Friday, April 28, 2017

Daily action alert

In light of news that Republicans are delaying a vote on the Trump/Ryan healthcare bill yet again, today's Daily Action is to call your representative at (844) 241-1141 and demand they put an end to this bill once and for all.
Many Republican members of the House haven't stated how they plan to vote on Trumpcare 2.0. Some may secretly oppose it, but are afraid to say so publicly because they are afraid of the White House. We need you to let those undecided legislators know that they have MUCH more to fear from their constituents, who are overwhelmingly against the AHCA and will not hesitate to vote out anyone who would deny healthcare to millions of Americans! We need 4 more Republicans to publicly oppose the bill. If they are silent, we have to assume they are in support of the bill and going forward, treat them accordingly. Make it clear: silence won't do them any favors with their constituents.
Essentially every Democrat as well as 18 Republican representatives have publicly stated their opposition to the AHCA. If your representative is one of them, we need you to thank them and tell them you expect them to hold strong against any further iterations of this bill.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Trump, Fascism, and The Rise of Hate

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Last Week I quoted George Orwell from his classic essay "Politics and The English Language," decrying the general and sloppy way he word fascist is dished out to everyone we don't like with no regard to the true meaning of the word. I use the term with precision and say Bannon, and by his influence Trump, are fascists. Webster's defines the term:

  1. often capitalized :  a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
  2. 2:  a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control fascism and brutality — J. W. Aldridge (Websters on line
Blow I have several articles that back Bannons belief in autocratic elevates, He believes imn genetic  (therefore racial) superiority and that only property holders should vote. Clearly he meets the nationalistic criterion since he calls himself an economic nationalist and white nationalist.

If we look at the actual practice of real fascists we see than the same concerns that motivate them also  motivate Bannon,

Trump's Challenge to Democracy


an article on the risks of democratic erosion by Jeff Colgan, a political scientist at Brown University, who warned, “In light of Donald Trump’s illiberal tendencies, we have to take seriously the (unlikely) possibility that democracy and rule of law could weaken in the United States.” To help guard against this possibility, Colgan offered ten “warning signs of democratic breakdown.” They included attacks and restrictions on the press, vilification of foreigners and minorities, the intimidation of legislators, and the use of crises to justify emergency security measures. 
Colgan isn’t the only one worried. If my Twitter and Facebook feeds are anything to go by, many Americans and non-Americans are convinced that Trump’s victory heralds the imposition of Putinesque authoritarianism, and maybe even full-blown fascism. Such concerns are understandable. During the Presidential campaign, Trump casually incited violence; promised to “lock up” his Democratic opponent; refused to release his tax returns; gave a dystopian Convention speech in which he promised to restore “order”; proposed banning Muslims from entering the country and reinstituting the use of torture on terrorism suspects; and vilified his opponents and critics. And what of today? Trump is surrounding himself with sycophants, ranting on Twitter about how he really won the popular vote (he did not), and boasting that the federal conflict-of-interest laws don’t apply to him.
(read the whole article)

Bannon is the brains behind Trump Bannon is a fascistand believers only property holders should be allowed to vote.

Steve Bannon Once Suggested Only property owners should vote

When America was born, the right to vote largely extended only to white men who owned property. In the early 1800s, that expanded outward slightly to include white men regardless of property ownership. In the wake of the Civil War, it expanded outward again to include nonwhite men (though this didn’t mean they could immediately vote). About a century ago, another expansion: Women were given the right to vote and, setting aside efforts to artificially restrict voting, every American citizen had suffrage. Done and done.
In its Monday editions, the New York Times reported on a conversation in which Stephen K. Bannon, named as a senior strategist by President-elect Donald Trump, had allegedly floated the idea of reverting the right to vote back to the 18th century. The Times quotes Julia Jones, a former colleague of Bannon’s when he worked in the film industry.
Ms. Jones, the film colleague, said that in their years working together, Mr. Bannon occasionally talked about the genetic superiority of some people and once mused about the desirability of limiting the vote to property owners.
“I said, ‘That would exclude a lot of African-Americans,’ ” Ms. Jones recalled. “He said, ‘Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.’ I said, ‘But what about Wendy?’ ” referring to Mr. Bannon’s executive assistant. “He said, ‘She’s different. She’s family.’ ”
This is not something that should be considered a current policy proposal from Bannon (or, for that matter, from Trump). But it raises an interesting question: What would happen if the franchise were extended only to those who own property?

