Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty
By Marc Platt
It really isn't that complicated if you want to connect the dots to explain why Donald Trump won the election and why he is so in love with President Putin.
Question: What does Donald Trump love the most?
Answer: Attention, power and money (not necessarily in that order)
Running for President gave the man all the attention he could handle. I firmly believe he did not expect to actually win. He figured it out early that Twitter was his way of communicating to the "Deplorables" he needed to win over to even have a viable candidacy. Trump stitched together a coalition of angry white voters in rural and even rust belt areas that the Democrats foolishly believed were a lock for Hillary.
Trump correctly thought that he could make money from the election cycle when he lost. He hit the jackpot when he won the election, because he stands to make hundreds of billions of dollars from Russia.
His pick for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was stymied by the Obama administration and congress when the US sanctions on Russia prohibited Exxon from drilling for oil in Russia. These sanctions have cost Exxon $500 billion. Putin and Tillerson have patiently been waiting for these sanctions to be lifted so the big bucks will start rolling in. PLease keep in mind Exxon and the Russian-owned Rosneft Oil Company are partners. Wouldn't Donald Trump and his family stand to benefit monetarily at some point once these sanctions are lifted?
Who better for Putin than Mr. Tillerson to cut through the red tape. THIS is why Russia helped Trump win this election. It is all about money. The media keeps running around in circles asking WHY? WHY? WHY?
This has always been about money.
Trump's National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn has had an open line with the Russian Ambassador.
It really is not that complicated, but our new President is an expert at diversion. You must always just follow the money and you will always be able to cut through the bullshit.
Putin needs Exxon. He may or may not have the dope on Trump. It doesn't matter. Once the Republicans take over all aspects of governance, the money will start rolling into the lobbyists and the richest companies on the planet.
By Marc Platt
So now Tom Cotton and Paul Ryan are tightening the leash on the ACA Repeal efforts. They are walking it all back saying the GOP must have a replacement in place before removing 30 million people from their health care. Yep...
The Republicans just spent 8 years trying to de-legitimize our first African American US President and demonized him for wanting to help millions of citizens who needed health care, especially after the Republican Economic Crash of 2008. Yes it was THEIR fault. We can argue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and all the credit default swaps and deregulation of the Bush years until the cows come home...
Obamacare will NOT be repealed. It will be re-branded under the Trumpcare insignia. Yes they will vote and repeal it officially, but that don't mean jack shit folks.
Politics is a nasty business. When you take things away from people, especially something like health care that should be a right, not a priviledge people notice WHO is responsible.
Trump will do everything in his nature to NOT be the guy who took stuff away from hard-working Americans, even if only for his own vanity.
We are screwed in so many OTHER ways. Health care will not be one of those IMO.
By Marc Platt
I just heard Republican Strategist Elise Jordan say that the only real scandals in the Obama administration were Hillary Clinton's scandals, that cost her the election.
I want you to digest this incredibly sophomoric way of thinking. I normally actually think this woman is insightful and thoughtful, but this IS the thinking that Republican politicos display when discussing this election cycle.
Obama has had ZERO scandals. The first and only administration with nada, zilch, zero scandals in an eight-year span. William Henry Harrison had no scandals either. He died one month into his first and only term.
Did you know that the infamous "Comey Letter" was just deemed illegal because of search and seizure issues in obtaining Anthony Weiner's laptop? Did you know that the FBI agent who illegally grabbed that laptop has had his name redacted from the document? And we all know the "Comey Letter" was bogus in that they found nothing, zero, zilch...
There were NO HILLARY scandals. The only thing Hillary Clinton is guilty of is being BORING. She was a boring mainstream Democratic candidate.
You can call Donald Trump everything you want under the sun, but not boring. This man is controversial and we are in for the bumpiest ride you can imagine.