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TRUMP’S ATTEMPTS TO BUY VOTES

2020-05-18

Dear Friends,
We begin to get numb or numbed by the activities of Donald Trump. You’ll see by the image above that he has now or is now attempting to buy votes, not only buy votes but also buy votes using taxpayer money.
I am disgusted as I am certain you are. Even his purchase of votes is a dishonest one. What he does not mention is that more than $10 trillion have been spent to save the economy from his coronavirus stupidity. Interestingly, more than 95%, that is to say 97%, of those monies went to companies, financial institutions, and individuals in the highest 30% of wealth holders and earners in the United States. That means that 3%, or less than $300 billion was distributed or is planned to be distributed among the 70% of the nation, the backbone of the nation. So here again Donald Trump has utilized the taxes of the 70% to bestow upon the 30% financial advantage. The attempt to utilize these distributions to try to buy votes is unfathomable. But nothing is unfathomable when it comes to Donald Trump.
The boosting of markets with taxpayer funds including oil and equities, another game to buy votes is inexcusable. We don’t know the amount of taxpayer money that has gone into equities through the Plunge Protection Plan controlled by Donald Trump and a couple of his cronies? At the same time the Fed has spent some $8 -10 trillion enhancing shares, debt, and oil. These interventions in the market with taxpayer funds are among the high points of Trump’s attempt to buy votes using the money of the bottom 70% population to enrich the upper 30%. Those in the upper 30% should understand that such behavior leads to an ultimate disaster in the economy. The 70% who are being left out of these distributions constitute 90% of consumer spending. As that shrinks so does the economy.
Watch each move with care as Donald Trump is fully aware that if he doesn’t remain president for life he and his cronies could well be in prison for life. This is an important motivation behind his crazier and crazier behavior.
Asher Edelman

Eric Trump Claims COVID-19 Will ‘Magically’ Vanish After Election Day

Eric Trump

by Mary Papenfuss
The Huffington Post
Taking a page from his dad’s playbook, Eric Trump insisted in an interview Saturday that COVID-19 will “magically” disappear – after Election Day.
He claimed that the coronavirus that has killed 312,000 people around the globe – including nearly 90,000 Americans – is a ploy cooked up by the Democrats to stop Donald Trump from rallying his supporters at campaign events.
Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden “loves this,” Trump’s middle son told Jeanine Pirro on Fox News.
“They think they’re taking away Donald Trump’s greatest tool, which is to go into an arena and fill it with 50,000 people every time.” (Trump has rarely, if ever, attracted a crowd of 50,000, despite repeated claims that he has.)
“You watch,” Eric added. “They will milk it every single day between now and November 3rd.”
“And guess what – after November 3rd, coronavirus will magically, all of the sudden, go away and disappear and everybody will be able to reopen.”
He called it a “very cognizant strategy.”
In late February the president insisted that COVID-19 would “disappear” one day “like a miracle.”
In fact, there will likely be a second wave of coronavirus infections in the fall and winter, one that might be even worse than the outbreak over the past few months.
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We need to prepare for the possibility of Trump rejecting election results

