Friday, September 1, 2017

I admit I never had any issues with statues of Confederate generals – because there were none where I lived (New Jersey) and because I had no real personal context with the Confederacy.  I did oppose officially displaying the Confederate flag anywhere other than in a museum.
However, considering the affect these statues has on a large component of American citizens, I certainly do not defend their continued existence, and support their removal - especially considering discovering the timing of and real reason for erecting many of these statues, facts that were truly unknown to me before now.
Here is what Kevin Drum explains in MOTHER JONES –
But the timing of the monument building makes it pretty clear what the real motivation was: to physically symbolize white terror against blacks. They were mostly built during times when Southern whites were engaged in vicious campaigns of subjugation against blacks, and during those campaigns the message sent by a statue of Robert E. Lee in front of a courthouse was loud and clear.
No one should think that these statues were meant to be somber postbellum reminders of a brutal war. They were built much later, and most of them were explicitly created to accompany organized and violent efforts to subdue blacks and maintain white supremacy in the South.”
Kevin also says –
I wouldn’t be surprised if even a lot of Southerners don’t really understand this.”
He points out –
There’s a reason blacks consider these statues to be symbols of bigotry and terror. It’s because they are.”
Arrogant buffoon Donald T Rump’s tweet about these statues is ridiculous (highlight is mine) –
Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments.  You can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!  Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!”
How totally stupid, and typically Trump-like, to suggest that no other statue or art work could ever be as beautiful as the statue of a general.  He is a total idiot.
Comparing Confederate generals to Washington and Jefferson, regardless of the fact that these founding fathers had slaves, is also stupid and ridiculous.
Idiot Trump’s total response to Charlottesville was completely dangerous and deplorable on all levels – which is no surprise.  Trump never speaks to America or the world – he only speaks to his ignorant and mostly bigoted core cult because he needs to continue to bathe in the roar of the crowds at his nonsensical rallies.
I am not surprised Trump took so long to denounce neo-Nazis. The strategies of his campaign and his Presidency have been taken directly from the Nazi playbook.
Thankfully Republicans are finally beginning to say “enough is enough” – although it is still too little too late.  The Republican Party and so-called Republican leaders need to acknowledge the obvious proven fact that Donald T Rump is a dangerous, delusional, deplorable, despicable mentally unstable, narcissistic demagogue.  None of these words, especially in combination, should ever be able to be used to describe the President of the United States!
Trump's pathological NEED to insult and belittle anyone who disagrees with or criticizes him makes him mentally incompetent.
Trump's pathological NEED to always lie about how great he is or what great things he's done makes him mentally incompetent.
Trump INABILITY to accept any reality other than deluded "alternative reality" in his mind makes him mentally incompetent.
Trump's pathological DELUSION that he's smarter than everyone else & can do anything better than anyone else makes him mentally incompetent.
Donald T Rump MUST be removed from office immediately via the 25th Amendment because of his mental incompetence – he is not fit to serve as President!
Robert D Flach
+ Trump's "unique take on accuracy"- he never tells the truth!  He never has told the truth in his lifetime!
Watch this video from CNN on “Trump and the Truth”.
+ Republicans, please watch this video from Keith Olbermann –
+ Great news here from THE HILL -
“Another charity has canceled an event planned at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, marking the seventh group to scrap fundraising events at the luxury Palm beach, Fla., club.”
Anyone who has booked any stay or event at any of Trump’s resorts or hotels should cancel immediately.  We must boycott Trump properties and products!
+ Let me end with some humor from Andy Borowitz – “Trump Says Sun Equally to Blame for Blocking Moon”.
While Donald T Rump is basically a joke – unfortunately the reality of his Presidency is not funny.

Until the guy on the phone is gone nothing will change!     


T   is for his Tweets, the nonsensical blatherings of a buffoon.
R   is for Reprehensible, which he obviously is.
U   is for Unqualified, Unprepared, Unfit, and Unstable.
M   is for Mentally Incompetent, which he also obviously is.
P   is for Putin, who plays him like a fiddle.
Put them all together and they spell Nut Job Loser!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Here is the story. 
·      It has been proven true that a business person continually, and unapologetically, screws his shareholders, investors, contractors, vendors, employees, and customers while lining his own pockets. 
