from Peter Schiff:
by Nicholas West, Activist Post:
Over the past several months I’ve been covering the rapid acceleration toward mandatory biometric identification at U.S. airports.
At the core of this increased push is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection mandate 15 years in the making to integrate government databases for ID verification. As we’ve seen with airlines such as JetBlue, private companies will be merged into the government system in order to speed up biometric processing.
JetBlue is working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and SITA, an information-technology provider for airlines.
“This is the first integration of biometric authorization by the CBP with an airline and may prove to be a solution that will be quick and easy to roll out across U.S. airports,” Jim Peters, SITA’s chief technology officer, said in the statement. (Emphasis added.)
DHS recently laid out their clear plan for mandatory face scans for all travelers to foreign destinations, stating that “the only way for an individual to ensure he or she is not subject to collection of biometric information when traveling internationally is to refrain from traveling.” That’s right, no opt-out, just stay home.
Despite Customs and Border Protection admitting to ongoing privacy concerns over data retention (currently planned for a 2-week maximum), an article in The Business of Federal Technology highlights that a rapid expansion of biometric airport security is imminent.
Until now, biometric ID has been used or tested at 5 international airports. Although there was a clear assumption of a wider roll-out, it was unclear what the timetable was for implementation and how pervasive the program would become. Apparently, if all goes well for CBP, it will be in ALL U.S. airports within just 4 years, according to statements given to senators by Commissioner Kevin McAleenan:
McAleenan, who is facing confirmation to hold the top CBP job on a permanent basis, told members of the Senate Finance Committee that the agency planned to expand current trials at five international airports to all major airports in the U.S. in four years.
“Beginning in early 2018, CBP is working to fully scale out air biometric exit and will spend 2018 working with stakeholders to get commitment to deploy biometric exit technology,” he told the senators.
And apparently it’s not just airports. Here we see the plan for continuing the incremental roll-out into other areas of travel.
In his responses to Senate committee questions, McAleenan said he also plans to expand biometric trials to land ports of entry in the coming months. In late 2017, he said in his response, CBP will implement a mobile fingerprinting trial for some pedestrian departures at border crossings in Champlain, N.Y., Brownsville, Texas, and San Ysidro, Calif.
In fiscal 2018, he said, the agency will deploy facial recognition technology at entry and departure points in Arizona, including at DeConcini and Morley Gate ports of entry in Nogales and San Luis.
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by Phil Butler, New Eastern Outlook:
The America we once knew is gone forever. The 21st century has dawned just as the true light of liberty fades into shadow. The sooner the world recognizes this, the better off humankind will be. RussiaGate, Bill and Hillary Clinton revelations, Donald Trump’s quasi-populist misdirect, and a great nation turned amoral, this and much more forewarn of a cataclysm.
I’ll tell you about the instant I gave up on America ever being great again. When my oldest friend failed to reach me on Skype a few weeks back, a strange reconnect on his device put me in the position of a fly on the wall with he and two other high school friends. At first, I thought my old friend and I were connected as per usual, on a conference call. Then, when I realized I could hear them without the trio hearing me, the real American tragedy unfolded. The realization struck me hard, I’ll tell you. Listening to old pals discuss my new book that debunks many RussiaGate lies, “Putin’s Praetorians” met with nasty and harsh criticism without my chums having even read what is inside. Their obtuse and unfair criticism made me finally realized Vladimir Putin and the Russian people have no chance whatsoever – no chance of ever being friends with the United States of America. Three intelligence college graduates, professional men, demonstrated the utter ignorance of a people. Some of my closest friends shouted in my ears that day; “the propaganda worked – CNN has already won.”I know this is a harsh reality for many of you to accept. Losing hope is not something to take lightly. But get ready, the war will come eventually.
When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election the hopeful among us considered his victory a successful populist revolt against the Washington swamp of globalists. Trump swore to us he would take on the technocrats and the elites in favor of the “forgotten of America” – and the new president sold himself as a man of the people. However, billionaires are not ordinary people, and we should all have remembered this. Many of us voted Trump just to keep a certified psychopath from winning, but Trump and Clinton are nothing more than symptoms of a far more widespread contagion. Now let me describe the infectious host my country has become, and a bit on how Lady Liberty will finally succumb.
