Trump Is Using Racist White People To Make The Rich Richer

There is this whole mythology that Donald Trump came to power because 53% of white women voted for him, because 66% of white working men who didn't have a college degree voted for him.

That may be, but those are not his constituents. Those are his suckers. Those are his rubes.

Keep in mind this is a guy who has said that his hero - the guy whose favorite book he's modeled himself after - is PT Barnum. And he said it without a trace of irony. And Donald Trump's language, the rhetoric, it's breathtaking to me.

I'm on his mailing list. I'm getting an email from Donald Trump or from his one of his sons or from his wife or somebody on the campaign or whatever almost every single day. There'll be a sentence or two, "okay Thomas, we had this this brilliant victory yesterday, we just accomplished a quarter billion dollars in trade deals with China that are going to make America great again", with no context, no discussion.

There's nothing structural changing here. Trump has not changed anything other than rhetorically. You had businesses that were waiting to cut deals with China and basically they were asked to put it on hold until Trump goes to China so he can take credit for it. But really? Is there any there there?

No, it's a tax break for billionaires and big corporations at a time when billionaires have more money than they have ever had in the history of the world, when there are more billionaires in the United States than there have ever been in the history of the United States, there are more multi millionaires in the United States than there have ever been in the history of the United States. You have companies like Apple and General Electric and AT&T and Microsoft and whatnot that are stashing hundreds of billions of dollars offshore.

And it doesn't hurt them that they stash this money offshore because they can borrow at 1% or 2%. And so what they're doing is they're issuing bonds; they're borrowing against the money that's overseas. And so it's super cheap and the money is functionally available to them.

You say, "well, it's in an offshore bank." Well, not actually. It's probably in Citibank or Bank of America or something like that as an asset of an offshore bank.

But Donald Trump is not working for the white working class. He's throwing the white working-class rhetoric, but he is working for the billionaire class, for the more than hundreds of millions class.

Frankly, I don't think Trump is even working for the average just a millionaire person or for the average just a couple hundred thousand-aire person. We'll see how this tax bill ends up - whether it's the House version or the Senate version - but the Senate version is still taking it out of that group of people as well.

But most of the burden for this is going to be borne by the bottom half of Americans, in fact by the bottom 90% of Americans. This is where the money is going to come from to pay for this massive tax cut - on top of running up a 1.7 trillion dollar debt, they've got to come up with another trillion dollars or two to pay for this massive tax cut for the Koch brothers, for the Mercers for the Adelsons, for all these groups.

In fact these groups are now running ads, I don't know if you've seen them. The group that is running the ads that the most boil my blood is apparently Shelley Adelson, according to this very recent story.

Chuck Schumer says...

"Their pay masters, if you will ? the hard, hard right ... the Koch brothers ? all they want to do is cut taxes. They don't care about the deficit, they don't care about the country, they don't care about the middle class ? they just want their taxes reduced. And they run the Republican Party."

Elizabeth Warren said...

"The Republican leadership has outsourced its economic agenda to a handful of billionaires and corporate donors."

Donald Trump said...

"My accountant called me and said, 'you're going to get killed in this bill' if it doesn't include an estate tax cut."

According to Paul Blumenthal's Huffington Post article...

"Those big donors are already ... spending tens of millions of dollars on political advertising. Nonprofit groups that do not disclose their donors, like 45Committee, American Action Network, America First, Americans for Prosperity, and Freedom Partners, plan to spend at least $43 million on a campaign to pressure specific members of Congress.

45Committee by Shelly Adelson and Joe Ricketts, this is the one that I've been seeing the ads here in Portland where they've got this nice woman and her husband and her two kids and she's saying the average American is going to get $1,200 or whatever.

It's a lie.

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ikeberltersen 3 weeks 3 days ago
#1

Most Trump supporters are white people who can't come to grips with the reality that American-style capitalism, as sold to them by the Republican party, is throwing them under the bus. Now that the people in power are treating them more and more like any non-white person who isn't rich, they become even more desperate and resentful. So they embraced Trump, who ran on being the anti-Republican Republican. And now it is even harder for them to admit that they have been conned big time by a carnival barker who will deliver on exactly nothing that he promised. They will desperately cling to their fantasies, until the reality becomes to ugly to pretend away. I say this as an old white guy.

