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By Dan Merica and Betsy Klein, CNN
Updated 3:40 PM ET, Tue January
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump took the opportunity Tuesday to slam Hillary Clinton during a surprise visit at gathering dubbed a “conversation with Women of America.”
Trump used to the event to take aim at Clinton, the first woman to win a major party presidential nomination. Trump joked about how he beat Clinton in Arkansas, a state where she served as first lady.
“Arkansas, great state,” Trump said, after noting a woman attending from the state. “How did I win Arkansas by so much when she came from Arkansas?”
The gathering featured more than a dozen top White House officials, discussing the state of American women with over 200 invited guests.
Trump also claimed that if Clinton had won in November, the stock market — which has boomed under the Republican President — would have gone down by 50%.
“Had the other side gotten in, the market would have gone down 50% from where it was,” Trump said. “Fifty percent from where it was. Remember that. It was stagnant and it was going down.”
Trump did not state how he came to that figure.
The President also touted the robust US economy and discussed the current state of immigration reform talks, blaming Democrats for the lack of a deal.
“We are working on immigration and immigration reform,” Trump said. “Hopefully at some point we will be able to solve that problem. If the Democrats really wanted to, they could, but they really sometimes don’t want to. We are working on it and we will get it done one way or the other I hope.”
The female-focused event comes amid a nationwide focus on sexual harassment and assault against women dubbed the #MeToo movement. The campaign was spurred by extensive alleged abuse by Harvey Weinstein and a cascade of other powerful men.
Though the movement has affected the sports, entertainment and political worlds, it has largely spared the White House, even though at least 15 women have come forward with a wide range of accusations against Trump, ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behavior around women. Trump was also recorded in 2005 describing sexually assaulting women on the “Access Hollywood” videotape.
Trump has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing. At the event, he did not comment on the movement which was not a focus of the day-long event.
Trump tweeted his black approval rating has doubled. It hasn’t.
Senior White House officials, such as Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter and senior adviser, communications director Hope Hicks, press secretary Sarah Sanders and counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, attended the meeting, along with Cabinet Members Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.
The event included a three-part panel where, according to White House spokeswoman Lindsey Walters, “women from various backgrounds and experiences … will speak with high-level women within the Trump administration.”
Melania Trump is also not expected to attend, according to the East Wing communications office. Trump, according to a White House official, was not expected to attend the event, but decided to drop by.
“When I heard, I ran across the street,” Trump said. “Now I am going to run back to the Oval Office.”
The women, Walters added, spoke with White House officials about “what has been accomplished to date to advance women at home, and in the workplace.”
“As part of an ongoing conversation this administration has been having with American women there will be a focus on the economy, health care and national security during the President’s first year in office,” Walters said.
More than 200 women attended, including Anita McBride, the former chief of staff for first lady Laura Bush; Heather Higgins, the CEO of Independent Women’s Voice, and Judy Van Rest, the executive vice president of the International Republican Institute.
CNN’s Kate Bennett contributed to this report

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The quote “Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” refers to how complicated life becomes when people start lying. It originally referred to a love triangle in the play “Marmion” by Sir Walter Scott. Currently this has been the practice of our Congress. This group of people have used every rosy sounding bit of tripe available to them to forward their agenda. They are no more than con men in nice suits. With the advent of TOTUS they have used his Tweet storm as a cover for their own nefarious deeds. His cabinet choices were at best poor but this Congress granted them access to push their personal agendas in healthcare, education, EPA (our air and water quality). Now the recent speedy crafting of Tax Reform and cuts will give us another gut punch while the lies keep flowing. All of this because they do not give a damn about the oft cited “American People”. Since they never asked or explained in plain words what this legislation was or would do gives rise to many questions. Several questions involving the actual effects of the cuts , why are the cuts for the middle and lower income folks saddled with an expiration date while the higher earners cuts continue?  The deceptive practices of this Congress should be a chargeable offence under the law but since this Body is untrustworthy, there will nothing done unless we the voters do and say something about it. Our course of action is call, write, tweet our representatives and let them know our feelings about this poor legislation.  Our own elected officials have apparently taken to scamming us about legislation and we have never as far as I know taken them to task for it. Looking back a few years: The lied about the ACA and would not support it, they ignored Trumps unfitness to serve (so they could get their own agenda moving), they obfuscated the truth about the economy (which is growing however slow) and they dislike the Dodd Frank act since it offers consumer (us) protection against the deceptive practices of financial institutions. Apparently these actions are more about appearing to be true to their word ( which we should already know is worthless). Given the current circumstances and potential harm to us, why do we want to keep these folks in office?

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Is Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin a fool or a knave?

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org12.03.20176:29 PM
This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.

One of the most dangerous consequences of this awful period in American life is the denigration of the truth, and of institutions and people who tell it.

There are two kinds of liars — fools and knaves. Fools lie because they don’t know the truth. Knaves lie because they intend to mislead.

Trump is both, because he doesn’t even care enough about the truth to find out what it is. He’ll say whatever he thinks will get people to believe what he wants them to believe.

What about people like Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Trump’s point person on the Republican tax bills now making their way through Congress?

Mnuchin continues to insist that the legislation puts a higher tax burden on people earning more than $1 million a year, and reduce taxes on everyone else. “I can tell you that virtually everybody in the middle class will get a tax cut, and will get a significant tax cut,” Mnuchin says repeatedly.

But the prestigious Tax Policy Center concludes that by 2027, almost all of the benefits of both bills will have gone to the richest 1 percent, while upper-middle-class payers will pay higher taxes and those at the lower levels will receive only modest benefits.

So is Mnuchin a fool? His career before he became Treasury Secretary doesn’t suggest so. He graduated from Yale, and worked for seventeen years for investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Perhaps Mnuchin doesn’t find the Tax Policy Center credible. Maybe he agrees with Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro, who describes it as “a left-leaning center that produces analyses that favor Democratic tax-and-spend programs and disfavor Republican programs.”

In the age of Trump, even prestigious organizations once considered non-partisan are either “with us” or “against us.”

Problem is, virtually all other studies by every other source show the House and Senate tax bills overwhelmingly benefit the rich and, within a few years, harm the middle class.

Even Congress’s own Joint Committee on Taxation – the House and Senate’s official scorekeeper on tax issues – finds that the Senate’s version of the bill would increase taxes on all income groups making under $75,000 per year.

By 2027, it would give its biggest tax breaks to those making $1 million or more. The House bill would be even more generous to millionaires and billionaires.

Mnuchin’s response? He has none. He just keeps repeating the same lie.

Mnuchin also maintains that the Senate and House tax plans won’t cause the federal deficit to rise. “This isn’t about the deficit,” he said recently. “We’ll create economic growth to pay down the deficit.”

But even the Tax Foundation — a major proponent of the corporate tax cuts — estimates the House bill will cause a $1.08 trillion revenue loss over ten years and the Senate bill, a $516 billion loss.

Assuming Mnuchin isn’t a fool, he’s a knave. He intends to deceive the public.

By doing so he has abandoned his duty to the American people inherent in the oath of office taken by every cabinet official, in favor of advancing the goals of his boss and other Republicans in Washington who are desperate to pass their tax bill.

 He has also sacrificed his credibility and integrity.

Why? Because he’s Secretary of the Treasury in an administration that has no integrity. Merely by joining Trump, he made a Faustian bargain and lost whatever integrity he might have had.

Recall that after Trump equated white supremacists with protesters in Charlottesville, and several hundred of Mnuchin’s Yale classmates urged him to resign in protest, Mnuchin found it “hard to believe I should have to defend myself on this, or the president.”

After Trump demanded that NFL owners deal harshly with black athletes protesting police brutality, Mnuchin said the athletes should “do free speech on their own time. This is about respect for the military and first responders in the country.”

Apparently Mnuchin will say anything to retain his power and influence in the Trump administration.

He knows he’ll never have anything close to this power again.

Mnuchin probably figures: So what if he lies about the true consequences of the tax bills? Trump lies about them, too. So does the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, and the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

He probably assumes most of the public will never know he lied. Even those who know will soon forget. In this era of Trumpian big lies, there are no consequences for lying.

But history may not be kind to Steve Mnuchin.

Over the last century, authoritarian and fascist regimes have intentionally and systematically denigrated the truth.

The knaves who helped them are remembered in ignominy

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I am hoping that the American people are watching the progress of this awful tax reform/cut. The end result will be a slam to most American who are not in the upper middle-income brackets. This Congress has for years worked to convince us that they are on our side even to the point of decrying the ACA as being bad even in light of the fact that the ACA has benefitted millions of Americans especially those who previously has no coverage at all. Now under the guise of a benefit they are picking our pockets with a so called Tax reform that mirrors the “trickle down” reforms of the Reagan era. I suggest all who consider themselves conservative and Republican need to separate the two as they are not the same. We ALL are conservative (one definition: moderate, cautious) but according to our own perspective. The Republican version is quite different and not good for any of us. If we as voters do not rise up against this administration and the Congressional minions we are in for a long hard slog which will take many years to correct. We are already on the road to becoming pariahs on the world stage and allowing the advances made with our allies to become moot. The upcoming mid term elections will be our first opportunity to fight back but until then call and write your Congressional representative (now an oxymoron)  tell them that they are wrong and you demand they change their support for this abominable legislation.MA

MEGAN HUGHES

ABC News December 2, 2017

The massive tax overhaul passed by the Senate early Saturday morning will if enacted into law impact millions of Americans in different ways.

By and large, the most costly provision continues to be reducing the corporate tax rate to 20 percent. The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) gives that a $1.4 trillion price tag. Republican claims the measure would pay for itself were also debunked this week by the JCT. Their analysis estimated the bill would grow the economy by .8 percent over a decade, still adding $1 trillion to the deficit.

When it comes to individual income taxes, the Senate measure also makes broad cuts across income levels. However, most of the individual income tax provisions will sunset after 2025 unless Congress acts. The bill also includes a change to inflation adjustments that would raise taxes slightly compared to what they would have been under current law.

By 2027, every income group under $75,000 is expected to see tax increases according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

The corporate rate cut, from 35 percent to 20 percent, will be permanent.

The Senate bill is not the final word.

The Senate and House versions of tax reform have big differences including the treatment of the health insurance mandate penalties, as well as the number of tax brackets. The two will need to be reconciled before they get to President Trump’s desk.

Here’s how the Senate plan could affect you:

2017 rates versus your rate under the Senate bill

The Senate bill maintains seven brackets, the same number as exist under current law, but it also lowers most of the rates and raises many of the income thresholds. For example, a married couple making $200,000 in 2017 would have paid $42,884.50 in taxes. Under the Senate bill, they would move from the 28 percent to the 24 percent tax bracket, and their tax bill would drop to $37,079 — before deductions are considered.

 Standard deduction goes up, other deductions out

The Senate bill would nearly double the standard deduction.

For individuals, it would go from $6,350 to $12,000. For married joint filers, it raises that deduction from $12,700 to $24,000. This may result in fewer taxpayers itemizing their deductions, and the bill’s supporters hope that standard deduction increase will help offset the elimination of other deductions.

“Generally speaking, if you are a taxpayer that takes the standard deduction currently … good chances are you get a tax cut,” said Scott Greenberg, a senior analyst at the Tax Foundation. “Taxpayers with large amounts of itemized deductions, some of them could see a modest tax increase.”

 

“Lawmakers are trying to create a tax code where fewer taxpayers use deductions that are related to specific economic activities and more taxpayers use the standard deduction,” Greenberg said.

Who takes a hit? In the first eight years, Greenberg says the potential losers are generally people who make great use of tax preferences rather than taking the standard deduction. A few stand out.

People living in high-tax cities and states

People living in high-tax cities and states like New York and California will take a hit, though Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, lessened that blow in the final hours of negotiations by retaining some deductions for property taxes.

The original bill completely eliminated the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT), but Collins insisted on retaining a deduction on property taxes up to $10,000. According to the Tax Foundation, the property tax deduction accounts for just over one-third of all state and local taxes deducted in 2015, the most recent year for which data are available.

According to that group’s analysis, this deduction also benefits middle-income earners more than deductions on state and local income tax would. In Westchester County, New York, the property tax deduction alone is worth $5,548 per filer, according to the Tax Foundation.

The issue was expected to be a sticking point in the final negotiations reconciling the Senate and House versions.

“It would have been a point of disagreement that they’d have to sort out,” Greenberg said.

Upper-middle income households with a lot of children

Although the bill does expand the child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000 it also does away with personal exemptions. If you’re in the 25 percent bracket or lower and you have children, Greenberg says “the Senate bill is a good or harmless trade.”

The personal exemption allows individuals to deduct more than $4,000 as a “personal exemption” for themselves, their spouses, and each dependent. Greenberg says this could hit upper-middle income families.

Health insurance consumers on the individual market

The Joint Committee on Taxation has estimated that federal budget deficits would be reduced by about $318 billion by eliminating the penalty associated with the individual mandate. Those effects would occur mainly because households are expected to make less use of things like premium tax credits and Medicaid.

Lower enrollment would mean fewer benefits coming from federal coffers. There is concern that eliminating the mandate’s penalties would lead to adverse selection, where young, healthy people choose not to enter the insurance market, and that would lead to higher premiums.

Wins for the wealthy

While in the first eight years after the bill’s passage, the losers are expected to be the people who make use of tax preferences, the measure includes some big wins for millionaires.

“The tax benefit for high-income households as a percentage of their income would be higher than the tax benefits for other income group households as a percentage of their income,” Greenberg said.

The top tax rate for the highest-income Americans drops from 39.6 percent to 38.5 percent. Also, because of the brackets being reorganized, married couples making between $500,000 to $1 million would see their tax rate drop from 39.6 percent to 35 percent.

Wealthy Americans would also see a benefit in the Senate bill’s changes to the alternative minimum tax (AMT). Senate Finance Committee documents say this was done to help simplify the tax code,

Finally, the richest Americans would see a boon in an expansion of exemptions from the estate tax, also called the “death tax”.

Currently, when a person passes away, his or her heirs can receive up to $5.5 million in property and assets tax-free. The Senate bill doubles that amount ($11 million for individuals, $22 million for married couples).

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The neer do wells and TOTUS are pushing a tax reform bill that will ultimately harm and possibly devastate many Americans. The “representatives” have touted this tax reform with more unsaid facts than the spoken lies. The reduction on upper earners will be permanent  while the reduction on the middle to lower earners will be tied to an end date. This “reform” will potentially end a part of the ACA that harm even more Americans. With all of the facts from CBO and many noted economists, the administration is still pushing this “tax reform” and attempting to present it as a good deal. It is my opinion that TOTUS has not read this bill and possibly would not or does not understand what it will do to his own base. This entire so called “reform” is about winning, a victory based on a campaign promise. So we now come to the part where the plan of lying to the public until the public believes the lies to be true. Like so many political lies the people are hurt while our “representatives” remain in office to continue their nefarious ways. This “reform” is just more “political wool” being pulled over the eyes of the “American People” that the politicians are so quick to cite as wanting or needing. The only resistance to the poor legislation is better representation by elected officials and contacting your representative often and with all of the methods available to you. You are their bosses.

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Steven Greenhouse
November 13, 2017

Imagine a low-wage worker, perhaps one who voted for Donald Trump
Basically, nothing. But will that be sufficient to peel away voters?
This worker is getting nothing from the huge Trump-GOP tax plan. This worker won’t benefit from phasing out the estate tax. Nor will this worker gain from eliminating the Alternate Minimum Tax or from reducing the business pass-through tax from 39.6 percent to 25 percent.  And because working class people can’t afford to invest in stocks or mutual funds, they won’t be among the lucky folks who receive bigger dividend checks after the corporate income tax is cut from 35 percent to 20 percent.
This worker toils hard day after day, juggling two kids and a job that pays just above the minimum wage. She was understandably thrilled to hear that Ivanka Trump was pushing to increase the child tax credit. It’s slated to go to $1,600 per family from the current maximum of $1,000. But this larger child tax credit won’t help her at all even as it is extended for the first time to families making $150,000 to $300,000 a year. The House GOP seems to have gone out of its way to make sure that people like her don’t benefit at all from this expanded credit—they’re refusing to make more than the current $1,000 maximum refundable.
Many people say this worker doesn’t deserve to be helped by the Trump-GOP tax plan because she doesn’t pay any federal income tax. But please don’t forget, despite their meager income, low-wage workers do pay several highly regressive taxes: the federal Social Security tax, the federal Medicare tax, as well as local sales taxes.
And many wealthier Americans mock this worker as a taker, as one of the 46 percent of Americans to be looked down upon. But she feels that she gives and gives and is not a taker, because day after day, she is a loyal worker, giving her all on the job, all for paltry pay. She would be happy to contribute more in taxes if only she were paid more.
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Twenty-five million households—around one fifth of all households in the United States—have annual income of less than $23,000.
This worker feels it’s not fair that so many Americans, especially richer Americans, will benefit from the huge tax cuts while so many low-wage workers will be left out in the cold—and receive nothing from this budget-busting cornucopia. She fears that because the tax cuts will add at least $1.5 trillion to the national debt, those cuts and the resulting higher deficits and debt will ultimately push Congress to chop Medicaid and other programs that help keep low-income Americans like her out of misery. Twenty-five million households—around one fifth of all households in the United States—have annual income of less than $23,000.
This worker feels that the architects of the tax plan are punishing her—punishing her for having poor parents and for having the misfortune of going to a low-performing, segregated schools in a high-poverty neighborhood. She feels she is also being punished for not being in the small minority of students from her high school class who went to college.
This worker was hoping that President Trump and Congress would follow in Ronald Reagan’s footsteps and increase funding for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). But no luck there. President Reagan had championed the EITC as a great program for hard-working, low-income Americans.
This worker wants to make America Great Again for people like her. She wishes that she could donate millions of dollars to political candidates, political action committees and dark money groups so that politicians would pay attention to workers like her—instead of to millionaire and billionaire donors who complain about corporate taxes, the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax.
This worker thinks America is Already Pretty Great for those wealthy donors, and she’s not sure why Congress is rushing to make American Even Greater for them. But then she remembers that the most important thing for many politicians is to keep their big donors happy.

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Apparently the Dupublican congressional leaders  had an epiphany The two leaders (?) are both now recanting the hype over the tax issue. They now recognize that their plan will not help the middle class (revelation?). The tax issue has been examined by many and yet these neer do wells kept insisting that this was good for us. Again I refer to pre WWII Germany, the Hitler regime, lie, lie,lie until people believe the lies. We all feel that the Government no matter who is President keeps many things from us. Yet we still elect and re-elect the same folks over and over, “therein lies the rub”! We have ignored their machinations for so long that they feel untouchable and we allowed it. Now we have a megalomaniacal Titular head of Government who cannot string 2  intelligible (informed or uninformed) words together without a writer. We have heard about tax reforms and tax cuts from both houses and  TOTUS for the better part of a year, now we see that the so called reforms and cuts do not and will not benefit the very people who elected them to office. An election based on the so far unfulfilled promises to get us a better deal. It is now clear as glass that these promises are impractical and unobtainable without hurting the working class of America financially and by extension the economy. The wake up alarm has been sounded and the administration is still trying to silence it with even more lies and deceit. How long will we stand for it? Article below tells more

McConnell Joins Ryan in Walking Back False Promise on Tax Bill

Steven T. Dennis

11/10/2017

 

(Bloomberg) — The top Republicans in the House and Senate have now walked back false promises about their tax bills’ impact on the middle class.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged to The New York Times Friday he erred when he said in an MSNBC appearance last week that “nobody in the middle class is going to get a tax increase.”
Now the Kentucky Republican says every income group would see a tax cut — on average.
“You can’t guarantee that absolutely no one sees a tax increase,” he told the newspaper.
McConnell joins House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin in walking back their statements on taxes. Ryan had said in a radio interview Wednesday, “So actually, even though there’s a lot of false information out there, everybody gets a tax cut.”
That statement was false, as there are millions of people who would face higher tax bills from the loss of deductions like the one for state and local taxes, which is rolled back in the House bill and eliminated entirely in the Senate bill.
A day later, Ryan’s language changed.
“At every income level, there is a tax cut for the average family,” Ryan said in a statement Thursday, citing a study by the Joint Committee on Taxation.
AshLee Strong, a Ryan spokeswoman, told The Washington Post that he misspoke.
(Updates with quote from Donald Trump in ninth paragraph.)
To contact the reporter on this story: Jason Kotuku’s in Singapore at jkoutsoukis2@bloomberg.net.
To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rosalind Mathieson at rmathieson3@bloomberg.net, Daniel Ten Kate at dtenkate@bloomberg.net.
©2017 Bloomberg L.P.

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The advent of the Trump administration’s cabinet choices are beginning to bear fruit, bitter, bitter fruit. From education to the EPA we are being sent down a path that will harm us for years. The current attempt on tax reform is yet one more slap to the faces of Americans in the name of improvement and more money in the pockets of “middle class Americans”. All of the buzz words and sound bites put out on a daily basis are not worthy of being called information. The so called tax reform touted as being better benefits only the so called 1%. There is no real middle class anymore, there are the 99% which covers everyone who does not make the imaginary middle class wage. It is well to remember that Congressional members will not be affected by any tax reforms just as they would not be affected by any changes in the ACA (Obamacare). I contend that our faith in the elected members of the Government from the Whitehouse to the Congress is misplaced as they talk a good game but have not delivered in years. What they have delivered is a divide that pits most Americans against one another so that they (administration and Congress) can maintain power. We have been fed so much erroneous information that the truth is only one more lie from drowning. All of the activity on ACA and Tax reform is about campaign promises and staying in office. We the voters have an obligation to speak out and complain about what the Congress and the Administration is doing. Do not be fooled or ignore what is coming out of Washington as much of it is untrue or “alternate facts”. If you have been paying attention at all you must realize that we are in trouble and only we  voters can correct it. We must write, call, email, and tweet our representatives and Congress until we get their attention, do not wait for someone else to do it. The way to look at this except for a few, our Congress and TOTUS do not care about you and will continue to do things in your name without your permission.  Disregard the “titles” like conservative, progressive, liberal, right and left, these word wars are just distractions and  the usual smoke and mirrors of politics. Get real and pay attention. Remember what happens to one affects us all even if you don’t think so.

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What kind of National representation is it when town hall meetings are filled with Hand picked attendees? TOTUS has used hand selected attendees in his town hall meetings. This does not represent the American people. These folks are not even a microcosm of America. These engineered meetings are similar to Hitler’s “town hall” meetings in the 1930’s. These meetings while not representative of America as a whole amount to a captive audience. Their  enthusiasm is similar to the audience on a game show vying for a chance to be seen or heard. This use of the population based on their usefulness to the speaker speaks to the lack of honesty by this President. Apparently it is easier to keep up a barrage of outrageous Tweets that serve only to take the focus off the real issues rather than making even the slightest attempt to Govern. It is clear that this Resident of the Whitehouse has no interest in truly Governing and uses bully tactics to affect a sense of it which excites his ever shrinking base. The executive orders issued are not really  laws but they have not been challenged by Congress as many of Obama’s were. It is easy to state forward progress while Tweeting about so many extraneous issues that have nothing to do with Governance. It is easy to excite people with lies as they can contain anything as long as people believe them. It is coincidental that Trump’s Grandfather was an immigrant and had his Grandson been President at that time what would have become of him? The worst part of this Presidency is that all actions thus far are based on fulfilling campaign promises at any cost rather than actually governing a country. A major issue is the ACA and it’s repeal which was supposed to allow for tax reform. To explain: The offered Health care changes or replacement was supposed make funding available to reform the tax code. Now the methodology  is go at these important issues in a piece by piece manner that if completed will cause  long term problems that will take years to fix.

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The current administration along with outside interests have concocted a web of lies on everything they do and will do. There is no activity that is directed toward the good of the oft cited American People. For years now the political parties have underserved us and that under service allowed for an insidious group of people to take over the Presidency. This group has taken the tactic of another 1930’s dictator and that is tell lies until they become truth in the minds of the people. Once this conversion is complete the people will believe anything that is said. We now have the real possibility of war with a rogue nation and have hardened the lines of other countries. Our allies are not sure what we are doing and therefore have had to move ahead in world affairs without us. The administration has rolled back EPA protections that will spoil our air quality for years while producing no new jobs and will surely cause health issues. This Congress has all but suborned the rash actions of this administration with no thought of the what their duty to the country is. Considering the recent the weather related  events, there have been many statements of what will be done but  more attention on the activities on the Sports fields. It is as if the administration is promoting personal issues over National interests. This is merely more lies issued with smoke and mirrors. What we could become is a nation echoing 1930’s Europe.

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