Day 182. 

When Mike Pence went on television and defended Mike Flynn on his phone calls to the Russian Ambassador, and then it turned out to be false, everyone claimed that Flynn had lied to Pence.  That Pence was being left out to hang because of that horrible man Mike Flynn.

The media, and especially the Conservative Christian Cult, immediately ran to Pence’s defense saying he had been lied to and that was the only reason he said what he said.  What he had said was that Flynn never discussed sanctions with the Russian Ambassador.  Only, he did discuss the sanctions.

This was not the only time Pence lied to the American people.  If you remember during the debate with his opponent in the campaign, he repeatedly said he never made derogatory comments favoring Putin over President Obama.  Only, there was miles of video of him doing just that.

You must also remember it was Mike Pence who was the head of the transition team after Gov. Christie had been fired by trump.  It was during this transition that Flynn made those phone calls.  It was during this transition that Flynn was writing op-eds in favor of a country he was taking money from without registering as a foreign agent.

He was the man in charge then, and now he is acting like Sgt. Schultz and claiming “I know nothing”.  It turns out that he did in fact know about Flynn’s activities including acting for the Turkish Government, but figured it was “no big deal”.  Then, the truth came out about Flynn, Pence was very angry at Flynn in public.  But, there was an amazing lack of anger towards his boss who knew about the lies before Pence claims to have learned about them.  Making me believe he knew all along.

Now, we have the fiasco about the firing of James Comey as Director of the FBI.  Again, Pence is being shown by his supporters to be a lackey that was hung out to dry.  That is a false narrative, and here is why.

First, the trump team tried to put all of the blame for Comey’s firing at the feet of Deputy Secretary of State Rosenstein.  They claimed that he recommended Comey be fired over his handling , of all things, Hillary Clinton’s email investigation.  Yeah right!

Pence was on Capital Hill the morning after and he said:

As has been stated repeatedly and the President has been told, he’s not under investigation. There is no evidence of collusion between our campaign and any Russian officials …

Let me be very clear that the President’s decision to accept the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general to remove Director Comey as the head of the FBI was based solely and exclusively on his commitment to the best interests of the American people and to ensuring that the FBI has the trust and confidence of the people this nation.

Well, yesterday in an interview with Lester Holt, trump told America the real reason he fired Comey, and it had nothing to do with the Rosenstein memo.  It also turns out that Rosenstein did not “go to the White House” as trump’s team had claimed, it was trump who called him to the Oval Office.

He told Holt that he had already made up his mind to fire Comey and the recommendation didn’t matter, he was going to fire him anyway.  Then he said that he had to fire Comey because Comey was “showboating”.  Yeah, that is real good reason to fire someone.  He is getting more positive press than you are.

Additionally, trump poured gasoline on his own fire.  he said:

In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out just what trump is saying here.  He is telling us that he fired Comey because of his leading the investigation into the Russia hacking and any possible links to that and trump’s campaign.

He even said that Comey told him at a dinner in January that “you are not under investigation.”  He also said he directly asked Comey to tell him if he was under investigation during two separate phone calls later and said the Comey assured him that he was not.

The weirdest part came when he told Holt that he could prove he has no connections with Russia because he has a “certified letter from a well established law firm” saying he has no connections with Russia.  Oh boy, we can all breathe a sigh of relief now.  Who would have thought that this “certified letter” is proof.

The problem with all of this is that trump, Pence’s boss, just said that Pence once again lied to the American People on national Television.  He said that he did not fire Comey because of the Rosenstein memo, but that he just wanted to do so because the Russia thing was a made up story.

Then last night, former associates of Comey had a different version of the dinner.  They claim that Coney told them that trump had asked Comey for his “loyalty” during the dinner.  And, when Comey refused to give that loyalty, trump persisted.  Comey told his associates that he promised honesty but would not promise his political loyalty.  One reason this story is very plausible is because of what Kellyanne Conway said about the firing.  She said that “the president expects loyalty form people in his administration”.  That falls in line directly with the story about trump asking for loyalty at the dinner.

Finally, it has been reported also that Pence was involved in the whole firing mess from the beginning.  He was supposedly part of the team that discussed the firing.  So, for him to give the lie he did on Capital Hill is an obvious attempt to obfuscate the whole story.

All of this is evidence that Mike Pence is not the patsy everyone want to believe.  He is neck-deep in the whole mess, and is even an active participant in it.  That is why he showed no anger at his boss over the Flynn episode.  He obviously knew he was lying to the American People when he said Flynn had no discussions bout sanctions.  And, he knew about the warning Sally Yates gave the White House shortly after he went on TV to lie.

Which begs another question.  What if anything did Pence know about the Russia Hacking and any possible collusion with the campaign?  And, when did he know it.  Are we to believe that the Vice Presidential candidate and the head of the transition team was in the dark?  I don’t think so.

Now his boss just threw him under the bus again, or at least that is what we are meant to believe.  I don’t think Pence was thrown under the bus again, he knew exactly what he was saying was a lie and didn’t care.

You know when someone who is supposed to be this wonderful, ethical guy is not if he won’t confront his boss for making him look like a liar.  You know he is not ethical when he refuses to say he was “set up” and did not intend to say anything that could be seen as a lie.

You know because an ethical person would not only confront his boss, but if he did not receive answers, including a public apology, that ethical person would resign his position.  An ethical person won’t work for a pathological liar.  But, apparently, Pence is not an ethical person.  Apparently Pence is just as much a pathological liar as his boss is.

The other thing that could be even more frightening is that Pence decided to hang around because he believes that trump will get himself impeached and he, Pence, would become president without having earned the position.  That would make Pence very dangerous to our beloved leader and the nation.

Stop shedding crocodile tears for Mike Pence.  He is just as deep in this mess as our beloved leader is.  He is just as guilty as our beloved leader is in lying to the American People.  For all of his phony behavior as being this wonderful “religious, God-fearing” man, he is just as corrupt and just as unethical as his boss.  As the sisters used to tell us in grade school, “you can go to hell for lying just like you can for stealing.”

Remember, he was the Governor of Indiana who signed their version of “We Hate Gays So You Can Discriminate Against Them” bill.  I don’t consider that being very “religious” or “God-fearing”.  That is pure hate towards people different from you.  Not Christian at all!

And, the shirts keep marching along.




Day 181. 

