As Trump touts the economy consider this
Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress keep crowing about the economy, when in reality Trumponomics has been a disaster. Here are its seven biggest failures:
1. Trump promised to bring down America’s trade deficit “as fast as possible.” Instead, the trade deficit has hit an all-time high. The United States is now purchasing more goods and services from the rest of the world than we sell abroad than at any time in history.
2. As a presidential candidate in 2016, he said he could completely eliminate the federal debt in eight years. Instead, the federal debt has exploded thanks to Trump and the GOP’s $1.9 trillion tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. They’re already using the growing debt to threaten cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
3. He promised to boost the wages of American workers, including a $4,000 pay raise for the average American family. Instead, wages for most Americans have been flat, adjusted for inflation. Meanwhile, over the same period, corporate profits have soared and the rich have become far richer, but the gains haven’t trickled down.
4. His administration said that corporations would invest their savings from tax cuts. Instead, corporations spent more money buying back shares of their own stock in 2018 than they invested in new equipment or facilities. These stock buybacks provide no real benefit for the economy, but boost executive bonuses and payouts for wealthy investors.
5. He promised a tax cut for middle-class families. Instead most Americans will end up paying more by 2027.
6. He promised to keep jobs in America and crack down on companies that ship jobs overseas. Instead, his tax law has created financial incentives for corporations to expand their operations abroad. Trump’s trade wars have also encouraged companies like Harley Davidson to move production overseas.
7. He promised to “drain the swamp” of Washington lobbyists. Instead, he’s put them in charge of health, safety, and environmental protections—which has endangered most Americans while increasing corporate profits even further.
The real recipe for economic growth is to invest in Americans—in their health, education, job training, and infrastructure.
But Trumponomics has exploded the deficit, hurt ordinary Americans, and lined the pockets of the wealthy and corporations.
Don’t let Trump and Republicans claim otherwise.
A club member who wishes to remain anonymous sent me this to forward to all of you:
DONALD TRUMP IS NOT A CHRISTIAN!
There is one question I cannot find an answer to: Why do Evangelical Christians believe that Donald Trump is himself a Christian when his entire life is a contradiction to everything that faith adheres to? I will take one of the pillars of that faith as an example: The Ten Commandments, one at a time:
The First Commandment: You shall have no other God but me. Donald Trump has but one god and its not our Heavenly Father. It’s money and the power it brings. He worships only himself, and he has demonstrated that by his own words - that he knows everything, is all powerful, and can do all things. When asked if he had ever asked God for forgiveness, he claimed to have never done anything bad to need forgiveness.
The Second Commandment: you shall not make for yourself any idol nor bow down to it or worship it. Donald Trump has erected idols all over the world - Every Trump Tower with his name emblazoned on it is a monument to him, and he worships them as his personal gods. Both First and Second Commandments are already broken and we have only just begun.
The Third Commandment: You shall not misuse the name of the Lord. While he is not known for swearing in public, he disrespects all that God’s name and character represent: such as showing love and kindness, doing justice, and walking humbly with your God. (Humility is not in Donald Trump’s vocabulary)
The Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. Trump’s Sundays and reserved for the golf course; he has no time for church or for even acknowledging that Sunday is different from every other day of the week. He does not attend Church unless the public expects it of him - Easter, Christmas, etc. He does not pray : I have watched him at public functions when prayer is being led, and he may be looking downward as is expected, but he is not praying or probably even listening. It would be interesting to see what he would do if he were asked to lead an impromptu prayer.
The Fifth Commandment: Respect (honor) your father and your mother. Trump dishonors his own mother, who was an immigrant from Scotland, every time he attempts to shut down immigration and belittles and bullies those who clean and cook for his hotels. His mother was a domestic servant after arriving in the United States on 1930.
The Sixth Commandment: You shall not commit murder. No, Donald Trump has not committed 1st degree murder, but his revoking of regulations to prevent individuals with mental health conditions from buying firearms makes him responsible for any deaths that may result from such individuals having access to guns.
The Seventh Commandment : You shall not commit adultery. No possible contradiction here; the only question might be how may time has he done this. He is proud of his infidelity and his sexual conquests: I can grab “em by the pussy and get away with it because I’m famous, I’m rich, and I can do it.
