Friday, December 01, 2017

A guilty plea and a tax scheme.

Republicans in Washington are hours away from giving a trillion dollars away to the wealthiest among us. It will be done by way of a tax scheme that will be pushed through many of the people voting for it even seeing what they are voting for. The are so anxious to get it through before we can scrutinize it that they are literally handwriting parts of it. (See above) Incredibly, some democratic senators have been saying that they are hearing what's in the bill from lobbyist on K Street, not from their republican colleagues. 

It must be nice to be a republican fat-cat donor these days. All of the politricksters in Washington depend on you to get their money to get reelected, and they will honor your will, even if it means hurting most of the people in the country in the long run.

Personally,  from what I can see, this new proposed tax scheme will not affect my life that much. In fact, my accountant says that I will be happy with it. The thing is, though, unlike those scumbags in Washington, I actually care about my fellow citizens, and I realize that there might be some short-term gain from this scheme, but in the long run we will all suffer. We have lived through this "trickle down economics" scam before, and it was not pretty.     

So all in all this was a good day if you are a fat cat lobbyist or wealthy American.

It wasn't a good day, however, for the former national security adviser to Donald  trump.

"it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of 'treason' and other outrageous acts."

However, he said, "I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel's Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions."  

That was Michael Flynn's statement after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI. He will be singing like  Beyonce in days to come, because believe me, it was a very nice deal, and Mr. Mueller and company will want something in return. 

Sadly for Mr. trump, that something is him ---or someone close to him, and if you have been following the time line of this Russia mess, you know that he (Mueller) could be nabbing a bigger fish any day now. Mr. trump might end up getting his wall after all. It just won't be the one he expected. It won't be keeping Mexicans out of America, it will be keeping him in prison. 

It seems like just yesterday Mike Flynn was yelling "lock her up" when referring to Hillary Clinton to a crown of rabid trump deplorables. 

Oh well, sorry Mr. Flynn, life comes at you fast.

54 comments:

PilotX said...

So anytime a person who says they're Republican because they are fiscal conservatives you know they are liars. What's the over/under on trump getting indicted?

Anonymous said...

Republicans in Washington are hours away from giving a trillion dollars away to the wealthiest among us.

Another day, another lie from the Field Negro.

Anonymous said...

The Republican Party itself is a scam.

It exists to serve rich people's interests at everyone else's expense. And it does so by convincing the undereducated redneck rubes of Middle America to vote to harm themselves, by terrifying them with fairy tales about dangerous brown people and then offering to protect them from those same dangerous brown people.

This has merely become more obvious and destructive during the era of Trump, but it's been building for, like, four decades in the Republican Party.

At this point, the GOP isn't even attempting to appear like anything but the faithful servant of aristocrats, between this grotesque tax bill, the elimination of commonsense environmental regulations, and the repeal of net neutrality.

Almost nobody who isn't rich benefits from any of this junk.

Pilot X's half brother said...

Obama ran deficits every year of his administration bigger than what this tax cut supposed to fall short over ten years.

If it stimulates growth by only 1/2%, it will more than pay for itself.

Let the Republicans show you how to grow an economy. Obama sure couldn't.

As Barry used to say, elections have consequences.

Anonymous said...

If you were a real lawyer, Mr. Negro, you would see what happened today means the Russia collusion fantasy is over. When a prosecutor has a cooperator who was an accomplice in a major criminal scheme, the cooperator is made to plead guilty to the scheme. This is critical because it proves the existence of the scheme.
In his guilty-plea allocution (the part of a plea proceeding in which the defendant admits what he did that makes him guilty), the accomplice explains the scheme and the actions taken by himself and his co-conspirators to carry it out. This goes a long way toward proving the case against all of the subjects of the investigation.

That is not happening in Flynn’s situation. Instead, like with George Papadopoulos, he is being permitted to plead guilty to a mere process crime. A breaking report from ABC News indicated that Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians — initially to lay the groundwork for mutual efforts against ISIS in Syria. That, however, is exactly the sort of thing the incoming national-security adviser is supposed to do in a transition phase between administrations. If it were part of the basis for a “collusion” case arising out of Russia’s election meddling, then Flynn would not be pleading guilty to a process crime — he’d be pleading guilty to an espionage conspiracy.

