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Sorry, Trump is scum
Follow his campaign, presidency or his life. A total bastard. A pathological liar, self-serving, dense, soulless, mean-spirited, egomanical, shallow, and he has no dog.
What stops minorities from siding with the GOP?
How can we get more black people and people of color to become republican in America? What stops people from wanting to side with the party's politics in the first place?
An opinion from blogger Adam Roach...
I am a white, Christian, middle aged, male, small business owner. I am the Republican Party.
They have a hard time getting me to vote for them. It’s specifically because of the domestic policy. While I benefited from the recent tax bill, my employees didn’t. Most of them are white too.
So if they have a hard time getting me to vote continuously for them, how are they going to get the not me?
The issue is that the Republican Party has become a party of social exclusionism. There is little difference between the duopoly on monetary policy, trade policy, fiscal discipline, subsidies, budgetary concerns etc. The only substantive differences are in regulatory policy, science funding and tax policy.
Its all about social conservatism today. I’m a fiscally conservative voter but I don’t really care about gay marriage, or transgender issues or kneeling during the anthem. In fact the amount of vitriol the GOP loads into these things actually makes me sympathetic to the other side because whenever I see someone pushing this level of exclusionism I recognize that the underlying prejudice is inherently Un-American.
There it is, Un-American.
How are the minorities supposed to choose the GOP when everything those minorities say or care about is dismissed as whining or laziness?
Too many extrajudicial killings of black men by cops?.....Stop wearing hoodies.
The water system in my town is full of lead?.....Move you slacker.
I work two jobs and can’t pay the bills?.....Tough, pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Get a third job.
Healthcare is too expensive!....Don’t buy an iPhone.
The iPhone comment came from a guy who said that his congressional salary of $174k wasn’t enough for him to afford his home in Utah and a place in Washington DC. A guy who hasn’t actually paid for healthcare in more than a decade.
I have watched republicans take a position that is pro-life for fetuses but wave off mass school shootings as part of “the price of freedom”. They can defend that fetus but then fight any program that would feed it, shelter it, give it healthcare.
I’ve watched them use the free speech argument to defend all manner of bad behaviour but then call down a guy for quietly taking a knee as an affront to America.
They want school choice but only as a direct way to further defund public schools.
They promised for a decade to give us better healthcare but at the cost of 10% of the population not having any at all, and what was left over wasn’t much better.
They accuse the other side of fiscal irresponsibility but then spend even more when they have control.
Yet the core problem that is germane to this question is the racism.
Not all republicans are racists but if you are politically active and a racist, you will be a republican.
Jack Kemp, Bob Dole, Colin Powell are gone. They’ve been replaced by weaker, compromised men who lack moral vision.
I have known four local GOP chairmen scattered across the South, they were all racists and bad at hiding it. That’s local politics. In places with actual black voters that were Christian, conservative, hard working and largely gun owners. Lost opportunities.
The GOP as it exists today has become a party of meanness. They have no forward vision and they exist only to cache money for the wealthiest citizens. They have pioneered a new society of debt slaves and they’ve done it for a new society of masters.
Blacks and Latinos are pretty good at sniffing out a racist. It’s a necessary survival skill for a minority population that exists lower down the social ladder. Why would they vote for people that they know will not listen to them? People that think they are less valuable to society? People who think they are superior by virtue of birth alone?
They shouldn’t and they don’t.
The democrats have faced this too but not because of racism it’s just basic indifference and general malaise.
The GOP has become a pool of single issue voters but those issues are not really relevant to them.
School choice is meaningless for people without the means to afford even a subsidized private education.
Abortion isn’t really an issue in black/brown America because their large, tight knit families provide the necessary support mechanisms that alleviate many of the socioeconomic pressures associated with the practice leaving only health related concerns as a primary driver.
Guns rights are so far down the list of concerns that they barely register for minority voters.
Tax cuts are always popular but eliminating capital gains is only popular with people who have them, that’s not the plurality of the population. Top end cuts don’t matter to poor people, heck low end cuts don’t matter that much when you are in the bottom 35%.
The gay wedding cake debacle is utterly meaningless to minorities, they know what it’s like to be discriminated against and should they have have the luxury of turning down paying business they would at least be civil about it.
New aircraft carriers are cool but Americans who can’t afford whole family healthcare aren’t going to vote on that.
Then there is the Obama problem.
The GOP was utterly disrespectful to the first black president. They did that for 8 years and they did it in ways that came off as utterly racist. That little bit of thinly veiled theater will cost them votes for a generation. When we elect the first Latino it will be much the same and considering the last two weeks the first woman will likely find a similar reception, even if she’s a republican.
