Jared to the Rescue? Or more Russia Woes?
Turns out senior advisor/presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner had another contact with the Russians during the transition, this one with a Russian bank that is said to be state run. At Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s request, Kushner met with Sergey N. Gorkov, the chief of Vnesheconombank, which the United States placed on its sanctions list after President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia annexed Crimea and began meddling in Ukraine
Drip, drip, drip. The web of Trump-Russian connections keeps getting bigger and thicker. Could be it’s all smoke and no fire. But at this point, every untold contact — nefarious or not — looks like a bombshell. Team Trump still doesn’t get that it would be better to put this all on the table instead of letting these contacts and connections come out one at a time.
You knew something was up when Team Trump announced last night — a Sunday night, when most big announcements are made — that Jared Kushner, with all his government experience, is going to lead a team tasked with cleaning up government bureaucracy by using businesses principles. Question: Is that before or after Jared finishes forging peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, as Trump has promised only Kushner could do? Meanwhile, hope senior advisors Jared and Ivanka enjoyed skiing in Aspen while Daddy’s health care bill went down in flames. Hey, at least they are’t taking salary.
The markets react: Looks like the bloom might be off the rose in the stock market in the wake of the health care debacle. Silly boys, thinking Trump was going to come in and clean up Dodge.
The irony: The Freedom Caucus effectively made sure the Republicans did not repeal Obamacare.
It’s worth taking a look at the extremists who comprise the Freedom Causes, whose basic principle is to get government out of our lives.
Some of the states represented: South Carolina, Alabama, Wyoming, West Virginia, Montana. Tennessee, Indiana. All are in the top 10 of “takers,” states that receive far more revenue from the federal government than they put in, unlike New York, California, and others which contribute far more than they ever get back.
For example, Kentucky gets back more than $4 for every dollar it puts in, representing 35% of all state revenues. Tennessee is even worse; 39% of its revenues come from the federal government. If they don’t won’t the federal government in their lives, they should start writing refund checks to New Yorkers, Californians and the others who have been keeping their states afloat all these years.
Finally, the tweet of the weekend:
“I’m Steve Bannon. i’ve been in politics since August 2016. You will bow before me, elected Republican officials! I ran a website!”