Am I the only one who sees this mess for what it is?  I watch what is going on with this administration and how Republicans are handling themselves, and I keep believing I am watching a reel of Looney Tunes cartoons.  The plots are so similar, that it cannot be overlooked.

Republicans are still trying to tell us how great their Americans Without Health Care Act is.  The brave ones, and there are few of them, even go through town hall meetings and really don’t listen to what their own constituents are telling them.  They simply stand there and repeat the party line.  The problem is that they don’t even listen to what they are saying.

They keep saying that it is okay to charge people with pre-existing conditions twice or three times as much for health care as long as “healthy” people pay less.  One bozo even said “I had my staff talk to an insurance company who is planning to raise premiums 53 percent next year under the ACA.  They told my staff that if the AHCA passes, they will reduce premiums by 10 percent”.  Think about that statement for just one minute.

This clown is trying to tell you that you will see a 10 percent DECREASE in your premiums if the AHCA becomes law.  Simple logic tells us that you can only decrease premiums if you decrease coverage.  That means that if the AHCA becomes law, you will see a decrease in premiums if you accept less coverage for your money.

Republicans are acting more like Wiley Coyote making his plans to catch the road runner.  Problem is, he never catches the road runner and usually winds up the victim of his own plans by having a boulder fall on him instead of the road runner.  Their so-called health care plan is so full of holes that it couldn’t hold water if the water was first placed in plastic bags.  The only real problem is that the bolder is about to land on Americans this time.

Then we have our beloved leader.  He reminds me too much of Elmer Fudd “huntin wabbits”.  This version of Elmer Fudd keeps looking down holes in the ground thinking he will find a wabbit to catch and put on display.  That is his idea of how to extricate himself from his horrible decisions, and his lies, and his connections with an enemy of our country.

If you keep chasing wabbits, and get the media to look down the holes with you, they won’t see what is really going on.  That became really apparent with the Comey firing.  The explanations that he has put forth for the reason for the firing are even worse than the Republicans plan to catch the road runner.

This version of Elmer Fudd has no idea of how to catch a wabbit than the original did.  He keeps plodding along throwing accusations around like candy at a children’s party and hoping one will actually stick.

From all reports, including one that had over 30 informants from the governmens say openly that Comey was fired because he was getting too close on the Russia investigation.  The reports say that Comey was fired simply because trump was furious that Comey would not defend the president and shield beloved leader from the investigation.

The hunting party that trump has surrounded himself with couldn’t give one complete reason for the firing.  I counted at least five different versions of why Comey was fired.  The firing was handled so ineptly, even his propaganda minister, Sean Spicer, had to huddle with his staff behind bushes to figure out what happened.  Then he held a brief “news conference” that wasn’t a news conference on the lawn to explain why Comey was fired.

He held his news conference in the dark without any cameras rolling because he didn’t want his boss see him on television.  The next morning, he was contradicted more than once by others in the administration.

I believe we finally heard the exact reason why Comey was fired.  That came from Foghorn Leghorn, Kellyanne Conway, who clearly stated that “the president expects people in his administration to be loyal to him”.  That sums up all of the bullshit that the administration has been pumping out.  Comey was fired because trump was furious that in trump’s warped mind, Comey was not being loyal to trump.  That is the only reason he was fired.

Finally we have Elmer Fudd meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister and with the very ambassador who is behind the Russian investigation in the Oval Office yesterday.  That in itself wasn’t something that bothered me.  However, when trump banned U.S. Journalists from the meeting but let Russian journalists in is something that is troublesome.

The only photos of the meeting are provided by TASS.  If you are not old enough to understand, TASS was the official news propaganda machine for the Old Soviet Union.  They were allowed into the meeting and our journalists were not.  What is wrong with that picture?  You can bet your ass that if the meeting was held in the Kremlin, there is no way trump’s hero Putin would allow American press into the meeting and not his own press.

Additionally, the Foreign Minister actually made a joke over the Comey firing.  When asked about it he said “He was fired?” then smiled as he and our empty suit Secretary of State walked away.  The photos also showed that the three of them, two Russians and trump were having a great time back slapping and laughing.  We can only guess what they were so happy about.

But, Elmer Fudd did it again.  He got the news media to look down another empty hole in the ground looking for that damn wabbit, and they fell for it, again.

We are going to be asked to look down more empty holes in an attempt to get Elmer Fudd to catch that waskily wabbit.  The next will be his commission he wants to name to look into the phantom “massive voter fraud” problem in our country, which doesn’t exist.

If we are going to have to watch old Looney Tunes cartoons with this administration, what we need is someone in the media and someone in Congress at least as smart as Bugs Bunny to foil Elmer’s attempts to catch him and shine the light on Elmer’s goofyness.

The biggest problem with having to watch this new version of Looney Tunes is that it isn’t funny.  It is downright scary and dangerous.

And, the shirts keep marching along.

Day 180. 

Everyone who has followed me knows that I have not been a cheerleader for James Comey.  His actions during the campaign were not proper.  He overstepped his role and basically interfered with the election especially with his October 28 letter.  He has also shown what I consider deplorable behavior many times since and before that infamous letter.

I am not really shedding any tears because he was fired.  I am very concerned over the process and the timing of this firing.  As they say, timing is everything.  And the timing of this firing is very suspicious.  And the reason for his firing is also very suspicious.  And, that is the problem facing us today.

It is said that the fifth step in establishing an authoritarian government is to control the national police.  The FBI is our national police, and now trump fired the person who was leading the investigation into his campaign’s activities and possible collusion with Russia in hacking the election.  Which means he will name the new Director of the FBI and it is anyone’s guess who that may be.

Let’s look at a few things that make this ring so suspicious.  First, Jeff Sessions during his confirmation hearing said that he was recusing himself from anything to do with the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Later he said that he was recusing himself from anything to do with the Russia investigation as well.

James Comey announced to the House Intelligence Committee holding hearings on the Russia Hacking that the FBI began a counter intelligence investigation into the trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia back in July of last year.

Two days ago, Sally Yates in an open hearing in the Senate gave her version of what she said to the White House counsel about Mike Flynn being compromised and that the administration should take action.  Action that took another 18 days.

Yesterday, it was announced that Federal Prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year’s election.