The United States of America is the modern and digitalized Rome. Just why we were not taught this in grade school, it escapes me. After all, we always believed our teachers and trusted them to tell us the truth. The unarguable fact that Americans have been the most privileged people on Earth since World War II. But we were told for decades that our privilege was due to our industriousness, our intelligence, and because God had blessed us. In the 1950’s and early 1960’s this may have really been true. For those who recall that we made stuff back then, and that we conformed more often to our religious convictions, my meaning here is clear to you. We Americans benefitted largely because of our hard work back then, and not sometimes because of brilliant industrialists too. Then the two Kennedy brothers were shot and killed, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were assassinated, and Lyndon Baines Johnson and his boys carried us into Vietnam. In the meantime, those of us too young (or chicken) to fight in southeast Asia, we got our fill of Woodstock, a popular anti-war movement and the hippie revolution, and decades of drug culture that nobody talks about much these days. But this component of the American metamorphosis is far too important and massively deep to discuss here. It should suffice those from that era to know, that “I” know what you know. This was the moment the American people dipped themselves in the narcotic of too much self-love and when we began to exceed and excel in moral promiscuity. Today an entire nation is drowning in a sea of vanity that originated back then. We saw this moral lasciviousness when the last President, Barack Obama spat out our “exceptionalism” right in the world’s face. Let’s now take a candid look at this how collectively extraordinary we Americans have been.
“A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage . . . . Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elite, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
I’ll not even attempt to describe the rise of consumerism in America following WW II, nor can anyone explain in such limited space how the average American benefitted from our role in that war. As the only major nation untouched (literally) by the massive destructive force of the world war, the United States quickly became a nation blessed with a giant middle class. And with this burgeoning middle class came a youth culture that will absolutely melt down when the next big crisis comes. This foreboding moment can be understood if we look at American society’s rise to affluence in the 60’s, 70’s, and even the 1980’s, as compared to the disenfranchised in the country today. But I said I would not delve too deeply into this part of Americanism. What makes the United States even an unique country in modern times is how the world lost while America consumed. Make no mistake about it, the real American exceptionalism cost every man, woman, and child on Earth an incalculable price. Citizens of my country have used fully one-fourth of every resource utilized since World War II, and the ongoing wars and corporate shenanigans perpetuated the damage. Up until the 21st century, the curve of American gluttony rose sharply in between 1900 and 1995. A paper (PDF) entitled; “Consumption of Materials in the United States, 1900–1995”, from the USGS by Grecia Matos and Lorie Wagner discusses this in depth. Here is the short version from the paper on materials use:
“During this century, the quantity of materials consumed has grown, from 161 million metric tons in 1900 to 2.8 billion metric tons by 1995, an equivalent of 10 metric tons per person per year.”
The report details our consumption from many directions including environmental impacts, and so on. Nowhere is our “exceptional” appetite for world resources more prevalent than in our energy use. This report from 2011 shows how America went stark raving mad using coal, natural gas, petroleum ánd nuclear energy after WW II. For comparative purposes, Americans used about 10 quadrillion btu’s of petroleum in 1945, as compared to just over 40 quadrillion btu’s at the peak in 2005-2006. On energy, it’s fair to assert here that all those “energy wars” the so-called conspiracy theorists write about are real news stories, rather than fake concoctions. But let’s forget about American politicians opening up North America for a toxic fracking future for the moment. This Scientific American story points to Americans as the least sustainable society on Earth. From the article Sierra Club’s Dave Tilford tells us:
“The average American will drain as many resources as 35 natives of India and consume 53 times more goods and services than someone from China.”
The final take here is telling. The United States, with less than 5 % of the global population, uses more than 25% of the world’s fossil fuel resources, by burning up nearly 25 % of the coal, 26 % of the oil, and 27 % of the world’s natural g
as. Another way of looking at our “exceptional” self-destructiveness is to think how many “worlds” it would take to support humanity, if everyone consumed like we do. But this my point is the fact that our addictive and suicidal behavior costs all of humanity. America’s unique exceptionalism will very soon lead to a horrific cataclysm for out sick culture. I’ll frame for you now.
“Sick cultures show a complex of symptoms such as you have named…but a dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Friday
Drugged on the self-aggrandizing drugs of excess, lude and lascivious lifestyles, and utter godlessness, the United States is all set for an apocalypse few in my country see. Before I describe how this cataclysm will likely play out, let me introduce an economic surety. Debt and constricted growth are about to cause a gigantic bubble to burst.
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from The Phaser:
The U.S. military government, known to the world as the administration of President Donald Trump, is about to declare martial law, Pentagon sources say. “The Cabal has been checkmated, as Trump is ready to federalize the National Guard in case of riots or civil unrest,” Pentagon sources say, adding that “FEMA camps will be used to house mass arrests, and Gitmo may house high-value targets while military tribunals will dispatch them swiftly.”
Such radical action is necessary, “Because of corrupt judges appointed by [former U.S. President Barack] Obama and a Congress stacked with shills for Israel, so Trump may be forced to declare martial law to impose military justice,” is how one Pentagon source put the situation. The FBI, for example, has been actively covering up the cabal slaughter of hundreds of Americans in Las Vegas using G4S mercenaries, multiple sources say.
Trump was probably referring to this upcoming purge in the following Tweet: “After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more) running the FBI, its reputation is in tatters—worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.”
The other big news from last week is that the U.S. Dover Air Force Base was hit last with a nuclear weapon or the equivalent. The attack was described as a magnitude 4.4 earthquake in the corporate media. However, the “earthquake” had all the hallmarks of a nuclear or beam weapon attack in that its epicenter was a military base, it was shallow, and the seismograph shows a huge one-off instant quake, not the sort of shaking buildup seen in natural quakes. It can be seen in the link below.
Although the attack took place the day after North Korea announced it had ICBMs that could hit anywhere in the U.S., Pentagon sources are saying this was part of the undeclared civil war inside the military-industrial complex. The Dover base is where U.S. military and other dead bodies are “processed,” and it is also home to long-range heavy-lifting air transports. Since the CIA smuggled heroin back to the U.S. in coffins during the Vietnam War, it is a pretty good guess that this base was taken out because it was a major trans-shipment point for Afghan heroin.
by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:
You pretty much have to decide here folks.
I’m down to a very short list of people I will associate with. I’ve already eliminated anyone who supports what Hillary Clinton did with classified information or thinks it’s “no big deal” and shouldn’t have led to her being indicted — and still doesn’t.
It’s even worse if you think Trump shouldn’t be indicted now but think Hillary should be, or vice-versa, particularly after this little escapade from President Trump himself on Twitter, in which it appears he incriminated himself, literally giving the finger to the rule of law in public. Having figured out this morning (apparently) that he really stuck it to the pooch’s cornhole with that tweet the backpedaling has become so furious that you can actually feel the air being sucked out of the room as Trump tries to bury what certainly appears to me to be a public admission of not only an impeachable offense but a criminal felony by the President himself.
Maybe the truth is that I have no “Tribe” as there’s no rule of law left and everyone in this nation is willing to excuse outrageous criminal conduct by one person or another so long as they’re a member of their favored political group. If that’s the case then I think it’s time for me to go find a nice secluded piece of dirt somewhere, put up a fence with “The hell with the dog, beware the owner!” and “Live fire rifle practice takes place on this property at all hours of the day and night; DO NOT ENTER” signs all over the place, buy a few chickens and goats and live out whatever time I have left with me, myself and I, saying “**** you” to everything and everyone.
There’s a young woman who’s dead in California exactly because nobody gives a **** about the rule of law, may I remind you.
There have in fact been plenty of Americans killed for this exact reason over the last couple of decades. This is not just the story of one young woman killed by an illegal invader who five times illegally entered the United States and who was set free on purpose just before he killed her by a city government that willingly and knowingly ignored that fact. In fact re-entry in this fashion to the United States is not a “mere” process crime or a little misdemeanor; it is a felony.
It’s also those who died in Benghazi while Hillary looked on and laughed after being embroiled (along with others) in what was almost-certainly a very-illegal and outrageous arms scheme in that part of the world which she really wanted to keep quiet. It’s Brian Terry, a border agent killed by a Mexican invader who was using a firearm that our own Attorney General allowed to be knowingly illegally sold into Mexican drug rings from a shop here in the United States.
If we open it up to those who were financially ruined or had their health destroyed by willful misconduct and lies then the list expands to an utterly huge number of Americans — maybe even a majority.
