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Today our health care system is threatened with a total disaster. Trump is putting pressure on all republicans to repeal the Afforable [Health]Care act. Simply repealing will throw 34 million people off and substitute decent insurance for junk insurance (a pretense of covering what is needed). At the same time voter suppression is working: thousands of people are apparently trying to get their names off the voter rolls lest their private information (about who they voted for among other things) is given to Trump and his agents.

In my district, Don Beyer has introduced legislation, which, were it to pass, would restore the US democracy, specifically proportionate representation for all levels of voting. He is a good man. I come across Trump supporters of course. Most of the time they do not identify themselves. As Naked Capitalism showed and also a story in the Washingto n Post in fact the poor whites did not give Trump his win, it was wealthy whites, older people (what fools those on limited incomes), white people and what's wanted is a white nationalist state for the wealthy to thrive in.  This is understood; it was understood by Romney in his famous taped speech. Trump is performing ethnic cleansing one by one: by deportation, by imprisonment, by suppressing the vote, by allowing cops and other people who need only say they are scared of black people (brown, Muslim) to kill them with impunity. The progressive populist's latest issue puts before us the crazy reality that Dylann Roof who slaughtered 9 elderly black people in a church is not regarded as insane. How is this? why is he not regarded as insane?  Such people do not want anyone voting who is not white.  The story is online: Hal Crowther, a Whiter Shade of Pale

While the relationship of Trump and all his business enterprises and associates (now heads of agencies) might seem a distraction from this (and the attempt at voter suppression, from Trump's not filling jobs across social service agencies, and from his own nomination of 27 of the most reactionary judges we've seen in decades) --

Trump may not be filling hundreds of high and middle level appointments in agencies supposed to do things for the public good (because he wants these parts of the gov't to rot), but as for judges he's appointed 27 judges at mid level positions -- 3X Obama's total, more than double Bush, Reagan's and Clinton combined. They are all horrendous: one man called Kennedy a prostitute for allowing sodomy to no longer be a crime.

NONETHELESS, -- THAT TRUMP ASSERTED HE THOUGHT WE WILL HAVE A VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA -- is also intensely important. It explains how in the early 1990s when no bank would lend Trump or his businesses any money, they stayed afloat. Again why he will not release his tax returns. Why he is now seeking to fire the new investigative attorney, is incensed at Sessions. The Republicans may not impeach him, but the more people who know about why Trump asserted he will have a very good relationship with Russia (and he with Putin) the more likely he can be toppled from power finally.


Thus I bring back into this blog the Dutch documentary which gives the world-wide network background for these people's operations: I bring back the Dutch documentary about Trump's idea we "will have a very good relationship with Russia" (oh his companies have had one with key powerful people there it seems for quite a while) plus the new details that have come out.  It is misguided finally to regard Trump as simply incompetent: he is competent enough for what he needs and ruthless and amoral enough to destroy whatever stands in his way





Here is DemocracyNow.org, the only news organization to report the latest details:



From Transcript one:

But if you want to get at the roots of the collusion, you have to look at where Trump’s links with Russia actually begin. And they don’t begin with Putin. They certainly don’t begin with the 2016 campaign. They begin with long-standing financial linkages that Trump has, going back to the ’90s, even earlier, to Russian oligarchs who have been pouring money into his real estate and into his casino business for quite some time.

AMY GOODMAN: Lay out exactly. And if you can talk about how perhaps this relates to who was in the room with Donald Trump Jr., Donald Trump’s oldest son, and Kushner, his son-in-law, as well as Paul Manafort, his campaign manager at the time, when they had this meeting that they’ll all have to be speaking before a Senate committee about next week?

SEVA GUNITSKY: Sure. And I want to say, this is not just small change from Russia, despite what Donald Trump says. This has been hundreds of millions of dollars. Donald Trump’s son, Don Jr., said—almost a decade ago, he said that "Russians make up a disproportionate number of our investors. We have money pouring in from Russia." That’s a direct quote. So, he has been a sort of perfect vehicle for Russian investments.

And if you look at the people who were in the room in that now-infamous meeting last June, then it’s clear that there are many linkages to Russian money. We have people like the business partner of Aras Agalarov, a Russian oligarch that Trump has been doing business with for years. We have people like Natalia Veselnitskaya, who is a lawyer for a company called Prevezon, which was accused of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars through New York City real estate. So, it’s not a surprise that these names keep coming up, because this is definitely something that has linked Trump to Russia for a long, long time.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: And could you talk about, Seva, the 2012 Magnitsky Act and what role it plays here?

