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The Great Humbug Of Donald Trump

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The Great Humbug Of Donald Trump

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Thanks to the world-class narcissist now driving the Republican clown car, it ought to be clear to Americans just how badly the donor class has lost control of the presidential primaries, which they once had rigged to dictate who we could vote for.

Millions of Americans seem not to grasp that Donald Trump’s campaign is a mirage, an inchoate blending of the political/showbiz film satires Wag the Dog and Simone, thrown together with all the integrity of P.T. Barnum’s notorious FeeJee Mermaid.

On Wednesday, one of the dimmer figures in the presidential race threw a spotlight on what we should all be seeing clearly: Trump threatens the continued existence of the Republican Party.

That’s because Donald Trump’s campaign is built on hate mongering and discord, while a growing body of surveys, polls, focus groups, and an analysis of demographic trends shows that Americans are embracing the progressive ideals in our Constitution. Whether it’s marriage equality or a path to citizenship for those who entered the country illegally, the tide of history is against not only Trump, but the 15 other Republican candidates who all broadly side with him — just in more subtle language.

And I’m not the one saying that the Republican Party may soon go the way of the Whigs (last seen in 1854).

No, that insight comes from former Texas governor Rick Perry, who’s currently taking a back seat in the clown car.

Fortunately for the donor class, most political reporters only heard Perry say “Trumpism” is a “cancer on conservatism.”

That line alone just doesn’t capture his overall point. Neither did most of the coverage of the rigorously written, nuanced speech that Perry read.

Trump, Perry said, is selling “a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness, and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition” unless Trumpism is “clearly diagnosed, excised, and discarded.”

Perry also made note of Trump’s rare appearances in church, an apparent effort to undercut conservative Christian support. After all, when it comes to religion, The Donald is a devotee of Mammon, but he’s angling for support from primary voters who think GOP stands for God’s Own Party.

The new reality that political reporters obscured is this:

We once had a primary system that required candidates to genuflect before the oligarchs. But now one low-level oligarch is thumbing his nose at the rest of them — and under this new system, the much richer oligarchs, from Sheldon Adelson to the Koch brothers, are as helpless to shape the direction of events as — well, as the mass of voters who don’t have billions to donate.

The Republican nightmare is that Trump doesn’t need donors to stay in the race. The power of all that Koch and Adelson money is discounted, the way Trump sometimes pays creditors just pennies on the dollar.

And so while candidates who never had a chance anyway – Carson, Huckabee, Jindal, Pataki, and Perry among them – will be forced to withdraw for lack of donations, Trump can party on. And Trump told “Morning Joe” Scarborough Friday that if he is denied the nomination, he might run as an independent — unless the Republican establishment starts treating him respectfully.

Political reporters are missing the big story because they get rewarded for covering the horse race, not the issues; for going with the herd, not standing apart. Step apart from the herd and you’ll get picked off, perhaps by an editor or anchor taking a shot at you from the home office, perhaps by the hyenas on the campaign staff.

Telling the news the candidate’s handlers want told, regurgitating manufactured controversies, and highlighting gaffes – those are the stories that make the careers of campaign reporters.

And, besides, it’s easier to focus on who is ahead in the polls than it is to actually learn important policy matters — such as how raising the minimum wage affects job creation, how tax cuts affect various income classes, or the significance of the words “corruption of blood” in the Constitution.

Instead of substance, we will get more circus coverage leading the news. Bowing to that reality, here are two things we know for sure about Trump’s fortune. And it should get some media attention because Trump wants us to judge him by the contents of his wallet, so:

  • Trump is worth at least $1 billion, but no verifiable evidence exists to support his exclamations that his net worth is more than $10 billion.
  • Trump reported that his production company took in just $4 million over the last 18 months for Apprentice and other Trump television properties, far below the $65 million annual fee he put out in 2011, a number so absurdly unrealistic that his broadcaster, NBC, derided it as “grossly inaccurate.”

Other news we still have yet to see make the major news reports: Donald’s long, unsavory connections to businesses run by organized crime and the lawsuits by minority workers at multiple Trump companies complaining about harassment.

But the lack of that coverage is no more surprising than Barnum’s avoiding hard questions about his fake mermaid.

Photo: John Pemble via Flickr

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David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of taxes in The New York Times. The Washington Monthly calls him “one of America’s most important journalists” and the Portland Oregonian says is work is the equal of the great muckrakers Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens and Upton Sinclair.

At 19 he became a staff writer at the San Jose Mercury and then reported for the Detroit Free Press, Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and from 1995 to 2008 The New York Times.

Johnston is in his eighth year teaching the tax, property and regulatory law at Syracuse University College of Law and Whitman School of Management.

He also writes for USA Today, Newsweek and Tax Analysts.

Johnston is the immediate past president of the 5,700-member Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) and is board president of the nonprofit Investigative Post in Buffalo.

His latest book Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality an anthology he edited. He also wrote a trilogy on hidden aspects of the American economy -- Perfectly Legal, Free Lunch, and The Fine Print – and a casino industry exposé, Temples of Chance.

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  1. Karen Bille-Golden July 25, 2015

    So much truth here that will never register with those who choose not to see or hear. I sincerely hope more Americans are supporting the progressive ideals of our Constitution Meanwhile the rich are battling each other now for control of God’s Own Party. If there is a God , he must be shaking his head or downright laughing. I was amused by Donald’s own statement that he goes to church once in a while and partakes of the ‘crackers’

    Reply
    1. Phil Johnson July 25, 2015

      I agree. I am not a sterling example, but I believe that God really loves us, all of us. After all, He created us all in His image. To mock Him with the irreverent “cracker” reference is not amusing, it is abusive slander. This was really a slap in His face and worse than the Arrogant One’s thumbing his nose at John McCain.

