Closing Thought–18Apr19

 

Need more be said?

There is NO one person bigger or better than the country!

Only in countries with dictators is this situation ….we do not and will not have a dictator ever…NO matter what some people want to believe!

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Report Of The Day!

All day long!

TV pundits have been waiting for this chance….they will have an entire day to pass on their opinions on what is the report and what it means…..the rest of us will have had enough by lunch.

Today is the big day……..the Mueller Report will be released to the public sans the sensitive stuff that Barr does not want the public to see….

America is on the edge of their seats awaiting this report…..we want to see what is what for ourselves…..without the editorializing by AG Barr….

So here is everything you need to know when the report is finally released……

Almost two years in the making, a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Trump campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 election is expected to be made public Thursday morning.

Mueller’s team of 19 lawyers and 40 investigators interviewed approximately 500 witnesses, issued 2,800 subpoenas, reached out to 13 foreign governments and executed almost 500 search warrants in the probe, which began in May 2017.

Many of those interviewed included those who’ve been at the highest levels of the White House, including former chiefs of staff John Kelly and Reince Preibus, and ex-White House counsel Don McGahn. The probe led to 35 people and three companies being criminally charged, including former nationa for I want to see who is going to experience that ire and the retaliation of a weak ego-centric president.l security adviser Michael Flynn, Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and the president’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/your-guide-mueller-s-report-trump-what-s-it-what-n995251

I cannot wait! I shall read all 400 pages for I want to see who will experience the ire and the retaliation of this weak ego-centric president.

Who will be the first to get their own Tweet from Herr trump lounging in his silk PJs while eating a Big Mac?

Who will it be?

The next question we should be asking……why is the AG acting as the PR person for the president?

For instance…..Barr will have a Presser to answer questions before the report is seen….

President Trump may not be too surprised by what’s in the soon-to-be-released Mueller report. Turns out the Justice Department has discussed it several times with White House lawyers, in effect helping them plan a counter-attack against Robert Mueller’s findings, insiders tell the New York Times. Meanwhile, Attorney General William Barr has announced a 9:30am Thursday press conference before the redacted report comes out; Congress is expected to get a version with fewer redactions by around noon, per the AP. President Trump says he might hold his own presser about the Mueller report on Thursday, ABC News reports.

And finally……how can the president and his toadies prepare a rebuttal to a report they supposedly have not read?

So many questions for so many aspects of this situation.

Are You Middle Class?

Remember when that was something to strive for in your job search? Remember when that was the American Dream? Remember when you could work 40 hours a week and still have enough to live on and even save a little for retirement?

If you remember that then you are an old fart and are remembering something from the “good old days”.

The American Conservative has looked into the Middle Class……

Can we define the middle class in practical terms? To be sure, there are probably as many sociological definitions of the middle class as there are commentators seeking definitions. So let’s set aside the socio-swamp of beliefs, values, and taxonomies of class in favor of a definition with measurable thresholds.

Many commentators attempt to define the middle class by income, and people tend to self-report that they belong to the middle class based on income. The self-evident way to define the middle class by income is to set aside the top 10 percent (households earning $145,000 or more) and those defined as poor by the U.S. Census Bureau (households making less than $25,000), roughly 25 percent of all households.

Somewhere between the two is the middle class, though trying to narrow it down forces us into an impassable statistical thicket. For example, government agencies report income in different ways. The IRS reports individual tax returns (147 million) while other agencies report household income (117 million households).

Are You Really Middle Class?

If you are asking yourself….”what the Hell happened”? Then this can help explain it as simply as possible…..

Something massive and important has happened in the United States over the past 50 years: Economic wealth has become increasingly concentrated among a small group of ultra-wealthy Americans.

You can read lengthy books on this subject, like economist Thomas Piketty’s recent best-seller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (the book runs 696 pages and weighs in at 2.5 pounds). You can see references to this in the campaigns of major political candidates this cycle, who talk repeatedly about how something has gone very wrong in America.

