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History, who has not heard me harp about that! Well let’s look at history, I did the research for you, and unlike your politicians, I am not a prevaricator!

The Great Depression (1929 to 1939) was caused by huge wealth and income inequality in our country. Combined with extensive new tariffs being imposed. Who was at the helm when this occurred, you ask? Herbert Hoover, a Republican was! Who dug us out of the largest most destructive depression in history? Well WWII put it on hold as jobs were available for the war effort, so some people say that was what ended the depression. However for that to be true we would have had to stay in a state of world war perpetually! Plus it was illusory as the war put us in extreme debt, which as you know causes its own problems. Same reason our debt is so large now, we have been at war 222 years out of 239 years since we have existed. This means we have only been at peace with the world for 20% of our history! So no, not the war! Roosevelt started the New Deal, but it was put on hold during the war, and Roosevelt passed away before his new proposals for post-war America got enacted!, He was responsible for new ideas and a successful template! Harry Truman was actually responsible for continuing the New Deal, implementing the Marshall Plan, NATO, and using United Nations veto more than any President to fight communism and the Soviet Union! He did continue Roosevelt’s ideas and kept the Great Depression at bay, and more infamously was one of the world’s leaders instrumental in starting the Cold War. So the Great Depression started by a Republican was left for two Democrats to fix! Wealth and income inequality, new tariffs imposed, sound familiar? How about exactly what Trump is doing right now!

The Great Recession (2007 to 2009) was started by banks gambling with investor’s money and going for the quick profit! That meant making dangerous and very risky investments and loans! Big business and Wall Street were concentrating on big bonuses and profits, risking their customer’s money, and not caring! Who was at the helm during this disaster, yet another Republican, George W. Bush! Who got us out of this disaster, regardless of what you have been told, it was President Obama, and he did it without any help whatsoever from Republicans. Did it cost us, you bet! Were the steps President Obama took necessary, yes they were! It was the biggest economic disaster since the Great Depression, in full swing when Obama took office and gone before he left office. You can hyperventilate all you want, but this is history, and will be recorded as such, no matter what you wish to be true! You will notice that the recession was in full swing when Obama took office, and if you look at when the recession ended, it was in Obama’s first year as President. And the economy, jobs, and unemployment all steadily got better during his Presidency, regardless of what the Liar in Chief or his minions told you! It is all in the public record, plain and simple, all you have to do is learn to read and not watch, well, you know!

So if you go back up and look at what I just said caused the Great Depression, it appears Trump has decided to create exactly the conditions that caused it, of course blaming everyone and everything around him as he leads us into either the next Great Depression or a nuclear war. Something to look forward to! If you look at real history, the record of the U.S. economy, every time we have a depression or major recession Republicans are almost always in charge. There is always huge wealth and income inequality, a suffering middle class or no middle class, and the debt rockets into the stratosphere. Republicans always campaign for a balanced budget, then get in office and run the debt up by enormous leaps and bounds. Has always been thus, lie, then give huge tax breaks or loopholes to the rich, make laws that only favor the already rich and Wall Street, and you get a recession, every damn time. History, it is all there; all you have to do is crack open a book or two and start reading. Not some book by some crackpot, I am talking about the dull, painstaking business of reading documents, looking at the debt and deficit and see who actually ran it up and why! You always have to look at why. Was it war, tax cuts, trade, and what dates, not what some lying politician told you! History, it does not lie, people just lie about it!

 

This information was gleaned from multiple sites, but Vox and Rolling Stone were primarily used.

1973: The US Department of Justice — under the Nixon administration sued the Trump Management Corporation for violating the Fair Housing Act. Federal officials found evidence that Trump had refused to rent to black tenants and lied to black applicants about whether apartments were available, among other accusations. Trump said the federal government was trying to get him to rent to welfare recipients. In the aftermath, he signed an agreement in 1975 agreeing not to discriminate against renters of color without admitting to discriminating before. He was later sued a second time by the Justice Department for exactly the same thing!
Racist___ Not Racist

1980s: Kip Brown, a former employee at Trump’s Castle, accused another one of Trump’s businesses of discrimination. “When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor!
Racist___ Not Racist___

1989: In a controversial case that’s been characterized as a modern-day lynching, four black teenagers and one Latino teenager — the “Central Park Five” — were accused of attacking and raping a jogger in New York City. Trump immediately took charge in the case, running an ad in local papers demanding, “BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY. BRING BACK OUR POLICE!” The teens’ convictions were later vacated after they spent seven to 13 years in prison, and the city paid $41 million in a settlement to the teens. But Trump in October 2016 said he still believes they’re guilty, despite the DNA evidence to the contrary.
Racist___ Not Racist___

