Archive for October, 2016

Early Voting Begins Wednesday, October 19th

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

12931245_1593623430963751_8337854735101877452_nEarly voting in Tennessee begins October 19, 2016 and ends Thursday, November 3, 2016. In Erwin, you can vote at the Election Commission downtown Erwin, TN.

The Unicoi County Democratic Party urges you to vote for Hillary Clinton. She is the only qualified candidate for president. She has spent her life of service working for the poor and middle class. Hillary Clinton will make an excellent president. Go to Hillary Clinton’s website to learn more about her life of service and policies to more America forward.13631554_10202035292160011_573393441831653436_n

Trump Attacks

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

As Trump’s campaign implodes, he is increasing his claims that the election is rigged against him. Trump’s words appear to be designed to prepare his supporters for imminent defeat.

Trump continues to erode support for our democratic system by false claims that conspiracy is underway against him. Today, he twitted, “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary — but also at many polling places — SAD,”

As is the norm, his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, spent the day trying to undo Trump claims. Pence said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he and Mr. Trump “will absolutely accept the result of the election.”

His mislead supporters appear to believe Trump’s words, as violence continues to grow at his events. It appears he is attempting to dampen turnout and/or cause his supporters to deny the legitimacy of the results if he loses.

American elections are void of fraud at any level, but some fear that Trump’s false charge of fraud is destabilizing the election by encouraging his supporters to monitor the election in areas where opposition support [large cities] will be large. Will violence occur in these areas as a result of stirring up his wing-nut supporters? Will we experience an Election Day fiasco?

The game Trump is playing is very dangerous and poses a threat to our democracy. This is the type of thing that happens in a banana republic under the directive of a third world dictator. This tactic is reminiscent of the threats to jail Hillary Clinton, something dictators do to political opposition. His behavior [much like a dictator] is designed to create disturbance and if played out in polling places across the country, has the potential to destabilize the election.

His conduct continues to place down ballet Republicans candidates in a difficult position as they balance winning their elections by distancing themselves from Trump without a angering many of their voters who fervently support Trump. Trump is creating the perfect storm from the Republican Party.

Republican governors are being forced by Trump’s stump speech warning of election fraud to ensure elections in their states will be conducted fairly. Many Republicans and Americans are appalled at Trump’s claims of widespread fraud, which goes to the heart of our democracy.

Trump’s loyal supporters decry insurrection and revolution should [when] Trump is defeated. Violence at his rallies increases and he incites violence against the press and those who oppose him.

As Trump’s campaign surrogates [Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani] join him in questioning the fairness of the electoral process by suggesting that Democrats tend to cheat in elections and count votes from dead people.

Civil rights groups have begun to express alarm at remarks from Mr. Trump that they see as rallying his supporters to intimidate minorities at the polls. It is very dangerous when Trump promotes “vigilante” poll watching.

Earlier this week, President Obama, pointed blame directly at the Republican Party for the rise of Trump and the hate he incites. By remaining silent they have created the monster that now roams the countryside terrorizing the Republican Party. Trump is the same monster that threatens to tear the Republican Party apart and it appears that he has no problem tearing the United States apart as he uses hatred to rally his supporters against his opposition.

Sadly, our democracy relies on confidence in election results, a confidence that Trump is eroding

The Master Con Artist

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

anopeThe New York Times has discovered that Donald Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for almost two decades.

The 1995 tax records disclosed the excessive tax benefits that Trump gained from the financial ruin he created in the early 1990s through mismanagement of his three Atlantic City casinos, his busted attempt in the airline business and his failed purchase of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.

Tax experts have concluded that Trump’s 1995 records entitled him use his $916 million loss to cancel out an equivalent amount of taxable income over two decades.

Trump has refused to disclose his tax records and his taxable income in subsequent years is as yet unknown.

Trump surrogates have attempted to [unsuccessfully] paint Trump as a “genius” because he played the system and skirted his tax responsibilities while rising from the ashes of ruin to a business success.

It is uncertain how undecided voters will view his failure to pay taxes or truth about his dismal business skills. Recently, Trump criticized middle class and poor people who did not pay taxes. He also falsely touts his business successful as a strength in his presidential run for the White House.

Trump refuses to make his tax returns public, because he said… he is being audited by the Internal Revenue Service. In the first debate, Hillary Clinton suggested Mr. Trump was refusing to release his tax returns so voters would not know “he’s paid nothing in federal taxes,” and when she also pointed out that Mr. Trump had once revealed to casino regulators that he paid no federal income taxes in the late 1970s – Mr. Trump replied, “That makes me smart.” Does not paying taxes really make a rich person smart of just greedy?

In reflection, the truth about the Trump success or lack thereof is best said during his business slump. “Simply put, the [Trump] organization is in dire financial straits,” the casino regulators concluded.

In 1990 Trump’s boasted of success and flaunted his jetsetter lifestyle, but his business consisted of an array of smoking mirrors and failing enterprises. Many top executives had departed the Trump Organization, and those who remained often whispered and worried about the pending doom.

Trump’s business financial failure was a closely held secret until this past weekend, when The New York Times published portions of Mr. Trump’s 1995 tax records that showed massive business losses of $916 million in 1995.

For a single businessman to declare losses approaching $1 billion is the ultimate in business failure. One thing is clear – Mr. Trump at the helm of his business empire since the 1980s led to its nearly imploding. Trump’s self-proclaimed business acumen proves to be yet another scam by the master snake oil salesman.

Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, likes to portray himself now as a self-made man who began life with what he has characterized as a meager $1 million advance from his father. That figure is grossly understated as is the support his father provided him over the years.

But even in his darkest moment, Trump continues to lean on his daddy’s wealth, this time to ride out his personal financial failure.

Trump is a master showman and con-artist. He has scammed his way to the nominee of one of America’s two political parties by playing on the fears and hatred of some and now he is just a victory away from the White House.

One question remains… will he be exposed as the con-artist he is or will he con his way into the White House?