“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.”
On Wednesday, U.S. government experts had something good to say, for a change.
The economic recovery since the 2007-2009 recession is now in its eighth year and showing little signs of slowing down.
The recovery is primarily being powered by a tightening labour market. This has allowed for the maintenance of the strong performance that started during former President Barack Obama’s first term.
The growth rate we are seeing now is in line with the nation’s recovery and with President Obama’s targeted goal. However, unlike President Obama, Trump doesn’t understand that this will fluctuate. Economists generally see such a pace as unsustainable and expect growth to slow sometime in 2018. Trump sees it as proof that he’s making everything great, all the while plotting happily to destroy it.
The Senate Budget Committee advanced its bill Tuesday, sending it to the full chamber for a vote later this week.
Weighing in in favour of the bill was Jan Hatzius, chief economist at Goldman Sachs. Unsurprisingly, he thinks the new tax plan is a great idea. Make your voices heard any way you can think up, folks.
Trump’s recklessness and slovenly manner of governing set fire to the foundations needed for sustained national economic growth. If the Trump administration continues to stoke fear, it may soon do exponential damage to the fundamental legal and cultural infrastructure that made America a great place to invest and do business.
Quinnipiac University released a new poll about this on Wednesday. Most Americans know to give credit to former President Obama for the current state of the U.S. economy than to Trump, although it should be fairly conceded Trump’s constant boasting has had some effect. Constantly assuming credit over his betters, he has convinced some people through sheer repetition that he can take credit for this somehow, and that’s where we come in.
Trump’s policies are going to lay waste the good work that President Obama spent eight years on.
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 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.
“I think it will go down in history as one of the worst budgets Congress has ever passed.”
In full agreement are the more than 400 millionaires and billionaires who are reportedly asking Congress not to cut their taxes.
The group, which includes doctors, lawyers and chief executives, plans to send a letter to Congress and ask that their taxes not be cut under the GOP tax overhaul, The Washington Post reported.
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 the least. We will fight this to the end, and we will bear witness.
The 2018 midterm elections are of huge and fundamental importance. There have never been such high stakes riding on anything. We have got a maniac in office. He just sabotaged our health care system. And he’s the worst possible person on the planet to be handling a nuclear crisis. There’s something we can do about it, though. We can put a Congress in power who is capable of fixing this.
The year after a presidential election is traditionally pretty quiet. Think back on 2001. Try and picture something you remember in between Bush’s inauguration and 9/11, other than My Pet Goat. Not much happening in 2009, either, except for the continuing housing market crash.
Donald Trump’s election altered terribly the usual state of things. Politics didn’t settle down for one day. It’s like the election never even ended. His incompetence and narcissistic tendencies have created a real crisis for the country, and nobody knows quite what to do. The only thing certain is the 2018 midterms, and with it the hope of a Congress that will lift this burden from the people of America.
It’s not certain Trump realizes that losing the House next year could put his presidency in peril. What is certain is that he knows most people don’t like him.
This is why he’s never stopped holding rallies– still usually referred to as “Campaign” rallies, although he’s been in office nearly a year- to keep in close touch with those who still do.
The whole thing has turned into a great big trip to Jonestown. It’s an unparallelled debacle. It is the absolute apex of disasters. It is so bad, in fact, that it has many people wondering- Does it even really matter much what Democrats do?
The answer to that question lands squarely in the affirmative. No one can afford to take anything for granted at this point. Trump has upended everything.
The key to our next moves will be to emphasize the strength of our economic message. Most everyone who can be convinced that Trump is bad for the country based on his personal characteristics already has been. He has given us all the help we could ever ask for, on that account.
“We’ve had multiple wake-up calls. Everyone should be wide awake by now,” said Doug Heye, a former top aide to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. Personality politics will only take you so far, and our strategists know this. It’s on us to raise the confidence level of the people. That’s why we’re here.
The trick now, is to look closely at that most progressive of platforms ever assembled, the 2016 Democratic Presidential Platform, and understand that the answers have been there all along. We just have to help others see it.