      Until we all get our heads out of the spiritual tar sands that are slowly smothering our better collective selves and ask God for help in this wilderness of greedy onslaughts by oligarchs of every stripe, we deserve what’s coming to us.

      Yes, I am looking at you, pols obsessed with power, titans of industry who think money rules all — and myself, for failure to live up to the mandate of He who loves us: “Blessed are the poor… and the peacemakers… and those who are merciful…”
      .
      God help us all. We have to say this daily. And then go out and do likewise. That is “so much truth”.

      aures lupi

      1. Karen Bille-Golden July 25, 2015

        . Phil you speak from your heart. and I appreciate that, and agree with what you say. I might add, too many of us don’t put in the time and effort for self-examination. … Yes, Trump’s comments should be offensive to any Christian. It also offends me when some claim to know what is best for me, personally, to believe. The survival of religion in modern day depends on much more willingness on all our parts to respect one another’s beliefs.

        1. Paul Anthony July 25, 2015

          Even when those beliefs don’t agree with the Progressive agenda?

          It really would be nice if everyone thought for themselves instead of following their Party – either Party.

          1. Karen Bille-Golden July 25, 2015

            I wasn’t speaking of politics Paul, I was speaking to one’s religious beliefs.

          2. Karen Bille-Golden July 25, 2015

            Paul you must admit there is a strange dichotomy going on in the religious right between those professing to follow the teachings of Jesus and their actually doing so.

          3. Paul Anthony July 25, 2015

            Yes. Throughout history, there has been a fine line between organized religions and governments. Both seek and hold onto power. Sometimes they join forces, as in the Holy Roman Empire, and cause more harm than good. But we can’t condemn those who have been wrongfully influenced by their church. Remember that most people are trying to do good. They just have a different concept of what “good” is.

            Personally, I do believe in God. I just don’t believe in Religion – and I don’t think God does, either. 🙂

          4. Karen Bille-Golden July 25, 2015

            My point exactly. We don’t all define God the same way. Enjoy your weekend while the Universe continues to unfold.

          5. Canistercook July 26, 2015

            or collapse!

          6. Karen Bille-Golden July 26, 2015

            Literally?, not for some time. Figuratively? That’s a different question

          7. Independent1 July 26, 2015

            What should be focused on is ‘The Gospel,’ and not how some men have chosen to interpret it and thereby established ‘false religions’. And in addition to many having the wrong understanding of ‘what is good’; another big problem is that ‘the good’ that many seek for is what good they can do for themselves, rather than the good they could do for others to bring them closer to being accepted into God’s Kingdom.

          8. Paul Anthony July 25, 2015

            I understood that, but sometimes religious beliefs dictate political beliefs. When they do, we should be more respectful of our differences while trying to educate those who may be misinterpreting their religious teachings.

          9. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

            Margaret Hoover, of the Hoover Foundation, supports gay marriage.
            She also sat on a FOX board.
            Geraldo Rivera is employed by FOX.
            Expect him to expose the Hoover Foundation?
            REALLY??

          10. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 25, 2015

            Right you are. Our partisan political system has caused far too many Americans to let others tell them what to think, how to think, and how to vote. Hardly indicative of a sane and democratic system, or of a balanced and properly run Electoral Process.

          11. Canistercook July 26, 2015

            You are right! Democracy is hard to get and even harder to preserve. There is a lot of brain washing going on right now.It came in with the Magna Carta but now we are a very divided nation. Rich vs. poor, Black vs.White, etc.

          12. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

            Remember Nixon’s first VP, Spiro Agnew?
            He was our ONLY VP to enter a plea bargain!
            Wasn’t he a Governor of Maryland?
            Remember HIS “black panthers”?

          13. Useriousdude July 26, 2015

            I ama gun owning, meat eating tree hugger. I do not follow any party. There are more of us than you think.

          14. Paul Anthony July 26, 2015

            Glad to hear it!

          15. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

            Buy your guns from Viktor Bout?
            Don’t carnivores make claw marks on trees?

          16. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

            Both President John Adams and President John Quincy Adams were Unitarians!
            They believed in ONE God!
            Were they Christians?
            Americans?

        2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 25, 2015

          You’re absolutely right—I concur with everything you’ve pointed out.

        3. Phil Johnson September 7, 2015

          just saw that response. Thank you for echoing.
          aures lupi

      2. oldtack July 25, 2015

        That verse from Genesis reads
        “Let US make man in OUR Image”
        Now – if there was but ONE Creator GOD it would be Singular “I will make man in MY image”.
        If there was only ONE then why the plurality US and OUR?

        1. Phil Johnson July 26, 2015

          God is one Being with three Persons. A serious mystery, but that is the basis for the Hebrew phrase, “Yaweh”: “I am”. (said to Moses at the burning bush).

          1. Mark Caponigro July 27, 2015

            More specifically, “Ahyeh asher ashyeh, ” which can be translated something like “I am whatever I might be.” “Yahweh” is the 3rd-person form of first-person “Ahweh”; the “w” is the second consonant of the tri-literal root h-w-h, which in Hebrew has evolved into consonantal “y,” wherefore the preferred form of a presumably ancestral “Ahweh” is “Ahyeh.”

