Which party is most crooked?


For those who say “Democrats and Republicans are all crooks,” I give you this, shared from Williams Adkins and Barbara Stants Miller:

“I made a comment recently where I claimed that Republican administrations had been much more criminally corrupt over the last 50 plus years than the Democrats. I was challenged (dared, actually) to prove it.

So I did a bit of research and, when I say a bit, I mean it didn’t take long and there is no comparison. When comparing criminal indictments of those serving in the executive branch of presidential administrations, it’s so lopsided as to be ridiculous. Yet, all I ever hear is how corrupt the Democrats are.

So why don’t we break it down by president and the numbers?

Obama – 8 years in office. Zero criminal indictments, zero convictions and zero prison sentences. So the next time somebody describes the Obama administration as “scandal free,” they aren’t speaking wishfully, they’re simply telling the truth.

Bush, George W. – 8 years in office. 16 criminal indictments. 16 convictions. 9 prison sentences.

Clinton – 8 years in office. 2 criminal indictments. one conviction. One prison sentence. That’s right, nearly 8 yrs of investigations. Tens of millions spent and 30 years of claiming them the most corrupt ever, and there was exactly one person convicted of a crime.

Bush, George H.W. – 4 years in office. One indictment. One conviction. One prison sentence.

Reagan – 8 years in office. 26 criminal indictments. 16 convictions. 8 prison sentences.

Carter – 4 years in office. One indictment. Zero convictions and zero prison sentences.

Ford – 2-1/2 years in office. One indictment and one conviction. One prison sentence.

Nixon – 6 years in office. 76 criminal indictments. 55 convictions. 15 prison sentences.

Johnson – 5 years in office. Zero indictments. Zero convictions. Zero prison sentences.

So, let’s see where that leaves us. In the last 53 years, Democrats have been in office for 25 of those years, while Republicans held it for 28.

In their 25 years in office, Democrats had a total of three executive branch officials indicted with one conviction and one prison sentence. That’s one whole executive branch official convicted of a crime in two and a half decades of Democratic leadership.

In the 28 years that Republicans have held office over the last 53 yrs, they have had a total of (drum roll, please) 120 criminal indictments of executive branch officials. 89 criminal convictions and 34 prison sentences handed down.

That’s more prison sentences than years in office since 1968 for Republicans.

If you want to count articles of impeachment as indictments (they aren’t really, but we can count them as an action), both sides get one more.

However, Clinton wasn’t found guilty while Nixon resigned and was pardoned by Ford. So, those only serve to make Republicans look even worse.

With everything going on with Trump and his people right now, it’s a safe bet Republicans are gonna be padding their numbers a bit real soon.

So let’s just go over the numbers one more time shall we?

120 indictments for Republicans. 89 convictions and 34 prison sentences.

Those aren’t “feelings” or “alternate facts.” Those are simply the stats by the numbers.

Republicans are, and have been for my entire lifetime, the most criminally corrupt party to hold the office of the presidency.”

In case anyone got sidetracked by the Russian spy drama, the following bills HAVE been introduced:

1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency

2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education

3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education

4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife

5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act

6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood

7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)

8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill

9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)

10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran

Call your House Representative and ask them to not only vote “NO”…but to speak up for our rights, health & safety, and our beautiful country.

And for those who like to check their sources:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/861

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/610

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/899

https://www.congress.gov/…/house-joint-resolution/69

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/370

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/354

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/785

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/83

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/147

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/808

Big thanks to Gerri Airato who took the time to check all of these and share the links.

ALERT: Top Republican Confirms That Trump is Planning “Authoritarian” Regime

Even Republicans can recognize a con man when they open their eyes. Former Republican and Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin recognizes Trump as a con man and an authoritarian.

In a Twitter post, McMullin detailed some of the traits of an authoritarian.Without oversight, Trump will try to establish an authoritarian rule similar to Russia.

We all know about Donald Trump’s love affair with Russia and its despotic leader, Putin. This is disturbing.

McMullin blasted Trump saying that he obscures the truth and promotes himself as its ultimate source, which is a trait of authoritarian figures. McMullin knows what he’s talking about — he spent years as a CIA operative in hostile African and Middle Eastern countries.

Trump is also wanting to restrict the press and his access to it, which is another trait of authoritarians. Nazi Germany and Hitler did this in the early days of his rise to power.

