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America Got A "Bad" Deal In Electing Trump

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 07/20/17 10:54

by Dave Mindeman

There is something that Trump supporters should be begin to realize. Donald Trump is a business fraud.

The hyperbole was "I, alone can fix it."...or "I'm the best dealmaker"...or this or that treaty is the "worst deal ever made".

What is becoming pretty clear is that Donald J. Trump is no dealmaker, he is no brilliant businessman, he is the classic huckster.

His business acumen has really been on display for years. He has filed numerous bankruptcies, and has defaulted on so many US bank loans that no one would lend to him anymore.

Which led him into the shady part of the story. His only resource for funds for his grandiose business schemes became Deutsche Bank. And for as long as Trump has been associated with that bank, they have been flaunting international law on money laundering. There isn't any definitive proof that Trump is part of the money laundering conspiracy, but the pieces of the puzzle are not very encouraging in regards to innocence.

The corrupt Russian oligarch government has been funneling money our of Russia ever since Putin centralized his control. The main conduit has been Deutsche Bank. The German bank has already paid hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and are still being investigated - and we can only assume that Robert Muller is working on any connections this might have to the Russian meddling in the US election.

But let's get back to Trump's businesses. So there are multiple millions of dollars in loans that Trump has defaulted on. And he ends up getting money from a growing money laundering cartel - which automatically puts him in the middle of illegal activities. Since Russia is a major source of this money, it stands to reason that Russian connections would start appearing in the "Trump business model".

Odd real estate deals. Complicated transactions. Suspicious loan agreements. Connections to people who are targets of financial fraud investigations. It is all coming to a head.

Donald Trump is, in essence, a very, very bad negotiator. The leverage on these deals is always on the other side. Trump has isolated himself with terms that are shady at best - completely illegal at worst.

And, since the US electoral college gave Trump his chance to "prove" those hyperbolic business skills as a President, he has been failing in each and every area.

He has NOT hired the best people. He has NOT kept his campaign promises. He has NOT negotiated "deals" legislatively. He has NOT gotten Mexico to pay for a wall. He has NOT made better trade policy.

And that Iran nuclear treaty which he said was the "worst" in history? Well, it turns out US officials have confirmed that Iran is holding to their side of the treaty - and ironically, have complained that the US has not kept to the terms of their side.

Trump supporters, you got duped. And you know who is suffering the most damage from the Trump Presidency? The people who voted for him. The people who assumed he would bring back manufacturing jobs. The people who assumed that Trump would get us "the best health care". The people who were assured that the US standing in the world would be returned to "Make America Great Again".

It was all a bait and switch. A fraud. A snake oil sale. A Madison Avenue falsehood.

The question isn't whether Trump can make America great....the real question is "will America survive a Trump Presidency?"
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Daudt - A Win At All Costs Mentality

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 07/19/17 18:01

by Dave Mindeman

Kurt Daudt thinks he is pretty clever. He risked a government shutdown with a poison pill in the tax bill trying to put Dayton in an impossible position.

Dayton could have vetoed that tax bill and sent us into another round of probable shutdown, but he doesn't play the same kind of game that Daudt does.

Today's court ruling that Dayton's line item veto was unconstitutional was followed immediately by a Kurt Daudt tweet:

"Pretty good day for Minnesotans."

Well, in Daudt's world maybe, but that tax bill is not good for all Minnesotans. It lowers revenue on cigarette taxes (and cigars). Its good for the wealthy once more as estate taxes are cut as well as business property taxes.

Let's just say that it was a good day for Kurt Daudt, because his political ploy worked. What Gov. Dayton did with the line item veto, may be construed as unconstitutional but the reason he did it was that Kurt Daudt put in a poison pill that defunded the Revenue Department if Dayton vetoed the bill.

That was a low minded political gimmick...and frankly should be part of the Constitutional arguments. What Daudt did was to unconstitutionaly take an option away from the executive branch.

So, maybe Daudt won this round via trickery and deceit. (Seems to be a typical Republican tactic these days). But if Daudt runs for Governor, which seems likely, he will be arguing on the other side. He will be looking to protect the executive branch if he would happen to become the governor. And if his past record holds true - he will do so with more gimmicks and political tricks designed to give him every advantage.

That is not a method for gaining consensus. But then Daudt doesn't want consensus and compromise. He is like Trump - win at all costs.

Seems to be the order of the day.
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Junk Insurance

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 07/15/17 19:58

by Dave Mindeman

One positive thing that came from the ACA is that insurance policies were required to meet minimum standards. For all the talk about the so-called "catastrophic" plans being the answer to the individual market, they really did not cover much. They came very close to being "junk insurance".

And if the Senate passes the current bill, we will be headed back there once more.

The new version of the bill released on Thursday incorporates an idea from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas that would permit insurers to market all types of plans as long as they offer ones that comply with Affordable Care Act standards. The measure would also allow companies to take into account people's health status in determining whether to insure them and at what price.

State insurance regulators say the proposal harks back to the days when insurance companies, even household names like Aetna and Blue Cross, sold policies so skimpy they could hardly be called coverage at all. Derided as "junk insurance," the plans had very low premiums but often came with five-figure deductibles. Many failed to pay for medical care that is now deemed essential.

From my pharmacist days, I can recount many times when people would bring in their MCHA (Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association)card, which is where people with pre-existing conditions usually got dumped, and had to tell them that their prescriptions weren't covered and would only receive a small discount. These discounts are actually available to anybody through any nationally marketed RX discount card.

Most would walk away disappointed and with a much thinner wallet.

This Senate bill would open that up again - and although Minnesota Republicans will be happy with the talking point that these people "have insurance", they really don't have much of anything. We are back to talking coverage limits, coverage caps, pre-certifications, and no preventative care.

We have ignored these comprehensive benefits of Obamacare and yes, some of the premiums are higher because of this, but the better outcomes are what we are supposed to want to achieve, isn't it?

People who are sick or become sick, need to be protected from the high cost of care. In Minnesota that care is excellent, but the technology and expertise are not cheap. But worse than that would be to be told that none of these things are covered by your insurance - and that your odds of avoiding bankruptcy have just collapsed.

Practically speaking, we need to keep the ACA and fix the 3-5% of the market that needs fixing.

But this Senate bill is one big horror story.
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