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Mon May 27, 2019, 10:50 AM

The Trump coverup no one is talking about: The emperor has no money.

E. J. Dionne points out that Trump has no control over the purse strings, and that severely limits his power to negotiate anything with the Democratic House.

"From the moment Trump, Pelosi and Schumer announced their convergence on a $2 trillion infrastructure plan last month, Mulvaney began sabotaging it. “Is it difficult to pass any infrastructure bill in this environment, let alone a $2 trillion one, in this environment? Absolutely,” Mulvaney said.

He was far from alone because the entire Republican leadership in Congress is now part of the Knuckledraggers Caucus. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly signaled that he had absolutely no interest in a big infrastructure plan if it required rolling back any part of the GOP’s 2017 corporate tax cut.

Democrats argue that because business is clamoring for infrastructure, it would make sense to ask business to foot part of the bill. They have suggested raising the corporate tax rate to 25 percent from the 21 percent enshrined in the 2017 law and pulling back on some of its other provisions.

No way, say the Republicans. A “nonstarter,” declared McConnell. Faced with the choice of bridges collapsing in a heap or reining in the tax giveaways, the bridges don’t have much of a chance.

Note that the meeting Trump sabotaged was about how to finance the plan. He had no way of coming up with anything constructive because, for all of his bravado, he is totally under the thumb of Congress’s conservative ideologues. His tantrum was part of the coverup no one is talking about: The emperor has no money."


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-trump-coverup-no-one-is-talking-about/2019/05/26/24eb63c4-7e4f-11e9-a5b3-34f3edf1351e_story.html?utm_term=.5bd80dc80af4

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Reply The Trump coverup no one is talking about: The emperor has no money. (Original post)
Nitram May 2019 OP
malaise May 2019 #1
empedocles May 2019 #2
malaise May 2019 #4
Earth Bound Misfit May 2019 #19
LastDemocratInSC May 2019 #8
Grasswire2 May 2019 #20
vlyons May 2019 #3
malaise May 2019 #5
dixiegrrrrl May 2019 #10
PatrickforO May 2019 #6
3catwoman3 May 2019 #7
dixiegrrrrl May 2019 #13
corbettkroehler May 2019 #17
Perseus May 2019 #9
former9thward May 2019 #11
saidsimplesimon May 2019 #18
Nitram May 2019 #21
ooky May 2019 #12
Bernardo de La Paz May 2019 #15
ooky May 2019 #16
Bernardo de La Paz May 2019 #14

Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 10:55 AM

1. Are you talking about the leader of the

Holey Moran Empire?

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Mon May 27, 2019, 10:57 AM

2. Holy Moron Empire?

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Response to empedocles (Reply #2)

Mon May 27, 2019, 11:01 AM

4. Remember now the spelling is moran




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Response to malaise (Reply #4)

Mon May 27, 2019, 01:04 PM

19. Updated MAGAt version....

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Response to empedocles (Reply #2)

Mon May 27, 2019, 11:09 AM

8. "Moran" is a DU inside joke.

And it's wonderful to see the term "Knuckledraggers Caucus" in a Washington Post article.

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Response to LastDemocratInSC (Reply #8)

Mon May 27, 2019, 05:56 PM

20. not just DU

Knowing what "Moran" means is also knowing the old fuss about freepers and their porta potty wars on the Washington Mall and knowing why George W* always has an asterisk after his name. And who Bartcop was. And many other signs from the Internet political past.

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Mon May 27, 2019, 11:00 AM

3. more like the unholy degenerate vampire pack

They are happy to suck the blood and vitality out of the middle class

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Response to vlyons (Reply #3)

Mon May 27, 2019, 11:02 AM

5. And their brains are full of

HOLES - nothing Holy about these criminal grifters

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Mon May 27, 2019, 12:17 PM

10. hee hee


Good one.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 11:06 AM

6. Infuriating. Nonstarter, is it?

When we take power again in 2020, we'll be repealing the giant 2017 tax cut for billionaires and corporations and adjusting the tax code so those who can pay more.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 11:09 AM

7. Knuckledraggers Caucus!

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #7)

Mon May 27, 2019, 12:37 PM

13. In print yet, in waPo. n/t

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #7)

Mon May 27, 2019, 12:59 PM

17. My Thought Exactly! E.J. Deserves Huge Credit For Reminding Us Of Its Origins

Thanks for sharing!

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 12:14 PM

9. "He had no way of coming up with anything constructive"

 

Because his role is not to come up with ideas, he has none, his role is to be what he does so well, be a decoy, make a lot of noise to turn the attention to him and miss what the crooks in the background are doing to the country.

I don't understand why we continue to give so much energy to the creature if we are missing the real problem which is the rest of the GOP. Someone needs to to start pointing out the actions of all these people.

We don't hear too much about Pence, or Miller, maybe a little more from McConnell and Graham, but people don't hear about the real problem behind the scenes, they are the real problem, the buffoon is just there to distract, to turn our heads and our attention to the superfluous (tweets) while Miller cooks up Nazi-type policies like the ones that have separated families and caged children, and because we are distracted, we only find out about it when it happens.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 12:25 PM

11. He has no money but Congress has no money either.

That is the problem...

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Response to former9thward (Reply #11)

Mon May 27, 2019, 12:59 PM

18. Congressional Democrats can raise all the money

they need, if they stand tall and unafraid. just my opinion

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Response to saidsimplesimon (Reply #18)

Tue May 28, 2019, 09:58 AM

21. Passing a tax bill to pay for infrastructure requires approval in the Senate.

I agree with those who suggest the House should pass a bill and call Republicans to account for failing two pass it in the Senate. Democrats should pass every bill they want to because it will increase public pressure on Republican Senators. Right now their narrative is that Democrats are too busy with investigation to pass legislation.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 12:33 PM

12. We just need to pass our infrastructure bill in the House and campaign on it in 2020.

Let the people decide between us and our plan or the Republicans and no plan. McConnell can only block it as long as he stays in office as the majority leader.

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Response to ooky (Reply #12)

Mon May 27, 2019, 12:46 PM

15. Not just that, but at least put that bill in the front row of the House and pass it this year. . .nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #15)

Mon May 27, 2019, 12:49 PM

16. That would be great.

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Response to Nitram (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 12:45 PM

14. Add "crumbling infrastructure" to McCONnell' and Mulvaney's crimes. . . . nt

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