Donald Trump’s motto is to make America great again, while Bernie Sanders’s campaign focused on reducing income inequality. And there’s a reason this message is resonating with voters:

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/this-cartoon-explains-how-the-rich-got-rich-and-the-poor-got-poor

We need to assign guilt to the best person….Ronald Reagan….his policies started this decline and it has never let up……

The Middle Class is quickly disappearing and as it does it is taking the American Dream with it.

And the GOP wants you to be happy with your decline…..

Listening to Republicans, it’s apparent they don’t have much respect for the intelligence of the American people.

Over 70 percent of Americans want a national health care system like every other developed country in the world has, but the GOP tells us that we just aren’t smart enough to make it work. It’ll be too confusing and complex for average Americans, they say, and, besides that, if the government “takes over” our health care system, we’re on our way to tyranny.

About two-thirds of Americans think that we should have free college education for anybody intellectually capable of attending, and free trade schools as well—like pretty much every other developed country in the world (and quite a few of the developing countries). Republicans tell us that we can’t use government funds to pay off our nation’s $1.5 trillion in student debt because we just borrowed that exact amount last year to give tax rebates to billionaires, so there’s nothing left. We’re just not smart enough to fix the problem.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/04/04/republicans-have-put-our-country-path-warp-speed-decline-and-they-want-you-think

As the article says….”as long as the GOP gets some of the people to believe their bullshit all the time”…..the rest of us are screwed!

On a side note……the Pentagon is also in the Middle Class screwing game……

According to SAIS Professor Hal Brands, progressives and Americans should embrace the social benefits military spending offers to the middle class. Not only does American military strength support the liberal world order that makes the world “safe for democracy,” Brands claimed, but military spending undergirds millions of middle-class jobs for service members, civilian employees, and contractors for the Pentagon.

In reality, the opposite is true: American military adventurism and massive spending undermines middle-class prosperity and makes the world less free and secure. A militarized approach to American foreign policy harms global freedom and security far more than it helps.

How the Pentagon Budget is a Threat to the Middle Class

You can stop this…….VOTE!

Vote for the candidate that has the best plan to stop this slide.

Vote for the candidate that best has the best interests of the country at heart.

VOTE!

Closing Thought–12Apr19

Medicare For All!

There has been a raging debate on just how all Americans can get the health coverage they need and want…..most from the Dems….the Repubs have NOTHING to offer but opposition to anything at all.

I spend a lot of time research stuff…..and so far I see only one way for people to get their health coverage……Medicare For All.

I’ve spent decades studying US health care. Time to get real: Medicare for All is the only reasonable path to controlling costs and covering everyone.

There is an instinct among political pundits to confuse caution for practicality — an assumption that those who advocate for incremental change are being reasonable, while those pushing for bold reforms aren’t. This is seen most starkly in the debate around health care reform, despite the fact that the “practical” pushers of limited reform fail to address the real problems in our health care system.

We all recognize that the status quo isn’t working. We spend more per person than any other country on health care, but we aren’t getting any bang for our buck. We have lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality rates and more preventable deaths, and too many personal bankruptcies are due at least in part to medical bills.

Where we disagree is the solution. The favorite new “reasonable” plan is “Medicare for America,” a bill from Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Rosa DeLauro that has won the support of big names like Texas presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke and the Center for American Progress, the left-of-center think tank where the plan originated as “Medicare Extra for All.” It has been extolled in opinion pieces for some of America’s largest newspapers as a “realistic” plan to fix what’s broken in our health care system.

 
We will hear all sorts of lies about this plan…..the biggest will be the “S” word bullshit that Repubs still use and unbelievably is still effective……but regardless it is a LIE……
 
If Americans want health care for themselves and their families then Medicare For All is the only answer….it will control costs and cover everyone…..it is that simple.
 
Speaking of costs…..how will we pay for this program?
 
