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December 11, 2019

tRump has broken this law repeatedly

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 10:04

TIL that the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 makes it illegal for a US President to unilaterally withhold or delay funds appropriated by Congress without their approval. from r/todayilearned

While the above was taken down I imagine under the tRump cult pressure here is something to replace it.  Hugs

Is impoundment illegal?
In 1974, Congress passed legislation purporting to make the old practice of presidential impoundment illegal and legally requiring the Executive Branch to spend every last penny that would ever be appropriated for it by Congress in the future.
What is Impoundment.   <blockqoute> A traditional budgeting procedure by which the President of the United States once could prevent any agency of the Executive Branch from spending part or all of the money previously appropriated by Congress for their use. He would accomplish this, in essence, by an executive order that would forbid the Treasury to transfer the money in question to the agency’s account. </blockquote>    That is now illegal and what tRump did, he just did not use the executive order but instead just bellowed orders to his minions.    Hugs
http://webhome.auburn.edu/~johnspm/gloss/impoundment.phtml
https://history.house.gov/Historical-Highlights/1951-2000/Congressional-Budget-and-Impoundment-Control-Act-of-1974/

‘It comes down to pure greed’: Insulin prices double, causing many people with diabetes to turn to extremes

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Drugs, Economics, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:41

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/12/09/insulin-prices-double-ohio-lawmakers-looking-answers/2629115001/

Mindi Patterson’s family pays nearly $1,000 each month for insulin.

Her husband, Roc, 47, and her two sons, 19-year-old Pierce and 14-year-old Martin,  all have Type 1 diabetes and need insulin to survive.

But the medicine they so desperately depend on comes at a hefty price.

The family pays between $300 and $400 a person in out-of-pocket costs on insulin each month.

Without health insurance through Patterson’s job at Costco, the family would pay close to $5,000 a month for the life-saving medication, she said.

In people with Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas can’t make insulin. Those with the condition require several doses of insulin a day and spent $5,705 per person on it in 2016, an increase of $2,841, or 99%, per person since 2012, according to the nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute.

Costs continue to rise, so much so that almost half of people with diabetes have temporarily skipped taking their insulin, according to a 2018 survey by UpWell Health, a Salt Lake City company that provides home delivery of medications and supplies for chronic conditions.

“Insulin prices doubled in a four-year period,” said Cathy Paessun, the director of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. “They continue to go up, and the infuriating thing is that there is no change in the process for creating the product.”

“As extreme as it sounds, if I go without insulin I will die,” said Anthony Myer, 29, who has Type 1 diabetes.

He pays $240 for a single vial of insulin after insurance, which lasts him about nine days.

Myer said he’s forced to carefully budget his money to buy insulin. He lived at home with his dad until a week before he turned 29 because he didn’t have enough money after his monthly insulin costs to live on his own.

“You can’t choose anything else over insulin,” said Myer, the youth and family program director at the Central Ohio Diabetes Association.

More at the link above.  We desperately need Medicare For All and a living wage in the US.   Hugs

Gaslighting tRump, and the cult loves it

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:33

tRump is a Russian asset

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:28

Have we become the United States of Russian? 

Dang how many Republicans in congress are involved in this illegal activity

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:27

coverup-general Barr

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:24

Republicans have tried for decades to privatize the Postal service for their profit

Filed under: Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:19

Donald Trump Is the Mad-King President Our Founders Feared Most

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:17

Donald Trump Is the Mad-King President Our Founders Feared Most

So it goes in Trump’s America. Not a week goes by without fresh evidence of President Trump’s total disregard for the rule of law and the guardrails of a functioning democracy. He pardons war criminals because Fox News told him to. He takes the position that the president is impervious to accountability for possible crimes. He profits from domestic and foreign interests who book his hotels and golf at his courses. He shakes down foreign leaders in exchange for personal favors, calls on foreign adversaries to meddle in U.S. elections, incites violence among his supporters, and demands loyalty from those around him in office, even if that means ignoring a legal subpoena.

But Trump exists in a different realm. He thinks he is the law, an untouchable and all-knowing sovereign. Reality bends to his will. He stands in front of the American people and tells them to believe the opposite of what they see and hear, tells them that he alone can fix what’s broken in American politics.

This is the behavior of a president who believes he’s a king.

Much more at the link above.  Hugs

tRump responce is to just keep lying, and ordering Barr to begin a purge

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:11
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Trump is meeting with Russian spy Lavrov tight now in the Oval Office with no US press allowed.

Why giving money to the lower income helps the economy

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Memes, News, Political, Reason — Scottie @ 09:09
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The 1% are a drain. #Economics #VelocityOfMoney

The Left has empathy. The right has self-interest

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Economics, Education, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 08:46
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The Left has empathy. The right has self-interest.

