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Do We Need A Tax Cut?

I admit.  I am puzzled.  Why are we getting a tax cut at a time when corporations have a lot of cash?  Okay, I said “we” but it is the corporations who are getting the tax cut.

But why?

Doesn’t the country need the money?

Where is the expected infrastructure improvement?  Better roads, needed bridge repair, tunnels, airports, public transportation?

We have seen one disaster after another in the country this year.  Flooding, fires, Puerto Rico has been devastated.  How do we improve the electric grid, how do we reestablish wetlands, how do we rebuild the devastated areas of the country and its territories without extra money?

Climate change?  I know that the President and the Republican party have denied it.  But that denial does not make it less real.  Where will the money come from to pay for the damage caused by climate change?  How do we deal with a world where revolution, poverty, and refugees are all increased because of drought, flooding, and fire?

In order to pay for the tax cuts, our country will allow the deficit to swell, and services to be cut.  Health care, job training, immigration services:  are all of these to be cut?  Will we stand for this?

Really?  Do we need a tax cut?

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Trump Wants to Abolish the Johnson Amendment

The news today is that Trump attended the prayer breakfast this morning.  He, of course, praised his performance on the TV show “The Apprentice” and bragged about his ratings.  I don’t know how any of the participants were able to choke down their breakfast after Trump asked them to “pray” for Arnold so that his ratings, much lower than Trumps, will go up!

Then he “promised” that he would repeal the Johnson Amendment which prevents Churches from actively endorsing and working for a political candidate.

Does Trump know that he doesn’t have the power to repeal the rule?  (I know, the Republicans will probably come to heel, and do what he wants them to do.)

I wonder if it has occurred to Trump that when Churches can support specific candidates so can the Synagogues and the Mosques.  That might be interesting.

What kind of a country have we become?

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Resist Trumpism, Part 2

There was a lot of reaction to Buzzfeed’s release of the dossier of the possible connections between Trump’s people and Putin’s operatives. Evidently, the information had not been confirmed by the United States Intelligence agencies so far.

But if we look at the information that we already know about Trump from his own behavior and performance we know:

We know that Trump is salacious.

We know that Trump encouraged Russian interference in our election.

We know that Trump likes his roughneck image.

Why do we cover or dispute what we already know? Why do we even pay much attention to the validity of the dossier?

We know that Trump will favor billionaires, especially himself and his businesses.

We know that Trump will reduce environmental protection.

We know that Trump will reduce safety regulations.

We know that Trump will pretend to be religious.

We know that Trump will reduce voter rights.

We know that Trump will restrict women’s rights.

We know that Trump will be demeaning to anyone who is not like him.

Soooo

Why do we cover this performance?

Suppose after his next press conference only the dry facts (there wouldn’t be very many of them) were reported? Suppose his tweets were given no coverage? Suppose the press reported that as usual Trump said nothing remarkable?

Suppose instead the press did the real work of finding out and reporting on the real problems in the United States? The real difficulties with climate change? The real dangers of poor enforcement of safety regulations because the agencies that enforce these regulations are seriously underfunded? Suppose instead of fussing about who is at fault for the Russian interference in our election the press focussed on the serious underfunding of the technology in the United States government?

We might have change. We might be able to hold Trump to account.


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Truthful Trump ?

Hmmm. Can you say “Truthful Trump” and not laugh?

I can’t. His latest lie about Hillary Clinton using Clinton Foundation money for personal expenses is the ultimate lie.

Here is a secret: In my psychology practice I often found that when someone told a lie, he or she was really talking about himself or herself.

This fits Trump perfectly now that the truth about his use of the Trump Foundation has come out.  He has used the money to settle lawsuits, to make donations with money that was donated to his foundation, so that the donation looked like it was Trump’s money when it was money from other people.

By the way: I am still getting ads on my email for a get rich quick scheme that has Trump’s name on it. Anybody else notice this? When I checked it out is was a scam: Unfortunately under many different names, but the same scam: Junk information, good luck getting your money back.

Reply with your own experience. I really want to hear from you.