1991: A book by John O’Donnell, former president of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, quoted Trump’s criticism of a black accountant: “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.” Trump at first denied the remarks, but later said in a 1997 Playboy interview that “the stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true.”
Racist___ Not Racist___

1992: The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino had to pay a $200,000 fine because it transferred black and women dealers off tables to accommodate a big-time gambler’s prejudices.
Racist___ Not Racist___

2000: In opposition to a casino proposed by the St. Regis Mohawk tribe, which he saw as a financial threat to his casinos in Atlantic City, Trump secretly ran a series of ads suggesting the tribe had a “record of criminal activity [that] is well documented.” Which had no truth to them.
Racist___ Not Racist

2004: In season two of The Apprentice, Trump fired Kevin Allen, a black contestant, for being overeducated. “You’re an unbelievably talented guy in terms of education, and you haven’t done anything,” Trump said on the show. “At some point, you have to say, ‘That’s enough.'” What the _____!
Racist___ Not Racist___

2005: Trump publicly pitched creating teams of whites versus blacks for his next season of The Apprentice.
Racist___ Not Racist___

2011: Trump played a big role in pushing false rumors that Obama — the country’s first black president — was not born in the US. He even sent investigators to Hawaii to look into Obama’s birth certificate. Obama later released his birth certificate, calling Trump a “carnival barker.” (The research has found a strong correlation between “birtherism,” as this conspiracy theory is called, and racism.) Trump has reportedly continued pushing this conspiracy theory in private.
Racist___ Not Racists___

2011: While Trump suggested that Obama wasn’t born in the US, he also argued that maybe Obama wasn’t a good enough student to have gotten into Columbia or Harvard Law School, and demanded Obama release his university transcripts. Trump claimed, “I heard he was a terrible student. Terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?”
He got there on merit, or how could he become the first black man to head the Harvard Law Review, or to teach law as a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago! He was offered a tenure-track, which would have made him a full professor, but he declined.  I would like to see Trump’s transcripts, his taxes, his banking statements, but I am dreaming now!
Racist___ Not Racist___

Trump launched his campaign in 2015 by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” who are “bringing crime” and “bringing drugs” to the US. His campaign was largely built on building a wall to keep these immigrants out of the US.
Racist___ Not Racist___

He argued in 2016 that Judge Gonzalo Curiel — who was overseeing the Trump University lawsuit — should recuse himself from the case because of his Mexican heritage and membership in a Latino lawyers association. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who endorsed Trump, later called such comments “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
Racist___ Not Racist___

Trump reportedly said in 2017 that people who came to the US from Haiti “all have AIDS,” and he lamented that people who came to the US from Nigeria would never “go back to their huts” once they saw America.
Racist___ Not Racist___

Speaking about immigration in a bipartisan meeting in January 2018, Trump reportedly asked, in reference to Haiti and African countries, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He then reportedly suggested that the US should take more people from countries like Norway. The implication: Immigrants from predominantly white countries are good, while immigrants from predominantly black countries are bad.
Racist___ Not Racist___

And the band plays on!

You might want to look up pictures of David Dukes with his arm around Trump on the campaign trail! If you still feel like you want to defend Trump, a man who also, this not being racist, but still important, invented a new African nation, Nambia, a new jet, the P54, or meeting the President of the U.S. Virgin Islands, well the band is still playing! He has told 2000 verifiable lies in one year as President. Even if you cut that in half, he is still a record holder for lying. Does this not tell you something about his morals, at least hint at a mental aberration? If that does not do it for you, go back to all of the things he has said about women on the public record! He has paid off at least one and possibly two or more porn stars purportedly since his son was born to shut up and go away! Nineteen women have come forward about sexual harassment or rape. How far are you prepared to go, I want to know! His nefarious business dealings will fill a chapter, at least, so another day! This is not a man who should be your leader! He is an example of the worst in our society, and we are at fault, yes, you and me! We let this happen!