Dear friends,
This article from the Washington Post may shock you but there is a high likelihood that Trump will Try to cancel the election if it looks to him that he might lose or if he does lose, attempt to remain in office. Sadly, one of the methodologies, tactical ones, could well be to start a war. We must all be wary of this possibility.
Asher
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by Brian Klaas
The Washington Post
Since 2017, so many events in U.S. politics that were previously unthinkable have come to pass. Don’t believe me? A few days ago, the president of the United States baselessly accused a cable television host of murder and it barely made a blip in the news cycle. The shocking has become unsurprising – almost routine – under Donald Trump’s
unhinged presidency.
We don’t know whether Trump will be reelected. But, as we head toward November, you have to ask yourself: If he loses, would it be more surprising if Trump graciously accepts defeat and congratulates his opponent or if he claimed to be the victim of a rigged election and a “deep state” plot?
The answer seems clear.
I’ve studied genuinely rigged elections across the globe. The tactics, context and strategies vary enormously from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe. But one trait they have in common is this: The winner doesn’t claim they were rigged.
Not so with Trump. In 2016, when he narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton despite losing the popular vote by a historic margin, he claimed that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally. That is a lie. But it raised an obvious question: If Trump claimed that an election he won was rigged, what will he do with an election he loses?
Already, he has insinuated that Democratic victories are the result of rigged elections. It’s part of a deliberate strategy to discredit the legitimacy of his political opponents, but it also endangers the peaceful transfer of power, which is a cornerstone of democratic government.
It’s worth reiterating that Trump’s claims are lies. The evidence is clear. Voter fraud is an minuscule problem in the United States. One comprehensive study found 31 cases of voter fraud of more than 1 billion ballots cast from 2000 to 2014, a rate of 0.0000031 percent of all votes. And lest you think that study was somehow biased against Republican claims, George W. Bush’s Justice Department went looking for voter fraud and basically came up empty. Indeed, as Lorraine Minnite, a political science professor at Rutgers University has noted, in 2005, more people were charged with violating migratory-bird statutes than voter fraud. And that was while Bush’s administration was actively seeking fraud cases to prosecute.
Even the logic is absurd. Trump falsely claims that fraud is largely carried out by undocumented immigrants in California. To believe that, you have to believe that undocumented immigrants (who generally go to extreme lengths to avoid interaction with a government that could deport them) eagerly waltz into polling locations. You have to also believe that they eagerly risk going to jail or being deported to cast a ballot for a candidate that they already know will carry the state by a wide margin. As Minnite put it: “It’s like committing a felony at the police station, with virtually no chance of affecting the election outcome.”
With any president, an attempt to delegitimize elections that your side loses can be destabilizing. But with Trump, it’s dangerous. For years, Trump has pumped out a Twitter stream of endless victimhood complexes, bogus accusations against a mythical “deep state” lurking in the shadows and the mainstreaming of lunatic conspiracy theories. Those messages are aimed at a group of people that is also disproportionately armed.
Consider his now-infamous “liberate” tweets, in which he called on his supporters to rise up against state governments that were following the official public health guidance given by the White House. In one tweet, he twinned that message with a message about the Second Amendment. Was that an accident? Or was it a not-so-coded signal to pair displays of weaponry with MAGA-driven political intimidation? The photos of heavily armed militias who heeded his call – including one man who took a break from protesting to order a Subway sandwich while carrying an antitank rocket launcher – provide the answer.
What will happen if Trump loses and then takes to Twitter to say he actually won? It’s not hard to see how deadly that could become, particularly given that Fox News personalities are already absurdly throwing around the word “coup” to describe lawful investigations and oversight of the president’s conduct. When people in positions of authority and influence invoke the language of political violence and then lose power, violence often ensues. It would be a mistake to assume the United States is somehow immune from that possibility.
Republicans who care about the republic must act now: They need to call out the president when he spreads lies and stokes fears about voter fraud that are rooted only in conservative mythology. Otherwise, we can pretend to be shocked, but nobody should be surprised if Trump tries to discredit the 2020 election – no matter the consequences – if he loses.
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“The Economic Consequences of the Great Crash”

Trump and Hoover

Dear Friends,

 

In 1961, about 60 years ago, I wrote the attached. I am re-publishing it for you now because there are many similarities, too many, between the period of the crash through the 1930s and now. Hitler had to come to power through the demise of the German economy and wasn’t leaving. Herbert Hoover, a self loving not very intelligent buffoon was in charge of the United States along with a befuddled republican party. The Smut Harley Bill went through Congress and virtually ended all international trade. What you will read, should you read, in my sometimes sophomoric essay was the circus and the results of that circus for a 10 year period. You could even say 12 year period. The devastation of the United States and the world economy, unnecessary and driven by vain stupidity.

Asher

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How Trump’s EPA Is Making Covid-19 More Deadly

A respiratory pandemic is no time to roll back air-pollution rules.

Bloomberg

President Donald Trump has failed in multiple ways to lead an effective fight against the coronavirus.

Among the most troubling is his push to increase air pollution in the midst of an unprecedented respiratory pandemic — jeopardizing people’s ability to survive it — while the nation’s attention is focused on the emergency at hand.

Scientists are warning us that air pollution makes Covid-19, which strikes at the lungs, more deadly. Nonetheless, in the space of about a month, the president has repeatedly undermined rules limiting air pollution. Tens of thousands of Americans will die as a result.

recent Harvard study shows that even a tiny increase in fine particulate matter air pollution — commonly known as “soot” — increases death rates from Covid-19. Hit the hardest are low-income communities and people of color, who are disproportionately exposed to pollution sources, such as highways and refineries.

Despite this danger, the Trump administration has launched a series of attempts to make our air dirtier and harder to breathe.