            On the other hand, many semiticists believe that while “Yahweh” is indeed from that tri-literal root h-w-h having to do with being or existing, the vowels suggest it is not the simple form of the verb, but the causative form. Therefore the name could be translated “he [who] causes to be.”

            You’re quite right that Christians have been creative in discovering the three persons of the Holy Trinity in the apparition in the Burning Bush: God the Father is the mind intending the message to Moses; God the Son (viz. the Logos, the Word) is the speaker; God the Holy Spirit is the flames. Re the Logos: NB that in Eastern Orthodox icons of Jesus, he is conventionally shown with a halo in which is set his cross, of which the two arms and the top portion are visible; and within those three pieces are inscribed the three letters omicron, omega, and nu, for the Greek “[h]o ôn,” “he who is,” that being the translation in the Septuagint of “Ahyeh.”

            And the Greek monks at the late-antique Saint Catherine’s Monastery, built in the 6th century at the foot of Mount Sinai, are even more creative: the symbol they have chosen for their monastery is the icon of the Mother of God “of the Sign,” i.e. Mary is holding her arms out to the sides in the praying posture, and over her belly is a circle depicting the Baby Jesus, as if in her womb. The idea here is that Mary Ever-Virgin is prefigured by the bush which was not burned up in spite of the presence of the fire. Needless to say, not all Christians would wish to go that far…

          2. Phil Johnson July 27, 2015

            nicely done. I did not know all of that.

        2. Useriousdude July 26, 2015

          As long as “The Donald” is not the image, I am OK with other interpretations.

        3. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

          Where is Genesis in the BOOK OF MORMON?
          Is God as good as HIS WORD?

          1. oldtack July 29, 2015

            It isn’t

          2. oldtack July 29, 2015

            It isn’t.

      3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 25, 2015

        God, my friend, is infinitely exalted above His creation and what they say of Him. Expecting to insult Him is akin to spitting at the Sun and expecting to extinguish it. But I do get your point about showing respect for what other people revere, even if many don’t share that sense of reverence you allude to.

      4. jmprint July 25, 2015

        Amen.

    2. Dominick Vila July 26, 2015

      I am not a religious person, but even I was offended by Trump’s association of “crackers” to religion. That is, unless the church he attends venerates the anti-Christ.
      The term “cracker” is used to describe those who cracked a whip on their hapless victims, and descendents who refuse to let the past go. Whether Trump’s statement was a joke, or an insinuation of fact, is irrelevant. His discourse, and his actions, reflect a level of arrogance, despotism, prejudice, hatred, and contempt for those who don’t share his beliefs, are a reflection of the worst our society has to offer. What troubles me the most is that millions of Americans support his candidacy and the message of hate and fear that is the centerpiece of his political agenda.

  2. nana4gj July 25, 2015

    Elephants often were the best circus performers.

    Reply
    1. Karen Bille-Golden July 25, 2015

      yep, that’s the trouble with a three ring circus. It’s hard to catch all the acts.

    2. Useriousdude July 26, 2015

      Please do not insult elephants like this……

  3. Alvin Harrison July 25, 2015

    I will simply repeat my nightly prayer: Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray that Donald’s lead will keep. If he should fail before the vote, May the GOP find another dope. Amen

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    1. Steve Batchelor July 25, 2015

      LOL.. There is a sound bite a day from the Dopey side of the aisle. Seems to me they are trying to outdo each other to see who is the bigger DOPE!

    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 25, 2015

      AMEN!!! That is slick—great job!

    3. Canistercook July 28, 2015

      The Democrats have one now sitting in the whitehouse,

      1. Alvin Harrison July 28, 2015

        wow…that’s clever!

      2. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

        Was it SMART, to plea bargain, like Spiro Agnew?

  4. greenlantern1 July 25, 2015

    Pappy Boyington EARNED his Congressional Medal of Honor, by downing 26 aircraft, BEFORE he was captured!
    What did TRUMP do?

    Reply
    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 25, 2015

      Run, hide, and sit on his billions.

      The Donald reminds me a lot of “Quark” and the Ferengis of Star Trek fame. Trump must have written their “Laws of Acquisition” which are the “Bible” for that mythical race of money(latinum) lovers.

      A real peach of a guy, the Donald is.

      1. jmprint July 25, 2015

        Or as we call him a real cool-arrow.

      2. Canistercook July 28, 2015

        Rich and smart but not diplomatic!

    2. Canistercook July 28, 2015

      Build a real estate empire!

      1. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

        Use taxpayer money!!

    3. 13factfinder July 28, 2015

      He’s a Billionaire

      1. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

        YEP!!
        Casinos built with taxpayer money!!
        He went bankrupt 4 times!!
        Ever hear of corporate welfare?
        Mind paying for that?

    4. Mikey7a July 29, 2015

      Uhhhraaa! Semper Fi!!

  5. Canistercook July 25, 2015

    Well Trump shoots from the hip but he is telling us a lot of truths that some don’t want to hear. He is not a smooth politician, that’s for sure, but are we sick of smooth politicians like Obama etc.

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    1. jmprint July 25, 2015

      Trump is engulfed with hate, if you are not rich he has no use for you.

      1. Canistercook July 26, 2015

        In your very biased opinion. Trouble is all politicians seem to get rich anyway!

        1. Independent1 July 28, 2015

          Interestingly, none like Ronald Reagan who increased his wealth (by ten million dollars (that’s $10,000,000) during his presidency.