McMullin also had a warning for the press–do not play his game. The press needs to call him out on what he says.

We are all aware that Trump’s answers to many policy questions were simply that “he knows better than anybody”. He claimed that he would make his policies known when elected, but he has not fulfilled that promise.

The president-elect has also expressed his admiration of authoritarian figures. His bromance and business dealings with Russian dictator Putin have recently been publicized and they’re not good.

Trump’s infatuation with despotic, authoritarian figures is dangerous for this country. His racist comments, the talk about registering Muslims, deporting immigrants, and muzzling the press are eerily similar to the rise of Nazism.

No public leader in the United States should get away with embracing authoritarian figures and racism. They’re dangerous for America.

After all, Nazism started with words; words which were similar to those of Donald Trump. We must watch this man so that history does not repeat itself.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper Ends Trump’s ‘Fake News’ Excuse, Reveals that Trump Used to Call Newspapers and Lie About His Identity to Plant Untrue Stories

Anderson Cooper has apparently had enough of the hypocritical BS that keeps coming out of the mouth of Donald Trump.

The topic at hand was the constant stream of new revelations that throw more and more onto the growing pile of evidence that ties the Trump campaign/administration to Russia and Putin, and the fact that Trump labels any source that reports the facts of the investigation as “fake news.”

Cooper points out that this the pattern with former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, the pattern with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and it is the pattern surrounding new information that claims the Russians have “derogatory information” about Trump, and had it well before the election. None of these stories, as Cooper reminds us, is fake. “But the President would have us believe otherwise.”

Cooper brings up a recent tweet from Trump that claimed many of the leaks were simply made up by “the fake news media.” Trump went on to suggest that any report that cite unnamed sources is probably untrue.

But don’t worry, folks, because Anderson Cooper is all about ‘Keeping ‘Em Honest.’ And he just ripped Trump a new one.

Cooper reminds America that John Miller or John Barron are pseudonyms that Donald Trump has used himself to plant flattering stories with New York news outlets. “Fake names, fake sources, fake stories, fake news,” Cooper calls it. Then he goes on to point out the plethora of instances where Trump was more than happy to use unnamed sources, as long as they agreed with the narrative Trump want to tell.

Bill Gates Tweeted That Every Student Should Read This Book

Rob Wile

May 16, 2017

Yesterday, Bill Gates gave a graduation speech — via Twitter.

And the richest man in the world has helped propel a psychology book to the penultimate spot on the Amazon best-seller list using just 140 characters.

First published in 2012, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, by Harvard psychologist Steven A. Pinker, argues violence has actually been decreasing in recent centuries, and attempts to explain what may be driving this phenomenon. Mark Zuckerberg previously named it as a “book of the year” pick.

As the Washington Post first noted, as of Tuesday morning, since Gates’ Tweet, the book has climbed 608,850 percent to move to No. 2 on the overall Amazon best-seller book list, just behind perennial graduation-time best-seller, Oh, The Place You’ll Go!, by Dr. Seuss.

Here’s what Gates had to say about “Angels”:

“[Pinker] shows how the world is getting better. Sounds crazy, but it’s true. This is the most peaceful time in human history,” Gates says. “That matters because if you think the world is getting better, you want to spread the progress to more people and places. It doesn’t mean you ignore the serious problems we face. It just means you believe they can be solved. This is the core of my worldview. It sustains me in tough times and is the reason I love my work. I think it can do same for you.”

You can buy Pinker’s book at Amazon. Here’s Gates’ full Tweet-speech:

Elizabeth Laren’s post, May 21

OK America let me explain a few things before this impeachment euphoria gets too out of hand.

No, Republicans are not simpletons who can’t see Trump is a freakish caricature of a president.

They don’t care about Trump. If he hangs by his own petards so be it. Or if he is pushed off the impeachment cliff it matters not to them.

He is a useful idiot who will help them replace two or three more Supreme Court justices… one of their four sacred goals.

  • The GOP wants to move the Supreme Court to permanently conservative, something they can easily accomplish in the next four years.
  • The GOP wants to gut every social program of the New Deal which means killing Medicaid, privatizing Social Security and weakening Medicare.
  • Their third goal is to enact regressive taxes that make Corporate taxes even more avoidable and removing any tax that doesn’t redistribute wealth to the wealthy.
  • And finally their fourth goal is to decimate the regulatory power of the Federal government including its control over public lands, healthcare, education, labor law, unions, postal services, civil rights and voting protections.

