SEN. MITCH and Elaine McCONNELL (WIFE) THE OBSTRUCTIONIST



THE MAN WHO PUT CONSTIPATION IN THE

CONSTITUTION                                                  

OBSTRUCTIONIST AND ASSHOLE MITCH McCONNELL - THE GRIM REAPER

    

EULOGY - a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly, typically someone who has just died: his good friend delivered a brief eulogy. 

This paragraph is devoted to the useless hypocritical individuals namely Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan who appeared at the Funeral of a true American hero, John McCain.

Here were the three who spoke on Friday at John McCain’s Funeral. You had to control your gag reflex watching Vice President Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) extol McCain’s greatness as he was accorded the honor of lying in state. 

 

Leader of the Senate Mitch McConnell  - AKA THE GRIM REAPER
McConnell acknowledged McCain as a “generational leader in the Senate.” McConnell said that McCain represented all the values the Capitol stands for. But what does McConnell stand for? 

•   He has accommodated Trump, ignoring or rationalizing his worst behavior. 
•   McConnell personally destroyed the comity in the Senate by denying Judge Merrick Garland a hearing and then extinguishing the filibuster for Supreme Court justices. 
•   He has refused to protect the rule of law by preventing a bill protecting the special counsel from reaching the floor. 
•   In short, he too is everything McCain is not, and has presided over the very changes in the Senate that McCain despised.  
•  McCain, with all his soul, cared for and fought for the Constitution, the dignity of all men and women and the basic values we hold dear. 
•   McConnell cares about power, ready to enable Trump at every turn. There is no principle for him beyond winning. He truly after Trump, and Pence is the number three scumbag in the government.

 

POLITICIANS WHO KILLED THE OBAMACARE PROGRAM
Senate Republicans all but admitted defeat Tuesday in their seven-year quest to overturn the Affordable Care Act, acknowledging that they lacked the votes to make good on their vow to “repeal and replace” President Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment.

Hours after GOP leaders abandoned a bill to overhaul the law known as Obamacare, their fallback plan — a proposal to repeal major parts of the law without replacing them — quickly collapsed. 

A trio of moderate Republicans quashed the idea, saying it would irresponsibly snatch insurance coverage from millions of Americans. “I did not come to Washington to hurt people,” tweeted Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who joined Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in opposing immediate repeal. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who spent weeks trying to knit together his fractious caucus in support of the original GOP legislation, said he would nonetheless schedule a vote “early next week” on the repeal plan. But he appeared to acknowledge that it seemed doomed.

“This has been a very, very challenging experience for all of us,” McConnell told reporters. “It’s pretty obvious that we don’t have 50 members who can agree on a replacement.”  The  Senate’s healthcare overhaul appears to be in trouble after two more Republicans say they oppose a revised version of the bill. 

The collapse of the effort marks a devastating political defeat for congressional Republicans and for President Trump, who had pledged to roll back the Affordable Care Act on “Day One” of his presidency. 

It also leaves millions of consumers who receive health insurance through the law in a kind of administrative limbo, wondering how their care will be affected now that the program is in the hands of government officials who have rooted openly for its demise.

Eventually the program was crushed by tying it to the Tax relief program thanks to McConnell, Ryan and the Supreme Leader, true clone of Adolf Hitler...Donald Trump

HISTORY
Old school political player, Senate Minority and now Majority leader (a spinner, in my book he could be called a traitor) made the opening statement on the first days of Obamas first term that he was out to destroy the Presidents chances for a second term.  Almost  promoting any kind of lies and deceptions as the titular head of his party.   

We pay him to help the country, not ruin it.  His team lost, Americans are better than he thought they were and we saw right through his prejudice, period, his hopes of the South rising again dimmed and hopefully so does his political future. 

Over four hundred bills per year over eight years lie dead in the House because of him.  If this was Russia he would be deader than the bills. When he has a re-election coming up, hopefully he is not really the one to carry the Republican banner in the Senate.  A new face is needed. Sorely needed.  Compromise and compassion fell the way of obstructionism and freedom of speech became freedom to lie.  

And it was a coal train owned by the KOCH Brothers.  Democracy in their minds is a CORP-OCRACY.  Big business dumped a large part of the 1.3 billion dollars into the election. They tried to buy it. Fortunately for the country the train wrecked and now the TEA PARTY has grabbed the locomotive, which became the base for TRUMP and the biggest abomination the country has ever had.  This is Leninist thinking.  Fortunately, most of that train went off the rails but the damage was done and already three to four million people lost their insurance.

