A Disaster Named Victory- Trump Sacrifices Economy for Ratings Boost.

A dark cloud on the American horizon
Donald Trump has always gone around saying that he understands the tax code better than any man alive. If true, such a fact suggests to the layman that an ant could do your taxes, if only it could hold a pencil. Actually, however, it is a fundamental truth of American life that the process is very confusing. Litigator Andrew Grossman recently wrote an article, titled Is The Tax Code Really 70,000 Pages Long? 
This is why the approval ratings for Trump and the GOP have recently taken an upward bounce. Although they have wrought a disaster in the form of their new tax plan, they hailed it as a victory. And most red voters have no idea at all why this is wrong.
Paul Ryan tweeted out the following- and promptly deleted it.
“A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, PA, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week- said that would more than cover the cost of her COSTCO membership next year!”
One doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Is this something to worry about? Yes, it’s scary. Anytime anything good happens for those jackals, it’s scary. But it was easy to predict they would get a bounce off this before it starts to hurt people. The negatives will start hitting home pretty soon. And when they do, we have to catch it and make sure that we give credit where it’s due. 
The bill is a disaster in every way. Fareed Zakaria called it “possibly the worst piece of major legislation in a generation
But even still, they did manage to pass something through a legislature, for the first time in Trump’s entire disaster of a presidency. For that reason alone, this looks like a victory for the GOP on the surface. Unless people can be shown how bad this will cost them, we will not have what we need to get that giant mammal out of the White House.
Remember when Bush got reelected in 2004? He was all smiles and sweetness before the election. Within another year, though, he showed his true intent. The first thing that happened was we had the gas price crisis smash home, safely after he’d have 4 more years to do all the harm he could.
Then, those who’d voted for him were miserable. Lamentations could be heard at every gas station in America. Unkind fate, that gives us what we pay for!
If we wish to avoid a repeat of those horrible years, a number of things are necessary, but certainly among them, developing a working understanding of what state tax dollars do and where they go is critical.
States help educate the nation’s children, build and repair its roads and bridges, provide health coverage to low-income families and their children, and much more.  Many of these services are essential to building strong, healthy communities and the nation’s long-term economic vitality.
Although the exact amount varies greatly from state to state, federal tax money is distributed to all the states and is a sizeable chunk of its revenue, the revenue allotted to the maintenance of these crucial infrastructural expenses.
Thus, less federal revenue means less money for the states. Less money for the states means less money for local areas, which means local and state tax and cost increases.
This is how local and state and cost increases in education and healthcare give such a severe beating to middle income.
Gigantic federal top income tax cuts lead to regular folks getting slammed with state and local increases.
All of this is the pits for anyone who isn’t a billionaire, of course, but the conservative media machine rolled right into effect to make it seem otherwise. The trick is both disingenuous and brutal. 
They cut one part of your taxes, the federal, and make it personal by boasting about it on television. They then take a substantially larger piece of your income from you as state and local taxes, but they make it abstract. They do all they can to keep the two from being related in the minds of the people. 
During Obama’s tenure in office, the data demonstrated clearly that the U.S. individual income tax was very progressive, borne mainly by the highest income earners. In 2014, the top 1 percent paid a greater share of individual income taxes than the bottom 90 percent combined.
Reversing that state of affairs is the reason that Trump was put in power.
Poor people and seniors will get slammed terribly and subjected to varying indignities from those who believe one must earn the right to live. Medicaid is always first on the chopping block; in fact, just last month, the Trump administration announced that it would grant states the right to impose work requirements for Medicaid recipients.
Local and state governments will raise cash by setting more regulations. More fines, more fees, raised vehicle registration, increased water bills. etc.
An expert in the field wrote Millennial Democrats with the following observation.
“Every penny, dime, and dollar that top income gets a tax cut for, low and middle income gets backdoor increases to pay for it.”
The people will get hit from both ends, and then be told that this is because Democrats want to raise their taxes and give the money to Muslims. Middle America gets badly burned, to the sound of the Trump voter cheering for it. 
Low and middle income will get hit with a few hundred or a few thousand cost increases. City officials will literally sit around, thinking up rules for us to break. Whatever minute tax cut we’ll get will be consumed by that. Only the 1% will benefit. 
Before the GOP started in with this crap about the big top income tax cuts, local and state taxes for people of average income was about $800 a year. The average now is around 6 thousand a year per person.
One of the first thing states do is cut funding for college tuition, forcing colleges to hike tuition fees. This is the reason college tuition is so high. Before big Republican tax cuts in the 80’s, college tuition was very low. Millennials, ask yourselves- How many of us can’t even have a bank account now, thanks to lifelong student loan debt?
Another good example is water bills. Water bills used to be very low. But this also is among the first thing cities do when they get less funding due to less federal revenue, and therefore less state revenue. They hike water bills.
It has to be understood that federal revenue is distributed to the states and that state and local depend more on that than they do local and state taxes.
The GOP tax cuts are a massive fraud. They are a titanic transfer of more taxes and costs that average Americans, even upper-middle-income Americans, cannot afford to pay without greatly reducing their living standards. All so guys like Donald Trump and the Koch brothers can strut around like satraps.
Hillary Clinton was the only candidate that ran with a plan to protect average Americans if the market tanked from huge losses. She bothered to take the time about developing one because she realized that the market is a gamble.
If it should take a dive at a time when millions are having to retire, due to health and other issues, they get slammed. Social Security is guaranteed, but this already does not provide enough for most low and middle-income seniors, and the Republicans want to reduce benefits even more.
Republicans are also constantly trying to whack Medicaid. That program, along with Medicare, crucially supplements low-income seniors. This is not going to work. We are going to have a nation full of seniors in dire straits as soon as they can no longer work. Again- Millennials, this will be our parents and ourselves.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, far from being a victory, will be a very serious crisis for America in a decade or two. We will be fleeced little by little from a million different angles. We need to raise awareness of how this breaks down. Getting people to understand how bad they are going to be hurt before they feel it is an indispensable condition for #TheBlueWave.
We simply cannot keep giving top income tax cuts at the expense of low and middle income. The middle class is the backbone of society. If it breaks, we cannot stand up.
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GOP Sells Out America on Russiagate- Stand While You Can.

