For me, staying on track, with so many political news stories slamming me in the face, seemingly every minute is a bit hard. My number one intention with Calamity Politics, is to become a platform for the progressive political agenda, through reporting and opinion with my daily political blog posts.
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Although, I admittedly have a progressive political agenda, I try to stay relatively objective in my reporting on the daily political scene. I attempt to use a minimum of two sources for each story. I frequently make a commentary amidst the post, however, my goal is to give you news. I have an Editor section where I am much more likely to go on a screaming tirade, than on my main daily political post. If I forget that goal, I give my readers permission to remind me of my shortcomings. Mostly I just want people to become involved. Read Calamity Politics, follow me on Twitter and Facebook. U.S. Politics is a rough and tumble world of scandal, bribery, conflict of interest and self-aggrandizement. Join me for the show.
1). Trump’s Adult Children Send Security Costs Through the Roof
I was watching a political show yesterday, and the commentator did a quick piece on Eric and Donald, Jr. It seems the Secret Service is providing protection to all the Trump children, while they gallop around the planet vacationing or doing Trump real estate deals. Why so short a spot, I wonder? It definitely deserves more attention. People should be screaming. I was. The cost of this foolishness is, as yet, unreported, but I am alarmed. I want to know, how much is this costing the US taxpayer?
Why, in God’s name is the Secret Service providing security for the adult children of President Trump?
Secret Service Costs For Trump Family Outrageous
The Trumps have plenty of money, they keep telling us, so why the Hell should the United States government be paying for the security detail for his adult children. Eighteen years of age should be the cut-off age for any president’s children. It’s not like any of our recent presidents had money concerns.
2). MAR-A-LAGO Shenanigans
This is a Member’s Only Club, OWNED BY TRUMP. OMG! OMG!! OMG!!! The initiation fee is $200,000. Additionally, there is an annual membership dues of $14,000. Trump and the crew admit to meeting secretly with donors, according to today’s headlines, while at Mar-a-Lago this weekend. The citizens of this country are paying for these mini-vacations, at an estimated cost of 3 million dollars a weekend.
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Trips Cost over 3M per weekend
Where is the House Ethics Committee? Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), shame, shame, shame, on you. “Get off your ass, and do your job”, as your constituents told you at your televised Town Hall. Who’s paying to have dinner with President Trump? Who’s paying President Trump fees, and favors? We don’t have the answer to that question, but we do know, that for a mere $200,000, you have a good chance of getting a word, or two, or, possibly more, with President Trump.
3). Open Your Wallets
The Trump Organization is renting to the Secret Service “a floor, or two,” at the Trump Tower, in NYC for 1.5 million dollars a year, per floor.
Trump Tower Could Present Conflict of Interest
So, whether it is 1.5 million or 3 million, it’s a fuckin’ lot of money. It looks bad. The question of conflict of interest, cannot be ignored.
Why isn’t the Secret Service renting across the street? I don’t know how other people feel, but I don’t like the government paying Trump, to guard him at Trump Tower. The President should be providing the space free of charge.
4). Trump Pockets $55,000 Against FEC Regulations
The Daily Beast reports that the Trump campaign, at Donald J. Trump’s direction, in 2016 paid $55,000 to buy a bunch of his unsold books. Apparently, the rag was re-named for the campaign, Great Again-How to Fix Our Crippled America. So that you understand this, Trump used donor money given to his campaign to further enrich himself.
Trump Illegally Sells His Book To His Campaign
His campaign bought the book to give to Republican National Convention delegates. So far, so good. HOWEVER, Trump then had the campaign send the cash back to him. FEC regulations prohibit candidates from putting donor money in their pockets.
Furthermore, Huffington Post reported Trump jacked up rents once the RNC started picking up expenses. So the size of the rip off isn’t important, getting the better or someone, anyone, seems to be the number one rule.
The sitting President of the United States and his crew seem to have a limitless capacity for scamming anyone within their line of sight, in this case his donors. It doesn’t matter, $5, $10, $1,000, or, as in this case, $55,000. Trump and his associates just run one cheap ass scam after another. Disgusting. Yeah, disgusting.
5). Putin Orders Psych Report on Trump
I heard someone say, “Putin is having buyer’s remorse.” LOL.
I want to know why. Why are the Russians leaking this information?
6). Trump’s Executive Order, “The Muslim Ban”
No one seems to be talking about it, but the travel ban affected over 15,000 medical doctors. Most of these physicians serve rural access hospitals.
Trump Blames Obama For His Own Poor Performance
“I inherited a mess!”
I haven’t seen any numbers, on how many nurse’s and other adjunct medical personnel were affected, but I can imagine 10,000 individuals, or 30,000. I’ll update if I see any more statistics.
The negative effect on these small vulnerable communities is hard to communicate. I would like to see more thought and less bluster from this administration. And a lot more heart.
7). “A Fine-Tuned Machine,” Trump Tells American People
The President of the United States, looks puffy eyed into the camera lens, and lies and lies. He lies when he doesn’t need to. He lies, just to keep in practice. “I inherited a mess, a mess,” he says, and I have replaced it with, “a fine-tuned machine.” .
A Finely Fucked Machine
From my West Coast bunker, I’d call it, “a finely fucked machine”.
I have a message for our newly elected president. President Trump, I am watching and listening. Some of us, according to the polls approximately 60%, recognize a lie when they hear it. Gallup Poll showed a 39% Favorability rating for Trump.
Sad, but not surprising. When you are a jerk from Queens, you remain a jerk from Queens. “If you’re born round, you won’t die square,” I’ve heard said.
8). We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia, Trump Jr said in 2008
In a contentious press conference on February 16, 2017, President Trump lashed out at reporters who dared question him about his Russian ties. Trump denied associations to Russia. “I own nothing in Russia. I have no loans in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia.”
It is well known however, that for the last 30 years, Trump, or surrogates, have made frequent business trips to Russia, participated in multiple deals in Russia, and has engaged in financial dealings with wealthy Russians in the US and around the world.
Trump Claims No Russian Money Connections
Keep moving folks, nothing to see here. Keep moving. Nothing to see here.
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