SEVA GUNITSKY: Sure. So, the 2012 Magnitsky Act was a result of a Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, who was investigating a company in Russia that was linked to some illegal activities by Russian oligarchs. And when he found out what happened, he was put in jail, and he was murdered in jail. So, in 2012, the Obama administration, as a response, put in an act, the Magnitsky Act, that essentially prevented wealthy Russians from doing business in the U.S. And the Russian oligarchs despise this act. They really would like to see it canceled.

And the lawyer who met with Don Jr., Natalia Veselnitskaya, she had been lobbying against the Magnitsky Act for years ....

From Transcript two: Moglivech is a key figure in the Dutch documentary:

You write about a trip that Trump made back in 1987 to Moscow during the Gorbachev years. Why did he make that trip?

CRAIG UNGER: Well, this was his first trip to Russia. And they were—there was sort of a wooing going on in which he was hoping to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. It’s been a dream that’s been resurrected again and again and has never happened. But during that time, he first—for the first time, you see his presidential ambitions surface, immediately when he comes back. And he goes up to New Hampshire afterwards. He’s met a lot of powerful people in Russia. He goes up to New Hampshire as if he’s dipping his toes in the presidential waters for the presidential primary coming up in '88. And he puts out a full-page ad in The New York Times and Washington Post in which he puts forth the same kind of foreign policy stuff he's been saying during the presidential race and since he’s become president, attacking Western Europe, attacking NATO, and, frankly, putting forth a policy that appears to be in Russia’s interest more than ours.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Well, you point out in the article, as well, that since Trump has been president—so, just in the last six months—about 70 percent of the sales in his buildings have gone to shell companies, where we don’t know—we don’t know the identity.

CRAIG UNGER: Well, exactly. And that’s one question where you have to wonder how much—is this just a free-for-all where he’s laundering massive amounts of Russian money? And it’s the kind of thing that, frankly, as a reporter, that’s where you see your limits. It’s very hard to penetrate shell companies, and you need a subpoena. And I’m hoping that’s a direction special counsel Mueller will go after.

AMY GOODMAN: Now, that’s very interesting, because—especially in light of this New York Times interview done yesterday in the Oval Office, when Trump basically talked about his red line. He’s furious that Jeff Sessions, you know, recused himself, and which led to Robert Mueller being appointed. But his red line is going from Russia to his own finances. But you and our previous guest are linking the two.

CRAIG UNGER: Absolutely. He is effectively saying he wants to obstruct justice. It’s as simple as that. There’s no other interpretation.

AMY GOODMAN: So talk about some other of the people that you write about—for example, Semion Mogilevich and Felix Sater.

CRAIG UNGER: Right. Well, Mogilevich has been probably the most powerful mobster in Russia for more than 30 years. He has his—according to FBI files, he has his fingers in everything from prostitution to drug running to elaborate stock fraud scandals and so forth. But what he is renowned for is money laundering. And he was so successful at it, he was known as the "brainy don," because he has a degree in economics, and he’s come up with some elaborate schemes that seem rather byzantine and complicated, but they’re very, very lucrative ...

I urge anyone who comes to this blog to take the time to watch this material and and/or read all three transcripts. Now if you have time, read this the way this reactionary republican from rural Ohio presents what he is about to do as benign reason and good for all in my comments section.

What I find so important and must be included in this blog how Johnson spins what's happened to present a totally false view. He presents himself as a good man up against power-mad people who are ruining the economy. If you read nothing else, and assumed that the US gov't must be run by good people, have been told businessmen are good people, and read nothing else (say watch Fox News which is a perpetual celebration of Trump as president, as presidential), you might regard the stories of the NYTimes or Post or other mainstream publications as lies, as fake news. And the problem here is compounded because yesterday say neither the Post or the NYTimes told about what has been revealed in detail about how Trump and his agents are all gangsters; the way he stayed afloat after the early 1990s when no bank would fund him was to find funding in the gangster worlds of Russia and elsewhere so I can see that a person in Ohio turning on Amy Goodman would think she's nuts, not just extremist but a crazed liar.

Miss Drake

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misssylviadrake
Jul. 21st, 2017 11:59 am (UTC)
The way the destruction of health care, the environment, and bank regulations are presented
From Email letter from tea party congressman, Bill Johnson.