Anonymous said...

No, not the Wu-Tang album!

There was some amusing news today about Martin Shkreli, strong contender for most punchable man in America (his competitors include Richard Spencer and, of course, the evil man-baby who currently occupies the Oval Office): The Feds are getting ready to snatch his assets for securities crimes he committed.

This includes the Wu-Tang album that Shkreli bought the rights to, and then refused to release because he's just an all-around prick.

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Lance Cockstrong said...

Haiku? ...

Why oh why oh why ...
Oh Why did Michael Flynn lie ...
To the FBI? ...

Party's over Trumptwats ...

Anonymous said...

Just in time for the holidays ...

it's the Twelve Days of Trumpness.

dinthebeast said...

Even with their special "dynamic scoring" the tax bill still blows a trillion dollar hole in the budget, and that's not a bug to them, it's a feature. It's actually more important to them than giving their donors a tax cut, because it is the next step in their real agenda, which is destroying the new deal and what's left of the great society, which they will now have an excuse to do.

It's a good thing we are winning elections again, because we're gonna have a lot of work to do cleaning up the goddamn mess they are making.

-Doug in Oakland

Miklo said...

As your comment is well thought out and honest, these dumbassed groids will never understand. They are the end all, be all of the Gibsmedat party. They see nothing but thriving upon the democratic plantation. It's all they know. But they are too brainwashed to see that choosing to be a liberal keeps them nothing but slaves

Anonymous said...

"Obama ran deficits every year of his administration bigger than what this tax cut supposed to fall short over ten years.

If it stimulates growth by only 1/2%, it will more than pay for itself.

Let the Republicans show you how to grow an economy. Obama sure couldn't.

As Barry used to say, elections have consequences."


"Barry" ran deficits during a giant recession. Recessions automatically cause deficits as a result of increased welfare-type spending and decreased tax revenue. In addition, he spent money on infrastructure to boost the economy and blunt the recession.

Republicans aren't doing anything of the sort. There is no recession, and the tax cuts that will increase the deficit are going to filthy rich people who will not spend most of that extra money in any way that enhances the economy. There will be no additional growth. The only economists who support this nonsense, voodoo trickle-down theory in 2017 are a tiny handful of right-wing dick-lickers like Robert Barro.

And cheating in elections also has consequences, as Trump is about to find out. Those consequences may include jail.

Miklo said...

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Strong Lancecock said...

President Donald Trump did not tell Flynn to make calls to Russia— Kushner did. And it was, wait for it, approved by the Obama Administration!

LOL my sides are in orbit!! Liberals on suicide watch!

Anonymous said...

-Liberals: the idea that Jews are collectively working to undermine Western Civilization is anti-semitic nonsense.

-Also Liberals: white men are collectively working to disadvantage minorities, we must end white privilege and systemic racism.

dinthebeast said...

"Barry" cut the deficit he inherited by almost two thirds before he left office.

Flippity flippity flippity Flynn.

Felonious Fergus fails again.

-Doug in Oakland

Flying Junior said...

Speaking of hurting those who voted for him, (and many of the rest of us,) the tax bill looms large on the immediate horizon. When the deficit inevitably explodes it will trigger automatic budget cuts. One of these cuts will surely be to Medicare. Seniors will feel the pain as Medicare premiums go up, benefits go down and most likely supplemental insurance premiums will increase significantly. This could easily crowd out budgets for food, clothing and housing.

According to the NYT the 2010 law protects Medicare to a certain extent. Medicare cannot be cut by more than 4%. I find that significant, particularly if it happens over several years.

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Winning! said...

Democrat party took 8 years and their signature economic achievement was Cash For Clunkers.

Sit down and be quiet. Trump is rolling over you like a Sherman Tank

mike from iowa said...

Republicans in Washington are hours away from giving a trillion dollars away to the wealthiest among us.

Another day, another lie from the Field Negro

Prove it, Anymoosepussy. Sorry, I forgot. You wingnuts can't prove anything because you ejaculate only what Fake Noise tells you to ejaculate.

Yīshēng said...