Developing along these lines, Democratic strategy this year runs the way of positive persuasion and turnout. Black turnout, Latino turnout, and millennial turnout.
Turnout often drops off at midterms, even among those who voted in the presidential election, and the most important question is to how to keep our energy level high and our people united. That’s where we come in.
All this continues amid Trump’s worst decision yet. Although the president and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sought to project unity Monday, his recent decision to stab Obamacare in the back has made that impossible.
By defaulting on federal payments that breathe life into millions, Trump has fanned the healthcare wildfires to the point where it’s becoming an inferno. Ironically, he’ll be saving the residents of blue states all kinds of money, while murdering his own core base. This has got to be the stupidest decision ever made by any human being.
In contrast to that hellish spectacle, we will be showing people a plan that isn’t breaking their backs or taking away their health care.
The Republican Party’s fall agenda and midterm elections strategy is nonexistent. Their economic policy remains what it has been since 2009- a diametric opposition to any good the Clintons and Obamas have been able to do. That gives us an opening.
Steve Bannon, who since losing his job has been doing to the Republicans what Bernie Sanders and the WeWillReplaceYou (what a brazen slogan! Ugh!) outfit has been doing to us, has made himself a volatile ingredient to the unlikely mixture of Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
“I like Steve a lot. Steve is doing what Steve thinks is the right thing,” Trump said while standing next to McConnell. At Millennial Democrats, we think Steve is doing the right thing too, even if it’s for the wrong reasons.
All this disarray in the backyard of the GOP places them at risk of alienating further still all those people who are on the margins. People who voted for Trump, but have regrets. This is the group that will decide things for everyone, in the next few years.
No matter what, we have to make sure they do not get 60 seats in the Senate. Fortunately, on that account, we are doing well. For example, a poll just out from Virginia has former 2016 Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine up by 20+ percentage points over various Republican opponents.
Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight made the following statement, one that we can only pray isn’t a bit of foreshadowing taking place in our story. “Republicans aren’t going to get 60 seats — or even come close — unless there’s a Sept. 11-like event that makes Trump super popular.”
Eerie. Really eerie.
By this point, it should come as no surprise to anyone that Facebook is mistreating loyal Democrats.
Two more activists working with us ended up in Facebook Jail, only yesterday, for sharing an article called Congress Must Reform Facebook.
Facebook Jail is slang for when you get blocked from various Facebook features by its robots, because the Russians and their proxies have figured out how to game its Report as Spam/Abuse buttons. The purpose of these buttons is fair enough. Obviously they wouldn’t want any harassment or nasty language fouling their platform. This is understandable.
However, why is treason acceptable? Why is the subversion of our country and the crippling of its democratic system not prioritized as well? It seems to me that ruining a presidential election is a greater crime than saying the “F” word, but that’s the great thing about our democracy. Everyone is free to disagree.
While writing today’s article, it was discovered that hackers, one of them from Ukraine, had tried twice to bruteforce attack Millennial Democrats. Furthermore, it’s hard to believe that the other was really from Rio de Janeiro. Three bruteforce attacks total. Here are a few pictures. Look closely! What you see is of the utmost importance. This is physical proof of an assault against an American by a foreign agent, for doing nothing more than participating in the political process of America.
Below is a picture of where the assault most likely came from. Although a VPN is possible, they’ve got to know it’s creepy, to know you’re being actively targeted by professional hackers thousands of miles from you. where the person was from, Anyway, Lviv, Ukraine is where X marks the spot. We have been attacked by operatives working out of this area repeatedly since less than a week after the blog was up and running. They work fast, and they fight dirty.
Let’s be clear here, though. The Ukranians are our people. They are not to blame. They are on the front lines of a very terrible conflict with the man who was to blame, Vladimir Putin, due to the fact of their being neighbors.
They’ve got a very problematic, Russian-speaking minority, who took money and guns and orders to agitate violently in their country of residence on orders from their comrades in Russia, in order to begin a sequence of events that was to end in Russian annexation of Crimea.
