Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Face Of Hate


Democrats Introduce Bill To Raise The Minimum Wage


House Democrats didn't waste any time. It's only a couple of weeks since they gained control of the House of Representatives, and they have introduced a bill to significantly raise the minimum wage. The bill (titled the "Raise the Wage Act of 2019) was introduced in the House by Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Virginia), Stephanie Murphy (D-Florida), and Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin), and it has well over 100 co-sponsors in the House.

The bill would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15.00 an hour by 2024. It would mandate yearly raises until it reaches $15 in 2024 (see chart above), and would then index minimum wage changes to match changes in the median national wage. The bill would also eliminate the "tipped wage" (currently $2.13 an hour).

Bernie Sanders, and 30 Democrats, have introduced a companion bill in the Senate. You can read the Senate version of the bill here.

I expect the bill will probably pass in the House of Representatives soon. It has the support of Speaker Pelosi, and she will shepherd it through to passage. The problem is with the GOP-controlled Senate. Republican senators are happy with the minimum wage staying at $7.25 an hour -- and some, like Mike Lee of Utah, would like to eliminate it altogether.

This is a smart move by Democrats. The minimum wage needs to be raised, and a significant majority of Americans know that. If the Republicans do kill the bill in the Senate, it will just be one more black mark against them when the 2020 election rolls around.

Boris And Natasha

Political Cartoon is by Joe Heller at hellertoon.com.

Trump's Average Job Approval In 2018 Was Only 40%


The chart above is from the Gallup Poll. It shows Trump's monthly job approval ratings for all of 2018. Gallup questioned 72,453 adults nationwide between January 22nd of 2018 and January 10th of 2019. The margin of error is 1 point.

Trump started 2018 with a job approval of only 38%. Although he reached the mid-forties a few times (with a high of 45% in June), he averaged only 40% approval for the year. That's very low. Part of that is because his rating went down significantly at the end of the year, and is currently only 37% (probably due to his shutting down the government).

Brexit Deal

Political Cartoon is by Dave Whamond at cagle.com.

Public Says "Poor Leadership" Is Biggest Problem In U.S.


What is the biggest problem currently facing the United States? The top four problems are illustrated in the chart above. About 7% say it is health care, 8% say it's race relations, and 21% say it's immigration. But the biggest problem seen by most is poor leadership in government. That had dropped to about 19%, but after the government shutdown it shot back up to 29%.

The chart represents the feeling of a national sample of 1,017 adults in a recent Gallup Poll -- done between January 2nd and 10th with a margin of error of 4 points.

Dream / Nightmare

Political Cartoon is by Dave Granlund at davegranlund.com.

Rich Are Paying Less Tax And Making More Money Off Gov.

Government is funded through taxes -- and even the money it borrows must eventually be repaid by taxpayers. In the past, the largest tax burden was born by the rich -- through a progressive tax system that said those who reap the benefits of our system the most should pay the most to that system.

This made sense -- to everyone but Republicans. Starting with the Reagan administration, the Republicans began to drastically cut the amount of taxes the rich should pay. The Trump administration followed that practice by again significantly cutting taxes for the rich.

But even though taxes were cut, the cost of government was not (and probably couldn't be cut much more because of program cuts by Republicans in the last few decades). So, how is the government paying its bills while receiving less in taxes from the rich? They are borrowing money -- and most of that borrowing is done from the rich (who now make profits off the government instead of paying taxes).

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich (pictured) calls this "The Big Economic Switcheroo". Here is what he has written in his blog:

The biggest untold story about how we pay for government involves a big switcheroo by America’s wealthy.
Decades ago, wealthy Americans financed the federal government mainly by paying taxes. Their tax rate was far higher than what it is today.  
Now, wealthy Americans finance the federal government mainly by lending it money, and collecting interest payments on those loans, profiting when the rest of us pay them back. 
Follow the money: As the debt continues to grow, interest payments are becoming huge. Taxpayers could soon be paying more in interest on the federal debt than we spend on the military or on Medicaid.
Interest on the debt is expected to hit $390 billion next year, nearly 50 percent more than in 2017, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Who’s receiving these interest payments? Mostly Americans, not foreigners. And most of these Americans are wealthy investors who park their savings in treasury bonds held by mutual funds, hedge funds, pension funds, banks, insurance companies, personal trusts, and estates.
The richest 1 percent of Americans now owns 40 percent of the nation’s wealth, which is more wealth than the bottom 90 percent put together. 
Which means a big chunk of the growing interest payments American taxpayers make on the federal debt is going to… rich Americans.
Now, keep following the money. One of the biggest reasons the federal debt has exploded is that tax cuts, starting with the Bush administration in 2001 and extending through Trump’s 2017 tax cut, have reduced government revenues by over $5 trillion. 
The Trump-Republican tax cut will cause the debt to explode even further. Trump’s own Office of Management and Budget predicts an added $100 billion a year in deficits over the next decade, adding up to $1 trillion of additional debt.
Keep following the money: Most of the benefits from those tax cuts are going to the wealthy. 65 percent have gone to the richest fifth of Americans, 22 percent to the top 1 percent. 
So you see the big switcheroo? The rich used to pay higher taxes to the government. Now, the government pays the rich interest on a swelling debt, caused largely by lower taxes on the rich. Which means a growing portion of everyone else’s taxes are now paying the rich interest on those loans, instead of paying for government services everyone needs.
That’s wrong. America’s wealthy have never been wealthier. They should pay their fair share of taxes. The big switcheroo should be reversed.

Chicken Little

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

A Critical Moment


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Dysfunctional Health Care System


I'm Not Impressed By GOP Actions On Rep. Steve King


The Republicans in the House of Representatives has barred Rep. Steve King for his defense of white supremacy. This is not the first time King has showed his racism. He has a long history of racist statements. But this one made national news, and could not be ignored (as they have done so many times in the past).

Are we supposed to be impressed by this action by the House GOP? Are we supposed to believe the Republican Party has reformed, and no longer supports racism? I think not. They are just playing political games. They saw suburban voters leave them in droves in the last election, and they threw them a bone.

If they truly wanted to purge racism from the party, they would change their policies. They aren't doing that. If they truly believed white supremacy was evil and un-American, they would not support (or cover up the misdeeds) of the white supremacist living in the White House. They aren't doing that.
There's a reason why racists and white supremacists feel at home in the Republican Party, and the Republican officials aren't going to do anything to cost them those votes.

I'm not impressed by the House GOP caucus barring King from committees. It's just another flagrant display of Republican hypocrisy!

Frightening

Political Cartoon is by Clay Jones at claytoonz.com.

Public Overwhelmingly Supports Background Checks For Guns


There were about 40,000 deaths from guns in 2018. In just the first 15 days of 2019, there were 557 deaths -- including 21 deaths of children (age 0-11) and 84 deaths of teens (age 12-17). There is an epidemic of gun violence in the United States -- an epidemic that is not replicated anywhere else in the developed world.

It should be no surprise that the American public wants something done to curb this violence. About 56% of voters want stricter gun laws. And an overwhelming 92% of voters want all gun buyers to be required to pass a background check. And that includes 89% of Republicans and all other demographic groups.

Those are the results of a new Quinnipiac University Poll -- done between January 9th and 13th of a national sample of 1,209 voters, with a 3.3 point margin of error.

This is not anything new. Polls have shown similar results for several years now. Why hasn't Congress acted to close the loopholes in the federal background check law (loopholes that allow a large percentage of sales to be done without any background check)? There is obviously no political disadvantage to doing this, since over 9 out of 10 Americans support it.

It's because too many politicians (especially Republicans) have sold their souls and votes to the NRA. The Support and donations from the NRA are more important to them than trying to save American lives. They whine that they are protecting the Second Amendment, but that's just an excuse for inaction. The Supreme Court has made it very clear that background checks are constitutional.

The Democrats in the 116th House of Representatives are listening to the people. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-California) has introduced a bill in the House that would require all gun buyers to undergo a background check. Democrats broadly support the bill, which would require checks on personal sales, gun show sales, and internet sales. Exceptions would be made for law enforcement, family members gifts to each other, and executors of estates.

This is a good bill, and it is very likely to be passed by the House. The fly-in-the-ointment is the GOP-controlled Senate. Will they once again bend to the will of the NRA, or will they defy expectations and pas the bill? I suspect they will kill the bill by refusing to even allow it to be voted on. If they do, we must make sure voters don't forget that in the next election.

Faulty Evolution

Political Cartoon is by Lalo Alcaraz.