Later in the day, trump fired Comey.  As an excuse for firing Comey, trump showed us a memo from Rob Rosenstein talking about the horrible way Comey handled the Clinton Investigation.  I find that totally ridiculous.  You have to remember, it was trump who was applauding Comey for his handling of that investigation during the campaign.  He even called Comey “very brave” for sending the letter on Oct. 28.

Then in the letter he sent to Comey telling him he was being fired “even though you told me three times that I am not being investigated”.  Why the hell would he put that statement in a firing letter?  Is he trying to blow more smoke into the Russia investigation?  It also said that he was being fired according to the recommendation of the Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Which brings us to another “conflict” in the whole process.  Jeff Sessions was supposed to have recused himself from both the Clinton investigation and the Russia investigation.  So, how is he making a recommendation to fire the very man who heads up both investigations?  Especially when it was the Clinton investigation that was supposedly the reason for Comey’s firing.

A lot of people are trying to compare this firing to the Watergate Scandal.  I am holding off on that comparison, for now.  It will depend on who trump names to replace Comey.  It will also depend on what effect this firing will have on the FBI’s ongoing Russian investigation.

The trump administration has been trying to claim the Russia Investigation is a hoax.  They tried very hard yesterday to slander Sally Yates for being political in her assessment of Mike Flynn.  In a very bizarre statement Spicer said they didn’t do anything about Flynn for over a week because it was “reported that Sally Yates was a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton”.  Say What?

According to Yates, she told the White House Counsel that he could see all of the classified material the DOJ had about Flynn showing he was compromised.  Yeah that is rally being “political”.  It took another two weeks before anything was done about Flynn and only after it was released in the press that the White House had been warned by Yates.

Spicer also said that Yates’ refusal to fight for the first Muslim Ban was proof that she was a political opponent.  Only, she made that decision three days after she first told the White House about Flynn.  Which means that this administration has decided that anyone who works in the government who was appointed by the Obama administration is not trustworthy.  They are very willing to slander a 37 year career professional who has served the government under several administrations, both Republican and Democrat.

Since they obviously considered Yates a political opponent, was she really fired because of the first Muslim Ban?  Or, was she fired because she had the temerity to tell the White House that one of their own was possibly compromised by the Russians?  I don’t know the true reason, but I do know the Muslim Ban thing gave them cover to fire her.

You have to look at both reasons for her firing in light of the Comey firing.  Comey went from a hero of trump’s to being fired over something that happened almost a year ago.  And, also as the FBI investigation seems to be getting closer to the White House.

To show just how “brave” this decision was, the letter firing Comey was hand delivered to the FBI building by trump’s bodyguard.  And, Comey was in Los Angeles speaking to FBI employees at the time.  He learned about his firing on television.  Our cowardly beloved leader didn’t even have the guts to tell Comey to his face that he was firing him.  As usual, he hid in the shadows.  The man is a total coward!

If this was the only firing concerning someone involved with the Russia investigation, we could give trump a break here.  But, it would appear that everyone involved in the investigation who says anything negative about trump or his cronies, seems to come to a sticky end of their career.  That should raise red flags across the country.

But, this isn’t the only example of trump and his administration trying to control the press and the citizens using law enforcement.  We have the case of a woman who was convicted of a “crime” because she laughed out loud at the confirmation hearing of Jeff Sessions.  She was convicted of “disturbing a Senate hearing”.  She laughed when Sessions tried to tell the hearing about his wonderful civil rights record.

Then yesterday, a journalist was arrested in West Virginia for yelling questions to Tom Price and Kellyanne Conway about pre-existing conditions in the Americans Without Health Care act.  Apparently, that was too much for Price and the man was arrested.  In the complaint it was said that Heyman “was aggressively breaching” Secret Service protection for Price and Conway and “was causing a disturbance by yelling questions at Ms. Conway and Secretary Price.”

The arrest took place in a public space in the capital building.  And, Valerie Woody, who was on the scene with the West Virginia Citizen Action Group, said Heyman was simply trying to get Price’s attention as his entourage moved quickly through the capital building.

“I saw nothing in his behavior, I heard nothing that indicated any kind of aggressive behavior or anything like that.  Just simple, you know, trying to get somebody’s attention and ask them a question. It seems to me there was no violation of anyone’s space, or physicality, other than the arrest itself.”

These are all signs of an attempt to control the narrative through intimidation.  That is not the behavior of a president administration, it is the behavior of a strongman.

We need to have a reasonable explanation for just why trump decided to fire Comey when he did.  If he really believed that Comey should have been fired over the Clinton scandal, then Comey should have been fired months ago.  But, the timing says he wasn’t really fired over the Clinton investigation.  That was simply a ruse to hide behind.  It would appear that Comey was getting too close to trump’s White House in his investigation over the Russia hacking.

I really believe that Mr. Incompetent thought that he could change the narrative and get Democrats on his side by firing Comey and putting a damper on the Russia investigation.  The problem is that he has now placed a huge spotlight on the investigation and simply made it much easier for people to ask more questions about his and his administrations behavior about the investigation.

You have to know that you screwed up when the Nixon Library trolls you by saying “even Nixon didn’t fire the FBI Director”.  As I said at the time, Comey screwed up in his handling of the Clinton investigation.  I even thought he should seriously consider resigning.  But he did not resign, and the Obama administration did not consider firing him over the problem.  They realized that the FBI is supposed to be free from political influence.

If we are to have a real “checks and balance” in our government we need an independent FBI to investigate problems and potential crimes regardless of who is in the White House.  This firing tells me that trump does not believe that premise of an open and free democracy.  He believes that if someone is “not on my team” and dares to investigate my team he needs to be fired.

The firing of Comey is a double-edged sword.  On one hand, he probably did need to be fired.  Yet, under the circumstances and the so-called “reason” he was fired is problematic.  Especially when you consider the Russia investigation.

From my chair, I think this was a complete political move on the part of trump.  I also believe that it was a blatant attempt to try to make the investigation go away.  And, that is the problem.  I am sure I am not the only one who believes that either.

This situation needs to be looked at very critically.  It is not a Democrat or Republican thing.  It is not a left or right thing.  It is about the true balance of power and checks and balances in our government.  In other words, it is about the very fabric of our democracy.  It is also a sign just how fragile our way of government is.  If we do not remain vigilant, we can easily lose our democracy to a totalitarian government.

Only once in the history of the FBI was the director fired.  That was during Bill Clinton’s administration.  The difference was that the fired director was guilty of corruption and misuse of government funds.  He was caught using the government jet for personal reasons, and used government money to build a fence around his house.  There is a real cloud of suspicion surrounding the firing of the second director.

