Trump’s “secret weapon”

By theUnderground, from around the web

Buckle up boys and girls because I’m about to blow your minds. But please, do not take my word for it. No, instead click the hyperlinks (below) and check my sources. And remember that not all sources are created equal, so you must ask yourselves, is this a reliable, verifiable source or do they have a vested interest in the transfer of this information?

In other words, I’m not making any money from this so I have absolutely no reasons to lie to you. I also don’t have a dog in this race. In other words, I do not support Hillary or Trump and here is why…

Think about this: Trump has been close friends with both Bill and Hillary Clinton for decades. He sought and gained favors from them and, in return, contributed to them as they moved forward politically. How is it possible that, suddenly, Hillary and Bill are Donald’s arch enemies? The simple answer is this: They are not.

That is all part of the hoodwinking of America. We are living in the most corrupt period of our great Republic. Crooked Hillary is the phantom candidate. 

Trump’s “secret weapon”

1.) DARK MONEY: In January 2017, Brad Parscale who previously spearheaded digital marketing for Trump’s 2016 campaign and other top Trump campaign aides formed America First Policies, a nonprofit “dark money” group geared toward pushing Trump’s agenda. 

Parscale told The Associated Press that the group created by Trump confidants — some tied to GOP megadonors Robert and Rebekah Mercer — was a “grassroots group” intended to “go out there and help with the agenda, help the White House be successful.”

America First Policies told the FEC that it spent $1.97 million in independent expenditures and $245,404 on electioneering communications in its first year of operation. But the “political campaign activities” spending it reported to the IRS for the same period was around twice that amount — $4.3 million — and its total spending reported for that period was even more.

America First Policies took an unprecedented step for a politically allied nonprofit: It started using three top polling firms from Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign to produce a steady stream of Trump-focused polls, strategy memos and reports that continue to this day.

The nonprofit America First Policies has a sister political action committee, America First Action. 

Although America First Policies itself does not reveal donors’ identities, the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) traced over a quarter of its funding to major corporate players, including Reynolds American and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), a trade group representing the drug company industry’s lobbying interests. 

New tax documents filed by another pro-Trump nonprofit, Great America Alliance, show it raised and spent around $3.4 million during that period. Unlike America First Policies, which reported millions more in previously undisclosed political spending in its new tax return, Great America Alliance claimed that it “educated voters through direct and indirect political advocacy messaging nationwide within the scope of applicable laws and regulations.” 

DARK MONEY FUNDS NAZI-HATE GROUPS

Juan Pablo Andrade, former Trump campaign advisor and current advisor to Trump-linked dark money group America First policies, spent some time influencing young people at a recent conference.

The conference was for Turning Point USA, Charlie Kirk’s hard-right answer to the College Republicans. And, Donald Trump had praise for TurningPoint USA, tweeting praise for the group as an “ever expanding group of very smart “thinkers,”

According to the 2016 IRS report, TPUSA more than doubled its donations in 2016 from just over $2 million to $4.3 million in 2016. It was seeded and funded by Foster Friess, the same billionaire who funded Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller.

Since its creation, TPUSA has received substantial donations from Friess, Home Depot’s Bernie Marcus, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Dick and Betsy DeVos and the Ed Uihlein Foundation.

These fine billionaire patriots are perfectly happy to fund aspiring young Nazis if they’ll help electing people to cut their taxes. That young man is being paid to stir the pot, keep young folks angry and hateful, and especially to elect more Republicans.

2.) TAX CUTS: Remember how Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, another plutocrat, described it last year? “Not only will this tax cut pay for itself,” he said, “but it will pay down the debt.”

We’ll soon be running a trillion-dollar deficit, up 32 percent this fiscal year, thanks to the tax cut. Wasn’t this the sort of thing that roused Tea Party opposition to President Obama — crippling our children with a legacy of debt?

It’s in Trump’s character to deride those without gold-plated bathroom fixtures as inferior. His people, as he said in a North Dakota non sequitur, have the best apartments and the nicest boats. But you don’t need what comes out of his mouth as proof of his class disdain. Look at the two biggest policy initiatives of his presidency.

By forcing borrowing costs up, the Trump deficit contributes to rising interest rates. That makes it much harder for working families to buy homes.

You allow yourself to be an easy mark for the insulting con of this presidency.

Indeed, the $5 trillion that President Donald Trump said his tax cuts would bring back into the country has, according to the Wall Street Journal, been more like $143 billion so far – or 97 percent short of his stated goal. Which is why it should be no surprise that the investment boom all this money was supposed to set off hasn’t materialized either.

Republicans were quite open about the fact that they had to cut corporate taxes or their moneymen would cut them off. “The financial contributions will stop,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., bluntly put it, if they let their tax bill get derailed like their health-care plan had.

3.) LIES MAKE RIGHT: Notorious “dark money” conduit Wellspring Committee gave $14.8 million to the primary spender on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation and paid $919,900 to the mysterious LLC that made a $1 million donation to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, according to a new tax return obtained Nov. 27 by the Center for Responsive Politics. 

Wellspring has acted as a conduit for large contributions from secretive donors since it was set up, effectively laundering multi-million dollar donations with no substantive disclosure or accountability.

Despite operating behind the scenes with a name unknown to most of the American public, Wellspring is at the crux of Ann and Neil Corkery’s network of politically active dark money groups, funneling millions from anonymous financiers to political causes they don’t want their names attached to — and doing ostensibly little else. 

One name that is tied to the mysterious LLC is Leonard Leo, the executive vice president at the Federalist Society, an influential conservative and libertarian legal organization.

Trump made his Supreme Court nominee selection of Brett Kavanaugh from a list that was pre-approved by the Federalist Society – a receptacle for the dark money that flows from the billionaire Charles Koch’s network of corporate polluters and democracy-killing front groups that got the Supreme Court to rubber stamp unlimited corporate money in political campaigns via the Citizens United decision in 2010.

According to the Desmog, using data compiled by the Conservative Transparency project, Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund are two of the largest dark money groups contributing to the Federalist Society. Donors Trust has given $13,494,100 in total while Donors Capital Fund has given another $11,366,368. The two nonprofits share the same address: 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 280, Alexandria, Virginia. The actual contributors behind those large sums remain anonymous as a result of the structure of the groups.

The Federalist Society has received another $4 million in total from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and another Koch-related group, the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation.

NBC reported that outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy “received assurances” from President Trump that if he retired, Judge Brett Kavanaugh — one of Kennedy’s former clerks — would be nominated to be his replacement.

In a 2009 law review article Kavanaugh argued that sitting presidents are above the law.

ON METADATA

“I do so because, in my view, the Government’s metadata collection program is entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment,” Kavanaugh wrote.

Kavanaugh went further, saying that even if the Section 215 metadata program was a search, it should be considered “reasonable” in the name of national security.

4.) FAKING IT: In 2000, 60 Minutes did a story on Koch Industries, shedding light on what one of the dissident brothers, Bill Koch, was alleging in Court documents. The report revealed that “Bill Koch filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that much of the oil collected by Koch Industries was stolen from federal lands. At the trial, 50 former Koch gaugers testified against the company, some in video depositions. They said Koch employees had a name for cheating on the measurements.” The theft was called the “Koch Method.”

The 60 Minutes report continued: “The company used the Koch method with virtually all its customers. In the 1980s alone, Koch records show those so-called adjustments brought the company 300 million gallons of oil it never paid for. And it was pure profit. Bill Koch says that profits from that oil were a minimum of $230 million…In December 1999, the jury found that Koch Industries did steal oil from the public and lied about its purchases – 24 thousand times.”

Restoring democracy in America begins with cleaning up the corporate kleptocracy that now runs the country through dark money, front groups, a corrupted Federal Court nominee process and an insidious political campaign financing system. Instead of looking at just Russian interference in our elections, all of the above belongs before an independent special counsel.

If the comedian George Burns were alive today to witness the current state of politics, he might say, “Authenticity is the key to winning elections. And if you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”

In the mind of many Americans, no one has been willing to “tell it like it is” for fear of political extinction.

