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'An Administration By and For the Powerful': Merkley Nails Mulvaney Over Trump Budget

'An Administration By and For the Powerful': Merkley Nails Mulvaney Over Trump Budget

Jake Johnson, staff writer

"Everything we see in this budget is about help to the powerful and an assault on working Americans."

" Which is more important: educating our children or more money for the Koch brothers?"
—Sen. Jeff Merkley

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Mulvaney knows the answer is the Koch brothers, but of course too much of a political, coward to say so!

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“It” begins with, “We the people” obviously these people are unamerican, those that wrote this budget.

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While Merkley’s rant may be factually true, Democrats want to take away our guns, and that cancels out any consumer protection, funding for education or help for hungry families that they might offer.

Reason isn’t a very effective tool against a party backed by tens of millions of morons.

Some good words - albeit, the exception that proves the rule that the Democratic Party normally shies away from such confrontational language.

But the right liberal ruling bloc of the Party will never willingly move such statements from a subordinate periphery to center stage - one big tent, so long as half of those under the tarp have little power.

As I periodically propose, I’d shift my long-time Green allegiance for an insurgent Democratic Party bloc: something like Sanders’ movement, but that refused to simply join w/the right liberal bloc, instead - as in a Parliamentary coalition - demanding organizational appointments and binding progressive platform commitments in return for support…

…a democratic Democratic Party, which, in its turn, could mobilize the vast numbers of low-income voters that supported Sanders but don’t vote.

The progressive numbers that end up supporting the right liberal Democratic bloc are there - that would be the Sanders supporters that half rose up before being forced back into the harness. Question is what post-Sanders organization and platform could carry Sanders’ abortive insurgency forward.

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Head stuck in a dark and smelly place without light? What an absurd response.

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How about stating a vision we might all want to vote for Merkeley and your damn dems? NOW IS THE TIME TO PUT FORTH WHAT YOU ALL BELIEVE IN AND WANT TO SEE IN THIS COUNTRY. Enuf with defense. Stand up with your offense if you even have one.

Your gone.Way gone.

Such restraint shown by Merkley…seriously. Mulvaney is a clearly avid bagman for Trump, and what an imposition on the Senate committee he is.

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I’m also from Oregon. While I have little faith in Democrats anymore, Merkley and Wyden have shown that there are a few who will stand up for the average guy on MOST positions.
Merkley was the only US senator to endorse Sanders.

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Thank you, Senator Merkley. And thank you, Mr. Johnson and CD, for bringing us respite from the relentless cycle of ugly news. It does help to know that there are a few who are trying…

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We need to rethink support for Wyden here in Oregon. He is in the bag for AIPAC and Israel.

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He was doing more than this: Sow doubt and dupe the people. A campaign against these cretins must include the sources from where they get these statistics. And, they must be made over and over again.

A really good idea, Tom.

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Go easy on him, you can’t fix stupid.

The Kochs says all of them because why? They bought us a long time ago.

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You live only for your gun. Absurd!

That’s right- other than venting- an article like this on a site like this bears little importance. How about an editorial in the NYTimes? Also, how about communities getting together and giving of service for the country not for the party? For the country and the planet including real infrastructure rebuilding done by the people themselves at no or little cost- part of government service.

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Merkley is absolutely right! Trump is just listening to the things that his supply side golf buddies are whispering in his ears and telling him while they dine with him at Mar-a-Lago after they play golf with Trump and allow him to cheat to “win” and flatter him by telling him how great he is and how much they love him. The entire Republican Party is mostly owned by the Koch brothers who give hundreds of millions of dollars for every election to republicans so they will be totally dependent on this campagn money and must do the Koch’s bidding if they want any hope of being reelected. Ordinary Americans who have been suffering for over forty years from these radical right wing policies and are being barraged daily with massive propaganda and lies about how evil and supposedly corrupt the democratic “elites” are, but who are being deliberatly blinded as to who the real elites actually are, like the billionaire Koch brothers and their oliogharch friends, and have been conditioned to unfairly and wrongly demonize and blame others like gays, African Americans, independent women, or immigrants, and nonchristians and others, as scapegoats for all of their suffering, instead of the real culprits who are raping and plundering and stealing worker’s wages, benefits, our clean air, water, and our public lands and parks, and intend to take away their health insurance, access to affordable medical care, pensions and Social Security, and who are bankrupting this country with massive debt, subsidies for wealthy corporations, bailouts, and then are even being allowed to be above the law. They are stealing everything that they can steal, all the things that do really make America great, and they are doing it in the name of making America great, in order to give everything in America, all of our wealth and natural resources and absolute power to evil, massively greedy and never satisfied billionaire oliogharchs that have convinced themselves that this robbery is good for America, all at the expense of the very people who vote for them. It is a stunning con job! Nothing these republicans say is true and yet millions of unsuspecting people believe them, and at the same time think that it is democrats who are evil, unamerican criminals and liars about everything we say and do when nothing could be further from the real truth! When will they wake up and see that they are being robbed and conned and screwed in every available orafice by these republicans they seem to love so much?! Do we need to send them to cult deproggramming centers? They would see better if they could or would spend some time watching C-Span and other news and information programs and websites instead of living in the right wing bubble all the time with their eyeballs glued to Fox News and try to think for themselves once in awhile and look around and actually try to see what really is going on here. They need to read more and do more digging and questioning what they are being told. Don’t just be passive readers, watchers, or listeners and try to think more critically and question and critique what they are being told. Try to have an opinion of their own and not just parrot back right wing talking points. Yes, it takes work, but it is worth it. We all need to know who are the more reliable sources of information and call out the lies and disinformation that we are being barraged with every day. Be more willing to admit that we might not know it all about everything and that just because someone gets on TV or the radio and makes a lot of money that they automatically know more than everyone else. Some of the wisest people in America are not millionaires and have no desire to be rich. Wealth does not confer wisdom or spiritual righteousness, in fact it might even be likely that wealth may get in the way of achieving these things.

Some Democrats would like to ban assault style weapons and large capacity magazines. Most Americans consider these reasonable changes.