Bernie Sanders Finished A Poor 5th In Liberal Straw Poll


The liberal website Daily Kos recently conducted a straw poll of its readers. They asked those readers who they currently support for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. The results are above, and surprisingly, Bernie Sanders finished a poor fifth with only 11% support -- trailing Elizabeth Warren (22%), Beto O'Rourke (15%), Kamala Harris (14%), and Joe Biden (14%).

This was not a scientific poll. It was just a straw poll to gauge the feelings of the progressive wing of the party. But it shows that Sanders might be in trouble if he decides to run for the nomination again. In all of the Daily Kos straw polls done for the 2016 campaign, Sanders had finished in first place over Hillary Clinton (even though Clinton won the votes of most Democrats).

Has Sanders chance at the Democratic nomination faded? It looks like that may be true. It could be because there are more candidates for progressives to support this time around. Warren, O'Rourke, Harris, and others have credible progressive credentials.

Redacted

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

National Debt - Another Broken Campaign Promise By Trump

(Cartoon image is by R.J. Matson in Roll Call.)

During his campaign in 2016, Donald Trump bragged that he would completely eliminate the huge national debt in 8 years. And when he took office, he had Republican majorities in both houses of Congress (the party that has always bragged that it is the party of "fiscal responsibility"). Did they take any action to eliminate, or even lower, the national debt? NO!

In fact, they did just the opposite. They passed a big increase in the military budget and then passed a tax cut (which mostly benefitted the rich and corporations). These two actions have contributed to increasing the national debt by debt by $2 trillion in Trump's first two years -- and promise to increase that debt by another trillion dollars each year in the future.

This is not just a broken campaign promise. It is terrible economic policy -- and it must be reversed.

Here is how CNN describes the ballooning national debt:

The US national debt stood at $21.974 trillion at the end of 2018, more than $2 trillion higher than when President Donald Trump took office, according to numbers released Thursday by the Treasury Department.
The national debt has been rising at an accelerated rate in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, when Congress and the Obama administration approved stimulus funding in order to keep the economy afloat. 
The debt began to level off at the beginning of Trump's term, but bounced up again last year as the tax cuts passed at the end of 2017 took effect and the dramatically lower corporate tax rate lowered Treasury revenues.
As a candidate, Trump promised to "get rid of" the national debt, telling the Washington Post in 2016 that he could make the US debt-free "over a period of eight years." 
    According to the Congressional Budget Office, total public debt stood at 78% of America's gross domestic product in fiscal year 2018, the highest percentage since 1950. The deficit -- or the difference between what the government spends and what it takes in over any one year -- jumped to 3.8% of GDP in 2018, up from 3.5% in 2017.
    That's particularly unusual in such a strong economy without major new expenditures. If no changes are made, the CBO projects that public debt will rise to 96% of GDP by 2028. A big chunk of that -- $1.9 trillion between 2018 and 2028 -- will be due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,the CBO reported last April.

    Behind The Curtain

    Political Cartoon is by Ed Wexler at cagle.com.

    The Billionaires Need Our Pittance


    Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    For Justice To Be Served


    Trump's Approval Drops As He's Blamed For Shutdown





    These charts use information contained in the newest CNN / SSRS Poll -- done on January 10th and 11th of a national sample of 848 adults, with a 4.1 point margin of error.

    It shows that Donald Trump is not doing himself any good by shutting down the government, and refusing to open it until he gets money for his border wall. His job approval has dropped back down to only 37% while 57% disapprove -- a negative gap of 20 points. And note that every demographic group disapproves (although among men the disapproval is within the margin of error).

    The bottom two charts show why. About 55% say Trump is responsible for the government shutdown, while only 32% blame Democrats -- a negative gap for Trump of 23 points. And all demographic groups agree that Trump is to blame.

    Master Criminal (And His Pet)

    Political Cartoon is by Kevin Siers in The Charlotte Observer.

    70% In The U.S. Say Health System Is In A State Of Crisis



    It turned out that health care was one of the primary issues in the 2018 election. The Republicans didn't see that, and the result was that they lost 40 seats in the House of Representatives -- giving Democrats a substantial majority.

    The Republicans were still trying to sell the idea that all of Obamacare should be repealed, and even supported the effort by many GOP-controlled states to have it declared unconstitutional by the courts (even the popular provisions like protection for people with pre-existing conditions). That was a bad misjudgment.