 

 

This is information I got from an article written by Don Lee for the LA Times. It is rather long, but it had salient points we all need to recognize, so I paraphrase for your edification, with added commentary of my own thrown in for good measure!
The tax bill’s passage could turn out to be too much of a good thing, economic analysts warn! No expansion lasts forever. The current surge is 8½ years old. By spring, it will be the second longest expansion in American history. Ok, (my words), the one thing here I would like to point out, a point I have made before, the surge in the economy is 8 ½ years old. So who was President during at least 7 ½ years of the economic surge, oh yeah, that guy some of you claim was worthless! But I digress. (You can probably tell which parts I gleaned from the article and which parts came from my little pea brain without me having to tell you!)
“Simply stated, we are adding substantial stimulus to an economy already operating near full capacity,“ Northern Trust economists Carl Tannenbaum and Ryan Boyle said in a research note Tuesday evening, shortly before the Senate approved the tax bill 51 to 48, strictly along party lines. (Again, who made that happen?) Almost all analysts agree that this tax bill will be a disaster for America over time. The poor timing of these tax cuts, which are financed largely by increasing the federal deficit, washes out most of the benefits!
Now, (my words), this paragraph is important, pay attention to what is said here. I have often written that most of the things Trump takes credit for with his bluster and lies are actually the result of the Obama legacy. (Yep, that same worthless guy again!)                                                                                                  Here is the import: Most of what makes the current economy so strong is a matter of inheritance. Aside from recoveries in Europe, Japan and even Russia and Brazil, the U.S. is benefiting from the result of decisions made years ago about how to get the country out of the 2008 financial crash — the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. (Yep, that other guy again!)
Most experts say that quick government action in late 2008 and early 2009 staved off immediate disaster and saved major industries and tens of thousands of jobs. Creative but careful monetary policy in the following years led to a slow but steady recovery. The results of those efforts would have been inherited by any president, Republican or Democrat!

So in conclusion, (my words), Trump has done nothing for the economy up to this point, he inherited a ready-made set of conditions that improved the economy without input from him, other than bragging and lying about it, that is! His tax plan will give you and me some small tax relief, for about a year, then it starts falling apart. Middle and lower incomes will lose their tax breaks as they are designed to be there only for a limited time, just enough to try and make you feel good around mid-terms, and then you are going to have to pay through the nose for years to come. Do not be fooled, you cannot blow up the deficit and debt by numbers that are spelled with the word “trillions” and not have to pay for it. The 1% and big corporations tax breaks are written as permanent, but as I said, yours were not! They are but fleeting, so be aware who you vote for! This economy cannot last under the current leadership and even if by a miracle it does it will not benefit you, because you, my dear friends, will be paying for the elite to get even more of what they already have while you can eat cake! If you can afford it!

 

I am glad that women and even a man or two are finally coming forward and saying enough is enough! I am a man, a man who thinks women are the dominant species on this planet. Sure, we have bigger muscles in most cases, we are testosterone driven, which in certain instances makes us heroic, or mistaken for heroic! But in modern society, we pale in comparison to womenfolk in almost every other capacity as humans! Women can compete in almost any intellectual quest where a man and a woman have equal opportunities to succeed. Woman are less likely, in this authors opinion, to think war is an answer unless we are being directly attacked or threatened in some way that precludes negotiation or arbitration! A woman will not see everything as a competition, but more as an opportunity to learn and succeed! Forget the movie version of any competitive woman as a shrew!
So, having said that, women exist in a world where men control how successful they will be by an alarming percentile! This control is what, in my humble opinion, is why powerful men have gotten away with sexual harassment, or worse, with very little consequence. If a woman, say in the world of business, was to make it known that a man was being inappropriate or even sexually dangerous, steps would be taken to satisfy any regulations in place, but nothing of consequence to the man involved in most cases! The woman, in a disturbing amount of cases, are punished with job stagnation or outright dismissal after a period of time has passed where her job performance evaluations have gone from superlative to unacceptable after such an incident is reported.  So much so that she had to be let go! In the military, if you are a career-minded woman, making any charge of sexual harassment, even rape, is a career-ending decision in most cases!
So the fact that woman are finally coming forward, even though in most cases these are a woman who have waited until their careers were either secure or at their end, is heartening. That they are coming forward in numbers is also about damn time. So maybe I should clarify a few things here. All harassment is disgusting and uncalled for. But when it involves underage women I cannot tell you how enraged I become. So I welcome any and all exposure to any individuals who are suspect. Sure, some of it will be spurious, but when the sexual misconduct is brought to bear by multiple women about the same man, well that needs some serious and immediate consideration!
So now we come to a question I would like to put to you. Do you think these men, regardless of who they are, should be held accountable? Should these claims at least be investigated? And one last question, why is not Trump, who has at least a dozen accusers not under scrutiny. He has even been accused of rape. Now when you have a lot of money as Trump is reported to have, you can get away with a lot! So these women were up against it from the start! But the fact that so many came forward, well no matter how cynical you are, some have to have merit. And then there are the words of Trump himself bragging about his sexual misconduct! So where is the quid pro quo here since Trump is ignoring the Moore case but had no problem tweeting about Al Franken. So should he not be hoisted on his own petard!