Basically their dream of shrinking the Federal government is within their grasp.

So Trump twisting in the wind is just a party favor for them as they tear down the temple.

Imagine the GOP torching the Capitol, then barricading all roads to stop firemen from getting close enough to fight the fires.

They need Trump in office long enough to get their bills signed and when the inevitable happens, they get Pence, a smoother, smarter vandal than Trump.

So stop begging Republicans to interrupt their right-wing looting and pillaging.

They aren’t listening to you or any of your protests!

The only thing that can stop them is midterms elections!

And even then they have gerrymandered to the point that only a complete electoral shift and Democrat Party run to the polls will change the outcome.

They don’t think Trump is endangering America.

He is their boy while they “save” America by destroying the Federal Government.

When more than half the registered voters thought email servers, Russian news plants, Bernie bots, Clinton fatigue and sheer apathy were worth staying home, they elected Trump.

He isn’t their problem.

An unchecked, feckless GOP is the problem and unless 2018 gives the Senate to the Dems and erodes the GOP death grip on the House, you can kiss America good bye and stop calling our nation the Leader of the Free World.

And for all you third party supporters who say the two Party system is a failure. …………..

Hope you enjoy a one party system.

Because America is just 18 months shy of finding out what that’s like….unless you begin the work of getting out the vote.”

Written by David M Roos

THIS is what we old stupid Democrats who don’t understand anything kept screaming warnings about.

You fools.

It doesn’t make me feel any relief to know that I have fewer years left on earth to suffer under a Republican run authoritarian theocracy than younger people do.

Because I actually CARE about those starting out now.

And I’m so damn old that I’ve witnessed what a difference it makes who’s on the Supreme Court. I absolutely dread the Republicans making a single appointment.

I also dread them filling the 104 federal judge-ships that they refused to allow President Obama to nominate.

You don’t even think about them, do you?

Well, you’d better start figuring out how our political system really works. Nuts and bolts. Because the right wing has to nailed. And they don’t care if you didn’t know how to register to vote or didn’t realize that your registration gets purged if you don’t show up for years or that you just don’t care, because “both parties are just the same.”

They love it when you don’t care.

Trump’s ‘dark brilliance’ explains why he keeps getting away with lies: Editorial

The challenge in the age of Donald Trump is to insist on the integrity of facts in the face of a politics that simply denies their relevance.

By Toronto Star Editorial Board

Sun., Feb. 26, 2017

Donald Trump lies. He lies constantly, compulsively, brazenly. He does it even as he accuses others (usually the “disgusting and corrupt media”) of twisting the truth. One suspects he does it just to keep in practice, or because he’s simply forgotten how not to lie.

All that is old news, though not “fake news.” Trump has been at it so long that only the most naïve among us retain the capacity to be surprised by his mendacity. The question is not whether he lies, but why. And, most important, how he keeps on getting away with it.

Some clues to this mystery come from an unlikely source, a highly respected editor and columnist at the Wall Street Journal, a newspaper broadly sympathetic to Trump’s agenda as president.

Bret Stephens, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for his commentary, is a staunch conservative who nonetheless has opposed Trump all along as a man morally unfit for high office and a stranger to long-standing conservative tenets like free trade. And unlike most conservative pundits, he has resisted the temptation to bend the knee to power and hop on board the Trump train.

He sees Trump for the charlatan he is, and as such is a man worth listening to about what makes the president do what he so shamelessly does.

Stephens gave a lecture recently in memory of Daniel Pearl, the Journal correspondent murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. It led him to reflect on journalism, the nature of truth and the method in the madness of Donald Trump.

When confronted by one of his blatant falsehoods, Stephens notes, Trump often doesn’t even attempt to back up what he said. He’ll simply reply that “many people say I’m right,” transforming the argument into a test of personal credibility and effectively denying the validity of what is usually known as “facts.”

“It’s important not to dismiss the president’s reply simply as dumb,” says Stephens. “We ought to assume that it’s darkly brilliant – if not in intention then certainly in effect. The president is responding to a claim of fact not by denying the fact, but by denying the claim that facts are supposed to have on an argument.