It’s all those who got scammed by Wells Fargo, a serial offender in the mortgage scam, in car loans and in opening fake accounts — yet nobody went to prison and the bank is still operating, despite being busted again recently for screwing FX customers. That, I count, is four serial offenses; exactly how many times do you have to rob people of far more than would qualify for “grand theft” treatment by anyone else, and why does not “three strikes” apply to them? There are people sitting in prison for life for stealing a few hundred dollars worth of merchandise as their third strike, as that’s a third felony.
“Doctors” and other “medical professionals” knew their “dietary guidelines” were **** and didn’t care. They knowingly told you to eat trash — in many cases by being bribed and in others by simply refusing to actually square what they were allegedly being told with basic biological fact that any farmer who has fattened up a cow or pig has known for hundreds of years and which the Bible strongly suggests has been known for over 2,000 years when speaking of “killing the fatted calf.” Instead of working against such corporate and their own personal interests, both of which lay in making as much money as possible those so-called “physicians” lied and took your money while you got fat, sick, diabetic, had your toes and feet cut off one at a time, were forced onto dialysis and died, all while they earned a new Porsche every ****ing year and sent their kids off to tony private schools to learn how to screw you some more with the money you were forced to give them after their advice got you sick! They started this horse**** in kindergarten and it continues today in the schools. It wasn’t just carbs and fats they lied about either. It was also rage monster attacks linked to psychiatric drugs they handed out like candy — including to kids through what amounted to (and still does) forced drugging, despite knowing full well (because it showed up in their clinical trials) that in a small but real percentage of people, especially those under the age of 25, it made them literal homicidal maniacs. A huge number of mass-shootings are in fact linked to exactly this as I’ve reported on repeatedly over the last decade. There has been exactly zero accountability for any of it; not one drug company or physician group has ever been prosecuted, jailed or hung for that despite the dead bodies stacked like cordwood on an annual basis; so-called “medical errors” alone are the third leading cause of death in the US. Hell, we could go back to the tobacco issue if you’d like too. Oh, sure, why not? Gee, want me to dig up the infamous Congressional hearing where they ask if tobacco is addictive? That was easy — this is as recently as 1994 folks.
How many tobacco executives went to prison for lying to Congress, which I remind you is a felony, and was trivially proved not much later when internal corporate documents came to light that demonstrated exactly that? That count is zero, may I remind you.
For more than 10 years I’ve been reporting on this crap, writing more than 11,000 articles skewering officials in the Bush, Obama and now Trump administrations. The Market Ticker began publication in 2007 with, if you remember, an article on WaMu’s paying dividends with money that didn’t exist, an act that the FDIC, OTS, OCC and Fed (never mind the SEC) should and could have body-slammed their executives with safety-and-soundness charges, and likely criminally charged people as well. They didn’t and a year and change later the bank collapsed. Then there was IndyMac in which an OTS super
visor knew about backdating deposits and actively worked with the bank to conceal it — they collapsed too. Nobody went to jail in either instance That latter abuse was especially outrageous because the very same “examiner” was later identified, he did the same thing just before the S&L collapse and not only wasn’t prosecuted he wasn’t fired either, or he wouldn’t have been there to do it with IndyMac.
Then there’s Ben Bernanke who testified before Congress that he added liquidity during the original phases of the crash in 2008. The NY Fed’s own public desk reports proved that The Fed in fact pulled over $120 billion from the banking system right into the maw of the collapse over a 4-day period, exacerbating it, and given the timing might have in fact caused it — the exact opposite of what he testified to having done. I reported on this and faxed all 535 members of Congress with said proof and yet in the ensuing months of his testimony not one Representative or Senator asked him to square his statements before Congress with the facts published by his own NY Fed’s desk, nor did any member of the media go after him on that very-apparent and outrageously false statement either.
Now people want to talk about “Making America Great Again” and how “Trump” is “doing that”, wearing cute red hats and crowing about the record stock market. Really? We have more anti-trust violations than ever, not one thing he promised to do to decapitate the (felonious) medical monster has been done (despite there being not one but two Supreme Court decisions making clear he could direct his AG to do so and they’re not only winners in court he could jail executives in hospitals, insurance and pharama firms; restoring competition in that industry would drop costs 80% in an afternoon instantly and permanently fixing virtually all federal state and local budget problems without raising a single tax on anyone anywhere), there’s not been one instance of the Rule of Law actually being applied against anyone in the corporate or political sphere (despite all the promises to “lock her up”) and now we have a brazen, in your face middle finger erected to the rule of law in the form of a tweet.
