Remember a day or two after President Biden’s inauguration when I mused that perhaps ‘snarky snippets’ would soon be retired? Hahahahahahahaha. What was I thinking? I must have been drugged or something at the time! Never fear, folks, I still have plenty to snark about!
Another example of profit over people
The J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue is home to FBI headquarters. The building, completed in 1975, has become inadequate for the needs of the FBI, and is notable for its crumbling facade, inadequate security, antiquated infrastructure, and inadequate square footage. Back in 2015, the decision had been made to look for suitable property to house the FBI somewhere in the suburbs, as the CIA has already done, then raze the Hoover Building. A search was already on for finding the right location, taking bids from contractors, etc., when in 2017 Donald Trump took office and called a halt to the project. Why? Because the Hoover Building is across the street from his hotel.
Trump feared that if the Hoover Building were torn down, another hotel might be built in that spot, taking business away from his own hotel. Yes, folks, a government decision for an agency that protects this nation was made based on a personal profit motive by the person sitting in the Oval Office. What a surprise, eh? I suspect there’s even more to it, such as out-of-town visitors to the FBI might stay in Trump’s hotel because it’s close and convenient, and who knows what other monies the hotel gets as a result of being across the street from the FBI.
Thousands of bureau employees, for whom there is no space at headquarters, are scattered in office buildings around the D.C. region, at significant cost to taxpayers. The danger to pedestrians posed by falling chunks of concrete is such that netting has been installed on the building’s east facade. While not the highest priority the Biden administration has to deal with, a new building in a new location is likely to be built sometime in the near future, and frankly I hope somebody does build another hotel there and puts Trump’s gaudy monstrosity out of business.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department’s Inspector General has launched an inquiry to review the reasons for the plans to relocate were scuttled.
And speaking of Trump …
The impeachment trial for Donald Trump is scheduled to start in just over a week, on February 9th. This past weekend, his legal team walked off the job! It is reported that he insisted that the lawyers focus on his continuing false claims that he actually won the election and that due to widespread voter fraud it was ‘stolen’ from him. All of this is a fantasy cooked up in his own mind, and not one iota of evidence has been produced to support his claims. In fact, we the taxpayers have footed the bill for numerous recounts, for signature verifications and more, but no voter fraud at a level that could have changed the results in even a single state has been found. Trump lost, but apparently he’ll go to his grave claiming that he won, ‘bigly’.
I suspect it is to the point that no reputable lawyer wants to be any part of Trump’s legal team for fear it would cast a long shadow on their reputation. The lawyers had initially planned to center their strategy on the question of whether the proceedings were constitutional and on the definition of incitement, but Trump was having none of that. Remember, he has always falsely believed that he was far more intelligent than anybody else, so this should come as no surprise.
He has apparently hired two new lawyers, one from Georgia and one from Pennsylvania. Interestingly, David Schoen, from Atlanta, also served as Roger Stone’s defense attorney in his case of lying and witness tampering in a congressional investigation, so perhaps Trump has found one this time who doesn’t have any values or integrity.
Unfortunately, it likely doesn’t matter who his attorneys are, or even if he has attorneys, for the Senate Republicans appear to have already decided to acquit Trump no matter what. One has to laugh when hearing the Republican Party referred to as the ‘Law and Order Party’. Bullshit.
Just say ‘NO’, Joe
Jeff and I were in a Twitter ‘discussion’ with a man who was calling President Biden a ‘liar’ because he hadn’t received his $2,000 stimulus check yet. We both tried to explain that nothing happens overnight in Washington, and further that Biden had done his part, now it’s up to Congress to pass the bill, but the man would have none of it and was determined to blame Biden.
The Republicans in Congress have come up with their own, greatly reduced, version and a group of ten Republicans, led by Ms. Wishy-Washy Susan Collins, are meeting with President Biden today. The total amount of the Republican proposal is a mere 31% in total of Biden’s proposal, and the payments to individuals is reduced from $1,400 to $1,000, and also greatly minimizes the number of people who would qualify. But the thing that concerns me most is that the Republican proposal requires abandoning the minimum wage increase that has been planned – and much-needed – for some time now, and which Biden plans to push Congress to pass.
The more things change, the more they stay the same, and in this case, the Republicans in Congress seem determined to ensure that the 99% continue to suffer, while the 1% continue to profit. I’m sure there must be a few Republicans in Congress who have a conscience, but they are a paltry minority, for the rest are without conscience, without concern for the people of this nation. I hope that President Biden tells them to put their ‘counter-proposal’ where the sun doesn’t shine.
Not right bright
The Trump children, like their father, are not known for being the brightest bulbs in the pack, but Eric Trump is apparently lacking even basic brain function. Eric, in the early hours of November 3rd, before the polls were even open, made a wager … we’re not sure how much … that his father would score 320 electoral votes!