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Nunes’s Medal of Freedom Renders the Award Meaningless

Trump Destroys An American Honor

Neither honor nor tradition has ever meant squat to Donald Trump. Now, in his childish, petty quest to burn things down on his way out, he’s decided to trash the Medal of Freedom. That medal, according to White House.gov is (my emphasis):

…the Nation’s highest civilian honor. It is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

medal of freedom imageTrump has decided to award this medal to, of all people, Devin Nunes. Why not give it to a circus clown? But wait, he may come close. It’s reported that Trump will hand one to Jim Jordan, too. These choices are an insult to the integrity of the award, and a slap in the face to the people who were worthy of it.

It’s true that Nunes and Jordan have made “exceptional contributions” to Trump’s private endeavors, but that’s the polar opposite of America’s national interests as it relates to this medal and these jokers.

Donald Trump is so proud of his choice of Nunes, he awarded the medal to him in private Monday. Here’s the ridiculous testimonial:

trump's Nunes bullshitAll Nunes has ever done is to help Trump practically destroy this country. This sham of an award shits all over everything America stands for.

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To learn more about Nunes read:

Text messages point to Rep. Devin Nunes in Ukraine scheme at heart of Trump impeachment

“The Russia Investigations: What Does Devin Nunes Know?”

“A Timeline of the House Intelligence Committee Chairman: All the Nunes That’s Fit to Print”

(Google Nunes Russia or Nunes Ukraine and find even more)

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Now YOU’RE Paying For Corporate America’s Meals

When the Hell is Enough Enough?

Republicans fought long and hard to get the 35% statutory corporate tax rate lowered. They claimed it made U.S. companies less competitive than their foreign counterparts. At the same time, Republicans KNEW that corporate effective tax rates averaged much less.

In 2016, the Senate Budget Committee’s Ranking Member received a report from the GAO on effective tax rates. The GAO report, using tax years 2006-2012, found:

cash and cigarsThe statutory tax rate on net corporate income ranges from 15 to 35 percent, depending on the amount of income earned. For tax years 2008 to 2012, profitable large U.S. corporations paid, on average, U.S. federal income taxes amounting to about 14 percent of the pretax net income that they reported in their financial statements (for those entities included in their tax returns). When foreign and state and local income taxes are included, the average ETR across all of those years increases to just over 22 percent.

Insanity is… well, you know.

Even so, the GOP majority got their way in 2017, rewarding those big-money donors at the expense of American taxpayers. In 2019, a report from ITEP (Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy), Corporate Tax Avoidance in the First Year of the Trump Tax Law found:

TCJAWhen drafting the tax law, lawmakers could have eliminated special breaks and loopholes in the corporate tax to offset the cost of reducing the statutory rate. Instead, the new law introduced many new breaks and loopholes, though it eliminated some old ones.

Key Findings:

pigs at the troughThe 379 profitable corporations identified in this study paid an effective federal income tax rate of 11.3 percent on their 2018 income, slightly more than half the statutory 21 percent tax rate.

91 corporations did not pay federal income taxes on their 2018 U.S. income. These corporations include Amazon, Chevron, Halliburton and IBM. An ITEP study released in April 2019 examined 2018 Fortune 500 filings released to date and found 60 companies paid zero in federal income taxes. Now, all companies have released their 2018 financial filings, and this report reflects that.

Another 56 companies paid effective tax rates between 0 percent and 5 percent on their 2018 income. Their average effective tax rate was 2.2 percent.

Now, instead of the mere 27 companies paying no income taxes in 2015, we’ve jumped to at least 91 companies avoiding taxes in 2018.

Feeding Corporate Pigs

Fast Forward to 2020. A raging pandemic, over 300,000 U.S. deaths, huge job losses, people facing evictions or losing their homes, and THIS is what Trump and Republicans insisted be part of the latest COVID Relief Plan:

feeding corporate pigsCorporations will now be able to deduct 100% of the cost of “business meals”.

Paying 50% of their meals was obviously too burdensome, so Americans will pay even more now to prop up our so-called “self-made” corporate Americans. We already subsidize their

          • Operating Expenses

          • Employee Expenses

          • Insurance

          • Travel

          • Bad Debts

          • Interest

          • Equipment

          • Taxes

          • Professional Services

          • Advertising

Not to mention yachts, planes, second homes…

Now we can feed them, too.

Meanwhile, working families are struggling to put food on their own tables. Republicans are vile, despicable people who’ve never given a rat’s ass about America.

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Roger Stone Won’t Be Dressing as an Inmate… Yet

 

Stone Cold Nuts

There’s never been a shortage of crackpots or clowns in Donald Trump’s orbit.

jones pierson“Spokesperson” Katrina Pierson and her YUGE bullet necklace, Alex Jones‘ ridiculous conspiracy theories, and Jerry Falwell Jr. packing heat in case AOC comes for his cows. Crazy just oozes from the Right Wing. Then there’s Roger Stone.

