Well, of course this posting is about Donald J, Trump, but at this time it is more of a placeholder, until his next outrageous behavior.  Of course over the next week or two, there will be a series of tweets that will fill this column completely up, and we will move onto something even more unpresidential and UnAmerican.

It could be about General H.R. McMasters comments about Trump.  The top national security official dismissed the president variously as an “idiot” and a “dope” with the intelligence of a “kindergartner,” sources said.  https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/11/hr-mcmaster-calls-trump-idiot-dope  http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/hr-mcmaster-called-trump-an-idiot-and-a-dope-at-private-dinner-report/article/2641258.  But it is really so much broader than this.

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Thom Hartmann has devoted a lot of time to this topic that he terms Corporate Personhood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hziy7WR9TQcod.

“Transcript: Thom’s Corporate Personhood rant, 09 September 2009” is attached below.  It was such a convoluted legal history and in reality has no basis in fact.

The Brennan Center for Justice exposes the fallacy in the Corporations as Persons arguments in the cases Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby and Citizens’ United.  These legal beagles show Thom’s logic is spot on.

The Republican use of “Corporations as Persons” is going to new extremes with this:

William,

The new House Republican tax bill includes a hidden provision giving “personhood” rights to a fetus from the moment of conception. It’s clearly intended to lay the groundwork to ban all abortion—and we’re calling them out.1

We’ve just announced a six-figure advertising campaign to warn voters about this anti-choice sneak attack. The ad campaign is strategically targeted in districts where anti-choice representatives are especially out of step with their voters, including districts where Trump lost to Hillary Clinton.

We still have time to kill this awful provision in the Senate bill, but we need to keep up the pressure NOW before the House votes next week. Will you chip in $15?

Yes, I’ll chip in $15 to defend choice and help keep these ads running to stop the deceptive “personhood” provision in the GOP tax bill.

Hidden in the 429-page bill is a provision that establishes “personhood” by giving legal rights to a fetus for the purposes of college savings accounts. That might seem innocuous, but once that legal precedent is established, it’s a short step to banning abortion outright.

This provision preys on the dream so many Americans have—to make college even a little bit more affordable for their children—while doing nothing of the sort. It’s a cynical bait-and-switch to insert language so radical that even voters in red states have rejected it.

The GOP’s ultimate goal is to ban abortion; they know they can’t do that head on, so they’re using the tax code to chip away at abortion rights. This charade takes the horror of this tax bill to an entirely new level.

But 7 in 10 Americans support abortion rights—and these radical “personhood” proposals are deeply unpopular. They’ve even been defeated on the ballot in states as red as Mississippi. That’s why we’re launching this ad campaign to call out the “personhood” sneak attack in the GOP tax bill.

Will you chip in $15 to defend choice and stop the hidden “personhood” provision in the GOP tax bill?

Thank you for helping to make abortion rights real for all women,


Ilyse Hogue
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

Transcript: Thom’s Corporate Personhood rant, 09 September 2009 (by Sue N):

Thom Hartmann: Okay, let me just lay this out. Back in 1885, January 26th, 1885, Delphin Delmas was the lawyer who had been hired by the county of Santa Clara to argue this case before the Supreme Court. Santa Clara County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad. Prior to that, he had for free on behalf of the county, argued a case which actually led to the saving of the redwoods. There literally would be no redwoods left in the United States were it not for Delphin Delmas, this lawyer. An amazing man. And early around 1906 or 1907, he defended a famous murder case, a movie was made out of it called “The Lady in the Red Swing”. He’s got a very colorful history, this guy.

But in any case, before the Supreme Court the Southern Pacific Railroad argued in this case that the 14th amendment which says ‘no person shall be denied equal protection under the law’ should apply to them as a corporation. In other words, that as a corporation they should have rights under the constitution because the 14th amendment, when it was written to free the slaves in the 1870’s, the 14th amendment didn’t say ‘no natural person shall be denied equal protection under the law.’ Instead it says ‘no person.’ And for hundreds of years of common law we had this distinction between natural persons, you and me, and artificial persons: churches, governments, corporations.

