VOTER SUPPRESSION DEPRESSION

Cheater-in-Chief Changes the Rules

It didn’t surprise me when the newspapers broke the story about Donald John Trump, our 45th President, allegedly paying a porn movie star and a Playboy bunny $130,000 each to keep their mouths shut about the affairs. He cheated on his wife right after their son Barron was born. This is not hearsay. According to the testimony of Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, that is exactly what happened.

Russia helped Trump get elected, but the Donald would rather look the other way than take aggressive actions against further interference from China or Russia. He’s quite comfortable with cheating because he’s done it all his life. From not paying vendors before, during and after bankruptcy, to preventing African Americans from renting his properties in New York, Donald Trump doesn’t play by the rules.

If a rule gets in the way, he changes it. His deregulation actions are not keeping America safer, they are endangering communities and kids everywhere. Why would an American president say it’s okay to add pollution to our land, seas and sky? We were making great progress before Trump.

Georgia’s Governor Kemp

Brian Kemp, the current Governor of Georgia and previously the state’s Secretary of State, has been investigated by the United States House Oversight and Reform Committee, claiming that Georgians faced unprecedented challenges with registering to vote, and significant barriers to casting their votes, during the 2018 election. That’s such a blatant conflict of interest. While running for Governor, Secretary of State Kemp headed the administration of the elections. Regardless of party affiliation, any such incidents in other states need to be examined. This is plainly wrong.

Trump has been haranguing and lying about the United States Postal Service (USPS) for years, but now he has placed a true “yes man” in the position of Postmaster General. The New York Times story quoting the President, says it all, ‘“CORRUPT ELECTION’ that will ‘LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY’ and become the ‘SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES.’” Trump predicted that children would steal ballots out of mailboxes and then went so far as to suggest delaying the election instead. What a desperate son-of-a-bitch.

Attacking the Post Office is not merely a budget issue with Trump. He put new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in charge and gave him his marching orders. Along with being a major Republican donor, DeJoy’s wife serves as the vice-chairwoman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, which is tasked with reviewing candidates for White House fellowships, whatever that means. DeJoy’s claim to fame is his High Point, NC company called New Breed Logistics, which he sold for $615 million.

Mr. DeJoy’s opening statement regarding the USPS was rather negative, “The Postal Service is in a financially unsustainable position, stemming from substantial declines in mail volume, and a broken business model. We are currently unable to balance our costs with available funding sources to fulfill both our universal service mission and other legal obligations. Because of this, the Postal Service has experienced over a decade of financial losses, with no end in sight, and we face an impending liquidity crisis.” I boldened that one point on purpose.

Postmaster General DeJoy

It would make much more sense for Congress to fund the service from now until the end of the year, and make a permanent course correction after the election. Let’s not thwart the mail flow during a pandemic and election year. We heard Trump whine about how he didn’t want to wait days and days for the election results, even floating the idea that it could take years. This, while people who get their medicine through the mail are waiting because their packages are being stacked up in their local post office. DeJoy told them that the guarantees on immediately delivery can be ignored. Oh, we know where that is coming from. Regardless of the result, Trump plans to challenge the election in court. It’s what he does.

When the Trump Organization was in trouble financially a few years ago Deutsche Bank called its loan. Then the Donald sued the bank. Really? He owed money, failed to make payments and then he went after them? The bank countersued and part of the settlement involved the bank loaning Trump more money. WTF?

Last night, the New York Times reported, “Deutsche Bank has opened an internal investigation into the longtime personal banker of President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, over a 2013 real estate transaction between the banker and a company part-owned by Mr. Kushner. In June 2013, the banker, Rosemary Vrablic, and two of her Deutsche Bank colleagues purchased a Park Avenue apartment for about $1.5 million from a company called Bergel 715 Associates, which was partly owned by Jared Kushner.”

According to the Guardian, “Germany’s troubled Deutsche Bank faces fines, legal action and the possible prosecution of ‘senior management’ because of its role in a $20-80 billion Russian money-laundering scheme. The case, nicknamed the Global Laundromat, took place between 2010 and 2014 and the bank’s internal memo claims it was a scheme to move money into the western financial system.”

If any of those funds were used to pump up the businesses of Trump and/or Kushner, it would be a giant conflict of interest and possibly prosecutable criminal activity. As most experts have figured out, Trump isn’t as liquid and rich as he says he is, and he needed someone’s help to get out of the deep debt brought about by bankruptcies. It’s on record that his company borrowed hundreds of millions of dollars from Deutsche Bank.

Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, disclosed in an annual personal financial report late Friday that he and his wife, Ivanka Trump, had received $1 million to $5 million last year from Bergel 715. After this story broke, Kushner’s lawyer said he had nothing to do with Bergel 715, a real estate company. Not only is that such a disingenuous statement, but the fact they released it late Friday is so Trumpean.

The debacle with the Post Office goes much deeper than its finances; it’s a corrupt and out in the open attempt to suppress the vote. Trump is a criminal, just like Richard Nixon. Congress should step up to the plate and knock this issue right out of the park. We need to fund the states so they can conduct all methods of voting. DO NOT BE BULLIED BY TRUMP.

Now, for you junior crime fighters online, focus on the connection between Trump’s and Kushner’s tax returns, Deutsche Bank and personal banker Rosemary Vrablic. After you get the data, by hook or crook, you will learn why Donald J. Trump kowtows to Putin and Russia. It’s all about the money. Always has been.