Here is a link to a detailed report on the twelve women that have accused Trump of sexual misconduct or actual assault!  Click here for link

Trumps tax bill is not a boon to you and I! It will put nothing in your pocket, not the middle class or the poor in America. Sure Trump promises it will put $4,000 dollars a year back in your pocket, but that is a bald faced lie. It is not only a lie, but this tax bill is going to cost you big time when you know the truth.

First off economists know that the lion’s share of the tax cut goes to corporations. Well who owns the lion’s share of stock in our corporations, the top 1% and maybe in lesser degree the top 10%! Those little pieces of stock you own are not going to get you squat! So who pays the taxes for corporations, shareholders do! Corporations themselves do not pay taxes, only people pay taxes, despite what a GOP controlled Supreme Court has told you corporations are not people, and only people pay taxes. So this tax cut makes the richest in our country richer, because as shareholders in all the major corporations they will pay a lot less in taxes! I mean that is what they all paid for when they bought their politicians!

You and I, well to start off with the $4,000 dollar boon to you and I is false, a lie. You might see $600 bucks. But in reality you will be paying through the nose. Where to do you think they are going to get the money to give to the rich, I’ll tell you where, from you and me. How, you ask? By getting rid of, or vastly downsizing Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, federal aid to education, food programs, and on and on. Why do you think they want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act so badly, it has nothing to do with healthcare, they could care less about your health! It is because it frees up billions of dollars for this gift to the rich. That is the whole reason the GOP exists right now is to get what the Koch brothers and their ilk paid for, a significantly lower tax on the rich and corporations. They Koch brothers just held a conference in Washington recently to complain about why the GOP has been so slow to get them what they paid for, and they were not even subtle about it! We will not even get into the estate tax, which only comes into play for the very rich, not your average Joe, farmer or rancher, as they would have you believe. It is all a lie that will cost you dearly, not only in your pocketbook, but also in lives as well!

You will notice while Obama was in office the GOP harped on the debt and the deficit constantly. How dangerous it was to increase the debt, and not to decrease the deficit. Even though President Obama did decrease the deficit more than any of the last five Presidents, but the GOP does not talk about that! What do you hear today from the GOP presently, absolutely nothing! The GOP does not talk about the debt and deficit at all! Why? Because this new tax plan and the Presidents budget will add tens of trillions of dollars to the debt! The tax plan alone would reduce federal revenues by $9.5 trillion over its first decade alone! It could increase the national debt by nearly 80 percent of gross domestic product by 2036! And the good ole trickle down theory is the only avenue to pay it back, which we know did not work for Reagan or Bush, or ever for that matter! Now Trump is not a populist. He could care less about the average Jack and Jill, he tells you lies everyday that he does, but lies are his stock in trade! He only cares about amassing power and wealth for himself, and that is all he cares about. Well, and being worshipped by one and all, but that in itself does not cost us anything but our sanity!

This is in response to a post about how Democrats were originally for slavery and were opposed to civil rights! Well I had to respond, actually a friend asked for my opinion, and she got a little more than she bargained for, I am sure! So here goes! 

If you look at history and the platforms of both parties they have completely switched ideologies since the days of Lincoln. So what used to be the democrats is actually represented by republicans, and vice-versa. It of course is not as simple as just switching names, but the Democratic Party of old does not exist as such anymore, has not probably in our lifetime! So what is claimed is accurate, just not accurate to ascribe those attributes to the current party. The democrats have lots of problems which they need to solve, but if you look at what Republicans are trying to do right now, for example getting rid of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, trying to completely shut down the education and environmental agencies in total, trying to open up open pit mining in the heart of the last remaining natural Salmon fishery, closing down or vastly reducing our park systems and opening them up to mining and oil interests, I cannot see this as in our interest. The premise of the Republican Party is a solid one, but Republicans now in power are not abiding by or even resembling such a premise. I used to be a staunch Republican, but when they became bought and paid for, I had to leave. Not saying there are not bought and paid for Democrats, but way less in my opinion. If you dig into social security, it is income deduction based, does not affect the debt, and would be solvent if left alone and not the Fed piggy bank. But employers, especially large ones, have to match the Soc. Sec. contribution. Now they figure all that in when deciding how much salary to pay an individual, along with 401k matching, health care, vacation time, etc. But that is the driving force to the GOP hatred of this particular program, and in other forms of imagined attacks on their bottom line tend to foment hatred for all healthcare programs! Why after seven or eight years did the Republicans not build their own healthcare bill instead of trying to shove a hastily thrown together bill down our throats in secret to try and fool us into thinking they had our interest at heart! Because they never intended to offer a healthcare plan. They thought we would let them  get rid of the ACA and then they would just ignore cries for a new program until it faded away!  Big business, pharmaceuticals, petroleum companies, and others, all make billions, even trillions in profit, and they need to keep increasing profit or their stockholders get nasty! So that is what is being legislated, not our needs or wants or desires. Politicians get their money for re-election from these sources so you and I do not figure into their machinations in congress anymore. We have always been a socialist democracy. Otherwise there would be no fire, police, emergency response teams, paramedics, interstate highways, and the list goes on. So you have to decide if backing a person who acts like a bully in a grade school sandbox, who lies every single day, tells you exactly what you want to hear but has no intention of actually doing any of it, who changes horses midstream on policy weekly, and who cannot let any slight go no matter how insignificant it is! So he undermines his own secretary, his cabinet members flee in disgust, almost all of his appointments are still empty, he has no takers, despite his blaming democrats or Obama for everything. Tillerson almost left this summer! The buck stops at the Presidents desk, but he does not know that! Sorry for going postal here, but I have a lot of pent up rage at what is going on. I spend long hours reading bills, studying history, and looking at foreign news, even Russian outlets along with British, Irish, etc., to try and get the real picture of our world and our place in it. We are not the jewel of the earth anymore, we are more like a cancer! Education and science are scoffed at right now, and we are going to be sorry for letting those two slip our grasp. We need to start paying attention to science and education again or we are going to fail as a country! Our esteem in the world by our peers has diminished by leaps and bounds. This is not my opinion, it is a fact! You cannot replace a scientist with multiple degrees with a used car salesmen in an agency based on science and expect him to make the right choices for our well being. I am talking about the Environmental Protection Agency, oh and NASA as well! Anyway, I will shut up now, but I was asked!