 

OBSTRUCTIONISM and EINSTEIN
Thats why I go back to Einstein, when I see things that I don't agree with, and I will do that here often enough for you to believe me. Basically this is his definition of insanity, “Is doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different outcome. Thats fairly simple, to the point and makes sense to me.

People are getting tired of "NO" because thats the way an idiot thinks. We pay these people to represent us and work out solutions, not to stalemate a government and let the people suffer.

The other problem with No lately seems to be "NO TRUTH". It's not just a party of No, the truth is the victim here. Distortion, lies spearheaded by incompetents seemed to rise to a new level with the advent of the social media, the web and voices of bad choices like the Palin’s, the Gowdy’s the Nunes,  and the Bachman's. Mostly lies and distortions, snips and snipes.

If we use the same political insight instead of the talent thats out there, we will achieve the same result. It's the Washington party mentality that leaks down through the system to the state and local levels.  And all parties have the same problem, the choice as to whether the person is there to serve the people or to serve themselves because the stakes are so big.  Ask me, and I’ll bet a good lunch about 70% of Congress is corrupt, lies or cheats, or partymizes ( new word) their votes. nothing but clones and scumbags playing the game. 

It's embedded in the system and nothing will get better unless we change the system.  It appears our system is to serve the party and the politicians and not the people.


MITCH McCONNELL'S MANTRA FOR THE PARTY

He secretly tried to replace President Obama with an ultra Conservative, preferably with a WHITE GUY.  And the collection of losers, birthers, celebrants, religiously biased nuts who think this is the United States of Jesus, and a mass of unqualified A-Holes all stepped up to the pump.  

And found out the TEA PARTY had bought the gas station and was pumping gas but the guy with the Zippo, was Cruz.  That was then, and now he has TRUMP to contend with.  And like a true scumbag coward after having his wife and father multilated by TRUMPS name calling innuendoes and comments, Senator Cruz, the coward flipped,  and now is another personal ass-kisser to the President. 

The Democrats had enough ammo on whoever won without spending a dime, till TRUMP came along and changed the whole game plan for the Republicans and Democrats.  

One by one the mighty best of the GOP, the Magnificent sixteen they were vanquished by you guessed it… money, lies  and TRUMP.   With free advertising by the media for his cause.  


THERE’S MORE FROM MITCH - RECORD HOLDER FOR LYING AND DISTORTION
“No majority leader wants written on his tombstone that he presided over the end of the Senate,” the minority leader said. 

He continued: “Breaking the rules to change the rules is un-American. I just hope the majority leader thinks about his legacy, the future of his party, and, most importantly, the future of our country before he acts.”
Are these the words of Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as the Republican majority changed Senate rules this week to do away with filibusters of Supreme Court nominations? 

Actually, they were uttered in 2013, by then-Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), when Democrats pushed through a similar filibuster change for lesser nominations.   That McConnell did a 180 on the topic — going from the institutional defender of the filibuster to the man who destroyed it — is unsurprising. 

He has frequently shifted his views to suit the needs of the moment. But in this case McConnell was correct in 2013, and what he just did this week was even more ruinous than what he accused the Democrats of doing then. 

By rights, McConnell’s tombstone should say that he presided over the end of the Senate.  And I’d add a second line: “He broke America.” No man has done more in recent years to undermine the functioning of U.S. government. His has been the epitome of unprincipled leadership, the triumph of tactics in service of short-term power. 

After McConnell justified his filibuster-ending “nuclear option” by saying it would be beneficial for the Senate,  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said this: “Whoever says that is a stupid idiot.”  John was right but McConnell is no idiot. He is a clever man who does what works for him in the moment, consequences be damned. 

Back in 1994, McConnell lamented to the conservative Heritage Foundation that Republicans hadn’t used the filibuster enough: “I am a proud guardian of gridlock. I think gridlock is making a big comeback in the country.” 

For the next quarter-century, he made sure of it. Back then he was fighting all attempts at campaign-finance reform and spending limits, championing disclosure of contributions as the antidote. But when the Supreme Court allowed unlimited “dark money” in campaigns without disclosure, McConnell reversed course and has fought all attempts to enact disclosure. 