And so Delphin Delmas, on January 26th, 1885, this is in my book, “Unequal Protection”. In fact, I think it’s the only place that it’s ever been published, because I actually found the notes, Delphin Delmas’s own notes of his arguments before the Supreme Court. This is what he said before the court. He said, “The defendant claims [that the state’s taxation policy]…” this had to do with two different counties taxing the railroad at two different rates, and they said, “that violates the portion of the 14th amendment which provides that no state shall be denied any person within its jurisdiction equal protection of the laws.” He said, “The shield behind which [the Southern Pacific Railroad] attacks the Constitution and laws of California is the Fourteenth Amendment. It argues that the amendment guarantees to every person within the jurisdiction of the State the equal protection of the laws; that a corporation is a person; that, therefore, it must receive the same protection as that accorded to all other persons in like circumstances. …

To my mind, the fallacy, if I may be permitted so to term it, of the argument lies in the assumption that corporations are entitled to be governed by the laws that are applicable to natural persons. That, it is said, results from the fact that corporations are [artificial] persons, and that the last clause of the Fourteenth Amendment refers to all persons without distinction.

The defendant has been at pains to show that corporations are persons, and that being such they are entitled to the protection of the Fourteenth Amendment. … The question is, Does that amendment place corporations on a footing of equality with individuals?

And then he goes on to the whole thing he says, “When the law says, ‘Any person being of sound mind and of the age of discretion may make a will,’ or ‘any person having arrived at the age of majority may marry,’ I presume the most ardent advocate of equality of protection would hardly contend that corporations must enjoy the right of testamentary disposition or of contracting matrimony.” And he goes on from there, basically pointing out that people and corporations are completely different things.

Here is the big problem. If this court rules that corporations can participate in political discourse, right now we have laws that prohibit, remember the whole Al Gore, the Buddhist temple thing, how some of that money was coming from off-shore. Turned out it wasn’t, but you know, it got the right wingers pretty hysterical for a while.

We have corporations in the United States that are owned in large part by entities that are not in the United States. In fact some of them are owned by the Government of Communist China, large chunks of their stock. About 20% of the members of the boards of directors of the hundred largest corporations in America, the Fortune 100 companies, about 20% of their boards are non-US citizens. We’re talking transnational corporations. Their interests are not the same of those as a citizen.

And yet it looks like our Supreme Court is about to give them the rights that you and I have to political free speech. Because it is going to assert, and it has asserted over the years, in this case that I’m talking about, Santa Clara County VS. Southern Pacific Railroad, actually the court did not rule that corporations were persons, but they have been claiming that ever since then because the clerk of the court, John Chandler Bancroft Davis, former President of the Newburg and New York railroad, wrote into a head note – the commentary on the case – which has no legal standing, a quote from the chief justice who had since died, he was dying of congestive heart failure during the year the proceedings happened, he died the next year. This was published two years later. He wrote that the chief justice said, “a corporation is a person and therefore entitled to protection under the 14th amendment.” When nobody knows if the chief justice said that. Even if he did, it doesn’t matter. It’s not the case. So what this is going to come down to, is whether corporations have the rights of persons in the United States, whether they have free speech rights and, this is just a huge, huge issue.

For more detail see Thom’s book “Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights” (excerpt).

Transcribed by Suzanne Roberts, Portland Psychology Clinic.

http://www.flashstory.net/2017/10/22/cousins-arrested-refusing-stop-sex-funeral-ceremony/

Alabama a wonderful place to visit.  But I guess you have got to be a different type to live there….

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/woman-says-roy-moore-initiated-sexual-encounter-when-she-was-14-he-was-32/2017/11/09/1f495878-c293-11e7-afe9-4f60b5a6c4a0_story.html?utm_term=.bcb9c3f960cc

 

 

I will be posting some things here from time to time to explain what the Democratic Party is and is not.  The Party represents 99% of this nation and not the 1% that has bought and paid for the GOP.  But for now, I am forced to answer charges about a “rigged” primary:

 

Okay people, I have been a Democratic Ward member since 1978.  We have had some issues but the fact is Hillary started building a presidential organization in then the period 1996-2000.  All the women leaders in Santa Fe Country were getting hand written Christmas Cards from HRC since 2006.  This all was building on a woman’s movement. Obama rose up and snatched her clear win from her in 2008.  All the DNC officials, apologized, and said her term was next time, and promised this to her.

Obama in 2009 as the President becomes the Defacto head of the Democratic Party. HRC is in his administration and quits in 2013 to run for President.  All existing Administration and DNC and Democrats are basically pledged to her at that point unless Obama objects.  Later in April of 2015 Bernie starts running and makes tremendous headway to the promised win for HRC.  I am just glad the Donna book comes out now and not like the timing of the Comey announcement.  I will be posting some things here about Let’s hash this out and move on….

