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This is the work of Paul Ryan and Bitch McConnell, they are looking to take earned money from Social Security recipients and those that have the need for Government support. The big tax breaks have benefitted only the wealthy yet only a few of the 1 percenters speak out.MA 
08/21/18 08:40 AM

By Steve Benen
Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), who currently chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, sat down with CNBC’s John Harwood, who asked the Ohio Republican about the fact that the deficit is soaring in the wake of his party’s tax breaks.
Predictably, the congressman responded to the issue the way GOP lawmakers nearly always respond to the issue.
Harwood: No misgivings about a tax cut that was not paid for, that’s allowing debt and deficits to rise like it is now?
Stivers: I do think we need to deal with our some of our spending. We’ve got to try to figure out how to spend less.
Note the pivot: massive tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations has turned a modest budget shortfall into an enormous budget shortfall. Stivers sees that as a problem in need of attention, not by reversing course on regressive tax policies, but by looking at spending.
And that, naturally, led to a conversation between Stivers and Harwood on social-insurance programs like Social Security and Medicare – what are frequently referred to as “entitlements” – which Republicans want to cut in order to clean up the budget mess they created with tax cuts.
If this sounds familiar, there’s a good reason for that. It was just a few months ago that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the “name of the game on debt and deficits” is cutting “entitlements.”
At face value, it’s difficult to take the rhetoric seriously. If Republican policymakers were genuinely concerned about the budget deficit, they wouldn’t have passed unnecessary tax breaks for people who don’t need them, without even trying to find a way to pay for the cuts. No one should accept the premise that GOP leaders are sincere about fiscal responsibility.
But even more important is the bigger picture: GOP officials like Stivers and Ryan are helping prove Democrats right about one of the most serious threats posed by the Republican tax plan.

As we discussed in March, the debate over the GOP plan may have been fairly brief – Republicans pushed their scheme through quickly to get ahead of public opposition – it featured plenty of Democrats arguing vociferously that its proponents would pass tax cuts for the wealthy, blow up the deficit, and then target Social Security and Medicare, crying about the importance for “fiscal responsibility.”
Ryan wasted no time confirming Democrats’ fears. The Speaker started talking up Medicare cuts in December, and Social Security cuts soon after. Now the chair of the NRCC is signaling similar intentions.
It’s quite a message Republicans are taking into the midterm elections, isn’t it? Donald Trump’s party pushed through unpopular tax breaks, which led to unpopular deficits, which GOP leaders hope to address though unpopular cuts to celebrated pillars of modern American society such as Social Security and Medicare.
Good luck with that.

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I am unable to resist pointing out that our titular national leader(?) aka TOTUS can not be classified as either or, neither nor and even what the hell. This space waster is simply an ego driven unfortunate who has ascended to the highest office in the land through the limited or lack of ill to look beyond this election and understand that his actions will pull on the lives of us all- NO ONE escapes the consequences. The often repeated lies and mis information spewed daily  via tweet is not only dishonest but totally disingenuous. This current situation is being directed by him according to how he conducted his business-(poorly) by with an iron fist and no regard to consequences. Unfortunately the consequences will be ours and with no way to redress the harm even if he goes to jail. I an unable to resist implicating the Congress of seat fillers who have gone along with this destruction and will expect to be reelected. It is OUR REPONSIBILITY as voters to oust TOTUS , Congress and any allied forces that hold elected office. It will take years to get to a point of balance with hopefully people who have the where with all to govern with integrity.

