geo.tv: World: Donald Trump’s Name Shows up 3,540 Times in Panama Papers

The following is an excellent article from the geo.tv website from May 11, 2016 titled “Donald Trump’s Name Shows up 3,540 Times in Panama Papers” and I quote:

“Donald Trump’s name shows up 3,540 times in Panama Papers”

Donald Trump's name shows up 3,540 times in Panama Papers

Republican Presidential candidate Donald J Trump’s name has also been making the rounds in connection to the Panama Papers leaks.

According to reports, 32 offshore companies have been registered with the Trump name, which shows up almost 3,540 times in the Panama Papers database released by the International Consortium of International Journalists (ICIJ).

However, according to a report published in McClatchy DC, the business tycoon does not appear to directly own any company formed by Mossack Fonesca, the Panamanian law firm at the centre of the massive scandal.

Trump does not appear as an owner of offshore companies, but his name appears 3,540 times in the leaked documents, reports McClatchy.

Some of Trump’s associates and business partners, however, are named in the files.

The Republican nominee started his business career in real estate and construction by developing properties. But over the years, he increasingly let others invest capital and use the Trump brand name and reputation, receiving millions in return without taking the risks.

The Panama Papers, a database containing leaked confidential information about offshore companies spanning over 40 years, shows how the business tycoon and his acquaintances benefited from the business model that has become his hallmark.

The documents name some of the Trump’s investors, although the transactions seem to be aimed at milking profit from the business tycoon’s name rather than any other links to Trump himself.

During campaign for the US presidential election, the Republican candidate had disclosed that he owns 515 companies, with 378 registered in Delaware.”

(We’re presently reading a book written by T.R. Reid titled “A FINE MESS:A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System” where he had a whole chapter on the Panama Papers that got me to thinking did Republican President Donald Trump’s name ever show up because he calls himself a billionaire. No wonder Pres Trump doesn’t want to show his federal income tax returns.  Billionaires are hiding their money in banks in foreign countries and lying about it  which is exactly why they are being prosecuted.  It’s just going to take the burden off the middle class who are left carrying the load.  So, it’s about time JUSTICE WAS DONE.

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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PBS News-Hour: Trump Pressed to Fire Steve Bannon and Other White House Staffers After Charlottesville

The following is an excellent article written by Errin Haines Whack of the Associated Press on the PBS News-Hour website on August 15, 2017 titled “Trump Pressed to Fire Steve Bannon and Other White House Staffers After Charlottesville” and I quote:

“Trump pressed to fire Steve Bannon and other White House staffers after Charlottesville”

BY Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  August 15, 2017 at 9:28 AM EDT

White House Senior Advisor Steve Bannon attends a roundtable discussion held by U.S. President Donald Trump with auto industry leaders at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

WASHINGTON — The leaders of four minority House caucus groups have written a letter to President Donald Trump calling for the removal of White House staff aides Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka.

The heads of the black, Hispanic, Asian and progressive caucuses are calling in the letter for the firings of the Trump administration officials in the wake of a violent, racist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The letter asserts their continuing presence in the White House is emboldening a resurgent white supremacist movement in America.

“Americans deserve to know that white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis are not in a position to influence U.S. policy,” says the letter dated Monday. “In this time of tumult in our country, Americans deserve a leader that will bring us all together and denounce those who seek to tear us apart.”

READ MORE: What Trump didn’t say in his response to Charlottesville”

(WE’VE BEEN A RACIST COUNTRY LONG ENOUGH.  WITH ALL THE MIXED MARRIAGES WE HAVE IN THE UNITED STATES, IT’S RATHER LATE TO TRY TO ACT LIKE ONE RACE OR RELIGION IS BETTER THAN THE OTHER.

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RobertReich.org: A Little Goes a Long Way: Why a Small Tax on Wall Street Trades is a Good Idea

The following is an excellent article written by Robert Reich on the robertreich.org website on August 10, 2017 titled “A Little Goes a Long Way: Why a Small Tax on Wall Street Trades is a Good Idea” and I quote:

“Why a Tax on Wall Street Trades is an Even Better Idea Than You Know”

One of Bernie Sanders’s most important proposals didn’t receive enough attention and should become a law even without a president Sanders. Hillary Clinton should adopt it for her campaign.

It’s a tax on financial transactions.

Putting a small tax on financial transactions would:

1. reduce incentives for high speed trading, insider deal making and short term financial betting. Buying and selling stocks and bonds in order to beat others who are buying stocks and bonds is a giant zero sum game. It wastes countless resources, uses up the talents of some of the nation’s best and brightest and subjects financial markets to unnecessary risk.

2. generate lots of revenue. Even a one tenth of 1% transaction tax would raise $185 billion over 10 years according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center. It could thereby finance public investments that enlarge the economic pie rather than merely rearranging its slices. Investments like better schools and access to college.

3. it’s fair. After all, Americans pay sales taxes on all sorts of goods and services, yet Wall Street traders pay no sales tax on the stocks and bonds they buy, which helps explain why the financial industry generates about 30% of America’s corporate profits, but pays only about 18% of corporate taxes.

Wall Street’s objections are baloney.

Wall Street says even a small transaction tax on financial transactions would drive trading overseas since financial trades can easily be done elsewhere.

Baloney. The U.K. has had a tax on stock trades for decades, yet remains one of the world’s financial powerhouses. Incidentally, that tax raises about 3 billion pounds yearly. That’s the equivalent of 30 billion in an economy the size of the United States, which is a big help for Britain’s budget. At least 28 other countries also have such a tax and the European Union is well on the way to implementing one.

Wall Street also claims that the tax would burden small investors such as as retirees, business owners and average savers.

Wrong again. The tax wouldn’t be a burden if it reduces the volume and frequency of trading, which is the whole point. In fact, the tax is highly progressive. The Tax Policy Center estimates that 75% of it would be paid by the richest 5th of taxpayers and 40% by the top 1%.

So, why aren’t politicians of all stripes supporting it? Because the financial transactions tax directly threatens a major source of Wall Street’s revenue. And if you hadn’t noticed, the Street uses a portion of its vast revenues to gain political clout. Which may be one of the best reasons for enacting it.”

(ROBERT REICH IS RIGHT, HILLARY CLINTON SHOULD HAVE ADOPTED THE FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS TAX [ALSO KNOWN AS THE ROBIN HOOD TAX] AS PART OF HER CAMPAIGN.  IT WOULD HAVE HELPED HER COUNTER THE POPULAR CANDIDATE, SEN BERNIE SANDERS, IN HOW HE WAS GOING TO SOLVE THE GROWING DEFICIT AND DEBT PROBLEM.

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PBS News-Hour: The Economic Reason This Chicken Producer Gave Up Antibiotics

The following is an excellent report by Paul Solmon on the PBS News-Hour program of August 10, 2017 titled “The Economic Reason This Chicken Producer Gave Up Antibiotics” and I quote:

“The economic reason this chicken producer gave up antibiotics”

August 10, 2017 at 6:30 PM EDT
For decades, almost all factory-farmed chickens were raised on antibiotics. But low doses of “maintenance” antibiotics can spur bacteria to build resistance, creating superbugs. Economics correspondent Paul Solman and science correspondent Miles O’Brien report team up to examine why one major chicken producer went antibiotic-free while most still continue the practice.
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JUDY WOODRUFF: Next: the final installment of our special series Stopping Superbugs, which this week focused on the potential dangers of antibiotic use in industrial-scale farming.

Last night, science correspondent Miles O’Brien paid a visit to a pig farm.

Tonight, economics correspondent Paul Solman picks up our reporting by checking on how things are done on a commercial chicken farm.

It’s part of our weekly economics feature, Making Sense.

PAUL SOLMAN: Why are you knocking?

BRUCE STEWART-BROWN, Veterinarian, Perdue Farms: I’m letting the chickens know we’re coming.

PAUL SOLMAN: A chicken house in Salisbury, Maryland.

Holy smokes. How many chickens are in here?

BRUCE STEWART-BROWN: So, there’s about 49,000.

PAUL SOLMAN: Forty-nine thousand?

BRUCE STEWART-BROWN: But you can see there’s plenty of space for them to move to open areas if they’d like to.

PAUL SOLMAN: Veterinarian Bruce Stewart-Brown oversees poultry production for a brand some of you may have grown up with.