    It turns out that 70% of the public thinks the U.S. health care system is in crisis, and needs major changes. The public wants health care fixed. They do NOT want to go backwards. They now know that Obamacare was an improvement, but did not fix the broken system. They want something better -- something that will provide decent health care for all Americans, and do it at a cost that people can afford.

    It's not just Democrats that believe this. While that is the feeling of 84% of Democrats, it is also shared by a majority of Republicans (56%). Republican officials, on both the national and state level, need to change their views on health care, or they will suffer another disastrous election in 2020.

    The charts above are from a Gallup Poll -- done between November 1st and 11th of 2018. They questioned 1,037 adults nationally, and the survey had a margin of error of 4 points.

    Beggars

    Political Cartoon is by Dave Granlund at davegranlund.com.

    18 Reasons Why One Could Believe Trump's A Russian Asset


    That was Trump's answer on Monday morning when a reporter asked him if he was working for Russia. A couple of days earlier, he had said he was insulted.

    He can be insulted, and consider the idea a disgrace, but that doesn't mean it was a bad question or one that shouldn't have been asked. Considering Trump's words and actions since declaring he was a candidate for the presidency, there are adequate reasons for someone to believe, or at least wonder if Trump is a Russian asset -- if he has been compromised by the Kremlin, and is working to accomplish Russian interests.

    In The Washington Post, columnist Max Boot lists 18 reasons why one could reasonably believe Trump is a Russian asset:

    — Trump has a long financial history with Russia. As summarized by Jonathan Chait in an invaluable New York magazine article: “From 2003 to 2017, people from the former USSR made 86 all-cash purchases — a red flag of potential money laundering — of Trump properties, totaling $109 million. In 2010, the private-wealth division of Deutsche Bank also loaned him hundreds of millions of dollars during the same period it was laundering billions in Russian money. ‘Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,’ said Donald Jr. in 2008. ‘We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia,’ boasted Eric Trump in 2014.” According to Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s guilty plea of lying to Congress, Trump was even pursuing his dream of building a Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign with the help of a Vladimir Putin aide. These are the kind of financial entanglements that intelligence services such as the FSB typically use to ensnare foreigners, and they could leave Trump vulnerable to blackmail.

    — The Russians interfered in the 2016 U.S. election to help elect Trump president.

    — Trump encouraged the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails on July 27, 2016 (“Russia, if you’re listening”), on the very day that Russian intelligence hackers tried to attack Clinton’s personal and campaign servers.

    — There were, according to the Moscow Project, “101 contacts between Trump’s team and Russia linked operatives,” and “the Trump team tried to cover up every single one of them.” The most infamous of these contacts was the June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower between the Trump campaign high command and a Kremlin emissary promising dirt on Clinton. Donald Trump Jr.’s reaction to the offer of Russian assistance? “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”

    — The Trump campaign was full of individuals, such as Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and Michael Flynn, with suspiciously close links to Moscow.

    — Manafort, who ran the Trump campaign for free and was heavily in debt to a Russian oligarch, now admits to offering his Russian business partner, who is suspected of links to Russian intelligence, polling data that could have been used to target the Russian social media campaign on behalf of Trump.

    — Trump associate Roger Stone, who was in contact with Russian conduit WikiLeaks, reportedly knew in advance that the Russians had hacked Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails. (Stone has denied it .)

    — Once in office, Trump fired Comey to stop the investigation of the “Russia thing” — and then bragged about having done so to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister while also sharing with them top-secret information. Later, Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions because he would not end the special counsel investigation that resulted after the firing of Comey. As Lawfare editor Benjamin Wittes argues, “the obstruction was the collusion” — Trump has been effectively protecting the Russians by trying to impede the investigation of their attack on the United States.

    — Trump has refused to consistently acknowledge that Russia interfered in the U.S. election or mobilize a government-wide effort to stop future interference. He has accepted Putin’s protestations that the Russians did not meddle in the election over the “high confidence” assessment of the U.S. intelligence community that they did.

    — Like no previous president, Trump attacks and undermines the Justice Department and the FBI (“a cancer in our country”) — two institutions that stand on the front lines of combatting Russian espionage and influence operations in the United States.

