Thursday, December 13, 2018

Rich Parasites

Congressional Dems Discuss Climate Change - GOP Doesn't

I found this interesting. The website Quorum tracked how many times between 2013 and 2018 the congressional members of each party discussed global climate change (global warming). The result was not even close. While Democrats talked about climate change thousands of times each of those years, the Republicans only marked a few hundred times.

It's easy to understand why the Democrats are willing to talk about climate change. They believe the scientists. They know it is a serious problem caused by human activity, and needs action to protect this country and the planet.

The real question is -- why are Republicans so reluctant to discuss climate change? I think it's because they care more for corporations than for people. They want to protect corporations from having to spend money to clean up their polluting ways. But they know the truth, and they know the U.S. public knows the truth.

Most Americans believe global climate change happens, and is caused by human activity. If the Republicans try to deny it (which they do in the few times they will talk about it), then they run the risk of alienating most voters.

The Gift He Needs

Political Cartoon is by Clay Bennett in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

O'Rourke And Biden Top MoveOn's Presidential Straw Poll is a progressive organization supporting Democratic candidates at all levels. Recently, they conducted a straw poll among their member to see who they currently support for the 2020 presidential nomination.

The biggest surprise was Beto O'Rourke finishing first among all the candidates with the support of 15.6% of the members voting. Joe Biden was second with 14.9%, Bernie Sanders was third with 13.1%, and Kamala Harris was fourth with 10%. All other candidates finished in single-digits, including Elizabeth Warren at 6.4%, and everyone else with less than 3%. About 28.8% were undecided.

It should be noted that this is just a straw poll of MoveOn members -- not a scientific poll of all Democrats. But MoveOn members have demonstrated they are likely to be donors to Democratic campaigns, and many of them are among the party's workers (block walkers, phone callers, envelope stuffers, etc.). They should not be ignored.

It looks like the O'Rourke candidacy could happen, and would be a formidable force in the primaries and caucuses.

Shutting It Down

Political Cartoon is by Steve Green in the San Diego Union Tribune.

New CNN Poll Shows Trump Job Approval Still Upside-Down

The charts above use information in the latest CNN / SSRS Poll -- done between December 6th and 9th of a national sample of 1,015 adults, with a 3.8 point margin of error.

It shows that Trump's job approval is still upside-down, with approval at 39% and disapproval at 52% -- a negative gap of 13 points. And that disapproval over approval has been remarkably constant over the last two years -- meaning it is unlikely he can fix it in the future.

That disapproval extends to his individual policies. The public disapproves of the way he's handling immigration by a 15 point margin, foreign affairs by an 18 point margin, environmental policy by a 25 point margin, the Mueller investigation by a 28 point margin, and foreign trade by an 11 point margin.

The only area he has more approval than disapproval is in his handling of the economy, and even there the approval is just a plurality -- not a majority.

Reputation Wrecker

Political Cartoon is by Matt Wuerker at

Trump Attacks Pelosi/Schumer On TV - And Loses (Bigly)

Donald Trump tried to pull a fast one on Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. After inviting them to the White House to discuss the budget, he turned a photo-op into a debate on his border wall. He thought he could pressure Pelosi and Schumer on national TV into giving him what he wanted (funding for the wall). He was convinced he could out debate them. HE WAS WRONG!

Schumer goaded Trump into losing his cool and taking complete credit for any government shutdown.

Pelosi tried to be the voice of reason. But after Trump refused, she told him to his face that he was not telling the truth. She demonstrated exactly why she scares Republicans, and why she is the perfect choice to be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.

And Democrats loved watching their congressional leaders school Trump. Here are a sample of the memes be traded among Democrats on Facebook:

Threat ?

Political Cartoon is by Bill Bramhall in the New York Daily News.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

They Need To Go Down

Trump Again Threatens To Shut Down Government Over Wall

Donald Trump met with the leading congressional Democrats on Tuesday (Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi). The meeting was to try and get Schumer and Pelosi to agree to give him $5 billion to start building his border wall between the United States and Mexico.

The wall would actually cost upwards of $25 billion, but Trump knows he can't get that amount out of Congress. Even congressional Republicans wouldn't agree to that in the budget for the coming year. But he hopes if he can get $5 billion this time, then maybe he could squeeze more out next year and build the wall a piece at a time.

But Democrats are saying no. They have said they would include $1.6 billion for border security improvements, but will not provide any more than that -- certainly not $5 billion to start a wall that is not needed and most Americans don't want.

A public photo-op turned into a debate between Trump and the two Democrats (especially Pelosi). And Trump threatened to shut down the government if he doesn't get the $5 billion. He also said he would take full responsibility for that government shutdown.

That was a bad political mistake. He has put himself in the position of opposing a majority of Americans, and said he would take the blame for that. As the charts above show, 69% of Americans say the border wall is not an immediate priority, and 57% say Trump should not shut down the government over it.

Democrats should stand firm on this issue, and refuse to give Trump the $5 billion he wants for the wall. We cannot afford the wall (with our ballooning deficit) and don't need it. Trump has staked out a weak position. Let him try to defend it.

The charts above reflect the results of a new NPR / PBS NewsHour / Marist Poll -- done between November 28th and December 4th of a national sample of 1,075 adults, with a 3.7 point margin of error.

Stockings Filled

Political Cartoon is by Chris Britt at

"Bottomless Pinocchios" - The Lies Trump Tells Over & Over

This chart is from the recent Economist / YouGov Poll -- done between December 2nd and 4th of a national sample of 1,500 adults (including 1,286 registered voters). The margin of error for adults is 3.1 points, and for registered voters is 2.9 points.

It shows that the American public, by a 22 point margin, does not believe Donald Trump is an honest person. That's not surprising, since he has told thousands of lies (most of them easily disproven) since taking office. Currently, he is averaging over 9 lies for each day he has been in office.

But while Trump lies about nearly everything, there are some lies that he repeats over and over again -- evidently thinking if he repeats them often enough, then people will believe them. The Washington Post has been tracking all of the lies that Trump has told since becoming president. They now call the lies told over and over again as "Bottomless Pinocchios". Here are the 14 lies they now rate as Bottomless Pinocchios:

Voter Fraud

Political Cartoon is by Bruce Plante in Tulsa World.

PolitiFact Names Its "Lie Of The Year"

Each year PolitiFact names the biggest lie of the year. This year they named the lies told about the Parkland students following the shooting at their school as the "Lie of the Year". Here's what they said about it:

The lies went like this: David Hogg, an outspoken student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was really a "crisis actor" coached on what to say. Hogg wasn’t even from Florida, he was from California. Students, who began to advocate for restrictions on guns, had secretly organized before the shooting or were backed by radicals with a history of violence. Another student, Emma Gonz├ílez, was a communist with ties to Cuba. She even ripped up the U.S. Constitution.
The students and the country were about to learn a hard lesson about participating in democracy in 2018. That you don’t have to be a politician to be on the receiving end of the internet’s worst hoaxes. 
The attacks against Parkland’s students stand out because of their sheer vitriol. Together, the lies against the Parkland students in the wake of unspeakable tragedy were the most significant falsehoods of 2018. We name them PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year. Read our full report.

They also give their readers the opportunity to pick the lie they consider to be the biggest lie of the year. Here are the results of their poll of readers: