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Trump Terrible 10: Harvey Edition (9/2/2017))

"The real reason Trump is not a Republican" John Danforth (8/23/2017)

Walter Shaub: How to Restore Government Ethics in the Trump Era (7/18/2017)

Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember: Amy Siskind

A Catalog of Trump Lies (6/23/2017))

"Congress must govern with a President who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct, We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities. We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates. We don't answer to him." Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 8/31/2017
"The main pillars of Trump’s political and economic project are: the deconstruction of the regulatory state; a full‑bore attack on the welfare state and social services (rationalised, in part, through bellicose racial fearmongering and attacks on women for exercising their rights); the unleashing of a domestic fossil-fuel frenzy (which requires the sweeping aside of climate science and the gagging of large parts of the government bureaucracy); and a civilisational war against immigrants and “radical Islamic terrorism” (with ever expanding domestic and foreign theatres)." Naomi Klein
I’ll guarantee you that’s what it is…The Russians hacked the DNC and got the opp [opposition] research that they had on Trump,” McCarthy said with a laugh. Ryan asked who the Russians “delivered” the opposition research to. “There’s… there’s two people, I think, Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy said, drawing some laughter. “Swear to God,” McCarthy added. “This is an off the record,” Ryan said. (transcript of conversation between Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy from the Washington Post)

Trump’s Weird Cabinet (6/12/2017)

50 Terrible Ideas That Could Become Law If Trump Is Impeached and Pence Becomes President (5/21/2017)

Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.(5/13/2017)

Lessons From Hitler's Rise (4/20/2017)

No Trump taxes, no tax reform (4/18/2017)

Our Dishonest President (4/2/2017)

President Trump's Terrible One Month Report Card

Why Impeach Donald Trump ?

Top 10 Risks and Remedies for Trump’s Conflicts of Interest (2/24/2017)

Beneath the deepening chaos of the Trump administration, the Trump business is doing just fine (2/14/2017)

Democracy in Exile and the Curse of Totalitarianism (1/31/2017)

Building a Wall of Ignorance (1/30/2017)

An Impulsive Authoritarian Populist in the White House (1/20/2017)

These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia (1/10/2017)

We better not wait to defend ourselves from Trump (11/9/2016)

"Worst of the worst. Donald Trump has brought forth the worst group of cabinet nominees in the modern history of our country. People who want to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and give huge tax break to billionaires. Nominees who will ignore the needs of women, children, the sick and the poor, while bending over backwards for Wall Street and corporate America. But in many ways, Scott Pruitt, the nominee for EPA administrator, is the worst of the worst. At a time when the scientific community is virtually unanimous in telling us that climate change is real, is caused by human activity and is causing devastating problems in this country and around the world, Mr. Pruitt refuses to recognize that reality. At a time when we have to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and move to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, Mr. Pruitt wants to increase our reliance on fossil fuel. At a time when we have to strengthen environmental protection, Mr. Pruitt will be working overtime to dismember the EPA. For the sake of our children. grandchildren and the future of this planet are there not at least four Republicans who understand that Mr. Pruitt must not be confirmed as head of the EPA." Senator Bernie Sanders
"After a brief election-night promise to “bind the wounds of division,” Trump has spent his time rubbing salt in them instead. His appointments show not even a hint of inclusion. Instead, he has chosen advisers who have given vent to hate as his top White House counselor and his national security adviser, and now this remnant of the old South to guide the department in charge of citizens’ rights. There is no inclusion; there is no reconciliation; there is no compromise. Americans ignore this message at their peril. " Garrett Epps, the Atlantic, (11/21/2016)
"This whole administration is starting to look like a get rich quick scheme.” Senator Chris Murphy

"Donald Trump is a lousy businessman, but he’s a terrific conman. Many people chose Trump because they’ve been beaten down by a rigged economy and were desperate for change. They’re in for a rude awakening.

Trump is already moving towards massive deficit-exploding tax cuts for his ultrawealthy cronies. And the newly emboldened Republican majorities in Congress have our democracy and the middle class square in their sites.

We know the attacks on women’s rights and LGBT people are in the works, but they’re also talking about further gutting campaign finance laws, and Paul Ryan is already talking about dismantling Medicare!

