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This Is What Being Chumps Feels Like (Apathy 2)

We are all being played for chumps.   Let me rephrase that.  Most of you are being played for chumps.

Now, point at yourself and say, “Who, me?”

Yes, you.  There is better than a 66% chance I am addressing a chump right now.  And you’re a chump because you suffer from the apathy I spoke of last week.  I exclude myself because I, and a few of my fellow citizens, actually are paying attention and refuse to be played.  If that makes me an elitist in your eyes, so be it.  It’s hardly true, but I couldn’t possibly care less.  If you are one of the few who see what is happening or if you are the type of person who gets involved and writes their representatives, you are on my side of the equation, even if you disagree with this post.

We just ended the most ridiculous week in politics since the passage of Obamacare.  Yes, even more embarrassing for the country than the last election.

The Republican led legislature (happily) failed to get the Obamacare “Repeal and Replace” bill to a vote in the House.  But they tried their best, most knowing there would be no consequence to them either way – because you’re a chump.  They know you believe the myth that you have the good Reps and Senators. My Senator said so himself.  It’s all those other Congressmen that are ass hats, right?

So you can just go about your business.  Nothing to see here.  Don’t check on what these phony “liberals” and “conservatives” are doing inside the Beltway.  You just keep your brackets straight and make sure you catch the next zombie show on TV.

Let me break all that down for you.

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Flimflam #1

Labeling.  What was before the House this week was not a “repeal” of anything.  This was a classic example of how government programs, no matter how temporary or worthless, tend to gain immortality.

The Republicans created a bill that kept the class envy, bureaucracy, income redistribution, corruption and almost all the financial burden on the Makers intact.  The plan was to hype how they would dicker around the edges of the worst law in American history and claim to have “replaced” it with a wonderful new law.

Of course, their proposal did no such thing.   They left all the backbone in place for the system to be completely restored by the first change in government.

Why?  Because they want the same thing the Dems got from the bill when it passed to begin with.  With the cash subsidies, Republican can throttle it either way, giving the Takers more or less depending on what they needed in the way of votes.  “Look at what I’ve ‘given’ you,” they’ll exclaim next election.  “I increased your money from the government by XX%!  Am I not a generous, moderate Republican?”  OR  “Look at the money (2 or 3% of growth) I cut from that terrible subsidy! Am I not a great conservative?”

The ACA and the AHCA give both Dems and the GOP several avenues through which to scam money from companies, and votes from the chumps.

Flimflam #2

Phony Strength.  Once again, for the fourth time since 2010, when Republicans claiming the mantle of “conservatism” were elected to office, they opened their argument with a 75%+ give away to the opposition.

In the case of some (Trump is at the top of the list) this is just a display of their complete ignorance of how the free market works and what conservatives truly believe at their core.  For others it demonstrates clearly that those in control of the GOP in Congress are NOT conservative.  They are opportunists, as devoid of principles or interest in what is good for the country and the economy as Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi.

These people don’t want affordable health insurance.  They don’t care about that.  They want control, pure and simple. By keeping things like the tax on “Cadillac plans”, the Republicans are fighting the Democrats by BEING Democrats. Idiotic!

(The term “Cadillac Plan” is a Democrat canard for insurance plans that successful people are willing to pay for, putting more money into the overall insurance pool.  Keeping the tax in place plays on class envy and discourages participation in the plan.  This shrinks the amount of money in the associated insurance pool.  Way to go, geniuses!)

I’ll do just one more example, but I can go on for hours.  You can even see other parts of a valid argument on the subject here.

Flimflam #3

Binary Choice:  This is the third time in the last 12 months we’ve seen this term thrown around.  The first was when the media hyped Trump and Clinton for a year, instructing you (the chumps) that you only had two choices.  Being drones of whatever the TV tells you, you believed that out of the original 21 candidates running for president, you could only choose from two, no matter what.  To make an intellectual decision on your own would spell the end of civilization as we know it.

And you bought it!

Then near the end of the general election, when both leading candidates had demonstrated how lacking they were in either scruples or basic intelligence, you were once again schooled by the talking heads that you only had two choices to pick from. Never mind the other candidates.  We, the media, are not covering them.  Therefore you have no choice but to listen to us.  And don’t you dare research these candidates on your own.  A vote for X will cause unworthy candidates Y or Z to lose and you don’t want that, do you?

And you bought it again!  You ACTUALLY bought it again!

I’ve made this point before and it is proven here in stark numbers.

There is an old adage I picked up during my Navy days.  “Once learnt, twice burnt. Three times, a sucker.”  And this week was your third time.  “There is only a binary choice,”  they keep telling you.  There are no other choices out there.  Congress must vote to keep Obamacare or vote for keeping 75% of Obamacare plus the expense of rewriting and enforcing the new regulations.

