Opinion: RussiaGate obscures Trump’s real record

(AP)

“As a Republican, i gotta say, I’m sick and tired of all this media obsession with Russia and Comey. It distracts  attention from all the real work that’s going on, all the progress that President Trump is making toward Making America Great Again. It’s just not fair, he’s not getting a chance.”

You think that’s why the president’s poll numbers are so low? I mean, they’re really low, and dropping fast.

“I know, but if people really knew all the promises that he’s keeping, all the good work that’s getting done, that would change. It’s just hard busting through the media’s Russian thing.”

Good work like what? For example, how’s that wall coming along?

“Wall? Oh, yeah. The wall. Come on, everybody knew that ‘the wall’ was just a figure of speech. Nobody took that seriously. I mean, ‘the Mexicans will pay for it!’ Only total fools took that seriously.”

How about “health care for everyone”, health care that is better and cheaper, never cutting Medicare or Medicaid? Was that serious?

“Oh, that one we did! Did you see our House bill, the one that we celebrated passing at the White House? Such a great day for America!”

That would be the bill that strips insurance from 23 million Americans?

“Well, yes.”

Not sure I’d want to be seen celebrating that. I think those pictures might end up in a campaign ad or two.

“OK, what about tax reform?”

What about it?

“Like the president told us last week, ‘Our tax bill is moving along in Congress, and I believe it’s doing very well.’”

But … there actually is no tax bill, right?

“Ummm, technically true.”

Technically?

“Well, OK, totally true. You see, Jared’s been busy solving Middle East peace and meeting with Russian bankers, and as soon as he’s done with all that he’s going to tell us what to do on taxes.”

So if there’s no tax bill, it can’t be moving along in Congress, correct? It can’t be “doing very well” if it doesn’t even exist. So the president told us a lie, right?

“Hey, let’s talk about infrastructure! Did you know it’s Infrastructure Week?”

I heard something to that effect, yes. So different topic, but same question: Do we have an infrastructure bill? You know, a proposal that is actually written on paper? The whole idea behind Infrastructure Week is to build support for a bill, right? Have you seen a bill? Anything resembling a bill?

“Well, no. We’re still working on the details of that one too. The details, and the overall strategy…”

So at this point, your proposal isn’t worth the paper it isn’t written on, right?

Don’t be so mean. Nobody knew that infrastructure could be so complicated. But you know what the real problem is? The real problem is that so far, the Democrats in Congress have only approved 40 of the 559 nominations that we need to fully staff the administration. It’s a terrible scandal, just further proof of how Mr. Trump isn’t even getting a chance. The president even tweeted about it!”

You don’t say.

“Yup. See!”

Yes, I could certainly see where having no staff could present a problem in implementing an agenda. But … the Democrats don’t control the Senate. The Republicans do, correct?

“Sure, but ….”

And of those 559 vacancies, the Trump administration has formally nominated just 83 people, leaving 436 with no one even nominated. It’s hard to confirm nominations that haven’t been made, just like you can’t pass bills that have never been written. In fact, the word in Washington is that taking a job in the Trump administration is like buying a ticket on the Titanic, but with no lifeboats.

“I know! Let’s talk foreign policy!”

Really?

“OK, no, bad idea. Anyway … could you believe what Comey said? Loretta Lynch told him to call the e-mail investigation a “matter,” not an investigation. Can you believe the corruption of those Clintons? Unbelievable. Can you believe the bullet we dodged, not electing her?”

I thought you didn’t want to talk about Comey?

“I changed my mind. I mean, that was a real blockbuster, that news about Lynch. Total corruption. Lock Hillary up. Lock her up!”

So let me get this straight: When Comey said he was directed to end an entire investigation, you Republicans shrug it off. But when he’s ordered to call an investigation a “matter,” that’s a huge scandal?

“That’s the problem with you liberals. You just don’t get it, do you?”

No. Apparently not.

 

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4193 comments
Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@OriginalProf

Good. this should be what everyone's talking about, rather than the Russkie Nancy Drew Mystery.

gotalife
gotalife

The Marijuana Business Is Booming and It's Going to Make America Great Again

honested
honested

@gotalife 

Yet the unemployment of unqualified cops and for-profit-prison help will soar!

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

I know we're supposed to contact our Republican senators and tell them that they shouldn't be surprised if they're dragged out of their beds at night and burned alive if they vote for this PoS AHCA thing because they'd deserve it, and worse.

But I'm honestly having a hard time working up the energy to do it. I'm tired of warning these c#nts that they're about to make a c#nt move. They don't give a crap what I think.

Someone convince me otherwise.

