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July 21 Ugly Trump

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Trump's Parade of Lies July 19

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The Trump budget cuts Social Security, plain and simple © Getty Images The Trump administration has been attempting to spin its proposed $64 billion in cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance as somehow not cutting Social Security. Some in the media have parroted the White House line. “Trump’s Budget Slashes Spending, Leaves Social Security & Medicare Untouched,” declared a headline from Fox Business News. A CNN Money correspondent told Wolf Blitzer that Trump’s budget “doesn’t touch Social Security.”

News flash: Just because the Trump budget doesn’t cut retirement benefits doesn’t mean it leaves Social Security untouched. Social Security Disability Insurance is part of Social Security — period.

SSDI is funded by workers’ Social Security payroll tax contributions — just like retirement benefits. Qualifying disability beneficiaries must meet certain work history requirements, same as they do for retirement benefits. When SSDI recipients reach retirement age, they transition seamlessly into the Social Security retirement program. In no way is SSDI separable from Social Security.


Make no mistake: the $64 billion in SSDI cuts are very real — and would cause real pain for Americans with severe disabilities. These are people deemed by the Social Security Administration to be too disabled to work. The qualification requirements are stringent, and the cases dire. Though SSDI helps younger Americans, too, most of its beneficiaries are 55 or over — meaning any cuts to the program will hit older Americans particularly hard. In fact, on average 1 in 6 men on SSDI die within 5 years of claiming benefits. For women, the figure is 1 in 7.

The human consequences do not seem to disturb the president’s Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, as is obvious from this exchange with a reporter in the White House press room:

The human consequences do not seem to disturb the president’s Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, as is obvious from this exchange with a reporter in the White House press room:

Reporter: Will any of those individuals who receive SSDI receive less from this budget?

Mulvaney: I hope so.

Mulvaney clarified that he thought the program has been enrolling too many people and called for cuts in the number of enrollees, even though that number has been shrinking.

Here are some of the draconian budget cutting measures the Trump administrations wants to impose on SSDI recipients:

Imposing punitive work requirements

Cutting benefits by $10 billion

Offsetting overlapping unemployment & disability benefits

Forty-eight billion in cuts would come from a vague proposal to “test new approaches to increase labor force participation.” But the Social Security Administration has undertaken many demonstration projects over the years to test new ways to encourage beneficiaries to return to work, and they have consistently shown limited results or proven not cost-effective. Cutting benefits for Americans with disabilities fits right in with the cruel theme running through the president’s entire budget, which decimates programs for society’s most vulnerable citizens in order to give the rich and big corporations a massive tax cut. In addition to SSDI, the Trump budget guts Medicaid, and cuts funding for other programs benefitting seniors including Meals on Wheels, home heating assistance, and the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), which helps seniors navigate Medicare.

Trump apologists who say that SSDI does not count as Social Security are trying to let the president off the hook on his campaign promise not to touch Social Security. But like other Trump campaign pledges — including protecting Medicare and Medicaid — there is no getting around the truth. This president’s promises to older Americans — including those with disabilities — are proving to be quite hollow.

Max Richtman is President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He is former staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Aging.

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June 2017 Trump SLASHES Medicaid

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June 2017

Trump promised that he wouldn't dismantle Social Security.

But his Treasury Secretary revealed that Trump’s promise is nothing but a lie.

Trump - Comey

Right now, former FBI Director James Comey is testifying in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. But Comey’s opening statement was already released to the media, and it had some shocking revelations.

According to Comey, President Trump asked him to “let go” of his investigation of Michael Flynn. In another exchange, Comey claims Trump asked him to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation.

If this is true, it would point to Donald Trump meddling with the FBI’s investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. It could even be an outright obstruction of justice.

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Republican Trails of corruption June 15, 2017

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33 things Republicans (and only Republicans) have done to blaze new trails of corruption

By David Akadjian Sunday Jun 18, 2017 · 1:31 PM PDT 89 Comments (89 New)

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The last stand of many people I know seems to be “B-b-b-b-but Democrats ...” This idea that “both sides do it” is eventually used to justify and support some new proposed corrupt Republican proposal.

Except one side—and one side only—is the tip of the spear.

Here are 33 things Republicans have done to blaze new ground in corruption and irresponsibility.

1. Won an election with the help of Russia. Seventeen intelligence agencies have confirmed that the Russian government directed the recent compromises of e-mails and disclosed these to sites like DCLeaks.com and Wikileaks. These efforts were targeted to help Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton.

2. Put the oil and gas industry in charge of the EPA. As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Scott Pruitt worked with oil industry and electric utilities to combat environmental regulations.

3. Sold the Department of Education to an Amway heiress who not only wants to privatize public schools but also owns a student debt collection agency. If you don’t know what Amway is, Amway is a pyramid scheme.

4. Demanded loyalty oaths from intelligence officials.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump today mocked protesters who gathered for large demonstrations across the U.S. and the world on Saturday to signal discontent with his leadership, but later offered a more conciliatory tone, saying he recognized such marches as a "hallmark of our democracy." (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images) U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. 5. Held onto major business conflict of interest holdings after winning the presidency. Jimmy Carter had to sell his peanut farm. Ethics experts urged Trump to liquidate his business holdings, but all Trump would do was place them in a trust controlled by his children where he still holds a long-term interest.