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There is a very long list of Hyphenated Americans but there is only 1 (one) indigenous American group (s) who were here before Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci (the country’s namesake). Eons ago what is now North America was connected to the European continent by a land bridge between Alaska and Russia. This allowed early humans to cross over to what is now the North American continent. These early settlers are the Original “Americans” not the later visitors and settlers.
The rapid and extensive spread of the various European powers from the early 15th century onwards had a profound impact upon many of the indigenous cultures with whom they came into contact. The exploratory and colonial ventures in the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific often resulted in territorial and cultural conflict, and the intentional or unintentional displacement and devastation of the indigenous populations.
The Canary Islands had an indigenous population called the Guanches whose origin is still the subject of discussion among historians and linguists.[16] Since the early settlement and subsequent governance by an assortment of European countries there were an olio of  Nationalities with skin color’s from white to black and languages from English to Bantu. All of this is said to emphasize that the only “true Americans” are the indigenous who arrived over the land bridge and they were essentially beat into submission by “foreign” invaders from Europe. (wikipedia)

Modern times have brought the idea that true Americans are White which is incorrect as the list of non indigenous Americans (or hyphenated) goes like this:

African -Americans, Irish-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Scottish-Americans, German-Americans, Franco-Americans, Russian- Americans, Italian-Americans, Swiss-Americans and so on. There are no true Americans except the indigenous folks who crossed and lived on the land bridge about 13000 years ago. So the facts remain that modern day America is composed of about 90% immigrants leaving the indigenous Americans in the minority and the First and only AMERICANS.

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Trump revoked Brennan’s access because he believes that Brennan has exhibited “erratic conduct” and questionable credibility. I would suggest that the reasons for revocation of Mr. Brennan’s security clearance apply more to TOTUS and the White house staff than anyone else. On the other hand it is apparently alright for Mick Mulvaney to remove protections against predatory lending for the Military and other Americans . It is Ok to separate children and parents who are legally seeking asylum, it is lawful to assess tariffs under the guise of fair trade correction. This President’s has one goal and that is to be a better President than previous White House occupants but apparently has no clue how to do it. The thoughts for action come into his head with no rational background and the details are left to lackeys who are afraid not to do what he wants no matter the consequences. Where is the Congress in all of this?  The seat fillers led by the Dupublican party  are sitting quietly on the side while certain factions of their party  keep coming up with  unfounded reasons for committees to investigate  voter fraud, undocumented workers committing crimes and undoing the ACA. The US’s standing in the world is at possibly an all time low and our greatest Allies have taken a step back to try to understand what is happening here. This is in effect the isolationism that eventually put us in jeopardy and eventually 2 world wars. The intervening years with American leadership (however flawed) has assisted in a more peaceful world with a larger amount of prosperity. It is well to remember that  no system of government is perfect but always correctable  and able to be tweaked for the better. What we currently have is essentially a “Rogue” state tacitly condoned by the in power party and many of its constituents, some of whom appear to be un or under informed.

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Kevin Kallaugher for Aug 19, 2018 Comic Strip

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Trump cancels military parade, blames D.C. officials for high cost
Dartunorro Clark 41 mins ago

President Donald Trump said Friday he has canceled a planned military parade this fall in the nation’s capital because of the “ridiculously high” price tag given by D.C. officials.
“The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it,” Trump tweeted.
“Never let someone hold you up! I will instead attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, & go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th. Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN. Now we can buy some more jet fighters!”

On Thursday, a defense official told NBC News that the upper estimate of the cost of the parade was $92 million, a figure first reported by CNBC. The potential cost was way above initial estimates.
The military parade was requested by Trump earlier this year.
The Department of Defense said Thursday that the parade was delayed until 2019.
“The Department of Defense and White House have been planning a parade to honor America’s military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I,” said Col. Rob Manning on Thursday. “We originally targeted November 10, 2018 for this event but have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019.”

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Wouldn’t TOTUS’ time be better spent actually looking for ways to spend money to help the country’s needs in infrastructure rather than a parade to celebrate his own ego. We (some of us) elected a President (so some of us thought) not a dictator wannabe.MA.
Courtney Kube 11 hrs ago

WASHINGTON — The multimillion-dollar military parade through the nation’s capital requested by President Donald Trump has been delayed until 2019, a Defense Department spokesman said Thursday.
“The Department of Defense and White House have been planning a parade to honor America’s military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I,” said Col. Rob Manning. “We originally targeted November 10, 2018 for this event but have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019.”
Earlier Thursday, a defense official told NBC News that the upper estimate of the cost of the parade was $92 million, a figure first reported by CNBC.

