Posts tagged ‘Grassley’

Thank You Dianne

As some have noted, extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and that is what one of most traditionalist Senators did yesterday.  She realized that the Republicans were being totally disingenuous about what was said in the Fusion GPS transcript, cherry picking data out of context and then claiming this was a plan to smear Trump by the Democrats that then started the FBI investigation.  They also characterized, Glenn Simpson the head of Fusion GPS as being evasive.  Neither are true and you can read the interview yourself.  Bottom line here is that the Fusion GPS was just one more data point that the FBI had received (others from foreign intelligence services) that Trump and company were having disturbing contacts with the Russians.  Note that almost everything in this report has turned out to be true

It exposed Senator Graham and Grassley as lying sacks of shit as they totally misrepresented what was said and tried to bring criminal charges against Mr. Steel the former British spy hired to investigate the campaign’s ties to Russia for lying when it is clear he did not and the whole thing was bogus attempt to distract from the Russia probe.   So that is what we have from Republicans in Congress.  There are no more honorable Republicans who put their country before party.  The nice thing is that it is now out there for all to read, you know, it’s called transparency. something those freedom loving Republicans want to throw mud on.

But it gets better.  Senate Democrats put out their own report on Russian interference in the election on day after Senator Dianne Feinstein releases the Fusion GPS transcript.

Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee issued a 206-page report that said President Trump’s failure to recognize the danger or to challenge Putin means Russia is likely to interfere in the next U.S. presidential race in a repeat of the 2016 campaign.

The key finding is that we aren’t doing anything.  As Republicans try to deflect on the Trump collusion, they fail to follow-up on the known facts:

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that a Russian intelligence operation, approved at the highest levels of the Kremlin, used hacked Democratic Party emails, phony social media accounts, disinformation and other tactics to try to help Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race. The agencies did not look at whether the Russian effort affected any votes.

So who are these Republicans?  Traitors to the United States of America.  We are at war with them and extrodinary times require extrodinary actions They are all evil.

Playing with Real Fire

No, not the child in the Bronx that burned down his building, the Republicans.  But the result could be the same, with damage, destruction, and death all around. With the further release of data showing the President obstructed justice by trying to use the Justice Department as a shield to any investigations, in this case little Jeffey Sessions, the letters from Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsay Graham to investigate the author of the famous dossier on Trump and Russia (A British citizen who will never be investigated, nor is there any basis for the investigation), new investigations into Hillary and the Clinton Foundation that nobody cares about and has been investigated to the ninth degree, and Congressman Nunes attempts to gain access (apparently successful) to Mueller investigations to try to thwart it, it is quite apparent that Republicans are now fully engaged is trying to thwart finding the truth.

Right now President DFF is having a meeting with senior staff and his Cabinet at Camp David and guess who did not get an invitation?  Little Jeffey Sessions.  Fire him and put some in place who can seriously damage the Mueller investigation or fire Mueller?  As the NYT opined this morning:

All of these specifics make sense within the constructed world of the Trump presidency. But we shouldn’t miss the forest for the trees. Trump’s view of his power and the power of the Department of Justice he leads is that this power can justifiably be leveled against his political opponents. This is in part because Trump fails to understand that the allegations he’s embracing are often specious (a diet heavy in Sean Hannity will do that to you). But it’s also in part because Trump came to office with the idea that he would wield influence at the White House as he did at Trump Tower: by fiat and without question.

It was expected that the delicate-if-uneven balance of power in Washington would help guide and temper Trump’s inclinations to target his political detractors, and it has, for the most part. This week, though, we saw a number of ways in which that balance is testing — and wavering.

Said in another way, are the institutions that we believe in finally being totally corrupted by the Republicans to serve political ends that undermine our faith and adherence to out government and the rule of law?  As one reader commented, “…after a year of sustained assaults, federal law enforcement is crumbling as an independent institution and is morphing into more of an authoritarian model, in which the FBI pursues the political enemies of the ruling party.”  I think we have entered various dangerous times.  If this perception becomes widespread, and remember the majority of our nation neither voted for or supports this President, what happens to the rule of law?

