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  Reply # 2181310 16-Feb-2019 18:24
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Trump tweets - and it gets taken down.  LOL - what a loser. Breach of IP rights, because, you know, Conservatives/Republicans are the guardians of "private property".

 

Edit : Oh FFS - the video in the tweet has been switched, to the world's greatest liar's lies at the SOTU.

 

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  Reply # 2181312 16-Feb-2019 18:43
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A second broadside in one day from the Editorial Board of The Times:

 

The New York Times - Phony Wall, Phony Emergency

 

The president plans to manage the border crisis from the golf course at Mar-a-Lago this weekend.

 

By The Editorial Board

 

The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

 

Feb. 15, 2019

 


“I didn’t need to do this,” President Trump insisted at a Rose Garden appearance on Friday, as he declared a national emergency aimed at shaking loose a few billion dollars in financing for his beloved border wall.

 

The president’s assertion was both ludicrous and self-defeating.

 

If a declaration was unnecessary and the wall on track (the wall is “very very on its way,” the president said earlier in the week), how could he claim to be addressing an emergency?

 

As Mr. Trump explained it, “But I’d rather do it much faster.”

 

A presidential desire for speed does not constitute a crisis - no matter how eager a president is to camouflage his failures.

 

In reality, the wall is not a done deal, and Mr. Trump has spent the past few months - the past two years, really - failing to convince either Congress or Mexico to pay for it.

 

This week’s bipartisan spending bill, which contained no more wall money than the one over which Mr. Trump shut down the government in December, was a particularly humiliating defeat.

 

Desperate to save face, the president and his team cooked up a non-emergency emergency with the aim of seizing funds already appropriated for other purposes.

 

Currently, the plan is to pull $2.5 billion from the military’s drug interdiction program, $3.6 billion from its construction budget and $600 million from the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund.

 

The White House plans to “backfill” the money it is taking from the Pentagon in future budgets.

 

And so, in a breathtaking display of executive disregard for the separation of powers, the White House is thumbing its nose at Congress, the Constitution and the will of the American people, the majority of whom oppose a border wall. ...

 

 

 





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  Reply # 2181326 16-Feb-2019 19:18
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The good news - I doubt that Trump has ever read 1984 -
too long and too many big words.

 

 

Thats mean!  It's not his fault it wasn't published on Twitter!  :-)  Just 140 words works for him


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  Reply # 2181352 16-Feb-2019 21:55
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Kellyanne Conway's Husband Thinks Trump Sounds Like Jar Jar Binks

https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1096545600735232000

Even the modern tyrants whom the president ... praises demonstrate more facility with language and more attention to governing detail than does he.

To borrow from popular culture, Trump looks less like the sinister Emperor Palpatine and more like the hapless Jar Jar Binks.

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  Reply # 2181364 16-Feb-2019 22:07
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https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tax-refunds-gop-law_n_5c671dcee4b033a799429900

Tax Refund Fiasco Is Political Payback For Republicans

They stepped on this rake last year and now it’s hitting them in the face.

Republicans boasted all last year that their new tax law boosted paychecks and showered bonuses on several million workers.

But now that tax season is upon us, several million Americans are getting a nasty surprise: a bill from the Internal Revenue Service that they never expected.

Beth Callori of Long Island, New York, said she was thrilled to receive about $90 more in each paycheck last year. Thanks to the new lower federal income tax rates, Callori’s employer, a financial services firm, was withholding less from her paycheck for federal tax purposes.

“I thought, ‘Wow, Trump is great, I love him,’” Callori said.

But last week Callori heard from her tax preparer that she owes the federal government more than $5,000 ― almost five times as much as she had to pay in previous years.

“I almost fell out of my chair. I could not believe it,” she said. “I voted for Trump. I thought he was going to be good for this country, but when I got that phone call, that’s it, I’m done.”

Callori’s tax bill went up for two reasons. One is that the law directly disadvantaged her by limiting deductions for state and local taxes, which increased the amount of Callori’s income subject to tax and added an extra grand to her bill.

The bigger reason is that her employer withheld too little from her paycheck. The extra $90 she received should have been added to the amount that gets automatically socked away to cover the federal income tax. Like most people, however, Callori did not fill out a worksheet and submit a new Form W-4 to her employer at the beginning of last year.

After all, at that time Republicans kept bragging about the bigger paychecks they had given the American people.

“I thought because I was getting that, I’m entitled to it,” Callori said.
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“It looks like the Trump Treasury Department spent 2018, an election year, goosing people’s paychecks by under-withholding, and it should have been obvious that the bill would come due eventually,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said in a statement Friday.

The IRS did try to warn people to check their withholding. The agency told the Government Accountability Office that it put out press releases and sent emails to listservs with hundreds of thousands of subscribers. It promoted a “paycheck checkup” campaign on Twitter and Facebook, and officials talked to the media.

The “make sure you’re not underwithheld” messaging may have been drowned out by congressional Republicans bragging that their law had turbocharged the economy and directly benefited millions of workers. They kept a running tally of the hundreds of firms that had announced bonuses for their employees, trumpeting each announcement in a series of press releases. Fox News worked overtime to remind people that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi previously called the bonuses “crumbs,” as though that weren’t a perfectly accurate description.