        2. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

          Biased?
          I used to be a Republican.
          That was BEFORE WATERGATE!!
          NEVER AGAIN!!

    2. Wellstone July 27, 2015

      Trump is bamboozling you, telling you exactly what you WANT to hear. Don’t you get it?

  6. pmbalele July 25, 2015

    Who is calling Great Humbug of Donald Trump? How many times have we seen people born here stand in front of buses carrying immigrants from Mexico and other Latino countries? Why were these people doing so? It was hate of immigrants. But you will be surprised the same people are hiring and some marrying these so called illegals. I know two former border patrol officers have married women they arrested at the border. These Latinas adores their husband and call them masters. In fact many rich people are hiring illegals for housing cleaning, assembly work, hotel attendants, McDonald’s, Burger King etc. Many people born here won’t take those jobs. Don Trump is echoing what GOPers believe in. But the same GOP are the one encouraging illegals to come here. GOPers as whole are hypocrites.

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    1. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

      On top of that!
      How many “demonstrators” are on Trump’s payroll to begin with?

      1. pmbalele July 29, 2015

        At least he is more presentable than any of GOP candidates so far. You would not vote for Walker-he squints, walks funny and is a high school drop-out; not Jindal-smart but ugly; not Carson who hates Blacks; Not Santorum-the American little pope; Rubio-Cubans hater; Cruz the migrant worker who overstayed; Huckabee – the little jesus of New York; Christie the elephant; not Perry who is going to prison soon. We better stay with Hillary and Biden.

  7. alinla55 July 25, 2015

    I found this piece as the result of a link on Breitbart.

    Republicans who are embarrassed by Trump would do well to read the comment section. Trump supporters believe he is a shoe-in for the GOP nomination and they further believe that he will crush ANY democrat in the general.

    This Trump thing IS NOT going away.

    Reply
    1. jmprint July 25, 2015

      They are pretty wacky on that site.

    2. docb July 26, 2015

      Breity???..the wacko birds latch on to any drumph in a storm… Herman, ricky 1&2 et al!!!!

    3. @HawaiianTater July 26, 2015

      The Breitbart crowd views Trump as their hero, their savior and their only hope at regaining the WH. They also view every other candidate as a RINO. That’s great news as far as I’m concerned.

    4. Wellstone July 27, 2015

      I hoe the Trump thing does NOT go away. He is killing Walker, he is killing Perry, he killed Lindsey Graham already, he will kill Cruz, Huckabee, and all the other wannabe’s. He will go after Jeb Bush at the debate in a mean, nasty, bullying way, and you will love it.

  8. Whatmeworry July 25, 2015

    What Trump has done is to spotlight how immoral Clinton’s campaign is

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    1. Whatmeworry July 25, 2015

      What Trump has done is to spotlight how immoral his own campaign is

      1. jmprint July 25, 2015

        parrot

      2. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

        Nixon was MORAL??

    2. Daniel Max Ketter July 25, 2015

      Not just his own campaign, but the entire clowns in the GOP. I voted for a Clinton twice before, and I’m proud to do it again. God bless our organized labor organizations for their service to our country.

      Heck, I’ll give ya another pity upvote.

      1. Karen Bille-Golden July 25, 2015

        enter Scott Walker who wants to do away with a minimum wage, and of course labor unions/ A real slap in the face to our forefathers and their efforts to ensure some sense of fairness for the working class. I never belonged to a union (there were no unions where I worked) but we’ve all benefited in many ways because of their fight. Anyone thinking of responding with comments about corruption, save your time. I’m old enough to know corruption exists everywhere.

        1. Daniel Max Ketter July 26, 2015

          Sure, that’s an example of why organized labor is vital to common Americans. Too many managers and CEO’s in the private sector take advantage of us.

          1. Allan Richardson July 30, 2015

            Let’s put it in terms of an animal world: conservatives have the same moral attitude as predators: if you’re strong enough, their idea of “freedom” or “liberty” means you can get away with preying on others who are not as strong, as long as you stay within certain broadly defined parameters (no physical attacks, no “obvious” fraud, etc.), and if you are merciless enough to collect lots of “meat” you are ADMIRED for it. And if you really get a WHOLE LOT of “meat” you can even get away with breaking the few rules which are applied to you.

            What they call “socialism” is the collective action of the intended prey to fight back against their predators.

      2. Paul Anthony July 29, 2015

        Hillary is not Bill. Aside from sharing the same last name (through marriage) there is nothing about them that is similar. Bill was a good President. Hillary won’t be.

        1. Daniel Max Ketter July 29, 2015

          Certainly better than any of the idiots the gop is producing.

        2. greenlantern1 August 5, 2015

          Was Nixon a good president?
          Hoover?
          Would Donald Trump be a good one?

          1. Paul Anthony August 5, 2015

            Actually, anyone who is willing to go through the lengthy process of running for President is probably someone who will not be good at governing. The qualities that make a winning candidate are not the same as the qualities that make a great leader.

            I promise to fix everything if you make me Emperor…er, I mean President. LOL

    3. jmprint July 25, 2015

      I missed it, what was it.

      1. Whatmeworry July 26, 2015

        You must not read any newspapers where you live

    4. Daniel Max Ketter July 26, 2015

      That’s an example of why organized labor is vital to common
      Americans. Too many managers and CEO’s in the evil private sector take
      advantage of us common folks.

      1. 13factfinder July 27, 2015

        This socialist administration along with so-called “progressives” (socialists) have done more than any others to marginalize organized labor and thus rendering them insignificant. Legislating by executive branch the collective bargaining agreements rather than negotiating them kills Unions! It seems socialists don’t believe in paying Union dues.

        1. Independent1 July 28, 2015

          You delusional RWNJs have no clue what you’re talking about. And you use the word socialist as if it was some dirty word.

          To show you how ‘socialist’ our lives are already today, I’m going to post 11 of 75 socialist functions/activities that are part of every Americans’ lives today, and you identify which of these 11 SOCIALISTIC things we take for granted you’d like us to eliminate:

          1. The Military/Defense – The United States military is the largest and most funded socialist program in the world. It operates thanks to our taxpayer dollars and protects the country as a whole. From the richest citizens to the homeless who sleep under the bridge. We are all protected by our military whether we pay taxes or not. This is complete socialism.

          2. Highways/Roads – Those roads and highways you drive on every single day are completely taxpayer funded. Your tax dollars are used to maintain, expand, and preserve our highways and roads for every one’s use. President Eisenhower was inspired by Germany’s autobahn and implemented the idea right here in America. That’s right, a republican president created our taxpayer funded, national highway system. This was a different time, before the republican party came down with a vicious case of rabies that never went away.

          3. Public Libraries – Yes. That place where you go to check out books from conservative authors telling you how horrible socialism is, is in fact socialism. Libraries are taxpayer funded. You pay a few bucks to get a library card and you can read books for free for the rest of your life.

          4. Police – Ever had a situation where you had to call the police? Then you have used a taxpayer funded socialist program. Anyone can call the police whether they pay taxes or not. They are there to protect and serve the community, not individuals. This is complete socialism on a state level, but still socialism all the same. Would you rather have to swipe your credit card before the police will help you?

          5. Fire Dept. – Hopefully you have never had a fire in your home. But if you have, you probably called your local taxpayer-funded fire department to put the fire out. Like police, this is state socialism. You tax dollars are used to rescue your entire community in case of a fire. It use to be set up where you would pay a fee every month to the fire dept. for their service. If you didn’t pay, they let your house burn down. Sadly, a man from Tennessee had this exact situation happen to him in 2011 because he didn’t pay his $75.00 fee. I guess that small town in Tennessee would rather let people’s houses burn down that resort to evil socialism. So don’t take for granted the fact that you have a 24/7 fire dept. to put out your burning home thanks to socialism.

          6. Postal Service – Like having mail delivered directly to your front door and paying next to nothing to send mail anywhere you want? Well it’s all made possible by socialism.

          7. Student Loans and Grants – Did you go to College? If you did, you family might not have been rich enough to pay your way through. So you got your education anyway through student loans and grants from the federal government at taxpayer expense. Of course you have to pay back the loans, but if not the government, did you know anyone else who was going to lend you tens of thousands of dollars? Probably not. So the taxpayers lent you the money and you paid it back with slight interest. The government grants you accepted were gifts from the taxpayer and the federal government that you did not have to pay back. Socialism got you through school.

          8. Bridges – Along with our highways, our government used your taxpayer dollars to build bridges. This allows the public to travel across rivers without having to sail or swim.

          9. Garbage Collection – Like having your garbage collected once a week instead of having to drive it to the landfill yourself? Thank socialism.

          10. Public Landfills – Taxpayer dollars are used to have places to dump all of our garbage that is collected by taxpayer funded garbage men.

          11. War – That’s right! War would not be possible without socialism. Your tax dollars are used to fight wars for your country. This is Big Government at it’s biggest. Private companies don’t attack other countries, at least not yet. Government is the only entity in America that can defend us from foreign enemies and our tax dollars are used for every second of it. Socialism has brought down Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, and Bin Laden. War may very well be the most socialist thing on this list.

          Go here to find 64 more:

          http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/29/1078852/-75-Ways-Socialism-Has-Improved-America#

          1. 13factfinder July 28, 2015

            A “flat tax” is going to fix all that. It’s time has come

          2. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

            WHO is going to calculate that?
            The “geniuses” from Silverado?

        2. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

          Bush, not Obama, golfed with his comrade, Vladimir Putin!
          Perfectly clear?
          How many Unions backed Nixon’s “revenue sharing”?

          1. 13factfinder July 29, 2015

            Sorry , but WTF are you talking about?

          2. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

            Vladimir Putin’s oil wells were built by the Koch brothers!!
            Clearer??

      2. Paul Anthony July 29, 2015

        Yes, much better to be taken advantage of by union leaders. 🙂

        1. Daniel Max Ketter July 29, 2015

          They/we know whats best for the country

          1. Paul Anthony July 29, 2015

            It’s funny, isn’t it? EVERYONE thinks they know what’s best for the country. But when you look at the details, everyone’s plan seems to be what’s best for the person or group with the plan.

          2. greenlantern1 August 5, 2015

            Like Donald Trump?
            Scott Walker?

    5. Wellstone July 27, 2015

      immoral? wha?

    6. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

      The party, of Nixon, is talking about morality?
      INOPERATIVE!!

      1. Whatmeworry July 29, 2015

        The party of Clinton and Barak has O room to judge even Jeffry Dalmer

        1. Hi Dan, was Jeffrey Dahmer (not Dalmer numbnutts) your messiah? Need to get back on your meds and quit bothering these people with you ignorant drivel. Bwaaaa!