Legend 3 weeks 3 days ago
#2

While the Republicans are really showing their cards, the Trolls like Dianereyenold and OU812 have disappeared.

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General Deterge... 3 weeks 3 days ago
#3

The entire problem is that the duopoly is and has always been the servants of the very, very rich. We, The Rubes of all stripes are NOT represented by either the right wing Democratic Party or the very right wing Republican Party of the Wall Street Owned One Party System (WOOPS). Until we wake up, organize and reject the corporate owned duopoly and especially the Democratic Party wing of it we WILL NOT have representation in Washington or the various state houses. The very dysfunctional democracy we once lived under has been reduced to little more than ink on the brittle parchment paper of history. However, as the ruling elite has always known, history is only manageable after it has happened. Accordingly, if we do not recognize that the GOP wing and the Democratic wing are THE PROBLEM history will continue on its present course. If we remain rube like ostriches all of us will remain the exception to the old political adage as a people who is fooled all of the time.

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DHBranski 3 weeks 3 days ago
#4

Well, from another perspective, we can note that there is one segment of the population that is so despised, that we stripped them of a list of fundamental civil and human rights: America's poor. The majority of these are white. We got so tough on them that the overall life expectancy of the US poor has already fallen below that of every developed nation. This is treated as an issue of no significance.

Beyond that, yes, we've seen a remarkable surge of blatant racism, white against black, black against white, with a resurgence of anti-Semitism way too reminiscent of the 1930s. Thrown into the mix is a wave of anti-Russian propaganda, rooted in absurd stereotypes, with a daily barrage of allegations that defy logic and the facts. Put together, this defines this era.

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DHBranski 3 weeks 3 days ago
#5

As much as it angers people to hear it, what we seem to be seing at this point is the rich doing to the middle class essentially what the middle class already did to the poor. Today, the rich have full representation in government, the middle class have some, and the poor have no representation whatsoever. Probably the only thing that most people seem able to agree on, is the idea that the US itself is in its last stages.

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DHBranski 3 weeks 3 days ago
#6

How do you think we treat poor white people? We consider poor people of color as "disadvanatged," but even today's liberals turn up their noses and contemptuously define poor white people as a collection of ignorant, right wing yahoos. "Trailer trash" is the term they use for many of the low-income, and just orginary "white trash" for the masses of homeless poor. Many noticed.

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Kend 3 weeks 3 days ago
#7

I will never understand the left. You loved a president that was putting you a trillion in the hole a year and hate a president who wants to cut taxes. It is like you have no financial responsibility at all. What you where doing with the previous government was not working. You can not keep going in debt more every year. How can you service all that debt. What you need to do is change policy to get those "rich white guys" to spend money. Trumps plan will do that.

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2950-10K 3 weeks 3 days ago
#8

It's well known that republicans will donate to third party candidates in order to defeat progressive dems. Had Clinton even got a fraction of the votes that went to Johnson and Stein she would have overcome the election fraud and won.

Clinton and more importantly her cabinet picks could at least be stopping the madness unfolding had she been the one seated in the White House...not to mention her pick for Supreme Court Justice, a pick we just lost to the Fascists.

It should also be noted that she had one of the top progressive voting records while in the Senate.

I'm a pragmatic Socialist in it for the long game, a person who hates giving up any ground to the Fascists....propaganda and election fraud got Crooked Donny elected.

I wish the god damn Kochbaggers were a third party.

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Ou812 3 weeks 3 days ago
#9

@8 it should also be pointed out that Clinton lost the election. Only the winner gets to pick cabinet members and select Supreme Court Justice. :))

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chuckle8 3 weeks 3 days ago
#10

It should be pointed out that the repugs stole the election from Clinton (see Best Democracy that Money Can Buy by Greg Palast). Then the irony of tRump wanting an oath of loyalty to him (mafia Don?) rather than the constitution. Why we should show respect for any cabinet member is beyond me.

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HotCoffee 3 weeks 3 days ago
#11

I’m still trying to figure out how Hillary lost the election…

Was it the Russian Uranium Deal?