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  Reply # 2181367 16-Feb-2019 22:12
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Tax Refund Fiasco Is Political Payback For Republicans

They stepped on this rake last year and now it’s hitting them in the face.



 





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  Reply # 2181487 17-Feb-2019 12:48
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I have no sympathy for Trumpers that now owe money to the IRS. They should have to pay a Dumb Tax too.

I feel for all those who didn't vote for him.




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  Reply # 2181493 17-Feb-2019 13:37
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Meanwhile, Amazon (which Trump hates of course) got a tax rebate of US$ 129 million - paid no tax on profits of US$11.2 billion.

 

Trump is a fool, but also a tool of the mega-rich, some of whom (like Bezos) might like to be seen to be critical of Trumpism (and vice-versa), but are looting and plundering together regardless.

 

 


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  Reply # 2181534 17-Feb-2019 15:49
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The freak and self proclaimed dirty trickster Roger Stone always give the Nixon peace salute, even when leaving a courthouse

I'm not exaggerating. When he leaves any event, and sees cameras he gives the Nixon peace salute.

It's not a coincidence; he literally has a large Nixon tattoo on his back, and an extensive collection of Nixon.

Perhaps it'll be a turn-on for his fellow Republican prisoners on lonely nights.

Some background on Roger Stone

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6632949/How-Roger-Stone-one-colorful-people-politics.html

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  Reply # 2181540 17-Feb-2019 16:19
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He is just a pathetic attention-seeker. There are a lot of those in the world. They seem to gravitate to Trump.

 

 





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  Reply # 2181547 17-Feb-2019 16:43
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Hey Trump supporters: you know you're the bad guys, right?




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  Reply # 2181632 17-Feb-2019 19:18
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The Washington Post - In declaring a national emergency, Trump reminds Republicans: It’s all about him (extracts)

 

February 16 at 11:36 AM

 


Though he expects loyalty from Republicans, President Trump has never demonstrated much fidelity to the party that he leads, and on Friday he proved it again.

 

In declaring a national emergency to fund his border wall, the president reminded Republican lawmakers that he feels free to trample on them whenever it suits him.

 

Trump was a solitary, and unscripted, figure when he spoke on Friday in the Rose Garden.

 

His presentation was rambling and unfocused.

 

He talked about trade with China and Great Britain, negotiations with North Korea, and the economy and the stock market before getting to the prime topic.

 

Though he cast many of those things in upbeat terms, it was not a performance by a president who believes he is winning. ...

 

... Trump’s unhappiness played out late in the week in ways that again told Republican lawmakers that loyalty is a one-way street with him.

 

He agreed to sign the new funding agreement, but it came at the cost of forcing Republican officials to bend to his will on the declaration of a national emergency.

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was the highest-profile Republican who collapsed under pressure from Trump, announcing on the Senate floor Thursday that Trump would declare an emergency and that he would support the declaration.

 

It was another pathetic moment for the concept of the separation of powers. ...

 

 






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  Reply # 2181745 18-Feb-2019 08:37
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The Washington Post - How to screw up an emergency declaration in 10 easy steps

 

February 17 at 12:00 PM

 


None other than Ann Coulter declared on Friday, “The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot.” She has a point.

 

The president’s declaration, in the words of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), amounts to “a power grab by a disappointed President, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process.” ...

 

... in 10 steps, Trump irretrievably ruined whatever legal case he would have had:

 

First, he did not address the issue when the Republican Party held majorities in both the House and Senate, when, for example, he had the ability to push through measures on reconciliation.

 

Second, he rejected a deal for $25 billion in border security in exchange for legalization of “dreamers,” which doesn’t sound like the sort of thing you’d do in a real emergency.

 

Third, he signed a continuing resolution that kept the government running until Dec. 8, 2018. Again, you wouldn’t agree to that in the face of a real emergency.

 

Fourth, Congress passed another continuing resolution to keep the government open until Dec. 21, 2018.

 

Fifth, the president provoked a 35-day shutdown that ended with a three-week continuing resolution. Again, this doesn’t give off an emergency “vibe.”

 

Sixth, as appropriators negotiate, the president repeatedly threatens to us emergency powers until Congress gives him what he wants.

 

The critical precondition for an emergency declaration is lack of congressional compliance.

 

Seventh, appropriators reach agreement - and Trump signs it.

 

Eighth, there is no report or analysis demonstrating why Congress’s response is inadequate.

 

Instead, Trump declares an emergency on the same day as the signing, a transparent effort to eclipse his utter failure to deliver on a campaign promise.

 

Ninth, at a bizarre Rose Garden press conference on Friday, Trump declared, “I didn’t need to do this. . . . I just want to do it faster.

 

It is difficult to imagine a more damaging confession that the emergency is figment of Trump’s frail ego and thirst to avoid disappointing his base.

 

Tenth, Trump tells a set of ridiculous lies to justify his border wall.

 

For example, he denies replete evidence from his own administration that the vast amount of illegal drugs come through ports of entry and claims that El Paso had an epidemic crime rate before barriers were built. ...

 

... Trump’s irrational, desperate and incoherent approach has not merely damaged his chances of surviving a court challenge.

 

He has made it infinitely harder for Republicans to defend him and vote against a resolution reversing the declaration.

 

Trump told them there was no emergency. ...

 





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If Trumpy wants to see a National Emergency, he need only look in a mirror.


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