Cyber-assaults and virtually disseminated disinformation campaigns were a critical component in that war, and in Georgia, and in Estonia. Our election, the French election, etc. The list goes on and on. In any case, whoever it is does not have the best interests of Ukraine or anyone else besides Putin in mind. That much is certain.
In this context, the cyber-wars being fought by Democrats against Russian destability tactics involve a constantly increasing level of risk. We are the target of techniques potentially far more dangerous than ever before.
Social media analyst Jonathan Albright got a call from Facebook the day after he published research last week showing that the reach of the Russian disinformation campaign was almost certainly larger than the company had disclosed. While the company had said 10 million people read Russian-bought ads, Albright had data suggesting that the audience was at least double that if ordinary free Facebook posts were measured as well.
But he was undoubtedly horrified the day after, to discover that they had scrubbed from the Internet thousands of Facebook posts and the related data, nearly everything that had made the work possible.
Neither he nor any other researcher will ever be able to run the kind of analysis he was doing again.
In the meantime, we’ve been finding out all kinds of other things. The Russians who posed as Americans on Facebook last year tried out all kinds of different guises.
There was “Defend the 2nd,” a Facebook page for gun-rights supporters. This page was plastered with pictures of guns and extreme talk of false patriotism.
Conversely, they had a rainbow covered page for gay rights activists, “LGBT United.” There was even a Facebook group for animal lovers with memes of adorable puppies that spread across the site with the help of paid ads.
One Russian-linked campaign posing as part of the Black Lives Matter movement used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Pokémon Go and even contacted some reporters in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among Americans, CNN has learned.
The Don’t Shoot Us campaign — the title of which likely referenced the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” slogan that became popular after the murder of Michael Brown, used these platforms to highlight incidents of alleged police brutality. The goal was to destabilize the atmosphere of our country by taking advantage of racial polarity.
This Pokemon Go strategy was particularly dangerous. It was getting people up, out of the house, meeting each other, and spreading their message further. Why? They wanted to help BLM become just strong enough to start scaring middle class white people, right into the arms of Trump.
Federal investigators and officials at Facebook have concluded these groups and their pages were part of a highly coordinated disinformation campaign tracing back to the Internet Research Agency, a secretive company in St. Petersburg, Russia, known for spreading Kremlin-linked propaganda and fake news across the web.
It serves to potently illustrate the level of what we’re up against. These people are masters of their trade, and they understand our system far better than most of us do. Going forward, the paramount goal of Millennial Democrats is to remedy this matter in every last one of its ramifications. We’re getting a look at all their tricks. We can learn them.
Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg said simply that “Facebook owes the American people an apology, and not just an apology, but determination” for our role in enabling Russian interference during the election.” She said also that we can count on the help of Facebook, saying “We’ll do everything we can to defeat them.”
We would like nothing better than to take Ms. Sandburg at her word, and we will be of assistance in every way we can. It is for this reason, that we’re going to keep chronicling all the strange and unfair occurrences that keep befalling us Democrats on their platform.
Hopefully they will soon perceive the pattern, and realize that posting is way down across the board for everyone except those whom the Russians approve of, e.g. the followers of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Something has to be done.
Those of us who have hung in there all this time and have seen this thing evolve, have a great deal of perspective to offer as to what it’s been like, soldiering on as loyal citizens in the middle of darkening ages. We have calmly continued to compile data, and we are eager to share and help out.
Harvard Law scholar Jonathan Zittrain wrote an essay in June 2014 for the New Republic. He gave it a straightforward headline. “Facebook Could Decide an Election Without Anyone Ever Finding Out. In it, he called attention to a disturbing but realistic possibility. Facebook certainly had the power to selectively influence voter turnout.
It’s really eerie how every single major mishap to happen there seemed to favor Trump or Bernie without exception. It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that Facebook should not be fully trusted.
The difficulties we are facing there are very real, and it is very disgusting. We are being stopped from participating in the political process of America, as Americans, by foreign agents and agitators who have effectively conquered our entire section of cyberspace.
