Trump Texas Story Doesn’t Ring True

I must start this post by reminding you of Trump’s immediate reaction last week, just hours after a New York car attack killed 8- pedestrians and injured a dozen more in lower Manhattan. Our potus took immediate action, to enhance extreme vetting by immigration and border control. 

In contrast, when a combined total of 84 people were murdered and over 500 others were shot in Las Vegas and TX, Donald Trump on both occasions said “this is not an appropriate time to discuss gun violence.” 

A faint smell of hypocrisy is in the air. 

Not to worry, in all cases he offers a panacea of “warmest condolences and sympathies.”

Incidentally, Donald Trump is selling a false narrative of events in Texas, claiming the bystander who happened to have a shotgun in his car, and drove after the shooter while communicating by phone with police, shot and killed the shooter. *WRONG*–the shooter had already fatally shot himself. The bystander with the shotgun did not approach the vehicle of the shooter, nor did he fire his shotgun at all. 
Trump said if there had been gun control the bystander with the shotgun wouldn’t have stopped the mass murdering shooter who was armed with a the semi-automatic, and “hundreds more might have been shot.” Nice try Donald, you jackass.

The truth– $36.3 Million was paid by the NRA to Donald Trump to ensure there will never be an appropriate time to discuss gun control. 

Donald Trump tweeted from a golf course in Japan–

Several other politicians spoke out immediately offering their own “thoughts and prayers… paid for by the NRA.

The Senate:

  1. John McCain, Arizona — “Cindy & I are praying for the victims of the terrible #LasVegasShooting & their families.$7,740,521 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  2. Richard Burr, North Carolina — “My heart is with the people of Las Vegas and their first responders today. This morning’s tragic violence has absolutely no place here in America.” $6,986,620 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  3. Roy Blunt, Missouri — “Saddened by the tragic loss of life in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with all of the families affected by this horrific attack.” $4,551,146 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  4. Thom Tillis, North Carolina — “Susan and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of the victims of this horrific and senseless tragedy in Las Vegas.” $4,418,012 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  5. Cory Gardner, Colorado — “My family and I are praying for the families of those injured and killed in Las Vegas last night.” $3,879,064 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  6. Marco Rubio, Florida — “I’m praying for all the victims, their families, and our first responders in the #LasVegas #MandalayBay shooting.” $3,303,355 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  7. Joni Ernst, Iowa — “My prayers are with all of the victims in Las Vegas, and their loved ones affected by this senseless act of violence.” $3,124,273 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  8. Rob Portman, Ohio — “Jane & I mourn the loss of innocent lives in this horrific attack in Las Vegas last night. We are praying for those taken from us, their families & all those injured in this attack.” $3,061,941 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  9. Todd Young, Indiana — “We must offer our full support to the victims and their families as our nation mourns.” $2,896,732 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  10. Bill Cassidy, Louisiana — “Following closely the horrendous act of violence in Las Vegas. Our prayers are with those who were injured, killed and their families.” $2,861,047 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.

Are you bored yet? I am.

The House of Representatives:

  1. French Hill, Arkansas “Martha and I are praying for the families and victims of this senseless act of evil. […] We must continue to work together to stop this kind of terror.” $1,089,477 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  2. Ken Buck, Colorado “I’m praying for all of those impacted by the evil events in Las Vegas last night. Our country must stand together in support of the families of the victims and the community.” $800,544 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  3. David Young, Iowa “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends of the horrific and evil tragedy in Las Vegas.” $707,662 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  4. Mike Simpson, Idaho “Though no words can heal our hurt, and no explanation will ever feel sufficient, I pray that all involved may find comfort as we process this devastating tragedy.” $385,731 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  5. Greg Gianforte, Montana No statement released– Would any reporter get close enough to him to get a statement with his violent history toward the press? $344,630 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  6. Don Young, Alaska “Anne and I are praying for all those involved or impacted by this heinous act of violence.” $245,720 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  7. Lloyd Smucker, Pennsylvania “Horrific act of violence in Las Vegas. Cindy and I pray for the victims, their families, and the first responders.” $221,736 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  8. Bruce Poliquin, Maine “My thoughts are with all those effected in the horrifying attacks in Las Vegas. The nation is with you.” $201,398 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  9. Pete Sessions, Texas “My deepest sympathies are with all who were harmed by this horrific tragedy.” $158,111 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  10. Barbara Comstock, Virginia “I am heartbroken by the mass murder that took place last night in Las Vegas and I am praying for the victims, families, and first responders.” $137,232 — PAID BY  THE N.R.A.

