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Paging George Orwell…
“Meet The Press” this morning:
Chuck Todd: You did not answer the question of why the President asked the White House Press Secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood. Why did he do that? It undermines the credibility of the entire White House Press Office on day one.
Kellyanne Conway: No, it doesn’t. Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that, but the point…
Chuck Todd: Wait a minute. Alternative facts? Alternative facts. Four of the five things he uttered. The one thing he got right was Zeke Miller. Four of the five facts he uttered were just not true. Look. Alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.
In no time at all, #alternativefacts was on Twitter. This is happening.
Kellyanne Conway: WH Spokesman Gave ‘Alternative Facts’ on Inauguration Crowd
‘Alternative Facts Are Not Facts, They’re Falsehoods!: Chuck Todd Battles Kellyanne Conway
Chuck Todd Obliterates Kellyanne Conway For Claiming White House Lies Are “Alternative Facts”
The dismal Trump inauguration has been eclipsed by today’s demonstrations against Trump. The crowd was estimated at 500,000 in Washington DC, while a total of 2.6 million came out in hundreds of marches in cities in all 50 states and around the world. A record-setting example of People Power. Chelsea Handler led a march with 8,000 people in Park City.
I am encouraged because the spirit of the demonstrations has been festive and optimistic. Our Democracy isn’t finished yet! What a contrast to Trump’s “carnage” speech yesterday.
— sunday herald (@newsundayherald) January 15, 2017
Via Raw Story:
Scotland’s The Sunday Herald struck a chord this week with a hilarious and chilling preview of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.
In its Sunday TV guide section, the paper characterizes Trump’s swearing in as a return of The Twilight Zone…
I’ve been trying to make sense of the power grab by North Carolina Republicans.
The basic outline of their power grab is that having lost two key statewide races (governor and state supreme court), Republicans in North Carolina’s legislature, with the willing help of outgoing Republican governor McRory, passed laws to strip both the incoming governor and soon to be Democratic majority on the state’s Supreme Court of significant power.
Superficially, it’s a temper tantrum of monumental proportions. At a slightly deeper level, it’s an attack on established democratic institutions. You lose this time, I lose next time; if I try to screw you when I lose, you’re going try to do the same thing when you lose. It’s an offensive and brazen attempt to undermine the democratically determined outcome of the election. But it’s also the sort of behavior that invites such a huge backlash it seems self-defeating.
Judge rules that the recount can proceed, after attempts to halt it failed by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Trump supporter who also chaired Jeb Bush’s campaign for president.
That was some powerful news for Jill Stein to include in today’s announcement in front of Trump Towers, that she would be filing a federal lawsuit in Pennsylvania, due to Trump’s strategy to make that count too costly to complete.
That same strategy has been used by Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin to jack up prices for a recount from $18,000 to $4,000,000 in recent legislation. Another tactic in Wisconsin has been to greatly hinder hand counts in that state by letting individual counties ban them, which they have, against pleading from renowned computer scientists and a Wisconsin judge.
Nobody except Trump – and myself 🙂 – has flatly said that fraud is happening, but whatever the outcome, it will be plainly obvious that officials in all three states Stein is attempting to verify votes in, DO NOT want you to know what’s on those ballots or computer chips.
Personally, I agree with Greg Palast that the election was stolen before one vote was cast.
When we can actually vote the bastards out again, will truly be one of the best days of my life. I’m tired of watching the pundits trying to figure out why Americans are so damn stupid, and keep “voting” against themselves, in favor of those who have just about every dime of our money.
Speaking of money; Stein needs more now. Don’t believe the prolific lies that she is getting rich! DONATE!
During the presidential campaign that ended a little over two weeks ago, Donald Trump promised again and again to defend Medicare.
During the primaries Trump said, “Every Republican wants to do a big number on Social Security, they want to do it on Medicare, they want to do it on Medicaid. And we can’t do that. And it’s not fair to the people that have been paying in for years.”
His campaign even accused Hillary Clinton of “destroying Medicare.”
Now that Election Day is behind us, the unified Tea-GOP regime has revealed new plans to phase out Medicare next year. Speaker Paul Ryan wants to get rid of the defined-benefit program and replace it with defined-contribution coupons for for-profit private insurance that won’t cover health care costs for seniors.
Trump now says he wants to “modernize Medicare,” which of course is code for phasing out the program and replacing it with CouponCare.
Minority leader-elect Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) predicted the push for CouponCare will fail, but didn’t say how Dems can stop it.
Actually Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said, “Welcome to the dawn of a new unified Republican government.” But ever since former Speaker John Boehner famously declared that there is no difference between the Tea Party and the Republican Party, I have always used the term Tea-GOP.
What is to be done? Well, trying to work with Trump isn’t an option.
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ):
Given everything we know about Donald Trump — and everything we don’t know — I was alarmed by the words of senior leaders from both the progressive and centrist wings of the party regarding their openness to working with Donald Trump on infrastructure.
Under ordinary circumstances, we would welcome a plan to invest in infrastructure — even if that plan came from the other side of the aisle. Especially if it came from the other side of the aisle!
But Donald Trump is not an ordinary politician. He is a con artist. He has refused to give the American people reason to believe that he is not in this to enrich himself. In fact, he has bucked tradition by maintaining his family’s interest in a private corporation.
And, unfortunately, his infrastructure plan is really a privatization scheme, rife with graft and corruption, whose real purpose is to enrich the Trump family and his supporters. He is not reaching out. He is reaching his hand into America’s pockets, just as he has his whole career. And we must not let him do it.
Democrats, progressives, and independents have to fight Trump using every means available.
Trump is tremendously unpopular, and he will rapidly lose support. Did Trump voters know that they were voting for more tax cuts for the rich and corporations and Medicare phase-out? No, they were lied to. Oh, and Trump’s first “job creation” idea is a federal government hiring freeze.
Anyone who yelled “Drain the swamp!” at a Trump rally cannot be encouraged to learn that Trump has already established the most corrupt administration in our lifetimes, and he still has two months to go to Inauguration Day.
In the quite reasonable assumption that Trump, imitating former President George W. Bush, racks up vacation days while outsourcing policy to Speaker Ryan and an assortment of extremists appointed to key posts like the National Security Advisor and Attorney General, he is on track to inherit Bush’s title as Worst President Ever.
According to some economic indicators, economic stagnation may have already tipped over into recession. If our new Tea-GOP government is able to enact tax cuts for the rich and benefit cuts for everybody else, this recession could be worse than the last one.
Election night, 2:05 am: John Podesta walks offstage after telling Hillary supporters to go home
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 9, 2016
The Podesta e-mails confirm what many suspected. The Hillary campaign encouraged the media to promote Trump, thinking he would be easy to beat and that running against a Tea-GOP extremist would make the Dems’ own right-wing candidate seem more acceptable.