·      It has been alleged that this same person screwed his niece and nephew out of their rightful inheritance so he could pocket it, and that he beat his wife after she criticized his hair in public.
·      He is charged with fraud for a “University” scam.
·      Whenever someone criticizes or challenges him, or his actions, instead of responding maturely and intelligently he calls the person who criticized or challenged him fat, stupid, ugly, weak, etc., etc., etc.
·      His main claim to “fame” is being a reality tv cartoon clown.
·      He thinks about running for President in 2012.  This possibility is cheered by comics everywhere as being a great source of material, as he is commonly considered to be a joke. 
·      He decides to run for President in 2016, despite having no government or public service experience and being totally ignorant about most of the issues, admitting to relying on “the shows” for his education on the issues. 
·      During the campaign he mocks and abuses POWs, women, and the disabled.
·      During the campaign it is revealed that he bragged about “grabbing pussy”.
·      During the campaign he called for Russia to hack his opponent’s computers and suggested gun owners “take care of” his opponent.
·      During the campaign he continued to respond to criticism and challenges like a 5-year old.  To him anyone who does not agree with him, or think he is perfect, has no value, and so their opinion has no value.
·      During the campaign he does not make a single completely truthful statement about anything, and constantly contradicts statements he has made and positions he has taken in the past.  Independent fact-checking agencies indicate he makes more “pants on fire” lies than probably all the other candidates combined.
·      Everything that has ever derailed the campaign of any politician in the past, and everything he accused any of his opponents of doing, he has done many times over during his lifetime.
·      He becomes President of the United States.
Would you have believed this could be possible if it were a book or a movie and not reality?
I wrote to my congresspersons calling for a travel ban for nut job loser Trump (click here to see my letter).
In a response from my representative I learned that the SWAMP ACT was introduced by Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) on May 11, 2017. If enacted, this legislation would compel President Trump to reimburse the Department of the Treasury for any costs associated with travel to a commercial entity, in which he has a financial interest, along with any associated protection costs by the U.S. Secret Service.
Write to your Congresspersons and urge them to support the SWAMP ACT.
THE LIBERTY BUZZ – Online Digest
+ Streisand sings.  DeNiro acts.  Trump lies.  It is what they do.
Trump’s Lies” from the NEW YORK TIMES begins (highlight is mine) –
Many Americans have become accustomed to President Trump’s lies. But as regular as they have become, the country should not allow itself to become numb to them. So we have catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office.”
The bottom line -
There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths.”
Has the buffoon ever told the truth?
+ So much for justifying nut job loser Trump as a legitimate choice for President because he is a savvy and successful business man.  NEWSWEEK reports “Donald Trump Is Reckless, Erratic And Incompetent, According To Business Leaders Around the World”.
The vast majority of answers were far from positive, alluding to the president’s ego and short temper by calling him ‘narcissistic’, ‘self-absorbed’ and ‘disjointed’. Other responses were less damaging, though arguably unfavorable: One CFO called Trump ‘unconventional’, while another wrote the president is ‘disruptive’."
+ No surprise here. Noah Barkin of REUTERS tells us “Image of the United States has plunged under Trump, survey shows” -
. . . an overwhelming majority of people in other countries have no confidence in his {Trump's} ability to lead."
I don’t blame those who feel this way.  So do I!
The article goes on to say -
The survey, based on the responses of 40,447 people and conducted between Feb. 16 and May 8 this year, showed even deeper mistrust of Trump himself, with only 22 percent of those surveyed saying they had confidence he would do the right thing in world affairs, compared to 64 percent who trusted Obama.
Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, with confidence ratings of 27 percent and 28 percent respectively, scored higher than Trump.”
The longer idiot Trump remains in office the more damage he will do to America and the American people.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Dear Vice President Pence, Speaker Ryan, and Majority Leader McConnell:
Donald J Trump is the most ignorant, incompetent, unethical, and mentally unstable President in at least my lifetime, and most probably the history of the United States.  The Trump presidency is the single biggest threat to the future of America and the world in existence today.  He must be removed from office immediately before he does any more damage.
