On the wisdom of hiring Swamp Creatures to drain The Swamp

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The Republicans are the religious, moral, “family values” party, who told us they wished to “Drain The Swamp.”  We believed them. But, on their very first day, they thumbed their Swamp Creature noses at us.

NBC News
Republicans move to gut congressional ethics office

In the 2004 elections, voters handed Republicans control over the White House, Senate, House, and gubernatorial offices. With Democrats lacking any levers of power, Republicans were in a truly dominant position for the first time in a generation.

Almost immediately, GOP officials got to work … weakening ethics rules. Led by then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), congressional Republicans moved swiftly – behind closed doors, with no Democratic input – to ease the ethics burdens on members of Congress.

As longtime readers may recall, a young congressman by the name of Mike Pence was especially fond of weaker ethics rules.

Hmmm . . . sound familiar?

In the ensuing Congress, an astonishing number of members, nearly all of whom were Republicans, were caught up in a series of damaging scandals – remember the Abramoff affair? – some of which put members of Congress behind bars. Democrats ran against “the culture of corruption” two years later and won both chambers.

In the 2016 elections, voters once again put Republicans in a dominant position. And just like 12 years ago, GOP lawmakers, before tackling any other priority, met behind closed doors to weaken their own ethics rules.

At least they demonstrated consistency. We hired Swamp Creatures in 2004; they remain Swamp Creatures today.

But wait . . .

House Republicans reverse course following ethics fiasco 

House Republicans met behind closed doors and agreed to gut their own ethics rules. The vote, for which there was no roll call, was 119 to 74.

The blowback was as quick as it was intense. Of the 119 members who voted for the ethics overhaul, only a few were willing to publicly defend the change – or even acknowledge having voted for it.

Coverage was brutal, members’ phones were reportedly ringing quite a bit this morning, and even Donald Trump, the ethically challenged president-elect, suggested his party’s timing was unwise.

Apparently, Trump didn’t feel the act was wrong; he just didn’t like the timing. Here’s what Trump tweeted:

With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it

@realDonaldTrump……..may be, their number one act and priority. Focus on tax reform, healthcare and so many other things of far greater importance!

(#DTS is a hashtag for “Drain The Swamp.”)

The question is: How can we expect to Drain The Swamp when the people we hired to do the job are Swamp Creatures?

The “moral” of the story: It’s O.K. to gut the “Independent Ethics Watchdog” (the Office of Congressional Ethics)  because as everyone knows, “it’s unfair” (to people like Trump).

But the President-in-waiting didn’t want it done today, as Congress’s first move.

He preferred that they delay until the public is preoccupied with other matters, so Congress can sneak it back in  — perhaps hidden in a bill to destroy healthcare for the poor,  privatize Social Security, end oversight of banks and food & drug manufacturers, increase air and water pollution, or turn a blind eye to a President’s financial conflicts of interest.

After all, why should we voters expect our elected officials to be held to a high ethical standard? We certainly didn’t evidence that concern when voting for the serial-cheating president of Trump University.

And with this in mind, just a half-day after adopting their own plan, House Republicans reversed course.

The agreement to drop the plan was reportedly reached by unanimous consent – which means the 119 House Republicans who voted for this last night, in effect, declared, “Never mind.”

Think of it. Unanimous consent. Every single one of them was so “proud” of what he had done that not one wanted his name associated with that travesty. Not one.

Last night, 119 criminals had voted to handcuff the police. Today, every single one of them changed his mind, originally demonstrating a unanimous lack of morals, and later demonstrating a unanimous lack of courage.

We’ve elected a bunch of lying, sneaky Swamp Creatures to guard our children, and they do and will continue to do what lying, sneaky Swamp Creatures always do: Steal everything they can steal, and hope not to get caught. But, when caught, they will deny, shift course, make excuses, and point fingers.

(Is it still O.K. to shout “Hillary,” every time you’re caught in a lie? Just askin’.)

We have hired an exceptionally dishonest, incompetent group, even by Congressional standards, emboldened by the election of an exceptionally dishonest, incompetent President.

(They must have been outraged when the Criminal in Chief didn’t go along with their nefarious plan. I’d love to have been in the room to hear them whining about him being a traitor to the right.)

My suggestion for my fellow voters: Next time, think more carefully before trashing your valuable vote. Your choices do make a difference for your future, the future of your family and the future of America.

For now, hold our noses and complain, complain, complain. We must demand some modicum of ethical behavior from The Swamp Creatures.

Because Swamp Creatures are born without a spine, they will kneel down and obey if we complain loudly enough.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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THE LAWS

•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.

•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.

•The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes.

•No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth.

•Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.

•A growing economy requires a growing supply of money (GDP = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)

•Deficit spending grows the supply of money

•The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.