The final question in all of this is just who would be willing to accept the position of FBI Director after all of this?  Would anyone who is a true professional law enforcement person and non-political really want to take on the job knowing if the investigation gets closer to trump and his team he would probably also be fired?  Or, is trump going to appoint another “yes” man who will do everything to quash the investigation?

Only time will tell on that question.  But, I am not holding my breath about which he will pick.  Especially since Jeff Sessions will be the one making the recommendation.  I fear this is going to get worse before it gets better.  If the shit hits the fan, trump will have no one to blame but himself.

And, the shirts keep marching along.


Day 179. 

Yesterday Sally Yates and Retired Gen. Clapper, the former head of the DIA testified before Congress.  After it was all over, beloved leader blasted it as “old news”.   But, it wasn’t all old news.  It showed the American People just how little the Republican side of the aisle knows about laws they supported and passed.  It also showed that Republicans have no clue what it takes to get a security clearance, or who is responsible for issuing such clearances.  And, this from a sub-committee on the Senate Intelligence Committee which handles classified material.  To someone who lived in the classified world, that is kind of scary.

We also learned for sure, even though we did know from press reports, that what the trump administration has been saying about the Flynn firing is all lies.  They kept saying that he “was a good guy and the victim of a witch-hunt but let him go because he lied to the Vice President”.  We now for sure that they knew about Flynn lying to the Vice President but kept him in his position for 18 days after they learned that information.

So, what did the Republican side of the questioners want to know?  Who leaked the information to the press.  Not if that information was accurate, but who leaked it.  They also wanted to know why Sally Yates would not defend the Muslim Ban and accused her of taking the law into her own hands.  At times, they even lost track of which version of the travel ban they were talking about.  Ted Cruz acting like a rabid dog holding on to a bone asked about emails which has no bearing on this hearing.  Then he tried to pin down Sally Yates about her decision to not defend the ban, but she held her own and from my chair, put him in his place for not knowing as much about Constitutional Law as he tries to make us believe.

Even when she was hit with that infamous quote from the USC about the president’s authority to ban immigrants, she was able to quote another section that places limits on what the president is able to do when banning immigrants.  Like placing religious tests on the process as unconstitutional.  She was also able to put them down by saying that “you and others asked me if I would stand up to the President if I believed a law was illegal or unconstitutional during my hearing.  I said I would, and I did.”  As you can see, they meant only to “stand up” to a democratic president.  Not their president.

But the biggest lack of knowledge came over the security clearance issue and the so-called “unmasking” process in FISA warrants.  I find the FISA warrant thing troubling because it was people like Lindsey Graham who approved the bill, passed and sent to Bush for his signature to put into law.  How can he not know what unmasking is and who has authority to ask for a name to be unmasked?

The problem of these people to understand the security clearance issuing process is also troubling.  As usual, beloved leader tried to place the blame for Flynn on the Obama administration for Flynn’s security clearance.  Which proves they don’t even know what the process is either.  Which tells me they didn’t vet Flynn properly for his position as National Security Advisor.

Let me explain a little.  When a person is to fill a position that requires a Security clearance, there is a process they must go through depending upon which level of clearance they need.  The process must rely on information that is provided by the applicant.  If the applicant lies or leaves off information, it is possible that the investigators will not find that information out.

Additionally, just because you have appropriate clearances, does not mean you have total access to all material that is in that classification.  For example, if you have a Secret Clearance, you are not granted free access to all material marked secret.  You must still have a “need to know” the information.

As the level of clearance goes up, the process gets more invasive.  Even a full background check is required for some clearances.  However, it is not the administration that grants clearances.  It is professionals who do the work, and in the case of background checks, it is the FBI.  Once the checks are completed it is the responsibility of the agency’s professionals to grant or deny clearances.

Then you have the process for someone who accepts positions at the highest levels of the government, like Flynn did.  It is up to that administration to start the process for an even higher clearance level.  As Gen. Clapper said yesterday, that is one of the most invasive processes around.  When dealing with clearances that require specific information, you cannot simply say, “well he already has a clearance so we don’t need to do it again”.  But, that is what trump and his administration is trying to do.  They are trying to lay blame for their own incompetence about Flynn on someone else.

I am not going to get into the “unmasking” thing because I am not fully aware of the entire process, and I am not going to try to pretend like Republicans on the panel.  However, I do know that “unmasking” is not something that is easy to do.  For example, to my knowledge, you cannot simply say “I want to “unmask” everyone who works for a campaign”.   Each request must be made one by one and there better be a good reason or the agency will refuse to unmask.

In one aspect, beloved leader is correct.  Yesterday’s testimony was pretty much old news.  But, there are still a lot of questions that beloved leader must answer and refuses to even acknowledge exists.  The biggest one is why after Sally Yates told the White House Counsel that the DOJ believed that Flynn had been compromised and possibly subject to blackmail by the Russians did it take beloved leader 18 days to fire him?

Since we now for know for certain that trump and his administration knew this fact, why was he allowed to remain in his position and continue to sit in on highly classified briefings?  Why didn’t the administration at least place him in a bubble until they could redo his clearance status?

A cynical interpretation of this lack of doing anything would be that trump knew ahead of time and didn’t care about the problem.  He didn’t care if Flynn lied to the Vice President, and maybe trump even knew he did at the time.  Maybe Pence also knew that Flynn lied and still lied to the American People.  Which would also mean that Flynn did not lie to the Vice President, they all knew the truth all along.

If that is true, then trump must have ordered Flynn to have his discussions with the Russian Ambassador and tell them not to worry about the new sanctions that President Obama placed on them for the hacking scandal.  But, why would trump do that if he and his campaign team were not cooperating with the Russians in their hacking?

Beloved leader also is claiming that Clapper said there was no evidence of “collusion”.  But that is not what was said.  He said that he was unaware of any evidence.  But, he also said he was unaware that Flynn was under a counter espionage investigation by the FBI as well.

After this hearing, there is far more evidence that this investigation should go further and start to subpena people to testify.  We need to hear from people like Flynn without immunity.  We should also hear from the White House Counsel to find out just what he told trump personally about what he was informed about Flynn, and when he told trump.