“@Dem Exits” on social media are doing absolutely nothing but electing the GOP in 2018 and Trump in 2020 and giving talking points to blast thru the internet by Russians (they are starting up already).  Show up to your local Democratic Party meeting and you can take it over.  Santa Fe County is 64-5% Bernie Sanders for example.

THERE IS NOTHING ILLEGAL that was done. The DNC is a private club that makes its own rules, so is the GOP (except for it’s right-wing values).  Like a Elks Club, Moose or Eagles. The only way to ENFORCE anything with them is to turn out to the Democratic Party Ward Meeting which I have done since 1978. You can complain here and lose to the GOP in 2018 and 2020 and then complain more—-or you can get to work. We actually have a Demo meeting at 3 p.m

 

The Founding Fathers wanted to ban political parties and left them out of the U.S. Constitution. Jefferson and Adams spoke at length how bad they were in Europe. Yet, both used them to be elected President….

 

 

Readers are going to say about this title: “You can’t be serious?”  Well, yes I am.  I know it sounds like science fiction, but it is more like the “absence of science.”  In New Mexico, our Republican Governor’s N.M. Public Education Department just tried to change the science standards of the state by leaving out a few ‘inconvenient truths’ (facts) like: evolution and climate change: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/20/us/new-mexico-science-standards.html

Thom Hartman on his radio show about four years ago, talked about the “Rewriting History Project” of the GOP.   Much of it has materialized into just taking over school boards and rewriting textbooks and standards.  I would argue this is in fact Mind Control.  Would you agree?

There was suppose to be a PAID attempt at rewriting all of Wikipedia to the likings of the GOP, but I haven’t seen a lot of content change.  For a while, that four years ago, I did notice shenanigans, and the back and forth of edits and restorations.  But now maybe they opted to be partners with the Russians instead.  Using FaceBook and bots to steal and send emails.  Then there would be no uproar—just another stolen election by the GOP.

Certainly, the Trump Voter was a victim of Mind Control—believe me—-believe me….

Other Trump utterances have a blind following: the Drain the Swamp, America First; both of which I blogged about here.  Also, All Lives Matter to attack Black Lives Matter and Obama was born in Kenya and is a Muslim (in senate Intelligence Committee testimony of former FBI agent Clinton Watts, he said he was monitoring two Russian Agents in this country tweets and they said: “Obama was born in Kenya and is a Muslim,” and Trump retweeted this.

Recently, the stand for the National Anthem and be patriotic to the flag issues have come up as a diversion; but also as a Mind Control of Trump’s base of voters.

 

Well, he is up to it again, lying and using the myths of tax policy.  In September, he had 1,328 lies since becoming the Resident of the White House; so should it really surprise the World?

William,

“It’s not good for me. Believe me.” That was Donald Trump talking about his tax plan, which the Senate is expected to vote on this week. We shouldn’t believe him.

Trump’s tax plan is nothing more than a huge tax handout to millionaires and wealthy corporations, paid for by slashing critical services for working families.

Republican leaders’ tax and budget plan will hand a $770 billion tax cut to hedge fund managers, corporate lawyers and real estate developers―like Trump―that run so-called pass-through businesses. And, they want to repeal the estate tax, handing $240 billion to America’s 0.02% wealthiest families.

Compare that $1 trillion in tax cuts to the wealthy to the proposed $1.3 trillion cut to Medicaid and other health services that working families rely on.

Or, what about the $440 billion tax cut from repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax―a tax that prevents rich people like Trump from using loopholes to sharply reduce or eliminate their federal income taxes?

Compare that $440 billion tax cut for the wealthy to the $473 billion proposed cut to Medicare.

Time and again, Trump is slashing critical services for working families just to pay for tax cuts for himself and his millionaire and billionaire buddies.

Call your Senator right now and demand they vote NO on the Trump tax and budget plan:

1-888-516-5820

Here’s a suggested call script:

My name is _______. I live in TOWN, STATE and I’m a constituent of the Senator’s.

I want Senator [NAME] to Vote NO on the Senate budget that cuts funding for Medicare, Medicaid, and education. Not one penny in tax cuts should be given to the wealthy and corporations.

And, after you call your first senator, then call the other one.

The vote is expected to be very close. We will need three Republicans and all Democrats to stand with us and oppose Trump’s and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s tax and budget scheme.

Thank you for standing up and demanding a tax system and an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few.