Republicans hate women and hate the idea of a woman having independence

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Gender, Gun Control, Memes, News, NRA, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 08:43

liberalsarecool:

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Houston Police Chief calls out impotent Republicans who refuse to pass Violence Against Women Act.

Republicans hate women and hate the idea of a woman having independence. Republicans will do all they can to protect abusive males.

Republicans want to be Russians.

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 08:29
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Republicans want to be Russians. The Right Wing attack on democracy is centuries in the making.

Oligarchs in US/Russia have united. Campaign donations and social media are coordinated between Russia and Trump/RNC.

They are the same team looking for same ethnocentrist power.

Abolish the electoral college

Filed under: Cartoons, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 08:25
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Abolish the electoral college

In Brazil, “Soldiers of Jesus” Are Wreaking Havoc on Non-Christian Communities

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Fascism, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Religion — Scottie @ 08:17

Horrible and brutal campaign to force the country into to a fanatic Christian theocracy.  How is this different from ISIS?  This is all being done with either a blind eye from the right wing Christian government or with the government’s permission.   Is this the world we are coming to, violent thugs enforcing their ancient religions by force because being tolerant of any idea or way other than their own is unacceptable to them.   Hugs

In Brazil, “Soldiers of Jesus” Are Wreaking Havoc on Non-Christian Communities

Jesus said “turn the other cheek,” but an evangelical Christian group called “Soldiers of Jesus” is taking over large swaths of Brazil, threatening religious minorities with death if they don’t convert. The Washington Post‘s Terrence McCoy has the disturbing story:

Priests have been killed. Children have been stoned. An elderly woman was seriously injured. Death threats and taunts are common. Gangs are unfurling the flag of Israel, a nation seen by some evangelicals as necessary to bringing about the return of Christ.

All of this is bolstered by a right-wing government that came into power on the backs of evangelical Christians who weren’t bothered enough by the blatant cruelty of President Jair Bolsonaro and a rise in Christian programming in the media that routinely paints non-Christians as villains. (It all sounds very familiar.)

These gangs in particular have broken into people’s homes, forcing them at gunpoint to destroy religious items that aren’t Christian. Religious leaders who practice a non-Christian faith have been forced to shut down their houses of worship or face death. So far, over 200 of these temples have been forced to close. There is no sign of this persecution stopping any time soon.

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Hear what they say and see what they really mean

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 05:45

 

(cartoon by Jim Margulies)

(cartoon by Paul Fell)

(cartoon by Ed Wexler)

(cartoon by Clay Bennett)

The cartoonist's homepage, pnj.com/opinion

Dec. 10, 2019

Dec. 9, 2019

 

 

 

USA TODAY: ‘Total nonsense’: Democrats rip McConnell on delaying USMCA vote until after impeachment trial

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 04:45

‘Total nonsense’: Democrats rip McConnell on delaying USMCA vote until after impeachment trial
After weeks of blaming Democrats for delaying Trump’s renegotiated trade deal with Canada and Mexico, McConnell said he would delay it further.

Read in USA TODAY: https://apple.news/ASCgJfcnBSPWI0VHhkteekQ

Shared from Apple News

Sent from my iPad,Hugs and Best wishes,
Scottie

CNN Politics: Trump to sign order to interpret Judaism as a nationality

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 04:44

Trump to sign order to interpret Judaism as a nationality
President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Wednesday to interpret Judaism as a nationality and not just a religion, a move that the Trump administration believes will fight what they perceive as anti-Semitism on college campuses, a White House official said.

Read in CNN Politics: https://apple.news/ADnvCe2FXR2q8j-NSZPE2TQ

Shared from Apple News

Sent from my iPad,Hugs and Best wishes,
Scottie

December 10, 2019

Confounds the Science – (Parody of) Sound of Silence | Don Caron / Linda Gower

Filed under: Funny Stuff, Funny videos, News, Political, Song, Songs and Music — Scottie @ 10:05

‘Staggering’ New Data Shows Income of Top 1% Has Grown 100 Times Faster Than Bottom 50% Since 1970

Filed under: Economics, Fascism, Greed, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 08:44

New data released Monday explains the numbers behind Sen. Bernie Sanders’ often-cited statistic that the three richest Americans hold more wealth than the 160 million people who make up the bottom 50% of the population.

Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent published what he called “stunning” findings from Stanford University economist Gabriel Zucman, showing how both an explosion in annual earnings by the rich and an increasingly regressive tax structure have combined to allow the top 1% of Americans’ wealth to triple over the past five decades.

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