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January 21, 2020

Trump is counting on Americans not watching and being too stupid to understand impeachment: Ex-White house aide

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:07

Trump is counting on Americans not watching and being too stupid to understand impeachment: Ex-White house aide

During a panel discussion about the recent decision by Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to hide much of the impeachment from the American people. It flies in the face of Republicans saying they wanted to follow the “Clinton model” of impeachment.

 

“They are counting on people not paying attention,” he said. “Today, they simultaneously argued two separate constitutional theories that are opposite. The president saying, ‘The Second Amendment is a strict constructionist argument that the framers knew what they were doing when they put the Second Amendment in.’ And then the lawyers go up to The Hill and say, ‘The framers didn’t really know what America would be like 200 years later.’ So, it’s the exact opposite argument.”

He went on to say that they also say that Trump can’t be indicted for a crime, but then claimed Trump also couldn’t be investigated for a crime. Now, Trump’s team is arguing that given everything, “the president can’t be removed unless he’s committed a crime.” All of the comments conflict with each other.

“How would we know if he’s committed a crime if we’ve never gone to court or he can’t be investigated?” asked Lockhart. “It’s this circular logic that you’d think, if people were paying attention, that would collapse onto itself. They’re counting on us not watching and not understanding.”

Year over year, inflation-adjusted wages rose 0% in 2019. 51% of workers got no raises

Filed under: Economics, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:10

This is not a great economy.   This is horrible and creating a serf class, a permanent working class who have nothing but hardship and labor  then die early while the wealthy enjoy long lives of privilege.    Hugs

All too rarely do we hear these days about two of most troublesome chronic problems—the number of rotten jobs and the percentage of low-wage jobs, with the Brookings Institution putting the latter at 44%.

One example was released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics last Tuesday, a report on real average earnings. “Real” as in adjusted for inflation. Most of the time we only hear in the media about changes in nominal wages, their face value. That fails to tell a key part of the story. As every minimum-wage earner knows, $7.25 in 2020 is not worth what it was in 2009, the last time the federal government reset the minimum. Inflation has since knocked down its buying power to $6.09.

 

For all employees, real average hourly earnings fell 0.1% from November to December 2019, seasonally adjusted, according to the bureau.That result came from a rise of 0.1% in average hourly earnings plus a rise of 0.2% in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). In addition, real average weekly earnings fell by 0.1% over the month because the average workweek didn’t change.

The year-over-year tally shows a bigger hurt. Real average hourly earnings rose 0.6%, seasonally adjusted, from December 2018 to December 2019. But those earnings have to be placed against the 0.6% fall in the average workweek. In other words, as the BLS puts it, this “resulted in essentially no change in real average weekly earnings over this period.”

Or more succinctly: wages were flat in 2019. And the situation is actually worse because including the gains of the top 10%-20% of earners skews the average upward.

Bankrate’s Financial Security Poll for December puts some flesh on that skew: 51% of American workers received no raise in 2019. That’s about 82 million people. In 2018, 62% got no raise—99 million workers.

Bankrate’s Financial Security Poll for December puts some flesh on that skew: 51% of American workers received no raise in 2019. That’s about 82 million people. In 2018, 62% got no raise—99 million workers.

More at the link above.   Hugs

 

 

In Historic Shift, Second Largest Physicians Group in US Has New Prescription: It’s Medicare for All

Filed under: Economics, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:23

Although the United States leads the world in health care spending, it fares far worse than its peers on coverage and most dimensions of value. Cost and coverage are intertwined. Many Americans cannot afford health insurance, and even those with insurance face substantial cost-related barriers to care. Employer-sponsored insurance is less prevalent and more expensive than in the past, and in response, deductibles have grown and benefits have been cut. The long-term solvency of U.S. public insurance programs is a perennial concern. The United States spends far more on healthcare administration than peer countries. Administrative barriers divert time from patient care and frustrate patients, clinicians, and policymakers. Major changes are needed to a system that costs too much, leaves too many behind, and delivers too little.