Sen. Bernie Sanders is not ducking the key question constantly posed to Medicare for All supporters by journalists, fellow members of Congress, and critics: “How will you pay for it?”
In a white paper (pdf) released Wednesday alongside the 2020 contender’s updated and improved Medicare for All legislation, Sanders’ office outlined a number of possible funding mechanisms for the comprehensive bill and detailed the enormous savings the U.S. would reap by transitioning to single-payer.
 
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Arrogance Runs Deep

I have seen a lot of arrogant twaddle coming from the Trump admin……these toads think they work for Trump and not the people of the US…..

In other words too many that are employed in DC these days thinks their shit don’t stink……like the troll Mnuchin our SecTreas…remember him? He and his arm candy wife were clowning in the Treasury with newly printed money…….

……….anyway he and the House have had a head butting contest……

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters probably won’t be exchanging holiday cards this year after things got a little tense during the Treasury secretary’s testimony on Tuesday. Mnuchin had testified about his plans to respond to requests for President Trump’s tax returns for roughly three hours by 5pm when he reminded committee members that he had a meeting with “a foreign leader,” meaning Bahrain’s interior minister. “It will be embarrassing if I keep this person waiting,” he said, per CNN. “It’s a new day and it’s a new chair,” said Waters. Mnuchin went on to claim a person in his position never testified so long or was treated in such a way by Republicans, as Waters tried to arrange testimony at a later date. “If you wish to leave, you may,” she said with a stern look, refusing to dismiss the hearing.

“If you’d wish to keep me here so that I don’t have my important meeting and continue to grill me, then we can do that,” but “I will not be back here,” Mnuchin said, growing heated. “The secretary has agreed to stay to hear all of the rest of the members,” Waters responded, per the Hill. “Please cancel your meeting and respect our time.” Mnuchin then said she was “instructing” him to stay, while Waters said she was accepting his offer. Mnuchin denied any offer and told Waters to “take the (gavel) and bang it” for a proper dismissal. He left soon after she advised him “not [to] instruct me as to how I am to conduct this committee.” Waters later told CNN that nothing is more important than Congress “trying to find out what exactly this secretary is doing.” Mnuchin only said he would “comply with the law” in regard to Trump’s tax returns, per Time.

His pressing appointment was with some minor minister from Bahrain….WTF is Bahrain?  An island in the Persian Gulf….who has lots of oil dollars and someone that Trump will bow down to on any given day.

Time these self centered jerks get taken down a peg or two……time for them to realize they work for the country and the people and not some country club wannabe.

But wait there is more!

This is from a Congressional Hearing…….

The transcript of the literally unbelievable exchange follows:

Massie: Sec. Kerry, I want to read part of your statement back to you: “Instead of convening a kangaroo court, the president might want to talk with the educated adults he once trusted his top national security positions.” It sounds like you’re questioning the credentials of the president’s advisers, currently. But I think we should question your credentials today. Isn’t it true you have a science degree from Yale?
Kerry: Bachelor of arts degree.
Massie: Is it a political science degree?
Kerry: Yes, political science.
Massie: So how do you get a bachelor of arts, in a science?
Kerry: Well it’s a liberal arts education and degree. It’s a bachelor…
Massie: OK. So it’s not really science. So I think it’s somewhat appropriate that someone with a pseudo-science degree is here pushing pseudo-science in front of our committee today.
Kerry: Are you serious?! I mean this is really a serious happening here?
Massie: You know what? It is serious. You’re calling the president’s Cabinet a “kangaroo court.” Is that serious?
Kerry: I’m not calling his Cabinet a kangaroo court, I’m calling this committee that he’s putting together a kangaroo committee.
Massie: Are you saying it doesn’t have educated adults now?
Kerry: I don’t know who it has yet because it’s secret.
Massie: Well you said it in your testimony.
Kerry: Why would he have to have a secret analysis of climate change?
Massie: Let’s get back to the science of it.
Kerry: But it’s not science, you’re not quoting science!
Massie: Well, You’re the science expert. You have the political science degree.

