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Who's in charge here?
Posted:Dec 12, 2017 9:05 pm
Last Updated:Dec 13, 2017 7:23 pm

It seems to me there should be some in the GOP monitoring the political climate in the United States. We have an administration which lost the popular vote in the presidential election by 3 million votes, but failed to see the drastic implications of such statistics. Boasting of a non-existent landslide victory, the President has changed non-victories rhetoriy into victories perceived by only him and the 30% who can't seem to see the reality of the matter.

Follow that with losses in New Jersey and Virginia and a double loss in Alabama, and it doesn't take a rocket ientist to see reality has eaped the West Wing. If these incidents aren't enough,it now looks as if the Senate (GOP controlled) is about to grant a life appointment as a federal judge to an attorney the American Bar Association has labeled completely unqualified to hold that position. Where is the leadership? Where is this winning with which we're supposed to be getting bored? Doesn't any from the GOP have the intestinal fortitude to state the obvious here?

I fall short of saying the pendulum has begun its inevitable swing back to normalcy, mainly because the aforementid 30% will be posting voter fraud, absentee ballots and anomalies found in the recount as fictitious reasons for Judge Moore's defeat. They will overlook the facts which should have told them he was the wrong candidate, he was incapable of fulfilling the duties of Senator, and both he and his spouse quote the Bible but live the devil.

It's time for the end to demonization. The idea liberals are bad and conservatives are good or democrats are bad and republicans are good is a nonsensical mindset heavily steeped in desperation and the failing idea demeaning others somehow enhances you. It's time to decide if we're democrats, republicans, liberals, conservatives or Americans.
And we all thought slavery was dead
Posted:Dec 9, 2017 10:03 am
Last Updated:Dec 11, 2017 4:14 am

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a unique accord, the billionaire Koch brothers and the National Rifle Association have reached a timeshare agreement over the ownership of House Speaker Paul Ryan, representatives of both parties have confirmed.

Speaking on behalf of the Kochs, Charles Koch said that he contacted the N.R.A.’s executive director, Wayne LaPierre, with the timeshare proposal “so that we could all get the maximum enjoyment out of owning Paul.”
The arrangement is intended to minimize conflicts between the Kochs and the gun group that have arisen in the past when both co-owners have wanted to use Ryan at the same time, Koch said. “I said to Wayne, ‘This is craziness,’ ” he said. “ ‘Let’s work something out where you get Paul half the year, and we’ll take him the other half.’ ”

Under the timeshare deal, the Kochs will have the exclusive use of Ryan during the months when tax cuts and environmental deregulation are put to a vote, while the N.R.A. will have him for the months when gun legislation is to be defeated.

Additionally, each co-owner is responsible for insuring that Ryan is well maintained and in good condition when the other’s period of using him commences.

Koch indicated that, if the timeshare agreement is a success, the two parties are likely to work out a similar deal for their longtime joint ownership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Maybe they were improvements
Posted:Dec 6, 2017 6:30 am
Last Updated:Dec 7, 2017 10:36 am

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The version of the tax bill that Republican senators voted for early Saturday morning included scribbles in the margins by Mitch McConnell’s grandchild, the Senate Majority Leader has confirmed.

The scribbles, which the two-year-old drew when his grandfather left a copy of the bill unattended during Thanksgiving, were mistaken by Republican staff members for the work of McConnell himself and were hurriedly incorporated into the bill.
McConnell struck a philosophical note when he disclosed to reporters that the random crayon squiggles were on the verge of becoming the law of the land. “Laws are like sausages—it’s better not to see them being made,” he chuckled.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the toddler’s scrawl would add one trillion dollars to the budget deficit and result in ten million Americans losing their homes, but said that the scribbles were the most coherent passage in the bill.
Don't believe the democrats
Posted:Dec 5, 2017 5:06 am
Last Updated:Dec 7, 2017 2:07 pm

We're admonished by a GOPer used to voting against his own best interests to disregard the democrats' opposition to the proposed tax bill. For years we heard John Boehner espouse the phrase "The American People" as justification for various spurious GOP legislative moves. When it come to the proposed tax bill I think we should do the same. In October, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, 41% of Americans opposed the tax bill. In the most recent poll by the same organization, 49% of Americans oppose the bill. 29% approve the bill (pretty close to 30%, wouldn't you say?) and 22% have no opinion. So, let's not believe the democrats, let's believe the American People.

