Myths and reality in modern politics

Tale of Two Dreamers

In 2000, a Slovenian female model began petitioning the government for a green card under a program reserved for people with “extraordinary ability.”

Her credentials included runway shows in Europe, a cigarette billboard ad in Times Square and — in her biggest job at the time — a spot in the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated, which featured her on the beach in a string bikini.

In March 2001, she was granted a green card in the elite EB-1 program, which was designed for renowned academic researchers, multinational business executives or those in other fields, such as Olympic athletes and Oscar-winning actors, who demonstrated “sustained national and international acclaim.”

This speedy deliverance of a green card may just have been expedited by the fact that her name was Melania, and she was dating developer Donald Trump.

Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin, was brought to this country as a 6 year old from Russia.

Although he did not have a modeling career to rely on, he was rather good at numbers. After graduating from the University of Maryland, he attended Stanford University where he met Larry Page, who also did not have a background in modeling. In their dorm room, they created a company called Google. Today, Brin is considered is the 13th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$ 49.5 billion.

Think what this kid could have done with his life if he just had a modeling background.

Unreal Businessman

I have heard on too many occasions that President Tweet is a successful businessman and knows how to run this country. A few facts are that his airline failed, his mortgage company failed, his four major resorts failed, his vodka failed, his fragrances - Trump fragrances - failed, three magazines failed. President Tweet is not a businessman. He is a real estate developer. Early in his career he lost over one billion dollars and was able to take that loss off his taxes for almost the next 20 years because real estate development has long existed under some of the kinkiest tax laws on the face of the planet. Some billionaires have even stated publicly that they have doubted he has ever been a billionaire. He inherited $50 million and has been in debt most of his life to the tune of $500 million. His son-inlaw will soon have one debt coming due of $185 million, and next year another debt due for over $500 million.

Kill the Guardians

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created by Congress following the devastating 2008 financial crisis that cost millions of Americans their homes, jobs, and retirement savings. Its mission is to make sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat consumers fairly. Since it was founded, the CFPB has returned nearly $12 billion to consumers who’ve been cheated by financial companies and stopped abusive banking, credit card, mortgage, and student loan practices. All that goodness will come to an end if Acting Director, Mick Mulvaney, has his way. The former congressman dropped several of the CFPB hottest cases against payday lenders and other loan companies, some of which were charging interest rates of over 900%. Mulvaney claimed that the senior professional staff voted unanimously to drop the cases, but the staff said they did not. He also claimed there was no conflict of interest just because some of the defendants had contributed to his last congressional campaign.

Cut the Safety Net

The president’s budget proposal, which was released last month, would slash nearly half a trillion dollars over the next 10 years from the three main pillars of the social safety net: Medicaid, federal housing assistance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps. Anti-poverty advocates say the cuts and a radical restructuring — substituting “food boxes” for food stamps and introducing work requirements for subsidized housing — could make life more precarious for 90 million low-income Americans who rely on at least one of those programs, potentially pushing millions off the programs and reducing benefits for the ones who are left. Now readers you know where he plans to get part of the 1.5 trillion dollars he gave to the richest 2% and wealthiest corporations. Strange that President Tweet has never mentioned the cuts in the safety.

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