We are living through what is perhaps the biggest week in the entire Russiagate saga thus far. It reads like a grocery list, so we’ll just get started.

Andrew McCabe, deputy director of the FBI, resigned under pressure. He essentially was forced out.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted to release an illegally altered staff memo alleging FBI surveillance abuses relating to the Trump-Russia investigation.

FBI Director Christopher Wray’s warning that some of the information is classified and there are “material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy” has been ignored.

The US House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, Adam Schiff, immediately castigated Republicans for going so far as to physically amend a prepared memo about claims of FBI surveillance at the 2016 election.

“This is not about the facts,” Schiff said. “This is about a narrative the chairman (Nunes) wants to put out – a misleading narrative, to undermine the FBI, undermine the department and ultimately undermine Bob Mueller.

These changes were made minutes after the Committee signed off on it, and minutes before turning it in to Donald Trump. Two other memos on the subject are also floating around, but those are not likely to reach the public. What a surprise.

Next, within minutes of the committee vote, the Trump administration announced that it will not impose the new sanctions on Russia.

Both the House and the Senate voted nearly unanimously (another guy who refused to make that vote was Bernie Sanders) for the sanctions, but this also was ignored, even though earlier in the same afternoon CIA chief Mike Pompeo released a report of his conclusion that Russia is preparing to hack our midterm elections.

There have already been sanctions in place for Russia’s annexing of Crimea in 2014, and for its repeated aggression and provocations in Ukraine and elsewhere. This new set was intended to punish Russia specifically for meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But Trump, the beneficiary of all this hacking, has paid off for his master in a big way.

Looks like Vladimir Putin has finally made his next move.

