It’s Official: Trump Requires a Caretaker

March 30, 2017

By Karen

In the clearest indication yet that Donald Trump is unmanageable, an official job has been created for his daughter Ivanka — Assistant to the President.

She’ll soon be widely known as the Assistant President. At age 35, Ivanka just makes the minimum age someone must be to serve as president.

The job supposedly comes with no salary, but I don’t believe it. When has Trump ever given the government a freebie? The Secret Service is hunting for change between the sofa cushions to finance protecting his whole far-flung family, even if it means paying to rent space in Trump Tower or book rooms at Trump resorts.

Ivanka’s 36-year-old husband, Jared Kushner, already serves as Trump’s senior advisor, with myriad little projects on his to-do list, achieving Middle East peace among them.

Jared will also head a newly created White House Office of American Innovation. It’s purpose is to foster business practices in government that have worked so well for Trump, such as stiffing contractors, swindling customers, and declaring bankruptcy.

It seems the Kushners, whom nobody ever voted for, are now poised to run the country, using Trump as their ventriloquist’s dummy. Neither have any government or diplomatic experience, and everything they’ve ever accomplished in life, except for producing three kids, has been facilitated by their rich daddies.

To see Trump leaning so heavily on his daughter could indicate several things:

  • He knows he’s in over his head, whether through deliberate ignorance or a deteriorating mental state, and he needs Ivanka for cover.
  • He can fob off on Ivanka any task he finds distasteful, which means everything that doesn’t involve him scribbling his name while evil white men applaud his cleverness.
  • Ivanka is no longer part of the Trump organization, so presumably she isn’t prohibited from talking shop with her brothers and can serve as Trump’s conduit for keeping tabs on the family businesses.

This development is weird, but not all bad. The Kushners may temporarily cushion the country from the worst of Trump’s madness until we learn exactly what’s up with Trump and his crew’s treasonous fascination with Russians. Then Congress will be compelled to kick the whole sorry lot to the curb — or to jail.

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Devin Nunes Must Go and Paul Ryan’s on Quicksand

March 28, 2017

By Karen

Paul Ryan probably gave his blessing for Congressman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) to sabotage the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Donald Trump and his Russian connections. The first time Nunes spoke to reporters, he said he spoke with Ryan before skipping off to the White House to meet with Trump about what he learned from an unknown person with as-yet-unknown  information about surveillance of the Trump team.

See Nunes say it at minute 2:30 and repeat it at 8:29…

However, Nunes scrubbed the fact of meeting with Ryan from every statement he subsequently made as his account of his suspicious actions became increasingly murky upon repetition.

For some reason, everyone in the media except, apparently, Lawrence O’Donnell, missed the Ryan connection, and Ryan so far is keeping his skirts clean.

But all signs point to Ryan-Nunes collusion to protect Trump’s ass and scuttle the House investigation.

Nunes’ own committee members, whom he has treated like mushrooms — keeping in the dark and feeding shit — have had enough of it and are calling for Nunes to recuse himself because they can’t trust him.

Nunes served on Trump’s transition team when some of this Russian canoodling was going on, so Ryan never should have let Nunes have the reins in the first place, unless Ryan’s intent was always a sham investigation.

Nunes’ recusal isn’t enough now, nor should we trust any other congressional politician a with partisan axe to grind to uncover the truth. We need an independent investigation.

After all, they hired Ken Starr to investigate Bill Clinton’s icky stain on Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress, even though it was Clinton’s personal shame and had NOTHING to do with his ability to be president.

Yet now they hesitate when we know the president has deliberately surrounded himself with well-documented Russian tools like Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, and they may all have been committing treason during and after the campaign. For all we know, Trump’s STILL profiting from his Russian connections. That’s why he won’t release his taxes.

It’s enough to make your head explode.

Trump tweeted maniacally about his Russian problem last night, trying to shift the spotlight to his favorite scapegoats, the Clintons. By now, all should recognize that he suffers from pathological projection. Whatever he knows himself to be guilty of, he accuses someone else of doing.

Now he’s living in abject terror of his Russian skeletons tumbling out of the closet at any minute while Putin watches, waits, and undoubtedly has a good laugh at Trump’s bumbling ineptitude.


