Thursday, December 22, 2016

Another Trump Promise Goes A-Swirling Down The Drain

Mod: I don't know how the Trumpies can take it. Everything they were mindlessly parroting just a few short weeks ago is now quickly becoming inoperative. The slogans are changing so fast it is almost like a passage from George Orwell's "1984." You just don't know what might happen to you if you were to fall behind. Think of the consequences! So anyway, you do remember all of that nonsense about Trumplethinskin "draining the Washington DC swamp," right? Well, things have changed a little since then. Now you can't say that anymore. But don't worry, neither can most people. At least not without laughing.

Gingrich: Trump dropping 'drain the swamp' (CNNPolitics link): "Drain the swamp" was a refrain of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, but Newt Gingrich says the president-elect "doesn't want to use it anymore" now that he's knee-deep in alligators.

"I'm told he now just disclaims that. He now says it was cute, but he doesn't want to use it anymore," Gingrich, who informally advises Trump, said Wednesday on NPR's "Morning Edition."

The former House Speaker said that he had "written what I thought was a very cute tweet about 'the alligators are complaining,'" but that "somebody wrote back and said they were tired of hearing this stuff."

During his campaign, Trump repeatedly vowed to "drain the swamp" -- leading chants of the phrase at his rallies -- part of an anti-establishment, anti-Washington message that was predicated on rooting out corruption and bringing an outsider's perspective to government.

But since the election, the phrase has been turned against Trump with biting irony.

Critics have used it to assail Trump's high-level appointments of Wall Street and DC veterans, like former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Ron Klain, a former Obama administration official, tweeted, "Sure, Drain the Swamp. Congrats to all you outsiders who thought that Hillary Clinton was too establishment."

Trump himself has expressed mixed views on the "drain the swamp" line. At a rally in Ohio in late October, he explained that he hadn't liked the expression at first, but that it had grown on him.

"We are going to drain the swamp. You know, that phrase started about a week ago, and I thought it was terrible. I didn't like it at all. I said I don't know; I just don't like it. And now it's become one of the hottest phrases anywhere in the world and I'm saying I like it," Trump said at the time.

"That's like -- did you ever see the great singers, Frank Sinatra, some of his greatest hits he didn't like them. But at the end he liked them very much. Right? It's what happened with drain the swamp. It's a great phrase. But it's true. The people like it. That's much more important."

Mod: Right, people like hearing it. Pretty much the rationale of almost all political liars. But when it becomes inconvenient, or even embarrassing? Just tell people they shouldn't say it anymore.

The Bait and Switch Presidency (The Atlantic link): There were many surprising pieces of Trump-related news on Monday, from Donald Trump’s fight with the F-35 to his allies’ fight with the intelligence community over Russian hacking.

Equally or more consequential, though less surprising, was a pair of quiet statements he made later in the day. First, his transition team announced that a press conference scheduled for Thursday, in which he’d pledged to explain how he’d distance himself from his businesses, was being postponed until January, with no specific date given. Later in the evening, Trump sent a series of tweets related to the matter.

“Even though I am not mandated by law to do so, I will be leaving my busineses [sic] before January 20th so that I can focus full time on the Presidency,” he wrote. “Two of my children, Don and Eric, plus executives, will manage them. No new deals will be done during my term(s) in office. I will hold a press conference in the near future to discuss the business, Cabinet picks and all other topics of interest. Busy times!”

That’s an impressively compact amount of obfuscation to fit into three tweets. Trump is first begging the question when he says he is not mandated by law to do so. He is correct that there is no law that requires him to divest all of his holdings, but some ethicists—including former chief ethics officers for George W. Bush and Barack Obama—believe that he risks violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution simply by holding them.

The idea that Donald Jr. and Eric Trump will manage the company was more or less known before. The idea that the company will make “no new deals” while he is in office is so nonsensical as to be meaningless. Even if the Trump Organization makes no major acquisitions, or breaks ground on no new projects, it already has such a wide net of constantly evolving business relationships that there’s no avoiding conflicts of interest. Finally, there’s the vague promise of a press conference at some point in the future. If Trump can simply decide not to hold one on a firm date he’s previously announced, there’s little way to hold him to a nebulous one.

Which is probably just the point. The bait-and-switch is among Trump’s favorite tactics, especially as it relates to claims of transparency. As a candidate and now as president-elect, he followed a pattern: under pressure over some point, promise to do something at a future date; as that future date approaches, change plans; never follow through.

Mod: Violating that "Emoluments Clause" would actually be an impeachable offense. Just so you know. 

Luxury Travel Group Gives Trump’s DC Hotel a Brutal Review (The Washingtonian link): Before the Trump International Hotel opened, Donald Trump liked to brag that the business he and his family built inside the Old Post Office would be “one of the great hotels of the world.”

