Opinion: The bill comes due. Always.

(Russian News Service)

One after another, the heads of the top intelligence agencies in the U.S. government told Congress, under oath, that Russia had directly, aggressively interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections in an effort to help Donald Trump and undermine Hillary Clinton. They also warned that Russia will undoubtedly do so again, against whatever party they choose to target.

They aren’t alone in those warnings. Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged as far back as October that Russia had interfered in our elections. “We all knew this before the election,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in March. “We all knew, Russia was trying to meddle with our election.”

“I believe it,” says U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Republican from Florida. “Not only do I believe it, I know it. Almost everybody else does.”

Yet that’s not quite true, not by a long shot. For example, President Trump doesn’t believe it, a fact that Rubio dismisses as unimportant. According to Rubio, it doesn’t matter that the man who has sworn to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” doesn’t believe that the Constitution is under attack from abroad.

That claim makes no sense: How can the president protect us against a threat that in his eyes doesn’t exist?

You know who else doesn’t believe it? According to the latest CBS News poll, 50 percent of Republicans still don’t believe that Russia interfered in our election. Another 28 percent are willing to concede interference, but insist that Trump wasn’t the intended beneficiary. Just 14 percent of Republicans are willing to state that the Russians interfered, and that they did so in hopes of helping Trump.

That’s just extraordinary.

I understand the temptation, I guess. Once you acknowledge that Russia interfered on behalf of Trump, you open the door to all sorts of other uncomfortable thoughts and questions that you don’t want to have to address. It’s just easier not to go there at all, to slam the door in the face of reality and refuse to listen.

You see the same mindset on the issue of climate change. “I mean, there’s this …  idea that science is just absolutely settled, and if you don’t believe it’s settled then somehow or another you’re a Neanderthal. That is so inappropriate from my perspective,” says Energy Secretary Rick Perry. “I think if you’re going to be a wise, intellectually engaged person, being a skeptic about some of these issues is quite all right.”

Perry is a man most famous for having forgotten the name of the agency he now heads, and for his appearance on “Dancing With The Stars.” His two predecessors at the Energy Department were both nuclear physicists of some renown. Both accepted the reality of climate change driven by excessive levels of carbon in the atmosphere. When I want advice on climate from a wise, intellectually engaged person, I know which source I would choose.

Meanwhile, in Paris today, it’s expected to approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the first day of summer. In Portugal, an intense heat wave contributed to a freak forest fire than killed more than 60 people, many of them trapped in their cars by the swift-moving blaze. In Phoenix it’s supposed to hit 120 today, so hot that afternoon flights are being grounded because the hot air will be too thin to support flight.

And in the latest edition of Nature, a peer-reviewed study warns that by 2100, three-quarters of human beings will be exposed to at least 20 consecutive days a year of deadly heat waves, compared to 30 percent in today’s climate.

Whether you wish to believe them or not, these things are happening.  It’s like being told that termites are eating away the foundation of your home, but refusing to believe it because you don’t want to pay for the cost of treatment. It’s like a business owner who is told that her accountant is embezzling money, but who refuses to believe it because then she would have to fire him. It’s like a husband or wife confronted by multiple eyewitness accounts of a philandering spouse, but insisting that all is fine.

Yeah, you could live your life or run your business that way … for a while. But eventually the house will collapse or the business will fold or the spouse will run off to Tahiti, taking along the contents of the bank account. The bill comes due. It always comes due, and it will be paid.

 

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Rachel Magee
Rachel Magee

What we have witnessed here is the death knell of the democRAT party! #MAGA

juliainatlanta
juliainatlanta

One wouldn't expect to see 'intellectually engaged' & Rick Perry in the same sentence, lol

Shanie Mattox
Shanie Mattox

It;s pathetic how some people choose to believe in this con artist, whatever nonsense he spews, instead of America's top intelligence agencies.

