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US Postal Workers take an Oath

The oath says the person will solemnly swear to:
Support and defend the Constitution of the United States
Protect the U.S. against all foreign and domestic enemies
Be faithful and allegiant to the U.S.
Take this oath freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion
Faithfully discharge the "duties of the office" of their job

It's not likely a private entity will require employees to take an oath such as this. In fact, a privatized Post Office will have no reason to support this oath at all. They'll be in it to make money for their shareholders just like any other corporation.
If tRump is discussing privatizing he's likely been conversing with entities eager to purchase and offer him whatever it takes to do so.

And because he accuses others of the exact things he's doing, beware when he says vote by mail is ripe for fraud. A privatized Post Office may be more likely to do tRump's bidding. His "deals" tend to work out for him but not so much for others.
Posted by NoRoadUntravelled | Fri Apr 24, 2020, 07:15 PM (5 replies)

Americans at World Health Organization transmitted real-time information about coronavirus to Trump

Source: Washington Post

More than a dozen U.S. researchers, physicians and public health experts, many of them from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were working full time at the Geneva headquarters of the World Health Organization as the novel coronavirus emerged late last year and transmitted real-time information about its discovery and spread in China to the Trump administration, according to U.S. and international officials.

A number of CDC staff members are regularly detailed to work at the WHO in Geneva as part of a rotation that has operated for years. Senior Trump-appointed health officials also consulted regularly at the highest levels with the WHO as the crisis unfolded, the officials said.

he presence of so many U.S. officials undercuts President Trump’s assertion that the WHO’s failure to communicate the extent of the threat, born of a desire to protect China, is largely responsible for the rapid spread of the virus in the United States.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/americans-at-world-health-organization-transmitted-real-time-information-about-coronavirus-to-trump-administration/ar-BB12St5R?ocid=spartandhp

He knew.
Posted by NoRoadUntravelled | Sun Apr 19, 2020, 06:20 PM (10 replies)

How much lower do oil prices have to go

before Exxon Mobile starts laying off members of congress?
Posted by NoRoadUntravelled | Sun Apr 19, 2020, 01:15 PM (6 replies)

The Treasury Department's encouragement to big banks slammed as "beyond predatory"

This is cruel.

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"After a third of U.S. renters couldn't make rent this month, the Treasury Department is pointing out opportunities for banks and debt collectors to steal Americans' relief checks out from under them," Jeremy Funk, spokesperson for consumer advocacy group Allied Progress, said in a statement responding to Kent's comments.

"It's the middle of a pandemic," said Funk. "This money should be going toward food, rent, and medicine—it's not the time to hand out favors to debt collection industry donors or pad some big bank's bottom line," said Funk. "Secretary Mnuchin needs to ensure that these $1,200 checks go straight into Americans pockets where they belong."

Posted by NoRoadUntravelled | Fri Apr 17, 2020, 10:03 AM (4 replies)

Paper Stimulus Checks to Have Trump's Name on Them

It's like getting a campaign flyer with the candidate's name delivered to your mailbox. But this one is special. You can cash it.
Posted by NoRoadUntravelled | Wed Apr 15, 2020, 01:25 AM (13 replies)

CDC, FEMA have created a plan to reopen America. Here's what it says.

Source: Washington Post

A team of government officials — led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — has created a public health strategy to combat the coronavirus and reopen parts of the country.

CDC and FEMA officials have worked on the public health response for at least the past week, and the resulting document by the two agencies has been discussed at the White House including by members of the coronavirus task force, according to two administration officials speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

President Trump wants a final detailed plan on reopening the country ready within days so he can issue suggestions for some states to reopen May 1, officials said.

Within the White House, one senior administration official said, Trump has been so insistent on the reopening that some officials worry only a narrow window exists to provide information to change the president’s mind or to ensure that the effort to reopen does not significantly add to the country’s still rising number of infections and deaths. The president has not committed to following the guidelines delineated in the draft.


Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/cdc-fema-have-created-a-plan-to-reopen-america-heres-what-it-says/ar-BB12DkUj?ocid=spartandhp

Further detailed info contained within the Washington Post piece.
Posted by NoRoadUntravelled | Tue Apr 14, 2020, 06:31 PM (33 replies)

Great News for the Millionaires. Not so good for the rest of us.


More than 80 percent of the benefits of a tax change tucked into the coronavirus relief package Congress passed last month will go to those who earn more than $1 million annually, according to a report by a nonpartisan congressional body expected to be released Tuesday.

The provision, inserted into the legislation by Senate Republicans, temporarily suspends a limitation on how much owners of businesses formed as “pass-through” entities can deduct against their nonbusiness income, such as capital gains, to reduce their tax liability. The limitation was created as part of the 2017 Republican tax law to offset other tax cuts to firms in that legislation.
Suspending the limitation will cost taxpayers about $90 billion in 2020 alone, part of a set of tax changes that will add close to $170 billion to the national deficit over the next 10 years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), the nonpartisan congressional body.

On a personal note: My husband and I just filed our tax returns. Everything's the same as last year. Everything. Yet we paid more tax this year. The idea of retired people on fixed incomes supplementing corporate profits and CEO pay does not make for warm fuzzy feelings. I'd rather pay extra tax dollars to feed hungry children, renew & replace out of date and vulnerable infrastructure, take care of our veterans, the list goes on and on.
Posted by NoRoadUntravelled | Tue Apr 14, 2020, 02:46 PM (5 replies)

What Do Countries With The Best Coronavirus Reponses Have In Common? Women Leaders

Posted by NoRoadUntravelled | Mon Apr 13, 2020, 10:33 PM (8 replies)

'The Authority is Total':Trump claims he has power to decide when state reopen

Source: Washington Examiner

Trump made the remarks at a White House news conference on Monday, which reiterated tweets from him earlier in the day in which he said that reopening states was not up to governors but “is the decision of the president.”

“The president of the United States has the authority to do what the president has the authority to do, which is very powerful. The president of the United States calls the shots,” Trump said. "If we weren’t here for the states, you would’ve had a problem in this country like you’ve never seen before.

“It’s a decision for the president of the United States. Now with that being said, we’re going to work with the states because it’s very important,” he added but emphasized that “they can’t do anything without the approval of the president of the United States.”

“When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total, and that's the way it's got to be. It’s total, and the governors know that,” Trump said during the news conference.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-authority-is-total-trump-claims-he-has-power-to-decide-when-states-reopen/ar-BB12zYXV?ocid=spartandhp

No words. I have no words...
Posted by NoRoadUntravelled | Mon Apr 13, 2020, 08:17 PM (19 replies)

It Was Just a Matter of Time. Trump lashes out at Fauci


Of course it was on twitter. He retweeted with the hashtag "#TimeToFireFauci"
Posted by NoRoadUntravelled | Sun Apr 12, 2020, 10:17 PM (15 replies)
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