Misogyny has a price. The GOP knows this and that’s why their real crime is to disenfranchise as many actual potential voters as possible. Roster purges, gerrymandering (by both sides), a criminal justice system that seems almost designed to adversely impact minority communities, permanently yanking voting access.
This Republican Party as it exists today isn’t even trying to get minority votes. It’s going out of its way to prevent minority voting. The minorities are catching on too. If they actually start voting the GOP as it is currently constituted might just go extinct.
The problem is that the other option is seldom vastly better. The democrats have essentially adopted the moderate republican economic policy, which I’m personally fine with. That’s the problem though, there isn’t really a ton of difference on the one thing people reliably vote on, their checkbooks.
It looks like with Kavanaugh they might have stepped on a landmine though. Women aren’t a minority, they are half the population. The tackiness that has insinuated itself into the body politic is not helping here and that’ll hurt more than the minority vote in general because it’s minority women who take voting more seriously in my experience and women talk to each other.
To answer the question after this long rant:
To attract minorities the GOP needs to fundamentally change its character. Not necessarily its core philosophy but its character. That’s going to be hard with its current members.
what can be said of the trump economy?
Tons of jobs, stock market out of its mind making money, wages up near 2%, how could I have any issue with the currect economy..
Well it all feels wrong.. nothing changed in my neck of the woods.. Same as we were in 2010.. why do I lay awake and worry about my grand kids and others making a living?
Looking for workers, need people. trained people.. money invested in updating many of the small business which make up the arrowhead of Minnesota..
Iron mining back to booming. but much opposition to nearly approved copper/nickel mining done by foreign companies..
so lets ask some experts, who have studied this boring stuff for a life time..
John Brazier is one of those who find economics so interesting he makes a living teaching it..
part of an article by him which he did not link, so all I have is the part I post..
I’m just going to focus on one area: the economy. Remember, despite Republican defiance and intransigence, Obama hauled the US economy out of a massive recession and did it more quickly than any other country in the world (even though one might question some of his actions).
Trump, in the space of around 6 months - because he knows nothing about economics - has done the following:
Given a huge tax break to the wealthy and the corporations. This is meant to revitalize the economy. Unfortunately, the corporates don’t use it for investment but for share buy-backs, which artificially raises their stock value and thus raises the execs’ bonuses. The wealthy simply invest in the stock market, which further artificially raises the whole stock market value. The small amount that does make it to real business investment will actually do little because (a) the USA is near full employment: you can’t find people to fill the jobs, which causes wage inflation - the economy is overheating, and (b) we’re late in the business cycle: a slowdown is coming.
With the tax break, he has also declared a trade war with the whole of the world. These together significantly limits the government’s income, leading to more borrowing. In addition, Trump now has to borrow more so that he can subsidize soya farmers (for example) to keep them on-side during the war. The trade war will also directly hit US businesses, reducing their sales and profits, so slowing the economy down.
Trump is trying to stop the Fed from raising interest rates - which they must to (a) contain inflation, and (b) have enough ammunition in the interest rate to cut rates when the coming global recession will hit (and it is coming).
All these things are unfunded. The tax bill alone will increase the national debt by 1 to 2 trillion in the next few years; it is impossible to predict the borrowings needed for the trade war.
So Trump has created a huge bubble, riding on a perfect storm of unneeded stimulus, whilst simultaneously doing everything he can to shut down income flows - to both business and the government. And he’s trying to undermine the one institution that has the responsibility for trying to navigate the mess.
The result will be, come the next recession, an enormous crash which has the potential to make 2008 look like the warm-up act. For some time afterwards the economy will be a basket case and, which is unusual, one single culprit can and will be pointed out: Trump (with backup from the Republican party, who have appeared to have gone insane and abandoned everything they stood for, especially fiscal probity). He will go down in history as a terrible warning as to how the USA can screw up big-time if it really puts its mind to it.
So watch for the next few years: it could happen tomorrow, it could be years away. But it’s coming.
Just a final little stat to underline the great Trump competence. Remember his great stump promise about saving the coal miners? Well, the coal industry is cutting capacity and closing mines faster now than when Trump came into office: precisely as predicted by those who remain sane. Trump is now trying to stop it by Exec Order: sadly, economics will win.
If the coming mid-term wave isn't a Red one - it ain't President Trump's fault!
