An admission of culpability was made during an appearance on Russian television’s “Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov,” by Russian politician Vyacheslav Nikonov, who said regarding the US intelligence community: American spies “slept through while Russia elected a new US president.” Hmm…this is like a pickpocket blaming the owner of the wallet.
Marc Zuckerberg lent an assist to the pickpocket. Facebook reportedly sold $100,000 but possibly as much as $150,000 in political advertising space to a Kremlin-linked “troll farm” who used the space to propagate fake news stories that swayed many to vote for Trump who may not have otherwise.
So, shame on this gullible nation of people who were so easily manipulated, and shame on the intelligence community for napping.
Russia is enjoying the show: opportunistic billionaires with a penchant for manipulating laws, regulations, and benefits in a way that will allow them to hoard more money and monopolize Washington.
Speaking of selfish billionaires, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin “is considering backdating Trump’s proposed tax cut to those in the top income bracket to January 1, 2016.”
If you haven’t heard, the tax cut would lower corporate taxes and the taxes of the wealthiest Americans to 15%.
Mnuchin says it would be a “boon” to the economy. Cutting taxes almost in half for the wealthiest Americans, while cutting programs for the poor— that would be a boon? A boon for whom? And what does that does that even mean? Let’s look:
1. something to be thankful for; blessing; benefit.
2. something that is asked; a favor sought.
1. jolly; jovial; convivial: boon companions.
2. Archaic. kindly; gracious; bounteous.
boon3 —noun Textiles.
1. the ligneous waste product obtained by braking and scutching flax.
I pick boon3, the third definition, because cutting taxes for the wealthiest to 15% would be a ligneous pile of…waste.
Nice work Russia.