First, the Environmental Protection Agency told coal, oil and gas, and power producers they were free to ignore pollution monitoring and reporting obligations – as long as they use the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse. But there’s little reason these companies can’t comply with these rules because of the virus. In fact, releasing them from pollution monitoring requirements will only make the health crisis — and thus the economic crisis — worse. Soot pollution has already risen considerably under the Trump administration, and this move will surely exacerbate the problem.

Second, the Trump administration rolled back the higher fuel efficiency and tailpipe emission standards that would drastically cut health-harming and climate-changing air pollution from the nation’s cars and trucks. Since these standards were put in place in 2010, the industry has thrived, achieving record sales, and drivers saved $89 billion in fuel costs. But Trump’s rollback means the average fuel economy will reach only 40 mpg in 2025 compared with 46.5 mpg under the Obama-era rules. That’s a standard the industry is likely to hit even without the requirement. Based on EPA estimates, abandoning the higher standard will result in nearly 1,000 more people dying prematurely from air pollution.

Third, the EPA turned down an opportunity to save more than 12,000 lives a year by issuing a more protective federal limit on harmful soot, even though EPA scientists identified a number of recent studies pointing out major health benefits associated with stronger federal limits. This happened right as we are facing a historic health crisis that is attacking people with lung and heart ailments associated with breathing dirty soot-filled air.

As if that weren’t enough, the Trump administration followed all of this up by undermining Obama-era rules on mercury and toxic chemicals emitted by power plants — rules that were saving more than 10,000 lives, avoiding 130,000 asthma attacks and nearly 5,000 heart attacks a year. Even though utilities have already installed mercury controls and are complying with the rules, and even though mercury emissions are now plummeting and therefore saving lives, the administration once again cherry-picked health studies to undermine a significant step forward in reducing air pollution.

With a highly contagious lung disease raging, President Trump found four ways to make air pollution worse. This quartet of decisions is especially toxic. And the Trump administration itself has warned more regulatory rollbacks are coming. In his inaugural address, Trump spoke of “American carnage.” He is delivering just that.

It doesn’t have to be like this. And we must not accept it.

As we look to rebuild from this crisis, we must recognize that a healthy global economy cannot exist without healthy people. And as Congress prepares the next coronavirus stimulus package, rather than propping up the industries that have been degrading our health for too long, we should be investing in industries like clean energy that will not only put people back to work but also won’t endanger us into the future.

We must demand that our elected leaders put people, not polluters, first.

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SHAME

Jamie and trump

Dear Friends,
I’m going to tell you a little story about SHAME. Shame on the present administration and its allies in the Senate. Shame on the banks.
Most of you are unaware that there are two PPPs – These are:
PPP
PAYMENT PROTECTION PLAN
PPP
PLUNGE PROTECTION PLAN
It might seem baffling but both of these administration driven plans are designed to further the wealth and security of the top 30% income earners in the country while avoiding to any extent possible benefits to the middle and disadvantaged classes of the U.S.A. (the remaining 70%).
Both of these plans are funded by taxpayer money and government borrowings and both of these plans are administered by the current regime.
Paycheck Protection Plan:
The administration and congress have allocated close to three trillion dollars towards the protection of jobs in the U.S. To date the allocations have mostly gone to favored clients of the banks, almost all of whom are companies controlled by, owned by, and profited by from the upper 30% of the earners in the country. Something less than 10% has reached those who really need the support. SHAME ON THE REGIME.
Plunge Protection Plan:
A little known plan for supporting markets in times and on days of extreme volatility. Used a few times a year since Reagan put it in place in 1988, but under the current regime used in all instances when our leader wants to manipulate markets for his political goals. We do not know the amounts of taxpayer money used over the three-year regime but we can only imagine, watching the frequent manipulations of many markets, that many many billions have been spent and lost. This program is administered by the regime in cooperation with a select two or three cooperative banks. There is no benefit to the average American – only the top 30% and our leader who thinks it is politically useful to have markets under his control. SHAME.
Last, but not least, the Federal Reserve has injected close to 6 trillion dollars into the economy to save a, once again, failing banking and financial system. The benefits for the average man and woman none, but he and she are paying the bill.
SHAME
Many of you have commented favorably about my economic and political writings – some unfavorably as well. IT’S TIME TO STAND UP FOR YOUR HOPES AND BELIEFS AND SUPPORT JOE BIDEN FOR PRESIDENT.
Joe might appear too conservative for some of you, too progressive for others but in Joe we have a competent, experienced, DECENT, standard bearer for democracy – a much needed change.
Please contribute to JOE BIDEN, a decent man who stands for fairness to all the American people. You owe it to your country. You owe it to yourselves and your families.
ASHER
BIDEN

 

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ANOTHER SCIENTIST JOINS IN! WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES THE CONSTITUTION MAKE?

