Trump Watch February 5 2017

Day 366:

Smash And Grab

The mega rich got that way by taking other peoples money.  They didn’t earn it through hard work

Bill Gates didn’t get to be that rich by working really hard at a job. He got that rich by taking some of his workers money, or some of your money, or some of the kids in china stamping out computer chips all day for pennies money.  He took it from the environment by having e-waste dumped in China rather than paying for it here.  An environmental commons that we all pay for, but he abused for free.

At every stage of the process he took some of the money that someone else should have earned, either by moving the job to a place with no labor or environmental laws, or by using his already vast wealth to pressure people into giving him discounts, either on products or taxes.  Or by simply hiding them overseas so that he gets all the benefits of the system we have set up here (strong rule of law, good educated workers, good infrastructure, etc), without actually paying for any of it.

No one “earns” 100 billion dollars. If a fair wage is say $25 an hour for labor try to work out how many hours bill gates would have to work to get 100 billion.  (ps.  Thats 4 billion hours, or just over 456,621 years, roughly 2.5 times the age of the entire human species)

The government could just break up Apple or Microsoft, or Amazon tomorrow, call them a monopoly, call them illegal tax dodgers, the government is not helpless against these companies.

We are not helpless before the oligarchs, but they would sure like us to believe that we are.

Go read a book about FDR, or see how some other countries manage their economies. There have been and continue to be better versions of things than what we have here. We don’t even have to think up new systems, only copy others that work better than ours. Or hell even go back to the way things used to be here.

I am pretty distressed by how many weak willed, give up before they try, people there are in this world.

Don’t bow down to our  oligarchs, even the benevolent ones are putting us in chains through their  existence.

TAX THE RICH!  Build a society that works for everyone, not just the 1%.

Further Reading:

The Koch Brothers are plotting a right-wing takeover of America’s judicial system

Global Shipping Business Tied to Mitch McConnell, Secretary Elaine Chao Shrouded in Offshore Tax Haven

U.S. consumer protection official puts Equifax probe on ice

Big business, not taxpayers, should pay to clean up plastic waste – Plastic is destroying our oceans, yet big corporations are still being given money to produce cheap plastic. It’s time for polluters to pay for the damage they cause

Lost in memo frenzy, White House passed on punishing Russia for 2016 meddling

It’s settled, Bernie Sanders is the most favorable Politician in the U.S.

An Actual Nazi Is About To Get The Republican Nomination For A Congressional Seat (note the guy above is not this guy)

Several Eagles Players Are Already Refusing to Celebrate Super Bowl Win With Trump

‘I Hope This Is an Instance of Fake News’: FBI Messages Show the Bureau’s Real Reaction to Trump Firing James Comey

Trump accuses top House Intel Dem of “illegally leaking” info

Schiff fires back at Trump: Stop ‘executive time’ tweeting and do something

The Republican Party Is a Threat to the Constitutional Order

Baltimore Cops Carried Toy Guns to Plant on People They Shot, Trial Reveals

Donald Trump says NHS is ‘going broke and not working’ in attack on universal healthcare

Donald Trump Tweeted About The “Broke” NHS After Nigel Farage Appeared On Fox & Friends

Pence’s approach to troubles in White House: He wasn’t there

Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t seem to understand McCarthyism and the Internet loves it

Comey friend: Emails contradict White House claim that FBI welcomed Comey firing

McCain, Coons to introduce new immigration bill that omits border wall funding

Dow drops more than 300 at opening, extending Friday’s losses

‘They Can’t Wait to Vote’: Energized Democrats Target Dominant G.O.P. in Statehouses

Donald Trump will trigger constitutional crisis if he uses declassified memo to end Russia probe, Democrats warn

Republican Bill Would Treat Low-Income Dreamers as Criminals

Trump Aide Boasted He Was A Kremlin Adviser 3 Years Before Dossier

Dodge’s Super Bowl ad distorts MLK’s message of service to sell trucks

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Reportedly Scales Back Probe Of Equifax

Trump administration rolls back Obama’s Clean Water Act

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Tools of change:

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Calling your government representative:

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You can also use 5Calls.org if you are having a hard time figuring out what to say.

Tell them in no uncertain terms that you want them to fight to stop Trump from doing these things. Tell them you will be watching them closely on how they vote, and will hold them accountable during the next election if they cave to Trump. You can also call other states congress people and threaten to donate to their opponent if they don’t do what you want.

Phone Bank for Progressive Candidates:

https://www.grassrootspb.com/

Call the White House:

202-456-1111

Call the “White House”:

Use this website to call one of Trump’s many properties he has not put into a blind trust yet, and let them know how you feel (be polite, they are workers just like us, but be firm).

Do a little Slacktivism:

Send Some Text Messages for progressive causes (I know it says textforbernie, but its for a range of progressive candidates) Or you can have your texts turned into faxes by the ResistBot

Go to a town hall and talk to your congress person in person:

Check when the next town hall is here

Monitor your congressperson:

Keep track of how your senator is voting on cabinet picks here, so you can call them up and give them hell if they vote for any of these worthless fuckers.

See how your elected representatives are voting for or against Trump.

Elections!

Also be sure to keep track if you live in a district with an upcoming flip-able seat (flip to the left that is)

See if you have a special election in your area!

Is your mayor up for election? Find out, get involved!

Upcoming house votes:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/

Upcoming senate bills:

http://www.senateseeker.com/vote.php?upcoming=true

Monitor Trumps Conflict of Interests:

From CNN of all people.

The Atlantic

General Guides:

Guidelines by former Congress staffers on how to get Congress to listen. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

Run For Office!:

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