DRAFT: The Universal Notebook: Our outlaw government

<p>Our government is horribly corrupt and I don&#8217;t just mean those sorry individuals elected to do the peoples&#8217; business. I mean the whole rotten system.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>It&#8217;s bad enough that we have dishonest people like Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan in positions of power, but it is now clear that the machinery of government itself is broken and in drastic need of reform and repair, perhaps even repeal and replacement.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>In recent days we have been forced to watch as Republicans in Congress, who no longer stand for anything other than mean-spiritedness and small-mindedness, conspire on a tax plan in the form of a budget resolution larded with cynical riders that have nothing whatsoever to do with either taxes or budgets.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Want to let your corporate masters drill for filthy oil in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? Easy-peasy. Stick a rider on an appropriations bill like Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, did. Sick, but SOP. And Murkowski is one of the so-called &#8220;good&#8221; Republicans.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>The interests of good government and transparency would be better served if elected representatives presented clean bills to bipartisan public hearings and proposals were voted up or down based on their merits. These days it&#8217;s hard to know what your elected rep voted for or against or why, because bills are so encumbered by extraneous partisan riders.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Six years ago, Congress voted to ban earmarks &#8211; pork-barrel spending appropriations attached to unrelated bills &#8211; because senators and representatives were sticking billions in favorite local projects into appropriation bills. The ban on earmarks still stands, but for how long is anyone&#8217;s guess. But the point is, Congress can and should do the same thing with appropriation riders.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>There is simply no reason, for example, why a repeal of the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans could not accomplish honestly, should be allowed as a rider on a tax/budget bill. They tried public execution by firing squad, electric chair and beheading. Now they are trying to kill Obamacare by stabbing the American people in the back. It&#8217;s totally underhanded and dishonest.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>U.S. Sen. Susan Collins knew this, but last week she sold us out, voting to support party rather than the people of Maine. And Collins is one of the so-called &#8220;good&#8221; Republicans.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Talk about dishonesty: Trump and his troglodyte followers have the audacity to call the GOP tax bill the biggest tax cut in U.S. history. Check your facts, Donnie; both Reagan and Obama passed larger tax cuts. And, please stop calling the GOP plan a &#8220;middle-class&#8221; tax cut. At least be honest enough to call it what it is &#8211; a massive upward redistribution of wealth.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>To borrow a phrase from Ivanka Trump, there is a special place in hell reserved for people who take money away from children and the poor and give it to corporations and the rich&#160;&#8211; which is all the GOP plan does. But that&#8217;s what the GOP tax plan does, along with ballooning the deficit by $1.5 trillion. And Ivanka is the &#8220;good&#8221; Trump.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>The power of committee chairs and congressional leaders to prevent bills from being heard and voted upon is another area of sanctioned corruption that needs to be purged. The refusal of Mitch McConnell and the Republican-controlled Senate to even consider Obama&#8217;s lawful nomination of Merrick Garland for a seat on the Supreme Court made a total mockery of the U.S. Constitution. A sitting president nominated a jurist with bipartisan support and impeccable credentials, but GOP leaders wiped their dirty feet on the Constitution and refused to even meet with Garland, let alone hold confirmation hearings.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Just as I do not recognize Trump as the legitimate president of the United States because of the circumstances of his election, I do not recognize interloper Neil Gorsuch as a legitimate Supreme Court justice because he is sitting in Merrick Garland&#8217;s seat. No honorable man or woman would have agreed to join the court under such sleazy circumstances. And Neil is the &#8220;good&#8221; Gorsuch; his mother had to resign as director of the EPA after being cited for contempt of Congress.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>I also no longer recognize the Republican Party as a legitimate political party sincerely interested in solving public problems. It has become an outlaw enterprise that will stop at nothing to undermine public education, environmental protection, public health, economic justice, foreign policy and the rule of law in this country in order to benefit the corporate oligarchy it exists to serve.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>The U.S. government in 2017 operates like a criminal conspiracy to enrich the wealthy, a conspiracy supported by Republicans, Russian hackers, Wikileaks fugitives, alt-right extremists, conspiracy theorists, religious fundamentalists, white nationalists, Wall Street sharks and gold-plated Trumpian toadies.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>There are no &#8220;good&#8221; Republicans anymore.</p>