What can I say?  Massie is in good company….cowards and traitors like Jordan, Gaetz, Nunes and Meadows….time for them to go the way of the dodo……these “people” are a national embarrassment and they do not realize how pathetic their politics appears……at least 33% will think they are god-like……

There should be a sign in DC for those that want to represent the people……”NO STUPID PEOPLE NEED APPLY!”

That would eliminate a bunch of babbling buffoons from local aall the way to the White House.

Smells Like Disinformation

We live in an age of disinformation…..we can re-cover the dialog for the last 24 months…but why? If you believe bullshit nothing I say will change that. But I do want to talk about this disinformation thing.

I have written about it before on several occasions…..https://lobotero.com/2019/02/26/a-disinformation-nightmare/

But we know that there are many people that will willful show their ignorance because someone has said something they want to believe….whether accurate or not……so let us look into this thing called “disinformation”……

Disinformation is the deliberate and purposeful distribution of false information. The term is generally used to describe an organized campaign to deceptively distribute untrue material intended to influence public opinion.

In recent years, the term has become especially associated with the spread of “fake news” on social media as a strategy of negative political campaigning.

A key component of the definition of disinformation is the intention of the person or entity creating the message. Disinformation is distributed with the specific purpose of misleading the public. The false information is meant to impact society by swaying the opinions of the members of the audience.

https://www.thoughtco.com/disinformation-definition-4587093

One might scratch one’s head and ask….how can this be?

A new survey from the Pew Research Center has found that many Americans cannot recognise the hypothesis part of the scientific method when confronted with a problem in everyday life.

“In an era of easy access to a wide array of information, along with sometimes-intense debate over what information is true and false, this survey takes stock of the degree to which the public shares a common understanding of science facts and processes,” says Cary Funk, director of science and society research at Pew Research Center.

It wasn’t all bad news – Americans’ knowledge of specific scientific facts seemed pretty good. But their understanding of the scientific method was more worrisome.

With more than 4,000 respondents, only 52 percent could correctly identify a scientific hypothesis about a computer slowing down.

https://www.sciencealert.com/a-surprising-number-of-americans-can-t-identify-a-hypothesis

We have an absolute expert at bullshit in the White House……he passes on crap and his lackeys will do everything possible to spread the same bullshit to make him appear as if he is telling the truth…..or to give the impression that he, Trump, is knowledgeable……

Disinformation is a pure form of propaganda and we live in world where few know what is truth or fantasy.

What Happened To Infrastructure?

Let’s see…..a highway overpass collapses and the electric grid in my area is so fragile that if we get a strong thunderstorm we lose power just yesterday for 6 hours and brown outs on several occasions……these are just most recent happenings…….. our infrastructure sucks!

2016 gave us Donald Trump and also it gave us his idle promises that got him elected…..you know that wall that someone else would pay for, and he would fix our crumbling infrastructure….highways, bridges and such…..

What happened to that promise?

The American Conservative has asked the question as well……

Those who live and watch the weather in the Great Plains know that the storms there are not singular in their effects. A lot of factors come into play.

How much moisture is locked in the soil, what the previous months had wrought weather-wise, how much runoff the rivers had been handling, and even how the volatile currents in the atmosphere mix as spring jostles with winter—all these things affect whether you can take the kids to the park or plant the corn this week or next or go fishing on the river today or tomorrow.

In mid-March, all of those factors came into play, and what looked like a land-based hurricane hitting Nebraska and its neighboring states on the weather radar was just that: a horrific and record-breaking storm that even many old-timers had never seen the likes of before. Meteorologists call such storms “bomb cyclones” and this was one of the biggest ever. The flooding in Nebraska was the worst in 50 years.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/what-happened-to-trumps-promise-to-rebuild-america-midwest-flooding/

I know that if you support Trump (I suggest that you have a check-up)you will hate the Dems “Green New Deal”, right?

I know you do not want to hear it but that plan/idea is an infrastructure plan….you know that same thing that Trump promised along for million of jobs his idea would create…….

HE LIED!