They’re calling it his Saturday Night Massacre.

Leading Democrat Adam Schiff suggested the White House would use the memo, if released, to fire Robert Mueller or Department of Justice head Rod Rosenstein.

In December,Trump accosted Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, regarding his personal loyalties. He wanted to know whether Mr Rosenstein was “on my team”, CNN reports.

That’s the same sort of Hitler-esque loyalty oath he asked James Comey for. When he did not receive it, he recklessly fired Comey, opening this door and kicking off this whole process in earnest. That type of nonsense is what makes him an extremely useful idiot to Putin.

Russian TV was filled with glee, their jubilant anchor boasting that “Trump is ours again!” according to translator Julia Davis.

By subverting the Congressional Republicans, Putin has delivered the most tremendous blow yet to our democracy. This is a far greater coup than subverting one slovenly old debtor.

Trump in and of himself is nothing. He’s a babbling imbecile. No one pays him any mind on his own except his deplorable base.

The Supreme Court and Chief of Staff John Kelly, the real President, have done what they can to restrain him, but what’s really kept him from getting much done is incompetence.

With Putin there to provide strategic guidance, however, and both houses of the Congress in the hands of his Republican allies, Trump’s capacity to deal out damage in this whole mega-treason becomes enormous. The casual observer wonders about the purpose of a visit paid to Pompeo by top Russian spy chiefs, ostensibly to discuss counter-terrorism measures, earlier this week.

The actual Saturday Night Massacre refers to the incident of then-President Richard Nixon fired Archibald Cox, the Special Prosecutor assigned to handle the investigation of the Watergate scandal. It ultimately led to his impeachment, but not before doing much to complete the ideological cleaving of America. And the Congress that went through with getting rid of him was not the same creature as that of today.

We cannot be lulled into believing that this Congress will have the same sort of stomach and decency as the one that prepared to oust Nixon. Democrats hold neither house. And these Republicans have acted without conscience at every vote. There is not a sound reason to trust them, especially after the way they conducted themselves in regards to this anti-FBI memo.

The two top Democrats in Congress, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, have called for the removal of House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes in the latest development in a fierce battle over the chairman’s classified memo.

This development places us in the worst situation we’ve yet seen. The essence of it is that the Republicans and their billionaire masters, like the Koch brothers, have willingly turned a blind eye to everything for the sake of the fat tax cut they got. They’re bending right over for Putin.

Many of them are showing signs of indigestion of the conscience, as evidenced by the fact of so many of the GOP leaders in Congress retiring, but it’s a little late for that. They have already proven willing to accept anything for the sake of that money, even the death of our democracy and subservience to a foreign dictator. There’s no going back now.

On Wednesday, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, became the third GOP lawmaker in just the past week to announce plans to leave Congress at the end of this term.

“Washington’s not a very pleasant place for anybody,” said former representative Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican who retired in 2008. “The public hates you.”

The nature of their plot has now become as obvious as it was shortsighted- to take the money, and run before the Nuremberg trials start up.

Make no mistake, Democrats- We are on our own this year.

If the Blue Wave is indeed going to sweep over this country at the midterm elections, we are going to have to work very hard, because nobody is going to do it for us. We can expect no help whatsoever dealing with Russian cyber-aggression from the government, because we are not in control of the government. It is our opinion that everyone should be really careful.

Even earlier today, Millennial Democrats experienced a bruteforce attack. This hacker, from Lviv, Ukraine, tries this all the time, which does at least save us the trouble of having to assemble fresh pictures.

First we get an alert, as in Exhibit One.

Bored, uncreative loser who tried to hack me
Exhibit One- a turd who tried to hack us.

Then we go to a site called WhatismyIPaddress.com, and take a look at where the culprit’s from. The details thus given can be seen in Exhibit Two.

Creepy.
Exhibit Two- Lviv is a very famous place, world renowned for the quality of its IT experts. Unfortunately, it is also the host of this parasite.