My immediate family, like a couple others on this blog, is VERY solidly upper middle class and includes 3 businesses.
We’re going to be ok in the next years/decades to come even with this ratchet tax bill.

You whooteemoos who post here, that are CLEARLY not well off or highly educated should know that you didn’t just fuck yourselves with a 10 foot long and wide, barbed wire pole. You fucked EVERYONE that looks like and is related to you too!!

I honestly feel a TON of sympathy for those who live on fixed incomes or are poor and struggling to become middle class. Their lives and many others including PhD students receiving fellowships/tuition waivers, are going to be devastated. But for those in those categories and others on the financial fringes of society that are whooteemoos and/ or voted for rethugs, I feel absolutely NOTHING about the hell you're going to experience in the next few years.

So enjoy sipping those tears, they should taste familiar because they belong mainly TO YOU!!!!

mike from iowa said...

Strong Lancecock said...

President Donald Trump did not tell Flynn to make calls to Russia— Kushner did. And it was, wait for it, approved by the Obama Administration!

LOL my sides are in orbit!! Liberals on suicide watch!

What a retarded mess of shit to spew. Obama placed sanctions on Russia. Why would he have okayed a dipshit like Flynn, whom Obama fired for krissake, to okay the next administration to work to undo sanctions before they were even sworn in?

mike from iowa said...

Donnie Drumpfuck is set to declare Jewrusalem the capital of Israel. That should bring peace immediately- not!!

Anonymous said...

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Ivanka Stump said...

Which dick means the most, my husband’s or my father’s???

MAGA said...

Yishbag said...
I honestly feel a TON of sympathy for those who live on fixed incomes or are poor and struggling to become middle class. Their lives and many others including PhD students receiving fellowships/tuition waivers, are going to be devastated
---

What complete idiocy.

Explain how people who already don't pay taxes are going to be devastated by a tax cut that should INCREASE revenues if it works as advertised?

If it doesn't work, taxes can be raised again in a couple of years. There are no cuts to social services or educational grants planned with this, so in the mean time no one will be hurt, much less devastated.

And the effects on the deficit are much less than the deficits Obama ran every single year of his presidency.

This is a good bill. Not good enough, but better than what we had.

Winning! said...

"These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places like Venezuela."

Bernie Sanders, August 5, 2011

This is the economic intellectual leader of the Democratic Party.

LOL.

Anonymous said...

Not Venezuela - EQUADOR.

mike from iowa said...

Explain how people who already don't pay taxes are going to be devastated by a tax cut that should INCREASE revenues if it works as advertised?

This is how it is advertised to work- Pay attention. Billionaires will get yoooge taxcuts. They will not have to pay a cent in estate taxes (they can pass all their wealth w/o losing a penny) They will be able to bring back money from offshore and pay a pittance instead of 35% korporate taxes they owe all Americans.

Now they have all this money and wingnuts say they will just feel naturally grateful and raise wages for employees by $4000. Riiiiiiiiiiight! The wealthy do not and have not been the job creation engine since back when horsepower was calculated for individual horses.

Give people a living wage at the bottom, they will spend virtually every penny for goods and services. That in turns creates demand for more goods and services which increases employment and everyone can make money. That is how the economy works. Not pretend fairy tales wingnut fairies are spewing.

dinthebeast said...

Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat.

Fuck you, and fuck Bernie Sanders.

We are winning elections again because we have a flood of new candidates who aren't geriatric white men.

-Doug in Oakland

dinthebeast said...

The only thing that trickles down is Fergus' hookers' pee.

-Doug in Oakland

dinthebeast said...

The signatures at the bottom of Flynn's charging documents are Zainab Ahmad and Brandon Van Grack.
Which means there is a pile of other charges he failed to receive.
He, and the other indictees, are all formally charged with lying, which is a prosecutorial tactic to squeeze credibility out of witnesses who have a history of lying, by making them admit to and take responsibility for their previous lies.
We'll see whether or not it works with them, but it's worth noting that the team using the tactic has a long and storied history of putting criminals away with it.

-Doug in Oakland

Lt.Commander Johnson said...

Blogger dinthebeast said...