FRANK PERDUE, CEO, Perdue Farms: Every Perdue chicken has one of these tags on it.

PAUL SOLMAN: Frank Perdue became famous as the tough man to make a tender chicken.

MAN: You might wonder what drives a man like this.

PAUL SOLMAN: But an even tougher man raised him.

MAN: Me.

PAUL SOLMAN: Back in the 1920s, Arthur Perdue founded not just a hugely successful business, but some would say an entire industry.

ELLEN SILBERGELD, Johns Hopkins University: And this is ground zero to the chicken industry and in fact to all of intensive agriculture. It all began here.

PAUL SOLMAN: Johns Hopkins University environmental scientist Ellen Silbergeld is author of “Chickenizing Farms and Food,” which chronicles the rise of factory farming.

We need it to feed the world, she says, but not by feeding low doses of antibiotics to livestock, supposedly to promote growth or prevent disease before it happens.

ELLEN SILBERGELD: Between 70 and 80 percent of total antibiotic production is used in agriculture.

PAUL SOLMAN: And is the use in agriculture creating as much resistance in the bacteria as the use with humans?

ELLEN SILBERGELD: I think it’s arguably creating more. When bacteria are exposed to low doses of antibiotics, bacteria are stressed, but not killed. And the community sends out signals whereby they share resistance genes.

PAUL SOLMAN: Really?

ELLEN SILBERGELD: Yes. So, actually low-dose antibiotics over a long period of time are much worse than high-dose.

PAUL SOLMAN: Much worse, says Silbergeld, in that they expose workers and consumers to rapidly evolving antibiotic-resistant microbes, perhaps in the very air we were breathing near this chicken house in Sussex County, Delaware.

ELLEN SILBERGELD: We and others have done studies where we have tracked the outflow from these ventilation fans, and we can find antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are genetically identical to the bacteria inside the house as far away as essentially three football fields.

And, furthermore, there are flies and other things that come in and out of the house, and they can move as far as three miles away.

PAUL SOLMAN: Flies and fans spreading microbes that, under the right conditions, can cause serious illness, even death.

ELLEN SILBERGELD: We are coming up against the end of the age of antibiotics, exhausting what many have called the crown jewels of medicine. And, if I may say, we’re throwing them like pearls before swine.

PAUL SOLMAN: And you mean that …

ELLEN SILBERGELD: Literally.

PAUL SOLMAN: As my colleague Miles O’Brien reported last night, antibiotics are routinely fed to pigs and cattle, which live a lot longer than chickens, a practice microbiologist Lance Price understands, even if he doesn’t condone it.

LANCE PRICE, George Washington University: Pigs spend their entire lives in these concentrated animal feeding operations, crowded, stressed, standing around on their own feces. They’re just more likely to get sick.

PAUL SOLMAN: For chickens, it all started in the 1940s, with some pharmaceutical industry studies purporting to show that antibiotics promoted growth.

ELLEN SILBERGELD: These are studies that were all conducted within laboratories. They were not in the real world situation of a chicken houses. They were for very short periods of time, two to seven weeks.

PAUL SOLMAN: How many in a study?

ELLEN SILBERGELD: Thirty would be a big study.

PAUL SOLMAN: Thirty chickens?

ELLEN SILBERGELD: Most of them were four or five.

PAUL SOLMAN: On this flimsy foundation, argues Silbergeld, was a match formed between big pharma and big farm.

JIM PERDUE, Chairman, Perdue Farms: I think the industry used antibiotics because they just always did.

PAUL SOLMAN: Jim Perdue is the third generation to run the family business. For decades, Perdue’s poultry, like almost all chickens, were raised on antibiotics.

JIM PERDUE: There was a perception that they would grow better if you gave them antibiotics, because it would, for lack of a better word, clean up the gut and absorb nutrients more efficiently.

PAUL SOLMAN: But the evidence really wasn’t there.

JIM PERDUE: But you do a lot of things that you have been doing forever, and you just assume that’s the way you do it, until you actually look at it and test it.

PAUL SOLMAN: In 2002, Perdue farms did just that, publishing the results of a three-year experiment involving millions of birds. Half were raised on antibiotics, the other half not.