But the only reason there was only such a choice was because that is how the “leadership” arranged it and how the media sold it for them.  They could have actually created a real plan, starting from pure free-market principles and allowed real debate and amendments to occur before trying to cram the bill down everyone’s throat as Obamacare did.

They could have explored the infinite number of choices which debate would have provided.

They could have started from a position of strength instead of starting from a 75% Democrat position.  They would have had the GOP in both houses locked down in favor of the bill.  Then the destruction of our economy, if it occurred, would have been on the heads of Democrats.  They get that.  They’re dishonest, not stupid.

They could have forced the Democrats to try and defend Obamacare in the face of outrageously high costs to the Makers in our society.  And the Dems would have lost that argument.

Trump would have gone along with this.  He wouldn’t have known good from bad anyway.  He’d have supported that looked like a campaign promise being kept without argument.

But NO!  Only what Paul Ryan and a few other skeezy politicians say are the choices – are the choices. “It’s a binary choice”.

And from all appearances, it would appear you are going to happily eat this shit sandwich again!

Here’s the Chumpiest Part

And they continue to get away with this because they are 100% certain that you are either ignorant of the way they are supposed to do their jobs, or you are totally disengaged and won’t even notice them scamming you yet again! Or both!

Hell, one of the biggest complaints the GOP had about Obamacare was the centralization of power it created and the heavy hand of regulation over legislation involved (2700 pages of law and almost 30,000 pages of regulation by the executive branch).

And what does Ryancare do?  It leaves two thirds of the law untouched, passing responsibility for making new healthcare “regulation” (read changing the law) to the dictates of the Executive Branch and HHS. 

A few moments of critical thought will destroy even the arguments Ryan makes about it on his own web page.

For the truly slow, HHS would have written those regulations in such a way as to protect their share of power.  Bureaucracies are inherently bound to protect themselves, not work for a greater good.  You would have seen a whole new, big-government side of Tom Price, I can assure you.

So, would someone explain to me again why we elected Ryan speaker and how Trump is a conservative?  From where I am sitting, both notions are preposterous.

Thankfully, we now have a clean slate from which to start and we can still purge the government from the health insurance business.  If we can succeed in doing that, we will see premiums drop into the basement.  Half the people who were moved onto Medicaid by Obamacare won’t need it.  In fact they’ll prefer a market driven policy to the garbage the federal government doles out.

But that will only happen if you join me in calling on your reps to introduce new legislation.  The final lie is that this was our only chance.  What horseshit!  They can deal with Obamacare any time they wish to and as many times as it takes.

C’mon!  Talk to your reps! A phone call.  An email.  You can do it.  Get back in the game!

Matt Jordan is the author of Street Politics: It Ain’t Your Daddy’s GOP Anymore! 50% of all proceeds go to Jeff Kerr and his team at the Colonial Crossroads event to fight Multiple Sclerosis! Be sure to get your copy! Just click on the book!

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The Price of Apathy – Part 1

Our Apathy Leads to a Beltway Circus

We are seeing a repeat of all the same types of policies from the previous eight years playing out before our eyes. Some intentions are diametrically opposed to those of the previous administration. But the results will be the same or worse.  Apathy is to blame here.  This circus and others I’ll talk about later will continue to play out at our expense because the “swamp” knows you won’t do a thing about it.

The apathy of thinking people, while understandable, is why our government continues to circle the toilet bowl. We are mid-flush. And they will take the country down with them.

How Not to Fight for Our Interests

I listen to people like Chuck Schumer and Adams Schiff decrying the coziness between the Trump campaign and the Russians. While there is some real “there” there, these two and many others have been gleefully fanning this Russian hysteria. Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign was twice as cozy with Vladimir Putin than Trump ever was.

The bottom line is this, Chuck Schumer and all the people staging the phony investigation about the Russians don’t give a shit about foreign influence and the White House.  They never have.

Where were these two when B.H. Obama fought tooth and nail against his own Congress in pursuit of Iranian interests over US interests? That fight got downright nasty at times. Obama wouldn’t think twice about throwing an American under a bus in order to see that the Iranians got nukes AND got sanctions lifted. I spoke of this in my book and in this post written in 2015.

So why are the Dems crying now about Trump wanting to lift Russian sanctions (or at least Trump not actually fighting to keep them in place)?

I will stipulate that rewarding either Iranian or Russian bad behavior is not good for the United States. It is far worse for our allies. But favoring such bad actors over American interests has become business as usual inside the Beltway.  So Schumer knows he is full of it every time he opens his whiny mouth on this.

