Sunday, March 12, 2017

Donald Trump could be impeached on four grounds, former Labor Secretary says

Mod: An interesting report from The Independent that outlines the current reasons why Donald Trump could be impeached. That is, should our shining and illustrious elected officials in Washington DC exhibit the backbone necessary to maintain a functioning democracy in this country.

Donald Trump could be impeached on four grounds, former Labor Secretary says (The Independent link): There are now four grounds to impeach Donald Trump and a fifth is "on its way", according to former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. Posting on Twitter, Mr Reich outlined the four reasons he thinks Mr. Trump could be impeached.

He said Mr. Trump is "'unfaithfully' executing his duties" by accusing former President Barack Obama of "undertaking an illegal (and impeachable) act."

Last weekend, Mr. Trump accused Mr. Obama of wiretapping his phones in Trump Tower, though he provided no evidence for his claim.

A spokesman for Mr. Obama denied he ever ordered the wiretapping of any US citizen.

Mr. Reich also said although part of the constitution forbids government officials from taking things of value from foreign governments, "Trump is making big money off his Trump International Hotel by steering foreign diplomatic delegations to it, and will make a bundle off China's recent decision to grant his trademark applications for the Trump brand — decisions Chinese authorities arrived at directly because of decisions Trump has made as president."

China recently granted preliminary approval for dozens of Trump-branded businesses, including new hotels, spas, massage parlors and personal security services.

The former Labor Secretary also said Mr. Trump's ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries violates the 1st Amendment of the Constitution, which bans any law "respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

He also said Mr. Trump "labelling the press the 'enemy of the people' and choosing whom he invites to news conferences based on whether they've given him favorable coverage" could be another reason for impeachment, as he said it violates the 1st Amendment on the freedom of the press.

Finally, he wrote: "Article III Section 3 of the Constitution defines 'treason against the United States' as 'adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.' Evidence is mounting that Trump colluded with Russian operatives to win the 2016 presidential election."

Mr. Trump has repeatedly denied his team had contact with Russian officials during the 2016 election, but was revealed to have met with Russia's US ambassador at the height of his campaign.

"The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Trump. The practical question is whether there is the political will," Mr. Reich concluded.

"As long as Republicans remain in the majority in the House (where a bill of Impeachment originates), it's unlikely.

"Another reason why it's critically important to flip the House in 2018."

Trump voters would be among the biggest losers in Republicans' Obamacare replacement plan (Los Angeles Times link): Americans who swept President Trump to victory — lower-income, older voters in conservative, rural parts of the country — stand to lose the most in federal healthcare aid under a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a Times analysis of county voting and tax credit data. Among those hit the hardest under the current House bill are 60-year-olds with annual incomes of $30,000.

In nearly 1,500 counties nationwide, such a person stands to lose more than $6,000 a year in federal insurance subsidies. Ninety percent of those counties backed Trump, the analysis shows. And 68 of the 70 counties where these consumers would suffer the largest losses supported Trump in November.

Most affected by the Republican health plan would be parts of Alaska, Arizona, Nebraska, Tennessee and Oklahoma, where Obamacare insurance subsidies have been crucial in making high-priced insurance affordable. All five states went for Trump. Also hit hard would be parts of key swing states that backed Trump, including Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Michigan.

Older, low-income residents of some parts of California, including rural counties in the northern part of the state, could see substantial losses as well, the data show.

Meanwhile, higher-income, younger Americans — many of whom live in urban areas won by Democrat Hillary Clinton — stand to get more assistance in the Republican legislation.

Faring best would be the nation’s wealthiest residents, who would see a substantial tax cut with the elimination under the House GOP bill of two levies on high-income taxpayers. These taxes — on individuals making more than $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000 — were included in Obamacare to help offset the cost of assisting lower-income Americans.

The disproportionate impact of the House Republican plan threatens to undercut one of Trump’s core promises that he would replace Obamacare with a plan that would take care of all Americans.