        2. whatmeworryisfatDan Ketter September 3, 2015

          I am Dan Ketter, a retired desk clerk with Ford Motors, a military draft dodger, and my lovely Linda Rae fell off the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

      2. The loner spammer Whatmeworry (real name Dan M Ketter from Virginia) has 0 room to judge.

    7. whatmeworryisfatDan Ketter October 27, 2015

      Lovey dovey Linda Rae Ketter give oral treats to moooslims

  9. Charles van Rotterdam July 25, 2015

    Trump;
    Mouth in gear, brain in neutral (possibly non existent)
    Empty vessels make the most sound

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    1. Daniel Max Ketter July 25, 2015

      Trump…blowhard for the right, an easy win for the left.

      1. Charles van Rotterdam July 25, 2015

        One would assume so

  10. etta.bartlett2 July 26, 2015

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  11. paulyz July 26, 2015

    Author of this post states that the Trump campaign is built on hate & discord, a perfect example of labeling others with the exact actions of their own. Under Obama, racial division, animosity, hate, & discord has grown tremendously.

    The post further states how Trump is in opposition to the “progressive” ideals of our Constitution: I didn’t realize our Constitution called for ignoring LAWS passed by the representatives of “The People” by allowing Millions of people to enter our Coubtry Illegally, to get a free pass to stay ahead of those Millions waiting Legally, or by releasing criminal Illegals set for deportation to murder, rape, or assault American Citizens. I didn’t realize our Constitution called for the welfare of ILLEGALS but not for the security of American Citizens, who are the people that “made our Laws through our Representatives.”

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    1. Useriousdude July 26, 2015

      Ummmmm……Obama has deported more illegals while still in office than Bush did in8 years. Go look it up. Also, I did not know that pushing for healthcare for more Americans at a cheaper rate was hateful. Evidently you know best though, eh?

      1. paulyz July 26, 2015

        WRONG, he used deportation figures but didn’t actually deport Thousands, even releasing thousands of criminal Illegals. He also told the border patrol agents to NOT arrest or detain thousands of Illegals, even moving agents away from border to the interior, so he could use these figures to deceive gullible Americans like you that he has taken care of enforcement, so he can now have another Amnesty. But he did so anyway, and unlawfully.

        Why do you Liberals claim that you Oppose arresting Illegals that “are only here for a better life”, but then claim Obama is so tough on Illegals? More contradictions from low-info people whose “principles” change with the wind.

        1. Wellstone July 27, 2015

          WRONG,Those figures count people who did not make it into the country or were sent back. You have been deceived.

          1. Independent1 July 28, 2015

            He hasn’t been deceived he makes money deliberately posting lies and distortions of the truth. He’s clearly an RNC, or some other GOP related bogus troll. Who only knows how to spew hate rhetoric.

      2. David July 26, 2015

        Obomo is responsible for 2,993 murderers, 74,000 sexual offenders and over 600,000 criminal to be released because they were illegals! Deported them? Tell that to Kate Steinle.

        1. Wellstone July 27, 2015

          No he’s not. Those figures if you pulled them form the bogus Texas numbers, are complete distortions.

          1. David July 27, 2015

            Really? I bet Kate Steinle would agree wholeheartedly with you — if she could.

        2. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

          Consider our most notorious gangsters!
          Al Capone!
          John Dillinger!
          Ma Barker!
          Machine Gun Kelly!
          Baby Face Nelson!
          Bonnie and Clyde!
          Negroes??
          Mexicans??

          1. paulyz August 2, 2015

            They were all replaced in spades by minorities now. What a wonderful new country, you racist fool.

          2. greenlantern1 August 2, 2015

            When did the Black Mafia take over??

    2. Independent1 July 26, 2015

      Just more of your absurd fabrications of reality!! When are you ever going to post something that is actually factual – and not a figment of your imagination??

      1. paulyz July 26, 2015

        Typical response from a Liberal that can’t debate the facts; resorting to useless comments. Nice try.

        1. David July 26, 2015

          Well said!

        2. Wellstone July 27, 2015

          Nope, Pauly, Independent1 is right. your post is nonsensical.

        3. greenlantern1 August 5, 2015

          Donald Trump went bankrupt 4 times!!
          Government assistance?

    3. Phil Johnson July 27, 2015

      I will confine my response to this: “Under Obama, racial division, animosity, hate, & discord has grown tremendously.”

      Compared to what? Citations to authority, please. I posit that all the above negative emotions have been aggravated, if not given birth, by the Bushian 2008 Great Wall Street Orgy Collapse.

      To support this premise, there’s this from D. Cay Johnson’s “Egalitarianism is on the March”, published in Al Jazeera 26 June, 2015:

      “Today there is no rationally denying that our once prosperous country
      is hobbled not only with racial injustice but with debt, job
      insecurity, runaway inequality and creaky infrastructure. Today incomes
      for the bottom 90 percent of earners have fallen to below the
      inflation-adjusted level of 1967, even as those at the apex of the
      economy rake in ever more billions and fly in private jets.

      “People are angry and they are voicing their displeasure on the
      streets. The official violence required to oppress cannot continue once a
      majority of Americans demand that it end.

      “As Gandhi taught, when official violence is used against innocents in
      stirs something in the human heart that makes us care for the oppressed
      and revile the oppressors. Eventually, official cruelty must give way
      to kindness, peace and progress. And eventually comes when facts become
      undeniable and enough courageous people speak truth to power.”

      .. and that quote was cited in the author’s piece you so cavalierly discount.

      So there. Got rebuttal?

      aures lupi

      1. Paul Anthony July 29, 2015

        Did he also say that if you are justifiably upset you are also justified in looting and burning down stores? I didn’t think so.