Was it Wikileaks?

Was it Podesta?

Was it Comey?

Was it having a sexual predator as a husband?

Was it Huma Abedin’s sexual predator husband Anthony Weiner?

Was it because the Clinton Foundation ripped off Haiti?

Was it subpoena violations?
Was it the congressional testimony lies?

Was it the corrupt Clinton Foundation?

Was it the Benghazi butchering?

Was it pay for play?

Was it being recorded laughing because she got a child rapist off when she was an attorney?

Was it the Travel Gate scandal?
Was it the Whitewater scandal?
Was it the Cattle Gate scandal?
Was it the Trooper-Gate scandal?
OR….
Was it the $15 million for Chelsea’s apartment bought with foundation money?

Or her husband’s interference with Loretta Lynch & the investigation?

Or having debate questions stolen & given to her?

Or her own secret server in her house?

Or deleting 30,000 emails?

Or having cell phones destroyed with hammers?
Was it the Seth Rich murder?

Was it the Vince Foster murder?

Was it the Gennifer Flowers assault & settlement?
Was it the $800,000 Paula Jones settlement?
Was it calling half the United States deplorable?
Was it the underhanded treatment of Bernie Sanders?

Was it Bill’s impeachment?

Was it the lie about being under sniper fire in Bosnia?

Was it the $10 million she took for the pardon of Marc Rich?
Or the $6 BILLION she “lost” when in charge of the State Dept.?
Or because she is a hateful, lying, power-hungry, overly ambitious, greedy, nasty person?

Gee I just can’t seem to put my finger on it…

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PhilfromOhio 3 weeks 3 days ago
#12

Coffee, You can't put your finger on it because you have it stuck up the wrong orifice.

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Willie W 3 weeks 3 days ago
#13

Clinton failed to be bold. Trump got it right away. You don't have to keep any of your promises. You just have to make them. The more the merrier. Fool you once, that's all it takes. Clinton should have promised us more stuff.

Legend 3 weeks 3 days ago
#14

Trump promised everything in the world while campaigning. People drank the snake oil. Now he is breaking every promise and is doing what most billionaires do. Screw the middle class. All of his voters are to stupid or embarrassed to admit it.

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Dianereynolds 3 weeks 2 days ago
#15

@#11

HotCoffee,

In leftie/socialist world, ANYTIME an election is lost to a Republican, it is stolen by ballot stuffing, election fraud, it rained last night, voter suppression, voter fraud, the election laws need to be changed, the constitution sucks, gerrymandering, white privilege, male dominance, racism, or a myriad of other pre-programed whiny snowflake excuses.

It is NEVER the fact they ran a horse shit candidate that stuck her middle finger up her closest contenders ass and spun him right off the ticket.

I still await the donning of pussy hats, bitching & moaning, stomping of feet, gnashing of teeth, and screeching into the sky from Republicans after losing two Governorships in leftie states last week.

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Kend 3 weeks 2 days ago
#16

Hot coffee after reading this I can't believe anyone voted for Clinton. Good job

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HotCoffee 3 weeks 2 days ago
#17

Kend,

I wouldn't even post this stuff here but I don't think the Dems ever look at anything that doesn't come from CNN.

Diane,

I really can't believe the hissy fits the Dems have had since Madame Pantsuit lost. Like spoiled two year olds that can't have what they want at the candy counter.

If Dems aren't happy now they really won't be happy if they end up with Pence.

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deepspace 3 weeks 2 days ago
#18

My, my, the true colors are coming out ...in spades.

No, Kend, a good job would be to back up Republican false accusations against Hillary with actual, objective, prosecutable evidence, which no legitimate investigative body thus far has ever been able to present successfully in a court of law -- not public opinion -- despite decades of wasting taxpayers' time and money, which could have been spent doing the much neglected and sorely needed People's business. Endless hyper-partisan Congressional hearings, the FBI, NSA, CIA, military intelligence, various inspectors general, numerous watch-dog agencies, peer reviewed investigative journalism, nor any other entity existing outside the feverish wet dreams of far-right conspiracy theory nutjobs -- including, especially, the widely panned and completely debunked book, Clinton Cash, or its equivalent of ubiquitous Republican yellow journalism and fake news -- has come up with a damn thing worth a damn. "after reading this I can't believe anyone voted for [Trump]."