No wonder the stock market is at record highs when robbing people becomes sport for anyone on the Forbes 400 list — but too bad you’re not a CEO and thus can’t rob the American people blind yourself. That “privilege” is reserved for people like Beelzebezos, Zuckerpig, Hastings and Mr. “Gods Work” himself in NYC, never mind the so-called “health” industry mavens.
Instead you’re drowning in student debt you were conned into taking on for a worthless degree within a system that has seen costs ramp relative to wages by something like 10x, football players get huge monuments erected to them in college stadiums while they don’t even need to show up to class in order to get a “degree”, you’ve got an 8 year auto loan on a car that will be obsolete in 5, household debt has never been higher and median income has barely moved in over 10 years and that’s before all the theft you’re exposed to on a daily basis.
If you’re not in the 1% you’ve been rat****ed for the last couple of decades while those in the 1% and above have robbed the other 99 — and not only gotten away with it half the country cheers them on while they are being actively bent over the table depending on who is in office this week, month or year!
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by Ron Paul, Ron Paul Institute:
Do we need a third major political party? I often joke that I’d be happy if we actually had a second party, as when it comes to the big issues – war, monetary policy, civil liberties – the Republicans and Democrats are more alike than different. Perhaps that’s why a recent NBC News poll has found that nearly two-thirds of young people surveyed do not believe either the Republicans or Democrats are doing a good job and that a third major political party is needed.
I think this is an encouraging sign. I suspect the NBC News poll result reflects the fact that young people are not as easily hoodwinked by the mainstream media and by the two-party duopoly charade in Washington. This generation has grown up with the Internet and the abundance of alternative media that challenges what really is a one-party system in the United States. They have been exposed to many new ideas, including good ones like libertarianism and non-interventionism.
Currently, mainstream politics in the US is all about power – how to get it and how to keep it – and not at all about philosophy or ideology. It is about selling out principles at every turn in order to chalk up another point in the “win” column. On issues like war and spending, it’s incredible how easily the two major parties are able to “compromise.”
A serious effort to create a new political party could be very exciting, but only if that new party is based on real ideas rather than simply the desire for power. Creating a viable third party will not be easy. While there is plenty written in the media about foreign collusion in US elections, the real collusion is between the Republican and Democratic Parties to prevent new parties from joining them on the national stage and the ballot.
Unfortunately the Libertarian Party has failed to live up to what should have been its role as an ideological alternative to Washington’s one-party system. As was quite obvious in the 2016 presidential election, the Libertarians yielded to prevailing attitudes on war, welfare, the Federal Reserve, and more. In believing that winning was more important than standing for something, they ended up achieving neither.
I would still like to have some hope for the Libertarian Party, but to really fill its role as a challenger to our two party system (that is actually a one party system) it would need a major overhaul. It would need to actually embrace the core libertarian principles of non-aggression and non-intervention in the affairs of others.
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by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics:
QUESTION: Hi Marty,
Thank you for replying to my earlier question about The Crash & No Bid. It as very insightful towards the mechanics of markets. I have a new question for you regarding how Politicians “kick the can” as long as they can expecting the next people in line to pick up the tab… and never pay!
I was told by my uncle that the reason why politicians were lowering interest rates was so that they could keep increasing their perpetual deficit. But- since we have hit the turning point in interest rates and that rates are on the rise do you foresee politicians promoting hyper-inflation while fixing payable amounts on things like “pensions”? I believe that if they can dilute / water down money through inflation that the pension funds would then appear to “be on budget” (kicking the can further down the road, and also creating civil unrest)?
The way I see it is that if politicians were using low-interest rates to create cheaper money, could their next move potentially be diluting the huge quantity of money ….. cause they have nowhere else to go! (along with the hunt for taxes)
NG From Vancouver Island, Canada
ANSWER: I completely understand that from the outside looking in, it appears that the politicians are kicking the can down the road because they KNOW what will happen. It also appears that they have created lower interest rates to allow them to reduce their borrowing costs and spend more. I hate to burst everyone’s bubble here, but the truth is MUCH WORSE. All of these assumptions and conspiracy theories are based upon the common foundation that they PRESUME the politicians even understand what they are doing. They are NOT that intelligent. Sorry!
