The Hill @hehill
White House maintenance requests show building infested with cockroaches and vermin [….]
2:55 PM – 30 Nov 2017
Oh, wait, that was a wretched hive of scum and villainy. It must depend on the galaxy.
You sure about this? That running for U.S. Senate thing?
Today, via Twitter, from Josh Hawley (r):
Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
Appreciate the support from @realdonaldtrump
3:14 PM – 29 Nov 2017
Yep, he’s gonna be wearing this for close to a year.
Some of the responses:
He supports nazis too. So there’s that.
Someone won the Internets today.
Today – just stood on stage and happily enabled a man who has bragged about abusing women, endorses pedophile Roy Moore, and has lied about nearly all of his promises to the working people.
Today, Josh merrily wed himself to an immoral, lying con artist.
How does if feel, Josh?
just bookmarking this one for later
It will be like a smell you can’t escape after inadvertently stepping in something in the barn yard…
Sold your soul today, congrats Josh
Did you tweet this on purpose?
Hmmm, I guess you’ll take support wherever you can get it. I’d likely stay far away from a racist soon to be impeached traitor but hey, do as you must.
Today Trump gave support to you & a convicted religious bigot in England. So, uh, congrats or something
You appreciate Trump’s support? Well, that’s just shameful.
Missouri resident and voter
Yeahhhh, that doesn’t help you at all.
Sad that you are happy about support from a racist pig and pathological lier Josh!
Birds of a feather… Josh, you suck.
Congratulations, there is a special place in hell for you too!
Good to know you are supported by a flagrant racist, demagogue and serial perpetrator of sexual abuse. I’ll do whatever I can to make sure you lose.
Luther Strange says hello!
You’re really hitching your wagon to this? Godspeed.
Why would you stand with this immoral imbecile? Sold ur soul. SHAME
Representative Vicky Harzler (r) flew into Missouri today on Air Force One as a guest of Donald Trump:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
On the way to Missouri with @POTUS to tell Missourians how #taxreform will help their families.
8:22 AM – 29 Nov 2017
Some of the responses:
It won’t. It only helps the rich.
Two liars together, how grand for Missouri, add Blunt to the mix and there will be no stopping the lies. Hey, Vicky be sure to mention the cuts to Medicare and future cuts to Social Security when all these tax cuts blow up. #LiesMatter
Ma’am, not ONE non-partisan organization has come out in favor of this tax bill. It will end up raising taxes on those making $75k or less. You’re lying to your constituents. You’re only working for yourself and your donors. Shame on you. #TaxScamBill
You are not listening to your constituents, we DO NOT WANT THIS TAX BILL!! Oh wait, sorry, you’re all about corporate interests.
Stop lying to Missourians! We don’t want this tax bill! Thanks, but no thanks.
Don’t spit on my face and tell me it’s raining, Ms. Hartzler.
Tell him to change the plan so it helps people who make under $100,000 and not the upper 1%.
He is going to St. Charles and not St. Louis because St. Charles is the richest county in Missouri. This tax bill will hurt those making under $75k.
You must not be with many people, only helps the mega rich.
I’m sickened by potus daily spewing of hate, racism & division. His tweets today were unusually vile even for him. Trump is mentally unstable & you’re complacent. How far Vicky til we reach point of no return? Or have we already arrived there?
How do you feel about Trump supporting a global white supremacist movement? Do you think that is a Christian value?
This tax bill helps the rich & Corporations only and you know it, please announce that open enrollment for ACA ends December 15 and Missourians need to get coverage before then. And watch over the young women Trump likes to “grab them by the pussy” (his exact words)!
So in other words….to LIE to Missourians?? This state is full of people who make less than $75,000 a year ma’am who will get a tax INCREASE. We are not dumb or blind. This is a give away to the rich and it will cost alot of Congress its job if it goes through.
you are a liar
You’re tax bill screws the middle and lower income people. Screw you and trump for trying to get folks to believe your bullshit.
How about your support for pedophiles and retweeting terrorism propaganda. Can we talk about that?
It won’t. You are a liar. Hold a public town hall.
In the name of transparency, share with us how big YOUR tax cut will be.
You mean lie to them don’t you???? How can you live with yourself?????
Hitching your wagon to his is going to end your career.
Here…let me help you…IT WON’T. #voteno it’s a #DonorReliefPlan
Weird how every respectable economist says that you are wrong. Then again, since are too scared to meet with your constituents, you probably have no idea what would help Missouri families.
GOP Rep. Ann Wagner must have a fixation on The Wizard of Oz because she spends lots of time creating straw men – and like the straw man in the story, they are all equally brainless. Witness her comments justifying President Moron’s efforts to rescind climate and consumer friendly regulations enacted during the Obama years:
“Everyone pays for the cost of compliance by government overreach, and it was on steroids during the Obama administration,” said Wagner, who said that an aversion to government regulation had been in “my DNA” since she was 12 or 13 and she saw her father and mother have to replace a new sign in their carpet store because it was a few inches too wide.