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. It's not for lack of trying. Bill and Hillary are perhaps the most investigated couple in history, yet are totally, laugh out loud, walking free. Why is that?

Three basic possibilities: #1. They are super genius villains who've outsmarted nearly everyone on the planet, except of course the even greater super genius seekers of truth, mesmerized by enlightened Fux News gurus who magnanimously impart esoteric wisdom, elevating their congregation of unquestioning worshipers to a higher intellectual, moral, and spiritual plane (Can't quite put a finger on it? How about putting a middle finger on the gag reflex at the back of the throat?); #2. All the investigative bodies above either really suck at their high-paid jobs or, even more astoundingly, are all in on the biggest cover-up ever; #3. Occam's razor, in that the simplest hypothesis for why neither of them is locked up is because neither of them broke any laws, other than Bill lying to a grand jury about consensual sex between adults, over which he was impeached, disbarred, and publicly humiliated ad nauseam even to this day -- impeached, let's never forget, by Republican hypocrites who were cheating on their wives at the same time. "after reading this I can't believe anyone voted for [Trump]."

It begs the question: Shouldn't all the good Christian soldiers out there in Lie Lie Land practice what they preach and praise Hillary for having the virtue of forgiveness in her heart and preserving the institute of marriage, which the holier than thou crowds believe is sacred? Or does that only apply when Republicans cheat on their wives, like the serial cheater pussy grabber, whom the hateful hypocrites excuse and forgive at every opportunity? "after reading this I can't believe anyone voted for [Trump]."

So where is the similar accountability for Trump's felony sexual predations, mob-infused New York real estate deals, numerous self-dealing bankruptcies, billion-dollar tax dodges, very probable Russian collusion to undermine our election, and hundreds of shameless lies shoved directly into the numbed faces of the American people -- to the bemusement and bewilderment of the rest of the world? (Where are his tax returns, and what else is he hiding from those dumb enough to have voted for him?) "after reading this I can't believe anyone voted for [Trump]."

The sounds of partisan silence and Republican double standards may be deafening, but the day of reckoning will soon be upon him and his congressional enablers. (By the way, the one glaring omission on the phony list of why Hillary "lost", which is extremely well documented by a former top FBI investigator in his numerous books on the subject (especially The Best Democracy Money Can Buy), along with many other serious investigative journalists not on the payroll of the right-wing, billionaire-slanted corporate media juggernaut, is that millions upon millions of Democratic votes were deliberately stolen by massive Republican election fraud, like it or not, believe it or not. "after reading this I can't believe anyone voted for [Trump]."

Facts don't lie. Hillary, despite the pure hatred in the "dark hearts" of her minority of detractors, was by far the most preferred candidate of the People in the general election -- whom even Bernie preferred over Trump for chrissake, despite the finagling of disingenuous Hillary supporters on the back benches at the DNC! (Of COOOURSE no such infighting has EVER taken place at the RNC, model politicians all! And, boy, do they have a bridge to sell ...to nowhere.) "after reading this I can't believe anyone voted for [Trump]."

No, Kend, a good job would be a side by side comparison of Trump's well-documented, on the record, in his own words, right in front of God and His dogs, almost daily list of huge intellectual and moral failings -- a list so long and detailed that it would keep a conspiracy nut's calloused fingers pounding away until the key pads break apart. "after reading this I can't believe anyone voted for [Trump]."

Rather than trying to counteract each and every example of "Hellary" hate and despicable lie listed, and rather than trying to fit into the false framing of a one-sided, deluded presentation and mindless distraction and deflection by highly partisan trolls, which has nothing to do whatsoever with the topic of Thom's weekend blog, I would suggest that anyone who might be susceptible to such nonsense to list every possible accusation against the lady who won over the majority of people -- much to the chagrin of Trump and his starry-eyed bootlickers -- on one column; on the other, list all that are credible, provable, or have any more significance than the perceived transgressions of any other politician in the U.S., regardless of party affiliation. (Oh yeah, and right-wing, dead-end circular sourcing from the Republican bubble doesn't count.) "after reading this I can't believe anyone voted for [Trump]."

