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The change brought about by the Election of #45 is at once a wake up call and a disaster. The wake up: we now see that so many of our long serving members of Congress are not (and notably never have been) for the people they are supposed to represent. The stream of lies to get elected have been elevated to an art form by TOTUS and his minions. The long serving members of Congress have been no better yet they have been kept in office year after year. Some have called for term limits, to explain term limits are more the duty of the voters since I cannot conceive of a member of Congress willingly setting a term limit on an essentially part-time job with generous perks paid for by voters. Of course there are some members who do the work and unfortunately unless their party is in power get little done.

The disaster : TOTUS has through executive action stopped  the passage and overturned laws that will have long-range effects on ALL of us and Congress has allowed it. TOTUS has made lying an art form and uses the art form with aplomb along with his Whitehouse talking heads. Using the same tactics that Dictators have used for Centuries (more Recent Hitler, Mussolini and Franco) which is to tell the lies constantly until people accept and believe them. Along with this methodology is the indoctrination of voters who believe the lies and attack others who are perceived to be against TOTUS even if his misdeeds adversely affect them. The effects of the ill managed administration will linger for quite some time while the damage to our country and its effect on our long time allies will at some point abate, it will take some smart voting sense to get better people in government beginning with Congress.

Finally: If we are to move forward we need to forget race, ethnicity and color as guidelines to accepting the fact that America is and always will be a conglomerate of ALL the countries in the world which makes us everyone no matter what color we happen to be.

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Ongoing mischaracterizations, exaggerations and ultimately lies by TOTUS who has never stopped campaigning from day One. Following him is like lemmings to the sea, no good end. MA.

Jenna Amatulli
HuffPost February 12, 2019

President Donald Trump told the crowd at his rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday that he got special permission from the El Paso Fire Department to let 10,000 people inside the El Paso County Coliseum.
El Paso Fire Department spokesman Enrique D Aguilar told The El Paso Times that not only did the fire department not give Trump special permission, but the Coliseum had about 6,500 people in it during the president’s rally. Aguilar says that number was at capacity and well within its standard allowance.
The spokesman added that “it might be 10,000 with the people outside” total, but the fire department didn’t track the number of people outside the venue. While the number Trump quoted about his attendees might not have been far off, he blatantly lied that he got special permission, according to Aguilar.
“Now the arena holds 8,000,” said Trump, during the rally. “And thank you, fire department. They got in about 10,000. Thank you, fire department. Appreciate it.”
Trump also claimed 75,000 people signed up to attend the rally, according to ABC News. The rally was dedicated to advocating for the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico and didn’t do much to mend the relationship between officials in the city and the president.
Trump’s has previously claimed El Paso was one of the country’s most dangerous cities prior to the construction of a government-sanctioned fence dividing the city and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico. Additionally, Trump’s campaign has even circulated a video that alleges he made the city safer.
El Paso was never one of the most dangerous cities in the country, as per the New York Times. The publication notes that the city “has had a consistently lower crime rate than the average among more than 20 similarly sized cities, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who had previously challenged Republicans for a Senate seat, and other El Paso leaders led a counter-demonstration to Trump’s rally on Monday. Trump addressed their protest at the rally and bloviated about the number of people in attendance yet again:
“A young man who’s got very little going for himself, except he’s got a great first name… He challenged us. So, we have let’s, say, 35,000 people tonight. And he has 200 people, 300 people. Not too good,” said Trump, who then said of O’Rourke:
“In fact, what I’d do, what I would say is that may be the end of his presidential bid.”
Estimates of how many people were at O’Rourke’s protest aren’t exact, but the number appears to be at least 5,000, according to several reports

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Apparently the M.O. of TOTUS in his work and personal life is to manufacture crises, hype them and then offer a slightly different plan than what was already in place. This is an easy way (lazy) way to do work based on someone else’s efforts and claim credit for it. Taking center stage from your bedroom via electronic means after looking at specific network opinionators ( not news people). NAFTA was working fine but after a year of railing against it and putting the threat of tariffs out there against out long time partners, the new deal is essentially the same with a new name (an election ploy), the Iran accord which was signed on to along with long time allies is still working without the US in spite of administration alternate facts that say the opposite. The mass horde of people streaming for the southern border and requires a wall to stop the drugs and crime they are bringing with them( more drugs and illegals come in at the designated and monitored crossings) and finally a major Tariff war with the Nation of China which has caused major ripples n our own farming communities. What we have in this administration is a cadre of outright liars and extremists who all vie for the approval of a demagogue aided and abetted by a neer do well Congress staffed by too long serving member s who again serve themselves while shoving their gruel of lies and hate down the throats of their avid constituents. The chinks in the tax plan are starting to show for the folks who have already filed taxes and getting less than they normally would receive. The ongoing attack on the Mueller investigation is having little effect since the truth continues to come out in spite of the continued stream of  misinformation from TOTUS’s administration and supporters. This will be reflected in history as one of if not the worst administration in American history and all associated with it will be tainted more than they currently are. It is the sole job of the voters in America to elect better representatives to work for us and that is a hard task since it seems that there are few “honest” and knowledgeable candidates available. The process we have to use is replace as many as we can in each election cycle no matter how long they have been in office. If we make it clear that we are willing to replace them readily then we may be able to get better people to move us forward as a country and not individuals.

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Border Towns ‘Safer Than Any City Trump Has Lived In,’ Says Texas Congressman
People “need to look at FBI stats and reality,” and the “fallacy” about border crime needs to end, Rep. Vincent Gonzalez said.

By Mary Papenfuss
Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (D-Texas) tore into President Donald Trump’s fake narrative that U.S. border towns are lawless frontiers, declaring that they’re in fact “safer than any city the president has ever lived in.”
The border town of McAllen, Texas (population 145,000), in Gonzalez’s district didn’t have a single homicide last year, the congressman pointed out in an interview Saturday on MSNBC.
“The reality is McAllen is one of the safest cities in America,” Gonzalez said. “In fact, we’re the seventh safest city in America. We had zero murders the year of 2018.”
He added: “I can assure you McAllen is safer than any city the president has ever lived in. It’s much safer than New York City, it’s much safer than Washington, D.C. I could walk around the middle of the night in the city of McAllen without a single threat … this campaign rhetoric that has continued for two years really needs to stop. People need to look at FBI stats and reality.”
Gonzalez encouraged Trump to visit cities that actually have high crime rates, naming Detroit and Little Rock, and “spending efforts to … lower crime rates in areas that really need it.”

A major report on crime in Texas Monthly in 2015 deemed the border towns of the Rio Grande Valley as “extremely safe.” Border counties, regardless of population, have lower rates for homicides, violent crime and property crimes than non-border counties in the nation, according to FBI crime statistics for 2017.
Gonzalez said that Trump’s “rhetoric is based on fallacy that he’s fed to his right-wing base that seem to eat it up.”
The congressman’s comments are part of a rising tide of Trump administration criticism along the American border from residents angered by the president’s characterization of their cities as dangerous.
In his State of the Union address, Trump called El Paso, Texas, one of the nation’s “most dangerous” cities — until a border barrier was built. El Paso has actually been one of America’s safest cities over three decades, according to crime statistics. The border barrier was built in 2008. El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles, called Trump’s statements “falsehoods” that he’s using in an “attempt to build a 2,000-mile wall.”
Trump is speaking at his first campaign rally in El Paso on Monday. A major protest headlined by former hometown Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke and the Trump baby blimp is planned for the same time.

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Billionaires like Eddy Lampert have and continue to enrich themselves by ruining long established companies, then filing for bankruptcy protection and all but stealing the jobs and pensions of thousands of U.S. workers. While our neer do well Congress and more useless Commander in Thief do and say nothing.MA
By Natalie Sherman
Business reporter, New York
3 February 2019
As a wave of bankruptcies hits the retail sector, workers want to know why their bosses are coming out ahead.
The fall of Sears, once an icon of American retail might, has hit Bruce Miller hard.
The 56-year-old started at the department store out of high school, rising to be a senior auto technician.
But since Sears closed his New Jersey location last April, he has lost his health insurance and his house. Now his pension is at risk.
For Mr Miller’s bosses, however, fortunes look brighter.
Veteran journalist Michelle Celarier has estimated that longtime Sears chairman and former chief executive Eddie Lampert has made nearly $1.4bn (£1.1bn) off his investment in the company, thanks to performance fees, dividends and other payments.
Meanwhile, its top 340 executives were collectively granted a potential $25m in bonuses in December, just months after the firm declared bankruptcy.
“It’s utterly ridiculous to me,” says Mr Miller, who is now relying on odd jobs to help pay bills. “How can you reward somebody for driving a business into the ground?”
Laments like Mr. Miller’s have surfaced repeatedly in recent years, amid a wave of bankruptcies in the US retail sector that has claimed household names such as Toys R Us, Payless Shoe Source and Nine West.
Much of the blame has focused on the disruption caused by online shopping.
But analysts say many of the firms have another feature in common: investors who took control of the retailers, loaded them with debt, and extracted fees, dividends and other assets for their own benefit.
What went wrong on the High Street in 2018?
Sears retail chain in $5.2bn rescue plan
Sears, for example, spent millions purchasing its own stock – inflating prices in a win for shareholders such as Mr Lampert, who became chair of the firm in 2005, after arranging its merger with Kmart.
Sears later borrowed more than $2bn from his hedge fund, ESL Investments, as it struggled to remain in operation.
It also sold off parts of the business, including hundreds of properties and the mail-order catalogue Lands End, to companies affiliated with Mr Lampert.
Sears is now a shadow of its former self, having closed almost 3,000 stores and cut more than 250,000 jobs since 2007.

Eileen Appelbaum, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, says those deals limited Sears’ ability to invest in the future – just as the need to compete with online shopping made those investments critical.
That is a pattern seen repeatedly in the recent retail failings, she said.
“They want to blame everything that happens on Amazon,” she says. “The fact that they have starved these organisations of resources … that’s the real story.”
‘Years-long scheme’
ESL has defended its actions, saying “all transactions were done in good faith, on fair terms” in order to keep Sears in business.
It said it was confident that its process for reviewing deals for conflicts of interest was “unimpeachable”.
The firm is now offering to buy Sears out of bankruptcy for $5.2bn.
The plan could keep 425 stores open and retain up to 45,000 jobs.
But several groups owed money have asked the court to reject the proposal, which is funded in part by forgiving some debt owed to his hedge fund.
They cite concerns like those of Ms. Appelbaum and Mr Miller’s.
“ESL’s current bid to ‘save’ the company is nothing but the final fulfilment of a years-long scheme to deprive Sears and its creditors of assets and its employees of jobs while lining Lampert’s and ESL’s own pockets,” attorneys for a group of unsecured creditors wrote.
‘Apply pressure’
Outside court, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, has weighed in with similar questions, as have Sears workers.
At a rally in New York this month, they accused Mr Lampert of driving the firm to failure and asked the court to require that money be set aside for workers in the event of future layoffs, among other demands.
“We want to apply pressure in a big way,” Mr Miller says. “Somebody’s going to have to say, ‘Hey, wait a minute, we’ve got to fix this situation.'”
A similar campaign by Toys R Us workers last summer successfully shamed former private equity owners KKR and Bain Capital into creating a $20m severance fund.
But that was an exception, contingent on those firms’ largesse.

Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote to Eddie Lampert, saying “it appears that you have enriched yourself while driving the company into bankruptcy”
Analysts said bankruptcy judges are often reluctant to challenge plans that would keep a business open – even in cases with as many potential conflicts of interest as Sears.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has taken a hands-off regulatory approach, even as issuance of loans to firms with weak credit soars to record levels, driven by strong investor demand for debt.
Who will the ‘retail apocalypse’ claim in 2018?
Three things that could save the High Street
Carrie Gleason, who helped organise the worker campaigns as a policy director for Organization United for Respect, says the Toys R Us bankruptcy marked a “breaking point” for broader awareness of the way business strategies contributed to retailer failings.
But with retail’s struggles expected to continue, more pressure is needed to bring change, Ms. Gleason says.
“This is not going to be the last [bankruptcy],” she says.
“They’re going to keep coming and ultimately what we need are some new protections.”

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The recent Government Shutdown ground on with TOTUS and his minions doubling down on the “inaccuracies” of their opinions on the shutdown and what effects it has or will have on the population of the United States. First there has been no details of the spending plan for the 5 plus billion dollars wanted for the “wall”. It is a regular practice for anyone or any company, agency, etc. to present a spending plan for the funding they are asking for. To date no spending plan has been presented, this reminds me of a section of a movie (Guardians of The Galaxy) where “Rocket” wanted the prosthetic leg of an inmate just because he wanted it. He had no use for it but the time spent in acquiring it could have been better used. The wall dollar amount is a number determined how? There have been proposals presented by a bi partisan group and by a single party-all rejected by TOTUS. It is safe to consider that this is how TOTUS ran his business, put out a number and wait. This waiting is about LIVES and these lives are all Americans.

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Our National emergency is located at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue. Apparently our neer do well Congress abetted by do nothing “Bitch” and “flip-flop Lindsey” have submitted to the “child’s ” whims. It has been proven over and over that the numbers used by the administration are false and inflated. Each and every talking head in the administration is using the same numbers out of fear of the wrath of TOTUS. Increasingly the “Trump base” is shrinking even if many think it is growing. Meanwhile the immigration crisis builds along with the sham international policies espoused by Mike “Pompous”. 2020 is nearing and our National strength is waning in spite of the utterances of Faux news opinionators whose well-being is not being affected by the shutdown. It is their unmitigated ability to lie that gets the attention of TOTUS who reads nothing beyond possibly the “cat in the hat” maybe. The often cited “American People” have one task and that is take back control of the country through the vote, we have a start with the recent elections but the old guard needs to go if we are to make any progress towards the real America we want and need. That is an America for all of us.

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The past 24 months have been less than stellar for TOTUS. His failures began when he won the Presidency. At that time while riding a wave of approval for his talk show method of governing (seeking approval by using “buzz words” instead of meaningful statements). His Tweets have become legendary in his own mind. The downhill slide of his executive orders, the much touted “Tax Reform” and attempts at repealing the ACA to name a few all will appear on his list accomplishments(?). The current and ongoing trade wars, the humanitarian crisis created by him at the Southern border as a cover for and distraction from his other failures will all be remembered by all in the next election cycle. It is small wonder that his business successes have been fewer than touted.He easily tosses out huge dollar numbers about some project with no details on how the funds are spent and takes exception when questioned about details. It has been said that he is a counter puncher when attacked. There would be no attack if there were some reasonable proposals issued  with some explanations of how they would work instead we get hyperbole and outright lies. Currently most if not all of the events occurring here at home and abroad are of his making and manufacture as this is his “style”. His aim is adoration at any price. He has total ownership of these manufactured crises  and history will show it.

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These past 10 years have shown us the worst and best of our Federal legislature. The way it should work is: we have liberal, conservative and several stages between them. If these groups were in office in any reasonable proportion we would not have had the nasty unproductive governance that eventually brought us TOTUS. The radicals on all sides have pushed us to a “them or us” situation that serves the electorate and their backers NOT the oft cited “American People”! These so-called conservatives, liberals, progressives have done no more than confuse most of us to the point that we no longer can distinguish which idiots to support. Personally I like to know which idiot can do the least amount of harm to me. To that end I usually vote independent or Scamocrat but I would vote Dupublican if there were no Bitch McConnell’s or Flip flop Graham’s. These two are examples of legislators who have the public eye and lie each time they speak. It apparently is normal for politicians to keep the truth from their constituents while mouthing what their constituents will accept or want to hear. The real problem became apparent to me when I happened on C-span during a hearing on the “wall”. A Dupublican member of the panel stated obvious untruths and was called on it by a member of the gallery, that gentleman demanded that the questioner (a voter) be removed and not allowed to essentially question his veracity. It seemed odd to me that an “elected” official would want a voting member of the public be ousted from a hearing that affects them. It looks to be the accepted way of doing business with no public input, the same public that put these folks in office and the folks who in their races for election stated many times that they will work for the “people”. How it is supposed to work is that the people who supported these people have a right to question the actions of those they have elected.

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By Rebecca Morin 16 hrs ago
“If you don’t understand the difference between a prescriptive and a descriptive definition, confusion is inevitable. That linguistic distinction helps bring some clarity: there are two questions at issue, 1) what people who call themselves “evangelicals” or “fundamentalists” actually say they are and 2) what those two groups ought to be.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s presidency was part of a higher calling.
“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president,” Sanders said during an interview with Christian Broadcast Network News. “And that’s why he’s there, and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about.”
The president has long touted his Christian faith, and his presidency was overwhelmingly supported by white evangelical voters.
Throughout his tenure, Trump and his administration have pursued a number of key issues backed by evangelicals, such as restricting abortion rights, eliminating a birth control mandate and expanding school choice and voucher programs that would likely benefit private religious schools.
Most recently, Trump in a tweet endorsed a controversial campaign to introduce Bible literacy classes to public schools.
His support with those voters hasn’t faltered despite several gaffes, such as when he mispronounced “Second Corinthians” during the 2016 campaign. The president was also criticized for not saying the Apostle’s Creed or singing some of the hymns during George H.W. Bush’s funeral in December.
Trump’s multiple divorces and alleged affairs have also not significantly affected the president’s popularity with white evangelical voters.

Could it be that the “white Evangelicals” are not as “holy” and righteous as they purport to be? Religious beliefs have no place in the national politics and should be privately held. The diversity of America cannot allow for personal convictions to bend or alter the legal processes of the nation.MA

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