It’s really creepy, when someone tries to hack you. It’s violating and invasive. They come in the middle of the night while you sleep, with fancy hacking programs, and they try hundreds and hundreds of times to break in and ruin your hard work.
What a lowlife, scummy way to spend your time.
That kind of cockroach mentality is that of a loser who has nothing positive to add to the world. They can only destroy.
They invade our lives every way they can, through literally every single digitally interactive communication platform that exists across the World Wide Web. Their infrastructure is solid and was built right beneath our noses.
We have done our best, but we’re up against billionaires and an enemy who can’t even spell the word scruples. We have asked for help repeatedly, and on many different occasions. It is high time for Facebook and other American tech giants like Google to aggressively respond, not to mention the government. This concerns every American, large and small.
We have compiled a thorough list of representatives with phone numbers, and we are asking for your help in the strongest possible terms. They can’t ignore us, when we combine by the hundreds of thousands. Something tells me Robert Mueller might take some interest as well.
Here are the Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee with telephone numbers,
Chairman Richard Burr, NC, 202-224-3154 or 800-685-8916
James Risch, Idaho, 202-224-275
Marco Rubio, Florida, 202-224-3041
Susan Collins, Maine, 202-224-2523 or 207-622-8414
Roy Blunt, Missouri, 202-224-5721
James Lankford, Oklahoma, 202-224-5754
Tom Cotton, Arkansas, 202-224-2353 or 479-751-0879
John Cornyn, Texas, 202-224-2934
Here are the Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee with telephone numbers,
Mark Warner, Democratic Vice Chairman, Virginia, 202-224-2023 or 757-441-3079, or 804-775-2314
Diane Feinstein, California, 202-224-3841, or 415-393-0707, or 310-914-7300, or 619-231-9712
Ron Wyden, Oregon, 202-224-5244 or 503-326-7525
Martin Heinrich, New Mexico, 202-224-5521 or 505-346-6601
Angus King, Maine, 202-224-5344 or 207-622-8292
Joe Manchin, West Virginia, 202-224-3954 or 304-342-5855
Kamala Harris, California, 202-2243553, or 213-894-5000, or 415-355-9041, or 619-239-3884
Here are the Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee with telephone numbers,
Devin Nunes, Recused Chairman, California, 202-225-2523 or 559-733-3861
Mike Conway, Acting Chairman, Texas, 202-225-3605
Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey, 202-225-6572, or 800-471-4450, or 609-625-5008
Tom Rooney, 202-225-5792
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, 202-225-3931 or 305-668-2285
Michael Turner, Ohio, 202-225-6465 or 937-225-2843
Brad Wenstrup, Ohio, 202-225-3164 or 513-474-7777
Chris Stewart, Utah, 202-225-9730 or 801-364-5550
Rick Crawford, Arkansas, 202-225-4076
Trey Gowdy, South Carolina, 202-225-6030
Elise Stefanik, New York, 202-225-4611
Will Hurd, Texas, 202-225-4511
Here are the Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee with telephone numbers,
Adam Schiff, Ranking Democratic Member, California, 202-225-4176, or 818-450-2900, or 323-315-5555
Jim Himes, Connecticut, 202-225-5541, or 866-453-0028, or 203-333-6600
Terri Sewell, Alabama, 202-225-2665
Andre Carson, Indiana, 202-225-4011 or 317-283-6516
Jackie Speier, California, 202-225-3531 or 650-342-0300
Mike Quigley, Illinois, 202-225-4061 or 773-267-5926
Eric Swalwell, California, 202-225-5065 or 510-370-3322
Joaquin Castro, Texas, 202-225-3236 or 210-348-8216
Denny Heck, Washington, 202-225-9740.
Going forward, we have a clear goal. We must pressure Facebook and Congress every way we can. We can do this by continuing to raise public awareness of the foreign suppression of American citizens online. We simply ask that you help us get the word out, while you still can.