And What the Hell are the Cultists Celebrating?

For months, while Hillary Clinton’s crimes were oozing out, courtesy of Wikileaks, Trump and his mindless band of “ingnoratti” actually praised the source! This is a rogue organization that has never, EVER worked in the interests of the United States.  But your typical, blind Trump-ette has no way of knowing that.  No one ever discussed it in the Facebook echo chamber.

What had become clear to Julian Assange anyway, was by destroying Clinton he just might open the door for Trump, and that would be the worst thing he could do to this country. If it hadn’t, he’d have done something else.  But Julian Assange is no goddamn hero. 

It must have been a near-run thing for poor Julian to come by such a conclusion. Both were locked in a race for the bottom.  But which was the slimiest?  I would have to say Clinton.  She was the actual criminal.  Putin’s buddies paid BJ BIll $500,000 for his lame speeches.  And the phony “Foundation” made a killing selling strategic material to the Russians.  Trump has just shown himself to be a big, impetuous kid with an extremely delicate ego.

Well, it’s still not possible to tell for sure. Obama wanted to help the Iranians at our expense and at the expense of our allies. Trump now seems enamored with Putin, and already had to can three people for being up to their eyeballs in Russian (and other foreign) influence. Rex Tillerson WILL be next.

And Still the Child Tweets!

And how does Trump handle this situation? He tweets. From the first ill-conceived, early-morning tweet about being “bugged’ at Trump Tower to this morning’s I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I-rant (3-20-16), the President has put himself further behind the eight ball than any thinking President would be at this point. The Twitter-twat-in-Chief is either utterly ignorant of sound foreign policy or he truly does believes Russia belongs in Crimea. Either way, because of his gross immaturity, this administration will be mired in an unseemly mess for some time to come, and deservedly so.

While is it 100% true that the Dems and their media lackeys created the myth of the Russians successfully “hacking” or “rigging” the election (they always try), that is not what has placed the Administration in the eye of the storm. It should have been held to ridicule at the very beginning and then treated as a non-issue. But Trump, because his ego insists he poke the lion with a stick, had to make the situation worse for himself.

And thanks to the weak links like Ryan and McConnell (not a gonad between them), the Republicans played right into their opponents’ snare.

Tell me again how brilliant Donald Trump is.

This update:  It was announced on 21 March the Rex Tillerson would not be attending the upcoming NATO Ministerial Meeting.  He will be in Mar-a-Lago.  AND THEN he will visit Moscow the following month.  You just couldn’t make this stuff up.  An administration that wants favors from NATO, has a NATO image problem, trying to tamp down the Russian influence charges…and this is the plan?

Tell me for a third time how brilliant Donald Trump is.

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It's Time to Arrest Hillary Ramrod Cinton!

The greatest advantage HRC has in keeping her campaign alive, and her old ass out of jail, is the half-hour news cycle and citizens with the attention span of a puppy in a yard full of squirrels.

News programs these days are loaded with little more than teasers about what is actually happening in the world. By cranking out short segments and repeating them over and over all day, Fox, CNN, the networks, etc. give the appearance of doing their jobs. They never have to really dig or layout complex stories and do any REAL analysis of what they are reporting. The kind of analysis you will see here and now. What I am about to discuss is correct and based on facts released by the Intel IG, the State Dept. and – stupidly – by HRC, herself. There is much more out there, but the people with the connections and resources to pursue it are too lazy or morally corrupt to do so.

With just this episode – there have been other very serious offenses committed by HRC, personally – crimes have been committed that make anything Nixon did vanish in significance. But the FBI drags its feet and those in a position to inform the public are simply taking talking points and released documents and passing them along with no real effort expended.

Some of the talking heads at Fox News are fond of saying that this steady drip, drip of news will hurt Clinton. That’s preposterous. She and her friends at State are controlling the flow to keep the story at a very low boil hoping to make her nomination a fait accompli, and any effort to undo it, a political conspiracy. The FBI slow-walking the investigation makes them complicit already. Without an informed electorate to deal with, they’ll continue running interference for Clinton.

If we are to avoid having an actual criminal running for president in the general election, this story must be exploded in the press and explained from the beginning up to the present, so people can finally see what this woman has done to sully herself and her office. Hillary Clinton must be placed under arrest. There is more than enough evidence to do that. More charges can always be added later as more emails are recovered from the server she “slicked” to hide evidence. Yes, another criminal offense.

I’ll give you a “for instance” regarding the FBI’s complicity on this matter. If it were discovered that I, while working in my previous job, had a computer at home, on which I conducted sensitive government business without having it properly authorized, I’d have been immediately arrested and my house would have been torn apart until every speck of evidence was gathered by investigators. I would have been immediately charged with crimes for simply having and using the computer at home. It would be a slam dunk.

