Trump Begins His War for Oil

By U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt Michael A. Blaha

Published on Crooks & Liars on 3/11/2017.

Did Trump just begin his war for oil yesterday? That’s the question everyone in the media should be asking. According to Crooks & Liars editor Karoli Kuns and The Associated Press, Trump just sent hundreds of Marines to help Russia and Assad take over Raqqa, Syria. Hundreds more were sent to Kuwait presumably to assist in taking Mosul, Iraq back from the Islamic State.

Trump and Bannon are a pair of broken records when it comes to fighting the IS. Both have repeatedly stated they intend to wipe the IS fighters off the face of the earth. This is a policy that would receive bipartisan support depending on the strategies used. Who wouldn’t want to see the end of these terrorists? But most draw the line with the boots on the ground strategy Trump just deployed. Americans are not so keen on seeing more soldiers in flag draped coffins after 16 years of fighting in the Arab region.

But Trump and Bannon could care less what anyone thinks. They are determined to continue the war and escalate it. Much like Trump’s promises to conduct mass deportation raids, implement a Muslim ban and repeal the ACA, we should take him at his word in regards to the Arab region.

Not only has he promised to bomb these countries beyond recognition, he promised to take their oil. Since George W. Bush’s Iraq war, Trump has given dozens of interviews where he stated that he would “take the oil.” He even stated such during the campaign. There are at least 47 tweets from Trump since 2011 where he claims that the U.S. should have taken a country’s oil or been paid in oil. Syria and Iraq are his top targets with Libya and Iran following close behind.

The media is currently spending most of their air time discussing Trumpcare as they should, but they are missing the boat on this. Americans should be prepared that Trump and Bannon are going to send their loved ones back to the Arab region not just to fight the Islamic State, but to steal oil.

 

Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of Hypocrisy

By Ted Eytan from Washington, DC, USA – 2017.02.13 Hands of DC Protest, Washington, DC USA 00740

Published on Crooks & Liars on 3/8/2017.

Jason Chaffetz, Republican representative of Utah’s 3rd district and Chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee, can always be counted on for great headlines. He’s your typical Republican in that he doesn’t believe in climate change, civil rights or a woman’s right to healthcare. And like his fellow conservatives, he’s always good for an insensitive, self-righteous comment.

His latest was not only offensive, but it also showed his ignorance and prejudice in regards to poor Americans. When asked how these Americans would pay for the increases found in the joke of a healthcare bill just released by the GOP, Chaffetz proudly exclaimed,

“Americans have choices. And they’ve got to make a choice. And so maybe, rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love, and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should just invest in their own healthcare.”

Not only does Chaffetz assume that poor people have iPhones, but he assumes they would choose it over healthcare. He is suggesting that the reason people can’t afford healthcare is because they make poor choices. No, it couldn’t be that the healthcare system is simply not affordable. It couldn’t be that healthcare and insurance companies spend millions on politicians like Chaffetz to keep their profits increasing. No, it has nothing to do with wages not keeping up with the cost of living. It’s that poor people are too busy buying iPhones and such.

Chaffetz’ quotes are fantastic for their idiocy and righteous indignation, and quite often they show just how much of a hypocrite he is, which is a huge one. To date, his most famous hypocritical moment was captured during the last election when the video surfaced of Trump stating he liked to sexually assault women, and that he could get away with it because he was a star. Chaffetz wasted no time getting in front of cameras on various networks to claim the moral high ground and state he would not endorse Trump for president.

“I’m out! I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president. It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine. My wife and I, we have a 15 year old daughter, and if I can’t look her in the eye and tell her these things, I can’t endorse this person.”

It took only 19 days for Chaffetz to expose himself as a hypocrite. He announced he was over his disgust and had re-endorsed Trump. Apparently, he looked his daughter in the eye and told her he would vote for an admitted sexual predator for president. Party over country sweetie. Perhaps he warned her not to stand to close to Trump.