ELLEN SILBERGELD: The data basically showed there was little or no difference.

PAUL SOLMAN: Silbergeld then asked economists to calculate how much bang Perdue was getting for its antibiotics buck, the standard cost-benefit analysis at the heart of economics.

ELLEN SILBERGELD: A return on investment, yes. And the results showed that they were actually losing money by purchasing antibiotics.

PAUL SOLMAN: But their own study wasn’t what turned Perdue against maintenance antibiotics, the latest scion says.

JIM PERDUE: We did it because the consumer was asking for it.

PAUL SOLMAN: Fifteen years later, all chicken sold under the Perdue brand has been raised with no antibiotics ever.

JIM PERDUE: If you say no antibiotics that are important to humans, there is a but, or no antibiotics except subtherapeutic. That’s a but.

PAUL SOLMAN: But it wasn’t easy, nor was it, as they say in chicken, cheep. Step one, says Perdue’s chief vet, Bruce Stewart-Brown, was to ramp up their hatchery hygiene.

BRUCE STEWART-BROWN: If there’s a piece of organic material, just wipe it off, and use a different spot and, then turn it over, use another spot, and then get rid of it, and get a new one.

PAUL SOLMAN: A new baby wipe, that is. They use a lot of baby wipes.

DAVID BAILEY, Hatchery Manager, Perdue Farms: We process four days a week.

PAUL SOLMAN: David Bailey is hatchery manager.

DAVID BAILEY: For one week, I need 1,451,520 eggs.

PAUL SOLMAN: Step two, make sure the vaccine that goes into every egg is uncontaminated.

Previously, a vaccine to prevent a chicken viral disease was mixed in the middle of the hatchery, with antibiotics added to kill common bacteria.

BRUCE STEWART-BROWN: And so this is the vaccine mixing room, and we actually put laminar flow hoods, special air flow. That keeps the vaccine from getting any contamination even in this controlled environment.

PAUL SOLMAN: Step three, a vegetarian diet, to replace the antibiotic-laced feed.

JIM PERDUE: We got rid of meat and bone meal, because that introduced salmonella and other things into the diet.

PAUL SOLMAN: And now they’re experimenting with lifestyle changes, including increased playtime in a handful of hen houses, on the theory that it takes a happier home to grow a healthier chicken.

BRUCE STEWART-BROWN: Play is a little bit down right now. They’re resting quite a bit.

PAUL SOLMAN: Can’t we just go, hey, chickens, be active?

Turns out, to my embarrassment, that this isn’t how chickens like to kid around.

BRUCE STEWART-BROWN: That’s scaring them.

PAUL SOLMAN: OK, guys, sorry. I apologize. I thought I was playing.

Perdue is succeeding antibiotic-free. But with all the concern and dire warnings, how is it that an estimated 70 percent of the industry is still raising birds on antibiotics?

ACTOR: Some chicken brands use labels to trick people and charge higher prices.

ACTOR: Raised without antibiotics.

ACTOR: That’s just marketing-speak.

PAUL SOLMAN: Mississippi-based Sanderson is the nation’s third largest chicken producer, just ahead of number four Perdue. They say most of their customers don’t much care if they eat chicken raised on antibiotics.

MIKE COCKRELL, CFO, Sanderson Farms: Across the Southeast, where most of our brand — branded product is sold, it’s simply not that big of an issue.

PAUL SOLMAN: And, says chief financial officer Mike Cockrell, while it’s nice to sell antibiotics-raised chicken at a lower price, that’s not why they use the drugs. They want to be fair to the fowl.

MIKE COCKRELL: If I can prevent illness in the flock, we’re going to do that.

LAMPKIN BUTTS, President, Sanderson Farms: We sat down with our vets and asked our vets to do their homework.

PAUL SOLMAN: Company president Lampkin Butts.

LAMPKIN BUTTS: And tell us whether anything we’re doing with antibiotics in our flocks causes antibiotic resistance in humans. And they did the research, and they came back and said, absolutely not.

PAUL SOLMAN: So, we asked chief veterinarian Phil Stayer, doesn’t the use of antibacterial drugs in animals raise the possibility that there will be resistance in bacteria and other organisms that will come back to haunt human beings?

