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Reich writes: "Trump has been ramping up his 'Deep State' rhetoric again. He's back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats and "enemies of the people" in the mainstream media for conspiring to remove him from office, in order to allow the denizens of foreign 'shitholes' to overrun America."

Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich. (photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star)
Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich. (photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star)


Welcome to Trump's Corrupt State - the Star Wars Cantina of World Politics

By Robert Reich, Guardian UK

16 June 19


The administration and the Republican party are nests of lobbyists and con artists who make Greedo look like a saint

rump has been ramping up his “Deep State” rhetoric again. He’s back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats and “enemies of the people” in the mainstream media for conspiring to remove him from office, in order to allow the denizens of foreign “shitholes” to overrun America.

But with each passing day it’s becoming clearer that the real threat to America isn’t Trump’s Deep State. It’s Trump’s own Corrupt State.

Not since the sordid administration of Warren G Harding have as many grifters, crooks and cronies occupied high positions in Washington.

Trump has installed a Star Wars cantina of former lobbyists and con artists, including several whose exploits have already forced them to resign, such as Scott Pruitt, Ryan Zinke, Tom Price and Michael Flynn. Many others remain.

When he was in Congress, the current White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, pocketed tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from payday lenders, then proposed loosening regulations on them. Mulvaney was also acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, of all things.

When he was Trump’s special adviser on regulatory reform, the Wall Street billionaire Carl Icahn sought to gut the Environmental Protection Agency rule on ethanol credits, which was harming his oil refinery investments.

This week the Guardian reported that a real estate company partly owned by Trump son-in-law and foreign policy adviser Jared Kushner has raked in $90m from foreign investors since Kushner entered the White House, through a secret vehicle run by Goldman Sachs in the Cayman Islands. Kushner’s stake is some $50m.

All this takes conflict of interest to a new level of shamelessness.

What are Republicans doing about it? Participating in it.

The secretary of transportation, Elaine Chao, who also happens to be the wife of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has approved $78m in grants for her husband’s home state, Kentucky, including a highway improvement project twice rejected in the past. Chao has even appointed a special liaison to coordinate grants with McConnell’s office. Did I say McConnell is up for re-election next year?

Under normal circumstances, news that a cabinet secretary is streamlining federal funding for her husband’s pet projects would be a giant scandal. But in the age of Trump, ethics have gone out the window.

Since he was elected in November, congressman Greg Pence, who just happens to be the brother of Vice-President Mike Pence, has spent more than $7,600 of campaign funds on lodging at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Federal election law forbids politicians from using campaigns dollars to cover housing costs.

The Corrupt State starts with Trump himself, giving new meaning to the old adage about a fish rotting from the head down.

When foreign governments aren’t currying favor with Trump by staying at his hotel, they’re using state-owned companies to finance projects that will line his pockets, like China’s $500m for an entertainment complex in Indonesia that includes a Trump-branded hotel.

Trump claims the Deep State allows foreigners to take advantage of America. The reality is Trump’s Corrupt State allows Vladimir Putin and his goon squad to continue undermining American democracy.

“I’d take it” if Russia again offered campaign help, Trump crowed this week, adding that he would not necessarily tell the FBI. Just days before, Trump acknowledged “Russia helping” him “get elected” the first time.

Despite evidence that Russia is hacking and trolling its way toward the 2020 election, Republican defenders of Trump’s Corrupt State won’t lift a finger.

McConnell refuses to consider any legislation on election security. He and Senate Republicans even killed a bill requiring campaigns to report offers of foreign assistance to federal authorities.

The charitable interpretation is McConnell and his ilk don’t want to offend Trump by doing anything that might appear to question the legitimacy of his 2016 win. The less charitable view is Republicans oppose more secure elections because they’d be less likely to win them.

Trump and his Republican enablers are magicians who distract us by shouting “look here!” at the paranoid fantasy of a Deep State, while creating a Corrupt State under our noses.

But it’s not a party trick. It’s the dirtiest trick of our time, enabled by the most corrupt party in living memory.

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+22 # ER444 2019-06-16 12:37
And why is it taking so long for anybody to do something about it?
 
 
+23 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-06-16 13:31
"The charitable interpretation is McConnell and his ilk don’t want to offend Trump by doing anything that might appear to question the legitimacy of his 2016 win. The less charitable view is Republicans oppose more secure elections because they’d be less likely to win them."
The truth is money, money, money. Did I mention money.
 
