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*Line one of the Declaration of Independence.

It seems to me that we are again on the threshold of declaring Independence. This time from the partisan politics that has stifled the election of qualified and less dishonest representatives. With the advent of Trumpedation, we have been saddled with a set of radical right of center cabinet members and a Justice Department that knows none. There has been and always will be right, left and centrist politicians but there was at one time the overall sense of working for ALL voters rather than primarily targeting certain groups. This administration has been staffed with “Toadies” and pecksniffs led by TOTUS and “Botch” Mc Connell. These two miscreants have brought Government to a new low that will take years to rise out of. The key to better government is better representatives but only if we become informed voters and avoid the kool aid of entertainment politics.

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“There was a crooked man,”
By Mother Goose
There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile;
He bought a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

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A Plan is the strategy for the successful completion of a project. A strategy is not a list of objectives, but the means of achieving those objectives. Any project without a Plan is a project wandering in the wilderness.

The administration is abetted by a Congress of seat fillers has shown that the “trump” method of running a business (or Governing) is working without a net or plan to advance an agenda, then changing or abandoning the idea if it doesn’t work as thought (or assumed). This administration looks more like an edition of the “apprentice” rather than a Governing body. The revolving door of agency heads has stifled any real progress and the small amount of progress is slowly creeping down to zero which has the potential to severely limit our (The United States) ability to operate on the world stage and by extension here at home. The small mind behind many of TOTUS’S ideas points to Mr. Steven Miller who is a shadow of Steve Bannon. This administration operates on a limited intelligence basis as the knowledgeable members have little to no power of persuasion over policies that they understand will have little to no influence in a positive way but possible extreme negative effects. There is no logic to the actions of this administration and the Neer do wells in Congress are powerless or have no desire to be the corrective force. This leaves the corrections to the informed voters.

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The old saw: “O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!” stated by Walter Scott has played out and continues to do so in the current administration. It is apparent that TOTUS has followed the path of least intelligence all of his life. He has bullied his way into prominence using superlatives (often wrong) that sound correct at the time. His methodology has been to flaunt unsubstantiated facts regarding his wealth and abilities while doing a “Bernie Madoff” on his business contacts. The issue of tax returns may be the written proof of his suspect business acumen(?). His administration is all about him and not the voters (unless you are his base and a member of his administration). Unfortunately, our neer do well Congress has become complicit in his poor behavior by ceding their power to him. The Congressional leader (BOTCH McConnel) has let us all down but that was apparent in the overt resistance to any pro citizen initiatives and the appointment of fair-minded judges. Currently “BOTCH” has laid low on issues that any moral person in Congress or not would object to yet kowtows to extreme Conservative groups for election purposes. The tangled web gets stickier by the day and the solution is and always has been informed voters.

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Chasing the dream has now become a struggle that exacerbates and frustrates most of us. This upward push for everyday living by most Americans (voters) seems to be lost to the people we have elected to represent us in many ways. We have all heard the homilies and nodding agreement from politicians when asked or confronted but hardly ever heard the truth. As children, we were shielded from some truths by our parents or other adults but at some point, as we matured that halted or so we thought. Our elected politicians, our managers and sometimes relatives still attempt to present a different face on issues rather than lay it on the line and let us decide what is right in our minds. It must be remembered that our representatives are paid by the people they are supposed to represent through the taxes we reluctantly pay. As an aside: Many European countries pay higher taxes than we do and still prosper- perhaps they have better leaders or is it that they take more interest in what their elected members do?  We work hard for our money and we deserve to have a better return on that investment (taxes).

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The past 10 – 15 years our 500 plus congressional seat fillers have engaged in “GET EVEN POLITICS”. This is enacting rules and laws that enhance the power of the majority party to move their agenda forward with no regard to future use and the effect on ALL voters. Currently, after judgeships being withheld over the past 15-20 years of political party power changes there have been changes that have enabled some unqualified to minimally qualified Judges to be appointed seemingly along party lines. This has set up a system of justice where injustice is growing and even rampant in some cases. I have heard folks say we need term limits, while this is an option but not one that would ever be taken up by existing and near future members of Congress. This leaves the issue if term limits to the voters. To paraphrase “Smokey The Bear”, “only you can install term limits”! Thinking about the job of a member of Congress: there are no mandatory retirement terms, the pay is pretty good, the future employment opportunities after even 1 term are pretty good, the retirement after 15 to 20 years in office are awesome and the healthcare is great. If we add in the office perks, this is a pretty sweet job. With all of this being said, the only check on poor performing members is the vote and unless we pay attention to their actions we will be destined to have the same “GET EVEN POLITICS” which defeats the idea of a free political system. Congress is the only check we have on a poor administration no matter which party the leader heads aside from our vote. Learn who is representing you and how well they’re doing it.

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Each day there is a new spate of inane utterances from TOTUS and his crew of mindless aides. I am gobsmacked by the ease and aplomb in which they lie. I am disposed to believe that they may have a training room that teaches the art of lying. What is worse is that they appear to understand that all of the problems they cause and exacerbate will ultimately affect them and their families from now until things are changed. The actions taken by this administration on many issues are not easy fixes for the future and not cheap. I would like to think that they are relatively intelligent people but I have been left in the “I doubt it” lane since 2016. My conclusion is stated in the title of this post.

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POLITICS
04/05/2019 03:36 pm ET

By Alexander C. Kaufman

Jack Vandeleuv’s Thursday night went like this: He went to a diner in Riverside, Missouri, ordered himself a vegetarian omelet and served up arguably the most clear-eyed defense of the Green New Deal yet broadcast on Fox News.
In a series of rapid-fire responses, the 23-year-old library worker from Kansas succinctly laid out the scope of the climate crisis. When Fox News’ Todd Piro pressed him repeatedly on the cost of a Green New Deal ― a favorite Republican talking point ― Vandeleuv’s sober, confident replies seemed to catch the host off guard. A researcher with Media Matters for America tweeted the clip that went viral Thursday night. It drew praise from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Green New Deal’s lead proponent in the House, who called Vandeleuv an “MVP.”
“How did we pay for World War II?” Vandeleuv asked. “At the end of the day when something is this important our economy is going to suffer if we don’t pay for it.”
Piro, incredulous, asked if he agreed “with the sentiment that this is as big a deal” as the deadliest war in history.
“A little over 400,000 Americans died in World War II,” Vandeleuv said, then cited a World Health Organization estimate of the number of people killed globally from warming-linked extreme weather, drought and disease: “Climate change is killing 150,000 people per year, at least.”
Piro again returned to the cost: “Let’s talk about the money, because that’s a huge part of this. How are we going to pay for it?”
“During World War II, for one thing, the government just pushed some of the cash up front and raised some taxes on some folks,” Vandeleuv said. “But at the end of the day, it stimulated the economy so much everyone benefited.”
“To review,” Piro asked once more, “you are in favor of raising taxes in order to support the Green New Deal?”
“If that’s the optimal solutions economists sort out, I’ll go with that,” Vandeleuv said.
In his first interview since the clip aired, Vandeleuv told HuffPost he’s surprised by his sudden viral fame. A friend had tipped him off earlier that day, telling him a Fox News producer was camped out at the diner looking for subjects to interview ahead of a town-hall broadcast with billionaire Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, who is considering a centrist run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“The short answer is, I didn’t really prepare for it,” he said. “I just walked into that diner not knowing what to expect at all.”
The last few months have been a formative moment for the recent college graduate’s climate politics. He understood the threat of climate change since he was a kid and first watched Al Gore’s 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” But the ceaseless spate of historic natural disasters ― from the back-to-back hurricanes of 2017 to last year’s deadly wildfires ― made the phenomenon realer than before. Then the United Nations report in October, warning that the world must halve global emissions over the next decade or face catastrophic warming, set a harrowing deadline.
The emergence for the Green New Deal gave Vandeleuv hope that something could be done. The movement stormed into mainstream politics in November when Sunrise Movement protesters staged sit-ins in then-incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, demanding Democrats make the Green New Deal a top priority in the next Congress. Moved to action, Vandeleuv joined Kansas City’s upstart Sunrise Movement chapter.
“I was really inspired by that,” he said. “Like, ‘Wow, I can actually participate in this in my community.’”

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Botch McConnell is possibly the worst or one of the worst Senate leaders we have had in years. He has hitched his wagon to a “failing star” aka “TOTUS” while dodging his duties as a legislator. If as he has stated multiple times “he is doing what the American people want!”. He never asked the American People so ergo he has no idea or doesn’t care what the “American People” want. It is more likely he is just another self-serving poLItician taking voters money under false pretenses. MA
POLITICS 04/02/2019 04:50 pm ET Updated 4 hours ago
By Jennifer Bendery and Arthur Delaney
WASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans failed Tuesday to change the rules to make it easier to confirm most of President Donald Trump’s nominees.
Senators voted 51-48 on a resolution to reduce the amount of time they spend debating most nominees ― district court judges and lower-level executive nominees ― from 30 to two hours. Every Republican but one, Sen. Mike Lee (Utah), voted for the resolution. Every Democrat opposed it. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was absent.
But because the resolution needed 60 votes to move forward, it failed, as expected. Now it’s on to round two: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to use the so-called “nuclear option” to make the rule change with a simple majority, or 51 votes.
McConnell will begin that process as soon as Wednesday, per his spokesman.
Ahead of the vote, Republicans complained about Democrats delaying votes on too many of Trump’s nominees and said the rule change is warranted.
“This behavior is novel,” said McConnell. “It’s a break from Senate tradition.”
“We should respect each other,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.). “No one can lock up the body and demand 30 hours of time” on a nominee if they don’t use all of that time, he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already made it easier for Republicans to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominees and circuit court nominees, so now he’s trying to make it easier to confirm his district court nominees, too.
These are the same Republicans, of course, who made the unprecedented decision in 2016 to deny a hearing and a vote to President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. These are also the same Republicans who routinely denied Obama votes on lots of his other judicial nominees to hold those court seats open for a future GOP president to fill.
In fact, McConnell was so Machiavellian about denying Obama the ability to confirm judges that he led Republicans in blocking their own nominees and fueled a vacancy crisis on the federal courts.
HuffPost asked Republicans how they justified changing the rules to make it easier to confirm Trump’s judges when they used those same rules to prevent Obama from confirming his.
“The reason is that this is the first time in U.S. history we’ve had this historic obstruction and abuse of the 30-hour debate rule,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), apparently unaware of his party’s routine abuse of that rule under Obama.
“The Democrats have been more than just obstructionist. They’ve almost paralyzed government,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), apparently unaware of his party driving up the number of federal judicial emergencies under Obama.

Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) says Democrats’ obstruction of Trump’s nominees is “historic.” Apparently, he doesn’t remember how his party treated Obama’s nominees, including Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, who was denied a hearing and a vote.
Some blamed Democrats for changing the rules first in 2013, when they controlled the Senate and got rid of the filibuster for most judicial nominees.
“The difference is we’re in control of the Senate and they’re not,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).
But Democrats changed the rules in response to McConnell abusing parliamentary procedures to delay and block Obama’s judicial nominees for years, many of whom Republicans actually supported and voted for after blocking them.
The reason McConnell wants to make it easier to confirm Trump’s district judges is because he’s already made it easier to confirm all of Trump’s other judicial nominees. He used the nuclear option to lower the vote threshold for confirming Trump’s Supreme Court picks from 60 to a simple majority. He’s endorsed repeated violations of the “blue slip” rule for circuit court nominees, a Senate tradition of only moving forward with a judicial nominee when both home state senators sign off on it.
It’s all part of McConnell’s plan to use Trump’s presidency to put piles of young, anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ, anti-voting rights ideologues into lifetime federal court seats before Trump is up for re-election in 2020.
The difference is we’re in control of the Senate and they’re not.
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)
Republicans have already confirmed 37 circuit judges during the Trump presidency, more than any president has gotten through by this point in his first term. That’s so many circuit judges that 1 in 5 seats on circuit courts are now filled by a judge nominated by Trump.
If Republicans succeed in changing the Senate rules this week, they could fill most of the 129 empty district court seats during Trump’s first term, leaving few to fill after 2020, when a Democrat might be in the White House.
“It is a short-sighted, partisan power grab,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the former chairman of the Judiciary Committee. “It will set us further back and will further polarize the United States Senate, what is supposed to be the world’s greatest deliberative body.”

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Gathering money to make bail after conviction or just not as wealthy as we have been led to believe.MA

Mary Papenfuss
,HuffPost•March 23, 2019

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President Donald Trump has emblazoned the “Trump” brand name on images of the White House to sell in his Trump Store and at the Trump International Hotel in the capital. The products give the bizarre impression that the White House is a Trump hotel.
Walter Shaub, who was director of the Office of Government Ethics in both the Obama and Trump administrations, sharply criticized the products as the latest move to “monetize the presidency” for private gain.

The products among the new “Cherry Blossom Collection” bearing the White House image include soap, mugs, a T-shirt and a long-sleeved shirt. A line on the mug, which also includes a drawing of the Trump Hotel, reads simply: “Trump Washington D.C. Building.” A line beneath the White House on the T-shirt reads: “Trump Washington D.C.”

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Yesterday the official Trump Store debuted its cherry-blossom collection.

Four items on sale showcase the White House.

Via @1100Penn: http://bit.ly/2OpoXE5 

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Our corrupt President’s hotel, in which he retains a conflicting financial interest, is selling products with the image of the White House on it. I’d say he’s monetizing the presidency again, but it’s a continuous effort so “again” wouldn’t make sense.

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The Trump syndicate is calling the White House a “Trump Hotel” in its online merch marketing! pic.twitter.com/f1ueRmEIS1

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Vanity Fair quipped that the Trump Hotel is hawking “florals and potential conflicts-of-interest for spring.”
The hotel, located in a landmark building owned by taxpayers and leased by the Trump Organization, is at the center of a lawsuit arguing that the business violates the Constitutional prohibition against a federal official accepting payments or gifts from states or foreign governments — like those that book rooms and events there.
Shaub and other ethics experts say the hotel is an easy conduit for cash from anyone hoping to curry favor with the president. Now Trump appears to be underscoring the direct link between the hotel and “his” White House.
The Trump Organization last year used golf tee markers emblazoned with the presidential seal, but the seal is legally allowed only for official government business so they were removed.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the latest selling of the White House breached regulations, but Jessica Tillipman, a government ethics expert at George Washington University Law School, told the UK Independent that Trump profiting from his position was “bizarre and wrong.”
Trump, unlike other presidents, has neither divested from his businesses nor put his assets in a blind trust to avoid conflicts of interest.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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