This country is under control of the NRA, Big Pharma, and Russia. Ignorance is bliss, so hang on to your Second Ammendment “Right to Bear Arms,” and be happy hugging your shotguns while you bury your families, and hold dear the knowledge that so many politicians send you their warmest condolences, thoughts and prayers.


Let’s consider something else Trump has yet to taken action on–

47 days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico:

  • 59% of the “island, surrounded by big water” is still without power
  • 17% still without clean drinking water


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Nice Words from Another Politician

Jeff Flake gave a speech touted as “One of the best political speeches of our time.” In it, Flake claimed that to stay in Trump’s Senate would be complicitity: “We have again forgotten who we are supposed to be. There is a sickness in our system — and it is contagious. How much more damage to our democracy and to the institutions of American liberty do we need to witness in silence before we count ourselves as complicit in that damage?”

Bob Corker, also not planning to seek re-election, spoke out against Trump days before Flake did, calling Trump out on his countless “untruths” and warning Trump should not have the Nuclear codes, and “he is not a role model.”

By not seeking re-election these two Senators are not hurting Donald Trump, they are removing all competition for Trump appointees. If they were sincere in wanting to fight, they’d stay on and use the power of their votes and their voices as senators to do so… but they have proven they are incapable of voting for the American people.

While we were once again distracted by these GOP antics, we lost something else we needed. As Senators Corker and Flake commandeered media attention, speaking out against Trump, and Trump responding as any 12 year old boy would, we didn’t see what the Senate was doing, including Senators Corker and Flake…and Senator John McCain. They were voting to dismantle more consumer safeguards. 

Why did bankers on Wall Street rally yesterday? 

They were celebrating the gift they received from the GOP Senate: The Senate showed their true colors once again voting along party lines- 51-50, red wins. 

This win gives banks immunity when cheating consumers. No more law suits against deceptive credit card practices, no retribution against fraudulent financial advisors. Consumers now have no protections against Wall Street bankers whose greed was proven when they shouldered us into the big recession of 2007. 
This is the second big repeal of bank regulations, put in place to protect consumers, since Trump took office. 

By giving banks free reign, Trump is following through with his campaign promises, not the promises he made to those who bought his $40 MAGA hats. Those people stand to lose much more than the $40. cost of the hats.

Trump is dolling out Tax cuts for his billionaire donors, and Senator Corker voted for Trump’s tax plan— to add 4 trillion dollars to the US deficit and give most of that money to corporate giants and the billionaires who run them. 

If all the GOP resign in protest, Trump will fill their positions with more pliable yes people, but will we end up worse off than we are now? What we have now are politicians who say what’s right, but vote against it.


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Same Healthcare Bill, Different Name — Who to Call

This latest Republican offer to gut the Affordable Healthcare Act has been called a sneak attack. The GOP intend to push it through to a vote on September 30, with out discussing its potential effects, but what’s the point of discussing it? In essentials, this is the same bill they keep offering, re-named: “Skinny Repeal,” “American Health Care Act,” “Graham/Cassidy,” “Candy/Gram,”…
Land Shark

“The Graham-Cassidy bill preys on underserved communities … a clear and present danger”~The National Institute for Reproductive Health 

“Graham-Cassidy would devastate the Medicaid program, increase out-of-pocket costs, and weaken or eliminate protections for people living with pre-existing conditions.” ~ American Public Health Association

“It could disrupt access to health care for millions of the more than 70 million Americans” ~Federation of American Hospitals

“This bill harms our most vulnerable patients”~The American Psychiatric Association 

The following institutions are vehemently opposed to the Graham/Cassidy proposal: 

  • American Medical Association
  • The American Psychiatric Association 
  • The American Public Health Association
  • The National Institute for Reproductive Health 
  • Federation of American Hospitals
  • AARP
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 
  • Association of American Medical Colleges, 
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 
  • Every one of the 50 Medicaid directors who represent the 50 states…(a consensus.)
  • and so on…

Don’t let the repetition wear you down, healthcare is too important. CALL YOUR SENATORS (maybe put them on speed dial.)

  • Sen. Susan Collins, ME: (202) 224-2523
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski, AK: (202) 224-6665
  • Sen. John McCain, AZ: (202) 224-2235
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, WV: (202) 224-6472
  • Sen. Rob Portman, OH: (202) 224-3353
  • Sen. Cory Gardner, CO: (202) 224-5941
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander, TN: (202) 224-4944
  • Sen. Jerry Moran, KS: (202) 224-6521
  • Sen. Tom Cotton, AR: (202) 224-2353
  • Sen. Joni Ernst, IA: (202) 224-3254
  • Sen. Thom Tillis, NC: (202) 224-6342
  • Sen. John Hoeven, ND: (202) 224-2551
  • Sen. John Kennedy, LA: (202) 224-4623
  • Sen. Ron Johnson, WI: (202) 224-5323
  • Sen. Mike Rounds, ND: (202) 224-5842
  • Sen. Jeff Flake, AZ: (202) 224-4521
  • Sen. Dean Heller, NV: (202) 224-6244

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Insurance is a Peculiar Thing

As hurricane season rages on— houses continue to be flattened and flooded leaving people without food, water, shelter, electricity; prized possessions are lost forever to the ones who escape with their lives…the “lucky ones.” 