We'll see whether or not it works with them, but it's worth noting that the team using the tactic has a long and storied history of putting criminals away with it.

-Doug in Oakland

3:44 PM

Uh huh. Which is the TEAM you speak of, Dougie?
Why would you refer to "them" as a "team"?

I thought this was to be independent and bipartisan.

Right.

Madame President said...

Flynn: "Lock her up, LOCK HER UP"!!

Hillary Clinton: "YOU FIRST, MUTHAFUCKA"!!

Limpbaugh said...

Flynn tried to improve relations with Russia after the election, not before. And he lied to the previous administration's McCarthyist FBI about it. Field wants worse relations with Russia and he doesn't want anybody who caused the genocide and slavery of blacks in Libya locked up. The House Negro propaganda series continues...

mike from iowa said...

Fuck Face Flynn was not authorized as a non-government agent to deal with any foreign entity. Stoopid wingnuts don't seem to think breaking the law is illegal when they do it.

Lying to the FBI is never a good idea. And Drumpf basically admitted he knew what Flynn was doing was illegal.

Bill Clinton was gang raped for lying about having sex in the Oval office. Drumpfuck needs to be drawn and quartered just for being a full time pathological liar. Oh, Yeah, he is a stoopid fucking wingnut, above all else.

Lance Cockstrong said...

It will soon be fucking Karaoke night when Boy Wonder and Junior join in the chorus ... when fat lady Cluckabee starts singing you know what that means ...

Party's over Trumptwats

PilotX said...

"If it stimulates growth by only 1/2%, it will more than pay for itself."

Trickle down economics has never worked in the past and there is no evidence it will work this time. The latest estimate says it will blow a trillion dollar hole in the deficit. Treasury was supposed to come up with its own numbers but never got around to it. What evidence is there that this tax plan will work?

Lance Cockstrong said...

The donor class read these clowns in Congress the riot act. They want a return on their investment and that is all that counts. Didn't have to be that way but it's their country now, we gave it to them without even putting up a fight. When Trumptwats have nothing but the stupid Trump hat on their empty heads they will catch on that they were trickled.

Anonymous said...

Donor class backed Hillary.

Just another White Old Fart said...

PilotX said...

"If it stimulates growth by only 1/2%, it will more than pay for itself."

Trickle down economics has never worked in the past and there is no evidence it will work this time. The latest estimate says it will blow a trillion dollar hole in the deficit. [...]

7:58 PM


- Trickle-down will succeed - in taking us closer to reverting to the conditions Upton Sinclair wrote about in his book "The Jungle". The pathetic part is that so many people are so blinded by their own spitefulness that they absolutely refuse to see that they'll suffer as much as, and possibly even more than, those whom they're so eager to see get bloodied.
-

mike from iowa said...

Lookee here, guns really do kill people.

The defense also presented evidence regarding the SIG Sauer’s propensity to accidentally fire. One of Garcia Zarate’s attorneys detailed the issues in a San Francisco Examiner article:

It’s an elite handgun intended for law enforcement and military personnel who may need to fire it with split second notice. Hence, it has a hair trigger in single-action mode. Even among well-trained users, it has a lengthy history of accidental discharges.

Most police agencies don’t make records public, but those that do reveal disturbing data. In a four-year period (2012-2015), the New York City Police Department reported 54 accidental firearm discharges, 10 involving SIG Sauers. Los Angeles County reported more than 80 accidental discharges between 2010 and 2015, five involving SIG Sauers. From 2005 to January 2011, the San Francisco Police Department reported 29 accidental discharges (a time when it issued SIG Sauers as its primary sidearm)…


Whitey wingnuts can be as mad as they want to be about the verdict, but the prosecution didn't do their homework and the defense team did. And that fat assed, orange orangutan in the White House needs to keep his stoopid fucking wingnut comments and opinions to himself so he doesn't poison jury pools.

mike from iowa said...

Drumpf's taxcuts for billionaires is not only about increasing deficits by 2,4 trillion over 10 years, it will also blow up federal debt because we will still borrow trillions to pay the bills.

Drumpf likes to brag about how much the Dow has gained and compares that to the national debt. But investors earnings don't pay down national debt. Drumpfuck is one dumb mofo and so are the people that voted for and still support his crime ridden administration.