      2. paulyz August 1, 2015

        Just that the great recession was caused by Democrats Dodd-Frank, when they had COMPLETE control of Congress, by the sub-prime loan disaster.

        1. Phil Johnson August 1, 2015

          so it took five days to say that? Wow.

          In any event, the retort makes no sense. There is no logical link between your reference to the 1996 D-F legislation and the 2008 crash. The sub-prime loan disaster was a Bush-led charge led by the money moguls in early 2000s. D-F was eviscerated by 2006 in a Republican Congress. It certainly was NOT the reason why the taxpayers had to foot the bail-out bill in 2009.

          Oh, BTW, who benefited from that? Surely, you will say, the taxpayers, the homeowners whose sub-prime mortgages went to hell, and the wage-earners, whose pitiful return on work capital barely moved in 30 years.

          Well, we know that’s not true. Only the TBTF banksters and hedge fund managers and the 1% whose income scooped up 96% of the GDP over the past 15 years made out like bandits. The real reason for lack of response to this theft of a worn-out, uneducated, uncaring American public is money-grabbing moguls and forty years of “trickle-down” economics, a Reaganism whose resultant meaning will live in infamy.

          I now turn to what is an even more insidious issue: voter suppression in a country that is already ill-represented at the voting booths.Here’s some statistical food for thought:

          From Bernie Sander’s excerpt on voting from 7 25 15 to SCLC:

          “The U.S. is one of the few countries which puts the onus of registration on the voter, not the state. This is ridiculous.

          “In 2009, the Brennan Center released a study of worldwide voter registration rates, based on citizen voting-age population. Here are a few countries:

          Argentina (2007): 100%

          Great Britain (2008): 97%

          Belgium (2007): 94%

          Canada (2008): 93%

          Germany (2005): 93%

          Australia (2008): 92%

          France (2007): 91%

          United States (2006): 68%

          “The Census Bureau Population Survey says in 2012, 71.2 percent of Americans were registered to vote. The number varies by age—only 58 percent of 18-29-year-olds were registered to vote, but
          79 percent of those older than 70 were registered.”

          He concluded with this:

          “We should be making voting easier, not harder.

          “All of you in this room know it, but it bears saying out loud: civil rights are not just about for voting rights, but economic and social equality – and most importantly, jobs. 50 years later, it remains the great unfinished business of the civil rights movement.

          “In conclusion, I’ve been traveling this country for over a year now. People are ready for a new movement – a political revolution – to transform our country economically, politically, socially and environmentally. In other words, we are building a movement of millions of Americans who are prepared to stand up and fight back.

          “I believe the time has come to say loudly and clearly: enough is enough. This great nation and its government belong to all of the people, and not to a handful of billionaires, their Super-PACs and their lobbyists.”

          Full stop. What do YOU suggest we do that is better than that?

          I hope it won’t take another five days for your answer. By that time, the Foggy Bottom Senate will make sure it’s probably too late.

          aures lupi

          1. paulyz August 2, 2015

            Sorry, I’m not glued to your Socialist organizations like you, I have a job. Maybe many of you are on government assistance & have more time & little responsibility. Get a life.

          2. Phil Johnson September 7, 2015

            This error is not confined to RW thinkspeak reactionaries, but… I see a trend here to globalize all who oppose or deviate from the Way of RReagan’s “trickle-down” faux pas. I am a AF vet semi retired from public defender lawyering and now on SS. I have lived my life in the service of others — not perfectly — but I have been blessed by God more than I deserve. It is now time for me to devote my energy and thoughts to others less fortunate. That is my life.

            How about you? Met anybody today who needs your help?

            aures lupi

    4. Writenow July 28, 2015

      No, hate hasn’t grown under President Obama; but the level of hate has gotten louder, courtesy of the Internet and a lot of Mom’s basements. And why is it all crackers feature their crackermobiles as an avi? So boring!

      1. paulyz August 1, 2015

        “Cracker”? Quite a racist term? Thanks for showing your true colors.

      2. hicusdicus August 2, 2015

        Yes it has and is still growing..

    5. Pearl Orlind Bailey July 28, 2015

      Every1 work and get PAID for same. But pay must be more equal! Imagine Pickens of BP Capital income $1 b A YEAR?

    6. greenlantern1 July 29, 2015

      I am a Caucasian!
      I used to be a Republican!
      That was BEFORE WATERGATE!
      Our ONLY, convicted, attorney-general was Nixon’s first, John Mitchell!!
      Was Elian Gonzales an illegal alien or not?
      Should an ACTUAL foreign born, like Arnold Schwarzennegger, be allowed to run for president?
      Ever hear of Cliven Bundy?
      Jerad Miller?
      Amanda Miller?

      1. paulyz August 1, 2015

        Watergate offends you but not all the unlawful actions of Obama & his administration??

        1. greenlantern1 August 1, 2015

          Weren’t WATERGATE CRIMES committed?
          When has ANY trial taken place?
          Ready, fire, aim?

          1. paulyz August 2, 2015

            Nixon was forced to resign dummy, now Obama & Hillary need to resign as well, like Holder, Sebelius, Lerner, and many more.

          2. greenlantern1 August 3, 2015

            Nixon resigned BEFORE he was impeached!
            JOHN Mitchell was convicted!
            was Holder?
            Of jaywalking?