Trump’s Revealing Behavior on Health Care

March 27, 2017

By Karen

Last week’s health care debacle highlighted Donald Trump as the quintessential man-baby. Now I think I know why Ivanka’s got an office in the West Wing. SOMEBODY’S got to change the diapers.

During the campaign, Trump claimed he would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on “Day One.” It would be easy. He had “something terrific” and cheaper in mind to cover everybody, and we’d all be very, very happy.

The fool didn’t realize he was describing the single-payer system Bernie Sanders advocates, also known as HR 676.

So why did Trump’s terrific idea never get mentioned last week? He offered NOTHING but vague, untrue promises, and even proclaimed at one point his amazement at how complicated health care is.

He was useless while Paul Ryan crafted an ACA replacement bill, and the result was disastrous. Had it passed and voters realized how deeply it shafted them, making health insurance drastically more expensive and doing nothing to improve medical care, they’d have descended en masse on Washington with torches and pitchforks, demanding heads.

Trump seemed oblivious to potential voter outrage that would surely sink him, if Russia doesn’t first.

Fortunately, congressional Republicans themselves balked. Some were repulsed by the bill’s inherent cruelty in stripping people of what coverage they now have, but others opposed the bill because it wasn’t backward-thinking and punishing enough.

While not having a clue as to what the bill meant, Trump spent a few days stamping his feet and demanding everyone vote for it because that’s what he wanted. If they didn’t, he’d do something mean to them. That’s his “art” of making deals.

Trump’s ignorance rendered him incapable of negotiating compromise on any point in the bill, and he changed no minds.

When his sheer bullying didn’t work, Trump dodged the humiliation of seeing the bill get crushed by having Ryan pull it before the vote and shelve it indefinitely.

With his now-expected spite, Trump immediately dismissed health care reform, saying he’ll let the ACA “explode.”

So much for his campaign promises to make his supporters’ lives better.

Instead of pouting, he could now try to correct the ACA’s deficiencies. Or, even better, he could roll out “Medicare for All,” the single-payer system he touted as a candidate. It’s already up and running, and redirecting the billions insurance companies now pocket as profit could finance its expansion.

Instead, Trump is letting insurers continue to be leeches, sucking subsidies from the government while charging people too much for high-deductible health insurance that pays for precious little medical care.

Trump’s an overgrown baby, grabbing at whatever shiny toy Steve Bannon dangles before him. Last week it was health care. This week, he’s on a tear to resurrect the coal industry by rolling back water protection and reviving air pollution because he thinks coal mines are neat.

Like any infant who hasn’t learned the concept of consequences, he’s making coal miners’ environment even deadlier while doing nothing to improve access to health care, and he thinks he’s doing them a favor.


Congress, Face Facts: Trump’s Unhinged

March 22, 2017

By Karen

While FBI Director James Comey gave damning testimony about Donald Trump’s delusion that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, Trump couldn’t sit quietly in the wings. He inserted himself into the proceedings by live-tweeting.

Like idiots, the committee immediately read Trump’s ravings and tried to make sense of them. When will they learn that Trump’s tweets represent a petulant baby screaming for attention, and he’ll say anything to get it?

The legislative branch (and the media enabling it) need to be adults and tell Trump he’ll be neither seen nor heard until he’s capable of producing factual, coherent thoughts.

Now that Comey has become more threat than ally, don’t be surprised if Comey gets fired, just like Preet Bharara, the New York City U.S. Attorney Trump wanted to keep at first, but canned when watchdog groups requested investigations into Trump’s conflicts of interest.

Remember when Trump claimed he was so rich he didn’t need/want his $400,000 a year presidential salary? Another lie. He’s getting paid, claiming he’ll donate all to charity at year-end. Wouldn’t it be better to donate every payday so he can tweet about that? Instead, he’s giving himself a year’s float for max profits from investing the salary.

Another drain on taxpayers is Ivanka Trump’s new office in the West Wing. She also gets top security clearance. Why? Because, as an ordinary citizen with no diplomatic experience whatsoever, she must be present whenever Trump meets a head of state.

Can’t we just put a shade on Ivanka’s head and call her a lamp?