I have heard from many of you over your frustration with the Senate and their inability to make progress on repealing and replacing Obamacare. I share your concerns, and I'm very disappointed that some of our Republican Senate colleagues decided to sit this one out. I have urged them to roll up their sleeves, come back to the table, and continue working to get it done...before it's too late. But, in spite of our frustrations with the Senate, we've actually made good on some of President Trump's and House Republican's promises...let me give you an overview of some of the good things that we have accomplished:

*As of June 8, the House had passed more bills, and more bills had been signed into law than the previous four administrations at the same point in time in their first terms.

*The House passed a repeal of the disaster known as Dodd-Frank, so that our community banks in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio can return to providing great customer service to our citizens, rather than having to shoulder the same kind of burdensome financial regulations that a much larger JP Morgan Chase or Goldman Sachs might face.

*The House passed, and President Trump signed, 14 Congressional Review Act measures to roll back burdensome regulations...resulting in over $65 Billion in regulatory relief for American businesses. Remember, prior to this Congress, the Congressional Review Act had only been used once before.

*The House worked with President Trump to bring down the twin pillars of President Obama's war on coal...the Stream Protection Rule and the Clean Power Plan.

*Over 500,000 jobs were added in the first 100 days since Congress and President Trump were sworn in.

*The House provided $12.2 billion for increased border security, resulting in a 61% decrease in border crossings...a 17-year low.

*The Keystone XL Pipeline was approved, creating thousands of jobs.

*The President nominated, and the Senate confirmed, a conservative Justice Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

*The House provided the largest pay raise for America's warfighters in 6 years, and began the arduous task of rebuilding our military.

*The House froze IRS funding, and reduced EPA funding to levels prior to President Obama taking office.

These are but a few of the actions taken since this new Congress began and President Trump came into office. Below you will find some additional details of the work I've been doing on your behalf.

misssylviadrake
Jul. 21st, 2017 12:00 pm (UTC)
The way destructionof health care, environment, bank regulations are presented
Continued: how these reactionary people present what they aqe doing or rural white Americans, with little access to real news beyond mainstream media:

House Passes Two Immigration Enforcement Bills

At the end of June, I voted for two pieces of bipartisan legislation to reform the broken immigration system and create tougher penalties for illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds in the United States.

The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) would strengthen tools used to fight sanctuary policies that shield unlawful and criminal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement, and would clarify the detainer authority used by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain criminal aliens. This legislation would also withhold federal grants from local jurisdictions that act as "sanctuary cities," and allow victims of crime to sue jurisdictions that subsequently release criminal aliens back onto the streets. These grant funds will shift to states and localities that comply with federal law.

Kate's Law (H.R. 3004) would increase penalties for deported immigrants that return to the United States. The bill is named after Kate Steinle, who was senselessly murdered two years ago in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant that had previously been deported five times and convicted of multiple felonies. The federal government's first duty is to protect our citizens, and this bill will further empower law enforcement agencies to keep violent gangs and criminal cartels, like MS-13, out of our communities.

Is there still work to do? Yes. But, both of these pieces of legislation I supported are important steps in the right direction as they begin the much needed overhaul of our broken immigration system.

***

WOTUS Rule Repealed

Late last month, the Trump Administration rescinded the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, and rolled back yet another unnecessary Washington mandate created under President Obama.

I have been against this one-size-fits-all rule since it first came out. It was never about clean water; rather, it was about an overreaching federal bureaucracy that wanted more power - in this instance the EPA. This regulation was poised to bring unneeded hardships to many of our rural communities, especially our farmers. President's Trump's action was an important first step in getting the federal government out of our backyards, fields, and ditches. The EPA now needs to go back to the drawing board and write a rule that protects our water, while at the same time protecting small businesses, farms, and the rights of individual land owners
misssylviadrake
Jul. 21st, 2017 12:05 pm (UTC)
Who elected Trump ...
I come across Trump supporters of course. Most of the time they do not identify themselves. As Naked Capitalism showed and also a story in the Washington Post in fact the poor whites did not give Trump his win, it was wealthy whites, older people (what fools those on limited incomes), white people and what's wanted is a white nationalist state for the wealthy to thrive in. This is understood; it was understood by Romney in his famous taped speech. Trump is performing ethnic cleansing one by one: by deportation, by imprisonment, by suppressing the vote, by allowing cops and other people who need only say they are scared of black people (brown, Muslim) to kill them with impunity. The progressive populist's latest issue puts before us the crazy reality that Dylann Roof who slaughtered 9 elderly black people in a church is not regarded as insane. How is this? why is he not regarded as insane? because large enough segments of US culture have been brought up to be terrified racists
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