PHIL STAYER, Chief Veterinarian, Sanderson Farms: Using antibiotics will induce resistance in any organism. The question is, what does food animal medicine in particular have to do with contributing to that? And I think that risk is so small, we can’t measure it.

PAUL SOLMAN: The scientists we have talked to say there’s a real danger in using antibacterial drugs in animals like chickens.

MARTHA EWING, Veterinarian, Sanderson Farms: We talk to scientists as well.

PAUL SOLMAN: Veterinarian Martha Ewing.

MARTHA EWING: But we have our own scientists who say that if we get a bacterial infection in chickens that’s serious enough to warrant another antibacterial, it’s very possible it may actually induce more resistance.

PAUL SOLMAN: It sounded like the red state/blue state divide.

PHIL STAYER, Chief Veterinarian, Sanderson Farms: University of Minnesota, Kansas State University, they can’t find a link in terms of human resistance based upon food animal use.

PAUL SOLMAN: While the elite East Coast schools have.

So we asked Ellen Silbergeld of Johns Hopkins, is it your word against their word?

ELLEN SILBERGELD: No, it is not. And, if I may say so, I’m very tired of the press who says, on the one hand, and on the other.

PAUL SOLMAN: But you do understand that somebody in my position, who can’t possibly assess one study from the next, or one journal from the next, you can understand why I would be trying to be, on the one hand, on the other hand?

ELLEN SILBERGELD: You know, at a certain point, this is rocket science.

PAUL SOLMAN: OK, so what am I supposed to do if it is rocket science?

Fortunately, I had someone else to turn do.

You’re the guy who covers rocket science. So, am I just out of my depth here?

MILES O’BRIEN: I’m afraid it is rocket science. And the scientists I speak with are practically apocalyptic about a post-antibiotic era.

Think of the procedures that could not happen. Chemotherapy, Caesarean sections, hip replacements, all of them absolutely rely on antibiotics. So imagine a world where we can’t have those procedures and where people die of simple blisters, as occurred, not uncommonly, in the pre-antibiotic era.

PAUL SOLMAN: But we don’t want to scare people. This isn’t happening right now. Most antibiotics still work for most problems that people have.

MILES O’BRIEN: But the numbers are grim. And it is time to do something right now. The alarm bells are ringing.

PAUL SOLMAN: And, from my point of view, the problem is that the market hasn’t been able to solve this problem. Maybe it cannot solve this problem, and, therefore, we need alternative solutions.

For the PBS NewsHour this is economics correspondent Paul Solman.

MILES O’BRIEN: And I’m the science correspondent, Miles O’Brien.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And you can watch all of Miles O’Brien and Paul Solman’s reports on antibiotics and superbugs online at pbs.org/newshour.”

(WITH THE PROMOTION OF THESE BIG CORPORATE FARMS FROM THE FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT, WE’RE JUST BOXING OURSELVES IN THAT NO ANTIBIOTICS WILL EVER WORK ON PEOPLE BECAUSE WE FED SO MUCH IN RAISING THE ANIMALS FOR FASTER GAINS THAT WE’VE MADE ANTIBIOTIC DRUGS INEFFECTIVE.  PBS NEWS-HOUR HAS BEEN HAVING GREAT PROGRAMS ON ANTIBIOTIC USE ALL WEEK AND HOW IT IS AFFECTING OUR HEALTH SYSTEM BECAUSE OF SUPERBUGS.  THE LAST PROGRAM IS TONIGHT.

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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Politicususa.com: Trump’s Twitter Rampage Backfires As Richard Blumenthal Doubles Down on Russia Investigation

The following is an excellent article written by Sean Colarossi on the Politicususa.com website on August 7, 2017 titled “Trump’s Twitter Rampage Backfires As Richard Blumenthal Doubles Down on Russia Investigation” and I quote:

“Trump’s Twitter Rampage Backfires As Richard Blumenthal Doubles Down On Russia Investigation”

Instead of taking Trump’s bait, Sen. Blumenthal is digging in his feet and doubling down on the increasingly serious investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

Trump’s Twitter Rampage Backfires As Richard Blumenthal Doubles Down On Russia Investigation

Despite Donald Trump’s childish and deeply personal attacks on Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Monday, the Connecticut senator refused to lose focus of the special counsel investigation into Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia during last year’s election.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Sen. Blumenthal – a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee – said Trump’s Monday morning attacks will not distract him from the investigation.