The Eighth Commandment: You shall not steal. His entire life has been a litany of felonies. Most recently was probably his theft from the Trump Foundation, a supposedly charitable body, for his own personal use. Trump University is another example of his effort to swindle (cheat) people in order to line his own pockets. His refusal to pay his obligations for contracted work has resulted in many hard-working, honest businessmen having to go bankrupt. He stole from them.
The Ninth Commandment : You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor - this is you shall not LIE. If there is one area in which Trump excels, it’s lying. Just since his inauguration, the number of lies he has told (that can be proved) is in the thousands. One of his big lies was the false promises made to young people who lost at least $35,000 believing they were going to get a quality education in real estate and ended up getting nothing.. He has declined claims of sexual misconduct that has been shown to have merit....more lies. The documentation of his many lies could go on and on.
The Tenth Commandment: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, wife, nor man-servant or Maid-servant, not ox nor ass. You shall not want what belongs to someone else . And Donald Trump is really good at “coveting” as can be seen vividly in his infidelity.
A Christian is one who believes in and follows Jesus Christ and his teachings. When I was growing up, Many of my friends wore bracelets engraved with the letters WWJD?. What Would Jesus Do? A Christian is one with that Mindset, the answer to which guides behavior.
Donald Trump is NOT a Christian. In fact, I know of no one who is further from the image of a true Christian. I do not understand how those who claim to be devout Christians can view this man as God’s Chosen.
Bring to mind anything?
Here's an article by Charles Pierce that accurately sums up the Trump experience
"In my life, I have watched John Kennedy talk on television about missiles in Cuba. I saw Lyndon Johnson look Richard Russell squarely in the eye and and say, "And we shall overcome." I saw Richard Nixon resign and Gerald Ford tell the Congress that our long national nightmare was over. I saw Jimmy Carter talk about malaise and Ronald Reagan talk about a shining city on a hill. I saw George H.W. Bush deliver the eulogy for the Soviet bloc, and Bill Clinton comfort the survivors of Timothy McVeigh's madness in Oklahoma City. I saw George W. Bush struggle to make sense of it all on September 11, 2001, and I saw Barack Obama sing 'Amazing Grace' in the wounded sanctuary of Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
"These were the presidents of my lifetime. These were not perfect men. They were not perfect presidents, god knows. Not one of them was that. But they approached the job, and they took to the podium, with all the gravitas they could muster as appropriate to the job. They tried, at least, to reach for something in the presidency that was beyond their grasp as ordinary human beings. They were not all ennobled by the attempt, but they tried nonetheless.
"And comes now this hopeless, vicious buffoon, and the audience of equally hopeless and vicious buffoons who laughed and cheered when he made sport of a woman whose lasting memory of the trauma she suffered is the laughter of the perpetrators. Now he comes, a man swathed in scandal, with no interest beyond what he can put in his pocket and what he can put over on a universe of suckers, and he does something like this while occupying an office that we gave him, and while endowed with a public trust that he dishonors every day he wakes up in the White House.
"The scion of a multigenerational criminal enterprise, the parameters of which we are only now beginning to comprehend. A vessel for all the worst elements of the American condition. And a cheap, soulless bully besides. We never have had such a cheap counterfeit of a president* as currently occupies the office. We never have had a president* so completely deserving of scorn and yet so small in the office that it almost seems a waste of time and energy to summon up the requisite contempt.
"Watch how a republic dies in the empty eyes of an empty man who feels nothing but his own imaginary greatness, and who cannot find in himself the decency simply to shut up even when it is in his best interest to do so. Presidents don't have to be heroes to be good presidents. They just have to realize that their humanity is our common humanity, and that their political commonwealth is our political commonwealth, too.
Watch him behind the seal of the President of the United States. Isn't he a funny man? Isn't what happened to that lady hilarious? Watch the assembled morons cheer. This is the only story now."
- Charles Pierce
For the behind the scenes story of how Trump was elected
check the video below.
Personal comment from Lee LeFaivre
We were talking about Trump's recent interview in which he described his superior intellect and even more superior "gut" feelings which he relies on for most of his decisions. CLICK HERE for the interview. He continues to demonstrate that his opinion of his abilities is much higher than his actions demonstrate.
I have always maintained that any psychologist worth their salt would class him as a sociopath. The key traits that point to a sociopathic personality are:
I was introduced to an additional diagnosis by a Facebook comment.