It could also become a serious political liability for Republican lawmakers, some of whom can ill afford to alienate the party’s electoral base at a time when Trump remains deeply unpopular among Democrats and independents.

Republicans may seem very happy to slap their constituents in the face while picking their pockets,” said Mark Mellman, a veteran Democratic political consultant who has worked extensively in red states. “But I think they will rue the day they did this.”

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53 comments:

  1. You're not dying, you're making America great again.

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  2. The LA Times article listed in the above link forgot the most important trait of Dump supporters:
    Little or no education.

    .....Americans who swept President Trump to victory — lower-income, older voters in conservative, rural parts of the country — .....

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  3. We need to stop the BS Notion that this wasn't TREASON because it is.

    Under Article III, Section 3, of the Constitution, any person who levies war against the United States or adheres to its enemies by giving them Aid and Comfort has committed treason within the meaning of the Constitution. The term aid and comfort refers to any act that manifests a betrayal of allegiance to the United States, such as furnishing enemies with arms, troops, transportation, shelter, or classified information. If a subversive act has any tendency to weaken the power of the United States to attack or resist its enemies, aid and comfort has been given.

    http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Treason

    I'm getting a little sick of people saying this wasn't treason because it wasn't a declared war. Cyber war *is* still war.

    This isn't *just* espionage. It's *treason*.

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  4. Intelligence Committee Warns Trump: Produce Wiretapping Evidence By Monday
    http://addictinginfo.org/2017/03/12/intelligence-committee-warns-trump-produce-wiretapping-evidence-by-monday/

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  5. Please don't quote Robert Reich. He has no credibility. When riots occurred in Berkeley that shut down Milo Yian.... speech, Robert Reich tried to blame it on right- wing extremists. At the height of the tea party movement I don't recall them rioting in the streets. Left-wingers have cornered the market in riots. While we're at it, are there any instances of right-wing students shutting down a speech by a left-winger on college campuses? I can't think of any. The left have become the new totalitarians.

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    1. Milo? Really, dude? That is who your example of free speech is? A loudmouthed jackass who got fired by that hate site Breitbart because he thinks child molesting is just okey dokey? Hell, I'd riot too if he came around here. Screw you, creep.

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    2. There are a lot of angry people in America. Here are some statistics that go against your unsupported argument

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right-wing_terrorism

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    3. I wonder how many of them are now upset because they're going to lose their Obamacare?

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    4. Milo Yiannopoulos calls survivors of child sexual abuse ‘whinging, selfish brats’
      http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/322016/milo-yiannopoulos-sexual-abuse-whinging-selfish-brats-gavin-mcinnes/

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    5. My question still hasn't been answered. Forget about Milo and how odious you think he may be. Why are the only instances of a speaker being prevented from speaking on an American college campus only is being perpetrated by the left against a perceived right leaning speaker? Or to put it another way, the left against any one they disagree with. Or is it because the playdoe, Legos and puppies are not enough to calm their sensitivities when they are exposed to a micro-aggression.

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    6. Your question does not speak well of you. You come off as being an enabler of child molesting.

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    7. Why does Condaleeza Rice get shut down? The list goes on and on. What is the left afraid of? Maybe without smearing and name calling and shutting things down entirely is done because they can't use rational arguments to support their position.

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    8. The right’s hypocrisy on Trump protesters: It was only OK when the Tea Party was crashing Obamacare meetings
      http://www.salon.com/2016/03/15/the_rights_hypocrisy_on_trump_protesters_it_was_only_ok_when_the_tea_party_was_crashing_obamacare_meetings/

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    9. Violence at Tea Party rally: bare-knuckle politics in the streets
      http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2009/1118/violence-at-tea-party-rally-bare-knuckle-politics-in-the-streets

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    10. Violence Breaks Out At Tea Party Protest
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5X1Forjwck

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    11. During the final years of the Weimer Republic riots involving far right and left extremists were seen everywhere in Germany. Each side used justifications that sound easily like what 8:08 is saying. Paradoxically, 8:08 is trying to silence Robert Reich. I commend the person who posts him here. Moderation in these times is a bold act.

