Blogging Has Been Pretty Sucky Lately, But For Reasons

I spent most of the week in Cuba, bitches!

There’s no blogging in Cuba or from Cuba, that I can tell you and a great deal more.  All will be revealed.

Also too reflections on how you all let me down while I was gone.  How do you let Al Franken go from a 2020 possible to liberals saying he should resign?

Maybe there’s degrees of bad bahavior?  I’m just saying.

Also maybe when we decided “we believe the women” it was inevitable that sooner or later there would be a single accuser telling a story that has no contemporaneous corroboration, denied by the accused – a true “he said/she said” situation.

So I say NO, I don’t believe THE WOMEN, I believe A WOMAN (if there’s contemporaneous corroboration and/or other accusers).  All others we reserve judgement.

I can be Constructive on Taxes. Even Corporate Taxes

They’re trying to sell a corporate tax rate cut without eliminating the pages and pages of loopholes placed in there by lobbyists that cause lots of massivey profitable companies to pay effectively nothing.

They can cut the rate.  Fine. But…

  • How about a progressive taxation systems for corporations too?  More than one silly bracket depending on taxable income.
  • I think they should have only a very few deductions, but they should be based on how many American employees they have and how much they compensate them.  You pay more, give more generous benefits, you get to deduct that.

The greatest mistake the propsal makes on personal taxes is the contraction of tax brackets.  We need more tax brackets, not fewer.  Fewer brackets doesn’t make it easier to file.  It make sit easier for very high earners to escape the level of taxation that would be fair.  A person earning $1B should pay a higher rate than someone making $450,000.  Who wouldn’t agree with that in an honest debate?

Once again, we need civics classes that explain what tax brackets mean because almost every debate on TV is pointless and misleading.  Someone in 1960 who fell in the 91% bracket didn’t pay 91%.  Couples only paid that on the money after dollar $400,001 and that was .1 of 1% of the country. There were 24 tax brackets in 1960.  They want four now.  Really.

By the way the top corporate tax rate was 52%.

Go back to 1960 taxes and you really could make America great again.  All else is bullshit.

 

 

Last Night Was Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good (and what I expected)

Polls don’t measure turnout so well.  Thusly, polls in Virginia were a lot closer than the actual election.  So pollsters and pundits were not expecting the wave of anti-Trump turnout that manifested in VA and around the country.  Tellingly many beltway creatures thought Dems were going to blow it.  Northam may not have been a great candidate but Virginia Democrats, progressives, liberals, moderates, people of color, millenials, etc. weren’t going to make the mistake that the greater country did in 2016.  They came out to vote and they swept the state into the 21st century.

VA was a clean Democratic sweep of executive offices and a possible pickup of the House of Delgates.  They needed 17 seats, an impossible task it was thought.  They got 15 with a few more seats still being counted.  The best election night for Dems in VA since 1899!

They elected a transgender a woman and a socialist democrat to seats held by  Republicans – that’s how good a night it was.

In Washington state they won a special election that flipped that state legislature to the Dems.  All three Pacific coast states are solidly blue now.  In fact there were five seat flips around the country besides WA, three in GA, one in NH.  Some in Trump districts.

Maine voted overwhelmingly to expand Medicaid over the objection of their crazy govenor Paul LePage who still says he’ll try to stop it.  He can’t.  There’s no question that Maine will elect a Democrat to take that seat next year.  LePage only won because of chaotic multiple candidate elections giving him a plurality.  Mainers promise that they learned their lessons over those stupidly divided elections, never again.

Philadelphia elected an unthinkably lefty District Attorney.  He represents Black Lives Matter.

In Colorado, Betsy DeVos’ voucher supporters went down in school board elections after a six year fight.

Dare we actually take this momentum into the special election in Alabama?  How dare we not?  Doug Jones is maybe the perfect candidate to pull the upset and beat crazy Roy Moore.  He makes the case very well.

Jones said he was not a perfect candidate, but he would attempt to find workable solutions in the Senate for issues like healthcare.

Pitching his words toward crossover voters, Jones said people who have voted Republican in past elections may not agree with him on all issues, but that he would listen and look for areas of agreement.