CLICK HERE for Wikipedia description.
Did you see the Daily Beast article about Trump's gut??!! CLICK HERE
Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?
CLICK HERE for an answer.
Hundreds Of Newspapers Denounce Trump's Attacks On Media In Coordinated Editorials
The response to "fake" news. CLICK HERE
Robert Reich movie on How to Prevent Future Trumps.
Fintan O'Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full flow.
Babies in cages were no "mistake" by Trump but test marketing for barbarism.
CLICK HERE for the complete article.
This letter is from a Congressional candidate in Texas: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher. She says exactly what we’re all thinking.
Every June, as the Supreme Court ends its term, I watch the news for Supreme Court decisions. The last week of the term is always busy, but this term’s end has been surprising and deeply disappointing.
It is clear that this week’s decisions will have consequences that will last for years, generations even.
Each decision is worthy of — and will be the subject of — much longer discussion. But there is one common thread. Each of the decisions – upholding the President’s discriminatory travel ban, allowing “crisis pregnancy centers” to intentionally mislead women about their own legal rights, disenfranchising communities in the drawing of Congressional districts, and undermining public employees’ ability to collectively bargain – strikes a blow at equality, fairness, and opportunity.
Another thing is clear from this week’s decisions: elections have consequences.
Each of these cases was decided by a 5-4 majority in the house with Justice Gorsuch in the majority. There can be no mistake that these decisions could have been different with a different justice on the bench.
These decisions represent an assault on the values and progress so many of us have been fighting for – and that so many of us need now more than ever.
So what do we do? We keep fighting.
How do we fight? We win elections.
For me, the best and most important thing I can do is win this election in November. And each time the action — or inaction — of Congress or the Trump administration frustrates or outrages me, I work harder to make sure that we win this seat in Congress.
The rest of her letter is asking for donations. While she seems quite worthy of supporting, our intention is to bring you her message which is critical to understanding what’s at stake in this midterm election.
( From an online donation appeal by Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, US Congressional candidate from Texas.)
Letter to the editor of The Villages News about Trump supporters. CLICK HERE
How much empathy does President Trump have? See post from Maddow Blog
From the forward to the book "The List" by Amy Siskind - forward by Sarah Kendzior.
On January 22, 2017, two days after the inauguration of Donald Trump, US counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway went on television to make a case for a new concept , "alternative facts". Conway was defending lies that Press Secretary Sean Spicer had made the day before about the size of Trump's inauguration crowd - lies that could be disproven simply by looking at photographs of the event.
.....Conway's goal was not to convince Americans of an alternate narrative but to tell them, "We know that you know that we're lying, and we don't care, because there is absolutely nothing you can do about it."
Nothing in our history has prepared us for "alternate facts". When we encounter them, do we argue that they are not correct and provide the correct facts? Unfortunately they come so fast and furious there is a tendency to begin to accept them as normal. Things that we can't fix. The purpose of this section is call attention to misstatements and lies perpetrated by the president and his staff.
The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy.
The "Swamp" by John Cuneo (from the May issue of the New Yorker) is a great example of Trump's promise to "drain the swamp"
The New Yorker’s new magazine cover is a very accurate representation of Donald Trump’s Swampy “presidency”: Trump, doing what he does best, golfing in his ever growing Swamp and surrounded by his Swamp things.
The cover refers to Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington while running for office.
It comes amid a growing scandal Trump faces involving adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges that she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago.
Though the White House has denied the president carried on such an affair, Daniels is suing to void a non-disclosure agreement that she claims prevents her from speaking publicly about the affair.
She was paid $130,000 by Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, prior to the 2016 election, which Daniels says was intended to keep her quiet about the affair.
Okay, another example. This one is easy, since he’s spent 24% of his “presidency” golfing. Add his trips to his properties into the mix and that percentage increases to 32%.
DAYS IN OFFICE 479
DAYS AT TRUMP PROPERTIES 155
DAYS AT GOLF PROPERTIES 113
President Donald Trump was seen golfing for the second time in Sterling, Virginia near Washington DC on Mother's Day Sunday.
This marks Trump's 113th visit to one of his golf properties, Trump National Golf Club, since taking office - he's been in office for 478 days.
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