‘A more perfect union’ not even an option.

By Thomas Haenlein

The die is cast. The final product will remain unchanged for all of our tomorrows. That die was poured recently when formal, public hearings on the impeachment of President Donald Trump began. Whether Trump remains president for one more year or five more years, or just 5 more months, his legacy is sealed. Controversy will continue in a White House with a revolving door. Behind that door unneeded advisers wither like flowers before running to the exits, replaced by “yes” men compelled to praise unpopular ideas while ignoring behavior we wouldn’t tolerate from our children. Regrettably, “a more perfect union” is not even an option. Impeachment will not lead to conviction by Republican senators that fear Trump even more that they hate him.
Trump’s name is destined to fall into the dustbin of American political history where we put presidents remembered for what they did “to” our country, not “for” our country. His name will find its resting place in our culture as a foot note or an asterisk because it will always be the JEOPARDY answer to historical curiosities:
1) Fill in the blank: Nixon, Clinton, ________
2) Name a president that lost the popular vote to his opponent: ______ (possibly twice)

Such a demotion must be Trump’s inheritance from a citizenry he consistently worked to ridicule and divide, while showing no desire or ability to unify. The “dustbin” will be a dramatic fall from his own narcissistic suggestion where he once associated his own image with Mt. Rushmore. For his detractors that see insufficient skills, intellect and personality traits required to perform duties his title demands, he will only qualify for Mt. Impeachment. His name will remain on that mountain long after his “towers’ are gone and his followers learn that the thing he always cared the most about was the sound of their praise, not them personally.
The failings that are now encircling 45 are caused, in part, by the mindset that tells him he is so talented he has no need for preparation or reading policy papers written for him by experts. And of course, his belief that can just “wing it” on instinct alone, implies that no criticism could possibly be legitimate. Criticism becomes “the greatest witch hunt in history’. Trump needs to feel persecuted by enemies and the media. That persecution is his escape route for denying what most of America can see, that he is completely overwhelmed by a job he cannot do. None of this will penetrate that lofty perception of brilliance he has spent a lifetime building in his own mind.
Never apologize. Never admit error.
”I’m very, very rich.”
“The people love me.”
“I’m the team.”
“I’ am a genius.”
“The call was perfect.”
These expressions scream his need for us to acknowledge his brilliance and perfection. All of this inside a mind that would struggle to pass a fifth-grade test on spelling or U.S. history and threaten to sue anyone that would reveal his academic records, SAT’s or tax returns.
-Thomas Haenlein is a retired teacher from Houghton Lake Community Schools. He is also the author of ‘America’s Dilemma With Science’, available at Schuler Books Chapbook.

The Health Care Industry Attacks Medicare for All

WOW: The greedy for-profit health care industry is ghostwriting anti-Medicare for All op-eds for elected officials.

Last week we wrote to you about the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, a shady dark money group hellbent on preserving corporate profits, no matter the cost in human misery. Then we went to work and uncovered evidence that PAHCF’s lobbyists are feeding more than talking points to state lawmakers―they’re writing public statements.

The Washington Post ran with what we found, and discovered even more fraud. Here’s the story everyone’s talking about:1

This reporting was due to Medicare for All NOW! issuing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests of various state lawmakers, confirming what we suspected. They were parroting health care industry talking points because their op-eds were actually written by the for-profit health care industry.

Medicare for All NOW! was founded to fight back against lobbyist efforts to kill health care reform. We’re here to represent the American people, not greedy corporations that put their financial bottom line ahead of our health.

Donate to Medicare for All NOW! to hold the health care industry and their lobbyists accountable to the American people; and to demand a Medicare for All system that eliminates out-of-pocket expenses such as co-pays and deductibles, and includes hearing, vision and dental.

This attempt by the for-profit health care industry to show “wide spread” support for our broken health care system shows how they’ll go to any lengths to protect their profits. And this report is getting major attention on the state and national level.

None of this reporting would have been possible without our work, together, holding the greedy health care industry to account.

Donate to Medicare for All NOW! to fight back against health care industry lobbyists and their Astroturf campaign to kill Medicare for All.

Thank you for all that you do,

Wendell Potter
Medicare for All NOW!

Tax Simulation

Check out the broad effects of changing the tax system in the US that have been proposed or that will be proposed to deal with the extensive inequality that exists in the country and that is getting worse.

This simulator, available by searching for: taxjusticenow.org, was researched and created by Professors Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zuckman, both of the University of California Berkeley. If you find it interesting, read their book, “The Power of Injustice”, which looks at the ways the rich benefit from and manipulate the tax system increasing inequality and their proposals to deal with it.

Senator Warren Opens a Campaign Headquarters in Michigan

rom: Mike McCollum
Sent: Monday, November 25, 2019 9:59 PM
Subject: Michigan for Warren HQ Opening and Warren Weekend! – You’re Invited!

The Michigan for Warren team is thrilled to invite you to our Michigan campaign headquarters office
opening in Detroit, as well as our Michigan Warren Weekend volunteer training! These events build upon the incredible grassroots momentum for Sen. Warren in Michigan. Please share this invite to your networks and reach out with any questions to Michigan State
Director Mike McCollum at mmcollum@elizabethwarren.com.

Michigan Warren Weekend!

RSVP Here!

We’re
committed to dreaming big and fighting hard — that’s not just a slogan, it’s our path to victory — and why we need you in this fight with us. We are inviting our grassroots team to join us for our first Warren Weekend in Michigan, a two-day training on the
nuts and bolts of being a Community Team Leader to help elect Elizabeth Warren. You’ll also have a chance to meet some of our new organizers we’ve hired to join our team!

Saturday, December 7th, 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, December 8th, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Detroit-based location will be confirmed upon RSVP!

The training is free to attend and all are welcome.
RSVP Here and invite your friends!
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Michigan Campaign HQ Opening for Team Warren!

RSVP Here!

At the party, we’ll learn more about Elizabeth Warren’s plans, get trained
on one of the key tools we’re using on the campaign, and celebrate! We’ll also discuss opportunities to get involved here in Michigan. Whether you’re all in for Elizabeth or not quite sold yet, we hope you’ll join us.

Tuesday., Dec. 10th, 6:30pm-8pm

3627 Vernor Hwy., Detroit, MI 48216

Please
RSVP by Sun., Dec. 8. Hope to see you there and bring a friend!
We look forward to you joining us in our fight to rebuild the middle class and save our democracy!

Sincerely,
Mike McCollum


Michigan State Director – Elizabeth Warren for President
mmccollum@elizabethwarren.com | 970-819-8758 | @mccollummike
“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” ― Paulo Coelho

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