  Port security?  Not a problem.  People running at sea?  No problem.  Responding to a major terrorist attack?  Who needs it.

If Congress goes along with these cuts to vital agencies that help keep us safe and respond to disasters, we will be far less safe than before trump was elected.  His wall will only force people from coming ashore from sea.  Without proper screening at our airports, more terrorists will be able to attack our planes in mid-flight.  And, if a major terrorist attack does happen, FEMA won’t be able to coordinate an efficient response.

I promised that I would keep an eye out for stupid things like this.  You probably have not heard about these cuts before.  And, if trump and his cronies have their way, you would never hear about them.  They expose the big lie that trump is making us safer.

The travel ban has been great propaganda for terrorists to use in recruiting new terrorists.  These cuts will make it easier for them to gain access to our country and make us less safe.  Tell me again how trump is doing such a great job.  That is another lie!

And, the shirts keep marching along.

 

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