 

Note: These bills were posted by a friend of mine as bills we should be aware of! I looked them up, read them, and added the names of who was responsible for them. You will notice they are all Republicans. The most egregious in my opinion, although all are bad ideas, are the attempts to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency, Public vouchers to replace federal aid to education, termination of the Department of Education and the National Right to Work! This last item, regardless of the title, gives the employer the right to tell you that you have no rights! They will be able to dictate wages as they wish! It strips the work force of any power it might have had to protect itself! You need to pay attention to who and what you vote for because pretty soon the country you claim to love will not exist anymore! You will be working longer for less, your fishing grounds and salmon runs will be fouled with open pit mines! Your streams, lakes and oceans fouled with crude! If you thought you were being restricted in your use of federal or even state land, just look at what happens when it is sold off, you are told to stay off, period! And don’t be surprised to find a fracking operation going on right in your back yard fouling your drinking water, or setting it on fire as it comes out of your faucet in some cases! Get smart, quit clicking on click bait and then reposting it. Most of it comes from Veles in Macedonia and Russian sources! I see my friends falling for and sharing click bait all the time. The truth comes with a lot of work! Do not post until you have done the work, or you are working against our democracy, not for it!

 

  1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency

Introduced Feb 3 2017 by Matt Gaetz [R-FLA]

  1. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education

                 Also repeals nutrition standards for schools

         Introduced Jan 23, 2017 by Steve king [R-IA]

  1. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education

         Introduced Feb 7, 2017 by Thomas Massie [R-KY]

  1. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife

Introduced Feb 7,2017 by Don Young [R-AK]

Already signed and enacted by Trump Apr 3,2017

  1. HR 370 Another attempt to Repeal Affordable Care Act

INTRODUCED BY TED CRUZ Feb 14.2017 [R-TX]

  1. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood (Be aware of what this agency actually does before you make a judgment. They provide health care for woman who cannot receive it elsewhere, and they do not use federal money for abortion services. They also give counsel of all other options other than abortion.)

Introduced Jan 6, 2017 by Diane Back [R-TN]

  1. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one is devastating to the working class … it ALSO applies to Union members) it takes away any clout the working class has now! Which is not much!

Introduced Feb 1, 2017 by Steve King [R-IA]

  1. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill

Introduced Jan 3, 2017 by Lou Barletta [R-PA]

  1. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)

Introduced Jan 3,2017 by Trent Franks [R-AZ]

  1. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran. These are sanctions that are nonnuclear. Meaning that our current Gov. wants to go outside the nuclear agreement and enact sanctions not agreed to previously, this just an example of strongman tactics. It should be noted that the Iran Nuclear Agreement has been couched by the current administration as an Obama creation! When in fact it was created by many nations over years of deliberation. So when we, in our mighty wisdom, decide to pull out, or try and subvert it, we are waving our middle finger at all of our nation partners in the world, basically telling them to go frack themselves. Way to win friends and influence people!

Introduced Feb 1, 2017 by Peter Roskam [R-IL]