One will soon find the same thing that every honest investigator has already found: One side of the ledger would fill several books; the other side will be largely blank. Now, do the same with the "LOSER" of the popular vote, who has one of the all-time lowest job approval rating at this point into a first term, not even a full year. Both sides of his ledger would fill a library. "after reading this I can't believe anyone voted for [Trump]."

So why do trolls readily believe the lies about Hillary but stubbornly refuse to believe the truth about Trump? Easy answer: those steeped in blind hatred are simply incapable of intellectual honesty.

Republican trolls: Go waste everyone's time and energy elsewhere, and quit pretending to be "fair and balanced," paragons of virtue, arbiters of truth, when you're nothing but dime-a-dozen, hypocritical partisan hacks who think they're so clever posting raw ignorance on progressive blogs -- the very definition of a troll. The only people you are fooling are yourselves.

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stopgap 3 weeks 2 days ago
#19

My first Poly Sci professor, about 50 years ago summed up the history of mankind, "advance through crisis." The trolls that check in on this site are a perfect demonstration of why this is so.

ikeberitersen summed it up perfectly in the first post.

Legend 3 weeks 2 days ago
#20

It was very simple for me to vote for Clinton. With our system (which I cannot change) it comes down to voting for 1 of 2 people. I firmly believe that you are wasting your vote on any 3rd party that draws 1% of the vote. Besides last years 3rd party candidates were not very acceptable. Of the 2 that I could vote for I evaluated which would be best for the country. Who was the most honest between the 2. Who was the most experienced. Etc. I also remembered what the Republican Party had done to this country under Bush. Lower taxes on the wealthy. Increase Defense Spending. Send the country into a depression that took years to recover from. Put us into 2 Trillion dollar wars that also took us years to recover from. It was an easy decision to vote for Clinton. Everyday in the last year reconfirms my decision.

Hope that you right wing trolls enjoy the tax deductions for your private jets and golf courses. Plus I am sure that you are happy that you will be able to Pass on all of your assets over $11 million with no inheritance tax. Plus you will not have to deal with that nasty alternative minimum tax. Also you will be able to repatriate all of those billions of dollars that you have stashed in foreign accounts for 8% tax. I wish that I could do arithmetic like the Republicans. Cut my revenues, increase my spending and smile into the camera.

Legend 3 weeks 2 days ago
#21

15 and 17. I have a memory that is good enough to remember the hissy fit that the Republicans put on for 8 years after Obama was elected and re-elected. You must have Alzheimer disease.

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Dianereynolds 3 weeks 2 days ago
#22

@#21

You know, I may have a touch of Alzheimer as I struggle to recall angry hordes of Republicans marching in the streets, painting vulgarities on buildings, burning cars, breaking windows, and shitting on the side of police cars. I also can’t recall Republicans in so called "occupy" protests pitching tents on private and public property and rioting when the police tried to remove them. I am sure it happened, but remind me of the Republican marches blocking traffic in our major cities, freeways, or parks, the most wonderful of them being leftie/socialists both male? and female proudly running around in knit pink pussy hats (one of the saddest sights I have ever seen is an occasional lone male forced to parade in his little pink hat. I hope yours was only worn in the confines of your basement). I also missed all the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts attempting to get Republicans to all go into the street and scream helplessly into the empty sky. Oh, I almost forgot, conservatives always block any liberal from speaking at college or university, right?

Republican hissy fits you say? Give me a break. There is no comparison and you know it.

The most telling of all, is listening to talk radio and television bobbleheads repeatedly complain for the better part of eight years about the Republicans meeting and planning to make Obama a one term president and one minute after the election of President Trump they themselves are trying to make him a one day president. How f’ing dumb you all sound now. I delight in leftie/socialist hypocrisy. At least have the balls to do what many of you promised, move to Canada, (notice no one promoted the wonderful beaches of Mexico where you need two forms of ID to vote).

I won't thank you for all the fine fish as I am now going to watch a few YouTube videos replaying election night and the violent, tearful, and bitter reactions by Republicans.