 
+23 # Farafalla 2019-06-16 13:36
Thank you Robert Reich for putting the swirling clouds of Trumpian deceit and distraction into a sensible whole. McConnell especially has to go. We need to invest in his opponent with serious effort to ditch Mitch. The Dems need to find the spine to investigate all these crimes and impeach Trump.
 
 
-22 # BKnowswhitt 2019-06-16 14:14
The Denizen of Foreign Shitholes was created long ago by both parties. Letting any one with dough to come to America and buy anything they wanted .. own businesses .. get citizenship easily .. we sold out to foreign money under the guise of what was 'Give us your hungry tired and poor' .. just one example of how this came down to roost .. on 9/11 i know a Saudi American who was working at a Best Buy on 9/11 .. when the tower went down .. 5 or 6 iranians working there with him all screamed and yelled and celebrated .. that's the denizon shithole that was created .. by Both Parties .. not Trumps fault by the way ..
 
 
+9 # opinionaire 2019-06-16 16:46
The Turdle is making all the changes he wants in the country, and particularly in the judiciary, while his wife squirrels away more money for herself, the Turdle, and her family. The Dumster has problems with attention, and little interest in handling such in-house matters. He seems to prefer to waste his "energies" alienating allies and kissing up to despots overseas. The only attention he places on issues in the country are those related to immigrants, which riles up his base.
 
 
+5 # DongiC 2019-06-17 03:01
Evil has penetrated the US government. Its traces are everywhere from the White House through the Senate and House of Representatives to the Cabinet and various federal institutions. We need not only a political housecleaning but an exorcism as well. Dark spirits have taken over the Republican Party probably through their unbridled love of money. They have become a threat to our beloved republic and now endanger what they once swore to protect.

Our final hope is that the Democratic Socialists can reverse present trends and restore some much needed moral standards. If Trump prevails in 20/20, it will be the beginning of the end for these United States. No Republic can stand with such corruption prevalent.
 
 
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-17 07:23
"Trump and his Republican enablers are magicians who distract us by shouting “look here!” at the paranoid fantasy of a Deep State, while creating a Corrupt State under our noses."


Reich is playing the same distraction game by pointing out all of the non-crimes of Trump. This is just politics. Reich is a long time member of the Clinton clan. His job is to gin up hatred for the guy who defeated Hillary. Reich is part of the Hillary Vengeance Crusade.

There are very good reasons to oppose Trump. Just read any Sanders speech and you will see them. Reich does not see them. He's too committed to making people react emotionally to Trump. He does this because his sort of democrat (Hillary, Bill, Obama, Biden) would enact the same class based economic policies as Trump. And they would follow the same neo-con foreign policies as Trump.

Both parties support the Corrupt State. Reich is distracting one half of the population from seeing this by blaming it all on the other party.

I'm just tired of this sort of partisan distraction tactics. Anyone would write an article just like this naming all of Obama's corrupt deep state pandering.

Reich is not showing the way out. That's what I want to hear about.
 
 
+2 # crispy 2019-06-19 15:05
Reich criticized Obama in several articles and quit as labor secretary because Obama was against raising minimum wage!
He does not do this here but Obam is gone and we need to defeat arguably the most corrupt administration in my lifetime.
Reich is a "moderate" democrat but better than a "moderate" fascist.
 
 
+4 # logical1 2019-06-17 08:29
Could not agree more with Robert Reich more. Ronald Reagan called the Democrats "demagogues" while he was the true demagogue. Newt Gingrich told the Republican candidates and representatives : If what you say turns out to be untrue, just keep repeating it and 1/3 of the people will still believe it, 1/3 will be confused, and the remaining 1/3 would be against you whether it was true or not.
The Republican party wants to keep the majority working "to survive" so they do not have time to rebel or seek the truth (find or require honest representatives ).
This makes for a disinterested electorate, that does not vote and allows the riled radicals of their party to state lies with impunity and to have a substantial impact on elections. To gerrymander so they choose the electorate instead of the electorate choosing them. To pull votes off of voting machines, avoid recounts, to change lows so candidates are not responsible for their mistatements or lies, and do other nefariuos actions with impunity.
 
 
+3 # crispy 2019-06-19 15:10
The 1st thing congress did in 2017 was getting rid of the Ethics commission. Remember that? VERY little coverage in the media!
 

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