Open Thread For September 21, 2017

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Manafort Offered Insider Election Info To Russian Oligarch. Read that headline again. Trump’s campaign manager offered private election briefings to a Russian oligarch. Two weeks before the convention. For a price, of course. Speaking of which…

Report: 32 Million To Lose Health Care Under Graham-Cassidy.  BTW, I’ll say it again. Lindsay Graham is perhaps the biggest phony in Washington. Portrays himself as a voice of reason, and votes for the really bad stuff every single time.  Says that this bill is the only remaining option to forestall socialized medicine in the US.

Voter Fraud Discovered!  Trump’s nominee to a trade post lived in Maryland, voted in Virginia, his previous home,  b/c it was the ‘more competitive’ state.

Russians Pushed Trump Rallies On Facebook.  Is there any way to invalidate an election?  I’m close to the point of thinking that this one was stolen.

Mark Zuckerberg And Fake News.  How (arguably) the best of intentions can go horribly wrong.

Tillerson Worst SOS Ever? ‘He took the job and made it smaller.’

What do you want to talk about?


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  1. puck says:

    “Says that this bill is the only remaining option to forestall socialized medicine in the US”

    Not as long as Tom Carper is in the Senate.

  2. RE Vanella says:

    “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.”
    –Elie Wiesel

  3. mediawatch says:

    Markell repents — — but his solution makes you wonder about the sincerity of his confession: “Congress should institute a federal tax of 100 percent on every dollar a business receives in state or local incentives that are directed specifically to that company.”

    A 100 percent tax? Seriously, Jack?

  4. RE Vanella says:

    How courageous. The best bit is that he blames no one for this situation. No one is at fault and it seems like he would do the same again as Governor. He just asks Congress to step in and remedy. That’s funny to me.

    Someone put up the Kowalko signal. Let get his opinion….

  5. mouse says:

    Can you imagine the reaction of the vile bigoted rubes if Obama and his friends had consorted with a hostile foreign power to fix an election and have undisclosed deals

  6. alby says:

    They had that reaction. They treat Chicago as a hostile foreign power.

  7. john kowalko says:

    Dear Jack,
    I’ve just finished reading your N.Y. Times op-ed and I feel it’s my obligation to Delaware’s taxpayers to respond. I’d like to think that your most recent missive has merely added to my disappointment in you but I think I’ve already passed the minimum expectations level in regard to your performance and legacy. I will try to be objective in my analysis and critique.
    First, I find it unbecoming for you to use “revisionist history” as a crutch to support your crippling economic decisions. That pejorative explanation has become the trademark of Trumpism and the Republican Conservative ideologues and should be an embarrassing reference for any legitimate public servant who wears a “D” after his title. I’d suggest that you cease evading responsibilities, casting blame and rewriting reality or remove that “D”.
    Your statement that “I was as guilty as any elected official at playing this game” fails to adequately express the reality that you were much more “guilty” then other Delaware elected officials. You blithely dismiss the seriousness of this ongoing “economic/corporate welfare” threat by writing “And I don’t blame public officials, either, for their efforts to attract businesses with enticements, since they otherwise would risk losing out on new jobs, the transfer of old ones elsewhere and the bad publicity that could come with abandoning efforts to entice or retain companies”. That attitude and admission would be better relegated to a confessional for your personal “mea culpa” and forgiveness ask.
    In your article some of the revisions you make to your economic tenure as Governor are merely omissions, others are misrepresentative of reality and others seem to be deliberate distortions. So I will attempt to briefly summarize what you’ve conveniently forgotten. During your 8 years as Chief Executive your DEDO/Strategic Fund doled out over $250 million (in grants and subsidies) in taxpayer money. Approximately 37% of the recipients where huge fortune 400 companies. This number does not include the more than $80 million in lost corporate revenue from your hastily contrived “Delaware Competes Act” (House Bill 235 quickly ushered through the Delaware General Assembly during the first few weeks of 2016 session) along with the “Commitment to Innovation Act” (SB 200). You mention the failed Fisker debacle but choose to ignore/deny your other expensive yet failed economic enterprise the “Bloom” subsidy. Not only has the cash grant/sunsidy failed to produce the promised jobs but you’ve ensured that 300,000 individual and commercial Delmarva ratepayers would be burdened with an additional 20 years of subsidies to a private speculator/entrepreneur at a cost of $12-$15 million per year. Your remarkably optimistic speculation that the two of three Dow/DuPont spinoffs was a victory belies the reality that a preponderance of the research jobs are gone and Delaware is left with a comparative handful of jobs at the two headquarters. This type of Pyrrhic victory should not be heralded as the sign of an economic boon to Delaware. You also failed to mention the layoffs of 1700 (six-figure) DuPont researchers especially in light of your Secretary of Finance Tom Cook’s testimony on the House floor (in response to my query) that those jobs are gone and not coming back despite the Competes/Innovates corporate tax cuts and the 13 million cash giveaways that Ed Breen publicly said would not affect DuPont’s plans for job cuts. To paraphrase Mr. Breen’s remarks in the News Journal article “that money won’t make a difference in our plans but I’m not going to turn it down”. And lest we forget Jack, $10 million to JP Morgan (declared $24 billion in profit the year before) $2.5 million to Sallie Mae ($71 million profit 2nd qtr. 2017), $70 million infrastructure improvements to the Astra Zeneca campus (dramatically improving the value of their property now being sold) housing an ever dwindling workforce.
    I do agree with your sentiments expressed as such> “but it would be better for taxpayers if these kinds of cash incentives could be invested instead in such things as schools and infrastructure”. Maybe that will happen under your successor’s tutelage via the newly minted taxpayer giveaway mechanism named the “Delaware Prosperity Partnership”. Perhaps that corporate dominated cabal will accept applications for funding to restore the $27 million in cuts to education that have continued to date ( under the guise of flexible spending block grants) or the additional $31 million in cuts to public education in this year’s budget or maybe some of those poor and elderly former pharmaceutical assistance recipients could make their anguished cries heard.
    Representative John Kowalko

  8. john kowalko says:

    Last paragraph should read $27 million in cuts you made in 2009….
    John Kowalko