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Kend 3 weeks 2 days ago
#23

Deepspace. Maybe the reason the teflon Clinton's haven't been put in jail is every time they get close someone ends up dead. I would be scared to.say anything as well. Just look at what she did to poor Bernie he never had a chance at least the Republicans let the voters decide.

Legend 3 weeks 2 days ago
#24

Diane are you talking amount the minor demonstrations at the "largest inauguration in history"? Maybe they looked large on Fox News.

No one was thankful for the tax deduction that they get on their private jet or golf courses? Come on Diane surly that will make your jet much more affordable.

And nobody commented on the Bush 8 years and what it did to this country.

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Dianereynolds 3 weeks 2 days ago
#25

@#24

And you Rick Steves are talking out of your rear end. I noticed the leftie/socialist crowd wasn't calling them minor demonstrations when they were happening. My God, we even got on the spot reports from breathless anachartists calling in for radio time, and the pussy hat march, what more needs to be said about that, although I was a bit disappointed in the coverage of the "scream at the sky" demonstration. I only heard the caterwauling of a distant neighbor that actually may have been a Ferrell cat being thrown into a woodchipper. Who knows? It was over very quickly.

Perhaps you should stop worrying about other people that have more money than you as they are all probably Nazis anyway. Where is your brain that you feel the need to fixate on other peoples wealth all the time? It must be a leftie/socialist thing. You spend far too much time listening to Thom Hartmann's financial advice. Turn him off and prosper. Take your profits (300% since he told everyone to get out), stuff that cash in your mattress, and let the rest ride the wave or crash on the beach. At that point who cares, you lost nothing and have still more than doubled your money. Think positive, if this market does continue to march upward, a lot more people will have the ability to buy the private jet you so dearly long for. Think of all the jobs created building those toys. I will even let you give all the credit to the Obama years if that makes you a happier person.

My best

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stopgap 3 weeks 1 day ago
#26

When the wealthy have bought and paid for all of the Republican legistrators that now control the government, who the fuck else should you fixate on?

Not surprisingly, these same greedy Republicans now support a new tax plant, that even they admit will balloon the deficit. Oh, but of course…giving billionaires, millions of more money through tax ripoffs that are not available to anyone else will make them magically start hiring people for jobs to make things that there is no demand for.

When do billionaires have enough extra that they will feel a new incentive to invest in the economy? Exactly how much will they need? What will make their ne'er do well heirs feel any obligation to invest in the new uncertain trickle-down theories? The wealth gap is alarming to even Alan Greenspan, but billionaire Republicans still haven't stepped up to grow the economy.

Instead, they play race-baiting games to divide and conquer, knowing that they can lead the bigot rubes down the garden path while they enact new laws to take more and more, leaving the rubes with less and less. Apparently, a billion dollars is not enough to live on these days.

And of course, even if they do spur new economic activity, they give no thought about how it will affect the environment. The planet is drowning in the byproducts of the economic activity that we currently enjoy. But, what the hell, keep the party going!! We need more big screen toys! We need more gas guzzling Hummers and SUVs! We need more McMansions! Gotta pay for that 400million dollar Da Vinci! Forget about tomorrow…worry instead about those people of color that are killing your American Dream.

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HotCoffee 3 weeks 1 day ago
#27

According to Forbes, these are the richest California residents in 2017, along with the source of their wealth. We've included those that are among the top 200 below and you can follow the link at the bottom to the full list of 400:

  • #4 Mark Zuckerberg: Net worth of $71 billion. He lives in Palo Alto and made his fortune via Facebook.
  • #5 Larry Ellison: Net worth of $59 billion. He lives in Woodside and is famous — and rich — from his software efforts.
  • #9 Larry Page: Net worth of $44.6 billion. He lives in Palo Alto and made money in Google.
  • #10 Sergey Brin: Net worth of $43.4 billion. He lives in Los Altos.
  • #21 Elon Musk: Net worth of $20.8 billion. The CEO of Tesla Motors' primary residence is in Los Angeles.
  • #24 Laurene Powell Jobs: Net worth of $19.4 billion. She lives in Palo Alto and the source of her wealth is Apple and Disney.
  • #28 Donald Bren: Net worth of $16.3 billion. He lives in Newport Beach and made his money in real estate.
  • #32 Dustin Moskovitz: Net worth of $13.6 billion and made his money through Facebook. He lives in San Francisco.
  • #35 Eric Schmidt: Net worth of $12.6 billion. He lives in Silicon Valley, in Atherton. The source of his wealth is Google.
  • #48 Jan Koum: Net worth of $9.6 billion. He lives in Santa Clara and made his fortune via WhatsApp.
  • #55 Patrick Soon-Shiong: Net worth of $8.3 billion. He lives in Los Angeles and works in pharmaceuticals.
  • #63 David Geffen: Net worth of $7.8 billion. He lives in Beverly Hills and made his money through movies and record labels.
  • #65 Gordon Moore: Net worth of $7.5 billion. He lives in Woodside and made his money through Intel.
  • #71 Eli Broad: Net worth of $7.3 billion. He lives in Los Angeles and made his money through investments.
  • #75 John A. Sobrato: Net worth of $6.5 billion. He lives in Atherton and made his money in real estate.
  • #76 Brian Acton: Net worth of $6.4 billion. He lives in Palo Alto; source of wealth: WhatsApp.
  • #87 David Sun: Net worth of $6 billion. He lives in Irvine; source of wealth: computer hardware.
  • #87 John Tu: Net worth of $6 billion. He lives in Rolling Hills; source of wealth: computer hardware.
  • #91 John Doerr: Net worth of $5.8 billion. He lives in the Silicon Valley community of Woodside and works in venture capital.
  • #97 Steven Rales: Net worth of $5.5 billion. He lives in Santa Barbara; source of wealth: manufacturing.
  • #97 Edward Roski, Jr.: Net worth of $5.5 billion. He lives in Los Angeles; source of wealth: real estate.
  • #108 Rupert Johnson, Jr.: Net worth of $5.2 billion. He lives in Burlingame; source of wealth: money management.
  • #108 George Roberts: Net worth of $5.2 billion. He lives in Atherton; source of wealth, private equity.
  • #115 Travis Kalanick: Net worth of $5.1 billion. He lives in San Francisco; source of wealth: Uber.
  • #115 Sumner Redstone: Net worth of $5.1 billion. He lives in Beverly Hills; source of wealth: media.
  • #118 George Lucas: Net worth of $5 billion. He lives in San Anselmo.
  • #118 David Filo: Net worth of $5 billion. He lives in Palo Alto; source of wealth: Yahoo.
  • #122 Tamara Gustavson: Net worth of $4.9 billion. She lives in Malibu; source of wealth: self storage.
  • #140 Gwendolyn Sontheim Meyer: Net worth of $4.7 billion. She lives in Rancho Santa Fe and "inherited an estimated 7% stake in food giant Cargil," according to Forbes.
  • #150 Marc Benioff: Net worth of $4.5 billion. He lives in San Francisco; source of wealth: business software.
  • #156 Jen-Hsun Huang: Net worth of $4.4 billion. He lives in the Silicon Valley community of Los Altos and made his money via semiconductors.
  • #156 Jeffrey Skoll: Net worth of $4.4 billion. He lives in Palo Alto; source of wealth: eBay.
  • #167 Archie Aldis Emmerson: Net worth of $4.1 billion. He lives in Redding; source of wealth: timberland, lumber mills
  • #179 Rick Caruso: Net worth of $3.9 billion. He lives in Brentwood and made his fortune through real estate.
  • #179 Stewart and Lynda Resnick: Net worth of $3.9 billion. The couple live in Beverly Hills and made their fortune through agriculture and water.
  • #179 Dagmar Dolby: Net worth of $3.9 billion. She lives in San Francisco and her fortune comes via Dolby Laboratories, which was founded by her late husband, according to Forbes.
  • #186 Nathan Blecharczyk: Net worth of $3.8 billion. He lives in San Francisco and is one of the three wealthiest Californians to make his money via Airbnb.
  • #186 Brian Chesky: Net worth of $3.8 billion. He lives in San Francisco and made his money through Airbnb.
  • #186 Joe Gebbia: Net worth of $3.8 billion. He lives in San Francisco and made his money via Airbnb.
  • #186 Henry Samueli: Net worth of $3.8 billion. He lives in Newport Beach and the source of his wealth is semiconductors.
  • #200 Jack & Laura Dangermond: Net worth of $3.7 billion. The couple live in Redlands and made their money through the mapping software company Esri.