Unfortunately, a lot of information that is put forth in these investigations we will never hear about.  They will undoubtedly hold secure hearings because a lot of the information is classified.  But, even still, questions have just gotten longer and need to be asked.

I do applaud Graham for his attempt to be bi-partisan in his hearing yesterday.  I was concerned about his lack of knowledge over the FISA warrants and the so-called “unmasking”, but I will give him a pass on that because it is hard to keep up with everything.

On the other hand, people like Cruz and Grassley were totally out of line because they did not ask a single question about the issue at hand.  They tried to play politics with the security of our country instead of trying to find out what happened in this issue.  Then there was that wonderfully stupid Senator from Louisiana, whose name I cannot remember, who asked if “either of you ever leaked unclassified information to the press”?

I will be as clear about this as possible.  It is impossible to “leak” unclassified information because it is unclassified and open to the public.  Anyone, especially through the Freedom of Information Act, can request to see any unclassified information.  Maybe this particular Senator should learn what his clearance really means and what classified information is all about.  Obviously, he doesn’t know anything about a topic he should know all about.

Something else you should know.  At one point it was asked if someone who violates the classified information thing, if the punishment would be “administrative” and not criminal.  The question was never really answered because the questioner cut them off.  The answer is possibly yes!

It depends upon the information in question, and it depends on how and what motives were involved.  People who handle classified information are just that, people.  Mistakes do happen and not everyone who makes a mistake goes to jail.  That is reserved for those who are deliberately trying to hand over this information to our enemies.

Yesterday we saw two professionals sit in front of a Congressional Hearing and simply gave an answer every question put to them.  They did not use any hyperbole to make their point, they simply gave facts to the panel based on the information they knew.  They were total professionals who did not display any partisanship in their testimony.  They were the type of witnesses we needed to hear from about what they knew and who they told.

I also understand the problems with “leaks”.  However, if the Republicans are really interested in finding out who is doing the leaking, they should hold a separate investigations into that matter.  This investigation is supposed to be about the Russian hacking and who know about it, and who, if anyone, helped them do it.  This investigation is supposed to be about a foreign government actively trying to subvert our elections and sway the outcome to one side or the other.

That is an open attack on our voting process and a direct attack on our country and our democracy.  That is the important issue here.  And, that is what should be investigated by everyone involved.

Beloved leader still has a lot of questions he needs to answer.  He is the one under the microscope because it was his campaign team that has led us to this point.  But as the coward he is, he is hiding behind insulting tweets and trying to deflect blame away from himself.  We are often told how “loyal” he is to his supporters, but he is showing just the opposite.

Why doesn’t beloved leader hold a press conference and answer all questions from the press so we can hear his side of the story?  What is he hiding?  Did he order Flynn to make those phone calls?  Did he know from the start that Pence was lying to the American People?  What did he know and when did he know it?

But, like all cowards, he will hide behind his tweets and let his lackies take the heat for his problems.  That is what we really learned yesterday.

And, the shirts keep marching along.


Day 178. 

This administration is very good at exercising conflict of interest in order to line their own pockets.  We have seen instances of one advisor advertising Ivanka’s products on air.  And, we have seen a U.S. department advertising for Mar A Lago on its website.

However, Jared Kushner and his family have gone even further.  They are actively “selling visas” in China in order to get more money for their projects and line their own pockets.  There is something called the EB-5 visa program.  This program awards foreign investors the right to live in the United States for two years and a path to permanent residency, in exchange for investments of at least $500,000 in American development projects.

This program was instituted in order to finance projects in economically troubled neighborhoods.  It has instead turned into a form of cheap financing for luxury real estate developers.  Applicants are primarily seeking the visa, so they do not seek a significant return on their investment.

The United States Government Accountability Office, the investigative branch of Congress, has criticized the visa program for its lax safeguards against illicit sources of money.  It is informally known as the “Visas For Sale Program”.

The Kushner family has used this program in the past as well.  They raised about $50 million from Chinese investors in EB-5 funding for another project in Jersey City, a Trump-branded luxury apartment tower that opened in late 2016.

Now the company is at it again in China.  They held one “investor program” in Beijing, and one in Shanghai.  In both instances, there was a very clear mention of the EB-5 Visa program to lure in more investors.  The Kushner company claimed is was just an investor program and not political.

But, to Bi Ting, who attended the event, part of the appeal was political: Jared Kushner is the son-in-law of — and a powerful adviser to — President Trump. Virtually unheard-of in China just months ago, he is now known here as a deeply influential figure in American politics.

When they held the event in Beijing, reporters for the Washington Post and the New York Times were escorted out of the gathering.  In Shanghai, the press was kept out of the event and kept in an elevator lobby.  I guess the Kushners didn’t want the press to know what they were up to.

Still, leaks come out anyway.  Some who attended described an investor pitch similar to the one in Beijing, and Mr. Trump’s political power was palpable at the Shanghai event even if his name went unsaid. As on Saturday in Beijing, one slide presented to the Shanghai audience on Sunday showed a photograph of Mr. Trump when describing who will decide the future of the visa program for foreign investors, according to a snapshot taken by an audience member.

As you can see, this is not something that is totally unusual.  And, you will also note that Jared Kushner claims to have stepped away from the day-to-day control of the family’s businesses.  But, it still gives off a very dark optic at the very least.

While Kushner’s star keeps rising in the administration, his family is trying to sell visas to rich Chinese who want to come to the U.S. anyway.  This is also at a time when Kushner’s father-in-law is supposedly trying to close our borders to immigrants.

With all of the screaming about Latino immigration, what you are not hearing is that about three-quarters of the 10,000 investor visas were issued to Chinese.  So, it shows that if you have money to invest in this country, you can purchase your visa along with your investment.

If you are a family like the trumps or the Kushners, you simply need to go to China and sell U.S. visas in order to get money to build your projects.  If you are president, or a very powerful advisor to the president, it is much easier to get your money by selling visas.  And, then you claim that you aren’t personally involved in the day-to-day operations of the company.

That way you can claim, falsely in my opinion, that you are not involved in a conflict of interest.  Even though you are still receiving huge profits from the company into your personal pockets.  How convenient.

Of course Jared is not the only Kushner doing business with China from the White House.  His wife Ivanka has also done deals with China from the White House.  She was miraculously granted a shit-load of branding trade marks in China the very day she sat next to the Chinese President at dinner at Mar A Lago.

