Speaking of Selfish Billionaires 

An admission of culpability was made during an appearance on Russian television’s “Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov,” by Russian politician Vyacheslav Nikonov, who said regarding the US intelligence community: American spies “slept through while Russia elected a new US president.” Hmm…this is like a pickpocket blaming the owner of the wallet. 

Marc Zuckerberg lent an assist to the pickpocket. Facebook reportedly sold $100,000 but possibly as much as $150,000 in political advertising space to a Kremlin-linked “troll farm” who used the space to propagate fake news stories that swayed many to vote for Trump who may not have otherwise. 

So, shame on this gullible nation of people who were so easily manipulated, and shame on the intelligence community for napping. 

Russia is enjoying the show: opportunistic billionaires with a penchant for manipulating laws, regulations, and benefits in a way that will allow them to hoard more money and monopolize Washington.

Speaking of selfish billionaires, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin “is considering backdating Trump’s proposed tax cut to those in the top income bracket to January 1, 2016.” 

If you haven’t heard, the tax cut would lower corporate taxes and the taxes of the wealthiest Americans to 15%. 

Mnuchin says it would be a “boon” to the economy. Cutting taxes almost in half for the wealthiest Americans, while cutting programs for the poor— that would be a boon? A boon for whom? And what does that does that even mean? Let’s look: 

boon1 —noun 

1. something to be thankful for; blessing; benefit. 

2. something that is asked; a favor sought.

boon2 —adjective 

1. jolly; jovial; convivial: boon companions.

2. Archaic. kindly; gracious; bounteous. 

boon3 —noun Textiles.

1. the ligneous waste product obtained by braking and scutching flax. 

I pick boon3, the third definition, because cutting taxes for the wealthiest to 15% would be a ligneous pile of…waste. 

Nice work Russia. 


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Quietly Altruistic — Meh

If you’re in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.~ Warren Buffett

Donald Trump and his sons want you to know he has pledged $1 million to victims of this week’s storm. They want main stream media to put it out there. It is out there. 

To ensure the press got the message Trump wants spread, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Thursday: “President Trump is calling on reporters to help decide which specific organization he should give to.” That is subtle. 

Also out there: According to Forbes, over the past decade, Eric Trump’s own charity, the proceeds of which go to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital’s cancer research, has paid Trump organization more than $1.2 million ~from the charity’s funds~ for the annual one-day use of their golf course. Quiet altruism at work? 

Whether Trump actually donates what he pledges remains to be seen. He pledged the same amount after hurricane Sandy in 2014, but there is no record of payment… because he never paid. His track record is not good even for his own fund raising efforts.

Trump’s offer of $1 million dollars follows offers by a list of stars. Leonardo Dicaprio and the Kardashians have also pledged to donate. Sandra Bullock has been quietly donating $1 million every time there’s a disaster.

Trump wants recognition for his donation pledge, but he wants to quietly cut $1 billion from FEMA’s disaster relief budget before the next major hurricane hits… so he can use that money to build his wall.

I’d like to point out that $1 million for this man, who is “so smart” because he does not pay taxes, is a drop in the bucket when compared to what he has drained from tax payer coffers. To date at least $63,638,616. has been spent for his recreational travel. 

Additionally, when Donald goes to Mar-A-Lago, or when Milania stays in New York Trump Tower, the secret service pays Trump organization a pricey rent for their accommodations, as they do when he visits any of his properties. 

The secret service has already spent it’s budget for the year, but perhaps if Trump wasn’t profiting from their protection they’d be fine. 

According to a Government Accountability office report, a single trip to Mar-a-Lago costs taxpayers approximately $3.6 million. One night protecting Milania in New York is $1 million. 

The following information is found on the website: trumpgolfcount.com

  • Trump has spent 25 days at Mar a Lago since his inauguration. 
  • Cost of flights to Mar a Lago (7 so far):* ~$14,392,000
  • Trump has spent 25 days  at Bedminster. 
  • Cost of flights to Bedminster (8 so far):* ~$5,911,000
  • Trump has visited his clubs once every 4 days since his inauguration.
  • Projected visits to golf clubs in four years: 352

Total times Obama golfed during his eight year Presidency: 306

I realize I am being critical, but that’s because there is so much to criticize. Donald Trump wants positive attention, and he needs a boost in his approval ratings. It doesn’t cost a dime to pledge a donation for any amount.

Incidentally, the mayor of Houston saying that Donald Trump isn’t returning his calls.


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Caveat Labore — Quia Trump

“CNBC Exclusive: Secret Service out of money to pay agents because of Trump’s frequent travel, large family.”

Hmm…Trump wants to lower taxes for billionaires. Meanwhile tax dollars hard working Americans pay are spent protecting the globetrotting families of an entitled man who hasn’t paid taxes in twenty years.  

And here’s another kick in the groin: charges for hotel rooms, golf cart rentals, food, ski rentals, and lift tickets, for the secret service to follow all the Trumps around, are often paid to Trump resorts. He is profiting directly from his own security. Oh yes, he is. 

The funds to pay the 1000+ secret service officers employed to guard Herr Potus and his families, and his properties, and all of their constant vacations, have been tapped dry. 

