Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Guide to Trumperland

That would be Cynthia Tucker.

Donald Trump was running on a pledge to “drain the swamp” of pernicious influences – lobbyists, corporate titans, Washington insiders and other influence peddlers.

And can you believe he's not?

Trump’s nominee for secretary of the treasury, Steve Mnuchin, comes straight from Wall Street; he was a partner at Goldman Sachs for 17 years. He later co-founded a bank called OneWest that took advantage of the devastating financial crisis to make millions off folks who were already hurting. According to Politico, OneWest once foreclosed on a 90-year-old woman over a 27 cent payment error.

Merry Christmas.

“In a world where nothing is true, the only real choice available to voters is between competing fictions,” Ned Resnikoff writes in a brilliant essay for the ThinkProgress website. “Trump offered a particularly compelling set of fictions, but he also found various ways to telegraph that he knew what he was doing. ... If everything is a lie, then the man who makes his lies obvious is practicing a peculiar form of honesty. The president-elect is speaking the language of dictators.”

Good work, Vlad Putin.


  1. OneWest used to be IndyMac Bank, which screwed my wife out of her equity on a refinance. He wasn't involved at the time, but OneWest's foreclosing over a 27 cent payment error shows that the culture of the organization survived the name change.

    Yeah, this one's personal for me.

  2. I think if Snidely Whiplash was available Trump would find a spot in the administration for him. I try not to be overly pessimistic. Can't find my way to give the new prez much of a chance, tho.

  3. Even if Snidely Whiplash were real, he wouldn't be available. He's Canadian.

  4. Oops, I forgot that. It's just so inconceivable that a Canadian could be so evil.