“There’s nobody in this room that believes for a second that Roy Moore will even try to find common ground,” Jones said. “That’s not his style. He’s never done it. Hell, he’s not going to be able to find common ground with most of his Republicans. You know it. His common ground is only him.”

“We haven’t had such a divisive figure want to run for public office in this state in a long, long time, and we were all hoping that we had shed ourselves of those divisive figures,” Jones said. Speaking later to the media, he said electing Moore would send a message that Alabama had “not gotten rid of those divisive demons that we’ve had in our history.”

Jones compared the campaign to the 1970 gubernatorial primary between then-Gov. Albert Brewer and George Wallace, running to regain the office after a failed presidential bid two years earlier. Jones told the media later he was not comparing himself to Brewer, but the campaign, which he called a crossroads moment.

“Unfortunately we chose the wrong path (in 1970), and candidly, we paid the price for it for a long, long time,” he said. “We have such chaos in Washington, D.C. The last thing we need is to put more chaos into chaos.”

Let’s send Doug Jones some love.  Because if he can take that seat, the GOP will shit its collective pants.  There have already been about 2 dozen GOP incumbent retirements.  Last night should trigger a few more.  A Jones win could cause turnstyles to have to be installed in the Senate.

Fredo Trump May Have Provided the Smoking Gun

That June 2016 meeting that Frank Jr. had with Russians may have been a failure at the time, but it promises to be a disaster of such proportions as to be remembered with the break in at the Watergate.  One of the people at that meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Russian influence peddler and Slavic busybody gave an interview in Moscow over the weekend.

A Russian lawyer who met with President Donald Trump’s oldest son last year says he indicated that a law targeting Russia could be re-examined if his father won the election and asked her for written evidence that illegal proceeds went to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

That, my friends, would be a quid pro quo.

“Looking ahead, if we come to power, we can return to this issue and think what to do about it,’’ Trump Jr. said of the 2012 law, she recalled. “I understand our side may have messed up, but it’ll take a long time to get to the bottom of it,” he added, according to her.

Veselnitskaya also said Trump Jr. requested financial documents showing that money that allegedly evaded U.S. taxes had gone to Clinton’s campaign. She didn’t have any and described the 20-minute meeting as a failure.

Veselnitskaya was trying to sell Trump, Jr. on proof that Democratic donors had paid no taxes on money they’d earned in Russia.  She didn’t have any proof with her, so everybody left disappointed, but the willingness of Trump campaign people to have the meeting alone is viewed by many as willingness to collude.  A functional and ethical campaign would have called the FBI instead of having the meeting.

If Trump Jr.  actually said that. as Josh Marshall says:

Even if you assume it is true, there’s no reason for Veselnitskaya to say it. No one is forcing her to say anything, certainly no legal authority in the United States. So whether it’s true or not almost seems beside the point. The real significance is that she’s suggesting something highly, highly damaging…

Remember, this is what made DOJ officials believe Mike Flynn was such a risk. He was publicly lying and his Russian contacts could prove he was lying, thus making him vulnerable to blackmail. Don Jr. seems to be in the same spot.

As the Old Jew (Papa Polislice) would say “from your mouth to God’s ear”.

 

 

I Think We Found Trump’s Base

So many polls, so many questions. For example, more people in the country believe Trump is dishonest than disapprove of his presidency, so how do you really gauge who the true Trump deadenders are?

Maybe this WaPo-ABC poll does that, indirectly.

A 58 percent majority say they approve of Mueller’s handling of the investigation, while 28 percent say they disapprove, the Post-ABC poll finds. People’s views depend in large part on their political leanings, but overall, Americans are generally inclined to trust Mueller and the case he has made so far.

That seems right.  The true Trumpistas that follow and excuse everything Trump does, including pussy grabbing and Russian collusion, would be the 28% of people who disapprove of the Mueller investigation.  There are always a few people who are not politically aware or who are just constitutionally willing to give the benefit of the doubt to the person of their own party.  They’ll say they approve of the Trump presidency and maybe even vote for him again, if he’s the nominee, but they’re not necessarily true believers.

But the 28% who say they disapprove of the Mueller investigation are certainly the hard core who swim in the Fox/Infowars/Breitbart swamp.  Clearly, to have that opinion you have to be absorbing pro-Trump and anti-Mueller propaganda and not having a brain aneurysm.