McConnell famously declared in 2010: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”   “Note: At that point he became the contender for the Political Scumbag of the Year”

ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis, author of a McConnell biography, “The Cynic,” reports former Republican senator Robert Bennett’s account of what McConnell told fellow Republicans after Obama’s election: “Mitch said, ‘We have a new president with an approval rating in the 70 percent area. We do not take him on frontally. 
We find issues where we can win, and we begin to take him down, one issue at a time. We create an inventory of losses, so it’s Obama lost on this, Obama lost on that.

And that’s what he did. By 2013, for example, 79 of Obama’s nominees had been blocked by filibusters, compared with 68 in the entire previous history of the Republic. 

After Justice Antonin Scalia’s death was confirmed last year, it took McConnell less than an hour to say that the vacancy should be filled by the next president. He called keeping Obama’s nominee off the court “one of my proudest moments.” 

While other Republicans have at times been willing to criticize President Trump’s outrages, McConnell has been conspicuously quiescent. Although his predecessors at least attempted collegiality, McConnell practices no such niceties (recall his “nevertheless, she persisted” silencing of Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren). 

But most characteristic of McConnell is his tendency to shift his views to suit current exigencies (on the minimum wage, withdrawal from Iraq, earmarks, abortion, labor and civil rights) and his adroitness at gumming up the works: forcing clerks to spend hours reading a bill aloud on the floor; opposing immigration legislation he’d encouraged; asking for a vote on a debt-ceiling proposal and then trying to filibuster it; urging the Obama administration to support a bipartisan debt commission and then voting against it.

Now comes the filibuster’s demise. In the current cycle of partisan escalation, it’s only a matter of time before the filibuster is abolished for all legislation, killing the tradition of unlimited debate in the Senate dating back to 1789. The Founders did this so minority rights would be respected and consensus could be formed — and McConnell is undoing it. 

Two years ago, when a Democrat was in the White House, McConnell said he would only abolish filibusters of Supreme Court justices if there were 67 votes for such a change. This week, he employed a maneuver to do it with 51 votes. It suited his momentary needs, but the damage will remain long after McConnell’s tombstone is engraved.  Truly the word scumbag defines his political beliefs and postures. I have yet to hear truth come from his lips...

Weighed in on the issue of a presidential indictment and impeachment on Friday, an issue on which he has largely declined to comment.  Asked by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt whether he believes a president can be indicted, the Senate Majority Leader indicated that a president should be subject to a political -- rather than a judicial -- remedy. 

“I’m a lawyer, but not a good one.  ‘ED: FIRST WORD OF TRUTH McCONNELL EVER SPOKE’ The Justice Department, I gather, has taken the position under a president of both parties that the appropriate remedy for presidential misbehavior is impeachment,” McConnell told Hewitt in a taped MSNBC interview. "I'm not an expert on this, but I hear that's the case."

It also comes as the President has become increasingly fixated on the idea of impeachment, warning Thursday during a campaign rally in Montana that the country would "turn into a third world country" if he is impeached.   Trump said that if Democrats control Congress, it “ doesn't matter" if he's done a good job, he will be impeached anyway, encouraging his supporters to vote in the midterm elections.  “If it does happen, impeachment, it’s your fault, because you didn't go out to vote. You didn't go out to vote. You didn’t go out to vote,” he said.


Sen. Mitch McConnell HAS NEVER
“Never gone without a pay raise for himself, quadrupled his net worth on the backs of hardworking Kentuckians that can’t afford it.”   In her forceful speech accepting the Democratic nomination for Kentucky’s high-profile Senate race, Grimes contrasted Sen. Mitch McConnell’s long opposition to the minimum wage with a startling claim—that he has given himself pay raises and “quadrupled his net worth on the backs of hardworking Kentuckians that can’t afford it.”

The implication, of course, is that increase in McConnell’s wealth came from being on the public payroll. Is that the case? 

PARTIALLY,  THE FACTS
McConnell is a 30-year veteran of the Senate, having first entered the chamber in 1985. A senator earned $75,100 in 1985, and it has risen to $174,000 as of 2009, Senate records show.  No pay raise has taken placed since then.

As Republican leader of the Senate, McConnell earns an even higher salary–$193,400. However, his office has announced that he donates as much as $5,100 a year to an undisclosed charity because he does not want to accept the federal contribution to his health premiums associated with the Affordable Care Act.

