Impeachment Countdown- What Just Happened, and What Comes Next.

Donald Trump is going down, and trouble in the streets may go down too. Adopt a buddy system, folks, and organize every way you are able. Do not take for granted that nothing will happen- history has proven many times that it just may. We cannot let ourselves be turned into victims.

It’s official, folks. The whistleblower complaint regarding Donald Trump’s misuse of his power, trying to pressure the president of Ukraine into investigating Hunter Biden, the son of 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner and former vice-president Joe Biden, has acted as a fuse, and the people of America are now making it clear that we have finally had enough. The House of Representatives has the 218 votes it will need to file impeachment proceedings and bring this thing home; the word is the actual vote will happen by Thanksgiving.

That means, in case you were wondering, that the very last moments of the 2010s will be spent with one of the world’s most worthless people, Donald Trump, on everybody’s mind. He’s already won, for his own part, because all he ever wanted was to be the center of attention. And now he is.

What a way to say goodbye to a decade that started out so filled with Hope and Change. Republicans like Scott Walker in Wisconsin hadn’t technically taken office yet; there was no way to know for most how bad it was going to be. One doesn’t have to wonder very hard how Obama must feel when he reads the papers today. The man himself was black, and so is despised by many he turned his hair grey to help. On the right and far left alike, his legacy was shunned and cast aside.

If anyone should be reading this who did not vote for Hillary Clinton, if you voted for Stein or abstained for the sheer joy of screaming out ‘Bernie or Bust!’- Know that this is on you, and resolve to change your ways.

Stand on the side of decency and moderation and compromise, and pitch in to help. We’re glad to have you; God knows we cannot spare you. But know this to the core of your heart: What you did back then helped to cause this avalanche.

This country has been getting torn apart all along, but this will be beyond that altogether. Trump’s base harbors many who want a war; things may really get ugly. Know who your friends are, be organized, and be ready. “There is no joy in this,” said Nancy Pelosi, and she is right. We should never forget that. It is a sad thing, that we should have to struggle to not rejoice in the downfall of our own president. Even George W. Bush and all his administration gave citizens of this country to reconcile with a troubled conscience, never brought us to this. We are living through the Chinese curse about interesting times, but there can be no doubt at all they are historical. It’s time now to talk about what has just happened, and what might be coming next.

Remember when the Mueller Report didn’t end up putting Trump behind bars? That was the end of the beginning, I wrote. The two have taken place on the same timeline. Back then, I predicted that Trump would think himself utterly above the law, after that. I predicted he would become increasingly more reckless and brazen in his lawlessness until finally, sooner or later, he did something too big for even the Republicans to ignore, or at least big enough to unify the Democratic Party’s many wild hearts. This incident actually took place in July, so this really is like a delayed effect drug.

The facts drove the timing and the decision,” Nancy Pelosi told POLITICO in a brief interview. “And that’s what I’ve said all along — when we get the facts, we will be ready. And we’re ready.”

Pressuring another country’s president to investigate the children of his chief political rival, Joe Biden, has proven to be it, folks, because make no mistake about it, folks. Those are the facts. That is why when the good news finally came that our national leadership was ready to proceed, we said impeach.

Back in May, the new Attorney General, William Barr had an announcement to make in the immediate aftermath of the Mueller Report. An investigation into the “origins” into the Russiagate investigation, he said, would soon be underway. He had already received a letter of complaint from Robert Mueller, who objected of Barr’s misrepresentation of his work. But that didn’t seem to bother him. Barr himself is now in it, up to his neck. His name is all over the anonymous whistleblower’s complaint, as is Rudy Giuliani’s and also Kurt Volker‘s, the Ukranian ambassador who just resigned this evening. The gist of the complaint is below, with thanks to FactCheck.org.

“In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election,” the whistleblower complaint reads. “This interference includes, among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the President’s main domestic political rivals. The President’s personal lawyer, Mr. Rudolph Giuliani, is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General [William] Barr appears to be involved as well.”

According to the anonymous whistleblower’s complaint, the conversations that led to all this getting going were started for that reason. So their counter-investigation seems to have led them into this fix directly, which is the clearest indication we have that Mueller’s work led Trump down the road from the probably impeachable to the one hundred percent impeachable.

A few days ago-before the whistleblower’s complaint had been released- I wasn’t so sure this was impeachable, because- well because it all seems impeachable to me, I guess. He’s done so much already, why is this different? Is this really worse than having colluded with Russia in the first place? Collusion isn’t a legal term, said Mueller- which to me was a great reason to keep using it. I never understood how welcoming foreign interference and having one’s cronies help it along could be called anything else, but Mueller said no. Who am I to argue, I thought sadly.