BARRR

Barr Threatens Legal Action Against Governors Over Lockdowns

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The Justice Department will consider taking legal action against governors who continue to impose stringent rules for dealing with the coronavirus that infringe on constitutional rights even after the crisis subsides in their states, Attorney General William Barr said.

Blunt means to deal with the pandemic, such as stay-at-home orders and directives shutting down businesses, are justified up to a point, Barr said in an interview Tuesday on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.” Eventually, though, states should move to more targeted measures, Barr said. He cited the approach laid out by President Donald Trump.

“We have to give businesses more freedom to operate in a way that’s reasonably safe,” Barr said. “To the extent that governors don’t and impinge on either civil rights or on the national commerce — our common market that we have here — then we’ll have to address that.”

Barr’s comments come as the Trump administration and states are struggling — and at times fighting with each other — over the best strategy to deal with the crisis. Trump has stoked tensions with some Democratic governors who are dealing with protests against stringent social-distancing rules, even as his administration backs guidelines that call for states to open up gradually.

One way the Justice Department might act against state or local officials is by joining lawsuits brought by citizens or businesses over restrictions, Barr said. He acknowledged that state governments are at “a sensitive stage,” as they try to balance health and safety against pressure to reopen.But he said that “as lawsuits develop, as specific cases emerge in the states, we’ll take a look at them.”

“We’re looking carefully at a number of these rules that are being put into place,” Barr said. “And if we think one goes too far, we initially try to jawbone the governors into rolling them back or adjusting them. And if they’re not and people bring lawsuits, we file statement of interest and side with the plaintiffs.”

In a sign of the president’s contradictory messages on the issue, Trump tweeted last Friday that his supporters should “liberate” Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia — three states with Democratic governors and strict stay-at-home orders. The move came just a day after Trump outlined the return-to-work guidelines that are contingent on states meeting specific benchmarks on testing and a decline in Covid-19 cases.

‘Off the Rails’

Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, responded angrily to Trump’s tweets, accusing him of “fomenting rebellion” and “spewing dangerous, anti-democratic rhetoric.”

“The White House released a sensible plan,” Inslee said in a statement, and “less than 24 hours the president is off the rails.”

Trump will meet with one Democratic governor, New York’s Andrew Cuomo, at the White House on Tuesday. Cuomo said he’ll use his 4 p.m. session in the Oval Office to lobby for more supplies needed to process coronavirus tests. Trump last week said states have the primary responsibility to expand virus testing.

Read more: Trump to Meet Cuomo With Tensions Strained Over Virus Testing

The latest developments signal that as Trump’s public support over his handling of the virus crisis weakens, he and his top aides are increasingly looking at ways to move on.

Pressuring Barr

Conservative groups and activists have been ramping up pressure for the Trump administration — and Barr in particular — to act against governors taking a hard line.

Alleging “rampant abuses of constitutional rights and civil liberties,” a group led by former Attorney General Ed Meese wrote Barr this week urging him “to undertake immediate review of all the orders that have been issued by the states and local governments across the nation.”

In Tuesday’s radio interview, Barr said “these are very, very burdensome impingements on liberty. And we adopted them, we have to remember, for the limited purpose of slowing down the spread, that is bending the curve. We didn’t adopt them as the comprehensive way of dealing with this disease.”

“You can’t just keep on feeding the patient chemotherapy and say well, we’re killing the cancer, because we were getting to the point where we’re killing the patient,” Barr said. “And now is the time that we have to start looking ahead and adjusting to more targeted therapies.”

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THE BRITISH TREASURE DONALD TRUMP

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Someone asked “Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?” Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote the following response:

 

A few things spring to mind.  Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.  For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.

 

So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever.

 

I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility – for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.

 

But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.  Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.

 

And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.  There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.

 

Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.  Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.  And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.  Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.  He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.  He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

 

And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully.  That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a sniveling sidekick instead.

 

There are unspoken rules to this stuff – the Queensberry rules of basic decency – and he breaks them all. He punches downwards – which a gentleman should, would, could never do – and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless or female – and he kicks them when they are down.  So the fact that a significant minority – perhaps a third – of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think ‘Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:

  • Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and most are.
  • You don’t need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.

This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.

 

After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.  God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.  He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.  In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws – he would make a Trump!