Trump is mentally incompetent.  It is obvious that he suffers acutely from Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder, also known as Sociopathy.  I invite you to research these mental disorders online and view their descriptions in the context of Trump’s words and actions.  You will find they fit Trump to a T.
From a practical point of view, Trump is also the biggest threat to the future of the Republican Party.  The Republican Party does not need Trump.  They currently hold a majority in both the House and the Senate and, with Trump gone, will actually control the White House, in fact and not just in name.  The longer Trump remains in office the more seats the Republican Party will lose in both houses of Congress as well as in state houses and state legislatures in subsequent elections.
I urge the leaders of the Republican Party to work together to remove Trump from office for mental incompetence under Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.  It allows the Vice President, together with a "majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide", to declare the President "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office" by submitting a written declaration to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.  The Congress can then vote to remove the President.
When Trump is removed from office our national nightmare can end and America can truly be great again.
Sincerely yours,
Robert D Flach
THE LIBERTY BUZZ – Online Digest
+ Speaking of the 25th Amendment, Ross Douthat explains “The 25th Amendment Solution for Removing Trump” in an op-ed piece in the NEW YORK TIMES.
In the piece Ross correctly observes (highlight is mine) -
“ . . . from the perspective of the Republican leadership’s duty to their country, and indeed to the world that our imperium bestrides, leaving a man this witless and unmastered in an office with these powers and responsibilities is an act of gross negligence, which no objective on the near-term political horizon seems remotely significant enough to justify.”
+ Also from the NEW YORK TIMES, an excellent assessment of the current White House  from Nicholas Kristof titled “On a Portland Train, the Battlefield of American Values” -
"Today’s White House seems to stand for nothing loftier than crony capitalism and the scapegoating of refugees, Muslims and immigrants. To me, Trump “values” are primarily narcissism, nepotism and nihilism.
And this is infectious: Cass Sunstein of Harvard cites psychology research indicating that Trump has made it more acceptable for Americans to embrace xenophobia. I wrote last year that “Donald Trump is making America meaner,” prompting bigotry in rural Oregon where I grew up, and around the country.
 What the three men in Oregon understood, but the White House doesn’t, is that in a healthy society, Islamophobia doesn’t disparage just Muslims, racism doesn’t demean blacks alone, misogyny hurts more than women, xenophobia insults more than immigrants. Rather, we are all diminished, so we all have a stake in confronting bigotry."

Monday, May 1, 2017

The idiot in the White House (I know there are currently several, but when I use that descriptive phrase I refer, of course, to the biggest one – Trump) FU-ed what should have been an easy task for a Republican-controlled Congress – repealing Obamacare, or, more better, repealing the many bad aspects of the ACE (see my TWTP post OBAMACARE- THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY).
He is now apparently ready to take on tax reform.  Please, let us hope he does not also FU that, too.
As a tax preparer I know full well that the United States Tax Code has grown into what I frequently refer to as a “mucking fess”.  
The major reason for tax return errors, by both paid tax preparers and taxpayers who “self-prepare”, is the excessive complexity of the Tax Code.  I strongly believe the current Tax Code needs to be shredded and totally rewritten from scratch.
I also strongly believe that the one and only purpose of the Tax Code is to raise the money necessary to fund the government.
The new Tax Code must –
(1) Be simple – easy for everyone to understand.  Simplicity for simplicity’s sake. 
(2) Be fair and equitable - treat all taxpayers equally.
(3) Be consistent – treat specific conditions, situations, and activities, and maintain specific definitions and descriptions, the same in all instances.
(4) Encourage savings, investment, and growth.
(5) Index for inflation all allowable deductions and credits.
The new Tax Code must not –
(1) Be used for social engineering, to redistribute income or wealth, or to deliver social welfare and other government benefits.
(2) Encourage or discourage certain economic decisions (other than savings, investment, and growth), or provide exclusive benefits for specific industries, business activities, or classes of taxpayers.
(3) Contain any refundable credits, or any phase-outs, exclusions or adjustments based on Adjusted Gross Income or Modified Adjusted Gross Income. 
(4) Contain any “alternative” tax calculation systems (such as the current “Alternative Minimum Tax”).
(5) Contain any temporary deductions, credits, benefits, or provisions.