Jared’s power in the West Wing is growing each day.  One of the things that he is supposedly responsible for is matters dealing with China.  How convenient.  I wonder, if the fact that his daddy-in-law refused to name China a “currency manipulator” as he promised relentlessly on the campaign trail was really the result of Jared’s instance.  Especially in light of these “investor events” selling visas to Chinese for money to finance Kushner projects.

If anyone is wondering why there is a big hoopla over the conflicts of interest this administration has, this is a good example of why that hoopla is necessary.  How is it possible for us to believe that any decisions on China is in the best interest of the nation and not in the best interest of Kushner businesses?  Or, trump’s businesses for that matter.

These types of actions are becoming all too common for the president’s family and other members of his administration.  The head of the HHS has been shown to be guilty of insider trading when he was a Congressman.  No, he wasn’t convicted in court, but he was convicted in the court of public opinion.  Buying stock and then passing laws to benefit the company you just bought stock in is considered insider trading by any definition.

We are not even at the four-month mark of this administration.  And, yet, we seem to be saddled with the most corrupt administration in my living memory.  Yet, no one really seems to care and that is the real problem.

Beloved leader will tell you that he cannot be accused of conflict of interest because he is president.  The Republicans will tell you that people like the Kushners are just using they system and “doing nothing illegal”.  The Kushners will tell you that they are not doing anything that other businesses aren’t doing.

In technical terms they are all correct.  But, in the reality of politics and proper ethics, they are all wrong.  When I was teaching at a Community College in Security Management, I told my students that “integrity is all we have to ensure we do our jobs properly.  If we lose our integrity, we lose our ability to do our jobs correctly”.

The same can be said for politicians, especially the president.  If the president has no integrity, how can the American People trust him to make any decisions that are in their best interests.  How can we believe him if he says we need to attack another country because they have nuclear weapons?  How can we believe him when he says “believe me”?

The answer to all of those questions is that we cannot believe him.  We cannot believe that decisions are made in our interests and not his own financial interests.  We cannot believe him when he says he “cares about us” and wants to make our lives better.  Especially when his actions, and those of his administration, have been to use the office of the president to line their own pockets at our loss.

Beloved leader proved one of his statements correct.  He said “I am probably the only person who can run for president and make money off of the campaign”.  His companies raked in money from his own campaign, so he was right in that aspect.  Now, he is proving that he can also make lots of money off of being president.  And, he doesn’t care if you know it or not.  All that matter to this maniac is his bottom line, not your bottom line.

That is why we see things like the Americans Without Health Care Act pass the House with his blessings.  That is why we see agencies like the EPA being gutted both financially and personal matters so polluters can pollute our water, air and land even more than they already do.  That is why we see his draconian budget that tears apart every program that is intended to make your lives better.

As you can see, conflict of interest comes in many forms.  This administration is openly and blatantly using the office of the president to line their own pockets.  And, like all of the Goldman Sachs former employees who head up our all of finance agencies after causing the economic meltdown 11 years ago, no one will be held accountable.

Ethics and Integrity.  Two essential items necessary to properly govern a country are sorely lacking in this administration.  As a result, they keep getting richer and we keep getting poorer.

And, the shirts keep marching along.

Day 176. 

Who would have thought that screwing the American People would be such a wonderful thing to celebrate.  But, that is exactly what our Republican Politburo from the House of Representatives did yesterday.  They all hopped on a bus, went down to the White House to celebrate the possibility of kicking millions of people off of health insurance.

You may ask why the were celebrating so much, and that is a great question.  Maybe it is because they don’t care about you.  Maybe they don’t care if are healthy or not.  Maybe they only care about giving billions of dollars in tax cuts for the rich.

Unfortunately, I have a different theory.  I will give that in a bit.  Now, remember, this bill must still pass the Senate, and they don’t seem to be too happy about the bill as it is written.  But, that doesn’t mean that they are in any hurry to make it better for the people, but better for the wealthy instead.  We will have to wait and see what comes out of their Chamber.

Then you have our idiot-in-chief give the Democrats the best quote that any president could give the opposition.  He really put his foot in his mouth and didn’t even realize what he did.  While sitting next to the Prime Minister of Australia beloved leader went off about just how “great” the Americans Without Health Care Act was going to be.  Then he gave us that great quote.  “You have a better health care system in your country than we have”.  YEAH!  Someone finally said what we all know.  Universal Health Care is the way to go and trump in his own stupidity just told the country that is a fact.

Since the Republican Politburo won’t agree with their beloved leader’s quote, here is my theory why such a horrible bill just passed the House of Representatives.  And, I warn you, it is very harsh.  The Republicans in the House of Representatives are trying to unleash a new version of eugenics on our country.

Eugenics is the theory that you can make a country better, and the human race better for that matter, by selective breeding.  Only, as the Nazis showed us, you can also practice eugenics by purging society of those undesirables.  You know people with mental health problems.  People with disabilities.  And the old and sick people you don’t want hanging around.

If that is your goal, then this bill is right up your alley.  This is the way to go.  Forget all of the phony promises that the Republicans claim, this bill is a simple form of eugenics.  Here are things in the bill that make me think this is the case.

Medicaid will see a $880 Billion cut.  The false narrative from Republicans is that Medicaid is something that is a “give away” to lazy poor people who don’t want to get a job.  The reality is that two-thirds of people on Medicaid are people with disabilities and the old sick people.  For example, if you have a parent or grandparent in a nursing home right now that uses federal funding to help their patients, that money comes from Medicaid.

If that money is cut off because of these cuts, what happens to all of those old people who need the nursing home care?  Will nursing homes be forced to close down due to lack of funds?  Will these old people be thrown out on the streets?

The Medicaid cuts will also affect Special Education in our schools.  Many children with conditions like autism may lose the funding they need to get the special education they need to become self-sufficient citizens.

Then we have the pre-existing condition problem.  Not only are Republicans willing to allow states to “opt out” of the pre-existing condition protections in the ACA, they are willing to let those premiums explode.  Yes, they have money in the bill to help defer some of those exploding premiums, but the money is not nearly enough.  And, who says that Republican controlled states, the ones most likely to “opt out” will even try to use the money for what it is intended?

The bill allows insurance companies to charge elderly people up to five times more for a young healthy person with the same coverage.  That means people between 50 and 64 will be at risk of being priced out of the market.  And since being old is not part of even the Republican definition of pre-existing conditions, they will get virtually no help.  Yes, they will get tax credits to help pay for their insurance, but their credits will be far less than the subsidies they now get. So, they will also be priced out of the market.