We are going to need to stick closely together, as the only thing we’ve got left is one another. The Republicans are active hostiles. The Russians are digging in deeper every day. And we have no central leadership at all. If we don’t stand up now, we will never again be able.

GOP Passes Worst Bill In History- Merry Christmas, America.

Here's hoping the GOP eats lunch together!

“This is the point where Republicans in both chambers are staring at the clock and hoping the time to the House and, more importantly, Senate votes ticks away quickly.”

“That doesn’t mean everyone’s on high alert for some late-game problem(s) popping up.”
It’s as if they all think passing laws is a kind of football game. High excitement! Victory, defeat, agony, joy- What a fine piece of theatre it all makes!
Only thing is, the price of admission for it all is pretty high. And as always, it’s the little guy who’ll get stuck picking up the bill.
I was therefore tempted to name this piece “The Ravaging of the Nation by A Puke Orange Cannibal”, but was talked out of it. Still, the phrase does neatly cover the facts.
We’ve repeated ad nauseum what a vicious piece of legislature this new bill is; at this point, everybody knows. But they actually passed it, in spite of it all.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday he anticipates that the deeply unpopular Republican tax bill will win public approval only after its “results” become apparent. What public are we talking about here? The Legions of Hell?

 It looks like Bob Corker was bought off with that new real estate provision. Susan Collins too gave her assent, despite having taken a principled stance on other key issues this year. Disappointing and tragic.
There should be no mistaking this one. What just passed the House will likely mark a drastic watershed for the United States. The names of the men responsible will soon live in terrible infamy.
The mid- and long-term effects of the plan will be nasty right away; a massive drop in public investment, and a very nasty case of heartbreak and unrest given to the people for the holidays. Trump or no Trump, no one will be saying Merry Christmas this year. Happy Holidays is pretty much out as well.
Decades of declining spending on infrastructurescientific researchskills training and other core government agencies are going to have the same effect on the country as waiting too long to get an oil change.
The United States can’t count on past investments forever. The Washington Post’s Fareed Zakaria said simply that with this legislation, we are ushering in a bleak future.
In other news, according to Democrat Jackie Speier, rumour has it on Capitol Hill Trump is planning to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller as early as later this week. The convoluted process by which this atrocity might possibly take place is its own article. We mention it here because as a distraction from the tax plan, this was clearly a big help to Trump.
It’s almost an application of Henry Kissinger’s old “madman” policy from the Nixon days, e.g., You’d better make a deal with us because the guy with the keys is crazy. God only knows what he might do. In this case, the implication was, “You’d better back off, and let us have our tax plan victory, or we’re going to fire Mueller and destroy your whole democracy”.
They’ve been preparing the groundwork for an attack on the Special Counsel for the last month or so now. It’s really quite despicable. This damage the Republicans are trying to do to this man- a fellow Republican!- and his reputation reads in terrible volumes about the state of partisan polarity in our government. Mueller was the best FBI director in the nation’s history.
Going forward, it’s important to keep our spirits up and our focus sharp. The Republicans have passed their own demise in the form of this tax bill.
All we have to do is take back the Congress in a year. It’s going to take them forever to actually get stuff like their net neutrality rules and their tax plan in place. If we can retake the Congress in 2018, which becomes more plausible by the day, we can still fix this. #TheBlueWave.
Furthermore, young people like us have a perfect opportunity to help. All we need to do is make our voices heard. Ingenuity and determination are our generation’s strong point. Since that cataclysm of a tax plan is passed, we will accept it with forbearance. We’ve got a plan to deal with it. We’re on the path. All we have to do is keep walking forward. Together.
However, just as this article was about to publish, news broke that the House will have to re-vote on the GOP tax plan!
The Senate Parliamentarian found three violations to the Byrd Rule, which governs the budget process that Republicans use for tax reform. These violations have set the bill back a full day of House voting. Democrats have bought us some time.Perhaps a meteor will smite all the Republicans on their way back up the Hill tomorrow. Here’s hoping.