Apples From Trees, The Kushner Files

NBC NEWS: Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News. Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry. … The FBI’s scrutiny of Kushner places the bureau’s sprawling counterintelligence and criminal investigation not only on the doorstep of the White House, but the Trump family circle. The Washington Post first reported last week that a senior White House official close to Trump was a “person of interest,” but did not name the person.


In the summer of 2004, Jared’s father Charles Kushner pleaded guilty to 18 counts of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering. The witness-tampering charge arose from Kushner’s act of retaliation against William Schulder, his sister Esther’s husband, who was cooperating with federal investigators; Kushner hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, arranged to record an encounter between the two, and had the tape sent to his sister. Kushner was sentenced to two years in prison and served 14 months at a Federal prison in Alabama. (Wikipedia)


America First (Unless You’re Over 65)

Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scoring of the House GOP’s American Health Care Act (AHCA):

“Today’s CBO score confirms older Americans’ worst fears: the American Health Care Act passed by the House is a disaster for older Americans who are not yet eligible for Medicare. President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan are taking health insurance coverage away from 23 million Americans.

The CBO’s numbers are especially troubling for anyone with a pre-existing condition. Premium increases are going to be massive for this group, which includes millions of older Americans. That will destabilize the health care markets. Among people ages 55 to 64, 84 percent had at least one pre-existing condition in 2014.

The scenario isn’t much better for those who qualify for Medicare, since the bill robs the Medicare Trust Fund to pay for tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.

This bill decimates Medicaid, with more than $800 billion in cuts. Donald Trump’s 2018 fiscal year budget attempts to add another $600 billion in Medicaid cuts to that figure, for a total of $1.4 trillion.

We now know why the House leadership was in such a hurry to pass this dreadful legislation without a single hearing: this bill is both dangerous and unfair.

The CBO confirms some states will drop the coverage guarantee for people with pre-existing conditions, making health insurance a privilege for the wealthy, not a right.

Members of the Alliance for Retired Americans are mobilized and ready to fight tooth and nail against the AHCA in the Senate.”

Trump’s Promise Not to Cut Social Security Broken


Making The Disabled Work Again

WASHINGTON (Miami Herald) — “President Donald Trump fulfilled a major campaign promise Tuesday, proposing a $4.1 trillion budget plan that would upend Washington in a big way. … The proposal reflects a conservative vision of smaller government, a drastic rollback of programs for the poor and disabled to prod them into the workforce and a robust hike for the military and border security. It foresees scuttling Barack Obama’s health care law and an overhaul of the tax code, a boon to the wealthiest Americans. … The plan is laced with $3.6 trillion in cuts to domestic agencies, food stamps, Medicaid, highway funding, crop insurance and medical research, among others. Many of the voters who propelled Trump into the presidency last November would see significantly less from the federal government.”