Trump’s “Fake News” Claims are a Genuine Threat to Our Democracy

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  1. Troy says:

    Your naivete is touching, Ken.

    Romney’s speech to his 1%er donors was the gameplan here:

    There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for [Obama] no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

    There’s now $2.8T sitting in Social Security’s trust fund, ready to be stolen. This money is the accrued over-taxation (via FICA payments) of the working middle class from 1983 to now, plus interest), said FICA rates were set by the Greenspan Commission of 1983 so the baby boom would pre-pay their massive retirement insurance costs as they retire (first boomer hit early retirement age in 2008 and we’re about halfway through the boomer retirement surge now, with substantially all retirees getting payments by 2026).

    But for SSA to cash out these bonds, Congress has to fund their conversion into cash — and the GOP Congress has much better uses for that ~$100B/yr expense than giving it to people who think they’re “entitled” to it.

    The GOP’s primary — “inner party” — rationale for 86ing PPACA is its tax rises on high earners, which help fund the subsidies poor people get to afford their health insurance premiums.

    The GOP does not want to pay for poor people’s expenses. They want these people to die, self-deport, just f-off like how high-Gini societies normally operate.

    >will only serve to create more enemies in a region where we need more allies

    What you think the US needs and what the conservative coalition running things now needs are two different things.

    Bannon’s muslim ban was an intentional f-you to the muslim world, even if it didn’t actually target the major nations that actually have all the terrorists.

    Conservatives want Americans to see muslims as the enemy, partially because muslims are enemies of Israel, and conservatives (neocons and the Christian right) are in bed with Israel.

    Bannon is even a more scary dude than the normal right-wing whackjob.

    AFAICT the masterplan is chaos and unrest and instability and breaking government.

    When you break something, you get to put it back the way you want.

    These are dangerous times, dangerous because so many Americans have pudding for brains.

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