Author: James Piscipo

And Jimmy Carter’s Peanut Farm Was a Presidential ‘Conflict of Interest?’

PRESIDENT CARTER AND BROTHER BILLY ON CARTER’S PEANUT FARM If you are old enough to remember, President Jimmy Carter once owned a Georgia peanut farm that came to symbolize him during the presidential race where he defeated Republican incumbent Gerald Ford, who had taken over for the disgraced Richard Nixon. Even today, his former vocation is sometimes used to paint him in a negative light. Yet, the peanut farm for which Jimmy was derisively mocked by Washington elites became a serious target for a potential presidential conflict of interest when he assumed office. After spending decades of his life...

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Stop Hiding Behind Closed Doors, Congress, You Work For Us

Watching the Senate testimony over the last two weeks, I cannot understand one very important thing: Why can those being interrogated by Congress get away with the excuse that they can only answer a question in ‘closed session’ with Congress? Yes, we get the fact that some information must be classified for national security reasons, but when you have a Congress so divided, so partisan they will lie to keep their jobs, it becomes time to tell the American people directly what threats are before us. It is time to start leveling with the American people, Congress, because you...

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A Divided America Means Russia Wins

It would have been unthinkable a decade or two ago, that any Member of Congress would ever have sided with a presidential administration that even had a whiff of improper relations with one of our biggest enemies: Russia. But here we are, with Republican members of Congress acting like there is ‘no there, there,’ before we even know all of the facts about the Trump campaign’s involvement with Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Are these Republicans so obsessed with control of our government, that they will even let an enemy take it over. Just watch them,...

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I Used to Love ‘House of Cards’–Not So Much, Anymore

Yes, I am a politics ‘junkie,’ every since I can remember, I have loved politics. I love the way it works, the sense of those sniffing out power, the idea that a ‘nobody’ can actually become the President of the United States, one of the most powerful people on the planet. I had been waiting impatiently for season 5 of House of Cards to be released. When it was released this week, of course I watched. But I quickly started to feel a sense of what used to be frivolous entertainment, has become a sense of what is and...

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Vladimir Putin: World’s Sleaziest Theif, Ever, and That Is Saying Something

Russian President Vladimir Putin has amassed a massive fortune, potentially the largest in the world. International Business Times has pointed out that Putin’s fortune could be as much as $200 billion. This seems to point to the fact that the man is the biggest theif in the history of mankind. Yet U.S. President Trump seems to idolize him. I would be the last person to say the Donald Trump is not a crook, but let’s face facts, Putin is the biggest crook in the world and why Trump seems to idolize him is the question of the day, is...

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Rex Tillerson Is Nothing but an Oil-Sucking, Money Hungry Pig–Oh, and He Is Also Our Secretary of State

U.S. and Saudi firms signed over $50 billion in energy investment deals last Saturday, including a major agreement between Exxon Mobil and Saudi heavy industries. The agreement between Exxon and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation will help build a $20 billion chemical complex that the Trump administration had touted earlier this year as a boon to job growth on the American Gulf Coast. And who brokered this agreement that heavily favors Saudi Arabia and Exxon Mobil’s recent CEO, none other that now-U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Something smells really rotten in America, and team Trump/Tillerson are the sources of...

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Tax Reform to Republicans Means Making the Rich Much Richer and The Rest of Us Broke

President Trump on Wednesday offered a glimpse into his approach to tax reform, with the White House announcing that he wants to reduce rates — especially on corporations and businesses — as well as provide new breaks for working-class households and middle-class parents. But Wednesday’s release contained no legislative text, or even the kind of detailed outline that policymakers often use to guide discussions of major reforms. Instead, it was a brief statement on how Trump plans to approach a revamp of the tax code, one of the new president’s major domestic objectives. And while it offered a few...

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