Video:

Blumenthal said:

I won’t be distracted by these bullying tweets. If anything, they strengthen my resolve and determination to work for protecting the special counsel against exactly these tactics of bullying and intimidating, and that’s the reason that I have joined with two other Republicans and four of us Democrats in sponsoring bills that would protect the special counsel, require judicial review – a three-judge panel who would have to find good cause … before Donald Trump could fire Bob Mueller. And there are growing, ominous threats, tweets and warnings that we’ve seen – the world has seen – that we’re heading toward a collision between Bob Mueller and the President of the United States.

The Democratic senator’s renewed commitment to focusing on the Russia investigation and other key issues comes after Trump released several tweets on Monday targeting Blumenthal.

Tweets:

Despite Trump’s latest unhinged tantrum, Sen. Blumenthal is clearly not taking the president’s bait or stooping to his level. Instead, the Democrat is digging in his feet and doubling down on the ongoing and increasingly serious investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia – and he’s working with Republicans to protect Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation.

The more this president takes to Twitter to bully those running the investigation into his ties to Russia, the more guilty he looks and the more determined those investigating him become.”

(DEMOCRATIC SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL OF CONNECTICUT KNOWS THERE IS PLENTY OF EVIDENCE FOR SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, ROBERT MUELLER TO START AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE RUSSIA-TRUMP CONNECTION.  I HOPE IT STARTS SOON BECAUSE PRES TRUMP’S POPULARITY RATING KEEPS GOING DOWN SHOWING THAT THE VOTING PUBLIC IS GETTING DISGUSTED WITH HIS RIDICULOUS TWEETS, PARTICULARLY SINCE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WENT BANKRUPT SIX TIMES BEFORE HE BECAME PRESIDENT AND EVEN BRAGGED ABOUT IT DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES WITH HILLARY CLINTON.  IT’S TOO BAD THAT RNC CHAIRMAN, REINCE PREIBUS DIDN’T CHECK OUT PRES TRUMP BEFORE THE ELECTION.

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PoliticusUSA.com: Trump Mental State Show Signs of Fading Fast As He Hallucinates Support For His Presidency

The following is an excellent article written by Jason Easley on the Politicususa.com website on August 7, 2017 titled “Trump Mental State Show Signs of Fading Fast As He Hallucinates Support For His Presidency” and I quote:

“Trump Mental State Show Signs of Fading Fast As He Hallucinates Support For His Presidency”

As poll show softening support for Trump among Republicans, the President used rallies of handpicked supporters to claim that his base is getting stronger, which illustrates how Trump is hallucinating a presidency that doesn’t exist.

Trump Mental State Show Signs of Fading Fast As He Hallucinates Support For His Presidency

As poll show softening support for Trump among Republicans, the President used rallies of handpicked supporters to claim that his base is getting stronger, which illustrates how Trump is hallucinating a presidency that doesn’t exist.

Trump tweeted:

Recent polling shows Trump’s strong support among Republicans has fallen to 53% as his unpopular policies and personality have combined to even push many Republicans to take a step back from this president.

President Trump is using rallies that are full of his own supporters as proof of the strength of his base. At some level, Trump realizes that his base is all he has, which is why he has tried to demand the repeal of Obamacare and ban transgender persons from the military.

Trump never seemed like he was on solid mental and emotional ground, but the Russia scandal has broken something inside of him. The President has retreated to dream land, and he is imagining support for that lives only in his mind.”

(REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS JUST TRYING TO PEP UP HIS TROOPS WITH A BUNCH OF FAKE NEWS OF HOW HIS POLL NUMBERS ARE GROWING.  THE FACT THAT HIS TRUMPCARE FELL FLAT ON ITS FACE EVEN THOUGH HE SAID HOW EASY IT WOULD BE TO PASS IT, HE FAILED TO REALIZE JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE WOULD LOSE THEIR COVERAGE, ACCORDING TO THE CBO REPORT BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS.  IN THE MILLIONS.!!!  YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS, WHICH HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO THINK THIS THROUGH, WOULD HAVE COME UP WITH SOMETHING BETTER, RATHER THAN SAYING “WE’LL HAVE A HEALTHCARE BILL MAYBE IN A COUPLE OF YEARS.”  MEANWHILE, PEOPLE CAN GET SICK ANYTIME.  AND WHO IS GOING TO PAY MY BILLS?????  SO, I UNDERSTAND HE IS GOING TO WORK ON HIS FEDERAL INCOME TAX PROPOSAL THAT WILL GIVE HUGE INCOME TAX BREAKS TO THE RICHEST 1% WHICH, IF THE MEDIA COVERS PROPERLY, WILL ALSO FAIL.

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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Crooks and Liars.com: ‘Let’s Not Waste Any More Time’: Chris Wallace Shuts Down Kellyanne Conway For Linking Clinton to Russia

The following is an excellent article written by David on the Crooks and Liars.com website on July 30, 2017 titled “‘Let’s Not Waste Any More Time’: Chris Wallace Shuts Down Kellyanne Conway For Linking Clinton to Russia” and I quote:

“‘Let’s Not Waste Any More Time’: Chris Wallace Shuts Down Kellyanne Conway For Linking Clinton To Russia”

7/30/17 8:10am

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, on Sunday deflected questions about Attorney General Jeff Sessions by slamming the media over the investigation into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election.

During an interview on Fox News, host Chris Wallace became impatient when Conway tried to redirect every question he asked, from Obamacare to Russia.

“Kellyanne, you’ve got to allow me to ask some questions,” the Fox host told her as she continued to talk. “This week the president continued to attack his attorney general… Does the president want Jeff Sessions to continue as attorney general or — as has been suggested — is he considering him moving over to replace General Kelly as the secretary of Homeland Security?”

“That’s a personnel question that only the president can answer,” Conway opined before pivoting to the president’s campaign against “vile groups” of undocumented immigrants. “These MS-13 gangs are murdering innocent Americans and bringing drugs and violence into our communities.”

“I understand that,” Wallace said, trying to get the interview back on track. But Conway ignored him.

“The question is, is he considering moving [Sessions to Homeland Security] if the immigration part of this is so important?” Wallace asked.

“I won’t comment on that but I will tell you that that the president has expressed frustration about [Sessions recusing himself from the Russia investigation],” Conway admitted. “And look at what’s happened with this ridiculous Russian collusion delusion. You see all these journalists, who built entire TV sets and lower-thirds and screaming graphics and breathless coverage, now slinking away this week, Chris, from the Russian collusion coverage. Why? Because you have everyone, from Jared Kushner meeting with the House and the Senate and giving his public statement.”

“You have no ‘there’ there whatsoever,” she continued. “We were promised the next Watergate, we don’t even have water polo. We don’t have watermelon. It’s so ridiculous and the only thing I can see happening with Russia right now is this FusionGPS matter [allegedly connected to Hillary Clinton], the Senate witness who said everybody should go look over there at what’s happened. Somebody being paid by the Russians to compile a damaging dossier on Donald Trump. Again, filled with falsities and lies.”

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“Do you know how much time has been wasted away from the victims of Obamacare?” Conway scoffed.

“Okay,” Wallace interrupted. “Let’s not waste any more time. Let’s talk about Obamacare… Is that the president’s plan, stay on repeal and replace, change the Senate rules, end the legislative filibuster so that you can pass a fuller repeal and replace, including selling insurance across state lines?”

“The president will not accept those who said it’s time to move on,” the White House aide insisted. “We’ve met with the Obamacare victims at the White House several times now. They are real people.””

(YOU CAN SURE TELL THAT KELLYANNE CONWAY IS A LAWYER THE WAY SHE TRIES TO EVADE THE QUESTIONS.  THE PROBLEM IS–SHE’S WORKING FOR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, WHO HAS FAR TOO MANY BROKEN PROMISES AND KEEPS CHANGING HIS STORY FROM DAY TO DAY TO TRY TO WIGGLE OUT OF IT HIMSELF.  I CAN SEE WHY PRES TRUMP WENT BANKRUPT SIX TIMES.

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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