And if some of the people being named for cabinet and staff positions in the new administration are any indication, we can expect an administration cozy to Wall Street and giant corporations, hostile to civil rights and civil liberties, and a truly radical Supreme Court nominee. " Senator Elizabeth Warren

Human Rights Watch Lists Trump as Threat to Human Rights (1/15/2017)

A Massive Election-Rigging Scandal Gave Trump the White House (1/12/2017)

Donald Trump’s New Nuclear Instability (12/31/2016)

8 Reasons Trump Could Be Impeached (12/28/2016)

Whistleblower John Kiriakou Critiques the CIA’s Behavior Following the 2016 U.S. Election (12/16/2016)

Bipartisan Group Raises Red Flags About Trump's Conflicts of Interest (12/9/2016)

Trump Taps Anti-Worker Fast-Food CEO for Labor Secretary (12/8/2016)

I didn't think Republicans could find a Presidential candidate worse than George W Bush, but they did. He represents the real ideology of the majority of Republican voters, but not the majority of the voters.

At least since Reagan, Republicans have been dog-whistling to racists. Trump reflects their views, but he doesn't whistle, he shouts it right out. “Obama was not born in this country.” or “We should build a wall on the Mexican border.” or “ ban Muslims.” No wonder voter suppression works for Republicans.

“Paying no tax is smart.” Rolling back the inheritance tax will be a huge benefit for Trump and a few other billionaires and a huge loss for little people who actually do pay taxes. Regressive tax cuts do not lead to prosperity.

“Roll back Obamacare.” While navigating open-enrollment complexities of private healthcare, have no doubt Republicans are preparing to privatize, voucherize, means-test, block-grant Medicare. Health Savings Accounts will be yet another boon to 'wealth managers' and a tax dodge. They will privatize or voucher Social Security or even public schools if they can. Republicans do not vote in their own self-interest.

Torture should be more extreme.” Republicans cheered for a candidate who intends be a war criminal.

“If we have nuclear weapons, why don't we use them ?” Republicans insisted on a trillion dollar renewal of nuclear weaponry. It's not about not the security of the people. 

Climate change is a hoax.” The science is clear now. Nature is on track for devastation, but it would not be cost effective to save the planet. Sorry kids. That's Republican 'values'.

What to Expect

In what amounts to a coup, corporate supremacists on the Supreme Court rigged the system to respond to the funders, not the people. As Lawrence Lessig has written we lost our Republic.

Thanks to Republicans, Billionaires won without the popular vote, even though their concerns are quite different than most peoples. Expect the alt-right to motivate the Trump administration and Republican branches of government: They will push an agenda that most people do not like. Even Republicans will find that they have not voted in their own self interest. Here's what they are about to get:

  • Republicans want to undermine democracy., and they will do it by removing supports for elections, media, education, or social supports.
  • Secrecy will spare people from knowing what government is doing. Whistle blowers will be even more harshly treated. Media will be punished severely for telling the truth.The Freedom of Information Act will be ignored whenever possible.
  • Big tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy including an end to the inheritance tax. In return, there might be maintenance of decaying infrastructure, but much of it privatized...if profitable.
  • Large Federal deficits will result along with much more extreme income inequality, (the root of most of our problems) will game the system even more for the wealthy, corrode media, elections, education, and democracy.
  • Much needed election reform will not happen. The two party monopoly will continue to produce candidates with unfavorable ratings. The billionaires will cement their control.
  • A 'fix' to save Social Security will cut benefits. An attempt to voucher Medicare. Austerity for all social programs. There will be misery. Republicans always wanted to repeal the New Deal, and this is their chance.
  • Revoking Obamacare will further degrade U.S. healthcare and expand its bureaucracy. Woman's health services will shrink. The free-market, controlling principle: pay up or die. There will be wide-spread insecurity and unrest.
  • Redirection of public funding to private profit: schools, prisons, post office, even the military. It will in all cases be more expensive.
  • Education 'choice' will include more for-profit options that will favor religious schools at the expense of public schools. There will be no relief for debt-burdened college students.
  • Continued suppression of competition in all industries more corporate roll-ups and weakened anti-trust. Republicans like monopoly capitalism, especially in media where they can manipulate opinion.
  • Deregulation will weaken consumer protection. Trump cabinet appointments are hostile to the agencies that they will oversee. Republican cronies will render regulatory agencies dysfunctional. There will be regular corruption and exposure of scandal.
  • Net neutrality will end.
  • Public lands privatized and exploited for resources and private profit. Public assets will be given to the politically connected for private exploitation. Fossil industries will be unrestrained.
  • Trump and his minions decline to divest themselves of outside interests so there will be conflicts of interest and frequent corruption scandals.
  • Continued anti-labor initiatives, busting of unions, and opposition to minimum wage increases will increase the flow of wealth extraction from the people and accelerate the decline of the working class.
  • The world's largest prison system will get even more privatized and crowded as 'law and order' and harsh immigration policy are enforced.
  • Universal surveillance will put a dagger into our political system as the FBI and CIA continue to interfere in elections. They'll have something on everyone, even our highest level politicians.
  • Dissidents, people of color, and other minorities will be subject to special harrassment.
  • Police will continue to be militarized. Privacy will be a distant memory with the internet of things.
  • Generals placed in high level positions will threaten civilian control of government. The empire will require expansion and massive new funding of the military.
  • Arms will be the leading U.S. export. The gun lobby will trump the people. The wilding of America will continue as media continues to strike fear into the hearts of the people. The better to increase funding for the world's largest military and weaponry and benefit war profiteers.
  • With a strong-man head of State, the world's largest military, world-wide empire,
  • The world's leading prison population, universal surveillance that would be the envy of the Stasi we have the attributes of a Fascist Police State.
  • Corporations rule. That is the definition of Fascism. We've got that.
  • Climate denial will allow business to continue as usual, maximum profit from fossil fuels, and accelerate the inevitable catastrophe.
  • As the U.S. continues to be the leading state sponsor of terrorism, imperialist exploiter of poor countries, and a leading polluter, world opinion will turn against us. We can be even more devastated than was Nazi Germany because our destruction will be nuclear, not conventional. If we somehow avoid that, climate change will do us in. Nature doesn't care what you think. The science is clear now.
  • The world's largest military can be justified only by demonizing someone or something: Muslims, North Koreans, Iran, China, Russians ? It is a necessity because much of the U.S. economy is dependent on an armaments bubble. Every Congressman has jobs in his district at risk should funding shrink. That's why war is necessary, and on the horizon. Trump seems willing that it should be nuclear. People will object, but they will be controlled by whatever means necessary up to and including prisons, torture, violence, or assassinations.
  • The Fascist State does not care about its people. As it increasingly relies on its military to solve problems, civil liberties will disapear, and social supports will become unaffordable. Mostly the standard of living must fall.

The Company he Keeps

"Personnel is policy" and Trump is drawing from the hard right.

Trump's Dangerous Team

Mike Pence

About Trump's Cabinet

Aside from the racist, religious, misogynist, homophobic, fascist, warmongering, empire-building, oligarch, Republicans , Trump has surrounded himself with an

All Star Cast of Climate Deniers

Mike Pence VP - Christian Supremecist

Jeff Sessions - for Attorney General

John Bolton

Gen. Michael T. Flynn The real reason to worry.

Gen John Kelly

Gen James Mattis

Betsy DeVos (Secretary of Education) Note.

Rex Tillerson

Mike Pompeo

Steve Mnuchin

Rick Perry (Energy Department) Remember ? He couldn't remember he wanted to eliminate it. It oversees the nuclear weapons program. )

Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead E.P.A. (12/7/2016) Thanks Oklahoma. Enjoy your earthquakes.

David Friedman, named by Donald Trump as his Ambassador to Israel, is ideologically to the right of Benjamin Netanyahu. (12/16/2016)

Videos

Presidential Conflicts of Interest (Center For American Progress) CSPAN

Bibliography

Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency, Joshua Green

The Case For Impeachment: Allan J. Lichtman

Insane clown president : dispatches from the 2016 circus: Matt Taibbi

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