Fly-On-The-Wall
Fly-On-The-Wall

@Visual_Cortex Again, unfortunately you are correct.  They don't give a damn about what we think.  They only care what they are told to care about so the regular guy isn't included in their thinking, only the big guy, the one that has real money.   You know, those billionaires who are suffering.

gotalife
gotalife

@Visual_Cortex They will wait on the CBO score this time so it will probably fail. The intentional neglect for Obamacare does not help.

honested
honested

@Visual_Cortex 

You are correct.

And I wholeheartedly support your well considered initial solution.

Fly-On-The-Wall
Fly-On-The-Wall

@Visual_Cortex One thing I just felt after posting is that we're no longer in a period where the fat cats are looking at controlling money, they want to control our minds and what we think.  This is why they are so happy to have a DeVos as an education secretary and so happy to be pushing religious schools.  They know they can not only control business via their large contributions but they can now control the minds of the "lesser classes".

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Fly-On-The-Wall @Visual_Cortex

Still, I can say that I know that this legislation is going to be extremely harmful for many Georgians, and remind them that the House version polls somewhere south of 30%, and that there's nothing the Senate can do to make it somehow more humane.

If you try to pull a switcheroo from direct subsidies to cheezy tax credits, it's going to be disastrous for most Americans on the exchange. And if you allow employers to buy a plan with the sh!ttiest state's regs in place, millions of Americans will get screwed bigly.

I guess its possible Isuksome and Terdue are actually unaware of this, yes?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Mind you, he'd bottomed out at 35% at the end of March. Maybe he can find some soft brown-people target to go 'splodey and "become the President" again.

honested
honested

@LordHelpUs @Kamchak 

I'm still quite concerned there are 36% who find absolute failure something to approve wandering loose among us.

gotalife
gotalife

So much losing, you will get tired of losing.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@FIGMO2 

 Is jay petered out or sump'n?

Same complaint every Monday.

One week, you just might notice

LOL!.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Is jay petered out or sump'n?

While jay's fans are trash talkin', I'm looking to find its birthplace. 

Some shared their opinions:

YouLibs has Newt Gingrich down as the "mother" of trash talk.

McGarnagle? The Tea Party.

Carl Alfred? The American media at the turn of the 20th century.

VC? Media deregulation.

Buckeye? Social media.

ScubaSteve? Politicians.

McGarnagle again? The left's (war criminal) Bush bashers.

Carl Alfred, Scuba Steve, and McGarnacle are half right. 

Politicians and the media have always engaged in it, though not to the level it's reached today. Current events don't rank high on Americans' priority list.

Think "trash talk" as a form of entertainment. 

honested
honested

@FIGMO2 

Maybe you can tell me, what is it that anti-Liberals are doing today to make the world a better place?

YouLibs
YouLibs

@FIGMO2 

Just a few minutes ago I was worried about you because you hadn't been here worrying about Jay.

I feel so much better now.

skydog12
skydog12

Cassius Clay.......final answer

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@FIGMO2

Quit yer whining and apply for a job at the AJC if it bothers you so much.

skydog12
skydog12

Trash talk with antics.....Billy White Shoes Johnson.

honested
honested

@FIGMO2 @honested 

Well, that's nice, but apparently you don't hold elective office yet you no doubt voted for the anti-Liberals who do.

What are THEY doing to make the world a better place today?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@gotalife @FIGMO2

Otherwise known as Newton's Third Law of Motion.

That's human nature.

Trash talk is man-made. Manufactured, if'n you will.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@honested @FIGMO2

The world becomes a better place ONE PERSON at a time.

How can I help you along your path to fulfillment?

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@FIGMO2


I like the social media answer. I see its miss-use on a daily basis.


But I refer to right wing radio rather than the tea party. Their constant drum beat as numb their listeners.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@FIGMO2

VC? Media deregulation.

I'll stick with this--it's where the coarsest rhetoric became normalized. Time was when you had locally flavored radio talkers in every metro area. Some were gross, some not so much.

Then along came some very lax media ownership regs, and Rush Limbaugh's show getting beamed into every just about square mile of the heartland, because it was cheaper than paying local talkers for the noon-3 schedule. 

The rest is a slippery slope, greased with cheesy right wing websites, chain emails, and then social media's fake news, to the Trumpian pit we're in now.


honested
honested

@FIGMO2 @honested 

I'm fine.

I just want to get a handle on what it is the anti-Liberals are attempting to do to the rest of us.

rimsky
rimsky

@gotalife How could she.  She is daddy's pet for crying out loud.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@gotalife Your dad accused Ted Cruz's father of involvement in JFK assassination and insinuated Mrs. Ted Cruz is ugly.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@LordHelpUs @gotalife

How to put this nicely? Most people HATE YOUR DAD. Most people who've met your dad HAVE HATED YOUR DAD since he was first trying to get air time.

Have you somehow not noticed until now?