>>>Click here for the full Forbes 400 list

So either California is Republican or there are no homeless because the California Dems take care of their own or someones facts ain't facts at all.

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stopgap 3 weeks 1 day ago
#29

So which of these billionaires are Democrats and which are Republicans? How much did they give to the respective parties? Just listing a bunch of billionaires doesn't mean a damn thing. Just because a person lives in California doesn't mean they are a Democrat.

Interesting though that they prefer to live in California where Gov. Brown raised taxes, rather than Kansas where Gov. Brownback slashed taxes.

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HotCoffee 3 weeks 1 day ago
#30

# 29

this might help you out a little

2014 Top Donors to Outside Spending Groups

https://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/summ.php?cycle=2014&disp=D&t...

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stopgap 3 weeks 1 day ago
#31

So it appears then, that lowering corporate taxes is not the answer!

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HotCoffee 3 weeks 1 day ago
#32

No it isn't.....either is pretending the Dems ( Soros et al ) are different from the Koch's.

So then, where are your references for your comments???

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stopgap 3 weeks 1 day ago
#33

If lowering corporate taxes was the answer then Kansas would be The Billionaire Mecca, instead of the Bay Area.

I'm content to use the info that you and D supplied.

Thanks!

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2950-10K 3 weeks 1 day ago
#34

Diane #15: Your behind the scenes Fascist leaders have very little interest in State Governors. That said, keep an eye on the Alabamastan Senate race, something they do have interest in. McConnell is certainly obsessing and "moaning" about it.

His billionaire Fascist benefactors have a lot at stake with their plan to run up the national debt by trillions so they have an excuse to defund all of the programs the 99% love. Yes, there will be election fraud in this one, just like all close Red State House and Senate races ...count on it. The exit polls verify it every god damn election.

Anybody aware of being thrown off the roles by Kobach ..... seek legal advice and charge him with election fraud. Force the Corpse media to report about it.

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2950-10K 3 weeks 1 day ago
#35

Deepsapce, Legend, stopgap, and all others fighting on the enlightened side of history..... after all that's been said and done by Trump and his Kochpublican Party this past year, anyone still on board with this madness has their head stuck up their ass so completely, there's zero hope of intervention and extraction. With this said, I'm sure my #34 post was a total waste of time. It's like swatting at green flies on a hot and humid day....they just keep coming.

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stopgap 3 weeks 1 day ago
#36

Yes 10k, Trying to prove anything to conservatives is a total waste of time. Time after time, over and over again, I've watched Deepspace on this site, show with lengthy painstakingly detailed, referenced and documented posts that prove and make clear the fallacies and inanities of the Trolls that are on some religious crusade to spread the gospel of rightwing thinking.

Personally, I really don't have any intention of trying to prove anything to them, nor do I care what they think of my posts or my thoughts. If Deepspace's tome-like efforts have zero effect on them, then why the hell should I waste my time trying to convince them of anything! I'm perfectly content to sit in the backseat and enjoy my small part in driving them further over the edge by getting under their skin, provoking them to expose themselves as a cult of propagandized, delusional drones in the service of their lord and master, one Donald J. Trump.

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2950-10K 3 weeks 1 day ago
#37

Well said stogap!

I do want to clarify my #34 post. At the state level, The Fascists do in fact have their "smart" ALEC organization. Fascists employ private sector lobbyists to bascially manipulate state legislators to enact laws ending our founder's wish that government promote the general well being of, "We the People." Instead ALEC promotes of the piggish greed of the elite few at the expense of the powerless many.

Legend 3 weeks 1 day ago
#38

Reference HC's billionaire lists. Under the Republican tax plan none of their beneficiaries will have to pay inheritance tax. So the government is cutting that much revenue. It has to either cut that much spending or get it from somewhere else. Care to donate?

Legend 3 weeks 20 hours ago
#39

Crickets.

If The Rich Would Rather Leave than pay Taxes, Let Them

FDR had this to say about paying taxes:

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