Author: Kwotable

Mitch McConnell Goes From Welfare ‘Hater’ to Its ‘Best Customer’

Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, the man who makes his living from the government by doing nothing at a base salary of $193,400/year thinks business in America is not doing well because too many Americans feel “they’re doing too good with food stamps, Social Security and all the rest.” McConnell would definitely know a thing or two about that. Here is the excerpt from such a statement he made to The Atlantic: Business leaders tell him they have “a hard time finding people to do the work because they’re doing too good with food stamps, Social Security and all the rest.” And this same man seems to believe that the health and well-being of the people he is paid to serve is not that important, as he recently stated he will deal with the Zika virus ‘after vacation.’ So we at Kwotable can’t help but feel the real disease that has infected our government has a name that can’t be forgotten but now needs to be purged: that name is Mitch...

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Trump Doesn’t Stand a Chance of Winning the Presidential Election

There isn’t a question that Donald Trump has touched a nerve when it comes to the disgust with which the average American views our politicians. After all, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now ‘America’s biggest welfare recipient.’ But by and large, Americans realize that you can’t lead a nation when you publicly, and viciously insult its population–at least not in a Democratic one. When it comes to Trump’s chances of winning the 2016 presidential election, fivethirtyeight.com, the well-known site for predicting the odds of future outcomes, recently predicted that Donald Trump has about an 20% chance of winning, compared to Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning, which are 80% Of course, no one can predict the future, but when you insult your voters to the level that Donald Trump has done so, you had better have a back-up plan and Trump is no dummy, he has Trump News Network sitting comfortably in his back...

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Pay-To-Play is the American Way

Surely, you’ve heard the recent accusations that the Clintons have used their charitable Clinton Foundation as a gateway for greater government access for foundation donors. The idea that a foundation like the Clinton Foundation–set up, presumably to help those in need–might misuse its power for political purposes should be a concern for every American. However, we must look at the issue from a much broader perspective. After all, the Bush family’s similar ‘Points of Light’ foundation was created in 1990 and has operated fully ever since, through two separate President Bush adminstrations, yet there has been no outcry about the Republican family’s use of such a foundation. Again, concerns about the use of such foundations by politically-connected families should be addressed, because they get to the heart of how corruption can creep into the U.S. government if we don’t keep it in check. And if we are to be serious about keeping corruption out of our government, we must also address the ways in which the major parties view the role of the government in the first place–especially when it comes to the idea that our government is not a business, and should not be run simply to make a financial profit. Of course, Republicans feel that the more services provided by our government that can be ‘privatized,’ the better, arguing this helps downsize government and competitive forces create a leaner organization than...

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Donald’s 3 P’s Are a Mess

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Rock Hill, South Carolina January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane – RTX21LKR My parents always told me to mind my 3 P’s. Of course, as any kid would do, I would laugh it off, and my dad would scold me to remind me there are three parts of your life you must attend to if you want to become a respectable citizen. This made me laugh even harder, because I wasn’t looking for respect, at least not when I was ten. The P’s my dad was referring to were what he saw as the three areas of one’s life that any quality person must properly administer and foster. Those areas, he said, are the following: The first ‘P’ stands for ‘Personal’ = What you do for yourself and those you love The second ‘P’ stands for ‘Professional’ = What you do to provide for yourself and those you love The third ‘P’ stands for ‘Political’ = What you do to influence those in your community in a positive way I look back now, and I realize perhaps my dad had a pearl of wisdom I would have done well to better understand. But if my dad were alive today, he would probably be the first to point out that, at least superficially, Donald Trump has beat me in every one of the 3 P’s. For example,...

