8 hrs ·
Another sign of Trump's increasingly unhinged paranoia: According to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, the White House is mulling a proposal – from Blackwater founder Erik Prince, a former CIA paramilitary officer, assisted by Oliver North, a key player in the Iran-Contra scandal — to give CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Trump their own private global spy network.
It would enable Trump to circumvent U.S. intelligence agencies, in order to counter assumed enemies in the intelligence community that want to undermine his presidency.
As he's shown before, Trump never lets facts get in his way. When he doesn’t like official facts, he blames the messengers and creates a new apparatus to manufacture facts he likes.
But a private global spy network is truly nuts – and dangerous. It wouldn’t be answerable to the American people; it would be answerable to Trump. Another step toward tyranny.
45 mins ·
Don’t for a moment believe that Trump’s ties to Russia are unrelated to Trump’s connections to rich American tycoons.
As Trump delivered his inaugural address on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in January, his new national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, told Alex Copson, a former business associate, that a plan to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East in partnership with Russian interests was “good to go,” according to a witness who spoke with congressional investigators.
Flynn assured Copson that U.S. sanctions against Russia would immediately be “ripped up” by the Trump administration, which would facilitate the deal. “Mike has been putting everything in place for us,” Copson said, according to the witness, adding: “This is going to make a lot of very wealthy people.”
Exactly. This was – and still is -- the underlying rationale for the Trump presidency: Making a lot of very wealthy people even wealthier.
24 mins ·
This is a shocking example of how bad economic inequality has become in America. The United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has been sent on 15-day tour to investigate conditions in poorest parts of the country.
Normally these kinds of UN investigations focus on third world countries, but that's how far we've fallen. In rural Alabama, one of the stops on the trip, the poverty rate reaches 40 percent in some counties. Many residents also struggle to access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Hookworm, a parasitic disease found in the poorest parts of the world, has even been detected.
Meanwhile, the rich have never had it so good. Today, the top 1 percent of households own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent combined. The stock market is booming for Wall Street investors, and corporate profits are at all time highs.
In a nation as wealthy as ours, no one should be forced to live in extreme poverty. Widening inequality is not only eroding our economy and democracy, it is a moral outrage
30 mins ·
This is how laws are made in some banana republic, where the ruler and his friends carve up the nation's wealth for themselves. Behind the scenes, Trump's wealthy pals have been lobbying him to make more changes to the tax bill in their favor -- even after they've already secured the elimination of the estate tax, lower individual rates, and massive corporate giveaways. This is who Trump and the Republican Party take direction from: Wall Street bankers and corporate executives, not the American people.
My thoughts you ask?
Should've voted for Hillary.
You should have voted for Bernie.
Let me ask you this question.
Given what Reich posted above, if you single-handedly had the ability to null and void the entire Trump presidency to date and install Hillary Clinton in his place, would you?
Substitute Bernie's name and we could make some progress here.
I will vote for a Clinton under no circumstance.