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    12. 9:17 phrase your rhetorical 'question' in a grown up way and people my consider debating your seriously. Regardless of the fallacy of your argument You can do better in presenting it. I hope.

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    13. What 8:08 fails to mention is that what he no doubt believes to be a liberal bastion, Berkeley, actually had his darling Milo scheduled to speak. How is that suppressing speech?

      And what is wrong with protesting odious ideas flowing from an odious person?

      And who was actually acting violently, liberal student protesters or black masked interloping non-students? (Funny, how the right leaning police will arrest liberal students for the slightest incident, but the right leaning police never seem to catch those right wing black masked interlopers.

      The violence was staged from the right.

      Sorry your own right winger brethren prevented you from enjoying your Milo that night 8:08.

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    14. Both Berkeley and Portland Oregon have large and very active anarchist contingents. They're not students. They will show up to riot if their rightwing equivalent shows up. The odious Milo is just that. So is Breitbart.

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    15. So many of the plays advocated by the Bannon/Trump administration harken back to Germany in the 1930's.

      Violence at right wing speaking engagements should be called what it really is: Reichstag violence.

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    16. Do you even know what the Reichstag was? Your foolish continued comparison to Nazi Germany is really pathetic.

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    17. I thought it was quite appropriate. Thank you, 12:11. Well played.

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  6. Letter: Republican Party of my youth no longer exists
    http://www.aikenstandard.com/opinion/letter-republican-party-of-my-youth-no-longer-exists/article_efaf7504-03b4-11e7-8e58-f37e9ff9aaee.html

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  7. GOP senator reports hacking attempts after WikiLeaks criticism

    Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) reported Saturday that he was facing hacking attempts on "basically every device, every platform, personal and govt" following his recent criticism of WikiLeaks.

    Sasse slammed WikiLeaks this week after the anti-secrecy organization published nearly a gigabyte of classified documents describing CIA cyber operations. Federal officials have reportedly opened a criminal probe into the alleged leak.

    "Julian Assange should spend the rest of his life wearing an orange jumpsuit," Sasse said in a statement on Thursday. "He's an enemy of the American people and an ally to Vladimir Putin."

    Sasse also sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions questioning whether the Trump administration was "aggressively" pursuing Assange's detention and prosecution.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gop-senator-reports-hacking-attempts-after-wikileaks-criticism/ar-AAo9t0t

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    1. Didn't Trump praise Julian Assange to the heavens when he was running for president? Of course the Trump admin isn't going after him. It might offend the Russians.

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    2. As I mentioned during the primaries, trumps plan was to use Nixonian tactics to exploit middle-class fear against lower-class anger for the benefit of upper class elites. Anyone who voted for trump that isn't already an elite voted against their self interest

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    3. The roots of fascism are always deep in the lower middle class. They fear becoming just like those below them, and fall prey to the kind of demagoguery offered by the GOP in 2016. Now they are going to lose their health benefits, and perhaps Social Security as well. They voted in their worst enemy.

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    4. For someone who is worried about how people are treated you sure do talk about social class and education as if they make you a better person or make for a more worthy opinion. You are an elitist.

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    5. Next to you even my goldfish is elite.

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  8. 8:08 upsets about people reacting violently to one hate-mongering pedophile trying to go to a university but doesn't mind the violent banning of millions of people from entering the us based on their religion?

    C'mon kid

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    1. The fight is between the marginals on the far right and left. Both would love to suck you into their madness. That is what 8:08 is trying to do.

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  9. Matters not if the Republicans like it or not, they are in Trumps corner. They will support him to their lying death. It's about time the old people parted with some of that money. No more free rides for the seniors. They can't take that money with them to the grave, pay up for your country and community and quit your complaining.

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  10. 9:21...... You got one word wrong, replace left with right and you will be right on.

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  11. The younger generation has forgotten why they have the freedom they have today. They can thank trump for taking it away and providing less health care. The freedom they had they can thank a veteran.

