This week opened with violence in Venezuela and more stories of wealth and corruption as we learned how wealthy people paid ‘consultants’ to scam their kids into ivy league schools. President Trump produced a budget that cuts Medicare and social security to pay for the wall Mexico will pay for and the courts sentenced Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, to seven years in prison in two separate trials.
Prosecutors in New York indicted Manafort on state crimes immediately after the second hearing: Trump can’t pardon state crimes. The House and Senate vetoed Trump’s emergency declaration and in New Zealand a white supremacist murdered 43 Muslims as they prayed in their Mosque: his manifesto touted America’s 45th president as inspiration. America’s white supremacists immediately denounced the horrific tragedy as a false flag operation.
As comic relief, old tapes exposed a racist homophobe on Fox as a racist homophobe. I’m still not sure why this is news:
Nancy Pelosi says it’s not worth impeaching trump if she can’t get a bipartisan consensus. I think she is right. Democrats can’t do this alone: the GOP House and Senate will either do its job or go down for not doing it. What do you think?
The UK is in chaos after the vote on Brexit:
As a FYI, if you’ve heard about the Green New Deal but don’t think you understand what it does, this video offers a possible explanation.
On a personal note, spring arrived; it was a glorious week in San Francisco.
Yesterday a headache became a migraine. I’m still not at 100%, and I made the mistake of trying the new WordPress editor mid-post and it screwed everything up. I apologize for any mistakes in this post. I’m going to close comments use the rest of the weekend to learn the new editor and fix the post.
I’ve spent most of the day watching Michael Cohen give testimony.
He seems tormented and determined to redeem himself.
This felt like a day of reckoning for Michael Cohen and the American people.
The President represents the People; and our ‘ethos’ as a People is an expression of who we are as individuals.
Donald Trump is a sadistic crook: is that who we are as individuals?
“When we’re dancing with the angels, the question will be asked: In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing?” Rep. Elijah Cummings, February 22, 2019
I’ve gathered segments of Cohen’s testimony from different news outlets
for the sake of comparison.
Below is a link to most of the testimony:
And because I can’t resist:
Portrait of Donald Trump in Green, Rob Goldstein, based on a portrait in the public domain.
Highlights of this week include the launch of an investigation into Trump’s Inaugural Campaign and the Nancy Pelosi clap-back at Trump’s SOTU.
We had a taste of political brilliance when @AOC had witnesses an Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Wednesday concede that our system of campaign finance enables political corruption at every level of our government.