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Trump: The Welfare Emperor Picks the People's Pockets.

Donald Trump is keeping Melania and Barron in New York until the end of Barron's school year. This has irked New Yorkers who have to deal with the inconvenience and expense of a security lockdown in the middle of Manhattan. No doubt some Trump apologists argue that he is only acting ...

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Trumpcare: A Failure So Big, the Finger Pointing Will Be Epic.

On Thursday, when it became apparent that there weren't enough votes to pass Trumpcare, Donald Trump, the nation's preeminent, petulant toddler told Congress to hold its stupid healthcare vote anyway and see if he cared. Then he washed his hands of the responsibility and said he never wanted to do it, it ...

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Trump Maneuvers To Escape Blame If Trumpcare Fails.

The House has postponed the vote on Trumpcare. The White House says it has moved the vote until tomorrow. Which is odd because it's not the administration's decision. No matter. What did they offer as a reason? They didn't want to have the vote at 3 AM. Such consideration. Or more ...

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Trump's Desperate Healthcare Play

Donald Trump is betting that his healthcare measure is the cure for all that ails him. And he needs something. Despite the administration's denial that there was any 'there, there' in the Russian thing James Comey confirmed that the FBI was investigating the Russia/election/Trump brouhaha. Comey salted the wound by dismissing ...

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Why Are We Addicted to Treating Addiction as a Crime?

What would be the best way to solve addiction in this country? You don't know the answer? Or do you have the wrong answer? You are not alone. The architects of the "War on Drugs" are equally ignorant. A century ago we decided that drug addiction is a crime. Which is ...

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Donald Trump is keeping Melania and Barron in New York until the end of Barron’s school year. This has irked New Yorkers who have to deal with the inconvenience and expense of a security lockdown in the middle of Manhattan. No doubt some Trump apologists argue that he is only acting as a thoughtful father – who just happens to be President.

Codswallop. He’s the Commander-in-chief. Thousands of military families regularly uproot their kids with little notice. Military brats go to multiple schools. It goes with the job. But Trump is not a believer in noblesse oblige – although he is a fan of droit de seigneur.

In America, we retain the illusion that politicians and our political leaders are public servants. They, in turn, are at least supposed to pay lip-service to the idea. But Trump not only takes the oligarchs’ money, he also emulates their sense of entitlement – as well as their taste in cheap, gaudy decoration.

He should have been born in Russia – or some God-forsaken African hell-hole. He is temperamentally an autocrat. He has neither the ability nor intelligence to govern with consensus or nuance. Success in American politics is a product of dealmaking. And here the self-proclaimed master of the ‘Art of the Deal’ has been revealed as an impotent blowhard.

But if he can’t rule as the great dictators do, he can at least abuse Americans’ wallets trying to salve his pride and reinflate his ego. This picking of the nation’s pocket isn’t unexpected. He has always been careless with other people’s money. Witness his casual fleecing of the trusting enrollees of Trump University.

Putin might be able to jet around without censure from the state media, but his American poodle is still held to account. He may have reduced Fox News to an in-house PR firm, but the rest of the press still seems interested in reporting on his doings. So he has to justify.

His multiple trips to Mar-a-Lago, all on the taxpayers’ dime, are excused as work trips. His golf games as business meetings. A patent absurdity, he has a home office – and if he wants some recreational business bonding, the White House has a bowling alley.

His disregard of his neighbors is a lesson well learned by daughter Ivanka. She and Jared rent a home in Kalorama Heights, a ‘not for you or me’ DC neighborhood. There her secret service detail takes all the parking, while her staff decorates the street with rotting garbage as they cannot be bothered to learn the sanitation department’s pick-up schedule.

And let’s not start in on the boys – the Uday and Qusay of the family. What are the American taxpayers getting for their money? What is their return on investment? Nothing. Meanwhile, the Trumps’ global dealmaking is sponsored by real Americans struggling to make ends meet.

It is an abomination. Let an employee submit personal expenses to his employer. His reward would be a pink slip. And yet this is what the younger Trumps’ demand and they aren’t even employees.

Perhaps Trump’s base will see the man for the flimflam autocrat he truly is. But they already had the evidence of it and ignored it once. Luckily the majority of people see the wannabe Emperor is naked – but that will count for nothing unless they go out and vote.

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Trumpcare: A Failure So Big, the Finger Pointing Will Be Epic.

March 25, 2017

On Thursday, when it became apparent that there weren’t enough votes to pass Trumpcare, Donald Trump, the nation’s preeminent, petulant toddler told Congress to hold its stupid healthcare vote anyway and see if he cared. Then he washed his hands of the responsibility and said he never wanted to do it, it was dumb, and besides it […]

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Trump Maneuvers To Escape Blame If Trumpcare Fails.

March 23, 2017

The House has postponed the vote on Trumpcare. The White House says it has moved the vote until tomorrow. Which is odd because it’s not the administration’s decision. No matter. What did they offer as a reason? They didn’t want to have the vote at 3 AM. Such consideration. Or more accurately, what bullshit. If they […]

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Trump’s Desperate Healthcare Play

March 22, 2017

Donald Trump is betting that his healthcare measure is the cure for all that ails him. And he needs something. Despite the administration’s denial that there was any ‘there, there’ in the Russian thing James Comey confirmed that the FBI was investigating the Russia/election/Trump brouhaha. Comey salted the wound by dismissing Trump’s Obama wiretapping nonsense. Trump […]

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Why Are We Addicted to Treating Addiction as a Crime?

March 20, 2017

What would be the best way to solve addiction in this country? You don’t know the answer? Or do you have the wrong answer? You are not alone. The architects of the “War on Drugs” are equally ignorant. A century ago we decided that drug addiction is a crime. Which is an odd – and unique […]

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Really? 3.19.17 Trump’s Approval Goes From Bad to Worse & Some Other Stuff.

March 19, 2017

Donald Trump’s approval rating falls to a new low – 37%. Does he have a floor? (h/t The Hill) Tim Allen complains that being a liberal in Hollywood is like living in Nazi Germany. Is that the Nazi Germany where ‘enemies of the state’ earn $1.25 million per episode to make a sitcom? Sure, Hollywood […]

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Really? 3.18.17 – Trump Disses Merkel & Some Other Nonsense.

March 18, 2017

Donald Trump met with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. It didn’t go well. He intimated that he and Merkel had “something in common” because Barack Obama had wiretapped them both. A lie so brazen even Congressional Republicans think it’s absurd. He failed to be a gracious host. When Merkel suggested they shake hands, Trump responded by sitting in his chair, staring […]

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Really? – 3.17.17 Sean Spicer Pisses Off the Brits & More Silliness.

March 17, 2017

On Thursday Sean Spicer claimed that British intelligence had helped Obama spy on Trump. His source? Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News pundit. The British were understandably peeved. To salve the wounds caused by Spicer’s intemperate remarks an administration official announced that Spicer and National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, had offered an apology to the aggrieved British. And that […]

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Trump’s Tax Return: Did a Tree Obscure the Forest?

March 15, 2017

Rachael Maddow is not known for the cheap theatrics that typically come gratis with the hyperbolic sort of political commentator. But she joined her fellow pundits in the cesspool of click bait publicity with an overhyped release of Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return. Noise was made. But the promise of a bombshell was no more honest than the cover of […]

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