Politicians have absolutely ZERO perspectives on the future. They assume that whatever trend is in motion, will remain in motion. When I have been in meetings around the world and asked about the policy of borrowing year after year with no intention of paying anything back, I get the blank stare as their eyes glaze over. I then point out again, there is absolutely no plan to ever pay down even a small portion of the national debt. I then state you do know you cannot keep borrowing like this forever? I follow this up with the question, you do know that at some point you will not be able to see public debt? That finally gets the response! Yes, a company or individual cannot do that, but we are the government.
They actually believe their own lies. They believe that their debt is AAA and people will buy it forever above all else no matter what they do. When I say that have never been the historical case, I get the classic statement – this time it’s different!
The lower rates have been maintained by7 the central banks. But the Fed is caught between a rock and a hard-headed place called Congress. The Fed cannot control long-term rates. The best they can do is try to “influence” long-term rates and they did that by buying in 30-year bonds. The understands that the lower rates are undermining the pension system. It may be helping government spend more, but politicians control fiscal policy and the central bank controls only monetary policy. No central bank can stabilize the fiscal spending.
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by Aaron Klein, Breitbart:
The aim of the effort has been to get as many felons as possible on the roster before last Monday, the deadline to register in order to vote in Alabama’s Dec. 12 senate special election that pits Republican Roy Moore against Democratic challenger Doug Jones. The man spearheading the campaign has stated outright that his effort is meant to ensure a Democratic victory in Alabama.
The thousands of felons reportedly newly registered over the past few weeks were most likely not included in any recent polling on the Alabama senate race put out by major firms.
Jones himself is tied to some of the specific organizations associated with the drive to register felons here. Indeed, as Breitbart News first reported, Jones spearheaded a project for a massively Soros-financed legal activist group demanding full voting rights be given to felons released from prison, including those convicted of murder, rape and other violent crimes.
AL.com reported that Pastor Kenneth Glasgow has been at the forefront of the statewide effort, which has successfully registered thousands of felons across Alabama in recent weeks. Glasgow has been aided in his efforts here by other Soros-financed groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
The Village Voice previously described Glasgow, Sharpton’s half-brother, as an “ex-con and recovering crackhead turned street preacher.”
Glasgow is currently president of a group he founded in 1999 calling itself The Ordinary People Society (TOPS). And he is a former leader of another organization, the radical Free Alabama Movement (FAM), which has for years been making inroads into Alabama’s prison population.
Glasgow told AL.com that in the last month alone “I think we registered at least five- to ten-thousand people all over the state” – referring to his efforts here in Alabama.
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by Ricky Twisdale, The Gateway Pundit:
If this gets around, it could end up being special counsel Robert Mueller’s worstnightmare.
Former national security advisor Mike Flynn has now pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, but the hysterical deep state-controlled Fake News Media, smelling blood, has doubled down on its attempts to destroy Donald Trump’s presidency by proving “collusion” with Russia.
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The insinuation throughout this process has been that Trump’s team holding discussions with Russia – whether regarding sanctions or the price of bread in Timbuktu does not matter – is somehow tantamount to treason.
Well, that’s not how Barack Obama’s administration saw it – here’s the deputy spokesman at State, Mark Toner, answering that very question just a week before the inauguration:
The president himself weighed in on Saturday:
I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017
So General Flynn lies to the FBI and his life is destroyed, while Crooked Hillary Clinton, on that now famous FBI holiday “interrogation” with no swearing in and no recording, lies many times…and nothing happens to her? Rigged system, or just a double standard?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017
The insane Russia inquisition may have some desperate last gasps of life left, but essentially, there is nothing to find – and there never was.
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by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch:
The path forward for the Democrats is clear. They need to accept responsibility for their humiliating defeat to Donald Trump and move on. That means they need to stop passing the buck and make a solid effort to reconnect with the millions of disillusioned ex-Dems in the center of the country who either didn’t vote, because they couldn’t stand Hillary, or switched sides to vote for Trump. These are the people the Dems need to lure back into the fold if they expect to be competitive in the future. If they can’t do that, the party is doomed. It’s that simple.