Then Putin comes boasting onto the television about how the Mueller investigation was “A mountain giving birth to a mouse.”

Even that mouse is taller than you, Vlad. I hope you’re enjoying life as the butler of Xi Jinping. That’s what happens when you stab America in the back. You end up sanctioned, desperate for influence and cash, selling your country’s oil to China, and ending up a BUTLER.

Garcon! We’re ready to order, you butler, you. Drive me a pizza over, all the way from Moscow. I could use a shoeshine, too. Now that Trump won’t be able to launder money for you anymore, you’re nobody. Pretty soon someone else will be in charge of Russia, and you will be nothing at all. Speaking of which, we now know Trump told Sergey Lavrov in June of 2017 that Russia’s interference into our election didn’t bother him. That too came out today.

Breaking news earlier tonight said that Trump has locked down conversations between two other world leaders as well. One of them was the new crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman. The second, of course, was Vladimir Putin. They’ve been putting it all in place for a Russiagate 2.0. Now, look at them.

Vladimir Putin is finding himself the recipient of bad karma, and so is Donald Trump. You cannot spit at God forever. Sooner or later, something will happen that reveals your human nature, and you’ll be forced to remember what we all must, sooner or later. You are human, you have feet of clay, and if you persist too far in your imitation of Caligula, you’re going to end up gutted on the palace steps as he was. Hillary Clinton popped up yesterday and said look, we’re dealing with Trump- the ‘Corrupt Human Tornado‘. His day is coming.

So here’s what we know so far. The anonymous whistleblower, Deep Throat 2.0, has had his complaint released and reviewed by Congress. It states clearly that Trump abused his executive power tried to get Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election (‘soliciting’), that he pressured Ukraine’s President Zelensky to do it for him, and that he tried to cover it up. After he saw what Trump had done, he blew the whistle. Enough is enough.

The document is seven pages long and details multiple efforts to force Zelensky to “Play Ball”. The term they’re throwing around is an old Latin phrase meaning “Something for something”, quid pro quo (Which Fox News is revoltingly trying to say is not in this context illegal, frequent molesters of the law and truth that they are).

Zelensky badly wanted Trump to have a meeting with Trump, something Trump was trying to work him on, and the latter had already instructed our vice-president, dutiful Mike Penise, to cancel a similar meeting on him back in May. Military aid may have been on the table as well, which may have something to do with the recent Ukrainian military withdrawal from Donbas, a key outpost on the front of their war with Russia. Nothing would surprise us anymore. Trump withheld their money, the Ukrainians retreated from Donbas, and four days later they got their money. Putin hits a lick.

Quid pro quo.

A hearing was held on Capitol Hill Thursday morning wherein Joseph Maguire, the acting Director of National Intelligence testified before Congress. The hearing began moments after the whistleblower complaint was released. Maguire said the case that was discussed today is “unique and unprecedented” compared to other whistleblower cases he is aware of. He also said the whistleblower acted in good faith.

No doubt he did.

The Mueller Report proved not to be so much of a mouse, in the long run. It pointed the way to Deutsche Bank’s money laundering problem with Russian oligarchs, which is going to be the foundation of our argument. Had Trump never gotten in bed with the Russians, had his campaign’s blatant collusion really been a delusion, Mueller- the nation’s top bloodhound-would have never had to write it in the first place, nor would he have discovered the true reason Trump was peddling Russian woo- the fact that he, for decades, has been laundering money for the Russians and was thus completely compromised long before the Russians decided to hack our election back then, in horrible 2016.

Trump’s plump rump is in a slump. He is not getting out of this one. He has played with the law as if it were a game his whole life. He ran an illegal charity, an illegal university, and an illegal presidential campaign. He got away with the last one, or at least, that’s how he felt post-Mueller, slouching along like a female warthog in rut and boasting. But as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, No lie can live forever. He’s still blowing his mouth for now, but that won’t last. Expect him to behave as a wounded animal does and expect the same from his followers.

 

 

 

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The GOP’s Middle Income Tax Increase.

Trump Robs The Middle Class

The new tax bill that the House of Representatives passed Thursday can be safely described as unpleasant.

Tax plans are confusing. They tend to be full of numbers and technical jargon. They give the gift of throbbing temples to most of us. But one thing, at least, is easy to grasp. It’s going to hurt the middle class terribly. This plan is legislative savagery at its worst.

