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Two Florida Congressmen Just Voted Against Hurricane Relief As Irma Strikes

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Two Florida Congressmen Just Voted Against Hurricane Relief As Irma Strikes

 

With Texas Republicans who voted against providing relief funding to victims of Superstorm Sandy in the Northeast a few years ago suddenly changing their tune in the wake of the catastrophe that was Hurricane Harvey, it is shocking to find that there are still some Republicans who will put conservative fiscal principles of limited government above the needs of their own constituents, much less those who reside in other states.

That is exactly what Congressmen Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Ted Yoho (R-FL) just did, however.

Both of these two right-wing ideologues were among the 90 Republican representatives who voted against the $15 billion emergency Hurricane Relief Bill in Congress this week, despite the imminent arrival of the largest Atlantic hurricane on record to the shores of their home state.

What could engender such a heartless and short-sighted reaction to a humanitarian aid bill? The simple fact that the disaster aid was bundled with an authorization to raise the country’s debt ceiling.

To these Ayn Rand acolytes, no one deserves any help from the government, unless, of course, the relief aid is offset by a corresponding reduction in spending elsewhere. So no emergency food and water for the people in flooded homes in Texas, no home repair aid to Floridians who find their roof gone after being devastated by a category 4 storm, unless we defund the EPA some more or throw a few thousand more people off of Meals On Wheels.

“Snaking in a debt-ceiling increase with funding for victims and communities affected is immoral and reflective of broken leadership in Washington,” Yoho said in a statement after the vote Friday. “I do not think it wise to extend our borrowing limit without mandatory spending reforms . . . If this was a clean measure that focused on those affected by Hurricane Harvey, I would have proudly voted for it.”

Yoho represents portions of northern Florida, so perhaps he thought that the damage that far from the coasts would be too minimal for his vote to generate any backlash from his constituents.

Rep. Gaetz’s district, however, includes part of Florida’s extremely vulnerable Gulf Coast, and he voted against the measure that he called “generational theft.”

“I have a pretty strident view that I will only vote to raise the debt limit if that vote is accompanied with reductions in entitlement spending,” Gaetz said, according to the Miami Herald. “If conservatives don’t start voting no against debt-limit increases, all the FEMA in the world won’t save us from our must unfortunate destiny.”

He calls his view strident, a word that does not have many positive connotations, but most people would refer to his views with words like “heartless,” “uncompassionate,” “cold-blooded,” “cruel,” and “inhuman,” among other words not fit for print.

For the record, four Republicans in Texas also voted against the bill, which shows that ideology will beat out charitability and mercy in more than one state.

Let’s hope that the constituents of these rigidly partisan ideologues remember what and who really mattered to them in next year’s congressional elections.
Via: Occupy Democrats

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Chief Of Staff Confirms That Trump Is Under Investigation By Mueller (VIDEO)

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Chief Of Staff Confirms That Trump Is Under Investigation By Mueller

 

Ever since the investigation into the 2016 election began, President Trump has steadfastly maintained that he isn’t personally under investigation.

Shortly after Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed earlier this year, Trump said former FBI Director James Comey had assured him he wasn’t part of the counterintelligence investigation being conducted by the FBI. And while that may be true in regard to counterintelligence, Comey didn’t offer any assurances that Trump wasn’t under criminal investigation.

And on Monday, just hours after indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates were unsealed in Washington, the president was on Twitter trying to distract from the growing scandal:

And yet, when White House Chief of Staff John Kelly appeared on The Ingraham Angle Monday evening, he clearly suggested that his boss is indeed being investigated, telling the host:

“It’s very distracting to the president, as it would be to any citizen, to be investigated, while at the same time trying to carry the weight of what it means to be president of the United States on his shoulders.”

If that’s not confirmation, what exactly is?

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As for Kelly’s whining that it’s an added “weight” on Trump to know he’s under the microscope while trying to do his job, all I can say is BOO FREAKING HOO! If he can’t handle the pressure, maybe he needs to step aside and let a legitimately elected person run the country. Someone like Hillary Clinton, who got nearly 3 million more votes than the Orange Menace.

Also, Trump made a choice to associate with unsavory characters like Manafort and Gates. He appointed Michael Flynn to one of the highest positions in the administration despite the fact that he was on the take from both the Russian and Turkish governments. You know the old saying: You are the company you keep.

So here’s a bit of advice for Trump and Kelly: No one wants to hear your pathetic whining. And we don’t believe any of your lies.

Here’s Kelly on Fox News:

 

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Harvey Weinstein to TWC Board, ‘I’m Sorry, I Have a Real Problem’

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Harvey Weinstein to TWC Board, ‘I’m Sorry, I Have a Real Problem’

 

 

Harvey Weinstein was apologetic and contrite during the Board of Directors meeting Tuesday when he resigned under pressure from the Board … sources connected to the meeting tell TMZ.

We’re told there was no screaming, no yelling, no anger. Harvey Weinstein told the Board, “I have a real problem,” and then apologized for the “trouble and confusion” he caused TWC.

We’re told Weinstein, who was on speaker phone from Arizona, told the Board he needed to build a new life and move on.

Our sources say everyone sounded conciliatory … partly because the handwriting was on the wall.  The Board made it clear Weinstein had a legal obligation to resign from the Board after it ratified his firing from TWC. He did just that.

Harvey, we’re told, was “peaceful” during the meeting and Bob was subdued.

We’re told the sense of the Board is that Harvey Weinstein will not force his firing to arbitration or court.

Our sources say both Harvey and Bob Weinstein have an overriding interest in making sure Colony Capital succeeds in restructuring the company — money. The each have roughly 21% equity interest in TWC, and if the company fails, they walk away with nothing.

As one source put it, “Harvey and Bob have a huge stake in making sure Colony Capital can put Humpty Dumpty back together again.”

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Trump’s Net Worth Plummets By $600 Million

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Trump’s Net Worth Plummets By $600 Million

 

As much as Donald Trump loves to brag about how rich he is, turns out he’s a lot less wealthy than he was a year ago.

Forbes magazine has just released their annual ranking of the 400 richest Americans has some very bad news for the Donald: His net worth has fallen drastically by $600 million, meaning he’s only worth an estimated $3.1 billion. That drops him 92 spots on the Top 400 list, from #146 to #248.

Ouch!

What led to the sudden drop in Trump’s worth? Forbes notes:

“A tough New York real estate market, particularly for retail locations; a costly lawsuit and an expensive presidential campaign.”

Ironically, America’s richest people are richer than they were in 2016, but not Trump.

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For the 24th year in a row, Bill Gates tops the list, with an estimated net worth of $89 billion. Here’s the rest of the top 10:

  • Jeff Bezos, Amazon, $67 billion
  • Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, $65.5 billion
  • Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, $55.5 billion
  • Larry Ellison, Oracle, $49.3 billion
  • Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg LP, $45 billion
  • Charles Koch, Koch Industries, $42 billion
  • David Koch, Koch Industries, $42 billion
  • Larry Page, Google, $48.5 billion
  • Sergey Brin, Google, $37.5 billion

And Trump fared even worse on the Bloomberg’s worldwide billionaires list, which rates his worth at $2.86 billion. That doesn’t even qualify him to be named as one of the 500 richest people in the world.

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Expect a Trump Twitter meltdown before the end of business Tuesday.

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