Trump, the psychopathic toddler, wreaks havoc every waking moment. He isn’t reforming healthcare, he’s letting Paul Ryan destroy it. Trump’s proposed budget is so spiteful, it’s like he’s personally out to screw every person who voted for him.

And helping Trump sow confusion and chaos is his oil-soaked secretary of state and Putin BFF, Rex Tillerson. Tillerson says he’s fine with a 28% budget cut to his gutted State Department because we’ll have “fewer military conflicts” in future.

Out of the other side of his mouth, Tillerson threatens military action against North Korea.

Trump is obsessed with having more Army men, tanks, and guns to play with, oblivious to the fact that the fortune he blows on pointless military buildup and his stupid border wall, to the exclusion of everything else, will bring down, from the inside out, the country he swore to serve.

You know what other country puts its military first while letting everything else go to hell and its people starve and die? North Korea.

Trump’s approval rating is 37%, yet he can still waste more taxpayer money jetting off to some ignorant pocket of this country where morons will cheer him.

When will they wise up? When black gunk flows from their water taps? When they can’t breathe the brown air? When they get cancer and the only hospital has closed — not that they could afford treatment, because the bulk of their income goes to useless health insurance that covers nothing?

Congress needs to subpoena 10 years of Trump’s tax returns. He’s so terrified of anyone seeing them, they must contain enough conflicts of interest and Russian ties to impeach him a dozen times over.

And once Trump’s ass is good and toasty, Putin can pile on his dirt from Trump’s 2013 Miss Universe Pageant visit to Moscow. It’s the last puzzle piece, and Trump will finally be exposed as even more vile than the bloated, arrogant pussy-grabber we already know he is.

Trump himself is leaving us no choice but to cut short his reign of ignorance and terror. What remains to be seen is how much more damage Congress will let the deranged man-baby inflict on us before it steps in and does the right thing.


Trump Tweets to Draw Sharks

March 6, 2017

By Karen

I bet Donald Trump dreams a lot about sharks — their fins breaking the surface while his fevered brain screams, “Get ready to JUMP!”

During his fourth weekend in a row at Mar-a-Lago at taxpayers’ expense, Trump threw chum into the water with his most unhinged tweets yet. Early Saturday morning, Trump accused Obama, without one iota of proof, of wire-tapping phones in Trump Tower in NYC during the campaign, labeling the former president a “Bad (or sick) guy!”

Pot, meet kettle.

What will Trump tweet next weekend? That Obama’s taken out a hit on him? That he needs to hire a taster because Obama’s trying to poison him? That Obama tried to run him over with a cart on the golf course? That Obama planted a bomb in the Oval Office?

We’re seeing Trump unravel as, one by one, his cronies’ ties to Russia are exposed, like layers from an onion with a Trump core.

If the ever-growing list of Trump associates’ Russian connections were truly irrelevant, Trump could immediately, completely prove he’s clean by producing his tax returns showing no profits from or indebtedness to Russia.

But he doesn’t, and each day he looks guiltier. Or perhaps he knows that his taxes aren’t enough. That Putin’s got dirt to finish him off, and Putin will use it whenever Trump proves himself a weak, useless puppet. Trump tweets to distract, in a vain attempt to keep the other shoe from dropping.

Last week, Trump managed to read to Congress from a teleprompter for an hour without a meltdown, leaving many rejoicing that he was finally acting presidential. But within days he once again reverted to the ignorant, pathetic, frightened little man he really is.

Trump seems bewildered by his new political world. No longer the unquestioned boss, he’s surrounded by enemies he earned, and others who won’t sit by while he flushes America down the toilet. So they leak and speak on condition of anonymity. Trump himself created every reason he has to be very, very afraid. His constant bashing of the media looks increasingly like a death wish to have them expose all he’s been hiding and get it over with.

But back to the tweets. To close Trump’s account would violate his First Amendment rights. So the next best response is none. Report only on his words and text that come through official channels. Reduce his Twitter audience to the crazies who still think his mental diarrhea makes sense.

By using tweets to flirt with the sharks, Trump doesn’t distract, but forces the country closer to a decision to oust him and regain its sanity. Sad!


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