Trump Risks U.S. Default with Debt Ceiling Denier Mulvaney as Budget Chief

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From PERRspectives:

So far, the defining trait of the incoming Trump administration is its staffing with extremists dedicated to destroying the agencies they are supposed to head. Friday was no exception, as President-elect Trump made the latest addition to his Kamikaze Cabinet by selecting South Carolina Republican Congressman Mick Mulvaney to direct the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Rep. Mulvaney, after all, didn’t just pledge to vote against any increase in the nation’s debt ceiling. As it turns out, the Freedom Caucus fanatic has rejected the inescapable truth that the United States of America would default by failing to do so. And with President Trump forecast to bleed $15 trillion in new red ink over the next decade, Mick Mulvaney as the Director of Default Denial risks an American–and a global–economic catastrophe.

You don’t have to take my word. Just ask the best and brightest of the Republican Party.

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Il Douche’ Wave!

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From Max’s Dad:

Its getting so close. The takeover of the longest running democracy in world history by a fascist puppet of a shirtless Russian despot. Nice going, hillbillies.

His cabinet gets worse and worse with every pick though it seems impossible at some point. But the thrice married vulgarian manages. Onward.

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GOP Poised To Gut Soc Sec For Millions Of Seniors

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From Ted McLaughlin at jobsanger:

…Republicans have never liked Social Security. They voted against it when it was proposed, and have been trying to get rid of it ever since. They understand that doing away with it would be very unpopular, since the program is viewed favorably by a huge percentage of the U.S. population. So they are trying to kill it bit by bit now, making the program unworkable so it will die.

The latest lie they are telling is that the program is going bankrupt, and won’t be around when younger workers today need it in the future. That’s not just a lie — it’s an outrageous and damnable lie!

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North Carolina a Test for #NeverTrump Conservatives

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From Jonathan Bernstein:

The fact that some Republicans are still willing to take on Trumpism is important.

But opposing the anti-democratic tendencies of just one boorish outsider is only one step.

This brings us to North Carolina. Democrats in the state won the governorship and a state supreme court majority in the November elections. But before those candidates assume their positions next month, the Republican-majority legislature is meeting in a special lame-duck session to strip the power of those offices, especially over elections. The defeated outgoing Republican governor will presumably sign those bills.

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Blackmailing the President

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From Political Irony:

There has been quite a bit of concern over Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest. Now, in Newsweek, Kurt Eichenwald gives specific examples of how this can cause really big problems. Like how a foreign leader could easily blackmail Trump. In fact, he even gives examples of how this is already happening:

Donald Trump hasn’t been sworn in yet, but he is already making decisions and issuing statements to world leaders that radically depart from American foreign policy, all to the benefit of his family’s corporate empire. Because of this, the next president of the United States is already vulnerable to undue influence by other nations, including through bribery and even blackmail.

That’s right, Trump is already damaging US interests.

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Dakota Pipeline, American Indians, American History

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From Libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at Principled Perspectives:

First of all, these protestors were not victims. They weren’t even around during colonial times. That said, the idea that the so-called “Native Americans” (I don’t like that term) can claim ownership over a continent is based on a racist premise; that a race can own a continent to the exclusion of all other races. Nothing can be further from the truth. Only individuals, separately or in association with other individuals, can own property. The American Indians—or indigenous people, if you prefer—had no right to exclude settlement by other people of the world on the North American Continent any more than today’s so-called alt-Right can claim America should be a white nation.

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Russia and Election, Fake News, Trump and Press

I Talk the Walk

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From Vincent at A Wayfarer’s Notes:

We must have politics. We must have government, I suppose, and capitalism, because any attempt to alter that would result in—I don’t know what. I don’t think I’ve ever taken part in any activism. Unless there were something happening close to hand, and then conscience might tell me to intervene because I could do something. In lots of ways I feel a stranger to 2016. I admit to having been a stranger to every year that I’ve lived.

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