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  12. People better forget the left and right and concentrate on getting along. Hope the followers of 8:08 get that before it's too late.

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  13. You folks realize, don't you, that the biggest problem with repealing Obamacare and enacting TrumpDon't Care isn't getting medical care for the masses.

    The biggest problem is ensuring that the health insurance companies get their 20-40% share of all healthcare dollars spent and to help the insurance company executives and shareholders keep as much of those dollars as possible by reducing or capping coverage for the sick, who tend to be poor, and of course tax cuts.

    Isn't it nice how the health insurance industry keeps 20-40% of health care dollars for its creative billing and payments practices. Medicare's overhead is only 2-3%.

    Why can't health insurers do billing and paying as well as government? Could the mansions, yachts, airplanes, and lavish lifestyles of insurance company executives and their major shareholders have something to do with it?

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  14. Wow 11:00, do know how we got to be the USA. It was done by the seniors you want to take money from and dispose of.One generation at time, building this country. Making sacrifices and causing change here. You are the classic example of left, you have no idea how this country and your freedom were obtained you just want "what you deserve." Make you own money and leave other peoples money alone.

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    1. Sacrifices? What sacrifices? Working for a living for yourself and your family is a sacrifice? I call it living.

      Think of what is called the "greatest generation." Did they make a "sacrifice" for me in fighting WWII. Only in some stilted post hoc ergo proper hoc sense.

      Rather, they were faced with an existential threat. What do you do when faced with an existential threat? You fight it for your survival. That's no more of a "sacrifice" than saying it's a sacrifice to defend yourself from an attack by a dog or person on the street.

      Oh, and don't forget just how that "greatest generation" ramped up industrial production, externalizing pollution costs to the future generations, all so they could be awash in cheap consumer goods. Their progeny and future generations have been saddled with their pollution while they arrogantly make fun of their progeny for driving Priuses and installing solar panels.

      I await a comment that calls this a rant. :)

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    2. The Wistaria vine is in full bloom all closeby Sierra Madre should take a look.Some good music at the park also,lovely day.......

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    3. So tired of that pandering phrase 'greatest generation'

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    4. 1:17 - is this all you have today? It is getting tiresome.

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    5. Me, too, 1:21. And sorry I misspelled "propter."

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    6. Please don't forget the other "Sacrifices" people have made for us you don't appreciate.

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    7. 12:32, you dimiss WWII as if it was some heated debate. You don't deserve the freedom won and maintained by people you have no respect for. You don't have any appreciation for the freedoms you enjoy. Polution? Really thats washes away the sacrifice, yes "sacrifice" of going to was, having you life interupted and risking your future for people not yet born. Would you call our civil war a sacrifice or are you so indoctrinated in your delusions that you think America just popped out of the ground and every one was good with it. You are like a petulant child so wrapped up in your nonsense that you dismiss facts for your RANT.

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    8. 'Propter'? I don't even know 'er!

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    9. 7:31 at ease soldier

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    10. Talk about a rant 7:31. I don't know where you read into my comment that WWII was like a heated debate. Perhaps you missed the phrase "existential threat."

      But I'm calling BS on the notion that people fight against existential threats "for future generations." Sure, it sounds noble, but they fought for themselves and their families, not for the unborn me or you if you were born after it ended.

      And no, the civil war was not a sacrifice for you or me. Was it a sacrifice for someone to be born in 2385? Sure it's romantic and heart tugging to think so, but the answer is of course not.

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    11. You simply do not get it. Whatever their motivation for fighting, you still reap the benefits. But not even that is good enough for you. You dismiss their sacrifice. It is a good thing most people don't think the way you do, or this blog would be in German, we'd still have slaves or would still be British subjects.

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  15. @11:00 is clearly just an attention seeking troll,pay it no attention and it will go away.

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  16. Well the Chamber successfully kept the Wisteria Festival small and under-attended. Another job well done.

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    1. There is nothing that Susan Henderson and Carol Canterbury can do when they put their minds to it.

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