6. Conducted eight congressional inquiries on Benghazi to smear political opponents in order to win elections, with nothing ever found. Estimates for the last investigation alone are between $7 to $20 million.

7. Held the debt ceiling hostage causing Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the country’s credit rating for the first time ever.

8. Won an election after an assault charge. Republican Greg Gianforte won the Montana seat to the House of Representatives after assaulting a reporter the night before the election. Perhaps what’s even more disgusting is the $50,000 resolution of the issue, suggesting that we already have two justice systems in our country: one for the wealthy where you can pay your way out—and one for everyone else.

9. Redistricted eight states to win a 235 to 201 advantage in the House of Representatives in 2012 despite Barack Obama being elected president by nearly 3.5 million more votes. This was a result of a corporate special interest project called the Redistricting Majority Project. By pumping $30 million into state races to win the legislatures, Republicans redrew state maps in states such as Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, Florida, and Ohio to place all of the Democrats into just a few districts. While gerrymandering has been done before by Democrats, it has never been done this badly and on this scale. I have a standing $100 bet that I can pick all 27 of the Ohio and North Carolina races in advance (permanently rigged 21 to 6 in favor of Republicans). No one has taken the money bet yet but I have won a few beers in both 2014 and 2016 from people who didn’t think it could possibly be this rigged. It is.

10. Stripped power from a newly elected Democratic governor (because he was a “Democrat”). Only this year, much of this legislative power grab has been ruled unconstitutional by the North Carolina Supreme Court.

11. Lied us into the Iraq War at a cost of $2 trillion. The oil industry behind the lies? They’re now in charge of the state department.

080804-A-8725H-341 .. Iraqi children gather around as U.S. Army Pfc. Shane Bordonado patrols the streets of Al Asiriyah, Iraq, on Aug. 4, 2008. Bordonado is assigned to 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. DoD photo by Spc. Daniel Herrera, U.S. Army. (Released) Iraqi children gather around as U.S. Army Pfc. Shane Bordonado patrols the streets of Al Asiriyah, Iraq, on Aug. 4, 2008. Bordonado is assigned to 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. 12. Created a system so corporate special interests could bypass state legislatures. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a corporate organization that drafts laws and then passes them on to Republican legislators to implement. Need legislation drafted? No need to go through a lobbyist to reach state legislatures any more. Just contact ALEC.

13. Shut down the government because the Democratic Party wouldn’t defund the Affordable Care Act.

Screen_Shot_2017-04-17_at_11.15.29_AM.png Alex Jones, America’s leading conspiracy theorist. 14. Received an endorsement from Alex Jones, America’s leading conspiracy theorist.

15. Used the Un-American Activities Committee in the House to make accusations of treason and disloyalty with insufficient evidence (Joseph McCarthy).

16. Pushed the birther conspiracy. Before the election, more than two-thirds of registered Republicans had doubts about whether or not the President was born in the United States.

17. Chose party over politics and declared they would refuse to do anything for eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency for partisan reasons. Basically, Republicans became the party of no governance.

18. Prevented a Supreme Court Justice appointee from coming up for a vote for an entire year.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. Supreme Court nominee and chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Merrick Garland (R) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) look at paintings one the walls of his office before a meeting in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill May 19, 2016 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans have so far refused to schedule a confirmation hearing for Garland, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to fill a vacancy on the court left when Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died earlier this year. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) U.S. Supreme Court nominee and chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Merrick Garland with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). 19. Removed a rate decrease that would have helped first-time and low-income homeowners.

20. Increased taxes for 99 percent of Americans by letting Barack Obama’s payroll tax cut expire. This increased taxes by $1,000/year for a person earning $50,000/year. Whenever you hear the phrase “tax cuts,” remember that they are only for the 1 percent. To offset the lost revenue, they will raise your taxes. What’s really going on is tax shifting—Republicans shift the burden off those at the top and onto everyone else.

21. Refused to release tax returns. Donald Trump is the first person to run for president in 50 years who didn’t release his tax returns. Every candidate since the days of Richard Nixon including Nixon released his tax returns.

22. Bugged Democratic headquarters and tried to cover it up.


At least he never profited from his political machinations in the Watergate scandal.

23. Fired the FBI chief who was investigating Russian involvement in their presidential campaign. Remember when conservatives lost their shit because Bill Clinton met Loretta Lynch on an airport tarmac? Imagine if Hillary Clinton had taken Lynch out to dinner, asked for a loyalty vow, and suggested she end the email investigation—then, when she refused, fired her. Because, just to be clear, this is what happened with Trump and James Comey.

24. Banned use of the terms “climate change” or “global warming” in Florida. This unwritten policy went into effect at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) after Republican Governor Rick Scott was elected in 2011. Freedom?

