Pay to Play

This just in:  Ever since Trump first ran for office, we’ve been hearing about the Emoluments Clause (aka Title of Nobility Clause).  Here is what it says in the Constitution:

The Title of Nobility Clause is a provision in Article ISection 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution,[1] that prohibits the federal government from granting titles of nobility, and restricts members of the government from receiving giftsemoluments, offices or titles from foreign states without the consent of the United States Congress. Also known as the Emoluments Clause, it was designed to shield the republican character of the United States against so-called “corrupting foreign influences.” This shield is reinforced by the corresponding prohibition on state titles of nobility in Article I, Section 10, and more generally by the Republican Guarantee Clause in Article IV, Section 4.

In simple terms, it says the President should not be bribable.  He should not profit from foreign enterprises.  He should do his job as president.

Now, on a completely unrelated subject…

Trump has decided to help China’s telephone company ZTE because our sanctions are costing them jobs.  We put these sanctions in place because ZTE shipped banned components to Iran.

Trump made this decision about 72 hours after China agreed to contribute $500,000,000 to a Trump linked project in Indonesia.

Elsewhere...

Trump’s lawyer is in deep trouble for selling access to the president.  He received over $4,000,000 for providing this access.  Money that he can’t account for and some suspect he passed along to his boss…Trump.

Elsewhere…

Last year, Trump’s son-in-law asked Qatar for a personal  loan of about $500,000,000.  When they said “no”, the United States immediately sided with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries in punishing Qatar.

Now, if Trump wasn’t associated with a lifetime of corruption, I might be willing to overlook this.  However, it appears to me that he has turned his presidency into a “Cash Grab.”  This include his apparent love of Russia, who bailed him out of several bankruptcies when no one else would.

On the entertainment page...

My wife and I like to find shows we can watch together.  It’s not unusual for us to spend an hour watching an episode of some show we both like, before turning in for the night.  We look for shows that have a lot of episodes.  There are two reasons for this.  First, if they probably don’t make a lot of episodes of a show no one will like.  Secondly, we don’t want to have to research for a new batch of shows to watch every few days.  Finding an show with a lot of episodes means we have something to watch for weeks.

We have just started watching two shows that we like: Numb3rs and Chuck.

As for shows that I watch without my wife: Justified and Expanse.

Also…I watched the remake of the Lost in Space series.  I liked it a lot.

Time to save the world.

Up, up and away…

Jim

Shutdown Notes

This just in:  A few years ago, the Republican Party shut down the government because they wanted Obamacare repealed.  You may recall that this was a bluff as they had not replacement ready, even years later.  In short, they shut the government down to impress their gullible base who didn’t like the black man in the Oval Office.

Now, the government is shut down once again.

It’s shut down because Trump cancelled a program that everyone wants.  Not only is DACA humane, we desperately need more immigrants, not less, if our economy is to grow.

Trump cancelled this program for no apparent reason.  He did it with the stroke of a pen.  He could reinstall the program just as easily.  Instead, he uses his own actions to blame the Democrats for a shut down.

The Democrats won’t sign off on a $25 billion wall that can be overcome with a $20 ladder.

So….here is the conversation on the Senate Floor:

Mitch McConnell:  The Democrats hate our troops because they refuse to pass this bill which will fund troop pay (leaving out that it will also fund the wall).

Democrat Senator:  I move that we pass a bill that will do only one thing – make sure our troops are taken care of.

Mitch McConnell: I object!

This is actually a true story.  This actually happened.

On a completely unrelated front…

Days after the Republican House passed the tax bill giving huge tax break to the Koch Brothers, Republican Speaker Ryan received $500,000 from the Koch Brothers.

This is the same Paul Ryan who suddenly reversed course on supporting Trump during the campaign only to receive millions from the Koch Brothers right away.

Move along…nothing to see here.

Time to save the world.

Up, up and away…

Jim