Combative Populist Steve Bannon Found His Man in Trump

In a radio interview last year with Mr. Trump, Mr. Bannon complained, inaccurately, that “two-thirds or three-quarters of the C.E.O.s in Silicon Valley are from South Asia or from Asia.” He has sometimes portrayed a grave threat to civilization not just from violent jihadists but from “Islam.” He once suggested to a colleague that perhaps only property owners should be allowed to vote. In an email to a Breitbart colleague in 2014, he dismissed Republican congressional leaders with an epithet and added, Let the grass roots turn on the hate.”
(read article in link above)

This call to unleash the hate of the grass roots has been headed by the rise of ate groups

Southern Poverty Law Center Says Hate Groups om the Rise

 Washington post

According to the SPLC*, the number of American hate groups has been climbing steadily for most of the past 30 years, but the new arrivals to the SPLC’s list in 2016 were predominantly characterized as white nationalist and anti-Muslim groups.
“By far, the most dramatic change was the enormous leap in anti-Muslim hate groups,” wrote the report’s author, Mark Potok, an SPLC senior fellow. The report says hate groups in the United States nearly tripled, from 34 in 2015 to 101 last year.
Nearly 50 of those new additions are local chapters of ACT for America, an anti-Muslim activist group that claims Michael Flynn, who this week resigned as Trump’s national security adviser, as a board member.
Potok argues that Trump’s rhetoric throughout the campaign — including calls for a ban on immigration from some Muslim-majority countries, proposals for ideological vetting of those seeking entry to the United States, and accusations that American Muslims harbor terrorists — stoked popular fears in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Europe, California and Florida. Potok wrote that Trump’s rhetoric has helped fuel a spike in anti-Muslim sentiment, a view that is shared by several other civil rights advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

*Southern Poverty Law Center

Traditional fascism such as we found in Franco's Spain and the Argentine manifest themselves imn  groups such as "Tradition,Family,Property," Or even Hitler;s talk of blood and soil, show that populist grass roots man of the people image that Trump tried so hard to cultivate, we see the echos of the sacred nature of property in Bannon;'s ideal of only property owns have any real stock in the system, The man of the people is a lie and the real authoritarian strong man rule is based in the elate who can sucker the ignorant and the lynch mob into thinking it was their idea to lynch the enemities of the elite.

Monday, April 24, 2017


Robert Reich
5 hrs
Trump will unveil his tax “reform” plan Wednesday. Part of it is a huge cut in the corporate tax rate, from 35 percent to 15 percent, in order to “make the United States more competitive.”
This is truly dumb, for 5 reasons:
1. The White House says the United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. Baloney. After corporate deductions and tax credits, the typical corporation pays an effective tax rate of 27.9 percent, only a tad higher than the average of 27.7 percent among advanced nations.
2. Trump's corporate tax cut will will bust the federal budget. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center projects that it will reduce federal revenue by $2.4 trillion over 10 years. This will either require huge cuts in programs for the poor, or additional tax revenues from the rest of us.
3. The White House says the tax cuts will create a jump in economic growth that will generate enough new revenue to wipe out any increase in the budget deficit. This is supply-side nonsense. Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush both cut taxes, and both ended their presidencies with huge budget deficits.
4. American corporations don’t need a tax cut. They’re already hugely competitive as measured by their profits – which are at record highs.
5. The White House says corporations will use the extra profits they get from the tax cut to invest in more capacity and jobs. Rubbish. They’re now using a large portion of their profits to buy back their shares of stock and to buy other companies, in order to raise their stock prices. There’s no reason to suppose they’ll do any different with even more profits.
Don't fall for Trump's corporate tax plan. It will be a huge windfall for corporations and a huge burden on ordinary Americans.
What do you think?

Trump is making clear he is putting a priority on cutting taxes over the national debt.

Daily Action alert

With the Senate back in session today and the House returning tomorrow, today's Daily Action is to call your Senators and make it clear that funding for a border wall and a deportation force is NOT on the table. The government shuts down on Friday unless a deal to increase the borrowing limit can be reached. Because the White House has little to show for their first 100 days (that milestone is on Saturday), they are now trying to cram some of their campaign promises into this discussion. No wall. No deportation force. Let your Senators hear your voice.
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Victory for the Resistance!

Many thanks to the 6,300+ of you who called the House Committee on Foreign Affairs yesterday to SHUT THIS DOWN!!! Amazing work!
When we move BIG and FAST we WIN!!!
Please share with your friends & family - the more of us, the better.
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Remember I posted on this I put up the action laert. see we can succeed when we call.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Trump's Business as Ususal


If Russia helped Trump mi the election,and that is established that they did and that they wanted Trump to Win, Other than winning there could be other entanglements that make Trump less wiling to resist collision. Here;s one, Oil and gas money.