By United States Congress. – Congressman Jason Chaffetz., Public Domain

He follows the Republican mantra of states’ rights, but once again he spews hypocrisy when he perceives it will benefit him politically. Take his ongoing feuds with Washington D.C.’s local government. Washington D.C. is of course not a state, however it maintains a local government just like those found in every state and attempts to maintain its own identity separate from the federal government as much as possible. In 2009, after D.C. passed a law approving same-sex marriage, Chaffetz attempted to overturn it. In 2015, he made a giant ass of himself when he threatened to jail the D.C. mayor, Muriel Bowser, if she allowed Initiative 71 to become law. Initiative 71 made it legal for individuals to possess and use small amounts of marijuana. It was approved by 65% of voters. Mayor Bowser never went to jail, and 71 became law even with Chaffetz’ ludicrous threats. Currently, he’s attempting to overturn D.C.’s law that allows terminally ill patients to end their lives with the assistance of a physician. Basically, he believes in states’ rights but only if he agrees with the topic. If they pass laws he doesn’t agree with, then he’s not for states’ rights.

Chaffetz’ fraud can even be seen in his chairmanship of the Oversight Committee. He called for Obama to be impeached over Benghazi, and stated that he had 2 years worth of investigations on Hillary Clinton should she become president. Of course, since she lost, he’s not so hot to trot on investigating her. Apparently, he’s unaware that in the United States, crimes are investigated and not people. A crime or the appearance of a crime must be committed for an investigation to occur. To investigate someone looking for a crime is what countries like Russia do.

Speaking of Russia…Chaffetz refuses to investigate Trump even though there is more than enough evidence that Trump is not only violating the Emoluments Clause against conflicts of interest, but that he and his campaign have been proven to have ties to Russia. This is even with Russia admitting they had contacts with the administration during the election and with Russia having been found to illegally hack, steal and disseminate information from the DNC in order to help Trump win the election. The Trump campaign used information they knew was illegally obtained to win the presidency.

So far, Chaffetz is sticking to his “nothing to see here” hypocritical philosophy. Clearly the level of evidence needed to investigate a Democrat is much less than that of a Republican.

The level of Chaffetz’ hypocrisy knows no bounds. It can even be found in regards to his religion. It is well known that he is a practicing Mormon, and he has even cited his faith as reason for some of his positions regarding legislation. In the Mormon religion, it is strictly forbidden for Latter Day Saints to drink or smoke. This includes the selling or profiting from these sins. These laws can be found in the Word of Wisdom, section 89 of the Doctrine of Covenants.

Chaffetz blatantly violates the laws of his own faith. Since 2009, he has taken thousands of dollars from both alcohol distributors and alcohol and cigarette producers. Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris and Ste. Michele wines, the Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of America, Anheuser Busch and the National Beer Wholesaler Association have contributed over $88,000 to Chaffetz. Specifically, Chaffetz has accepted $73,500 from alcohol related companies and $14,700 from tobacco companies. Sorry Jesus, it’s party over religion for this one.

Somebody needs to return his special Mormon underwear.

 

 

The Danger in Underestimating Betsy DeVos

By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Betsy DeVos

Published on Crooks & Liars on 3/4/2017.

Without question, Betsy DeVos came across during her senate confirmation hearing as a wee bit dense. It appeared that she lacked the basic understanding of how our educational system works. Many times she left senate Democrats with a puzzled look on their faces, not understanding how Trump could have nominated a woman who lacked basic knowledge of professional education terminology or popular educational programs.

I will admit to having this same impression as many other liberals had. When I picture her in my mind, I see the “deer in the headlights” Saturday Night Live rendition. Her nomination had the appearance of another appointment that Trump really didn’t care about; a choice similar to Ben Carson being picked for HUD Secretary presumably because POTUS thinks all African Americas live in the projects. I had assumed that DeVos was chosen because she was a rich Republican donor as her more than generous contributions to conservative causes were being aired at the time.