“He isn’t telling (his opponent) that he’s got his facts wrong. He’s saying that as far as he is concerned facts, as most people understand the term, don’t matter. That they are indistinguishable from, and interchangeable with, opinion, and that statements of fact needn’t have any purchase against a man who is either sufficiently powerful to ignore them or sufficiently shameless to deny them – or, in his case, both.”

The bottom line: “There you have the Trumpian view of the world. If I had to sum it up in a single sentence, it would be this: Truth is what you can get away with.”

This is the motto of both tyrants and showmen through the ages. Eventually, though, they get caught out, at least most of them. Why is Trump seemingly immune from the normal rules? How does he keep getting away with it?

Stephens offers a few reasons. First is the sheer volume of his lies: “If a public figure tells a whopping lie once in his life, it’ll haunt him into his grave. If he lies morning, noon and night, it will become almost impossible to remember any one particular lie. Outrage will fall victim to its own ubiquity.

“It’s the same truth contained in Stalin’s famous remark that the death of one man is a tragedy, but the death of a million is a statistic.”

Second is Trump’s sheer entertainment value. The fact that he’s liable to say anything at any moment turns us into gawking spectators: “We have been given tickets to a spectacle, in which all you want to do is watch.”

Then there are changing standards of judgment, in which politics becomes a matter of perception rather than actual performance. If people out in the heartland see Trump as successful, then that very fact makes him more successful.

Finally, there’s the powerful temptation among some people to rationalize the behavior of the man in the White House, however bizarre. Conservatives rush to praise a man who disdains the globalist world-view they have preached for decades; moralists embrace a man who has turned his personal life into a tabloid saga.

Some of this is pure hypocrisy or simple power worship. But it’s also linked to a powerful desire to be on the right side of what seems to be a historical force, propelled by genuine (though misguided) sentiments among the people. It’s the impulse to make sense of Trump’s nonsense, to discover rationality amid the irrational.

The challenge is to resist these temptations, to insist on the integrity of facts in the face of a politics that simply denies their relevance. In Stephens’ words, “to believe in an epistemology that can distinguish between truth and falsity, facts and opinion, evidence and wishes.”

It’s appalling that such elementary principles must be re-stated in 2017. But in the age of Trump, it’s more important than ever.

Robert Reich, June 5 – The Kushner story gets more and more interesting. Last December, after meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak about opening a communications link with Russian officials that would be secure against U.S. intelligence agencies, Kushner met with Sergey Gorkov, the head a bank named Vnesheconombank, or VEB.

Here are 4 things you should know:

1. Despite its presence on Wall Street, VEB, is no normal bank. It is wholly owned by the Russian state. It is intertwined with Russian intelligence. And the Russian prime minister is, by law, the chairman of its supervisory board.

2. Gorkov is a graduate of the university of the Russian Federal Security Service, successor to the KGB – a school for spies.

3. VEB has employed spies in the U.S. In 2015, federal prosecutors in Manhattan and Washington announced charges against Evgeny Buryakov, an employee at VEB’s New York office, accusing him of acting as a covert agent of the S.V.R., the Russian foreign intelligence agency. Buryakov later pleaded guilty, and VEB paid his legal bills.

4. Buryakov was charged alongside two other Russian men accused of trying to recruit Carter Page, an American businessman who later became a Trump campaign adviser, as a spy.

Hmmm.

What do you think?

Deutsche Bank Refuses to Cooperate in Trump-Russia Investigation

Monday Jun 05, 2017 · 9:16 AM EDT

From Reuters, via Raw Story:

Deutsche Bank — Germany’s largest bank — has failed to respond to a request from Democrats on a U.S. House of Representatives panel for details about U.S. President Donald Trump’s possible ties to Russia, a Democratic staffer said on Sunday.

Several Democrats on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee sent a letter last month to John Cryan, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank, seeking details that might show if Trump’s loans for his real estate business were backed by the Russian government.

The letter asked for details of internal reviews of Trump’s transactions and gave the prominent German bank until Friday to respond. The bank’s response did not address any of the numerous questions posed in the letter and its Frankfurt headquarters declined to comment, as it has in the past.

“Deutsche Bank’s outside counsel has confirmed receipt of our May 23, 2017, letter but did not provide substantive responses to our requests,” a Democratic member of the staff told Reuters in an email on condition of anonymity.

Not a good look for a bank. Deutsche Bank is a known money launderer, as well as an institution to which Trump owes some 300 million dollars. May Deutsche go down with the rest of this rotten cabal.

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