The 30% continue to try and convince the majority of Americans the Trump Administration is looking out for our best interests, we just don't know it yet. The stated purpose for the drastic tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy is to promote growth and lower unemployment. The stock market, however, tells us corporate America has more money now than it's ever had and should they decide to promote growth or lower unemployment they have the financial wherewithal to do that now, without the tax cuts. Apparently they've chosen not to.

The tax bill is brilliantly designed to show little, if any, differences until around 2020, fully two (2) years after the 2018 mid term elections. In other words the proposed bill delays the egregious parts of the legislation, which by the way is most of it, until after they can lie to us some more by telling us how good the tax bill really is. When you see someone in these blogs supporting the tax bill, it's probably a GOPer encouraging all of us to vote against our own best interests.
Continuing the legacy of failure
Posted:Dec 2, 2017 4:09 am
Last Updated:Dec 5, 2017 4:42 am

Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed a tax bill consistent with their policy of widening the gap between america's richest and poorest. When the proposed bill was first introduced opposition was strong carrying that very message. The GOP, undaunted, persisted in coddling their most important donors and stood fast by their handiwork. The CBO then released its analysis which confirmed the opposition to the bill and even went a step further saying it was even worse than the opposition originally thought.

The GOP has been whining about the "deficit" ever since G.W. Bush started down the slippery slope and B. Obama was blamed for it. The new tax bill, in its original form, added $1.4 trillion to the once despised deficit. In a magnanimous move, the GOP, at the last minute, reduced that $1.4 trillion to $1.0 trillion and then managed to get the bill through the Senate by a vote of 51-50. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) had the temerity to point this out in committee and was quickly screamed at by an indignant Sen Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Facing reality is just not one of the GOP's strongest traits. The GOP does, however, have a talent for convincing its followers to vote against their own best interests. We can't really fault them for that, it's kept them alive for many years.

The bill now goes to conference to reconcile the Senate and the House versions of the proposed law. My prediction of the GOP shooting itself in the foot is nearly complete. All of the House and one third of the Senate face re-election in November of next year. In an effort to salvage some victories in the 2018 mid-terms, the detrimental effects of the GOP tax bill will not be realized for a couple of years, giving them time to tout the passage of the spurious legislation in the upcoming elections. The GOP faithful will, of course, support the bill because it not in their best interest, but the loyal opposition will not forget and the mid-terms will become a serious problem for the GOP who, apparently, are getting tired of winning. Gorsuch and now the tax bill, all in the same year, winning is getting to be a habit.
A Conundrum
Posted:Nov 26, 2017 5:26 pm
Last Updated:Nov 28, 2017 5:24 pm

The democrats and the republicans disagree on whether the proposed tax cuts benefit the wealthy or the middle class. The only problem I can cite which seems to be as universal as possible nationwide is the fact estimates seem to predict middle class taxes will rise and taxes for the wealthy and the corporate world will decrease fairly drastically. Once again the answer lies with a vote in Congress and the scramble for sufficient votes to either pass or defeat the bill is fully under way.

