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Opinion: Was 2017 Tax Bill a Conspiracy or a Crime? Should it be repealed?

Republican senators Orrin Hatch and Bob Corker

In order to respond to the two questions in the title of this piece, one need only look at the number of Republicans who are “taking the money” and running. When has there ever been this many highranking incumbents announcing that they will NOT be seeking re-election? Even those who are in safe seats are bailing. The only rational answer is that their vote for their own pockets via the tax bill, was indeed their “cash-out”.

So one has to take a closer look at the Republican Tax Bill, signed  into law by Trump. A bill which overwhelmingly provided increases in wealth for those at the top of the socio-economic ladder, including Trump himself. While they told those who believe what they hear and who  do not check for themselves that the inheritance tax changes make it easier for people to transfer their wealth to their heirs without a penalty, the fine print clearly states that the beneficiaries are only those estates in which there is a minimum of 5 million dollars to qualify for the benefit.

So with the new tax cut in place, they are not running away from Trump in the 2018 election. No, they are leaving because they got what they were allegedly promised if they supported him during the election and during his first year in the administration. It appears as if the GOP crafted a bill in which members of  congress benefited more than their own constituents. This (what appears to be), clear self-dealing should not go unpunished.

When the Democrats come back into power, the tax bill should be repealed in its entirety, and, with the caveat of retroactively disallowing any congressperson who voted for the bill from obtaining the benefits as well as  face criminal prosecution as well.  This sort of in-your-face, blatant corruption should not be tolerated or and must not be ignored.

Apparently, the #CorkerKickback was not only about the real estate provisions incorporated into the bill to appease him and get his vote, but also involved dollars and cents.  Then there was the laughable as well as undeserved praise by Orin Hatch directed to Trump, (we all know he lied), was a clearly a thank-you to Trump for signing a bill that would be his retirement bonus and his legacy to his family. (The best president ever? Please.) It would be no surprise if Mitch McConnell AND his wife retired.

The majority of the Republicans who are “not seeking re-election” are high-ranking Republicans, even to the point of those who qualify for chairmanships based upon seniority.  Under usual circumstances, that sort of power is not so easily relinquished. Many news outlets are speculating that the ‘retirements’ are due to a fear of a “blue wave” in the fall elections. However, neither Orrin Hatch nor Corker, would have to worry about being vulnerable to a ‘blue wave’ in their deep red states and districts. The same for many others in which those same persons have survived a ‘blue wave’ in the past within their red-districts. As recently as yesterday, Republican House congressman Issa announced he would not be seeking re-election. He is a senior incumbent – in a solid red district.

Hopefully, if the Democrats take over, this crime against the people of the United States of America can be retroactively corrected, but only if they have veto-proof majority. If not, then there should be a special counsel appointed to investigate whether or not this bill was passed for benefit of those who wrote it. And a key to the possible criminal intent is the fact that they would not allow anyone to read the bill prior to the vote in its final state. They voted on a draft.

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/republican-retirements-congress-mount-rep-darrell-issa-steps-aside-n836426

http://tennesseestar.com/tag/senator-bob-corker/

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Opinion: Is Comey Anti-woman?

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

Many have called the press release regarding the emails found on the laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner by lifelong Republican FBI director Comey a political and partisan act. But is it really? Could it be that in his world, a woman as president of the United States is unfathomable? His boss, Loretta Lynch, Attorney General for the United States advised that pursuant to Justice Department protocol, such a release would be a violation of that protocol in that it was too close to a national election. Comey did it anyway.  Would he have done it anyway had his boss been a man? He had no obligation to inform Congress of anything, especially something he had not seen. Most also recognize that those emails could indeed be duplicates. Did he care? Worried about what might be said after the election is not sufficient grounds for his actions. And worrying about leaks from his own department is insufficient as well. Leaks would not have had the same impact as a letter signed by him, sent directly to Republican members of Congress and only cc’d to Democrats. (The ranking member of the Congressional committee learned of the letter via tweet.) He had no obligation to notify Congress of anything, unless it was substantial. He also neglected to say that the emails belonged to someone else entirely. All of his excuses fall very short of being legitimate and point towards a ‘traditional’ attitude by some conservatives – women are not equal to men when it comes to the office of the presidency.

Then again today, the FBI, making it clear whom they favor in this election, released data regarding someone who Bill Clinton pardoned at the end of his presidency. Apparently hoping that this additional information would sway the election. Seriously? Bombarding the public with ancient history?  This is even more sexist  in that the attempt to make her husband’s record her own making it apparent that a woman must belong to a man, even his record.  Apparently they could find nothing else, so they dug up something about Bill. Would this happen to a man who is a presidential candidate? Yes, the press looked into Melania Trump and her immigration status, but only because it related to his hypocritical stance on immigration. But men are allowed to have their own record, their own flaws, but are not tied to the record of their wives.

Yet, Comey has refused to release anything regarding the investigations and inquiries relative to Donald J. Trump and the Russia connection. So the cries of partisanship abound in political circles, with no one daring to say the obvious. That the possibility exists that Comey is one of those anti-woman persons who feel that a woman’s place is in the home, and that the world should be run by men.  Look at the disdain on his face. What was that about? And why a press conference? Because he wanted to do damage.

Even his unprecedented press conference earlier this year proved to be indicative of gender-bias. Watching it again, he cleared her of criminal wrongdoing, but, not without throwing stones at her for her handling of information. He was dismissive of her, as sexist men usually are towards women. As if to say, without saying it, she’s a woman, so she made mistakes.  He admitted that she had done nothing criminal, but could not resist tearing her down with unsubstantiated and speculative comments. Usually, the FBI issues a press release advising that no charges will be filed.

So it just well may be that it was not partisan, but rather a sexist action, trying to save America from having a woman president.  Something to think about when you cast your vote – and when you factor in all of this recent news, consider not only the source, but the rationale.

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