          3. paulyz August 4, 2015

            Who said anything about impeachment? Holder resigned before he would be convicted, so he was pushed out. Nevertheless, how can you possibly compare Watergate erasing of several minutes of tape, to multiple lies about Obamacare, stating that Benghazi was because of a youtube video, spying on average Americans by the IRS & NSA, Obama releasing tens of thousands of criminal Illegals, and much more?

          4. greenlantern1 August 5, 2015

            Start with Obamacare!
            Our ONLY, convicted, Secretary of the Veteran’s Bureau was Charles Forbes!
            He fled, with vet money, intended for hospitals!
            Ever hear of the Walter Reed scandal?
            Who was president?
            Who was Secretary of the VA?
            Holder was NEVER charged!!
            John Mitchell was convicted!!
            Ever hear of Pastor [?] Terry Jones?
            He was tried, convicted and sentenced to death because of the murders at Benghazi!
            Why did he burn Korans?
            Why did he screen THE INNOCENCE OF THE MUSLIMS?
            Why was his e-mail NEVER asked for?
            Which party had an ACTUAL motive for murders at Benghazi?
            Ever read the book, NEVER AGAIN, by Attorney-General John Ashcroft?
            He, not Holder, ordered the rescue of illegals!
            Perfectly clear?

  12. 13factfinder July 27, 2015

    The end of the republican party? This is what was said about them after the government shutdown and for not embracing illegal aliens….but in 2014 dems got their a**es kicked by the party that was not to be anymore and Trump rises to the top of the field because of his stand against illegals.

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    1. Independent1 July 28, 2015

      You may want to read this article written by a GOP columnist in Houston before you go feeling to great about the 2014 elections: the GOP only took back senate seats they had lost in red states back in 2008 and basically lost almost every thing else important to the GOP in that 2014 mid-term.

      See these excerpts from a recap on his column:

      GOP Columnist: The VERY Bad News FOR THE GOP in the GOP’s Midterm Victory

      The Midterms of 2014 demonstrate the continuation of a 20 year old trend. Republicans are disappearing from the competitive landscape at the national level where the population is the largest utilizing a declining electoral base of waging, white, and rural voters. As a result no GOP candidate on the horizon has a chance at the White House in 2016 and the chance of holding the Senate beyond 2016 is vanishingly small.

      The Blue Wall is a block of states that no Republican Presidential candidate can realistically hope to win. On Election Day that block added New Hampshire to its number and Virginia is shifting At the outset of any Presidential campaign, a minimally effective Democratic candidate can expect to win 257 electoral votes out of the 270 needed to win. If Virginia joins New Hampshire that number will be 270 out of 270.

      ——————————————-

      And here is his summary of the GOP disaster in 2014:

      “It is almost too late for Republicans to participate in shaping the next wave of our economic and political transformation. The opportunities we inherited coming out of the Reagan Era are blinking out of existence one by one while we chase so-called “issues” so stupid, so blindingly disconnected from our emerging needs that our grandchildren will look back on our performance in much the same way that we see the failures of the generation that fought desegregation. Something, some force, some gathering of sane, rational, authentically concerned human beings generally at peace with reality must emerge in the next four to six years from the right, or our opportunity will be lost for a long generation. Needless to say, Greg Abbott and Jodi Ernst are not that force. ‘Winning’ this election did not help that force emerge.”

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/20/1346224/-GOP-Columnist-The-VERY-Bad-News-FOR-THE-GOP-in-the-GOP-s-Midterm-Victory?detail=email

      1. 13factfinder July 28, 2015

        When Americans finally fully understand that the “progressive” movement is really the “socialist” movement, and that “political correctness” is only a ploy to advance that agenda; the phenomenon called TRUMP will prevail to take back our country rather than to roll over for other cultures that want to recreate what we know as American tradition. Americans are tired of being tricked by slick liberal salesmen selling out their country to all those whom wish to gather all the “free stuff” at the expense of taxpayers. Trump is the voice of the majority of Americans afraid to be branded politically incorrect but Trump is changing that. The liberals will feel the might of the majority stomping them into submission and this is just the start of it.

        1. Independent1 July 28, 2015

          Wow!! Are you ever deluded and brainwashed. If anyone is ‘selling American tradition’, it’s Trump and the GOP who are doing nothing but selling American to the highest bidding corporations!! Had Romeny been elected in 2012, America today would be the first Corporate-run nation on the planet, with Romney being nothing but a figure head for all the Corporations in America that would be pulling his puppet strings.

          And when you talk about ‘all those whom wish to gather all the “free stuff”, you need to wake up and realize THAT BY FAR, those WANTING FREE STUFF, are CORPORATIONS AND RED-STATE REPUBLICANS!!

          It’s corporations that the GOP funnels billions of dollars to each year as taxpayer welfare; and of the 456 counties in America that GET THE MOST OF THE ‘FREE STUFF’, more than 90% of them (421 out of 456) voted FOR MIT ROMNEY IN 2012!!!

          YOU REALLY NEED TO WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Writenow July 28, 2015

    Great stuff here. Especially this: “Telling the news the candidate’s handlers want told, regurgitating manufactured controversies, and highlighting gaffes – those are the stories that make the careers of campaign reporters.”.

    Bingo, bingo binGO!

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  14. paulyz August 1, 2015

    I see that Trump continues to rise in all the polls, ha ha haaaaa.

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  15. ikallicrates August 3, 2015

    Rick Perry made a ‘nuanced’ and ‘rigorous’ criticism of Donald Trump? Has it really gotten so bad that Rick Perry is now the Voice of Reason?

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