The definition of pre-existing conditions are going to explode as well.  If a woman gets pregnant, that will be a pre-existing condition in the future.  If a woman needs a C-Section to deliver her baby that will be another pre-existing condition.  The simple fact that she is a woman will be considered as a pre-existing condition, just like before the ACA.

If a child is born with a disease or needs surgery like heart surgery or other surgery to keep the child alive and given a chance to live properly, that will be a pre-existing condition making it very hard to get insurance when grown up.  Other conditions like Autism, Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, or even be prematurely born babies will all become pre-existing conditions.

Then we have the bill allowing insurance companies to place life-time caps on how much they are willing to pay out for health care.  That means you can lose your health care just because you become too expensive for the for-profit insurance company.  Meaning, just like before the ACA, you could lose your health care insurance in the middle of treatment for things like cancer.

Here are some estimates of new premiums if you have pre-existing conditions.  These estimates are additional to what you may already be paying.  If you have had or have certain forms of cancer, your premiums will go up over $176000 per year.  If you have other forms of cancer you are looking at over $74,000 increase in premiums per year.  If you have a child with autism, you will see an increase of over $5000 dollars per year.  If you have asthma you will see an increase over $4000 per year.  Those are just a few examples I saw from various sources.

States will also be allowed to “opt out” of the essential coverages under the ACA.  Meaning you could pay just as much as you do now, and get even less coverage.  Things that most people consider as essential like maternity coverage, hospitalization, ambulance service, and more could be dropped from your insurance coverage and then force you to pay extra for the coverage.

You will probably get a real cheap insurance premium, but it won’t cover anything, especially things like preventive medicine so you don’t get sick in the first place.  What good will that coverage be?  It won’t be any good for you but it will be good for the insurance company because they will be making money off of you without having to pay anything out.  You will become all profit to them, and they love that idea.

The odd thing is that doctor associations, hospital associations, the March of Dimes, the AARP, nursing associations and just about every health care professionals are all against this bill.  Yet it passed the Republican Politburo known as the House of Representatives.

Everything in this bill will make it harder for poor people, working class poor people, low-income people, disabled, and the elderly, to get insurance.  It will even affect many middle-class people, especially if they have children with some disease they need treatment to stay healthy.

So, you have to ask why Republicans in the House are so excited and so happy that they passed this piece of shit bill?  Looking at the groups in our society that is going to be hardest hit if this gets through the Senate, the only answer is that they are trying to cull the surplus population and practice a horrible form of eugenics.

Even our idiot-in-chief knows and said that universal health care like that in Australia is far better than our system.  The free market cannot sustain health care for all because that will limit the profits necessary to keep them operating.  I guess that is why we are the only developed country in the world trying to follow that failed system.

But, if you don’t care if your citizens have affordable health care, then it really doesn’t matter.  If you don’t care if your sick, disabled, poor, and old, simply die away, then it really doesn’t matter.

The original scoring of this bill said that 24 million people would be kicked off their health insurance.  The provisions that these Republican bastards added to appease the Freedom Without Poor People caucus made it even worse.  So, it is my guess that number of 24 million is going to go way up.

The new people without health care may not have been “kicked off” their insurance, the will simply be priced out of the market.  Obviously in order to have a perfect gene pool, we need to get rid of those people anyway.

My cynical mind says that is why the House of Representative Republicans are celebrating so much over this so-called bill.  No matter how you look at it, the only winners in this bill are those making over $250,000 per year who will receive a massive tax cut.  And, the insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies who will also get a massive tax cut.

We have reached the point in our society when people have to wake up and realize that these monsters they elected to office are only there to screw the very people who voted for them.  It is definitely time to “Repeal and Replace” all of the Republicans in Congress.

And, the shirts keep marching along.

Day 175. 

Beloved leader and his Republican Politburo have given their supporters exactly what they expected.  They are screwing them, as well as millions of other people.  These wonderful people have just held up their middle finger to the very people that put them in office.

The only question remaining is how long will these supporters of trump and the Republicans take it?  They seem to be oblivious to the very fact that they are the ones most in the cross-hairs of Republican and trump attacks.  Maybe it is because you don’t  hear about them very much on national media.  There are way too many things to cover and it is hard to keep track.

The three stage whammy includes the Americans Without Health Care Act which is supposed to be voted on today in the House.  The overtime rules in place to protect workers.  And the retirement rules intended to help people without retirement plans through work get one any way.

The retirement rules were overturned yesterday by the Senate and on its way to beloved leaders desk for signature.  Only two Republicans voted against the bill.  But, with Sen. Durbin out because of medical reasons, the vote came out to 50 to 49.

Here is what this rule was.  In October 2016, President Obama established the rule that would exempt the state-created plans from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, a law that outlines rules for workplace savings.  The full intent of the rule was to encourage states to create retirement plans for private-sector workers who do not have access to an employer-based retirement plan.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that the Obama rule would give “government-run retirement plans with a competitive advantage over private sector workplace plans”.  Obviously, anything that helps people is something that cannot be accepted by Republicans.  Beloved leader has indicated he agrees and will sign the bill.

The AARP also sent a letter to senators this week urging them to keep the Obama-era rule, noting that tens of millions of Americans don’t have access to a work-place savings account.

“AARP urges the Senate to allow state flexibility to support more private retirement savings opportunities, and to vote no on H.J. Res. 66,” the group wrote.

Finance officials with roughly two dozen states also sent a letter earlier this week warning that without access to a savings account workers could retire in poverty.

“States are pursuing a multitude of solutions to address this growing retirement savings crisis,” they wrote. ” We insist that states be allowed to maintain their constitutional rights to implement such legislation.”

All of those letters fell on the usual Republican deaf ears.  They don’t care about the people.  It is just that simple.  So, if you were looking to get a retirement plan set up by your state so you don’t retire in poverty, the Republican Congress just told you to forget about it!

Then we have the case of the House passing a bill that would kill the overtime rules.  As it stands now, if you are eligible for overtime, you are paid time and a half for any hours worked over 40 hours per week.  But, Republicans think that is way too generous for those little bastards who actually work for a living.