A candidate going off script has become like a canteen of cold water to someone marooned in the desert. Many Americans have been yearning for someone to step forward and throw all caution to the wind in a stream of unrehearsed, spontaneous, plain-talk messaging.

5.) ISRAEL OWNS AMERICA: Pro-Likud billionaire: the Las Vegas-based casino mogul Sheldon Adelson spoke to Trump at an event in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition. Adelson helps to fund the group, and he owns a popular tabloid in Israel called Israel Hayom, which has long served as a loyal tribune for Netanyahu.

Trump and Adelson met in Las Vegas, and then again in New York. Adelson would endorsed Trump, but he informed him that he wanted a commitment to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Sheldon Adelson met with Trump, Kushner, and Bannon in New York. Adelson asked again about moving the Embassy. “We have to win this,” Bannon said at the meeting, according to someone familiar with the exchange. “If we don’t, forget about moving the Embassy.” Later, Adelson told associates that he had received a commitment that Trump would, if elected, announce the Embassy move on his first day in office. Soon after the meeting, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson started writing checks to back the campaign.

After Trump’s victory, Bannon began drafting his “Day One” project, a list of executive actions that Trump intended to take as soon as the swearing-in ceremony was over. At the top of the list was an executive order moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

M.B.Z. (Muhammad bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi) was equally determined to get an early foothold with Trump. On December 15, 2016, five weeks after the election, he flew to New York to see Kushner, Bannon, and Flynn. They met discreetly at the Four Seasons Hotel, instead of at Trump Tower, where there were always reporters in the lobby.

M.B.Z. adviser named George Nader helped arrange a meeting, at the crown prince’s resort in the Seychelles, between the Blackwater founder Erik Prince—a Bannon ally, and the brother of Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education—and Kirill Dmitriev, who ran Russia’s sovereign wealth fund and was close to Putin.

M.B.S. (Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman) described to an American visitor the division of labor. “We’re going to get the deal done,” M.B.S. said. “I’m going to deliver the Palestinians and he”—Trump—“is going to deliver the Israelis.” 

June 19, 2017: Trump sends Jared Kushner, to the Middle East to forge Israeli-Palestinian peace.

July 17, 2018: In a video clip aired by Israeli television, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted that Israel was responsible for US President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal.

TRUMP PLEDGES HIS ALLEGIANCE FOR ISRAEL

US President Donald Trump has reportedly signed a secret letter pledging not to strong-arm the Jewish state into relinquishing its nuclear weapons.

The US president’s backing came after Israel’s ambassador to the United States reportedly pressured the administration last year, raising the ire of American officials.

The rare moment of tension between the Israeli government and Trump White House in February 2017 came a month after Trump entered office and was said to devolve into yelling and profanity, according to a report by The New Yorker.

According to the report, Israel was looking for the fledgling Trump administration to sign off on an understanding first reached between prime minister Golda Meir and US president Richard Nixon, whereby Israel would neither declare, test or threaten to use nuclear weapons in exchange for the US not pushing Israel to join the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

While foreign sources have estimated Israel has an arsenal of dozens to hundreds of nuclear weapons, Israel has neither publicly confirmed or denied such reports in keeping with its policy of so-called nuclear ambiguity.

6.) CHINA/RUSSIA NUCLEAR WORLD WAR: The Trump administration is planning to launch a major, “administration-wide,” broadside against China, according to two sources briefed on the sensitive internal discussions.

“We’re not just going to let Russia be the bogeyman,” one White House official told me. “It’s Russia and China.” (And Iran and Venezuela and Cuba and the migrant caravans and the NFL and the democrats and the FED and Obama and Hillary and…)

  • The White House plans to unveil new information about China’s hostile actions against America’s public and private sectors, and to act on it.
  • Administration officials will call out China for its “malign activity” in cyberattacks, election interference and industrial warfare (e.g., intellectual property theft), an administration source told me.
  • The administration has marshaled tons of data to support its charges against China. “We are going to show how the Chinese have infiltrated the U.S. and what we are doing to counter it,” the source said.

Behind the scenes: “The push is coming from the national security apparatus,” the source added. “Cyber theft has been appearing more often in the PDBs [President’s Daily Brief].”

The greatest build-up of American-led military forces since the Second World War is well under way, in the northern hemisphere, on the western borders of Russia and in Asia and the Pacific, confronting China.

Almost two-thirds of US naval forces have been transferred to Asia and the Pacific.

The US has also encircled China with 400 military bases armed with bombers, warships and missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

These bases extend all the way from Australia to the Pacific islands, through Asia to Korea and Japan and across Eurasia to Afghanistan.

The island of Okinawa is an “aircraft carrier” of US military bases, their bombers aimed at China less than 500 miles away.

A mini nuclear war is being planned  

A study by think tank the RAND Corporation – which, since Vietnam, has planned America’s wars – is entitled, War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable.

Commissioned by the US Army, the authors evoke the Cold War when RAND made notorious the catch cry of its chief strategist, Herman Kahn – “thinking the unthinkable”. Kahn’s book, On Thermonuclear War, elaborated a plan for a “winnable” nuclear war.

According to Amitai Etzioni, professor of international Affairs at George Washington University, “the United States is preparing for a war with China, a momentous decision that so far has failed to receive a thorough review from elected officials, namely the White House and Congress.”

However, “for the first time,” wrote Gregory Kulacki of non-profit organisation the Union of Concerned Scientists, “China is discussing putting its nuclear missiles on high alert so that they can be launched quickly on warning of an attack …

Less than five minutes. This is the approximate time that would elapse from President Trump’s decision to launch a nuclear strike against China to shooting intercontinental ballistic missiles out of their silos, according to Bloomberg estimations. The publication, citing former Minuteman missile-launch officer Bruce G. Blair, also estimates that it would take about 15 minutes to fire submarine missiles from their tubes.

7.) THREATS AND PROMISES: The day after the midterm elections, Donald Trump held a press conference in which he expressed some anxiety about congressional investigations from House Democrats. The president threatened to expose “very questionable things” unnamed Dems have done, adding that he wouldn’t work with Congress on substantive issues if he disapproved of lawmakers’ oversight.

Yesterday, in an interview with the New York Post, Trump went a little further.

In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with The Post, President Trump said Wednesday that if House Democrats launched probes into his administration – which he called “presidential harassment” – they’d pay a heavy price.

“If they go down the presidential harassment track, if they want go and harass the president and the administration, I think that would be the best thing that would happen to me. I’m a counter-puncher and I will hit them so hard they’d never been hit like that,” he said during a 36-minute Oval Office sitdown.

Specifically, the president reportedly raised the prospect with the New York Post of declassifying materials related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Russia scandal, which he predicted would expose some kind of conspiracy linking the FBI, the Justice Department, and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

Democrats, Trump warned, “will see how devastating those pages are.”

He’s evidently not prepared to share this evidence now. Rather, the president wants the incoming Democratic House majority to believe he has leverage: if they investigate him, Trump will offer proof to substantiate his anti-Justice Department conspiracy theories.

If, right about now, you find yourself smirking and struggling to stifle a laugh, rest assured, you’re not alone.

On the surface, it’s hard not to notice that Trump seems awfully concerned about House Democratic scrutiny of his White House. Most modern presidents have had to deal with the opposition party controlling at least part of Congress, but no modern president has scrambled to publicly threaten lawmakers not to investigate executive-branch scandals.

I wonder why this is making him so nervous.

There’s also a degree of irony to the circumstances: in the same interview yesterday, Trump railed against “McCarthyism.” It created an unfortunate dynamic: the president simultaneously condemned the tactics of Joseph McCarthy and claimed to have “devastating” secret information that would embarrass his perceived political enemies – which, of course, was a standard McCarthy tactic.

But perhaps most important is the familiarity of the circumstances. Trump claimed to have secret information about Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) that would end his career, but that information didn’t exist. Trump claimed that by declassifying secret intelligence related to the Mueller probe, he could bolster Republican talking points. This tactic has already failedtwice.

It’s against this backdrop that Trump expects everyone to believe that he’s again sitting on secret information that would substantiate one of his favorite conspiracy theories, and he’ll release the “devastating” materials if Congress investigates his scandals. I have a hunch the incoming House Democratic majority isn’t overly concerned.

8.) BANKRUPTING AMERICA: The daily security costs for Trump Tower alone are estimated to be between $127,000 and $146,000, or roughly $50 million per year.

Trump’s decision to charge the Secret Service $60,000 for the use of Mar-a-Lago golf carts is a direct transfer of money from the public to the Trumps’ pockets.

The president is wasting the taxpayer’s money at a time when the country is too broke to properly fix health care, repair infrastructure, reform the tax system, adequately educate children, appropriately fund research, and, yes, even build Trump’s wall.

Six decades of deceitful accounting by both parties are to blame.

DRAINING THE SWAMP

• The pro-democracy rhetoric is still dutifully spouted by politicians and mass-media mouthpieces, but in practice the US is no longer a democracy. It has been turned into a lobbyist’s paradise in which the lobbyists are no longer confined to the lobby but have installed themselves in congressional offices and are drafting prodigious quantities of legislation to suit the private interests of corporations and oligarchs. Nor is the American penchant for democracy traceable in the support the US lavishes on dictatorships around the world or in its increasing tendency to enact and enforce extraterritorial laws without international consent.

• Laissez-faire capitalism is also very much dead, supplanted by crony capitalism nurtured by a thorough melding of Washington and Wall Street elites. Private enterprise is no longer free but concentrated in a handful of giant corporations while about a third of the employed population in the US works in the public sector. The US Department of Defense is the largest single employer in the country as well as in the whole world. About 100 million of working-age able-bodied Americans do not work. Most of the rest work in service jobs, producing nothing durable. An increasing number of people is holding onto a precarious livelihood by working sporadic gigs. The whole system is fueled—including parts of it that actually produce the fuel, such as the fracking industry—by debt. No sane person, if asked to provide a workable description of capitalism, would come up with such a derelict scheme.

• Free trade was talked up until very recently, if not actually implemented. Unimpeded trade over great distances is the sine qua non of all empires, the US empire included. In the past, warships and the threat of occupation were used to force countries, such as Japan, to open themselves up to international trade. Quite recently, the Obama administration was quite active in its attempts to push through various transoceanic partnerships, but none of them have succeeded. And now Trump has set about wrecking what free trade there was by a combination of sanctions and tariffs, in a misguided attempt to rekindle America’s lost greatness by turning inward. Along the way, sanctions on the use of the US dollar in international trade, especially with key energy exporting nations such as Iran and Venezuela, are accelerating the process by which the US dollar is being dethroned as the world’s reserve currency, demolishing America’s exorbitant privilege of endless money-printing.

The US military is still huge, but it is quite flaccid. It is no longer able to field a ground force of any size and confines itself to aerial bombardment, training and arming of “moderate terrorists” and mercenaries, and pointless steaming about the oceans. None of the recent military adventures have resulted in anything resembling peace on terms that the American planners had originally envisioned or have ever considered desirable: Afghanistan has been turned into a terrorist incubator and a heroin factory; Iraq has been absorbed into a continuous Shia crescent that now runs from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.

US military bases are still found throughout the world. They were meant to project American power over both hemispheres of the globe, but they have been largely neutralized by the advent of new long-range precision weapons, potent air defense technology and electronic warfare wizardry. These numerous “lily pads,” as they are sometimes called, are the opposite of military assets: they are useless but expensive targets located in places that are hard to defend but easy for potential adversaries to attack. They can only be used for pretend-combat, and the endless series of military training exercises, such as the ones in the Baltic statelets, right on the Russian border, or the ones in South Korea, that are meant to be provocative.

Around the world, the US is still loathed, but it is feared less and less: a fatal trend for an empire. But America has done quite well in militarizing its local police departments, so that when the time comes it will be ready to go to war… against itself.

Having witnessed one collapse, and now witnessing another, the one approach I would definitely not recommend is doing nothing and hoping for the best.

Remember, the markets always surge before the crash. We’ve had the surge, so we know what comes next.

When the U.S. economic collapse occurs, it will happen quickly. Get prepared now.

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