The name Roger Stone was probably unknown to most people before he landed in Robert Mueller’s crosshairs. A long-time Republican operative, Roger Stone’s been called everything from a “Practitioner of political dark arts” to “Washington’s Sleaziest Political Operator “. My personal favorite though is Charles Pierce‘s description:

“Roger Stone is the most elegant maître d’ the American political sewer ever has had.”

Stone more hat than cattle

While Stone fancies himself a major political player, Slate’s Jacob Weisberg suggests he might be more hat than cattle:

It became clear to me … that Stone was less power player than con artist. He cultivated a reputation for being a bad boy, playing dirty tricks and crossing ethical lines. In practice, so far as I could tell, he was mostly shaking down his clients, who paid him a lot of money based on the largely false impression that he had real influence. He was a bluffer, implying he advised people he didn’t, and a leaker, ratting out his allies in pursuit of his own agenda.

Trump once called him “a stone-cold loser,” who “always takes credit for things he never did.”

Stone “Style”

Roger Stone is also known for his flamboyant “style”, as Scott Christian wrote in a 2017 Esquire piece

Stone fancies himself something of a dandy, serving as men’s fashion editor for the conservative political website The Daily Caller (yes, you read that right) and running a fashion blog called Stone on Style.
… Your source for sartorial tips, courtesy of a man who dressed for Trump’s inauguration in an outfit stolen from a cartoon villain who ties his victims to train tracks.

Matt Labash of The Weekly Standard described Stone this way:

… a dandy by disposition who boasts of having not bought off-the-rack since he was 17–he’s now 56…

Not buying “off the rack” is an understatement. Stone’s “style” is more like a patient with multiple personality disorder burglarizing a costume shop.

He has dressed as:

Roger Stone costumes

and this character, which frankly had me stymied for a bit; I just couldn’t place the face:

Roger Stone characters

And then it hit me …

EDITH HEAD!

He’s channeling Edith Head!

Stone’s so-called “style” has been a source of personal amusement over the years.

Roger Stone's "style"

The idea of him living in the same drab stripes as his fellow “political sewer dwellers” some day, well there’s no better word for it than KARMA.

Roger Stone prison stripes

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This Ivanka/Jared Thing Gets More Ridiculous Every Day

Why do we keep sending Trump’s know-nothing spawn and significant(?) other to represent us on the world stage? From y net News:

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The US president’s daughter and her husband Jared Kushner head delegation of dignitaries from Washington to the US Embassy inauguration ceremony in Jerusalem; ‘With great joy, I am returning to Jerusalem,’ Ivanka writes on Instagram ahead of visit.

Dignitaries? These two have no qualifications for this delegation other than being Jewish and related to the-guy-currently-residing-in-the-White House. If being Jewish is required to represent us in Israel (it’s not), send Adam Sandler and Bette Midler for God’s sake, at least they’re intelligent and entertaining.

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of these little pukes flittering around the world pretending to be players in American Politics. This amateur-packed White House is an embarrassment. I hope people come to their senses by 2020.

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Kushner, Amateur Diplomat, Blows Middle East Gig

kushner diplomatA word of advice to the guy-currently-residing-in-the-White-House: Don’t send an amateur to try and end a 70 year old Middle East Conflict. No matter what your greatly inflated ego tells you, simply being a Trump, or Trump-in-Law, doesn’t part the waters.

I’m not sure which is more ludicrous – that Trump thought Kushner was the boy for the job, or that Kushner thought he had a clue what he was doing.

As ABC News reports:

In an interview with the New York Times in November, Trump said he “would love to be able to be the one that made peace with Israel and the Palestinians” adding that it “would be such a great achievement.” Kushner, who is Jewish, “knows the region, knows the people, knows the players,” Trump told the Times in the same interview. The night before his inauguration, Trump reportedly told Kushner, “If you can’t produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can.”

WHAT?

Why, because he’s vacationed in Israel, his Daddy knows Netanyahu, and Bibi has visited Kushner’s family in the U.S.? That’s what passes for diplomatic creds now? Hell, if any random Jewish person has a leg up on Middle East peace, why not send Adam Sandler, or Billy Crystal; at least they’re entertaining… and likable.

But let’s look at just a partial recap of previous attempts at peace in the Middle East, shall we? (You can read the details of each at BBC News.)

UN Security Council Resolution 242, 1967

SadatCarterBeginCamp David Accords, 1978:

  • A Framework for Peace in the Middle East
  • The Camp David framework for the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel

clinton 1993The Madrid Conference, 1991

Oslo Agreement, 1993

Camp David, 2000

bush2007Taba, 2001

Arab Peace Initiative, 2002

Roadmap, 2003

Obama-NetGeneva Accord, 2003

Annapolis, 2007

Washington, 2010

 And those guys weren’t AMATEURS.

The merry band of Nazis, Neophytes, Nincompoops and Knuckleheads currently infesting 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue treat world affairs like a board game. What’s next, Sean Spicer negotiating with ISIL?

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