The Grimes campaign points to two instances, in 2001 and 2003, when McConnell voted that an amendment halting an automatic pay raise of $4,900 was not germane and voted to block an amendment that would have delayed a $3,400 increase, respectively.  (Neither vote directly increased pay.) McConnell’s office counted eight recorded votes since he became leader in 2007 in which McConnell voted against giving himself a pay raise.

But a focus on pay raises is a red herring when looking at McConnell’s finances.  Lawmakers are required to file personal financial disclosure forms listing their assets within broad ranges (such as $5 million to $25 million), making it difficult to get a precise sense of a lawmaker’s wealth. Still, the Center for Responsive Politics ranks McConnell as the 10th richest senator, with a net worth of between $9.2 million and $36.5 million.

McConnell’s average wealth of $22.8 million puts him well above the Senate average. Oddly, however, before 2008 McConnell was well below the Senate average. In 2004, his average net worth was $3.1 million, compared to a Senate average of $14.5 million.  That’s almost a sevenfold increase in 10 years. McConnell has quadrupled his net worth since 2007, when it was $7.8 million.

So what happened in 2008? His financial disclosure form tells the story—suddenly there appeared a tax-exempt money market fund, valued at between $5 million and $25 million, listed as a “gift from a filer’s relative.”


SOURCE: CENTER FOR RESPONSIVE POLITICS
Indeed, a McConnell spokesman confirms that this was an inheritance for McConnell’s wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, after her mother died in 2007. Chao, who married McConnell in 1993, earns significant income on her own, serving on corporate boards, and has at least $1 million in a Vanguard 500 Index Fund. (Since these shares are in her name, McConnell only needs to report they have a minimum value of $1 milllion)

McConnell, in his acceptance speech, mentioned that his wife arrived in the United States in a cargo ship not speaking any English.  Shortly after she came to the United States, her father James S.C. Chao founded Foremost Maritime Corporation, which developed trade with Taiwan and was a major agent for shipments of rice during the Vietnam War.

 Today, Foremost Group still is a major shipping company. As an example of the firm’s success, a Chao family foundation donated $40 million to Harvard Business School in 2012, which Chao and three of her sisters attended.

In other words, virtually all of the increase in McConnell’s increase in net worth comes from his wife’s money, not his congressional work.

THE PINOCCHIO TEST
McConnell’s wealth may be fair game when trying to highlight his current opposition to Democrats’ efforts to boost the minimum wage. It is correct that he has generally opposed increases in the minimum wage. McConnell has voted at least once for a bipartisan bill to increase the minimum wage – and that was when it was paired with cuts in small business taxes.

But that does not give license to suggest that somehow the increase in his wealth came from being on a public payroll with pay raises that McConnell voted for—“on the backs of hardworking Kentuckians that can’t afford it.” Rather, this is money that his wife inherited, meaning it has nothing to do with his earnings as a U.S. senator.





 ELAINE CHAO - MILLIONAIRE

SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORTATION


WRONG PERSON FOR THE JOB - CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Elaine Lan Chao is the United States Secretary of Transportation who assumed her office on January 31, 2017. A member of the Republican Party, Chao was previously Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009.

BornMarch 26, 1953 (age 66 years), Taipei, Taiwan
Nationality
AmericanSpouseMitch McConnell (m. 1993)
PartyRepublican Party
Education
Mount Holyoke College (1975), Columbia University
ParentsJames S.C. Chao, Ruth Mulan Chu Chao


SCRUTINY AND ETHICS
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is under scrutiny following reports of her plans to make travel arrangements for family members during an official trip to China in 2017, according to The New York Times.   A redacted email from a US embassy official was obtained by The Times and detailed "ethics questions" raised by some in the embassy. 

Chao's plans, which included travel arrangements for at least one family member and would have allowed relatives to attend official meetings, were eventually shelved following ethics concerns and an investigation led by The Times. 

"This was alarmingly inappropriate," former State Department Beijing deputy chief of Mission China David Rank told The Times.  Chao's family reportedly has strong ties to China, where they conduct a significant amount of business through their US-based shipping company, Foremost Group. The company reportedly received hundreds of millions of dollar of loan commitments from a bank affiliated with the Chinese government. 

A Transportation Department spokesperson said Chao's actions were not related to her family's business, The Times reported.   Chao, whose duties include overseeing the US shipping industry amid the ongoing trade war with China, is reportedly not involved in Foremost Group's day-to-day business, and has not worked for the company in decades. 