The ACP’s detailed review of the current for-profit system—even with some of the improvements resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—found that “too many Americans are uninsured or underinsured” and that current spending is “high and unsustainable”—especially as other developed nations show their ability to achieve better or similar outcomes for less while offering universal, government-guaranteed coverage to all.

While acknowledging that a transition to Medicare for All could be “highly disruptive” to the healthcare system, the ACP said “single-payer financing approach could achieve [its] vision of a system where everyone will have coverage for and access to the care they need, at a cost they and the country can afford. It also could achieve our vision of a system where spending will have been redirected from health care administration to funding coverage, research, public health, and interventions to address social determinants of health.”

Medicare for All, the paper continued, could also “achieve other key policy objectives, including portability, lower administrative costs and complexity, lower premiums and cost sharing, lower overall health care system costs, better access to care, and better health outcomes, depending on how it is designed and implemented.”

According to an op-ed by Woolhandler and Himmelstein, also published in the Annals alongside the ACP’s new position paper, “Achieving universal coverage would be costlier under the “public choice” model the ACP co-endorses along with single payer.”

Unlike a public-private mix of coverage that the public option would represent, the pair write, a single-payer Medicare for All  would allow hospitals and doctors to “save billions on billing-related costs” each year, and those savings could be re-purposed “to expand care” to millions for less cost than the status quo.

More information at the link above.   The times they are a changin.   Hugs

 

 

… you live in a police state

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 05:09

They will vote, shouldn’t you?

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 05:08

Take a moment

Filed under: Cartoons, Education, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:03

Chris Hedges on America entering the “Trump Phase” of late capitalism

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Greed, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 04:58

What part of well-regulated do they not understand

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Gun Control, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 04:55
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What part of well-regulated do they not understand?

You would think these elite gun rights activists would be fairly well versed in laws of the state they are in. At a minimum the laws that are considered Class 6 felonies. Code of Virginia 18.2-422

… White House cannot produce a single witness or document to disprove the central allegations

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 04:51
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In sum, after arguing for months that all these people were lying, the White House cannot produce a single witness or document to disprove the central allegations.

Taxpayers subsidize police settlements. We pay for their cruelty and murder

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 04:49

When taxpayer funds are used to pay fines and damage awards there is no penalty for the one who did the wrong action or crime.  There is no incentive to change their ways if it doesn’t cost them anything and they can push the cost off on others.   Hugs

getinvolvedyoulivehere:
“Make this law and watch how fast things change!
#PoliceThePolice #PTP
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Taxpayers subsidize police settlements. We pay for their cruelty and murder.getinvolvedyoulivehere:

Make this law and watch how fast things change!

#PoliceThePolice #PTP

Taxpayers subsidize police settlements. We pay for their cruelty and murder.

 

It’s just so unfair that American companies aren’t allowed to pay bribes to get business overseas

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, Greed, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 04:44

dendroica:

“An example of large news: They report that in the spring of 2017, Trump implored Rex Tillerson, then secretary of state, to help him jettison the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. “It’s just so unfair that American companies aren’t allowed to pay bribes to get business overseas,” Trump whines to a group of aides. Nearly every line from Trump, in “A Very Stable Genius,” is this venal. Another example: While visiting Pearl Harbor, according to John F. Kelly, Trump’s former chief of staff, Trump seemed to have no idea what had actually happened there. Throughout he is misinformed and confused while at the same time utterly certain of himself. An example of small but nonetheless piquant news: Administration lawyers came up with a nickname for Matthew Whitaker, the former acting attorney general. They called him Mongo, after the illiterate galoot played by Alex Karras in the Mel Brooks movie “Blazing Saddles.” Rucker and Leonnig are adept at scene-setting, at subtly thickening the historical record. More than a few of these scenes feature Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, known to nearly all in the White House as “the kids.” They’re viewed as in over their heads and possessed of unfailingly defective judgment.”