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USPS & ZIP CODE CALAMITY

Trump’s War Against the Post Office

I am about to go postal over Donald John Trump’s fatuous maligning of another American institution. You may be wondering why our President doesn’t like the US Postal Service (USPS). He’s probably unaware about how this government facility works, but nonetheless he’s been slapping them around for years. Here’s the truth about why that is.

Donald Trump has said, “The Postal Service is a joke!” Even though his administration could be described the same way, Trump has a bee in his bonnet and is obsessed with one of the oldest services in America. The United States Postal Service, simply called “the Post Office” by many, is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the US federal government. It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution. So, unless Donald J. Trump thinks he’s going to change the Constitution, the US Mail will survive, but he’s changing things and trying to hurt it.

Trump suffers from what I call “destructive capitalism.” This should not be confused with “destructive creation,” which refers to circumstances in which innovation results in more damage than benefits. For example, if you were once a bowling pin setter, when automation came along you were no longer needed. Trump honestly believes that every part of the government, from domestic services to foreign relations to trade, should make a profit. He would rather hurt another country with a “win-lose” deal than figure out a mutually beneficial plan.

Money is Trump’s father, son and holy ghost. He goes crazy when he sees someone like Jeff Bezos making more money than he and family nets. People claim Donald Trump is worth $2.1 billion, while many experts believe Jeff Bezos’ worth is over $178.2 billion. When Bezos bought the Washington Post newspaper, Trump decided that Amazon and Bezos were out to get him. There is some reason to believe that when Jeff Bezos phone was hacked and the story of his affair and subsequent divorce was leaked to the press, Trump’s friends were behind the breach and blackmailing.

Trump has a thing about the Postal Service because Amazon had been using it for years to deliver tons of Amazon packages. Postal workers were making oodles of overtime pay to deliver them on Saturdays and Sundays. Trump probably doesn’t see the strange arrangement the USPS has with Congress. Unlike other services and departments, they are set up as a “self-sufficient” entity with no tax dollars used to cover their overruns and blistering budgets.

The USPS has 31,000 post offices and another 4,000 contractor-run mail shops, each with their own overhead costs. I thought that the post offices, each having their own zip code, would have been great COVID-19 testing stations, but then, I am a creative capitalist. Now, let’s get back to the economics of the Post Office.

The Postal Service has 300,000 fewer employees than it did twenty years ago, but it still retains 500,000 people and has 600,000 retirees who receive health and pension benefits. They also are unionized. Trump doesn’t want to push the union out; he simply wants to make them another whipping boy.

The US Postal Service lost $8.8 billion in fiscal 2019, which is more than double its losses of the previous year. It makes some sense that a service which charges money should be able to figure out a way to compete. This is especially true since there is only one postal service. But wait, that isn’t quite true. The mega corporations UPS and FedEx deliver packages and, indeed, letters and documents. Let’s also not forget that Amazon has its own delivery force out there every day.

Every country I have ever visited has a postal service. It’s the way letters and notices of official purpose get delivered. A postal service legally documents that something was sent and received. In addition to the USPS not making money, Trump sees a buttload of money going to Bezos and he’s miffed about that. He wants the Post Office to raise its rates.

This new tick Trump has about mail-in voting being a corrupt conspiracy against Republicans, especially him, should sound a siren in your brain. The Donald knows that his goose is cooked, and he’s plotting the excuse he will use when he loses the election. He will also declare the election is invalid. The Post Office is just a convenient place for Trump to stop the COVID motivated march to all mail-in ballots, which would actually be more robust in terms of security and reporting results.

We know that a recent Republican attempt to corrupt mail-in voting in Paterson, New Jersey was caught by, wait for it, postal workers. Yes, they found a bundle of ballots, and after an investigation four people were arrested on charges of fraud in casting mail-in votes, unauthorized possession of ballots and falsifying or tampering with public records. Those arrested included the Patterson’s City Council Vice President, a guy named Michael Jackson. No, I am not making this up.

Michael Jackson, Paterson, NJ

In 2018, there was absentee mail in ballot corruption in North Carolina, in which Leslie McCrae Dowless was charged with two counts of felony obstruction of justice, perjury, solicitation to commit perjury, conspiracy to obstruct justice and illegal possession of absentee ballots. The investigation caused the election results to be overturned and a new election took place.

So, there are two cases which Trump often cites that involved Republicans. Both were discovered and both produced prosecutions. The Post Office is not the problem. Trump is.

One of my friends used to be a letter carrier and I asked him what is going on. He was not happy for his comrades. The rank and file are dismayed by Trump’s new pick for Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy. He’s another financial contributor to Trump with no knowledge of how the Postal Service works, but it is surely doing his bidding. In an early move, DeJoy ended the same day guarantee service for all those Amazon packages, and that took a bunch of overtime pay from the guys and ladies of the USPS. Next, with pandemic hitting the postal service harder than most companies, they are forced into limited service. If you haven’t noticed, the money-making junk mail marketing letters and flyers are way down. States used the USPS to deliver their mail-in ballots, but many didn’t arrive on time. This shocking story by NPR details how many ballots were rejected because they were late.

Rather than fix this problem, Congress is sitting on their hands and Trump is going to blow up the USPS. That man knows how to complain but he has absolutely NO ABILITY to fix. He’s a useless human being, and he’s fat. There, I feel much better now. I’m headed to the mailbox to see what was delivered today.

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