Stone-Eater Added Dec 7, 2017 - 12:46pm
So what do the 320 million sheep do against the handful or crooks ?
Half of them are delusional and ignorant and the rest feels helpless.
To be seen in Europe or any so-called democratic country.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Dec 7, 2017 - 1:05pm
It's all their fault. 
Sounds awfully like Killary. 
Bill Kamps Added Dec 7, 2017 - 4:05pm
Ed, both the GOP and Democrats have been playing this  game for a few decades if not longer.  They have rigged the system such that it is very difficult to change what they do in government, There are a myriad of defense mechanisms that will frustrate anyone attempting meaningful change. 
It is nice that you have figured out what is going on, take care.
opher goodwin Added Dec 7, 2017 - 5:47pm
Ed - - Sadly I think you are right. The Republicans are completely corrupt and are complacent because they have been getting away with it for a long while. They think everyone is a fool.
Jeff Michka Added Dec 7, 2017 - 6:30pm
Ed - - Sadly I think you are right. The Republicans are completely corrupt and are complacent because they have been getting away with it for a long while. They think everyone is a fool-Actually, it's more like they think they've captured all dialogue, names and definitions, which they haven't.  The R exicon consists a lot of White=Black, Black=White, or Down is UP, UP is down.  AND LOOK AT THE TRAINED seals here on WB.  Anything "they" don't like is 'cult-Leftist, anything other than R dogma is "Marxist."
George N Romey Added Dec 7, 2017 - 6:30pm
Maybe we someone like Trump to get the collapse going that is needed. Our political and economic systems are corrupt and irredeemable. His incompetence might be the catalyst.
Jeff Michka Added Dec 7, 2017 - 6:44pm
SEFa sez: So what do the 320 million sheep do against the handful or crooks ? Nothing.
Half of them are delusional and ignorant and the rest feels helpless.-But you always side step folks like George Romey who whines and cries, than absolutely insists "Nothing can be done!!!"  There was a few other Deep Staters here playing the same tune. Remember?  I guess if there was a job with a six-figure paycheck, ol Geo would be "in the trenches," but whining is so much easier.
Jeff Michka Added Dec 7, 2017 - 6:45pm
No, SEFa, I don't like your blanket dismissal...
Jeff Michka Added Dec 7, 2017 - 6:47pm
Capt. Gilbert shakes out: Sounds awfully like Killary.  You folks always pull the Hillary card out, so the rightists can get all hot and wet, lauding you for your shakey insights.
Thomas Sutrina Added Dec 7, 2017 - 11:52pm
Ed. B. I thought I was going to read some good WB article but then it turned to trash.  It would be nice to get some creativity, but we get dogma statements like these, " mean-spiritedness and small-mindedness"  So what does mean-spirited mean.  Is that a ghost that in movies takes revenge on a town?   Small-mindedness is that the characters like the living dead?  

Such waste of time meaningless dogma of the left.  

Now this describes every bill from congress for the last century, "conspire on a tax plan in the form of a budget resolution larded with cynical riders that have nothing whatsoever to do with either taxes or budgets."  Change the subject words and you get other bills.    Tax plan cold be health care plan and budget could be regulation.   

"Corporate masters,"  are the lobbyist that fill the coffers of both parties and yes they are filthy, easy-peasy, and stick on riders.  

Congress has not sent a clean bill to vote on in a century.  The land grant bills are a few pages long all of them from the Northwest Territory to the Oklahoma were clean bills. 
Actually Ed. Congress voted to ban earmarks because they found another pork-barrel spending method.   The reason their are riders on bills is to accommodate the swamp creators that are beholden to lobbyist.

The Stock and Trade of politicians is Dishonest when speaking to the voters.  We have to pass the bill to know what is in it.   Come on they knew who's bread was buttered and who's coffers would get filled and who would be paying the bill.  Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, etc. and the members of Congress are almost to a person dishonest.

Ed, We have not had a legitimate president of the United States since the 16th and 17th Amendments in 1913 when the steep progressive income tax was created and Federalism (states rights) ended. 
States became slaves to the federal government. 
"The progressive income tax increases political power over private wealth and moves the issues of wealth and fruits of production into the arena of government power and political discussion. It brings “class warfare” into public discussion, and promotes class envy, and when done with savvy demagoguery, distracts from the fact of property as a natural and civil right to the idea that it all belongs to the government to use for the “common good”, for the use of the collective.

In other words, it’s a Trojan horse, meant to both concentrate control of wealth into the hands of political kingmakers and money changers. It even brings the owners of wealth to centers of government power to beg for relief, and makes it a political issue pi-ing confiscators concerned about the poor (as if) against
people who make too much money." . . . C. S. Lewis pointed out, the most dangerous power grab is the one motivated by “doing good”, because its fruits engender a pompous arrogance toward others who “don’t understand”."  https://trutherator.wordpress.com/why-did-karl-marx-want-an-unequal-income-tax-and-what-central-bank/