Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mueller indicts the Russians

Friday was a very important day in the history of American democracy. Robert Mueller and the Justice Department indicted Russians for interfering with United States elections, including the 2016 presidential election in opposition to Hillary, and in favor of Trump and Sanders. 

This confirms what our intelligence agencies have been saying for well over a year. This is a very big step toward stopping Russian interference in our democracy. 

Our president immediately tweeted that he was vindicated and that there was no collusion between him and Russia. 

Right. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if our administration was actually leading the efforts to stop Russian influence on our elections rather than helping cover up Russia’s attack on America?

Friday, February 9, 2018

By his actions you shall know him...

Donald Trump is apparently refusing to release the Democratic rebuttal to the Nunes memo.  The Nunes memo was supposed to totally discredit the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in our 2016 election, but failed pathetically.  The notion of that memo was that the investigation was based upon former MI5 intelligence officer Steel's dosier, which was paid for by the Hillary campaign, was actually initiated by anti-Trump conservatives during the primary season.  But, the memo itself recounted that the investigation had started earlier when Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos drunkenly told an Australian diplomat that the Russians had dirt on Hillary.  That diplomat was so distressed at the interference into the U.S. election process that they informed U.S. intelligence.  And the investigation began into Russian interference.  

So - Nunes memo - dud.

The outraged Democrats claimed that the Nunes memo was cherry picked and distorted and just a political hit job to protect Trump.  So, they called for a vote to release a Democratic memo rebuttal.  Trump won't release it.  Why? Forget the silly, transparent excuses.  It is obvious why.  Trump wants only one story out there, his story that the Mueller probe is a political hit job against him.

An innocent president would have immediately been outraged when all 14 intelligence agencies concluded that a hostile foreign power, Russia, had interfered with the American election.  An innocent president would have done everything in his or her power to investigate the Russian interference and prosecute the guilty regardless of who would fall.  An innocent president would have put in place a very formidable governmental effort to stop them from doing it again, and from doing it now - which they are doing now. 

A guilty president would have denied that there was any interference from the Russians.  A guilty president would have done everything he could to stop the investigation into Russian interference.  A guilty president would have obstructed justice by firing the head of the FBI in charge of that investigation. A guilty president would have the same party committee chairman issue a false memo to invalidate the investigation.  A guilty president would fire the man at the FBI that is in charge of the Mueller investigation.  A guilty president would fire Mueller.

A guilty president would force his own impeachment.
 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Donnie wants a Big Parade



Oh my goodness.  What a child the Republican elected president is. Donnie wants a really big military parade.  Like the French do on Bastille Day. 

Congress is fighting tooth and nail over a budget, with how much money to spend on the military being a very contentious issue, and this little boy in the White House wants to spend millions of military budget on…a parade.



I guess that is better than nuking North Korea, and maybe if he can get his Big Powerful Military Leader feelings by looking at a parade rather than starting WWIII we should all be grateful.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Evidence of Trump - Russia conspiriacy

By his behavior you can understand.  Trump just refused to implement sanctions against Russia passed by both the House and the Senate almost unanimously as a punishment for Russian interference in the elections of 2016.  This is a violation of his executive duties. Congress is the Legislative Branch - they write the laws - and the President leads the Executive Branch - he executes the laws.  Except, this tyrant in training has decided he doesn't have to.  

Why?

Pretty straightforward, it seems to me - because Trump can't impose sanctions on Russia because Russia and Trump have conspired in the Russian interference in the election of 2016, and Russia owns Trump - some form of blackmail that Russia has on him, or they can bankrupt him or cost him billions by demanding payment on massive debts he owes Russia or Russians.  

Where is the Republican Party?  Where is the Republican controlled Congress?  Have they no decency? no honor? no conscience? no outrage at the usurpation of their own powers? Our democracy is crumbling and the elected Republicans are complicit.  

The United State is supposed to be about the rule of law, not the rule of tyrants.  The Republican Party has lost its way.

The astonishing thing to me is that some of my conservative friends voted for Trump because they thought Hillary was too corrupt.  But the depths of depraved corruption of this nitwit has never been seen before in my lifetime, and I am pretty old.


 

Friday, January 19, 2018

They don't play well together, part 2

The Republican controlled government is about to shut down.  What a surprise!  This group is about as cooperative and collaborative as their Great Leader - Mr Trump. They only reach across the isle to give the other side the finger. 

Pretty discouraging.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

They don’t play well together

One thing you can certainly say about the fiercely independent/pull yourself up by your bootstraps/you’re on your own/don’t expect any help from me/I did it my way/I don’t owe anything to anybody/good luck to you but get out of my way conservatives is if they do not play well together.  How could they? Their highest value is the individual. Cooperation is barely in their consciousness. 

It is particularly pleasant to watch Bannon and Trump and Mercer and McConnell and a number of conservatives and Republicans attack each other over the revelations of Trump’s pathetic infantilism of the Wolff book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump Whitehouse”.

They all deserve each other. And America deserves better.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Trump vs Obama stock market comparison

Trump supporters, and semi-supporters, tout the stock market growth of the last year as proof that Trump is a pretty good president after all.  Because, you know, you can say all kinds of stuff about what a demented goof ball this guy is, but just look at what's really important - the NUMBERS.

OK.  Here are the numbers:

S&P 500 progress:
  •  1/1/09 - 865.98 - Obama's comes into office
  •  1/1/10 - 1123.58 - a growth of 29.7% - Obama's first year
  •  1/1/11 - 1282.62 - a growth of 14.2%
  •  1/1/12 - 1300.58 - a growth of 01.4%
  •  1/1/13 - 1480.40 - a growth of 13.8%
  •  1/1/14 - 1822.36 - a growth of 23.1%
  •  1/1/15 - 2028.15 - a growth of 11.3%
  •  1/1/16 - 1918.60 - a loss of 05.4%
  •  1/1/17 - 2275.12 - a growth of 18.6%
  •  1/1/18 - 2689.15 - a growth of 18.2% - Trump's first year in office
So, the S&P grew at almost the exact the same rate in Trump's first year as Obama's last year, and grew by significantly less than Obama's first year.  

I think that Obama's handling of the terrible financial crash of 2008 is responsible for the excellent stock market performance the first year and over the course of his eight years - a total growth of the S&P of 162.7%.  I am sure that this significantly outperforms those countries who panicked and instigated austerity rather than stimulus in response to the Great Recession.

Trump thrills some conservatives with his attacks on safety, environmental, and health regulations.  And these conservatives seem to believe that the way to grow the market is to attack these regulations.  The data don't support that belief.  And Trump and the Republicans are failing in their duty to protect the people of this nation.