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Mon Feb 12, 2018, 11:29 PM

Eugene Robinson: Trump admin "a great big fraud" with Trump governing as "robber in chief"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-tells-lots-of-little-lies-this-is-the-big-one/2018/02/12/6048e64e-1037-11e8-9065-e55346f6de81_story.html


Trump tells a lot of little lies. This is the big one.


The Trump administration is an aberration, an outrage, a threat to the nationís very soul. But most of all, itís a great big fraud.

Voters who thought President Trump would at least try to fulfill his populist, America-first campaign promises were cynically and cruelly deceived. Trump placates these supporters with rhetoric, distracts them with cultural warfare and encourages them to seek refuge in cultural chauvinism. What he doesnít do for them is deliver.

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Remember how the president promised a $1 trillion program to rebuild the nationís roads, bridges, airports and railroads? Well, he claims to be doing even more ó $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending over the next decade. But the promise comes with little or no new federal money, which means it barely qualifies as an idle wish.

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Anyone who expected projects on the scale of Hoover Dam or the interstate highway system should realize that Trump will never come through, because he has no idea how. If he were really the pharaonic builder he brags of being, donít you think heíd have an actual plan rather than a vague, underfunded set of hopes? Many voters perhaps did not realize that the Trump Organizationís business model had little to do with construction and everything to do with branding. The presidentís very good at that. But you canít take an outdated port and brand it into being deep enough to accommodate the newest supertankers.

Trump campaigned as the purported champion of a working class that was being robbed blind by dastardly elites. He has governed, however, as robber in chief.

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The idea of Donald Trump as some sort of Man of the People was laughable from the start ó a boastful plutocrat who lives in a gold-plated aerie above Fifth Avenue, claiming lunch-bucket solidarity with factory workers and coal miners. He sold it, though, largely by cementing a racial and cultural kinship and shamelessly misrepresenting his intentions.

Trump tells little lies all the time. But this is the Big Lie that must be constantly exposed between now and the November election: Trump is worsening societyís bias in favor of the wealthy ó and laughing at the chumps who put him in office.

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highplainsdem Feb 2018 OP
FSogol Feb 2018 #1
spanone Feb 2018 #2
Solly Mack Feb 2018 #3
KelleyKramer Feb 2018 #4
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Mon Feb 12, 2018, 11:38 PM

1. K&R n/t

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Mon Feb 12, 2018, 11:40 PM

2. ...and here's to you Mr. Robinson....

K&R...

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 11:42 PM

3. Trump's chumps.

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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 05:36 AM

4. Kick!

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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 05:47 AM

5. Yeah, Plain talk from

Eugene Robinson!

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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 06:46 AM

6. Fraud and theft on a scale never seen before

I thought we'd seen the top when Cheney ordered the Iraq invasion in order to transfer untold government billions to his company, Halliburton (stock went from 19 to 87). If anyone thinks the $9 billion in cash that disappeared in the Iraqi desert went to charitable causes (or ANYWHERE other than to Republican interests), I admire their optimism.

But now we're talking $200 billion as a start (out of an amount seven and a half times as big) going for "infrastructure." Five guesses as to who will get the contracts to repair our infrastructure? How about to companies who don't have to submit competitive bids, and whose stocks will skyrocket after Republican insiders have been long informed about the contracts, and have loaded up on their stock in advance?

I see this as one immense scam to take government money (most of which they don't even have yet!), transfer it to Republican interests who will then use part of their immense gains (now taxed at lower levels--what fortuitous timing!) to fund even more fraudulent electoral victories for the Congresscritters that enable their whole scheme in the first place.

The worst part is that the extremist right will be funding such a media blitz that though sick people will be writhing in agony because they can't get adequate medical care, they will be blaming it on "Libbruls" because Fox Noise (all they watch) told them that's who's to blame for their misery.

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