Just watched last nights rally in Lebanon, OH. Watched some of the others during the week. Will watch tonight's rally in Richmond KY. Heard that, as always, the lines are long and started very early. In the face of constant hate from Dems, Libs, Socialists, Rhinos, Never-Trumpers, Globalists, MSM, Hollywood, Sports, and the rest - this guy is a DYNAMO! Everyone he campaigns for gets a bump. People, if Republicans don't solidify their hold on both houses and wind up with more pro-Trump Senators and Representatives - it won't be because he didn't do everything he could. All we've got to do is vote, and make sure that all our like-minded friends and family do the same. There is NO EXCUSE! When I think about all the crap this man and his family are taking trying to put America back where it belongs, it really grinds my gears. So VOTE dammit! If you live somewhere that's BLUE - vote and make them spend a lot of money to try to hold on to that area in 2020. Strategically, that's a win. If you live somewhere "leaning" one way or the other - vote and turn it RED. And if you live somewhere that's RED - vote and trounce them (Listen Up TEXAS). Make them think twice about trying to flip things. It's in our hands to give President Trump the means to do the rest of what he said he'd do. PROMISES MADE - PROMISES KEPT. MAGA. KAG. 2016 and then 2020!! WooHoo!!
"Take it" or Leave it"............
EATING IN THE FIFTIES
Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.
Curry was a surname.
Taco? Never saw one till I was 15.
All chips were plain.
Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.
Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.
Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
Chickens didn't have fingers in those days.
None of us had ever heard of yogurt.
Healthy food consisted of anything edible!
Cooking outside was called camping.
Seaweed was not a recognized food.
'Kebab' was not even a word... never mind a food.
Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
Prunes were medicinal and stewed.
Surprisingly Muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.
Pineapples came in chunks or were round with a hole in the middle, in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.
Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for it, they would have become a laughing stock.
There were three things that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties . . . elbows, hats and cell phones!
......and there was always two choices for each meal...
"Take it" or Leave it"............
An orange promise.
The right wingers love to claim trump is keeping his promises.. I would love to know what those promises are, I find none that an American should like..
but even I, a totally objective viewer of the orange fog bank, can find a number that he has not and seems to have no intention of keeping..
Now if they are not still overwhelmed by the DNA test that trump refuses to pay up on as he promised many times.
let us all have a quick look at a letter from my congressman Nolan..
Like so many other Americans, those of us who serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee are wondering whatever happened to the President’s promise of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill? The answer, 21 months after the President took office, is “nothing.” The President and GOP leaders have earned an “F” for their failure to deliver.
A healthy infrastructure is the foundation of jobs and economic growth, and states rely on the federal government for the lion’s share of funds to fix deteriorating highways, roads, bridges, airports, rail lines, transit systems and water treatment facilities.
If you commute from the 8th District down I-35 to the Twin Cities, congestion will cost you about 41 extra hours in rush-hour traffic every year, along with an additional $1,332 in gasoline and wear and tear on your vehicle. Shipping delays due to highway and rail tie-ups cost Minnesota businesses millions of dollars every year.
Because situations like these are so common throughout the nation, the Civil Engineers recommend an investment of at least $3.5 trillion to bring our infrastructure up to 21st Century standards that match what China and the European Union are doing.
To put that $3.5 trillion figure into perspective, we have already spent more than $6 trillion on wars of choice in Iraq and Afghanistan. With interest and the continuing cost of our involvement and care of our wounded military Veterans, that figure is estimated to reach nearly $16 trillion over the next 20 years.
As I have said so many times before, it’s time to put a stop to these endless wars of choice and start reinvesting in America in infrastructure, human development, medical research, education, addressing climate change, and so many other urgent national priorities to help ensure a better life for future generations.
We will keep you posted as events proceed. Meanwhile, I want to hear your thoughts. Feel free to contact any of our offices listed below or send me an email.
AG Rosenstein’s WIFE - Guilty as Charged !
Here's what it looks like when all the pieces are sewn together. It smells like conspiracy and treason.
Everyone needs to read this. Slowly, and patiently, because it’s very important......
From 2001 to 2005 there was an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
A Grand Jury had been empaneled.
Governments from around the world had donated to the “Charity”.
Yet, from 2001 to 2003 none of those “Donations” to the Clinton Foundation were declared.
Hmmm, now you would think that an honest investigator would be able to figure this out.
Guess who took over this investigation in 2002?
Bet you can’t guess.
None other than James Comey.
Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?
Guess who was transferred in to the Internal Revenue Service to run the Tax Exemption Branch of the IRS?
Your friend and mine, Lois “Be on The Look Out” (BOLO) Lerner.
Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?
It gets better, well not really, but this is all just a series of strange coincidences, right?
Guess who ran the Tax Division inside the Department of Injustice from 2001 to 2005?
No other than the Assistant Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein.
Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?
Guess who was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during this time frame?