25. Put “climate change” on a list of terms that the Energy Department shouldn’t use. Seeing as how successful threatening people’s jobs proved in Florida, the new Trump Energy Department under Rick Perry, a guy who once argued that the Energy Department should be shut down, also told their staff not to use “climate change.” This is really nothing though compared to the EPA funding cuts, other various edicts such as telling scientists not to use the social costs of carbon in economic analyses, and proposals to block the EPA from using science to set pollution limits.

26. Banned federal funding for research on gun violence at the urging of the corporate special interest National Rifle Association (NRA). After the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released research demonstrating that having firearms in the home sharply increased the risk of homicide, Congress passed legislation forbidding the CDC from spending any money “to advocate or promote gun control.” Let’s get this straight: advocating or promoting gun ownership is fine, but any research that might indicate it causes social problems such as homicides or increased gun violence is forbidden? And this is called “freedom”?

27. Outed a CIA agent as political retribution. While still a covert agent, officials in the Bush administration leaked Valerie Plame’s name to journalist Robert Novak after her husband criticized the Bush Administration. President George Bush later commuted Scooter Libby’s prison sentence.

Mugshots: Oliver North, front and side view, after his arrest on charges related to Iran-Contra scandal Oliver North, front and side view, after his arrest on charges related to the Iran-Contra affair. 28. Sold arms to the Iranians in exchange for the release of hostages, despite campaign promises to never negotiate with terrorists. This would become know as the Iran-Contra affair when it was discovered that government officials had diverted $18 million secretly to insurgents in Nicaragua known as the Contras.

29. Were described as “a real opportunity for people like white nationalists” by the leader of the American Nazi Party.

30. Cited a bible verse calling for President Obama to be killed, his wife widowed, and his children orphaned. Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal forwarded the following bible verse in an email referring to Barack Obama:

Let his days be few; and let another take his office

May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.

May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.

May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.

May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children. O’Neal added his own message: “At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!”

31. Attempted to gut the House Ethics Committee. One of the first actions of the Republican Congress under President Trump was trying to gut the House Ethics Committee. There was no advance notice or debate. The move received so much public backlash that they backed down two days later.

32. Blew a hole so big in the budget deficit that a subsequent Republican president approved tax increases. Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts failed to increase revenue and added to the deficit. In 1990, two years into his term, President George H.W. Bush faced a $200 billion budget deficit. In response, he worked with a Democratic Congress on a budget that raised taxes to reduce the deficit.

33. Racially gerrymandered a state (North Carolina) for political gain. When your racist voter suppression law is even too racist for a Republican Supreme Court, you know it’s racist.

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I could go on, but you get the idea: Republicans are the tip of the spear when it comes to corruption.

According to Comey, President Trump asked him to “let go” of his investigation of Michael Flynn. In another exchange, Comey claims Trump asked him to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation.

If this is true, it would point to Donald Trump meddling with the FBI’s investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. It could even be an outright obstruction of justice.June 8==

---Right now, former FBI Director James Comey is testifying in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. But Comey’s opening statement was already released to the media, and it had some shocking revelations.

According to Comey, President Trump asked him to “let go” of his investigation of Michael Flynn. In another exchange, Comey claims Trump asked him to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation.

If this is true, it would point to Donald Trump meddling with the FBI’s investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. It could even be an outright obstruction of justice.

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May 13 2017

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For Trump's entire life he has systematically lied about everything, and gotten away with it, more or less, whether it was about who he was dating or how much money he had. But now he has every investigative journalist in the country working overtime to ferret out the real truth.

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Add to that major investigative committees in both chambers of Congress, with even Republicans mouthing the words that we need to get to the bottom of Russia's role in all this so that it won't happen again.

Let's paint a picture, shall we? Let's suppose that Trump's people did no more than communicate to Russia that if Trump were elected it would be better for Russian interests. We've practically had confessions of that already, for example Michael Flynn talking about sanctions with the Russian ambassador.

What face is appearing the picture frame? And the answer is the face of treason. During Trump's campaign he publically encouraged Russia to interfere on his behalf. Why would we be surprised to learn that he did the same thing secretly?

This is all before we talk about Trump associates taking tons of money from Russian operatives, shady business dealings and everything else.

When Comey learned about his firing from a TV screen playing where he was making an official agency appearance, he actually thought it was a funny prank. It never would have occurred to him that the guy he massively helped get elected would turn on him so coldly and insultingly.

But now we are told Trump was thinking of firing Comey the very day he was elected. Only he waited until he learned that Comey was digging deeper into the Russia thing, and then he panicked and acted precipitously.

He directed his own Justice Department appointees to make him a case for firing, and like the patsies they now clearly are, they did. That news has come out too. Sessions, who himself was supposed to be recused grabbed his hatchet again.

We'll say it again, there was good cause for firing Comey, based solely on his public bias of the Clinton investigation. But the TIMING of this firing is what is so incriminating of Trump.

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May 11 2017

WE’RE. IN. SHOCK.
Washington Post: President Trump fires FBI Director Comey
Trump just FIRED James Comey -- the man overseeing the investigation of Trump's ties to Russia!
This is DESPOTIC. Trump WILL go down for this. And we need YOUR help to make sure of it.

May 8 2017