How Congress could get Trump’s tax returns
President Trump doesn’t have to publicly disclose his tax returns, now or ever. But some members of Congress can, if they want.
The Logan Act states, in part:
“Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”
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How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power
The US first family and the Nazi war machine under the Trading with the Enemy Act are still being felt by Bush Family
George Bush’s grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany. The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.
Prescott Bush, a 6ft 4in charmer with a rich singing voice, was the founder of the Bush political dynasty and was once considered a potential presidential candidate himself. Like his son, George, and grandson, George W, he went to Yale where he was, again like his descendants, a member of the secretive and influential Skull and Bones student society.
“This was the mechanism by which Hitler was funded to come to power, this was the mechanism by which the Third Reich’s defence industry was re-armed, this was the mechanism by which Nazi profits were repatriated back to the American owners, this was the mechanism by which investigations into the financial laundering of the Third Reich were blunted,” said Loftus, who is vice-chairman of the Holocaust Museum in St Petersburg.
“The Union Banking Corporation was a holding company for the Nazis, for Fritz Thyssen,” said Loftus. “At various times, the Bush family has tried to spin it, saying they were owned by a Dutch bank and it wasn’t until the Nazis took over Holland that they realised that now the Nazis controlled the apparent company and that is why the Bush supporters claim when the war was over they got their money back. Both the American treasury investigations and the intelligence investigations in Europe completely bely that, it’s absolute horseshit. They always knew who the ultimate beneficiaries were.”
Bush bank tied to Nazi funding
President Bush’s grandfather was a director of a bank seized by the federal government because of its ties to a German industrialist who helped bankroll Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, government documents show.
Prescott Bush was one of seven directors of Union Banking Corp., a New York investment bank owned by a bank controlled by the Thyssen family, according to recently declassified National Archives documents reviewed by the Associated Press.
APPS MAKE PESTERING CONGRESS SO EASY THAT POLITICIANS CAN’T KEEP UP
Today tools like Countable http://countablecampaigns.com/
and https://democracy.io/ make it trivial to send a message to your representatives.
“Activists and congressional staffers say yes. But the simplicity of making electronic contact today has created another problem: While it’s become easier than ever for the public to contact Congress, it hasn’t gotten any easier for congressional staffers to actually do anything with the feedback they receive from constituents. In many cases, it’s not that Congress can’t hear you. It’s that the flood of voices so overwhelms the bureaucratic machine that any one citizen becomes hard to hear. There’s a disconnect between the public’s expectations of their communications with their representatives and the reality of how those communications are handled.
Research by Zogby found that email is the most common way to contact Congress, and that most people expect a response to their messages.
Yet a third of people who email Congress receive no response, and nearly half of those who did receive a response found it lacking, usually because they believed it failed to actually address their issue.
The reason for those dismal results is simple: Members of Congress are only allowed to hire eighteen staffers each. That means that as the volume of email grows, those dozen-and-a-half staffers are stuck with more work, and Congress can’t hire more people to help. And while apps like Countable have made sending email to Congress easy, the software that staffers have to process those emails remains antiquated, says Seamus Kraft, the executive director of the OpenGov Foundation, a non-partisan, non-profit organization he co-founded with US representative Darrell Issa, a California Republican.
The consensus among activists and staffers alike is
phone calls are better than email, and that showing up in person to district offices or town halls is better than phone calls.
But email and social media make a difference too, as long as those communications are personalized.
“I don’t want people who are disabled or otherwise unable to make phone calls to feel like their voice doesn’t matter, because it absolutely does,” says Emily Ellsworth, a former staffer for Utah congressmen Chris Stewart and Jason Chaffetz, whose guide to contacting representatives has gone viral since the election”
History OF Republican Treason
Published on Apr 22, 2014
Lyndon Johnson discusses with Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen the shocking discovery that candidate Richard Nixon is sabotaging the Paris Peace Talks through his own backchannel negotiations, offering the South Vietnamese a better deal if he becomes president. A supplement to the long essay on the subject of Richard Nixon’s sabotage of these peace talks: