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Trump’s Mythical Math Means Nothing

We should all respect people who have a gift of working with numbers, math and equations. Understanding the solar system led us to exploring the world. Knowledge of math helped us comprehend the human body and create chemistry to heal the sick. Complex equations gave us the wings to fly to the moon. While all the brainiacs in high school were tackling algebra and trig, I was playing sports and focused on abstract thought. At least that is what my tests told me.

This week in Georgia we’ve learned that for all the things Donald Trump understands about manipulating people he knows nothing about math. I don’t mean reading a spreadsheet or making money; I’m talking about the reality of science. The college course is named Political Science, not Political Opinion. And, as they say, opinions are like… well, you know.

The more we hear of that shakedown phone call Donald John Trump made to Georgia’s Secretary of State, the more we realize his disconnection from reality. He continues to claim the presidential election was rigged. I say prove it or shut the fuck up.

For hundreds of years, powerful white men in this country have suppressed the votes of women, African Americans and ethnic minorities. When US Senate leader Mitch McConnell blocks legislation he doesn’t personally or politically like, he’s just the latest white man in power putting his knee on the necks of those who cannot fight back.

We should heed the advice in Bob Dylan’s song The Times They Are A-Changin:

Come gather ’round, people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

Bob Dylan

Bulbous, overweight Donnie is sinking like a stone, while the results of the Georgia runoff Senate election are showing us the pure realities of science and math. First, why is Georgia even having a runoff election? Isn’t every office in the land decided by popular vote? This is where history gets rich. Because multiple white candidates ran for Georgia’s House of Representatives, Senate and other offices, over time each candidate netted a smaller percentage of the vote. This wasn’t a big problem until a Black candidate got a larger percentage of the popular vote and won. White men then decided that an African American couldn’t just walk in there with the most votes to win, so they stipulated a winner must get 50% or more of the vote. Failing that, a forced runoff election of the top two vote getters would determine the winner. Some think this is a good idea, and it might have some merit if the original intent wasn’t thwarting minority representation. Viewed in that light, it’s downright racist!

While the cult followers and sycophants in the US Senate attempt to delay the inevitable Joe Biden presidency, they have no clue that the times they are a-changin’. Now freed from voter suppression, American minority groups have become a powerful voice. Women have also become a force in the voting booth, especially those in the suburbs who are not only managing a family, sometimes alone, but also busting it in the workplace to keep things together. Today’s voters are more informed and less likely to fall for unworkable solutions built on hyperbole or blatant fear mongering.

The results of this week’s runoff election in Georgia reveal a lesson about the soul of America. We aren’t become whiter. No, we are becoming more of that melting pot we speak of so romantically. When it looked like Bernie Sanders was gaining ground in the 2016 primaries, someone asked me how he would do in North Carolina. I simply said, “He’ll lose.” When the person probed me, I explained that his Jewish heritage was being used against him. The person was offended by my observation, but the guy never lived in the south. I would be remiss if I didn’t say, the south, it is a-changin.’

When African American candidate Stacey Abrams, who has what some think is a “Jewish name,” ran for Governor of Georgia, she made a big deal about voter suppression. Because she lost, some thought her “angry Black woman” complaining was a case of sour grapes. Time has a way of bringing slime to the top of the swamp, and people want to rid themselves of it. Minorities do better when their votes are not suppressed. It’s just science and math.

A wise old man once told me that the faces in Washington would look much different if more people voted. Because women vote, more are elected these days. People of all walks of life and persuasion now take office, and soon we will have the first African American Senator from Georgia. Yes, there will be calls for a recount and Kelly Loeffler will roll out the Trumpean playbook by claiming dead people voted and the election was rigged, but in reality, the people have spoken. The truth is Ms. Loeffler is not likeable and everyone in Georgia knows she is a grifter.

The other seat for Congress is still too close to call, but this speaks to the fact that if you don’t show up you will appear to not really want the job. It’s amazing to me that people don’t learn from history. There once was a woman named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She hailed from the Bronx borough in New York and decided to run for Congress. Her opponent was Joe Crowley, a veteran Democrat, who took his standing for granted. Mr. Crowley didn’t take this “young girl” seriously and he refused to debate her on TV. The result? Well, as they say, Crowley was successfully “primaried” and A.O.C. won the 2016 general election. At 29 years of age, she became the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress.

Ossoff & Warnock

When I saw the empty podium during the Ossoff – Purdue debates in Georgia, it became clear to me that David Purdue is a total political dolt. Should Jon Ossoff win the other Georgia Senate seat, it will be because Purdue didn’t present any new ideas. He’s a total Trump dummy, and if you look closely you will see a tiny presidential hand rammed straight up his ass.

We now face the possibility that Mitch McConnell will no longer be the “grim reaper” who stands in the way of Congress getting things done. Isn’t that the real problem in America? Nothing good has happened in the last four years. Nothing.

Donald John Trump told the masses it was okay to be dumb and ignore science, and now we have more than 358,000 people dead. Trump is no smarter than the bards and blowhards of the 1500s. We have been arguing so long we can no longer see that we are killing ourselves. I know, I know, it’s just one election, but somewhere in the songs of our land we may find answers:

Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall
For he who gets hurt will be he who has stalled
The battle that’s ragin’ shakes windows and walls
For the times they are a-changin!’

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THE MOSCOW MITCH METHOD

Democracy Disallowed by One Man

I’ve never respected Mitch McConnell. When I first became aware of him, I thought he was a just another Kentucky Fried Chicken politician whose goofy appearance and gravy thick accent smelled less like old school southern comfort and more like old backroom cigars. Of course, he was a conservative and the more we got to hear him the more he seemed out of another era.

Kentucky Fried Chicken Man

I started to observe McConnell’s tactics of delaying or obstructing legislation and judicial appointments by use of the filibuster. He would simply “talk a bill to death” and force Senate leadership to abandon the proposed measure. Perhaps you fell in love with the use of filibuster in the 1939 movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring Jimmy Stewart, but it’s more often used as a weapon against productivity rather than a tool for worthwhile achievement. Even the definition of the technique has changed over the years in ways too dense to detail here. McConnell views his role more as “Dr. No” and less than “let’s get something done.”

Rather than work toward bi-partisan achievements, McConnell was totally transparent in October of 2010 when he pledged, “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” That angered the Democrats both in the Senate and House, and it threw down a roadblock that caused deep pain for many people, but Mitch doesn’t care about anything other than power.

While Obama was in office, McConnell blocked hundreds of judicial appointments and the need for action made Trump look productive when he took office. McConnell waited until he had the power to make his mark on the courts of America, and then worked to appoint as many conservative judges as possible. Mitch always viewed that as his legacy, and he doesn’t give a hump about Trump.

When Antonin Scalia died unexpectantly, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, but McConnell decided that it was too close to an election to hold a confirmation hearing, jokingly calling it the “McConnell Rule.” Yet when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died close to the 2020 election, Mitch rushed through Trump’s pick of Amy Coney Barrett to solidify a conservative majority on the court. So, he’s not only a hypocrite, but a certified asshole.

Many are bothered by McConnell’s arrogance. When some of the more progressive members of Congress proposed grand ideas such as the Green New Deal or Medicare for All, McConnell flatly stated that if he remains the leader, “None of those things are going to pass the Senate. They won’t even be voted on.” Then he added this snarky quip, “So think of me as the Grim Reaper.”

I don’t know about you, but that hooded, skeletal character is not a flattering way to portray any human being, unless he digs death and revels in killing worthwhile ideas rather than creating them. I’m quite sure the Grim Reaper wouldn’t care about saving the planet from climate change or helping sick folks heal, his whole deal is death.

Some say the Senate leader is really bothered by a nickname slapped on him by social media. Once the media mob learned of his displeasure, they poured it on even thicker. The name “Moscow Mitch” came about after McConnell stymied Senate consideration of two election security bills. He complained the label is a political McCarthyism-like smear, but what was Moscow Mitch hiding from us?

The Senate Grim Reaper killed the House-passed measure that sought $775 million to fortify state election systems and require paper ballots for added security. He also blocked another proposal that would have required candidates, staffers and family members to alert federal authorities if offered aid by foreign governments.

What really got some people’s attention however, including this writer’s, was a story in the Washington Post. They uncovered a Russian aluminum products company named Rusal had agreed to open a plant in Kentucky if the US would undo Russia sanctions for being a bad world player and for meddling in the 2016 US Elections.

The McConnell’s

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saw an opportunity to build a new aluminum-rolling mill in a corner of northeastern Kentucky which had been ravaged by job losses and the opioid epidemic. If Rusal were to get involved in such a major project, Kentucky would benefit enormously. However, Moscow Mitch faced a huge problem in January of 2020, the Democratic backed bill to keep Russia sanctions in place. Despite that, the Grim Reaper was able to successfully block the effort even with the defection of eleven patriotic Republicans. Within weeks, the US government had formally lifted sanctions against Rusal specifically because a Kremlin-linked stockholder, Oleg Deripaska reduced his ownership in the company. So, I guess Mitch’s nickname should stick.

Is McConnell corrupt? Well, he certainly knows how to wield power and shield himself from getting any stinky gravy on himself. It’s highly inappropriate that his wife, Elaine Chao, is the US Secretary of Transportation because her family owns one of the largest China shipping companies. Chao’s been around Washington for years. She was George W. Bush’s Secretary of Labor so it’s a family affair with the McConnell’s. It’s curious that with their longevity no overt illegal acts have turned up, but there’s a great way to solve problems like invisible, power abuse, partisan neglect and political gridlock. It’s called “Term Limits.”

How is it that a single Senator can block legislation and political appointments on a whim? I understand the need for a gatekeeper to make sure the lunatics don’t flood the hopper with proposals designed to get them reelected, but Mitch McConnell is a bad leader and his pandering to Donald Trump has been despicable. I hope the voters in Georgia will elect the two Democratic Senate candidates so Moscow Mitch, the Grim Reaper, can be sent to the timeout chair. The voters of Kentucky keep propelling him back to Washington so that must be what they want, but it could be worse. Were Rand Paul, also from Kentucky, to become the Senate leader, Democracy would be equally doomed. At least McConnell is smart enough to know how to play both sides of the fence, or wall, or road… and he surely wants to stay in Congress, but one thing is for sure, his wife will be out of a job on January 20, 2021.

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INVEST IN AMERICA NOW

Our Congress Needs to Act

Like many Americans, I was more than livid reading the New York Times article that said Donald Trump paid only $750 in income taxes the past two years. He has boldly claimed that “no one knows the system better than me,” but cheating America out of what he should’ve paid is just not right.

When Trump and his frothing Republican sycophants pushed through a tax bill for rich people and large businesses, the con was all of them would bring back the money they had hid away in offshore banks. Okay, but there’s more.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) was the biggest reform of the US Tax Code in more than thirty years. It lowered income tax rates, especially for higher-income Americans, and it reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Several tax credits and deductions also changed. The standard deduction was nearly doubled, from $6,350 in 2017 to $12,000 in 2018, and the child tax credit was doubled, from $1,000 in 2017 to $2,000 in 2018, but some itemized deductions were limited or eliminated. For example, the TCJA abolished deductions on mortgages, and that allowed a brutal steal from folks who also have to pay a state income tax.

National Public Radio said it best, “It was supposed to be a gift-wrapped present to taxpayers and the economy. But in hindsight, it looks more like a costly lump of coal. Passed on a party-line vote, the tax cut is the signature legislative accomplishment of President Trump’s first term. He had campaigned hard for the measure, promising it would boost paychecks for working people. In fact, more than 60% of the tax savings went to people in the top 20% of the income ladder, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. The measure also slashed the corporate tax rate by 40%.”

America has millions of citizens out of work and in need of help. Since last Spring, the Congress has been debating how to disburse treasury funds to help people, and it’s been a ridiculous waste of time. Donald Trump hindered the effort because he is far too busy to get involved or, stating the same reality with a snarky dose of honesty, he just doesn’t know what he’s doing.

However, that is no excuse when people are suffering. Now that a $900 billion relief bill is on the table, some Republicans have shed their phony Trump skin and decided that they want to know how we are going to pay for it. WTF? We can pay for it two ways and we all need to take our medicine and get it done so we can get well.

First, the TCJA should be eradicated. Now before you start to worry about the economy, maybe you should consider how much cash those large corporations received from the first round of PPP. Screw them if they can’t step up right now and help save the American worker from bankruptcy, poverty and, oh yeah, STARVATION.

I see people on TV whining about the perilous situations of small businesses and restaurants, and that is all worthy, but how about giving them some money so they can feed America right now? What about helping people get through this winter without having their heat turned off? Step up corporate America! You spent two years riding the gravy train but it’s time for you to get involved in a solution.

Then there’s our military budget. It’s not just the US, the entire earth is infected with the coronavirus. The President of France has now tested positive for COVID. The countries of the world need medical aid, not bombs. Trump has already started to pull troops from just about everywhere, so surely the arms budget can be diverted to fight the pandemic. Also, let’s GET SMART and stop wasting money on a fucking wall. No one wants to come to this country with the highest death toll on the planet.

Donald John Trump is the lamest duck in the world right now and he’s busy slogging his spreadsheet of people he can bilk for pardons.  He won’t help us. Congress needs to step in and allocate proper pandemic relief money, bring back jobs and kill this COVID evil demon. Stop thinking about political sides and become one side, the American side.

Trump’s delusion about winning the election and a future of controlling the Republican party from his beach castle in Florida is all bullshit. Why would any party want to give control to A FUCKING LOSER? Trump is the reason you lost the White House, and you won’t get it back with pipe dreams of overthrowing the election. Remember that the military is on Joe Biden’s side, you know, the guy who will be their Commander-In-Chief in a matter of days. Should there be a fat, orange squatter in the People’s House after the inauguration, he will be swiftly and unceremoniously removed.

If the Donald cheated on his taxes, or engaged in insurance and tax fraud, he should be charged and tried for the crime. By the way, if Hunter Biden is also found guilty of tax evasion he too should be dealt with properly. Wouldn’t it be the ultimate brain explosion if the Donald and Hunter were assigned the same jail cell? But never mind that. What’s important right now is helping American citizens. We can sort out the who goes to jail thing later. My only hope is that we will have more justice than the aftermath of the banking collapse in 2008.

Leader McConnell

Should they not invest in America right now, the US Government will be immoral, irresponsible and reprehensible. If Mitch McConnell cannot move effective legislation through Congress, he should be removed from his leadership position, the easiest path being Georgia electing two Democratic Senators on January 5th. Regardless, both the House and the Senate need to start focusing on people, not corporations and certainly not that large, useless, makeup-riddled blabbering blowhard in the Oval Office. Republicans, he stole your party! Why don’t you grow a brain and begin to pinch it back?

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MOMENTARY HYSTERIA

Senate Leader Hypnotized by Trump

As many have said and continue to say, President Donald Trump has done nothing to bring the country together. Each day he says or does something which deepens the divide. He was investigated in the House and now we wait for the next move by our legislative branch. This is going to be a long Christmas break, with much digging in and each side repeating their talking points. This country will not move forward with talking points, rally lines or slogans. We need to the truth more than ever.

Now we have the Leader of the Senate, Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, claiming that Trump’s impeachment is just a “momentary hysteria” by an overzealous Democratic House. But while he cannot and will not classify Donald Trump’s letter to Nancy Pelosi as hysterical, he can cast a stone toward the house that our founders built. Just as Mitch McConnell took a partisan position against permitting Merrick Garland a chance to present himself for the Supreme Court, he is building a wall to keep America from a fair impeachment trial in the Senate. He’s an ally and self-proclaimed unbiased jury. Under any normal court and voir dire, Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham would be struck from the jury pool by both sides in a trial. How can they run a fair and unbiased trial?

When one is angry and perhaps a bit hysterical, they usually act. When one is hypnotized, they do whatever the controller bids. The Senate of the United States better put on a fair and focused trial, or this whole matter of equal branches of government will be sucked down the drain. The checks and balances of our democracy are unique and special. Without the oversight of the executive branch, we will lurch toward a government by one, rather than many. If we don’t have a reasonable, brief and fair trial in the Senate, we will now see the balance of power shift to Trump, who will continue to abuse it. He just can’t help himself.

I am totally miffed that the judicial branch cannot step up and decide things faster on these immensely important issues. Why can’t the Supreme Court rule on whether White House personnel, such as Don McGahn, Mick Mulvaney, John Bolton and others should testify? This is all so important and stressful on the populace of this nation. Why can’t we, the citizens, get a speedy decision? The top court seems to be dragging their feet on judgments that should be easy to make. Does the President have the right to block all document discovery and testimony by key witnesses?

It would be so much more gratifying if some people would admit that Donald John Trump is a bad guy. He attacks people, puts down Americans, lies constantly and is nothing better than an amoral egomaniacal narcissist. There, that gets the personal stuff out of the way so let me now focus on the real danger this man is bringing to our country.

First and most importantly, he’s signing too many executive orders (136) which are not backed up with proper research. Most are favors or promises without knowledge of the long-term effects they will have on America. This is nothing new for the chief executive, but Trump’s moves have done much to harm the environment, commerce, banking, health and welfare. His attempt to eliminate cheap social Band-Aids, while running up the debt, is foolish. The US national debt is $22 trillion. In 2014, the national debt was $483 billion. Trump doesn’t care about debt; he’s declared himself the King of Debt. Trump’s businesses have declared bankruptcy six times. And this is the person we put in charge of the America economy?

There is nothing Trump does that has anything to do with normal governance and long-term stability. He’s the drunken sailor spending tons of money at the casino. Sadly, we cannot impeach or remove a president for bad acts. We can only wait for the next election and vote a worthy candidate into office. That time is coming.

I disagree with Mitch McConnell. This is not momentary hysteria; this is a well-thought-out plan to disrupt a bad choice for President. It’s not momentary. It’s ongoing and will continue until Donald Trump gets what he deserves. It’s not quite hysteria; it’s more like a rush to the finish line. The endorphins have kicked in, and those with the charge to remove will carry on. Someone needs to wake up McConnell and bring him out of his manipulated stupor. Maybe the voters of Kentucky will slap some sense into him.

Donald Trump has been impeached. No one can take that away from him. The history books and the Wikipedia page have been written. God bless America.

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