But according to a year-end list of new luxury hotels from a travel group that specializes in high-end accommodations, it’s one of the world’s worst. The Trump hotel rated as the world’s third-lousiest new hotel, according to the membership-only United Kingdom operation LTI-Luxury Travel Intelligence.

“The building itself is undoubtedly impressive, but once inside we start to ask questions,” LTI’s review begins, acknowledging the Old Post Office as a marvel of late-19th-century Romanesque Revival architecture and design. But from there, the review is brutal.

LTI finds the d├ęcor a little garish and more quantity over quality,” it continues. Few who have been inside the hotel might argue differently. In Trumpian fashion, the hotel is a pageant of too-muchness, from the gold-colored bathroom fixtures to a $29 bowl of hummus to the crystal spoonfuls of sickly-sweet Hungarian wine that go for as much as $140.

It goes on. “Service is poor on occasions and lacks confidence,” LTI founder Michael Crompton writes. “The whole experience seems a little forced, and therefore this place is not for the true discerning luxury traveller.”

For supporters of the president-elect or his hotel, Crompton’s suggestion that his DC hotel is not truly luxurious might be the most cutting. Throughout his business career, Trump has resembled a spoiled outer-borough brat robing himself in glitz and luxury to get in the good graces of rich Manhattan swells, and his political rise could very well be a response to DC establishment types laughing him out of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

Only two hotels—anywhere in the world—fared worse in LTI’s rankings: a Four Seasons on Oahu, Hawaii, and the Palazzo Versace in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Mod: For his idiot supporters none of this will matter. Besides, how would they know the difference between what is truly good and mere gaucherie designed to cozen the greenbacks out of the pockets of simple fools?

It's official: Clinton swamps Trump in popular vote (CNN link): More Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than any other losing presidential candidate in US history.

The Democrat outpaced President-elect Donald Trump by almost 2.9 million votes, with 65,844,954 (48.2%) to his 62,979,879 (46.1%), according to revised and certified final election results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Clinton's 2.1% margin ranks third among defeated candidates, according to statistics from US Elections Atlas. Andrew Jackson won by more than 10% in 1824 but was denied the presidency, which went to John Quincy Adams. In 1876, Samuel Tilden received 3% more votes than Rutherford B. Hayes, who eventually triumphed by one electoral vote.

Mod: Yeah, he's a loser. Unfortunately, so is everyone else.

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47 comments:

  1. Is Donald Trump a traitor? His path to the White House suggests a pattern of profound disloyalty
    http://www.salon.com/2016/12/22/is-donald-trump-a-traitor-his-path-to-the-white-house-suggests-a-pattern-of-profound-disloyalty/

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    1. I just hope the damned fool doesn't get us all killed.

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  2. Donald Trump should be impeached!!!! Oops he's not even in office. Donald Trump is ruining the country!!! Oh wait, Obama's still President. Donald Trump is making decisions that benefit his business empire!!! Gee he doesn't have that power.

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    1. Thanks, comrade.

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    2. Never argue with an idiot. He will only bring you down to his level and beat you with experience. - George Carlin

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    3. Trump vineyard asks to have more foreign workers: A Virginia winery owned by President-elect Donald Trump’s son is seeking more foreign workers, according to a new report. The Department of Labor petitioned for the winery, called Trump Vineyard Estates, to bring in six foreign workers using the federal government’s temporary work visa program known as H-2, BuzzFeed reported on Wednesday.

      BuzzFeed News reported that companies owned by Trump or that bear his name have asked for permission from the Department of Labor to bring at least 263 temporary foreign workers to the U.S. since he launched. BuzzFeed also reported that workers on these temporary visas often undergo difficult working conditions with minimal pay.

      http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/311449-trump-vineyard-asks-to-have-more-foreign-workers

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    4. Bad News For Trumpskis!December 22, 2016 at 7:52 AM

      Russias popularity among Americans sinks to 30-year low, new poll finds
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/12/21/russias-popularity-hits-30-year-low-in-u-s-new-poll-finds/

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  3. Trump didn't drain the swamp. He stocked it with piranha.

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    1. What is wrong not appointing career politicians that have never worked a day in their life and all they do is make laws that tax us and take away our freedoms. The Wall Street guys are extremely smart or they wouldn't have the positions they hold. Their rich....so what? Let's see what the new administration does before grenades are launched.

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    2. Piranha perhaps, but they're solid gold! How can that be bad?

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  4. Not to mention...What about his tax returns? Another lie.

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  5. Saddam Hussein's daughter heaps praise on Trump: 'This man has a high level of political sensibility
    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/saddams-daughter-likes-the-cut-of-trumps-jib-this-man-has-a-high-level-of-political-sensibility/

    Birds of a feather ..