My heart breaks. The sheer inconvenience of all that overreach. Just imagine having to get a new sign.
Of course, my heart also nearly broke when my husband and I finally faced up to the fact of my 84 year old mother-in-laws’ increasing dementia and took over her finances. Imagine our surprise when we examined investments sold to her by her long-time (small) bank and learned that not only was she being sold highly risky securities, but that they were being sold over and over (the technical term is “churned”), generating comfortable commissions for the financial “advisor.” That discovery was nothing, though, compared to the statement she had been given to sign asserting that she had sufficient expertise to understand the risks of the investments made in her name. Bear in mind that this was a woman who couldn’t understand her electric bill – and who insisted that the banker in question took good care of her investments because she, the banker, was a “vice-president” and such a friendly woman who appreciated my mother-n-law’s long history with the bank.
Ann Wagner worked hard to dismantle the fiduciary regulations promulgated during the Obama years that would have insured that this type of behavior was unthinkable. Of course, to hear her tell it, she was actually insuring that elderly investors could get financial advice – advisors might chose, she implies, to refuse to work with such folks if they can’t fleece them.
Wagner’s ecstatic about Trump’s efforts to neuter the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – an agency that saved consumers billions over the past few years, but got under the skin of the big bankers for whom Wagner is the main Girl Friday in Congress. She’s been one of the most enthusiastic congressional cheerleaders for dismantling the Dodd-Frank bill that created the agency. I didn’t, however, hear anything from our gal in D.C. when my 401(k) lost half its value in 2008 – thanks to the unregulated shenanigans of those very bankers. Evidently her DNA doesn’t permit her to consider problems bigger than daddy’s store’s sign.
Then, of course, there are the regulations proposed by Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Rolling back rules that would lessen harmful emissions will, of course, have devastating effect on efforts to slow and mitigate climate change. But that’s long-range stuff. Republicans like Wagner don’t have any use for that type of long term thinking – there’s no money in it after all.
But let me tell you a story that has implications for short as well as long range issues if these rules are successfully weakened. Fifteen years ago, when I announced my upcoming move to St. Louis, a colleague told me to be sure, when we bought a house, to buy on the east side of the Mississippi or far out in the West County. The reason: pollution. He explained to me that St. Louis is located in the center of a bowl shaped area with higher ground east and west. Pollution tends to settle in the city and its near suburbs, especially in warm weather. This gentleman had formerly worked in St. Louis and sold his house to move further out into the western higher suburbs – he eventually left the St. Louis region altogether to take a lower paying job – after the birth of a child who suffered from cystic fibrosis. His family and their doctors believed that it was literally a matter of life and death for the child given the pollution levels in the city.
Somehow, when it comes to regulation, Rep. Wagner’s parents’ sign doesn’t seem nearly as dire as the respiratory plight of folks in St. Louis which has ranked high on the list of most-polluted cities for many years (although data was not available for the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2016 Report). Yet I’ve heard not a word of protest from Rep. Wagner as our intrepid President King Moron and his minion at the EPA, Scott Pruitt, try to undercut the Clean Power Plan.
Of course, there are probably some regulations that go too far. But shouldn’t our Congresspersons be going after those specific rules rather than than whole classes of rules that protect our health and financial well-being? Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill certainly seems to be able to hone in on real overreach when it happens without doing harm to regulations essential for our well-being:
… Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is trying to repeal a rule requiring a magician from Springfield, Mo., to register his rabbit with the federal government and to have a disaster evacuation plan for the bunny. “I am not against getting rid of regulations that make no sense and make businesses jump through hoops that aren’t necessary, […] But I am not going to let them dismantle the EPA. I am going to do everything I can to fight Scott Pruitt because they are nominating people (to administer federal environmental programs) that can’t cite one clear air regulation they agree with.”
So if Senator McCaskill is capable of making such critical distinctions, why can’t Rep. Wagner and her pals? Does she have to insult our intelligence by claiming that all regulations are equal?
Perhaps The Wizard of Oz does really give us the answer to what’s going on in the mind of Republicans like Wagner. Not only does it feature a brainless straw man, but he’s enabled by a heartless tin man and a cowardly lion. Kinda like Wagner’s Republican party under Trump: brainless, heartless and, most importantly, cowardly folks who jump when their donors crack the whip.
This morning in Springfield:
We (@swmo_now and @sgf_indivisible )
are here staging a sit-in at the office of @RoyBlunt . Call his office NOW to tell him you oppose the #TrumpTaxScam (417) 877-7814 @IndivisibleTeam
10:10 AM – 27 Nov 2017
Is there a really good pizza place in Springfield that delivers?
Governor Eric Greitens failed this week in his latest attempt to sell out Missouri education – the State Board of Education voted 4-4 not to fire the highly regarded Commissioner of Education, Margie Vandeven. This is remarkable because Greitens hasn’t even tried to hide the fact that he has attempted to pack the board with puppets who will do his political bidding and clear the deck, allowing him to bring a charter and school privatization advocate in from out of state to lead Missouri schools.
