Paul Ryan Isn’t Going To Quit Congress, He Already Quit A Long Time Ago!


Congressman Paul Ryan (R) Wisconsin, the Speaker of the House, announced today he won’t be running for re-election for Congress. He’s only making clear now what has been obvious for some time that he quit doing his job a long time ago. Turning over control of the House to the likes of Devin Nunes and Mark Meadows. Ryan has been unable ( or unwilling) to exert any control over the rogue House Intelligence Committee which has put Party before Country and ignored Russian meddling in our elections and potential crimes committed by the President.

One of the lowest moments of his tenure came when the FBI Director and Assistant Attorney General came to see Ryan about Nunes request for secret Justice Department files. Ryan backed Nunes and requested the Top Secret files be turned over to Nunes, selective and misleading confidential information were promptly leaked by Nunes to right-wing media outlets.


Ryan has stood by while Trump blew up the deficit, destroyed health-care and gave windfall tax benefits to corporations and billionaires. Ryan threatened from time to time to stand up to Trump during his worst behavior, but every time he backed off and assumed a submissive position like the weakling he proved to be.

Right now, the President is threatening to openly obstruct justice by firing the Special Counsel because he made a referral that is getting preciously close to Trump, his lawyer, and the women he paid to keep silent about his affairs. Some in the Senate are making clear that firing Mueller would be “the beginning of the end of Trump’s Presidency.” The one man that would have to institute Impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives, is saying nothing, afraid of Trump, afraid of the Republican base and afraid of his caucus who doesn’t want him to put them on the spot.


Paul Ryan will be completing his term and technically giving up the ghost in January of 2019. We know though, that ship sailed long ago and Ryan is simply collecting his check, fulfilling none of his actual responsibilities as Speaker of the entire House of Representatives, just those of a Trump puppet.

Paul Ryan Isn’t Going To Quit Congress, He Already Quit A Long Time Ago!

Congressman Paul Ryan (R) Wisconsin, the Speaker of the House, announced today he won’t be running for re-election for Congress. He’s only making clear now what has been obvious for some time that he quit doing his job a long time ago. Turning over control of the House to the likes of Devin Nunes and Mark Meadows. Ryan has been unable ( or unwilling) to exert any control over the rogue House Intelligence Committee which has put Party before Country and ignored Russian meddling in our elections and potential crimes committed by the President.

One of the lowest moments of his tenure came when the FBI Director and Assistant Attorney General came to see Ryan about Nunes request for secret Justice Department files. Ryan backed Nunes and requested the Top Secret files be turned over to Nunes, selective and misleading confidential information were promptly leaked by Nunes to right-wing media outlets.

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Ryan has stood by while Trump blew up the deficit, destroyed health-care and gave windfall tax benefits to corporations and billionaires. Ryan threatened from time to time to stand up to Trump during his worst behavior, but every time he backed off and assumed a submissive position like the weakling he proved to be.

Right now, the President is threatening to openly obstruct justice by firing the Special Counsel because he made a referral that is getting preciously close to Trump, his lawyer, and the women he paid to keep silent about his affairs. Some in the Senate are making clear that firing Mueller would be “the beginning of the end of Trump’s Presidency.” The one man that would have to institute Impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives, is saying nothing, afraid of Trump, afraid of the Republican base and afraid of his caucus who doesn’t want him to put them on the spot.

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Paul Ryan will be completing his term and technically giving up the ghost in January of 2019. We know though, that ship sailed long ago and Ryan is simply collecting his check, fulfilling none of his actual responsibilities as Speaker of the entire House of Representatives, just those of a Trump puppet.

Why The Government Will Shut Down And Who Is Responsible (The Big Orange Dummy)

Although Congress has until Friday to pass a funding bill. It’s not going to happen for a variety of reasons. There is still hope that they will pass a continuing resolution and keep the government open for a few more weeks while they then do this all over again.