However, her family contributed over $1 million to the re-election campaign of her husband, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's, The Times reported.   Read more: China has made its trade war demands ahead of the G20 summit: tariffs have not 'made America great again'

Chao's sister, Angela, is the CEO of Foremost Group. Chao's father, James, is the founder and now serves as an honorary chairman.  James, a Chinese native and longtime New York resident, was recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as someone who made “outstanding achievements” as a naturalized US citizen in 2008. 

Angela, who was born in the US, graduated from Harvard Business School and previously worked at the mergers and acquisitions department of what is now Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, according to her biography. She served on various executive boards for Chinese holding companies and groups associated with the Chinese government, The Times said. 

Angela denied that her company's interests were centered on China: "We are an international shipping company, and I'm an American," Angela said to The Times.  "I don't think that, if I didn't have a Chinese face, there would be any of this focus on China," she added. 

The Transportation Department relayed a statement from Chao to The Times. 

"My parents and I came to America armed only with deep faith in the basic kindness and goodness of this country and the opportunities it offers," Chao said in the statement. "My family are patriotic Americans who have led purpose-driven lives and contributed much to this country. They embody the American dream, and my parents inspired all their daughters to give back to this country we love." 

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested Chao was another example in the numerous claims of nepotism within the Trump administration. Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner were picked to serve as senior advisers in the White House shortly after he became elected. 

"Seems like Trump's Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao, has been caught trying to use her position to enrich her family's shipping company," Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet. "Her husband has lots of sway in US laws, too: Mitch McConnell." 

“At this point it might be easier to ask where in this admin there *isn't* corruption," she added. 



WHAT INFRASTRUCTURE

TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE - WORSE UNDER TRUMP - PROMISE BROKEN! 

The country’s infrastructure "will become, by the way, second to none, and we will put millions of our people back to work as we rebuild it", he said in his victory speech in November.  Has repeated his vow to spend big on the country’s roads, rail and airports, but as yet, there is no sign of action.

Donald Trump ran for president as an economic populist. This fact has been largely forgotten, buried by the flurry of bizarre and outrageous actions, and activists on both sides have had little reason to bring it up. 

His Cabinet was all a bunch of bullshit, and another series of T-RUMP lies and not much more that Cabinet Secretary Elaine Chao can do about it...  even though she is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch “ Donalds Bitch” McConnell... she is like McMahon on Business Development and Betsy ‘Brainless” DeVos on  “Lack of Education”   another pawn in the game.

McConnell is the leader of the Senate which used to be a political party and recently has become a three stooges road event.  The party calling the shots is Donald Trump.  Mitch who became a eunuch when Trump took office does what the boss tells him and Elaine Chao can’t do anything about it, so just write off infrastructure as something Republican-nots talk about but wouldn’t walk on any of the current bridges, even those under construction collapsing.  SEE PHOTO.

One outcome that seemed foreseeable was the passage of a major infrastructure law.  Democrats had long favored such a measure, and Republicans, who had blocked it largely to deny a victory to President Obama, no longer had any such incentive to deny it

The opposition was eager, or perhaps simply obligated by the pretense of bipartisanship, to cooperate. “As President-elect Trump indicated last night, investing in infrastructure is an important priority of his.

Trump promised during the campaign that he would not only work with Democrats but that he would outdo Hillary Clinton’s infrastructure proposals. “Her number is a fraction of what we’re talking about. We need much more money to rebuild our infrastructure,” he announced on the Fox Business Network in 2016. “I would say at least double her numbers, and you’re going to really need a lot more than that.” 

After the election, Steve Bannon told Michael Wolff — who, at the time, appeared to be jostling for a role as court stenographer — that Trump’s infrastructure initiative would leave a massive imprint upon the physical and political landscape:

I’m the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. With negative interest rates throughout the world, it’s the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything. Shipyards, ironworks, get them all jacked up. We’re just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. It will be as exciting as the 1930s, greater than the Reagan revolution — conservatives, plus populists, in an economic nationalist movement.

As it turned out, we have reprised much of the excitement of the 1930s — presidents demanding the imprisonment of journalists and members of the opposing party, Nazis holding torchlight parades — but no infrastructure bill has materialized. After months of inaction, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today, “I don’t know that there will be one by the end of the year.” And so the once-fabled infrastructure bill has died a quiet death. Just like the minds of the TRUMP supporters, a slow death by a thousand cuts in promises...

 


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