    — Again, like no previous president, Trump attacks and undermines the European Union and NATO — he has suggested that France should leave the E.U. and that the United States should leave NATO, reportedly saying, “NATO is as bad as NAFTA.” The E.U. and NATO are the two major obstacles to Russian designs in Europe.

    — Trump supports populist, pro-Russian leaders in Europe, such as Viktor Orban in Hungary and Marine Le Pen in France, just as the Russians do.

    — Trump has praised Putin (“a strong leader”) while trashing just about everyone else from grade-B Hollywood celebrities to leaders of allied nations. Trump even praised Putin for expelling U.S. diplomats and, notwithstanding instruction from his aides (“DO NOT CONGRATULATE”), congratulated Putin on winning a rigged reelection.

    — Trump was utterly supine in his meetings with Putin, principally in Hamburg and Helsinki. Even more suspicious, according to a Post article on Saturday, Trump “has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with . . . Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials . . . Several officials said they were never able to get a reliable readout of the president’s two-hour meeting in Helsinki.”

    — Trump defends the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and repeats other pro-Russian talking points.

    — Trump is pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, handing that country to Russia and its ally Iran.

    — Trump has effectively done nothing in response to the Russian attack on Ukrainian ships in international waters, thereby encouraging greater Russian aggression.

    — Trump is sowing chaos in the government, most recently with a record-breaking partial government shutdown and “acting” appointees in key posts such as the Defense Department and Justice Department, thus furthering a Russian objective of undermining its chief adversary.

    Donny's Note To Vladimir

    Political Cartoon is by Gary Huck at huckkonopackicartoons.com.

    An Activist


    Monday, January 14, 2019

    We Must Talk About It


    Why Does Trump Conceal What he Discussed With Putin?


    The statement above is Donald Trump's reaction to a Washington Post story about the abnormal secrecy Trump has imposed over his one-on-one meetings with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. Of course it is a LIE! There are no transcripts of these meetings, and Trump has even asked for the translator's note's (and forbid her from talking to anyone about the meetings).

    No one (but Putin and Trump) knows what was discussed in those meetings, and we only have Trump's word that no treasonous actions took place. The American people don't know what was said. The American (and world) press doesn't know what was said. Congress doesn't know what was said. Our intelligence agencies don't know what was said. And even the senior staff at the White House doesn't know what was said.

    Why the extreme secrecy? Shouldn't the senior White House staff, the Congress, and our intelligence agencies be privy to those discussions at the very least? What is Trump trying to hide?

    This brings back a question that many (including me) have wondered about since Trump was sworn in (and began his Russia-friendly statements and actions) -- What does Russia (Putin) have on Trump?

    Is it Trump's financial ties to Russia (which Trump has denied while his sons have bragged about)?

    Is it that he helped the Russians to launder money through his businesses and properties?

    Is it because the Russians have evidence of his collusion with them regarding the 2016 election?

    Is it the embarrassing "pee tape" the Russians could reveal?

    Or is it something else that could be revealed that no one knows about yet?

    There is something, and Trump's desire to keep his discussions with Putin strictly secret would seem to point to that something being serious enough to damage or destroy Trump's presidency.

    Pants On Fire

    Political Cartoon is by Adam Zyglis in The Buffalo News.

    Public Doesn't Support Wall, Shutdown, Or Emergency




    The charts above use information contained in a new Washington Post / ABC News Poll -- done between January 8th and 11th of a national sample of 788 adults, with a 4.5 point margin of error.

    It mirrors what other recent polls have shown. A majority of the public does not want Trump's border wall to be built. A majority of the public blames Trump and the Republicans for the government shutdown. And a huge majority of the public does not want Trump to declare a national emergency to build his wall.

    Trump may be pleasing right-wing pundits and his racist/xenophobic base with his recent actions, but he is working against the wishes of most Americans.

    "Wall" Tantrum

    Political Cartoon is by Rob Rogers at Andrews McNeel Syndication.

    The ACLU Lists 5 Lies Trump Tells To Get His Border Wall

    (This caricature of Liar-In-Chief Donald Trump is by DonkeyHotey.)

    Donald Trump seems determined to build an unnecessary wall between Mexico and the United States. He has even shut down integral parts of the government because Congress won't give him the money to build that wall -- a shutdown that is not the longest shutdown in U.S. history.

