Saturday, November 18, 2017

As you already know, Donald Trump is a pants-on-fire category liar

Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim about the estate tax, small businesses and farms.  (PolitiFact, 9/28/2017)
The estate tax was first established in 1916 to offset a decline in tariff revenue caused by the first World War, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Congress has tinkered with it many times throughout the years.

Policy Basics:  The Estate Tax.  (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 8/14/2017)
The federal estate tax is levied only on the portion of an estate’s value that exceeds the exemption level, minus deductions, such as for charitable giving. Largely because of its generous exemption levels, only the wealthiest 0.2 percent of estates pay any estate tax, and typically at fairly moderate rates. The tax also affects very few small farms and businesses.

Related post:
Tax relief for the very, very rich.  (11/18/2017)

Tax relief for the very, very rich

An elite group that, along with Mnuchin, includes 
  • President Trump
  • education secretary Betsy DeVos
  • commerce secreteary Wilbur Ross
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
  • transportation secretary Elaine Chao (wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) 
  • agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue
  • housing secretary Ben Carson
  • National Economic Council chief Gary Cohn

Mnuchin quoted in Only the Most Wealthy, Including Trump, Gin From Estate Tax's Repeal.  (The New York Times, 11/16/2017)
Republicans want to shrink the numbers further. In the Senate’s proposed tax bill, exempted income would temporarily double to $11 million per person [up from $5.49 million] — $22 million [up from $11 million] for a couple — during the next decade. If those rules had been imposed last year, the number of estates owing money under the tax would have been no more than 2,204 — fewer than 0.1 percent of the total.

UPDATE: Alabama governor Kay Ivey in so many words: If we have to elect a sexual predator to the senate so be it

Photo credit:  Wikipedia

Quoted in Gov. Kay Ivey to vote for Roy Moore in U.S. Senate race.  (, 11/17/2017)

Original 11/17/2017 post, "Piggybacking on Roy Moore:  Hypocritical, lost-in-the-wilderness religious right will use any and all means to end abortion", starts here.

Photo credit:  Right Wing Watch

Religious Right Extremists Say Roy Moore Will Defend Against 'LGBT Transgender Mafia'.  (The New Civil Rights Movement, 11/16/2017)

Rerlated reading:
Roy Moore and the Sorry State of Evangelical Politics.  (The New York Times, 11/15/2017)
Roy Moore’s success among evangelical voters — like Donald Trump’s — is a consequence of the fact that we evangelicals seem to have conveniently forgotten certain fundamental truths. We need to open our Bibles, or maybe better yet, our hymnals: “For not with swords’ loud clashing/Nor roll of stirring drums/With deeds of love and mercy/The heavenly kingdom comes.”

The Mastermind Behind Ohio’s New “Heartbeat” Abortion Bill Is Too Extreme for Christian Talk Radio.  (Mother Jones, 12/9/2016)
As Right Wing Watch has reported, Porter, the former legislative director for Ohio Right to Life and the founder of the far-right group Faith2Action, has a colorful record. She promoted conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama and brought in fetuses to testify in front of the state Legislature for the 2011 version of the heartbeat bill. Porter, who lost a bid for the Ohio state Senate this year, says Donald Trump’s win has given anti-abortion activists a “green light” to end abortion. She’s also promised to bring the heartbeat bill to Congress. When she attended the funeral of the famous opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment, Phyllis Schlafly, this fall, Porter says she convinced Iowa Rep. Steve King to introduce a federal version of the heartbeat bill.

Other Moore posts:
UPDATE. On average, Doug Jones continues to narrow the gap in Alabama U.S. Senate special election polls.  (11/17/2017)
For many years, Roy Moore has been the talk of the town in Gadsden, Alabama.  (11/14/2017)
"He's embarrassing": Roy Moore has plenty of detractors in his home state.  (11/11/2017)
Welcome to Trump's America, Marion County, Alabama, where the GOP chairman says that 32-year-old Roy Moore kissed a 14-year-old girl -- that's all, folks!  (11/11/2017)
UPDATE. This Roy Moore shout-out from a guy who received 16% of 2016 House primary vote against Paul Ryan.  (11/11/2017)
Welcome to Trump's America, Covington County, Alabama, where the GOP chairman thinks the latest about Roy Moore is fake news.  (11/11/2017)
Meet Roy Moore, President Emeritus of the Foundation for Moral Law.  (11/10/2017)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is very unhappy with this Roy Moore fundraising pitch.  (11/10/2017)
Welcome to Trump's America, Bibb County, Alabama, where the GOP chairman shrugs off the latest news about Roy Moore.  (11/10/2017)