They believe that if you work for a living and have to work overtime, you are simply ripping off your employer, who is making you work overtime.  So, instead of paying you time and a half for your labor, Republicans want to change the rules to make it possible for employers to offer you “comp time” instead.

If you are unfamiliar with “comp time” let me explain it.  Comp time is paid time off on a day you are normally scheduled to work.  The new rule that Republicans want to pass into law, will let companies say you don’t get overtime anymore, but we will give you time off with pay.

If you want or need a day off, you will be able to ask for your comp time and get paid for your day off.  But, there is a catch, as there always is when Republicans are involved.  Let us say you make $10 per hour.  You work 48 hours in one week.  If you received overtime pay, you would receive $15 per hour for those 8 hours.  Meaning you would earn and additional $120 for that week.

On the other hand, if you had comp time, you might get your day off with $80 in pay.  Meaning the company pockets $40 worth of your labor.  If a large company has 100 people working merely 8 hours of overtime per week each, you can see just how much a company could “save” by offering you comp time instead of overtime pay.

There is another catch to the “comp time” thing.  You might not get the actual day off you requested.  There is a little catch phrase called “if workload permits”.  Which means that if the company says they are in a critical stage and they cannot allow you to have a specific day off, there isn’t anything you can do about it.

Let us say that you intend to take your child to opening day of the baseball season.  You request the day off based on your comp time.  The company can say that you cannot have that day off for a variety of reasons.  You have no recourse and either miss the day with your child or call out sick and don’t get paid.

Don’t you think it would be better to get the money for overtime, save it up and just take a day off without pay?  If you did that, you would have saved much of the cost of taking your child to the game in the first place.  But, Republicans think that is too much of a burden on your employer.  And, trump agrees with full intentions to sign the bill if it gets past the Senate.

Finally, we have the Americans Without Health Care Act.  Republicans and trump are desperate to get this bill passed at least through the House.  They don’t care that at least 24 million people will lose their health care coverage.

They also claim that “there are protections for pre-existing conditions”.  They are lying through their dentally repaired fake smiles.  Here is why they are lying.  According to the bill, and no we don’t even know everything that is in it, states will be able to “opt out” of the mandate for pre-existing conditions.  They simply have to show Price that they have a “High Risk Pool” that will help cover those patients.

We have seen High Risk Pools in the past, and they failed miserably.  They cost people with pre-existing conditions thousands of dollars more than other people.  It is true that so-called moderate Republicans got an additional $8 billion to help defer costs for those patients.  But, that isn’t nearly enough and millions more people will be priced out of the market just because of pre-existing conditions.

The $8 billion lets Republicans say there are protections for pre-existing conditions, but in reality, they are lying and they know it.  The bill also includes the ability of states to “opt out” of the “essential coverage” portion of the ACA.  That means states can remove things like maternity health care coverage, or make being a woman a pre-existing condition again.

Nor are there any protections that keep insurance companies from placing “life-time caps” on their spending for your health care.  Meaning if you get something like cancer, you could lose your insurance before you get healthy just because you cost too much.

The bill allows companies to offer “hospitalization” coverage and call it health care coverage.  Then they will tout how cheap it is.  But, the only time you will use such coverage is when you are so sick you have to go to the hospital.  Then, after you recover and want better coverage, you will be placed in the High Risk Pool because you now have a pre-existing condition.

Insurance companies will be able to charge older people as much as five times the amount they charge younger patients.  That means people between 50 and 64 will see their premiums explode.  The estimates from the last go-round said that someone who retires at age 62 would pay all of their Social Security check just to get health coverage until they reach 65 and go on Medicare.

Republicans also kept in the $880 billion cuts to Medicaid.  Remember, this cut does not affect the Medicaid expansion, it affects the Medicaid plan overall.  As a result, millions of low-income people will lose their Medicaid coverage and be thrown to the wolves.  This will also include some middle-class income earners as well.  But, that is okay, Republicans say if you can’t afford health insurance you don’t deserve it.

Then there is the elimination of the income-based subsidies intended to help people afford health insurance.  Instead of these subsidies, Republicans have included age-based tax credits instead.  These tax credits are far less than the current subsides, so more people will lose their health care coverage.

There is another part of this that Republicans don’t want you to know and are hiding it.  There are a few states that mandate that abortion be included in health care coverages.  If you live in one of those states, by law, you cannot claim the tax credits to help you get your health care coverage.  That is because there is a law that says federal money cannot be used to cover or perform abortions.

As a result, even more people will lose their health care because they won’t be able to use the tax credits and therefore not be able to afford health insurance.

But there is good news in the bill as well.  Rich people and health care companies will get a $1 trillion tax break.  How much better can you expect from a piece of legislation?  They are the only ones who count anyway.

You know that the Americans Without Health Care Act is a terrible bill for the people of this country.  You know that because legislation that is good for the country isn’t rushed through for a vote without anyone even knowing for sure what is in it.  Which is the case for this horrible bill.  Plus, a good piece of legislation will wait for the OMB to assess the costs of the bill.

Republicans won’t wait for that because of one of two reasons.  Either they are afraid that the people will rise up in protest again and kill their precious bill, or they are too much in a hurry to go on another recess on Friday.

Republicans have held no hearings on the bill.  They have had no testimony from the health care professionals on their take on the bill.  They received no input form health care professionals and haven’t sought any.  They have put this bill together in some dark closet on Capital Hill in secret and now want to ram it down our throats.

When the ACA was passed, Republicans said that the bill was “rushed through” and was too quick to pass.  Yet, it took 14 months to write the bill.  There were lots of open hearings on the content of the bill.  Health Care professionals were included and testified on what they liked and didn’t like.

That, said Republicans, was a “rush job”.  What the hell do you call the handling of this bill?  Pathetic is one word that comes to my mind.  Then again, why should we expect Republicans to do things according to the rules?  Hell, they only had seven years to come up with their “replacement” plan.  And this is the best they could do?

People in rural areas are gong to be hurt the most by this piece of shit bill.  Rural hospitals will have to shut down because they won’t be able to afford to stay open if this crap becomes law.  You know, the very areas that helped trump win the presidency.

In just 72 hours, our beloved leader and his Republican Politburo will tell their own constituents to go to hell with these three pieces of so-called legislation.  They will tell their own constituents that they don’t matter any more than the rest of us.  They are saying, just shut up and keep voting for us so we can keep screwing you.

What a wonderful way to govern.

And, the shirts keep marching along.