The real Betsy DeVos

Information about the DeVos family is relatively easy to find. Bloggers in Michigan, at Eclectablog.com, have been dealing with the DeVos education debacle for 20 plus years. And contrary to what the media has put out, she is a well seasoned politician. Betsy has been involved in politics since college. She’s been a member of the Republic National Convention, chaired the Michigan Republican Party and is on the board of countless conservative political and educational groups and foundations. She is in fact, quite knowledgeable about education as long as it agrees with her family’s philosophy that church and school go together like peanut butter and jelly. Otherwise, she appears to care less.

DeVos’ philosophy is not so much based in getting government out of education. It’s not even about vouchers. Her target is to get around the separation of church and state as put forth by the Constitution. Christianity is the basis for every decision DeVos makes. Her family has spent millions on conservative Christian causes with her father-in-law, Richard DeVos, helping to fund the Heritage Foundation and Focus on the Family, two of the most conservative foundations. She devoutly believes that the entire United States should be Christian as she is. Education is simply her vehicle to make this happen.

Ideally, the most effective way to get around the Constitutional requirement of separation of church and state would be to abolish the Department of Education. Republicans currently have a bill in committee to do just that. In the likely event that this does not happen, pushing the school choice program would be the next best thing. This argument proposes that parents know what’s best for their kids and should be able to choose what school they go to whether it be public, private, charter or home schools. If she can get the government to pay for it through vouchers, all the better.

DeVos destroyed Michigan’s schools:

The DeVos family began pushing for charter schools in Michigan by contributing, either personally or through their various foundations and organizations, to state and local elected leaders. If these politicians did not tow the DeVos line, the family would fund a competitor. Therefore, when legislation regarding charter schools came up, these politicians voted for unlimited charters, for-profit charters and with zero regulations. Thanks to Betsy DeVos, charter schools in Michigan can do whatever they like with no supervision. Literally, no supervision.

The end result has caused a large number of schools to close because some for-profit owners have taken the tax payers’ dollars and either not bothered to fund the schools or mismanaged them. Detroit has been hit especially hard with 24 of the 38 closings in the state. Parents are left trying to find a school to enroll their children in. Children are left falling behind and having to repeat grades.

Even successful charter organizations like the National Heritage Academy have had their share of troubles with students unable to meet the minimum requirements in reading and math. The Heritage Academy is owned by DeVos family friend, J.C. Huizenga. He is also listed as a board member on many of the same groups and foundations as various members of the DeVos family. The National Heritage Academy even has executives on its board that were formerly executives at the DeVos Amway Corporation.

In other words, Michigan education is controlled by the DeVos family and their organizations. This control, or more precisely manipulation, is what has caused Michigan schools to fail.

DeVos plan for your child:

Under the guise of school choice, DeVos plans to use federal tax payer money to set up for-profit charter schools on a federal level. If she follows her Michigan plans, and there’s no reason to believe she won’t, there will be little to no oversight. If there is to be any oversight, it will likely be left up to the states. In her view, these schools would be outside the separation of church and state rule.

Charter schools, though they are public and take taxpayer money, consider themselves to be private institutions because they are run by private companies. The ACLU has sued various Michigan charter school management teams, including the National Heritage Academy, for trying to implement religious teachings into their studies to include creationism. But don’t expect that to stop DeVos. Speaking at The Gathering, a Christian group for the super wealthy, Dick DeVos stated, “We just can think of no better way to rebuild our families and our communities than to have that circle of church and school and family much more tightly focused and built on a consistent worldview.

It is no wonder public schools are failing. If we allow DeVos and her gang to take public school money in the name of school choice and give it to charter and private schools, of course they will fail. Defund a program, and it will fail. This is just a shell game that allows unscrupulous people to make money off of education and an attempt to get Jesus into public schools.

Home schooling began as a means to keep Christian children from learning multiculturalism and evolution. Now you might need to use it to teach them just those very things. Ironic, don’t ya think?