Constant excessive overtime pay has a cap for these secret service employees, meaning these people reach a point when they are working for free, they will never be fully compensated for all the hours they have put in. This is consistent with Trumps modus operandi. 

Weird that a man who filed bankruptcy six times, leaving goods and services rendered unpaid, wouldn’t be more conscientious. Lurching ordinary people out of money comes second nature to Trump.

Let me translate this into latin for those who don’t get my English. “Caveat labore”- Let the worker beware: working for Trump has often been on a voluntary basis, although employees may be unaware of that until payday. 

There is a Latin phrase “Sine labore nihil” it means ” Nothing without work. For Trump, the phrase needs tweaking: “Labore quia nihil”- Work for nothing.

Attrition in the secret service is at an all time high. 

Let me offer an idea free of charge: make Donald Trump pay for his own security.


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Will the Mooch Pay Taxes—Like the Peasants Do

In an unheard of turn of events, one of the wealthiest Americans to conceive of a new form of self gratification, (although I once had a cat who did something similar), may have to pay taxes.

When the “Mooch” took on the roll of Trump town crier he was forced to sell his hedge fund valued at $80 million, due to conflict of interest laws. Yes, these are the same laws Donald Trump has managed to um…hedge. 

I have to admit I woke up in a bit of a fog the morning after the loss of Mooch. I wanted more time, but probably not for the same reason he did. While we all enjoyed a gloriously short honeymooch period but, like all cursed things, it had to end at some point. The problem for the little scrapper is that he did not last a single pay period, let alone the two pay periods as a White House employee that are required to allow him to avoid paying capital gains taxes on the sale of his hedge fund.

Scaramucci is a rich little fu**er, and therefore in the 20% tax bracket. This would bring his tax bill, for the sale of his $80 million hedge fund, to $16 million…ba da bing. 

Considering all that was encompassed in the ten days of his employment: the end of his marriage, missing his son’s birth, the loss of his job, and now a tax bill of $16 million, I think we can all feel a little sad for the Mooch (or not). Perhaps he might consider asking Steve Bannon exactly how he might best console himself.

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Somebody Explain the Electoral College? … I Will!

I just had my first Twitter melt down. (How Trump of me.) I was responding to a gentleman who was under a misapprehension regarding the electoral college. It’s understandable that anyone would be confused about something as nonsensical as the Electoral College, and the fact that it has not been abolished these two hundred plus years later is beyond any explanation.

Up until the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, after the presidential election of 2016, (which is when the members of the electoral college convene in their respective states to cast the votes that actually determine who wins— ridiculous but true), I still held hope in the Electors, the men who have the job of casting the actual votes that decide the next leader of the free world. 

If you read my blog, you understand my hope was that these men would do what the founding fathers intended which, as I interpret the constitution, would have been to vote to “protect the will of the people” by putting the actual decision of the presidency in the hands of the popular vote, and not to submit to the results of gerrymandering (the manipulation of boundaries of an electoral constituency so as to favor one party or class), and Russian interference. 

The electoral college voted as they were expected to vote. The winner lost, the loser won, and Angela Merkel became the leader of the free world. 

That said, it was the arrogance of this twit, I mean tweet, that inspired me to re-post from January 09, 2017. 

Enough. He believes we have the electoral college so that the 10 most populated cities “who think they are intielctuallly superior to everyone” can’t decide the direction of the country. I won’t post my response here, but I think Ty needs a more thorough explanation.

So, not because I think I’m your “intellectual superior” but because everyone needs to understand the ugly truth of our history, this is for you Ty… and I’m sorry I called you a moron.

Someone (Nicolas Miller) once stated that our electoral system for electing presidents “is truly a gift that keeps on giving”- I say if there is a gift receipt I’d like to exchange it for something more fitting a Democracy. (Democratic republic for those who can’t grasp the fact that Democracy is the ideology this country strives for.)

The electoral college was adopted in 1787. The failures of the system were first apparent in 1800 with a tied election. Since then, elections in 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, and 2016, all resulted in the loser winning.

I finally saw Hamilton the musical last night. I loved it, it was amazing. Beyond making … hmm…what’s his name…Alexander Hamilton a household name, it shed light on the man’s genius. He was an interpreter of the constitution, penning 51 of the 85 essays called the Federalist Papers which had the purpose of defending and clarifying the proposed Constitution, he was founder of the nation’s financial system and the first Secretary of the Treasury, he founded what was to become the US Coast guard, and he launched the New York Post. Those are only some of the achievements he accomplished in a relatively short lifetime…not bad for an illegitimate orphan from the British West Indies. 

Besides the inducement of enjoying theater, I had another reason to see Hamilton. I was interested to see if the subject of the electoral college was addressed in the musical, because Alexander Hamilton was in large part behind its conception. In answer to that, no it wasn’t specifically addressed. The musical was written before the subject became such a hot topic of debate. Hamilton’s authorship of 51 of the essays in Federalist Papers was mentioned.