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  6. The best part about today's post is that it was brought to you by trump surrogate Newt Gingrich, one of the absolute swampiest politicians we are unfortunately stuck with.


    I do feels sorry for the poor masses that mistakenly voted for trump out of fear. With all the real news that has since come to light, Those who still publicly support trump now are either opportunists or predators.

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  7. And this morning, his spokeswoman has announced he won't ban Muslims because of their religion. Yep.
    I guess someone told him that in our country, that would be illegal.

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  8. The only promises Trump is going to keep are the ones he made to the oil, health insurance, military manufacturer and pharmaceutical lobbies. Main Street is going to get it in the shorts.

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  9. Is it possible to want the next 4 years over before they even begin? How come so many of us already knew that he would do this? He has no soul ...

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  10. Go watch the 8 year old Obama big screen movie, dreams of my father, the movie clearly tells Obama of putting the USofA in debt and taking away all of our power. That's his legacy. ,$20+ Trillion in debt snd more people on welfare than employeed!

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    1. Speaking of drained swamps, it's Trump Guy!

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    2. Drained or flushed?

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    3. The only things Trump guy drains are Miller Lite cans.

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  11. Why is Donald a-skeered of windmills?
    http://www.alternet.org/culture/rachel-maddow-has-laughing-fit-over-trumps-irrational-fear-getting-serious-about-president

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    1. Because they ruin the view from his elite resorts

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  12. George Carlin: stuff. The Dems/Dumbs just want their "stuff" ! I'm still smiling that the election results were positive and that Donald J. Trump is President. Make America Great.

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    1. The Republican Party chose to not remain in the past. New ideas and new approaches to the broken and "old" government system. The country was tired of the hamster wheel of Washington D.C.

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    2. "Traditional rules dont work". Going forward potential problems will be tweeked. Outsiders, yes even billionaires, are not Washington corrupters.
      Conflicts of interest? The Clinton's and their foundation are not off the hook.

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    3. You think so? It looks to me like they are trying to bring back 1928. No Wall Street regulation, no Social Security or Medicare. Just a war on people who are not wealthy Washington DC swamp creatures.

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    4. 9:22 - are you aware that you repeat yourself alot?

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    5. 9:50a-learn to spell.

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    6. 12:43- poor grammar is included in free speech

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    7. So is the right to laugh.

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    8. Unless you do in in Spanish
      Then it's 'illegal'

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  13. "This machine kills fascists" we are back to 1941.

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  14. Again and again. Make America Great Again, thank you President Trump.

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    1. You could be a stunt double for a parrot. Give it some thought.

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    2. The majority of Trump's constituents are rapists.

      Some, I assume are good people.

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    3. 10:15 creepiness

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  15. 1928 has been here with the Obama Presidency. The news story of 40% of college educated millennial's living with their parents speaks volumes. If Trump was not voted into office, those same millennial's would reach the age of medicare and still be in their parents home. Just so you know.

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    1. Wait a second. The Trump-lites have been saying growth has been too slow under Obama and have been lauding the rise in the stock market since the election. But now you're trying to tell us that Obama created a 1928-29 type economic bubble that's about to burst?

      Do you have any idea what you're talking about? You may as well say that Obama created a Little Big Horn situation or a Pearl Harbor or a Tunguska event. All are indeed, as is the 1929 bubble, but suggesting the last 8 years have any similarities to those events is nothing more than post-factual gibberish.

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  16. 9:46. Indeed, I've suspected that you are a 'tweeker'

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  17. Ah yes, let's bring in the non-corrupt wall st billionaires to 'tweek' our economy. They performed so well in 2008. You really must paid to troll.

    Where's the real Bruce Wayne when ya need him...

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  18. Thanks Woody @ a 10:05 am; this machine does kill Fascists. Time for the resistance to start singin' and pickin' and don't forget Country Joe and the Fish.

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    1. Orange Fuhrer might get upstaged at his own inaugural.

      Dems plan rival concert to Trump inauguration in Miami and claim talent is 'banging on our doors' to get in
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4059096/Dems-plan-rival-concert-Trump-inauguration-Miami-claim-talent-knocking-door-in.html#ixzz4TcIAxBlj

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  19. Ignorant Trump supporters still have not explained how a person who has extracted billions from the labor of others, who stiffs small businesses and contractors, who hires foreign workers and builds with foreign steel, who detests the un and undereducated, and who detests even more the poor and struggling will give a damn about them or help them in any manner whatsoever.

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  20. It’s the most wonderful time
    yes the most wonderful time
    Oh the most wonderful time… in 8 years! dana west

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    1. https://i.imgflip.com/16yh6s.jpg

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  21. I long for the days when our biggest threat was Joe Mosca!

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    1. Donald Trump - The narcissism of Joe coupled with the excitement of the world's largest nuclear arsenal.

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