The conundrum seems to be the Alabama senate race. Proponents for President Trump find themselves in a tenuous position. The GOP vote is essentially necessary for the passage of the tax bill, but securing the Alabama senate vote means supporting an accused child abuser. The GOP is up in arms over the Senator Franken abuse charges which he has admitted guilt and seeks forgiveness as well as a Senate investigation. He has apologized for his transgressions and is already working to regain the trust of his constituency. Apparently, for the Christian right in Alabama, this is not a difficult decision. Any and all excuses available will suffice to deflect the charges against Judge Moore, which means casting aside those Christian values to which the right wingers cling so tightly. A conundrum to be sure.
Posted:Nov 21, 2017 8:18 pm
Last Updated:Nov 27, 2017 12:37 pm

I do not share the belief Ronald Reagan was the best president of the 20th century. Without going any further, I will say, however, his major accomplishment was a renewed sense of nationalism in the United States. I remember people believing the nation was our showcase for the world and pride in the United States was at a high level. This was a far cry from the crimes of the Nixon Administration, which I see as the beginning of the divisiveness in the United States. Reagan healed the wound with the assistance of Mikhail Gorbachev, but heal it he did. Unfortunately the wound was so deep the Reagan bandage only postpd to the unbelievably senseless United States of today.

We now have candidates buying off competitors in Pennsylvania, accused pedophiles being endorsed from party while admitted sexual abusers from another party expected to resign, foreign governments interfering in elections, right or wrong being defined by party affiliation rather than moral standards, and the most sacred of our franchises, the right to vote, being detrimentally altered for political reasons. We now have a government predicated on words and the manner in which they're used rather than qualified, politiy savvy individuals with the United States as the primary beneficiary of their actions.

We hear the words "nation before party" but those words are rarely, if ever, put into action. I see memes telling me Liberalism is a disease and I see and hear of the neanderthal nature of the American Conservative. The factionalism in the United States may very well have matured so far as to be irreversible. Unfortunately, the dinner table once again rears its ugly head and the divisiveness goes on. Our divisiveness is so ingrained and so deep we even fight over the wars which once were able to unite us.

I'm not going to ask you what you're going to do to combat this egregious malady, I'm going to ask the guy who looks back at me from the mirror. I suggest you ask him too......
Posted:Nov 17, 2017 8:23 pm
Last Updated:Nov 20, 2017 1:15 am

It appears President Trump has decided to delay the enactment of the import of dead elephant parts. The rhetoric on all the positive environmental and wildlife issues the proposed rule would create seems to have slipped momentarily into confusion. Doesn't any take the time to actually think about these things before doing them? Good grief !!!
Voting against one's own best interest
Posted:Nov 17, 2017 10:17 am
Last Updated:Nov 25, 2017 4:35 am

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Jubilant Trump voters on Thursday celebrated the prospect of a gigantic tax cut that will benefit everyone but them.

Across the country, Trump supporters were overjoyed that, after months of gridlock and wrangling, the man they voted for was about to make Americans other than them wildly richer.

“President Trump has taken a lot of hits from the fake-news media, but he stood his ground,” Carol Foyler, a Trump voter in Ohio, said. “Today he honored his pledge to the American people, except for me and anybody I know.”

Harland Dorrinson, a Trump supporter from Kentucky, agreed. “When I cast my vote last November, I said to myself, ‘I sure hope this means that people with a thousand times more money than I have get even more money,’ ” he said. “Promise kept.”

Tracy Klugian, a Trump voter from Minnesota, said that tax cuts for everyone but him are an important step toward making America great again. “Look at the stock market—it’s been going through the roof,” Klugian, who has no money in the stock market, said.

But some Trump supporters, like Calvin Denoit, of Texas, were more muted. “Tax cuts that completely exclude me and my family are a good start,” he said. “But, until President Trump eliminates all environmental and safety regulations for corporations that I have zero stake in, I won’t be satisfied.”
The Maisie Defense
Posted:Nov 14, 2017 7:39 pm
Last Updated:Nov 17, 2017 6:15 pm

This is just too good to let go by. Rush Limbaugh, apparently in defense of Judge Roy Moore, reported today the judge was a democrat at the time he committed those egregious crimes. Based on that admission, apparently when one switches from a Dixiecrat to a Republican not only do his illegal fetishes disappear, but responsibility for his peccadilloes miraculously changes from abhorrent to acceptable. If this isn't a perfect example of the Maisie mindset please provide a better one.

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