— A Meticulous Account of Trump’s Tenure Reads Like a Comic Horror Story – The New York Times

Also MLK was assassinated by a racist with a gun

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Gun Control, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 04:41

The fragility of conservative whiteness.

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It would be great if this happened

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 04:39

“I was paid to have that opinion. Now I’m paid to have this one.”

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Class warfare is nothing new

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 04:37
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Class warfare is nothing new. #MLKDay2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Different worlds apart

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Criminal, Fascism, Homosexual, LGBTQ, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 04:14

Jan. 20, 2020

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January 20, 2020

Making China great

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:47

If tRump had not been born wealthy

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Funny Stuff, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:46

Latest approval ratings for vulnerable GOP senators are some serious bad news for them

Filed under: News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:36

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/1/18/1912175/-Latest-approval-ratings-for-vulnerable-GOP-senators-are-some-serious-bad-news

Graph showing approval ratings for 7 US Senators. Republicans Susan Collins (-10), Joni Ernst (-5), Cory Gardner (-3), Martha McSally (-3), and Thom Tillis (-2). Democrats Doug Jones (+6) and Gary Peters (+7).

No, this was not a trick question. It’s nakedly obvious that the five Republicans are all in negative territory, while the two Democrats are positive, according the Morning Consult polling in the final three months of 2019. Note that Sens. Martha McSally of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine have dropped the most since the previous quarter, while Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina is the only Republican who improved his standing.

More at the link above.  Hugs

Schiff accuses NSA, CIA of withholding documents on Ukraine

Filed under: Criminal, Education, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:26

tRump has created a government of one for the benefit of himself.   He has short circuited all attempts to have a functioning government, to have the system set up by the history of our country.   He has minimized the Congress with the idea of getting rid of it.  He has replaced civil servants with his own henchmen.  He uses his own private people to do the government functions because the actions are illegal.  He has done his best to create an authoritarian one person one party government such as china has.   Be worried people.    Hugs

“They appear to be succumbing to pressure from the administration,” Rep. Adam Schiff said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.″ Schiff was selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as the lead impeachment manager for Trump’s Senate trial.

Schiff, D-Calif., contended that the National Security Agency “in particular is withholding what are potentially relevant documents to our oversight responsibilities on Ukraine, but also withholding documents potentially relevant that the senators might want to see during the trial. That is deeply concerning.” He also said “there are signs that the CIA may be on the same tragic course.”

Democrats have previously criticized the State Department for withholding relevant documents to the impeachment inquiry. In the weeks since Trump was impeached, Democrats have sought to focus on new evidence about Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals and are pushing the Senate to consider new documents and testimony, such as from former national security adviser John Bolton.

During the ABC interview, Schiff was asked about a Politico report that said intelligence officials were pushing the House and Senate Intelligence committees to drop the public portion of an annual briefing on world security threats following last year’s session in which Trump lashed out over the assessments on North Korea, Iran and the Islamic State.

The request was reportedly being made in a bid to avoid a repeat in which intelligence officials might publicly disagree with Trump on the security risks.

“The intelligence community is reluctant to have an open hearing, something that we had done every year prior to the Trump administration, because they’re worried about angering the president,” he said.

Kansas City Radio Station Agrees To Play Russian Propaganda 6 Hours Per Day

Filed under: Fascism, Greed, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:16

https://crooksandliars.com/2020/01/kansas-city-radio-station-agrees-play

I suppose when you already have a Russian asset firmly ensconced in the Oval Office this sort of stuff shouldn’t be surprising. And no doubt the MAGA cretins would see nothing wrong with Russian propaganda broadcasting on American radio stations. Just normal capitalism they’d argue.

Somewhere Ronald Reagan is screaming, while Vladimir Putin laughs his ass off.

More at the link above.   Hugs

 

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