In recent months, the most hotly debated essay of the Federalist Papers has been No. 68. It is the second in a series of 11 of said essays discussing the powers and limitations of the Executive branch and the only one to describe the method of selecting a president.
The electoral college was a compromise. It was concocted to garner enough support to ratify the constitution. 

The founding fathers were split on how a president should be elected. Some wanted a direct election by the people, while others wanted the president to be elected by congress. 

Again, the electoral college was a compromise concocted to garner support for the constitution which had not yet been ratified. 

In an attempt to gain support of the slaveholding states, the “Three-Fifths Compromise” was included in the Electoral College proposal—three fifths of the population in those states at the time were slaves— who were not allowed to vote. This “Compromise” essentially gave a slaveowner’s vote the weight of the numbers of their slaves. If their slaves had been given a vote, and they voted in accordance with their slave owners that might have been fair…or not.

By virtue of the original intent of the Three-Fifths Compromise, it should have been abolished the same year blacks were given a vote. 

Let’s go back to Hamilton. He was anti-slave, however he viewed the system of an electoral college as superior to direct popular election for a few reasons:

  • he recognized, the “sense of the people should operate in the choice,” and would through the election of the electors to the Electoral College. Second, the electors would be:
  • “men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.”
  • Such men would be “most likely to have the information and discernment” to make a good choice, and avoid the election of anyone “not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications”.
  • Corruption of an electoral process could most likely arise from the desire of “foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.” To minimize risk of foreign machinations and inducements, the electoral college would have only a “transient existence” and no elector could be a “senator, representative, or other person holding a place of trust or profit under the United States”; electors would make their choice in a “detached situation”, whereas a preexisting body of federal office-holders “might be tampered with beforehand to prostitute their votes.”

Also, a successful candidate for the office of president would have to have the distinguished qualities to appeal to electors from many states, not just one or a few states:

  • “Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States”

Hamilton expressed confidence that:

  • “It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue”
  • The members of the electoral college do not have an infinite number of responsibilities. They have one job. That job is to ensure the person elected to office of President of the United States:
  1. reflects the will of the people, 
  2.  is unaffected by foreign machinations,
  3.  is someone with requisite qualifications.

On December 19, 2016, Members of the Electoral College failed to do their intended job. 

In addition, more than 50 Electoral College members who voted for Donald Trump were ineligible to serve as presidential electors because they either did not live in the congressional districts they represented, or they held elective office in states legally barring dual officeholders, and yet these factors were ignored by the Senate this Friday, January 6, 2016, when a third opportunity to disqualify an illegitimate election was disregarded.

Corrupt cowardice is at the helm of America’s sinking leader-ship. Our tax dollars pay these people who have allowed so many opportunities to correct an injustice to a vast majority of the population before Inauguration Day. Sorry, but I think it’s bullshit.


Trump Wants Your Personal Information

Donald Trump, the president who won’t let you see his tax returns, wants your name, birthday, the last four digits in your Social Security number, as well as your voting history dating back to 2006. Why?

One of the many executive orders Trump signed in May was to establish a commission to “promote fair and honest federal elections.” Beyond a photo op display of his penmanship, he has indeed put together a “voter integrity commission” supposedly in order to prove his claim of “widespread voter fraud” during the 2016 election. His unsubstantiated proclamation is that 3-5 million votes were cast illegally and those illegal votes cost him the popular vote win. 

This Thursday letters were sent out to all 50 states demanding they turn over the sensitive information in their voter roll database to said commission. Three states so far have flatly refused. California, Virginia, and Kentucky have stated, as one reason for their non-compliance, they will not waste taxpayer dollars:

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) stated— “At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump’s alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression,” 

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) who also refused to cooperate with the Trump request said— “The president created his election commission based on the false notion that “voter fraud” is a widespread issue – it is not, indeed, despite bipartisan objections and a lack of authority, the President has repeatedly spread the lie that three to five million illegal votes were cast in the last election, Kentucky will not aid a commission that is at best a waste of taxpayer money and at worst an attempt to legitimize voter suppression efforts across the country.”

I wonder at the timing of this. During a hearing on cybersecurity just last week, officials of the DHS and the FBI testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee disclosing details of the extent to which voter registration rolls were compromised by Russian hackers. We learned proof exists of attempts to breach the voting systems of 21 states, and of their success in 9 states. 

In Illinois for example, personal data of more than 90,000 registered voters was stolen by Russian operatives. Of those records, 90% of the data included drivers license numbers, and 25% contained the last four digits of voters’ Social Security numbers— the same information our POTUS is demanding.

Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Germany next week. Perhaps Putin could save our taxpayer dollars by giving Trump the information he seeks from the 50 states… or perhaps Trump’s motivation and the timing of his request is to arm himself with a gift for Putin of the information Russian operatives were unable to completely gather previously. 

When Americans register to vote is that considered authorization to release personal information which could be used for a myriad of nefarious activities? Given the choice, I would never give my information to a man who is considered a con artist among his peers. 

Who is looking out for the interests of Americans? It certainly isn’t Donald Trump, although that is exactly what he promised to do when he took office. The GOP has made it clear that as long as Trump continues to pass their agendas they will not question his actions with regards to Russia.

Why are we allowing this?