The House Republicans are pushing (and will pass) a temporary funding bill which does nothing to address DACA, the program which Trump ended and gave Congress six-months to come up with a legislative solution. Despite all the claims from Republicans they want to support the Dreamers. Many of them don’t because they want the Dreamers to go home and that’s reflected in the bill they’ve proposed. If this funding bill passes, there will be no incentive for Republicans to get a DACA deal done and the program will end.

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There could have been a DACA deal, a bipartisan group of Senators came up with a deal that met the four criteria Trump said he wanted and agreed he would sign. When the bill was presented to him, Gen. Kelly, Stephen Miller and hard-line Congressmen and Senators convinced Trump to torpedo the deal which is why there will be no temporary funding bill. Trump sabotaged it.

Part of the House bill proposed includes extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years which pretty much everyone agrees needs to be done although Democrats were pushing for a ten-year extension. The truth is, that extension could have and should have been taken care of back in September but Republicans refused to address it, saving it for a time such as this to pigeonhole Democrats. Trump, not actually understanding the CHIP funding, tweeted against inclusion into the funding continuation, later somebody must have bitch-slapped him and he then gave his support.

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While Democrats don’t want to be blamed for shutting down the government. Their base is demanding they don’t choke on DACA as they have done at least twice previously. They promised they, “wouldn’t go home for Christmas without a deal” and let other occasions go by when they could have stood up for the Dreamers.

While the House will pass their version (kicking Dreamers to the curb). The Senate needs sixty votes to pass something meaning they need several Democrats. Mitch McConnell says he trying to figure out exactly what Trump would sign to keep everyone from spinning their wheels. Some Republicans including Lindsey Graham say they’ll vote no. His vote is about DACA but he’s claiming it’s about military funding which does suffer under a continuing resolution as opposed to actually passing a budget. The resolution locks spending in at previous levels and also makes them susceptible to mandatory cuts.

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There will be multiple points in the next couple days where this could be avoided. Because most of them involve Republican concessions of Democrats totally caving they will likely fail. The biggest stumbling block is the man who has to sign the bill who is now saying things like, “no wall, no bill” because his own Chief-of-Staff called him “uninformed.” I haven’t agreed much with Gen. Kelly lately but even he gets it right now and then.

Once there is a shutdown. Despite Trump and Republicans attempts to blame Democrats. They will bear the responsibility of finding a fix and the pressure will keep building on them. Things will be made worse for them by stupid tweets from Trump which will turn any undecided on the issue against Trump. If the Democrats don’t fold (as they have far too many times). DACA will get done, CHIP will be extended, and life will go on.

Accomplices After the Fact (#TeamRussia)

Accomplices After the Fact:

Someone who assists another 1) who has committed a felony, 2) after the person has committed the felony, 3) with knowledge that the person committed the felony, and 4) with the intent to help the person avoid arrest or punishment. An accessory after the fact may be held liable for, inter alia, obstruction of justice.

See how many you can add to this list? Even if they knew nothing before the election. They’ve gone to great lengths to protect the Russian patsy that won the race for President. With their help.

Paul Ryan

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Mitch McConnell

Devin Nunes

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Jared Kushner

Ivanka Trump

Marco Rubio

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Sean Hannity

Bill O’Reilly

Jason Chaffetz

Mike Pence

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Of course many of them were not only accomplices after the fact but before. We will see! #TeamRussia

Trump’s Unbelievably Very Bad Day In Review (3/30/2017) Part 2: The Unanswered Questions

As the scandals swirl around Trump and the Hunger Games are about to begin. These are the questions that have started to be asked but are nowhere near answered. Even after his already unbelievably bad day. This is what I still want to know:

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  1. Jared Kushner is getting ready for his time under the microscope. Between his secret meeting with a Russian bank on a government watch list and attending another secret meeting with Michael Flynn when they snuck the Russian Ambassador into Trump Tower. After they look at his family’s real estate deals given he hasn’t truly divested from their holdings. When it comes time for him to testify and possibly need to cut a deal for himself. Will Ivanka side with him or daddy?
  2. When Paul Ryan is finally compelled to explain his role in helping Devin Nunes perpetrate his fraud in trying to cover for Trump’s tweet claiming Obama spied on him. How far under the bus will Ryan throw Nunes.
  3. When Nunes is compelled to speak, possibly testify about the degree of White House involvement in the illegal dissemination of classified data (Given only to one party for political use). Who will he blame? Why did Ryan bless it?
  4. Will Mike Pence be able to stay above the fray even after allegedly vetting Mike Flynn and doing nothing after being notified by Elijah Cummings in writing of Flynn’s deception.
  5. Will Trump resign or will he have to be dragged out by his orange hair? What will his hair look like if he spent months away from dye, blow dryers and stylists?
  6. Where is Bannon in all this? You know he’s the manipulating force behind much of this, moving the chess pieces until they all get captured.
  7. Rex Tillerson used to be a Captain of Industry. Now he hides and poses for pictures without speaking, running from the press. He obviously didn’t need the job. Why does he stay? Where’s his pride?
  8. Don’t think I forgot allegations about Trump with underage girls and dozens of claims of sexual harassment and assault. Still want to know?
  9. When will Vegas start establishing odds on his Trump’s impeachment/resignation?

Trumpcare: The State of Healthcare in America (How Many More People Will Die?)

” To illuminate how distorted things have become. President Trump has been willing to drop Mental Health Coverage from the list of present guaranteed services. This a few days after Republicans voted to ensure access to guns for the mentally ill.”

How did we get to the point where the discussion on health care has come down to how much less coverage can be provided and how much tax relief can be granted to already rich people? Ideology has trumped and exposed that concern for the American people is only imagined. The less political clout a constituency has, the less they get.

For those that imagined that the new President was your champion when he promised to provide a “great plan.” To paraphrase Kanye West, “Donald Trump doesn’t give a damn about sick people.” To illuminate how distorted things have become. President Trump has been willing to drop Mental Health Coverage from the list of present guaranteed services. This a few days after Republicans voted to ensure access to guns for the mentally ill. To the women who ignored all the misogyny Trump demonstrated not just during the campaign but during his lifetime. He’s also willing to negotiate away maternal care. Did you forget he was a scorpion?

Although Republicans are at the forefront of the current campaign to kill The Affordable Care Act. Democrats share responsibility for where we find ourselves after running away from supporting “Obamacare” for political reasons for the last 7 years. I blame them that many Americans are just finding out that their existing coverage whether it be by Medicaid expansion or participation in exchanges with names that sound nothing like Obamacare, is now at risk.

The Republican Party is imploding right in front of us in a race to serve their masters as opposed to the people. Their priorities are in order:

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  1. Provide Tax Relief to the already wealthy
  2. Position themselves best for re-election
  3. Reduce the public cost (and benefits) of Medicare, Medicaid, and healthcare overall
  4. Ship off responsibility to the states while simultaneously capping expenditures
  5. Providing the appearance of caring for any but the wealthy

There are two things Congress could do to be taken seriously on anything they say about health care:

  1. They could vote to change their own government based health care plans to be the exact coverage they offer to all other Americans
  2. Include in the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the answer to a single question. How many more people will die?

That’s the entire question in a nutshell. How many people are we willing to let die to reduce taxes? Don’t distract by claiming greater access as opposed to coverage. No more talk about percentage of Counties with limited providers. I just want to know how many more people will die?

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The Fall Of Trump

Mike Pence thought he was nearing the end of his day. He’d spent the day on the Hill trying to lobby for a Bill that would all but destroy Planned Parenthood. He’d spent all morning in the Rayburn and Longworth buildings meeting with House members and most of the afternoon in the Hart Senate Office building meeting with Senators. He got a call from Mitch McConnell who asked if he could stop in for a few minutes before leaving. Pence looked at his watch, sighed and walked back down the hall to Mitch’s office.