    He can't depend on facts to get his wall, because the facts don't back up a wall being needed. So instead, he has resorted to telling lies, and repeating those lies in the hope that eventually people will believe them.

    The ACLU has listed the 5 biggest lies he tells to get his border wall. They are:

    Lie 1: Border crossings are at or near an all-time high.

    Border crossings are at some of the lowest levels in decades. Trump and his aides fabricate facts and spread misinformation in order to justify many of the president’s false claims about the border, even though the Department of Homeland Security itself reportsdifferently. The Border Patrol’s own statistics show that the number of migrants apprehended at the border last year was the fifth lowest total since 1973.

    While the Trump administration has repeatedly cited increased migration from Central America as a national security-based justification for the wall, a majority of these migrants are families and unaccompanied children who voluntarily present themselves to immigration authorities. Indeed, the average Border Patrol agent is apprehending fewer than two people per month, and about 60 percent of these migrants are families and children.


    Lie 2: Terrorists are entering the country through the southern border, creating a national security crisis.

    Many of the migrants at our southern border are refugees from violence with a right to apply for asylum in the United States. Many are families with young children or children alone. There is no evidence that any terrorist group is sending people through Central America.

    White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was recently called out for making false claims about thousands of supposed terroristsattempting to enter the country through the U.S.-Mexico border. The Justice Department confirmed to NBC News that “no immigrant has been arrested at the southwest border on terrorism charges in recent years.”


    Lie 3: The wall would stop gang members.

    The Trump administration has claimed that a wall is needed in order to stop gang members from coming into the U.S., but many of these migrants are in fact fleeing gang violence and recruitment in their home countries. We have also seen a pattern where government officials have wrongly labeled young migrants as gang members with false and unsubstantiated claims, hyping the threat of groups like MS-13 and threatening the rights of innocent young people.

    Trump is raising the spectre of gangs to spread harmful stereotypes about immigrants, distort and invent numbers of alleged gang members apprehended at the border, and punish the very people who are most affected by gang violence.


    Lie 4: The wall would stop drugs from pouring in through the border.

    The president likes to suggest that construction of a border wall will help bring an end to drug addiction problems in America.

    However, the clear majority of illegal drugs, including opioids, enter through legal ports of entry, and a wall would have no impact on the use of passenger vehicles, boats, planes, and tractor trailers that are primarily used to smuggle drugs.


    Lie 5: We need a new wall. 

    There are over 650 miles of existing border barriers. A report by the Government Accountability Office found that Trump’s ill-conceived wall plan would waste billions of dollars and might “cost more than projected, take longer than planned, or not fully perform as expected.”

    Congress has already approved almost $2 billion to fortify existing border barriers since 2017, and border communities and localofficials have protested Trump’s plans for a 1,000-mile long wall.

    It is also unlikely that new barriers will reduce migration, the project’s purported aim: A recent study by Stanford and Dartmouth economists found that the addition of hundreds of miles of border barriers as a result of the 2006 Secure Fence Act barely had any effect on migration. Our recent report, “Death, Damage, and Failure,” details the harms resulting from border walls. The name sums up how destructive and unnecessary Trump’s wall is: We can't let him and his administration lie and extort their way to building any of it.

    She Persists

    Political Cartoon is by Rex A. Jones at artistrexajones.wix.com/crazycartoons.

    It IS Legal


    Sunday, January 13, 2019

    Never Mentioned


    Americans Say NO To Declaring An Emergency For A Wall




    The government remains shutdown, and is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. Trump is still trying to cause undocumented immigration a crisis for the country, and has said he may declare a national emergency to get his wall.

    The public is not buying it though. Only 34% say the border situation is a crisis, while 55% say it is a problem but nor a crisis (and 11% don't see it as even a problem). Since most people don't see it as a crisis, it shouldn't be surprising that they also don't want Trump to declare a national emergency. Only 33% want him to do that, while twice as many do not (67%).

    Trump is also still being mostly blamed for the shutdown. About 47% say Trump is responsible, while 30% say it's the Democrats in Congress and 3% say it's the Republicans in Congress. The remaining 20% blames everyone.

    These chats are from a new CBS News / YouGov Poll -- done between January 9th and 11th of a national sample of 1,470 adults, with a margin of error of 2.9 points.