Victor Sprayberry
Victor Sprayberry

Monte Poitevint, you seem to be a white supremacist, Russian troll.

David Radzieta
David Radzieta

Not sure which White House lies we are supposed to believe anymore. They can't even get their stories straight.

rimsky
rimsky

 Lets say this again, Donald Trump did not collude with the Russians:

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You must have read NSA and 16 other intel papers. Right?

Sam Coley
Sam Coley

(Husband Posting)OK Lets say this again, Donald Trump did not collude with the Russians: There's a cyber war going on between Russians, US, China, Israel, France ,etc,....and we all do it to each other. Nothing new. It was going on during Obamas administration...why didn't he bring this up then or try to stop it? The starting point did not happen when Trump ran from President and end when he got elected. Its on going. And if anyone colluded with the Russians, it was Obama and Hillary. Remember when Bill Clinton gave a speech in Russia for millions of dollars for the Clinton Foundation and Hillary gave half the U.S. uranium supply to Russia? Remember when Obama told Russia, wait till after the election and I will have more flexibility? If anyone meddled in an election, it was Obama administration, which funded with U.S. taxpayers money the opponent of Israel Prime Minister (remember, Obama does like him) during Israel elections. After 11 months, there still has not been ANY evidence of collusion; even Comey said Trump was not under investigation 3 times. Top Democrats under oath have said there is no evidence; its always from private sources. The Russians did not cause Hillary to hide a private server, delete 30thousand emails, and for her to be just a bad candidate all around. The Russians did not fill Trumps stadiums with thousands of people supporting him. And the internet is not connected to elections machines. Get over it. Dems lost. This is just an excuse to explain that loss....

Kelvin Sims
Kelvin Sims

\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602Head in the sand, huh?

Mark Denney
Mark Denney

Sam, i am curious.. do you think it is possible for people to use information to decide how they cast their vote?

jmc1007
jmc1007

OK  Lets say this again, Donald Trump did not collude with the Russians:


There's a cyber war going on between Russians, US, China, Israel, France ,etc,....and we all do it to each other.  Nothing new.  It was going on during Obamas administration...why didn't he bring this up then or try to stop it?  The starting point did not happen when Trump ran from President and end when he got elected.  Its on going.  


And if anyone colluded with the Russians, it was Obama and Hillary.  Remember when Bill Clinton gave a speech in Russia for millions of dollars for the Clinton Foundation and Hillary gave half the U.S. uranium supply to Russia?  Remember when Obama told Russia, wait till after the election and I will have more flexibility?   If anyone meddled in an election, it was Obama administration, which funded with U.S. taxpayers money the opponent of Israel Prime Minister (remember, Obama does like him) during Israel elections. 


After 11 months, there still has not been ANY evidence of collusion; even Comey said Trump was not under investigation 3 times.  Top Democrats under oath have said there is no evidence; its always from private sources.  The Russians did not cause Hillary to hide a private server, delete 30thousand emails, and for her to be just a bad candidate all around.  The Russians did not fill Trumps stadiums with thousands of people supporting him.  And the internet is not connected to elections machines.  Get over it. Dems lost.  This is just an excuse to explain that loss....


JK1951
JK1951

Once again the democrats have proved incompetent and out of touch. Ha, ha, ha, ha

GO TRUMP.



rimsky
rimsky

@JK1951 So what you win.  A free TV or a brand new Mustang.  Or Ford sending car manufacturing to China right in front of the moron's eyes and he can't do anything about it.

MCGA

Monte Poitevint
Monte Poitevint

The deranged and demented loser, Bookman, is off on another wild ride through left-wing lies and delusions. Read Bookman to understand why these lunatics lose every election. They blame the Russians so they don't have to place the blame where it really belongs--themselves. People reject their mental sickness!

Craig S Files
Craig S Files

Russians are currenetly hacking 39 states election systems. Like it or not, this is soon to be a very big issue. They now have 3 Trump advisors ON TAPE from British Intelligence Service Proving Trump collusion. Look out! What Georgia politicians knew and when did they know it?