Trump and the Republicans are making an assault on states with the tax bill which penalizes those who voted against him, his ruling to ignore states’ ban on off shore drilling (this has even angered some Republicans), his attack on the legalization of marijuana, and his disregard for global warming. The Republicans have now joined in, afraid their hold on power is slipping.  The very people who are supposed to be the firewall against this kind of tyranny are aiding and abetting it.  Are we now lighting the fuse for mass demonstrations and violence? The Republicans are laying the ground work for violent protests and revolution.

My own feelings are one of extreme anger and I am an old may with not a lot of time left on this planet.  I cannot imagine what young people are feeling when they see the ignorant of our political spectrum take over and destroy this country.  Democracy depends on institutions that are insulated from the political whims of politicians, and seek justice and fairness, not political gain. When that is lost, and make no mistake, the Republicans and Right Wing media are doing their best to destroy it, revolution will result.  Who could have thought this could happen in America?  And no, both sides don’t do it, Republicans are in charge.

One reader of the article cited above said this: “We are in uncharted territory, in which the greatest national security threat we face is the President of the United States.” I would add, and what makes this now so dangerous, the greatest national security threat we face is the President of the United States and the Republican Party.  If you have not figured it out, the days of working together died in 2008.  They have been at war with us since.  It is time to return the favor.

Mid Week Drive-By on Health Care Reform

Health care reform is probably dead.  As reported in the New York Times in an article entitled “Health Policy Now Carved Out at a More Centrist Table”, six conservatives, all well paid by the medical insurance lobby, are controlling our fate.  One of the great misrepresentations by our media is that these people are centralist.  They are conservative and they will continue to apply failed conservative thinking to tweak a system that needs a complete overhaul.  The group is led by Senate Finance Committee chairman, Max Baucas of Montana, who represents 0.32% of our population, and is the biggest beneficiary of health insurance lobby money.

The rest are as follows:  Olympia Snow of Maine (representing 0.43% of our population); Charles Grassley of Iowa (representing 0.99% of our population); Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming (representing 0.18% of our population); Kent Conrad of North Dakota (representing 0.21% of our population); and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico (representing 0.65% of our population).  Yes you got that right.  Senators representing 2.78% of our population, basically in conservative Middle America, are determining our fate.  Senators representing almost 1/5 the population of California or 1/3 the population of the State of New York will decide how the rest of us get health care.  Or as Howard Dean said yesterday on the Rachel Maddow show, what we will get is some reform of the health insurance, but the same dysfunctional health care system will be left untouched.  It is no wonder we are becoming a backwater nation led by Senators who represent Brithers and other morons who can’t think bigger than their conspiracy theories or their pocket books.

Just look at the discussion and the fear tactics used as to how to pay for it.  One of our major problems is that we have an employer based health care system.  The obvious answer is to end that whole concept and we pay a surcharge from our income that covers everyone.  Saying we can’t afford it is really kind of insane when no one asks if we can afford the Iraq/Afghanistan war, subsidies to agribusiness, or the bail out to banks who are now screwing us on credit cards.  What this battle is really about is those who represent the health care insurance industry and the rest of us.  Right now the health care industry drones are winning.

One last thought on the failure to reform health care.  My friend and golfing buddy, Tom Griffin, shared a real insight with me the other day as I was slicing a ball off the course.  Abraham Lincoln had it wrong.  He should have let the South secede and then we would not be held hostage to all these backwards thinkers (the whole Republican Party).  Here is one other thought for you.  If Senators were empowered based upon the size of the population they represent, the Republican Party would be an afterthought.  Maybe it is time to revisit that concept in the Constitution.  You can guess who would be against it.

Note something really important in this debate we are seeing played out in the media.  We don’t see any health care professionals who have studied the system helping us to understand what is being proposed or using their considerable expert experience to help us understand if it will work.  What we get is an endless political discussion which is about who wins, Republicans or Democrats.  I see that as the great failure of the news media today, their failure to educate instead of titillate.  That is one of the major reasons why we have little hope of making any real progress until things are dire.  The one exception was an interview on the Bill Moyers Journal with journalist Trudy Lieberman and Dr. Marcia Angell on health care reform.  It was depressing to understand from these two how failed our debate has become.

So we continue down the road of ignorance is bliss and our media allowing fiction and wild claims (Republican quotes from the Levin Group or anecdotal falsehoods about Canadian health care) to stand unchallenged and we march off, going nowhere.  I have very little hope anymore that real change is possible in this country.