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Draining the Swamp

PostPosted: April 28th, 2020, 12:32 pm
by TheVat ... 44380.html

Trump donor's hotel got a ton of Small Business loan money....

Dallas billionaire Monty Bennett had a special hand in draining the first round of PPP money—he's the single biggest recipient of PPP funds, with $96.1 million going to his businesses. Bennett is the the head of what The Dallas Morning News calls a "hotel empire." He's the CEO of Ashford Inc., a company that serves as the "external advisor" to Ashford Hospitality Trust and Braemar Hotels & Resorts, two companies where Bennett also serves as chairman of the board.

As Popular Information reports, the three companies made $2.2 billion in revenue in 2019. But in March, when U.S. businesses started to feel the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the companies laid off 95 percent of their employees and hired lobbyists for the first time ever to make sure that they could get bailout money. That same month, Bennett personally donated $50,000 to Donald Trump's re-election committee...

Re: Draining the Swamp

PostPosted: May 26th, 2020, 10:59 am
by TheVat
Perhaps the clearest sign that three-term Texas congressman Ratcliffe is manifestly unqualified to serve as the nation’s director of national intelligence isn’t the fact that he embellished his resume, nor that a only minority of the US Senate would vote to confirm him, nor that the first time he was floated for the post last summer he was so soundly rejected that he withdrew almost immediately.

Instead, it’s that years before just 49 senators of the 116th Congress—all Republicans—voted to confirm him last week as the head of the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies and the president’s top intelligence advisor, the 108th Congress tried to stop a man like Ratcliffe from assuming that very role in the first place. They wrote into the law that created the job, 50 U.S. Code § 3023, “Any individual nominated for appointment as Director of National Intelligence shall have extensive national security expertise.”

And John Ratcliffe definitely doesn’t. ... elligence/

A manifestly unlawful appointment marks yet another incident of cronyism. I can remember when a performance like Ratcliffe's in the House impeachment proceedings would have caused most politicians to dismiss him as a viable candidate.

Re: Draining the Swamp

PostPosted: May 26th, 2020, 11:41 am
by Serpent
IOW, Tuesday in a banana republic.
(Though I heard that's not the term DJT uses whn he talks about refugees from those countries.)