•Progressives think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.

•The single most important problem in economics is the Gap between the rich and the rest.

•Austerity is the government’s method for widening the Gap between the rich and the rest.

•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.

•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

5 thoughts on “On the wisdom of hiring Swamp Creatures to drain The Swamp

  1. History repeating itself. What have we learned here today? The GOP has been the Party of No and Hypocrisy for as long as I’ve been alive.

    Time for some “Trumped-Up Trickle Down” economics with that wacko Larry Kudlow in. The one difference might be with how the trade deficits are handle and all this talk about taking on China, but that’s it. The gap between rich and poor will clearly widen, and Trump will either be one of the worst presidents ever or just barely do a decent enough job to make it to his second term if the Democrats don’t put up anyone much better than him in 2020.

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  2. We have warned about the similarities between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler. Some blithely have discounted these warnings as an example of “Godwins Law.”

    Perhaps. Perhaps.

    The 15 Warning Signs of Impending Tyranny
    Posted on Jan 3, 2017
    By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

    As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically:

    1. Exaggerate their mandate to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a landslide even after losing the popular vote.

    2. Repeatedly claim massive voter fraud in the absence of any evidence, in order to restrict voting in subsequent elections.

    3. Call anyone who opposes them “enemies.”

    4. Turn the public against journalists or media outlets that criticize them, calling them “deceitful” and “scum.”

    5. Hold few if any press conferences, preferring to communicate with the public directly through mass rallies and unfiltered statements.

    6. Tell the public big lies, causing them to doubt the truth and to believe fictions that support the tyrants’ goals.

    7. Blame economic stresses on immigrants or racial or religious minorities, and foment public bias and even violence against them.

    8. Attribute acts of domestic violence to “enemies within,” and use such events as excuses to beef up internal security and limit civil liberties.

    9. Threaten mass deportations, registries of religious minorities, and the banning of refugees.

    10. Seek to eliminate or reduce the influence of competing centers of power, such as labor unions and opposition parties.

    11. Appoint family members to high positions of authority

    12. Surround themselves with their own personal security force rather than a security detail accountable to the public.

    13. Put generals into top civilian posts

    14. Make personal alliances with foreign dictators.

    15. Draw no distinction between personal property and public property, profiteering from their public office.

    Consider yourself warned.

    Sadly, the warning now has come too late.

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  3. It seems to me that instead of attacking Trump, we should attack the Democrats who caused Trump. Instead of attacking the rats, we should attack the Democrats who opened the door for the rats. We should attack the neoliberal right-wing “leftists” who torpedoed Sanders, and who now claim that, “The Russians did it!”

    They stuck up their middle finger at average Americans one too many times, and had it bitten off. No amount of Trump-bashing will make it grow back. They will remain irrelevant until they offer a *GENUINE* alternative to Trump.

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  4. An article today is titled, “Increased Fiscal Spending Could Spell Debt Trouble for 2017.”

    It is total nonsense.

    http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article57721.html

    Who echoes the Big Lie? I can think of six main categories. Perhaps there are more…

    [1] Average people who are apathetic, or who are morons that fancy themselves geniuses

    [3] Politicians who want to remain in office

    [2] Professors and government bureaucrats who get paid for lying

    [4] Hucksters in propaganda mills (e.g. Maya MacGuineas) who get paid for lying

    [5] Hucksters (e.g. Peter Schiff) who want you to buy non-physical “shares” in their fake “gold exchange.”

    [6] Anyone at any level who engages in gap dynamics.

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  5. Why “instead of”? Plenty of parties to blame:

    1. Trump: The incompetent, criminal, lying, Hitleresque, circus barker.

    2. Obama: The right-wing version of Jimmy Carter.

    3. The Republican Party: The party of hatred, that cares only about defeating Democrats, despises the non-rich (including those who voted Republican), and doesn’t even try to govern so long as it can do the bidding of the rich.

    4. The populace, who are too mentally lazy to learn, and so lacking of compassion and so filled with hatred, they would rather kick down those below them than to build their own children’s future and grow the country.

    5. The cowardly Democrats who, in the years after Lyndon Johnson, abandoned what being a “liberal” really means, so have become what used to be considered conservative. The irony of a conservative being called “neoliberal” is not lost.

    6. The useless media, owned and directed by the greedy, insecure rich.

    7. The lying economists, subservient to universities and think tanks, both of which are owned by the greedy, insecure rich.

    8. The rich, who are so selfish, greedy, and insecure, they would rather destroy, rather than lift, the populace.

    9. The world’s religions, perpetually the leading fountains of mankind’s hatred and bigotry, claiming righteousness, but dispensing bile.

    Criticizing one does not excuse the others. I will continue to criticize them all.

    You are free to opine about who “really” is to blame.

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