I know, it’s a miracle, just a coincidence, just an anomaly in statistics and chances, but it was Robert Mueller.
What do all four casting characters have in common?
They all were briefed and/or were front line investigators into the Clinton Foundation Investigation.
Now that’s just a coincidence, right?
Ok, lets chalk the last one up to mere chance.
Let’s fast forward to 2009......
James Comey leaves the Justice Department to go and cash-in at Lockheed Martin.
Hillary Clinton is running the State Department, on her own personal email server by the way.
The Uranium One “issue” comes to the attention of the Hillary.
Like all good public servants do, you know looking out for America’s best interest, she decides to support the decision and approve the sale of 20% of US Uranium to no other than, the Russians.
Now you would think that this is a fairly straight up deal, except it wasn’t, the People got absolutely nothing out of it.
However, prior to the sales approval, no other than Bill Clinton goes to Moscow, gets paid 500K for a one hour speech then meets with Vladimir Putin at his home for a few hours. Ok, no big deal right? Well, not so fast, the FBI had a mole inside the money laundering and bribery scheme.
Guess who was the FBI Director during this time frame?
Yep, Robert Mueller.
He even delivered a Uranium Sample to Moscow in 2009.
Guess who was handling that case within the Justice Department out of the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland?
No other than, Rod Rosenstein.
Guess what happened to the informant?
The Department of Justice placed a GAG order on him and threatened to lock him up if he spoke out about it.
How does 20% of the most strategic asset of the United States of America end up in Russian hands when the FBI has an informant, a mole providing inside information to the FBI on the criminal enterprise?
Guess what happened soon after the sale was approved?
~145 million dollars in “donations” made their way into the Clinton Foundation from entities directly connected to the Uranium One deal.
Guess who was still at the Internal Revenue Service working the Charitable Division?
No other than, Lois Lerner.
Ok, that’s all just another series of coincidences, nothing to see here, right?
Let’s fast forward to 2015.
Due to a series of tragic events in Benghazi and after the 9 “investigations” the House, Senate and at State Department, Trey Gowdy who was running the 10th investigation as Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi discovers that Hillary ran the State Department on an unclassified, unauthorized, outlaw personal email server. He also discovered that none of those emails had been turned over when she departed her “Public Service” as Secretary of State which was required by law.
He also discovered that there was Top Secret information contained within her personally archived email.
Sparing you the State Departments cover up, the nostrums they floated, the delay tactics that were employed and the outright lies that were spewed forth from the necks of the Kerry State Department, we shall leave it with this…… they did everything humanly possible to cover for Hillary.
Now this is amazing, guess who became FBI Director in 2013? and, Guess who secured 17 no bid contracts for his employer (Lockheed Martin) with the State Department and was rewarded with a six million dollar thank you present when he departed his employer?
No other than James Comey.
Amazing how all those no-bids just went right through at State, huh?
Now he is the FBI Director in charge of the “Clinton Email Investigation” after of course his FBI Investigates the Lois Lerner “Matter” at the Internal Revenue Service and exonerates her.
Nope.... couldn’t find any crimes there.
Can you guess what happened next?
In April 2016, James Comey drafts an exoneration letter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, meanwhile the DOJ is handing out immunity deals like candy.
They didn’t even convene a Grand Jury.
Like a lightning bolt of statistical impossibility, like a miracle from God himself, like the true “Gangsta” Homey is, James steps out into the cameras of an awaiting press conference on July the 8th of 2016, and exonerates the Hillary from any wrongdoing.
Can you see the pattern?
It goes on and on, Rosenstein becomes Asst. Attorney General, Comey gets fired based upon a letter by
Rosenstein, Comey leaks government information to the press, Mueller is assigned to the Russian Investigation sham by Rosenstein to provide cover for decades of malfeasance within the FBI and DOJ and the story continues.
FISA Abuse, political espionage..... pick a crime, any crime, chances are..... this group and a few others did it.
All the same players.
All compromised and conflicted.
All working fervently to NOT go to jail themselves.
All connected in one way or another to the Clinton's.
They are like battery acid, they corrode and corrupt everything they touch.
How many lives have these two destroyed?
As of this writing, the Clinton Foundation, in its 20+ years of operation of being the largest International Charity
Fraud in the history of mankind, has never been audited by the Internal Revenue Service.
Let us not forget that Comey's brother works for DLA Piper, the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation's taxes.
See the person that is the common denominator to all the crimes above and still doing her evil escape legal maneuvers at the top of the 3 Letter USA Agencies? Yep, that would be Hillary R. Clinton.
Who is Lisa Barsoomian ?
Let’s learn a little about Mrs. Lisa H. Barsoomian’s background.
Lisa H. Barsoomian, a US Attorney that graduated from Georgetown Law, is a protege of James Comey and Robert Mueller.
Barsoomian, with her boss R. Craig Lawrence, represented Bill Clinton in 1998.
Lawrence also represented:
Robert Mueller three times;
James Comey five times;
Barack Obama 45 times;
Kathleen Sebelius 56 times;
Bill Clinton 40 times; and
Hillary Clinton 17 times.
Between 1998 and 2017, Barsoomian herself represented the FBI at least five times.
You may be saying to yourself, OK, who cares? Who cares about the work history of this Barsoomian woman?
Apparently someone does, because someone out there cares so much that they’ve “purged” all Barsoomian court documents for her Clinton representation in Hamburg vs. Clinton in 1998 and its appeal in 1999 from the DC District and Appeals Court dockets (?). Someone out there cares so much that the internet has been “purged” of all information pertaining to Barsoomian.
Historically, this indicates that the individual is a protected CIA operative.
Additionally, Lisa Barsoomian has specialized in opposing Freedom of Information Act requests on behalf of the intelligence community.
And, although Barsoomian has been involved in hundreds of cases representing the DC Office of the US Attorney, her email address is Lisa Barsoomian at NIH gov. The NIH stands for National Institutes of Health.
This is a tactic routinely used by the CIA to protect an operative by using another government organization to shield their activities.
It’s a cover, so big deal right? I mean what does one more attorney with ties to the US intelligence community really matter?
It deals with Trump and his recent tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum imports, the border wall, DACA, everything coming out of California, the Uni-party unrelenting opposition to President Trump, the Clapper leaks, the Comey leaks, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusal and subsequent 14 month nap with occasional forays into the marijuana legalization mix …. and last but not least Mueller’s never-ending investigation into collusion between the Trump team and the Russians.
Why does Barsoomian, CIA operative, merit any mention?
She is Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s WIFE….That’s why!!
GET THIS INFORMATION OUT TO EVERYONE YOU CAN.
The FaceBook Activist Purge
THE FACEBOOK ACTIVIST PURGE
By Storm Clouds Gathering
I don’t know how many more messages I will be able to post on Facebook. I will be treating each one as my last from here on out.
You may have heard about the purges of activist pages and accounts on Facebook this week. For those who have watched trends on the platform over the past several years this isn’t all that surprising. It is however, a serious escalation.
Some of those targeted were antiwar activists I have worked with at various points (TheAntiMedia, The Free Thought Project, Mintpress News). These pages were nonpartisan. They stood up to foreign policy of both the Obama and Trump administrations. They refused to endorse candidates or take sides in elections. These voices were silenced because they challenged the official narratives on issues that mattered (war, corruption, police brutality etc…).
StormCloudsGathering survived the initial purge. Based on statements made by Facebook I have some ideas as to why (I have been watching policy and algorithm changes closely). I don’t expect us to be spared in the future.
We have a moral obligation to speak out on certain issues (like war and government criminality). Unfortunately Facebook has made it very clear that controversial topics are not welcome on their platform and they have demonstrated that they are willing to use brute censorship to silence dissent. In the long run I believe this will be their undoing.
Going forward I will be posting a weekly update directly on the front page of StormCloudsGathering.com. The next update will be up Friday by 5PM EST. You many want to bookmark the page and sign up for email updates.
We are in the process of restructuring and redesigning our websites behind the scenes, and working on content for the next phase. Changes will be rolling out gradually over the weeks and months ahead. This push corresponds with events building on the horizon. My goal is to have most of this work finished before the real fireworks start.
In the long run activists cannot rely on social media companies for distribution. We need to be looking ahead towards vectors of communication that cannot be so easily shut down. In the meantime, if you’re not happy with where they’re taking this I’m sure you can find creative ways to let them know.
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That Face You Make
Undoubtly everyone has seen the new anti-Trump meme..... what the authors and those spreading this piece of nonsense fails to realize..... undocumented or better described illegals may or may not pay taxes. However, they number in the millions. President Trump, before he took office paid an average of $38 million dollars a year and does not use any welfare. The average illegal us the following services:
"Unauthorized immigrants are ineligible for most major federally-funded safety net programs. Key safety net programs, including the cash welfare program Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program), and the means-tested disability program Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are available. An estimated 40 percent of non-elderly undocumented immigrants have no health insurance." Plus all their undocumented children receive free education (crowding school systems) and free lunches. I do not begrudge the kids receiving education or food... I resent idiots pretending that illegals pay their own way.
Based on this..... they use more services than their taxes cover.
So... here is the meme....
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