This new Code would state “Everything is taxable, except . . .” and “Nothing is deductible, except . . .”.  Only those “excepts” – exclusions and deductions - that are absolutely necessary and appropriate, in the context of the “musts” and “must nots” listed above, should be added back.
One of the biggest problem with the current system is the inappropriate use of the Tax Code to deliver social welfare and other government benefits – hence its appearance as #1 on our list of “must nots”.  This practice is not only inappropriate, but it also invites and encourages tax fraud.
The Internal Revenue Service, and the tax professional community, should not be required to act as Social Workers and administer and verify government program benefit payments.
I am  not saying that the government shouldn’t provide financial assistance to the working poor and college students, provide encouragements for purchasing health insurance, making energy-saving purchases and improvements and other “worthy” actions, .  What we are saying is that such assistance and encouragements should not be distributed via the tax return.
The benefits provided by the Earned Income Tax Credit and the refundable Child Tax Credit should be distributed via existing federal welfare programs for Aid to Families with Dependent Children. The benefits provided by the education tax credits and deduction for tuition and fees should be distributed via existing federal programs for providing direct student financial aid. The benefits provided by the Premium Tax Credit, the energy credits, and other such personal and business credits should be distributed via direct discount payments to the appropriate vendors or direct rebate programs funded by the budget of the appropriate Cabinet department.
Distributing the benefits in this manner is much better than the current method for many reasons:
1. It would be easier for the government to verify that the recipient of the subsidy, discount or rebate actually qualified for the money, greatly reducing fraud. And tax preparers, and the IRS, would no longer need to take on the added responsibility of having to verify that a person qualifies for government benefits.
2. The qualifying individuals would get the money at the “point of purchase,” when it is really needed, and not have to go “out of pocket” up front and wait to be reimbursed when they file their tax return.
3. We would be able to calculate the true income tax burden of individuals. Many of the current “47 percent” would still be receiving government benefits, but it would not be done through the income tax system, so they would actually be paying federal income tax.
4. We could measure the true cost of education, housing, health, energy and welfare programs in the federal budget because benefit payments would be properly allocated to the appropriate departments.
Let us hope that the idiots in Congress act intelligently for once and enact true and appropriate tax reform.
The American Dream is that anyone born in the United States can grow up to become President.
The selection – not election (he wasn’t elected – he lost the election by over 3 Million votes) of Donald Trump has perverted the dream.
Trump has shown us that any idiot with lots of money and a big mouth, regardless of how unqualified or inappropriate or deplorable, can become President.
THE LIBERTY BUZZ – Online Digest
+ “Worse than just being a liar or a narcissist, in addition he is paranoid, delusional and grandiose thinking and he proved that to the country the first day he was President. If Donald Trump really believes he had the largest crowd size in history, that’s delusional.”
So says one of the group of psychiatrists attending a conference at Yale University.
Donald Trump has a ‘dangerous mental illness’ and is not fit to lead the US, a group of psychiatrists has warned during a conference at Yale University.
Mental health experts claimed the President was ‘paranoid and delusional’, and said it was their ‘ethical responsibility’ to warn the American public about the “dangers” Mr Trump’s psychological state poses to the country.”
Many of the psychiatrists assembled agree with me, and many other professionals and lay people, that “Trump is mentally unfit to be president”.
Republicans must use the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office for mental incompetence!
+ The LA TIMES has published an excellent series of editorials on “The Problem with Trump”.  The series includes -
Why did the paper present this series?  (highlight is mine)
The answer is simple. Even though we’re only 11 weeks into the Trump presidency, there is good reason to believe that rather than grow into the job, he’ll remain the man he was on the campaign trail — impulsive, untruthful, narcissistic, ignorant of the limits on presidential power and woefully unprepared to wield it. Rather than wait until the public grew inured to the lies, the undermining of democratic institutions, the demagoguery and bluster, we decided to lay out our concerns at length and in detail.”
+ Trump’s selfishness and consistent use of the Presidency to line his pockets and the pockets of his family costs American taxpayers millions of dollars unnecessarily. 
That is the “take-away” from the NBC piece “Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Travel Triggers Cost and Ethics Concerns”.
The item also highlights Trump’s hypocrisy.  He constantly complained about Obama’s vacations and golf-playing.