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He was ushered back to the inner office and was surprised to see a collection of leading Representatives and Senators, some of whom he’d met with earlier in the day. Mitch McConnell said, “We need to talk to you Mike. It’s time!”

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Pence was certain he knew what Mitch meant but for clarity’s sake he said, “Time for what?”

“It’s the Russia thing” said McConnell, “we can’t control it any longer. The Post has the whole story and it’s running in the morning. They have everything, Manafort, Flynn, a couple others. They’re all gonna say Trump order them to work with the Russians. He’s done!”

“So what’s next… impeachment?”

Paul Ryan stepped forward, “Hell no, it would take a year and there’s no telling what he could do in that amount of time. Clinton was embarrassed but he rolled the dice and won. Nixon knew he couldn’t win and quit. Goddamn Trump will cling to the Presidency until the last hour and might start a war with Russia or China as a distraction.”

“So what, the 25th? It’s never been done” said Pence. “Walk me through it.”

Ted Cruz spoke up, “It’s up to you Mike. You have to declare that Trump is ‘unable to discharge the duties of the office.’ That should be easy enough to demonstrate. You inform Paul here and Orrin Hatch in the Senate. We get half the Cabinet to agree with you and he’s done. If he tries to fight that. Congress decides who ends up as President.”

Pence said, “What about Schumer and Pelosi?”

McConnell said, “Oh they’ll raise hell! We have to make the issue Trump’s mental health. If it’s about collaboration with Russia they’ll demand a new election and God knows which side the public lands on. Some of Trump’s base will stick with him no matter what. We can ram you through any votes in Congress. We’ve done all we can to keep your name clear in all of this. We’ll make you the hero that saved the Republic.”

“Like Brutus, eh?”

Ryan said, “What was he thinking anyway, dealing with Russia?”

Cruz said, “We knew he was a man with no morals or conscience. Maybe the question is, What were we thinking?

Pence said, “yeah… what were we thinking.”

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TRAITORS!

 

  • a person(s) not loyal to his or her own country, friends, etc. : a person who betrays a country or group of people by helping or supporting an enemy

 

Joe McCarthy served as a United States Senator from 1947 until his death in 1957. After three undistinguished years of service in the Senate, he gained national attention when he indicated he had a list of “members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring” serving in the State Department. He used charges of communism, communist sympathies, disloyalty and homosexuality to attack political opponents and others in and out of government. Joe McCarthy, a Democrat, saw communists and sympathizers everywhere.

We now have several Republican leaders that refuse to see Russian sympathizers anywhere. They are willing to allow potential Russian influence to go unrestrained in the Trump administration. Refusing to see or allow the public to see or hear the extent of infiltration and influence that Russia had on Donald Trump and those around him. Some do this under the belief that they can accomplish much of their agenda which they put before the security of our nation. Others because they’re afraid that Donald Trump will turn his supporters against them with a tweet, causing them to be defeated in future runs for office. Whatever the reason, they ignore the peril to our country for personal reasons. They are TRAITORS!

As information leaks out about the level of influence Russia exerted to elect Donald Trump. They grudgingly began half-hearted investigations into what occurred. Rather than allow an impartial independent investigation. They fight to maintain control within existing Congressional Committee’s where they can control the scope, the witnesses and more importantly the result of the investigation as they did during the multiple Benghazi investigations.

Mitch McConnell refused to agree to information on Russian influence to be made public before the election. He’s the main one seeking to limit and control the Senate investigation. The likely meddling by Russia “is a serious issue, but it doesn’t require a select committee,” said McConnell, R-Ky. The Senate intelligence committee is able to investigate the matter, he added.”