Sincerely,

Frank Clemente
Executive Director
Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund

William,

Before becoming President, Donald Trump had a knack for conning people. Whether it was channeling charity dollars to his company or ripping people off through his so-called Trump University, he’s built himself a long rap sheet of scandals and scams — and he’s trying to add another one to the list with his tax “reform” plan.

Trump’s tax plan is a classic “trickle down” scheme, in which corporations and the wealthy (like the President and his family) are given huge tax breaks while the middle and working classes get nothing, or even have to pay more. It is also not paid for, and borrows the money from our kids.

Of course, Trump is trying to sell this as a huge break for the middle class: it’s not. When you look at the facts, the vast majority of the benefits of their proposal go to America’s wealthiest families, only widening the gap between rich and poor. Trump and Republican leaders are pushing to cut the corporate tax rate to 20 percent and reduce the highest individual rate to 35 percent. And by some estimates, as many as 30 percent of Americans making less than $150,000 a year could actually see their taxes go up.

We can’t let Trump put one over on the American people. Join me in calling on the rest of Congress to stand with working families and oppose this deficit-financed tax giveaway.

Thanks for all you do,

Representative Adam Schiff

 

Hey William —

Recently, we spoke with Mike, a proud resident of Overbrook, Kansas, about his state’s recent “experiment” with cutting taxes for the rich. Mike’s been a family farmer — and a Republican — his whole life. He voted for Sam Brownback, the Republican running for governor in 2010, because he said cutting taxes for the rich would create jobs and increase growth.

William, seven years later, Mike sorely regrets his vote. Those same tax cuts were DISASTROUS for Kansas, and with Trump and Republicans in Congress trying to pass similar tax cuts nationwide as we speak, he’s afraid of what that will mean for the rest of the country.

Watch the video of our conversation with Mike about what happened when Kansas gutted taxes for the rich — and then share it to spread the word.

Governor Brownback promised that tax cuts for businesses and individuals would create so much growth for the state that they’d “pay for themselves.” He lied.

Employment and economic development went down, not up. The wealthiest people and corporations got the biggest benefit, and everyone else got shortchanged — including Mike’s own grandkids, whose school was forced to shorten their year when state education funding got squeezed. Small farms like the one he grew up on paid the price, while those with more than enough got out of paying their share.

Now Donald Trump and some Republicans in Congress are pitching the same plan that took Kansas from surplus to deficit, tanked its job growth, and cut funding for its schools and first-responders — for the entire country.

Trump and his allies are flying all over the country making speeches, calling meetings, and manufacturing distracting controversies — all in the name of selling their tax scheme. This time, Mike’s not buying it, and he thinks no one else should either.

Watch and share this video to help make sure more Americans don’t fall for their lies.

We wouldn’t wish what Kansas has gone through since Governor Brownback’s disastrous tax cuts on any other state. Make sure your friends, family, and representatives know the truth about tax cuts for the rich.

Thanks for helping spread the word,

The Tax March Team

 

Trump is really too inept to be our President, in fact, I can’t imagine that he was ever a “great businessman” except that he owned the business and there was no one to tell him he was lousy (like a board of directors or stockholders).  The most dangerous thing is that his staff either through attrition or just laziness is also getting more and more inept.  This is always a danger when you hire staff into a political administration that have no prior government experience.  It is always a disaster.  I offer a few examples:

Donald Trump’s tweet about pulling NBC’s license to broadcast shows a complete lack of knowledge of FCC operations.  His said NBC’s broadcast license should be pulled.  But it is individual stations that are licensed and their licenses can only be pulled by proving they are operating outside of the public good.   In defense of the public good position, stations might mention P-grabber’s 13 sexual assaults, 3,500 lawsuits, 5 foreclosures, 4 draft deferments, 1,318 lies today as #45, some Russian collusion like $10 billion in loans, not paying workers and contractors at the hotels, Trump University—and the endless list. So bring the lawsuits on…..

Later in the same day, the White House Press Briefing says: “The Tax Reform Plan we have is the worst one in the world and needs to be changed.”  Well, that REFORM PLAN is yours sir.  What you should of  said is that the Tax CODE is the worst.  You see a Code is the assemblage of laws that Congress passes.  Of course Sara Huckabee has never worked in government so an oversight like this is predictable.

Steve Bannon (while he was still in the White House) said to the President that the use of the 25th Amendment is more likely than Impeachment.  Trump said what is the 25th Amendment?

With so many more examples, isn’t time for the Nation to move on with a real leader?