As American citizens, we have a duty to stand up and oppose this criminal concept with all the force we can muster. If we do not, the same GOP Congress that attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act in favor of total nonsense is all but certain to approve it. This new scheme is pitiless even for Trump. Its implications are brutal. It was hard to believe the budget plan the Senate just signed off on could be approved of by any human being with a heart.

Trump’s tax plan is much like his other policies. Ill-conceived, worse planned, and terrible for very nearly everyone. The CBO report speaks for itself. It’s really more of a tax plot.

The Trumps will save more than $1 billion overall under the GOP tax proposal with most of that amount coming from a repeal of the estate tax, according to an analysis NBC News commissioned of Trump’s one known 2005 tax return and his estimated net worth

As expected, the plan would help the wealthy at the direct expense of the middle class. It will actively hurt the poor. It is also known that foreign oligarch investors, including many from Russia, will be the beneficiaries.

The tax break improves for each income level, meaning that the people who need the most help get the least of it. The top 1 percent would get an 8.5 percent break.

Many Americans will indeed receive a tiny, immediate tax cut, but in the long term they will end up paying significantly higher numbers overall. Better than a third of American taxpayers are living on levels of income that fall below their standard deduction and personal exemptions. According to New York University law professor Lily Batchelder, that group will derive no benefit whatsoever.

This favoritism to the wealthy will increase both their holdings and the nation’s debt tremendously. The richest Americans are the biggest source of tax revenues. Trump has no answers as to where we might find a suitable substitute for them.

The plan will do great damage to parents of school-age children.  The head of household filing status will be eliminated. They will lose the personal exemption middle-class families used to receive for each child. That means almost 10 million parents will see their taxes increase.

The Republican Senate passed a budget bill on Thursday that would cut federal funding by $5 trillion over the next decade. The people to suffer the most from these cuts would be senior citizens, the poor and the disabled. By the time it’s all been said and done, the only ones who won’t be suffering are Donald Trump and his hideous cronies. Good thing the religious right’s got indulgences for sale.
A 10 year proposal that would gut Medicare to the tune of $473 billion in cuts is on the table. That would devastate the finances of more than 55 million Americans.
One might expect such a large tax cut to produce a large surplus in the federal reserve, but such an expectation would meet with disappointment. The Tax Policy Center said that the Framework of Trump’s 2016 plan will actually increase the national debt by $7 trillion over the next 10 years.

A large debt increase of this type tends to stunt economic growth in the long run. When a country’s debt-to-GDP-ratio is more than 100 percent, investors get concerned. They demand higher yields on the nation’s debt,  increasing interest rates. Those higher rates slow growth. It’s the old question of risk vs. reward.

Trump’s plan will also reduce the U.S. gross domestic product after 2024. The interest payments on the debt will end up consuming a large portion of the federal budget.

That money will be unavailable for the public use. It will not be there for the building of infrastructure or other job-creation uses. It will also not be there in case of an emergency, like the California wildfires or Hurricane Harvey.

The administration’s plan is relying on archaic and outmoded ideas of supply-side economics. Under the guidance of this principle, large-scale tax cuts are granted to big corporations. In an ideal world, these corporations would wisely invest this added capital into projects that create more jobs.

In the real world, however, the one in which Millennial Democrats is slogging through this article, this never worked out as it was supposed to. During Ronald Reagan’s administration, underperformance in this area led to the crisis we know as inflation. This was held up and exemplified, and given the name of Reaganomics. And that was still at a time when the highest tax rate was 70 percent.

These days tax rates are half what they were in the 1980’s. The results of pursuing a trickle-down economic strategy now would be far worse.

That is why those of us with sense enough to stand against these cuts must speak out. Loudly, and now. If not, then Medicare, Medicaid and other safety net programs will be gutted and burned. All so that the GOP can pay out a tax cut to the ones who need it least.
“This nasty and backwards budget green lights cuts to Medicare and Medicaid in order to give a tax break to big corporations and the wealthiest Americans. It shifts the burden from the wealthy and puts it squarely on the back of the middle class, and blows a hole in the deficit to boot,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“I think it will go down in history as one of the worst budgets Congress has ever passed.

Koch Industries has been working toward getting a bill like this past Congress for forty years.  The Senate has stamped their will with a seal of approval, bypassing Democratic votes and therefore bypassing democracy. “America First” is taking on a whole new twist.