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Paul Ryan subverts any attempt within the House of Representatives to have an independent investigation. He said, “I’ll leave it up to the administration to describe the circumstances,” Ryan said. “I’m not going to prejudge any of the circumstances surrounding this until we have all of the information.”

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Jason Chaffetz, Chair of the House Oversight Committee refuses to investigate Trump both in his relationship with Russia and any potential conflict of interests including Russian that Trump has which could compromise his decisions as President. He recently told a raucous Town Hall, “The President is exempt from conflict of interest laws” while the crowd chanted, “Do your job!” Instead of following up on Russian ties to the Trump administration, he’s beginning investigations of those leaking information to the Press who are the only reason we know what we do.

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In addition to supporting an enemy, these men and others have betrayed their country by approving several Cabinet members with no interest in serving in the nation’s best interest. Beyond merely being incompetent (Carson) they’ve confirmed candidates whose express purpose is to destroy the Agencies they now head (Price, Perry, DeVos.) Special mention goes to Scott Pruitt of the EPA who has filed 14 lawsuits against the Agency. Some of which are ongoing and in which he refuses to recuse himself. They have put Party before country. Betrayed the Constitution and the American people. The committee chairs rushed thru these candidates. In Pruitt’s case refusing to wait the weekend while thousands of Emails between himself and the Energy Companies he’d regulate were to be released by order of a Federal Judge. Pruitt had illegally refused to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests for two years before being finally compelled to do so.

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The only way to change this behavior is through public pressure and voting them out. I pray the leaks continue and the eventual outcry forces even these men to act and then not be allowed to cover-up the investigations. We are watching these men literally give America away to large business interests and a foreign power. Traitors!

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November 9, 2016: The Day After

 

“This is Paul.”

“Mitch here. Congratulations on your re-election last night. A lot of us didn’t make it thru.”

“You’re lucky you weren’t up for re-election this time. Given how things went. You might have been forcibly retired with the others.”

“I thought we might talk Paul, about where we as a party go from here? Do you have any thoughts?

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“I wonder how in the hell we ended up with such a bad candidate at the top of the ticket? He wasn’t even a real Republican.”

“You’re right Paul, but he was able to get most of the body behind him. Had he been able to keep his hands and lips to himself he just might have won.”

“Don’t forget keeping his mouth shut Mitch. He stepped all over any winning moment of the campaign.”

“So what do we do now? The Party has at least three factions; Modetate, Tea Party, and Trump that pretty much despise each other. The only thing we all agree on is how much we hat Hillary. Can we really do another eight years of being the ‘Party of No?’ McCain went and said we’d stall any of her nominee’s for the Supreme Court until 2020 and people freaked out. We’ll have to let any nominee’s come up for a vote. The public will have our heads if we don’t.”

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“Except Immigration.”

“Yeah… Immigration. I have an idea Paul. Let’s meet with Hillary and find out all the area’s we agree. There’s tax reform. We could allow some fixes on Obamacare. Mass incarceration; if we focus on the positive budget aspects of reform we won’t have to seem like we’re caving to the Trumpites.”

“Last time I vowed to obstruct the President at every turn. That didn’t work out well. I’ve worked with her in the past when she was in the Senate. She was quite reasonable then. Hope she forget’s everything we said about her?”

 

“That was just politics Mitch.”

“Yeah.”

“I have to get going. House members want to talk strategy. It’s going to be such a cluster.”

“My life just got easier. Majority Leader wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. You think you might run next time?”

“We’ll see Mitch. I flip-flopped all over the place in supporting Trump. In my own state they’re chanting, ‘Paul Ryan Sucks.’ I might not be able to run for dog catcher in four years.”

“Welcome to my world. This is why I take vacations outside the country.”

“What’s a vacation. I have to run for re-election every two years. No time off for me. Take care Mitch.”

“You too Paul… You’re wife speaking to you?”

“Nope! Yours?”

“Nope.”

“Trump! What were we thinking?”

 

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