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Trump’s Apparent Affection for Vladimir Putin Has Dangerous Implications

A woman wears a shirt reading ‘Trump Putin ’16’ while waiting for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak at a campaign event at Plymouth State University Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Plymouth, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Most freedom-loving Americans cringe when Donald Trump, Republican nominee for president, speaks publicly about how much he admires Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Of course, anyone who has the most rudimentary understanding of how America came to be–in a effort to create a country free of oppression and full of equal opportunity–knows full-well that Putin’s Russia represents the total opposite of such a concept. Yet for some reason, Trump can’t stop singing his praises. So, how corrupt is Russia, under President Vladimir Putin? After you watch the video about how incredibly corrupt the Russian government really is, could you then honestly say you would support a Trump/Putin ticket for President of the United...

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Why a ‘Trump News Network’ Makes So Much More Sense Than a Trump Presidency

IMAGE CREDIT: DAILYKOS.COM In the early days of the 2016 presidential election cycle, members of the Republican ‘establishment,’ along with many more people, felt that a Trump presidency was an almost laughable idea. After all, Donald Trump was still pushing the blatant lie that President Obama was not born in the United States when he was entering the race. That in itself, many thought, would be a disqualifying factor in Trump’s effort to take the White House. Fast-forward to today, and so many more people are wondering how Trump has actually become the Republican nominee for president, when his lies and baseless accusations have only multiplied exponentially. Two major factors can be attributed to the rise of Trump’s political fortunes–perhaps the biggest is the existence of such do-nothing government leeches like Mitch McConnell, who has become America’s biggest ‘welfare recipient.‘ The second important reason for Trump’s rise is his grasp of how media and social networking function in the modern era. If Twitter existed ten years ago, a candidate for any office, yet alone president, would likely be disqualified from running after Tweeting just one of Trump’s insulting Tweets–but it is all different now, and Trump is smart enough to know it. New York magazine puts the idea that Trump is really angling to Launch the Trump News Network in this insightful excerpt from their August 17, 2016 online issue: Pundits of all political persuasions found this strategy...

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Release Your Taxes, Donald Trump–What the Heck Do You Have to Lose?

CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 21: REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP SPEAKS WHILE FORMALLY ACCEPTING HIS PARTY’S NOMINATION ON THE FOURTH DAY OF THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION ON JULY 21, 2016. (PHOTO BY JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES) Donald Trump has repeatedly refused to release his tax returns this election cycle, despite a push from both sides of the aisle. He claims an audit by the IRS is preventing him from keeping with a protocol followed by major presidential nominees since the 1970s. But that’s not really true: No law prevents Trump from releasing his returns during an audit, and the IRS has already completed audits of his returns from 2002 through 2008. Like all other citizens, U.S. presidents enjoy this protection of their privacy. Since the early 1970s, however, most presidents have chosen to release their returns publicly. In the hope of making this information more widely available, the Tax History Project at Tax Analysts has compiled an archive of presidential tax returns. Knowing this, it is clear that any serious candidate for President of the United States would willingly hand over their tax records–unless something ugly is hiding inside their returns. Here are five things that could actually be hiding in Trump’s taxes, according to TheStreet.com: 1. He doesn’t pay any taxes at all. “I think the biggest likelihood is that the returns show him with relatively little income, and paying little in...

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African Americans Actually Do Have a ‘Hell of a Lot to Lose’ under a President Trump

Donald Trump, in an attempt to get votes from the African American population recently made a desperate appeal to this much-needed voter base, by saying this at a Michigan rally: To those hurting, I say: What do you have to lose by trying something new? I say it again, what do you have to lose? Look, what do you have to lose? You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs. 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose? . . .   We have read many reviews and critiques of Trump’s shockingly-insulting attempt to gain votes from the African American population, specifically, and feel that Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post has best summarized just exactly what minorities do have to lose under a President Trump – here is an excerpt: Let’s, however, return to the question he posed: What do African Americans have to lose by electing Trump? Let’s count the ways. 1) Trump has championed a strict law-and-order agenda that rejects the suggestion there are legitimate complaints in the African American community about policing. He is a lightning rod for racial animus and tension, falsely accusing cities with large African American populations to be crime havens. With Trump, we’d lack a president who had any conception that there is a problem with policing in minority communities or any...

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