And they whine that HRC is a crook.

mike from iowa said...

What did Drumpfuck know and when did Drumpfuck know it? Not much and not ever.
Drumpfuck the Dumbfuck. Bwahahahahahahahahahashahaha!!!

Just another White Old Fart said...

@ mike from iowa

- The nut-cases only whine about HRC because there simply is no excuse or rationalization or reason for their Schadenfreude-based support for the Reverse-Robin-Hood policies of the pathologically greedy asset-aristocrats.
- In other words, "they got nuthin'", so the only possible reply is to deflect by using their poorly-constructed straw-man arguments.
- That, and of course echoing back words used in assessments of the situation like bratty little grade-school kids, just to be annoying. S if one of their "enemies" says something valid about 'delusional thinking', they just echo back "you're delusional, you're delusional!"
-

dinthebeast said...

"Mr. Bossert forwarded Ms. McFarland’s Dec. 29 email exchange about the sanctions to six other Trump advisers, including Mr. Flynn; Reince Priebus, who had been named as chief of staff; Stephen K. Bannon, the senior strategist; and Sean Spicer, who would become the press secretary...“If there is a tit-for-tat escalation Trump will have difficulty improving relations with Russia, which has just thrown U.S.A. election to him,” she wrote."

-Doug in Oakland

mike from iowa said...

Seems like there is now an NRA connection to back channel negotiations with Russia.

Flynn was seeking to assure Russia that Drumpf was likely to change sanctions Obama had just placed on Russia. Sounds like treason to me.

Pale ale said...

Bill Clinton was gang raped for lying about having sex in the Oval office.

How much time did he serve for it?  How much in fines?  Removed from office?

Riiiiiiiight.

The latest estimate says it will blow a trillion dollar hole in the deficit.

The USA could close a trillion-dollar hole by removing its population of muds.

Lookee here, guns really do kill people.

Yes, those evil guns leap up and kill people!  All by themselves!!!!1!11!!11eleven!

Jesus, it's impossible to parody you stupid fucks because you escalate into stupidity faster than we can satire you.

It’s an elite handgun intended for law enforcement and military personnel who may need to fire it with split second notice. Hence, it has a hair trigger in single-action mode.

4.4 pounds is nothing like a "hair trigger".  10 pounds in double-action, which is what the gun would have been in before it was fired, is anything but.  Never mind that, facts mean nothing to you.

taxcuts for billionaires is not only about increasing deficits by 2,4 trillion over 10 years, it will also blow up federal debt because we will still borrow trillions to pay the bills.

Let's stop treating the shot hood rats and let them die as they ought to.  That's far cheaper and won't impact Medicaid for their disability care afterward.  Also stop giving neonatal ICU care to the hood rats who don't take prenatal care and give birth prematurely.  The dead babies won't cost us anything, not for medical care, not for Head Start, not for SPED, not for anything.  SAVINGS!

The nut-cases only whine about HRC

We rejoice that she lost because Cankles Pantsuit would have had us at war with Russia by now, and that is NOT remotely in US interests.

of course echoing back words used in assessments of the situation like bratty little grade-school kids, just to be annoying. S if one of their "enemies" says something valid about 'delusional thinking', they just echo back "you're delusional, you're delusional!"

You can't even recognize your delusions when we throw them in your faces.  This helps red-pill people who aren't beyond help.  You being beyond help isn't our problem, beyond paying for the backhoes to bury you.

James is a pedophile said...

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Anonymous said...

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Just another White Old Fart said...

Piss-in-the-pail ails said...

You can't even recognize your delusions when we throw them in your faces. This helps red-pill people who aren't beyond help. You being beyond help isn't our problem, beyond paying for the backhoes to bury you.


- What are you on about, blithering about "red pills"?
- Meanwhile, the only thing you throw in anyone's face is the poop you kick around. And your own projected deficiencies.
- As for burying, nobody believes you'd pay to bury anyone:
given your own way, you'd just throw people you hate into the medical-waste incinerator as soon as we got to be anything less 100% independent and needed ANY modicum of care - after yanking out our gold fillings, of course.
-

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