Of course this most recent failure does not mean that Vandeven and Missouri’s public School system are home safe. What it has done, though, has allowed us to witness a nasty little temper tantrum from the boy Governor – who seems to take his behavioral cues from our emotionally unstable and truth-challenged President. Not only was the public statement he issued after the vote an exercise in puerile ranting, but he also got lots of his facts wrong, or at the very least, twisted.
Greitens’ diatribe seemed to have two foci: (1) He praises himself, asserting that he’s responsible for putting “more money into schools than ever before in Missouri history.” (Who does that sound like? Hint, starts with “T.”) (2) He accuses selfish and greedy administrators of grabbing all those extra goodies for themselves. Needless to say, this mix of self-glorification and spite needs to be taken with a grain of salt – make that a great big grain. Make that several great big grains.
Greitens is probably correct that Missouri spends about the national average on our schools. Education Week’s annual 2016 Quality Counts report ranks Missouri 31st in measures of K-12 financing. Although Greitens toured the state last spring asserting that his budget would increase K-12 spending by 4.1%, Politifact Missouri dug into the facts and put Greitens’ proposed increase at 0. 613%. Some difference, right? It’s not likely that Greitens’ K-12 spending has moved the state too far from its slightly less than mediocre position. Are you satisfied with mediocrity? Evidently Greitens is. Better yet, do you trust a politician who exaggerates and misleads about things like education funding?
As for Greitens’ claim that he and his fellow Republicans have funded K-12 education fully “for the first time in years,” wise folks will keep in mind that that feat was accomplished by changing the funding formula downwards to fit the funds rather than fitting the funds to the established formula. Kinda bass ackwards, as the old guys say.
Nor should we forget that increasing K-12 education at a time when revenues are not adequate to fund state obligations entails not funding other programs. Greitens and his GOP pals threw elementary schools a pittance while decimating higher education. Our colleges and universities still count as “education” last I heard – and as a resource do as much and likely more to foster economic growth in the state than the tax cuts for businesses that Greitens champions.
Finally, I don’t think that there’s much evidence that greedy administrators are really the problem with the resource-starved Missouri schools. A report formulated using data through 2014 showed Missouri spending per K-12 student to be $9,418. Out of that sum only $1024 financed school and general administration – the lion’s share went to instruction and instructional support. The per student expenditure has increased in 2016 to $10,689 , but I can find no evidence that school administrators – folks with major responsibility for making schools function well in hard times – have been wallowing in the trough of Greitens’ financial largess. Top administrative salaries, such as that received by Vandeven – a nationally recognized educator – seem to be in line with those in similar positions nationally.
Nor is it clear, as Greitens claims, that no teachers have or will receive raises – teachers salaries are negotiated within various school districts and owe as much to property taxes as to putative state windfalls. I’m sure I’ve read reports of districts where teachers will receive raises next year. Overall, teacher salaries have bumped up 3.9% over the last decade – inadequate, but better than nothing.
If this represents the reasoning Greitens is using to justify privatizing and, at the very least, deregulating (i.e. deunionizing) public education via “school choice ” and charters, we should be very worried. Charters have not shown themselves to be the cure-all their advocates claim. But wanna know what does work? Adequate resources targeted where needed. And that means resources that can be utilized to provide social support – stressed out kids living in abject poverty do not perform well in school without environmental intervention.
So what does this mean for Greitens? If he’s really interested in improving education he should stop playing politics with the board, forget about more rich-folks tax cuts, stop exaggerating grand funding gestures that don’t amount to much, and make sure we really and truly fund education to the extent needed. That indeed might be an historical first in the state, at least when viewed over the past few decades. But don’t hold your breath.
In education, as in other policy matters involving Republicans nowadays, we need to follow the money trail. Greitens has taken scads of campaign funds from Betsy DeVos – the least qualified Education Secretary probably ever – and other school-choice advocates, so we can probably forget about honest efforts to reform education and resign ourselves to three years of politicized DeVos style education reform. Greitens clearly takes his orders from his bosses. Unless the courts step in and save us from his high-handed efforts to impose political control over the Board of Education, we just have to hope that we can undo the harm these folks will do if given free rein.
Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for another instantly funded republican state House of Representatives campaign:
C171336 11/22/2017 Sharpe For Rep Gregory Sharpe 22364 St Hwy 156 Ewing MO 63440 Farmer/Seed Sales 11/22/2017 $50,000.00
Well, isn’t that nice? Couldn’t he have just waited for a right wingnut millionaire funded PAC to kick in the funds? Just asking.
The committee (and candidacy) is new:
C171336: Sharpe For Rep
Committee Type: Candidate
Party Affiliation: Republican
22364 State Highway 156
Ewing Mo 63440
Established Date: 10/27/2017
22364 State Highway 156
Ewing Mo 63440