The estimate had risen substantially since February, when White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told Congress the price could be $10 million to $30 million.
The cost was initially reported as $12 million, and was based on the cost of the victory parade held in the capital after the 1991 Gulf War, said the official. The Washington Post estimated the cost of the 1991 victory parade as $8 million.
The defense official told NBC News that the internal estimate of the cost of the parade rose to $25 million after adjusting for more than 25 years of inflation. But that estimate did not take into account expenses borne by other federal agencies and some nonmilitary line items.
The $92 million figure is the current uppermost estimate, said the official, and includes security, transportation and other expenses.
“The American Legion appreciates that our president wants to show in a dramatic fashion our nation’s support for our troops,” American Legion National Cmdr Denise Rohan said in a statement posted to Twitter. “However, until such time as we can celebrate victory in the War on Terrorism and bring our military home, we think the parade money would be better spent fully funding the Department of Veteran Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible.”
As NBC News first reported, serious planning for the parade began in June, four months after Trump directed the Defense Department to organize it.
“There is only one person who wants this parade,” said a senior U.S. official at the time, referring to Trump.
Trump got the idea for the parade while viewing France’s Bastille Day Parade in July 2017.
“We’re going to have to try to top it,” he later told French President Emmanuel Macron.
By January, Trump was floating the idea with military leaders and in late February, he made it official with a memo to Defense Secretary James Mattis.
A March memo laid out the skeleton of a plan: a parade from the White House to the Capitol to include only wheeled vehicles (because tanks could damage the streets), capped by a big display of air power and vintage aircraft, with themes including veterans, women in the military and medal of honor recipients.
After that, three months went by with no major planning. With so many more pressing issues, the parade just was not a high priority for the military, a senior defense official said.
Officials recommended that the route begin at the Capitol, pass the White House and end at the National Mall, and the date was moved up a day to Nov. 10, from Nov. 11.
Some Washington lawmakers have raised concerns about the cost of a parade, with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., calling it a “fantastic waste of money to amuse the president.” And some analysts have said that without an important military victory to justify the parade, it smacked of North Korean-style posturing.
“There’s no reason to do it aside from bolstering Trump’s ego,” Thomas E. Ricks, a military historian and veteran national security reporter, told NBC News this year.

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The specific words of the saying the signs borrowed from vary; the most commonly cited version of Niemöller’s pseudo-poem, however—the one quoted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as a lyrical manifestation of the evils of political apathy—reads like this:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
It is a reference to the Holocaust. It is also, however, a warning about the ease with which such an event could occur again, if we of the present allow ourselves to become ignorant of the lessons of the past. Niemöller, born in 1892, was German, and a Protestant. Initially a supporter of Hitler’s rise to power, Niemöller came to oppose him in the years leading up to the war: In 1933, he became the head of a group of opposition clergy members, the Pfarrernotbund, or the Pastors’ Emergency League. For that, in 1937, he was arrested and sent to the concentration camps—first to Sachsenhausen and then to Dachau. He survived until the end of the war, when the Allies liberated him and his fellow prisoners. Niemöller returned, after that, to the clergy—and he focused, for the rest of his life, on reconciliation as both a political and a theological aspiration. “First They Came” emerged from that effort.

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When did lying to gain an office become the norm? There was always campaign rhetoric but it was more coloring a little outside the lines. In this age of mass media coverage these line squibbles have become outright lies ala prewar Germany. The German information machine seems to be a model for the Trump method of governance by False hood and abetted by a self serving Congress whose sole objective is to appease their big donors and feather their own nests. One can liken the current administration to the Georgian rule over the “Colonies” prior to the Declaration. That declaration led to the fight for independence which was won by a smaller and lesser equipped forces. Taking that information , isn’t it time we as voters did it again? Our objective should be to have better representation than we have had for many years. The problem is not who the President is, it’s the long serving members of Congress who have abdicated their oath and duty to serve with honor under the Constitution. The conundrum is do we personally evaluate each member at election time based on what they have done in the seat or accept what they tell us?

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Bob Bryan 3h

President Donald Trump’s tariffs have put US businesses in the crosshairs of a trade war.
Bill Yeargin, the CEO of US boat manufacturer Correct Craft, warned about the consequences of Trump’s trade fights in an op-ed on Monday.
“We have found ourselves in the crosshairs of a trade war, one that will drown out the effects of tax reform and risk our industry’s promising future, taking American workers and consumers down with it,” Yeargin wrote.
The CEO also laid out the three big reasons that Trump’s tariffs hurt US businesses.

President Donald Trump’s tariffs are hitting US businesses with a triple whammy, according to one manufacturing CEO.
Bill Yeargin, the CEO of US boat manufacturer Correct Craft, laid out in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner how harmful Trump’s recent tariffs are for both his own company and the US economy as a whole.
Yeargin’s firm builds a slew of popular boat brands, such as the specialty ski brand Nautique. Correct Craft employs more than 1,300 American workers and has six manufacturing plants around the US, but despite the homegrown nature of the business, Trump’s tariffs are taking a toll.
The Correct Craft CEO said Trump’s trade fights are leading to higher costs and threaten boat sales. In fact, Yeargin said the tariffs pose an existential threat to the US boat manufacturing industry.

“We have found ourselves in the crosshairs of a trade war, one that will drown out the effects of tax reform and risk our industry’s promising future, taking American workers and consumers down with it,” he wrote.
In laying out the threat the trade war poses, Yeargin identified the three ways that Trump’s trade fights are contributing to pain for US manufacturers:
Tariffs caused the price of imported parts to increase: Tariffs act as taxes on imports, which in turn cause the prices of the goods hit with those taxes to increase. Trump slapped both Chinese aluminum sheet and all aluminum, two important elements for boat manufacturing, with substantial tariffs. Additionally, Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods added an extra duty to pieces of boat engines, and the next wave of tariffs could hit “300 different component parts used by the marine industry.” So Correct Crafts costs are increasing, cutting into profits.
The prices of US goods are also increasing due to market distortions: Correct Craft sources nearly all of the aluminum sheet used in its boats from the US — more than 90% according to Yeargin — but this has not protected the company from price increases. As domestic producers have seen foreign prices rise, so too have US aluminum producers used this new pricing power. According to Yeargin, the price of domestic aluminum has risen by 20% to 30% due to market distortions created by the tariffs.
Retaliatory tariffs on US exports are hurting American companies that send goods abroad: Yeargin said that retaliatory tariffs on boats by Canada, Mexico, and the European Union — which represent a large portion of the firm’s overseas sales — will harm sales and “puts the industry’s $1.8 billion in recreational boat and engine exports and the jobs of Americans in jeopardy.”
Yeargin says Trump’s trade policies will come back to bite the US
Correct Craft can respond to combination of these three factors in a few different ways. The company can lay off workers to bring down labor costs, increase prices on consumers, or move its manufacturing outside of the US to a country not facing tariffs (similar to Harley-Davidson’s decision).
Given these worrying options Correct Craft faces, Yeargin concluded that Trump’s trade policies will ultimately come back to bite the US.
“Many Americans are understandably tired of longstanding and unfair trade agreements, and President Trump should be applauded for concentrating the world’s attention on the issue,” the Correct Craft CEO wrote. “However, his administration’s current trade policies of increasing protectionism are unfairly targeting US manufacturing industries, and will cause lasting damage to US businesses, jobs, and families.”

The problems aren’t just limited to boat manufacturers. American firms that produce everything from TVs to nails to lobster traps are dealing with similar cost pressures.
The cost increases are already forcing these firms to make tough choices. Some US businesses have had to lay off workers, while others are raising prices on consumers to handle the hit.
Regardless of how these companies are managing, it’s clear that Trump’s trade fights are taking a toll on American business.

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