Plans to rebuild are premature, and most victims are at a loss as to how to fund a rebuilding project. About 80% of Hurricane Harvey victims do not have flood insurance.

According to Allstate Insurance Company, private homeowners insurance policies typically do not cover flood damage… however, if a hurricane’s wind damages your roof, and rain gets in as a result, you may find that homeowners insurance offers some protection if your policy includes coverage for wind.

“some protection if…” thanks Allstate.

As with everything, those rules do not apply to a certain demographic. The demographic of which I speak could easily fund their own rebuilding projects. 

Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach is covered by an insurance policy called National Flood Insurance Program. 

Yes, that means Mar-a-Lago is Federally Insured, subsidized by tax payer dollars, and Trump’s federally subsidized insurance policy does cover flood and hurricane damage. NFIP is essentially government subsidized insurance for the affluent who have beachfront homes. 

To be clear, flooding is not covered in homeowner insurance policies for the average idiot, but it is part of a government subsidized, tax payer funded policy for billionaire tax evading idiots like— Donald Trump. 

According to HuffPost: “The program was to expire at the end of this month, but Trump signed legislation on Friday to temporarily extend it.” Aint that some shhh

This policy is not new, in fact pre-potus Trump bragged about a $17 million insurance payout for storm damage to Mar-a-Lago in 2005. He admitted to pocketing some of the money instead of using it to rebuild. 

Call it irony, call it bullshit, by any name the under-cutter of the Climate Accord, Donald Trump, whose people are (no joke) trying to eliminate use of the C words, climate change, is a recipient of federal monies to repair damage caused by the C words.

This has been noted, and attempts are underway to stop this insanity. The Paris act, “Prohibiting Aid for Recipients Ignoring Science,” is a bill proposed in congress which would block Trump properties from receiving this federally subsidized coverage, but these things take time, and so Trump prevails again. 

Insurance is a peculiar thing. Be it homeowners insurance, or health insurance, it is controlled by the 1% who hoard half of the worlds wealth. They want more.

Since it was signed into law, on March 23, 2010, there have been as many as 70 failed attempts to weaken or kill the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The most recent attempt, on July 28, 2017, dramatically ended when Senator John McCain (R/AZ) said no, with the emphasis of a thumb down. Meanwhile Mitch McConnell stood within strangling distance, arms crossed, shooting invisible poisonous darts with his eyes, to no avail.

That was fun, but It isn’t over, believe me. McCain has said he might just vote yes to the next version. The Republican majority, and Trump, continue to trick out their “American Health Care Act” which has seen 3 revisions fail to pass since Trump took office. 

Health insurance in America is about big business: CEO’s, behind closed door deals, pharmaceutical price gouging— it’s not about healthcare at all.

The ACA is flawed in that it does nothing to eliminate the corruption in the industry. It does force it’s hand by eliminating certain insurance company escape routes; the exemption of pre-existing condition from coverage has cut into profits more than anything, but other parts of the bill, most of which pertain to women’s health issues, have also cut into profits. 

The healthcare fight isn’t over, and Americans will not see a substantial improvement in this healthcare system unless billionaires are taken out of the equation. Most counties in the free world provide healthcare for their people, but in the U.S. healthcare a business for billionaire investors like the Devos family, (Betsy-secretary of killing public education) who have controlling interests in Spectrum Healthcare Services which has ties to Russia’s Alpha Bank. 

Insurance is a peculiar thing, it is set up to help those who don’t need help. 


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Trump Confirms All Doubt

Donald Trump is out of the white supremacy closet. Today he took back yesterday’s forced denunciation of hate groups, and took a stand in defense of Steve Bannon, saying he is not a racist and stands by him. 

In swift response former KKK leader David Duke thanked him for “condemning leftist terrorists.”

Trump is generous with his insults everyone from the media, to Democrats, to John McCain, to Australia, but he refuses to denounce, and even defends White Supremacy, neo-Nazis, KKK, and Vladimir Putin.  

Additionally, today Trump is threatening to cut all funding to Obamacare— deliberately sabatoging healthcare for 35 million people, out of spite, and hatred for our first black president. 

Donald Trump is not my president.