Monte Poitevint
Monte Poitevint

No wonder you're a loser. Or maybe you're just a useful idiot for consistent losers. Dumb enough to believe anything, except your own rejection.

Mary West
Mary West

Specious nonsense. The Brit former intel guy made up the dossier. Big nothing burger.

skydog12
skydog12

"Daddy, a boy at school grabbed me today in my private parts".


"Don`t worry honey, it`s normal now".

skydog12
skydog12

Most of Cobb county is pissed that they had to finance the new Braves stadium.

Boycott the Braves and let them choke on the cost.

skydog12
skydog12

Who is Felix Stater?

Mueller will tell you in a few weeks.


RICO here we come.

Mary
Mary

Ok libs, someone has to clean up after the party. Pleasent evening to you all - and well done to my fellow cons! More work to do.

Fan4500
Fan4500

@Mary "Nite. Should be fun tomorrow on this column. :)

Fan4500
Fan4500

I can't wait to go visit D.C. again. I haven't been there in awhile. A lot of history there.

td1234
td1234

@Fan4500 I will be there in Oct. Already have a WH and Congress tour set up

Fan4500
Fan4500

@td1234 @Fan4500 Wow,nice. I have been there 3 - 4 times but never took either tour. I need to try and set that up. It took me 3 days just to go thru the Air & Space Museum. LOL

td1234
td1234

@Fan4500 @td1234 I went through Johnny's office and they set up a private tour of Congress with a meet and greet with Johnny. 

Fan4500
Fan4500

@td1234 @Fan4500 Nice!. I'll see what I can do. I don't have a set date yet but will start looking into my options, I've done all the Monuments, the Museums, Arlington, Zoo, Annapolis,(very good seafood there), etc. I need to see the White House, Capitol and Library of Congress still.

honested
honested

@td1234 

Yes, half the district is clearly aware of what an azzhole he is.

Fan4500
Fan4500

What happened to all the Democrat bloggers? Usually there are 10 of them on here arguing.

skydog12
skydog12

@Fan4500

What you want to talk about Fan?

How about how someone with preexisting conditions who supports Trumpcare?

Do you think Trumps/cons health plan will be better?

Fan4500
Fan4500

@skydog12 @Fan4500 All good questions, I guess we have to pass the bill first before we can see what's in it.

J/k

I don't know but I do know when you have an problem, no hospital will turn you away. 

I have not read the new bill being proposed.

skydog12
skydog12

@Fan4500 @skydog12

Only 13 people in the world have read the bill, but they want to pass it by July 4th. One 6th of our economy.

"No hospital will turn you away" is the solution?

In your case I hope you are correct.

Fan4500
Fan4500

@skydog12 @Fan4500 No, not a solution. I was just meant no one is going to die that needs help. The alarmist try to say thousands will die or more.

skydog12
skydog12

@Fan4500 @skydog12

That`s a lie. The emergency room may get you back on the street, but if you don`t have healthcare, you are not long for this earth.

Like I said below, I`m in great health and have medicare.

Test your theory if you like. Maybe we will see you tomorrow, maybe we won`t.

Fan4500
Fan4500

@skydog12 @Fan4500 I didn't. I voted against another Pelosi drone. I want government to do their job and leave us alone. Private insurance, Blue Cross, Aetna, United Healthcare, etc do just fine. Competition drives things. I want them to cancel obamacare altogether. leave the private sector alone. Get their budget under control, rebuild our military. Stop supporting the world and focus on America.

skydog12
skydog12

@Fan4500 @skydog12

All talking points with no solutions.

Health care cost have gone through the roof in the last 30 years and are still skyrocketing.

I`m sorry I asked. I will not ask again.

You go your way, I`ll go mine.

TetoLeo
TetoLeo

Turning left hard and stomping gas will lead to a circle.