Hits and Misses

Hits and Misses

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Trump on health care

Speaking to the assembled governors a few days ago, Trump exclaimed, "I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject.  Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated."

Well, no, not quite:  anyone who worked on the Affordable Care Act would have known.  Anyone who actually read about the act would have known--but Trump doesn't read anything, apparently, except his teleprompter and glowing press clippings about how wonderful he is.

What I find most remarkable is that he actually said this.  Trump has little or no idea about how complex his job is.  It's much to the point that he assumes that everyone shares his own level of ignorance:  "Nobody knew."  Our only hope is that Trump will continue to learn how much he doesn't know.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Trump vs. Truth: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

On February 10th, I posted about Gregg Phillips, a self-proclaimed expert on so-called voter fraud in last November's presidential election.  It turns out he was registered to vote in three different states!

The credibility of Gregg Phillips is also one of the topics highlighted by John Oliver in his most recent show, "Trump vs. Truth:  Last Week Tonight."  If you haven't seen the show, it's well worth watching:

https://youtu.be/xecEV4dSAXE

Seen or Heard on the Street about Trump, #5


Friday, February 10, 2017

You Have to Laugh: Voter Fraud

We all know that the Democrats fraudulently rigged the vote for the presidency, right?  That's why Hillary beat Trump in the popular vote:  voter fraud!

I just caught up on one instance of fraudulent registration, and golly gosh, guess whom it concerns?  None other than Gregg Phillips, one of Trump's go-to experts on this topic!  Here's what Salon reported on Jan. 31, 2017--you just have to laugh:

"A man who President Donald Trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during the 2016 presidential election, the Associated Press has learned.

"Gregg Phillips, whose unsubstantiated claim that the election was marred by 3 million illegal votes was tweeted by the president, was listed on the rolls in Alabama, Texas and Mississippi, according to voting records and election officials in those states. He voted only in Alabama in November, records show.

"In a post earlier this month, Phillips described 'an amazing effort' by volunteers tied to True the Vote, an organization whose board he sits on, who he said found 'thousands of duplicate records and registrations of dead people.'

"Trump has made an issue of people who are registered to vote in more than one state, using it as one of the bedrocks of his overall contention that voter fraud is rampant in the U.S. and that voting by 3 to 5 million immigrants illegally in the country cost him the popular vote in November.

"The AP found that Phillips was registered in Alabama and Texas under the name Gregg Allen Phillips, with the identical Social Security number. Mississippi records list him under the name Gregg A. Phillips, and that record includes the final four digits of Phillips’ Social Security number, his correct date of birth and a prior address matching one once attached to Gregg Allen Phillips. He has lived in all three states.

"At the time of November’s presidential election, Phillips’ status was 'inactive' in Mississippi and suspended in Texas. Officials in both states told the AP that Phillips could have voted, however, by producing identification and updating his address at the polls.

"Citing concerns about voters registered in several states, the president last week called for a major investigation into his claim of voter fraud, despite his campaign lawyer’s conclusion that the 2016 election was 'not tainted.'

"'When you look at the people that are registered, dead, illegal and two states, and some cases maybe three states, we have a lot to look into,' Trump said in an ABC interview [DJT's incoherence; my emphasis]."

Oh, and Mr. President?  While you're investigating this topic, would you mind glancing at how many black and Hispanic votes were suppressed by legislative rulings in the states of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas after the Supreme Court ruled in Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder (2013) that those states no longer needed to comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965?  Just a thought!