If, in the course of the investigation, it was discovered that I had classified information or Privacy Act information or just For Official Use Only (FOUO) information on that computer, the charges would simply be laid on as they came to light. This would be done by honest investigators to prevent me from tampering with evidence or taking a runner.

By failing to treat HRC like any other criminal suspect, having caught her red-handed with the goods, the FBI not only gave her the opportunity to destroy evidence, leaving to doubt if we will ever get all the information she compromised, but they have allowed the story to fester and her lies to gain steam in the public eye.

And here’s how the criminal suspect is taking advantage of the time the FBI has provided.

There is an ever-evolving set of talking points used to cover up or play down Clinton’s crimes against the citizens of these United States. Many of the older points listed in a brilliant, earlier post are still recycled and regurgitated. But unscrupulous mouth-pieces also keep an ear out for new ones they are expected to obediently parrot on behalf of BJ Bill’s wife.

Here are two from last weekend.

First, Clinton’s minions are claiming that the State Department’s withholding of the 22 new, incriminating emails was a case of “over-classification run amuck.” Really?

Well, let’s think about that.  I will allow for the fact that most Clinton supporters do very little thinking. Those that do only think of ways of lying to themselves or others in order to keep this criminal’s political hopes alive.

We are told neither the hag nor her campaign have anything to do with the emails being released. Okay, well then how would they know the content of the 22 Top Secret, unreleased emails well enough to make a judgement as to the value of their classification? She is either lying because she doesn’t know which of the thousands of classified documents she released onto the internet were being withheld by State, or the Department of State is allowing her team to review the ones being released, thereby collaborating in the (criminal?) contempt of a judge’s requirements.

Another phony line comes from Erikka Knuti of Purple Strategies.[1.Do you like how they do that? “Purple” as if to say, “We’re not blue (Democrat) or red (Republican). We’re purple, for all the people, promoting understanding and civility. Yeah, right.] Her talking point? “All of this (the server, the cell phone, the passing of classified information) was perfectly legal in 2009.”

There is only one tiny problem with that statement: It is completely untrue.

In 2009, if you wanted to work remotely with government information there was an intense procedure that had to be followed. Any device (lap top, desk top, hand-held) would be government property. An official IT person charged with the task, would have to take the device out of the box, and make it compliant with government programs. That would not be the IT guy you talked into coming to your house and working under the table, without the proper authorization.

All work done on any of these devices would be through a government network, of the proper classification ONLY. All emails would go through the same network and be held AUTOMATICALLY on government servers. While you can say a server is just another computer, it doesn’t allow for the procedures to be sidestepped. They are there to protect the employee (even the Secretary of State) and the information for the purposes of security, history and oversight. 

Ignorance of these facts, as anyone who has ever taken training, as HRC did, in the handling of sensitive information, IS NOT AN EXC– USE. Nor is, “I forgot”, or “It was done for convenience”, nor are any of the other myths the Clinton drones are pushing.

The “just for convenience” line is an example sine qua non of the blindingly arrogant way in which BJ Bill’s wife conducts her affairs. Instead of carrying two small devices – her own for private messages – and one owned and provided by the government, for official business, Clinton expects people to believe she found it convenient to wire her house to hell and gone, pay for expensive computer equipment, bring a guy home from work to do unauthorized work, pay a higher utility bill, pay two companies to back up her server (neither of which was cleared to store the information) and coach others to commit crimes by cutting and pasting classified information into unclassified documents in order to send them along to HRC.[2. We have that last tidbit, her tutoring others to break the law, in writing.] This was all more convenient than carrying two small devices.

Even if you overlook the lie about numbers of devices – she carried two and possibly three – the fact remains she expected this “convenience” lie to be believed no matter how ridiculous the facts made it look.

The evidence would indicate that this woman intentionally ignored the law, set up a private server and intentionally shielded her work as an official of these United States from oversight and historical protection. In doing so, it becomes clearer every day that she did so to the endangerment of people’s lives and the degradation of our national security.

Worst of all, she had a cadre of enablers, including the President of the United States.

A comical side note: On 3 Feb, speaking on CNN, this lying creep said that the vast right-wing conspiracy is still the problem here, going all the way back to 1993 with her and BJ Bill lying for years about his abuse of women. The present day right-wing conspirators include the slow-walking FBI and an Obama appointee.

2/5/16: Last night, the thing said if she is to be investigated, others MUST be as well. So…Powell and Rice had spillage so what if I loaded an unsecured server with thousands of classified documents. Is that the new defense?

In trying to quantify and detail her level of contempt toward the American people, language fails.

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