Check out this excerpt from an article by Democratic pollster, Stanley Greenberg at The American Prospect. Greenberg helps to zero-in on the key issue that cost Hillary the election:
“The Democrats don’t have a “white working-class problem.” They have a “working-class problem,” which progressives have been reluctant to address honestly or boldly. The fact is that Democrats have lost support with all working-class voters across the electorate, including the Rising American Electorate of minorities, unmarried women, and millennials. This decline contributed mightily to the Democrats’ losses in the states and Congress and to the election of Donald Trump…..”(“The Democrats Working-Class problem”, Stanley Greenberg, American Prospect)
This is great analysis. It helps to pinpoint the root-cause of the Dem’s troubles which can be traced back to a tone-deaf party leadership that failed to craft a message that would rally their working-class base. They didn’t do that. They didn’t address bread and butter issues of economic security and standards of living which have steadily eroded under the blinkered misrule of Barack Obama. Instead they launched a pathetic public relations campaign aimed at persuading everyone that things were just hunky dory. Not surprisingly, no one was taken in by the ruse. Here’s more from Greenberg:
“Working-class Americans pulled back from Democrats in this last period of Democratic governance because of President Obama’s insistence on heralding economic progress and the bailout of the irresponsible elites, while ordinary people’s incomes crashed and they continued to struggle financially….
In what may border on campaign malpractice, the Clinton campaign chose in the closing battle to ignore the economic stress not just of the working-class women who were still in play, but also of those within the Democrats’ own base, particularly among the minorities, millennials, and unmarried women.” (The American Prospect)
Exactly right! Clinton chose to shrug off the suffering taking place right under nose and, as a result, got her head handed to her. Whose fault is that?
She traipsed from one venue to the next touting the “recovery” while the wretched economy continued to sputter along at a lousy 2 percent GDP, health care costs continued to skyrocket, and the good-paying jobs vanished altogether. Meanwhile, her pal, Obama did absolutely nothing. He didn’t lift a finger to boost government spending, launch a second round of fiscal stimulus, or implement his grandiose infrastructure plan. Nothing. He ushered in an eight year period of falling incomes, higher personal debts, eviscerated household balance sheets and nearly-universal economic uncertainty. This is the dismal economic record that Hillary decided to run on. Is it any wonder why she lost to the most unqualified, least trustworthy, farthest right-wing candidate in American history?
Just because Obama’s personal approval ratings remained high, doesn’t mean that people wanted another eight years of his penny-pinching deficit reduction and grinding economic strangulation. No way. What they wanted was the change they were promised in 2008, but never got. Here’s more from Greenberg:
(Past supporters) “pulled back because of the Democrats’ seeming embrace of multinational trade agreements that have cost American jobs. The Democrats have moved from seeking to manage and champion the nation’s growing immigrant diversity to seeming to champion immigrant rights over American citizens’. Instinctively and not surprisingly, the Democrats embraced the liberal values of America’s dynamic and best-educated metropolitan areas, seeming not to respect the values or economic stress of older voters in small-town and rural America. Finally, the Democrats also missed the economic stress and social problems in the cities themselves and in working-class suburbs.” (The American Prospect)
Americans have had it up to here with free trade. It’s all a public relations hoax aimed at enriching a few fatcat corporate honchoes at the expense of people who actually work for a living. Everyone knows that, just like they know that Hillary was a free trade proponent before she pulled the old switcheroo. Her vacillating position on trade just underscored her abject phoniness on any issue of substance. The woman would say anything if she thought it would win her a couple of votes.
Hillary wanted her supporters to believe that the whole center of the country was loaded with racist, misogynist, homophobic, gun-toting, Bible-thumping zombies who mere presence should offend prosperous, educated liberals whose enlightened views on global warning and transgender bathrooms would lead the country to a new cultural renaissance. Got that? Turns out, many of Hillary’s Deplorables used to be Democrats before the party affixed itself leech-like to the Wall Street banks, the tech giants and the big weapons manufacturers. The more cozy the Dems got with the corporate giants, the more working people got thrown under the bus, until now the entire center of the country–from North Carolina to Idaho– is blood-red GOP territory, a clear sign that the Dems no longer speak the language of working people, in fact, they look down their noses at them.
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