NYT: Exxon seeks waiver of sanctions agiant Russia for Oil money

HOUSTON — Exxon Mobil is pursuing a waiver from Treasury Department sanctions on Russia to drill in the Black Sea in a venture with Rosneft, the Russian state oil company, a former State Department official said on Wednesday. An oil industry official confirmed the account.
The waiver application was made under the Obama administration, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity, and the company has not dropped the proposal.
The proposal is now before the Trump administration at a delicate time in Russian-American relations, with rising tensions over the war in Syria and a looming congressional inquiry into reports of Russian efforts to influence the United States presidential election.
The appeal did not come up during Senate confirmation hearings for Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, who was Exxon Mobil’s chief executive before his nomination by President Trump and was known to have a strong working relationship with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. At the time, Mr. Tillerson and other company officials said they had not lobbied against the sanctions, which were imposed on Russia in response to its military intervention in Ukraine.[1] [read more]

Here's a company who helped Trump win with big campaign contribution,

Assocoiated Press

Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.
Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO also heads a White House manufacturing working group, and two other makers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three Cabinet agencies. The companies asked them “to set aside” the results of government studies the companies contend are fundamentally flawed.
The letters, dated April 13, were obtained by The Associated Press.
Dow Chemical chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris is a close adviser to President Donald Trump. The company wrote a $1 million check to help underwrite Trump’s inaugural festivities. 
Pesticide studyOver the last four years, government scientists have compiled an official record running more than 10,000 pages showing the three pesticides under review — chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion — pose a risk to nearly every endangered species they studied. Regulators at the three federal agencies, which share responsibilities for enforcing the Endangered Species Act, are close to issuing findings expected to result in new limits on how and where the highly toxic pesticides can be used. 
The industry’s request comes after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced last month he was reversing an Obama-era effort to bar the use of Dow’s chlorpyrifos pesticide on food after recent peer-reviewed studies found that even tiny levels of exposure could hinder the development of children’s brains. In his prior job as Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt often aligned himself in legal disputes with the interests of executives and corporations who supported his state campaigns. He filed more than one dozen lawsuits seeking to overturn some of the same regulations he is now charged with enforcing.[2] [read more]


Associated press is a valid new syndicate so it is not fake new, This means the story is reputable. it comes from major news outlet,

[1] Clifford Krauss, "Exxon Mobil Seeks U.S. Sanctions Waiver for Oil Project in Russia" New York Times, (APRIL 19, 2017) URL: (accessed April 20/17)

[2] Assocoiated Press, "Dow Chemical Pushes Trump to Scrap Pesticide Study," VOA, USA
()April 10, 2017) URL:

 (accessed April 20/17)

Daily Action Alert

ExxonMobil is asking the State Dept. for permission to drill for oil in Russia. Today's Daily Action is to call the House Foreign Affairs Committee and tell them to take a stand: No weakening of our sanctions against Russia and no special treatment for Exxon.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Putin BFF and former ExxonMobil CEO) says he has recused himself, leaving us to wonder who exactly is driving this decision. After all, his Deputy Secretary hasn't even been confirmed yet? Tell the House Foreign Affairs Committee to hold a hearing so that we can get these answers from Rex under oath.
When you dial (844) 241-1141, you'll be connected to a random member of the Committee - remind them that they do their committee work on behalf of the nation, not just their district.
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 Daily Action JENN'S SCRIPT:

(if you are a registered voter, it’s important that the Congressperson KNOWS you vote and are watching their actions)

Hello. My name is (NAME), I am a US citizen living in (STATE), my zip code is (ZIP). I’m calling to ask that the House Foreign Affairs Committee DENY Exxon Mobil’s request for a sanction waiver. It is the height of hypocrisy for the US Government to allow Exxon Mobil to line its pockets in a partnership with a government that has actively violated the sovereignty of foreign nations and sought to undermine the sovereignty of the United States.

More Information on Russian Sanctions and the Exxon Mobil Request
US State Department: Ukraine & Russia Sanctions
The New York Times (4/19/2017): Exxon Mobil Seeks U.S. Sanctions Waiver for Oil Project in Russia
The New York Times (1/11/2017): Rex Tillerson’s Maverick Oil Diplomacy
Politico (12/18/16): Exxon Mobil Helped Defeat Russia Sanctions Bill
, signed on March 6, 2014, authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, or for stealing the assets of the Ukrainian people. These sanctions put in place restrictions on the travel of certain individuals and officials...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Daily action on facebook

For today's Tax Day Daily Action we're calling Donald Trump's properties at (202) 796-7123 (NOTE: Not the usual number) and giving them a message to give to their boss: Release your tax returns from the last ten years.
No doubt these are not the calls they're expecting at Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago, but disrupting day-to-day business at Trump's properties may be the best way to compel Trump to do the right thing.
Each call will randomly connect you to a Trump property. It's only a few minutes out of the day for each of us - but collectively, we'll be blocking tens of thousands of dollars in reservations and pushing Trump's hotels to pay overtime. So share this post broadly and by all means make as many calls as you'd like.
PLEASE be polite to the individual you get on the phone (after all, they aren't Donald Trump) -- but by all means take your time and speak your mind. If Donald Trump can turn his diplomatic meetings into Mar-a-Lago commercials, then we can certainly turn his phone lines into a White House switchboard.
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