Category: Georgia

Trump as Hitler Twin: The Link Tightens

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank offers the following:

This is how submissive Republicans have become to Trump
By Dana Milbank

(Excerpts)

  • This is how far Republicans will go in submissiveness to President Trump: they will vote to surrender military spending projects in their own home states and districts to avoid displeasing him.
  • By upholding Trump’s emergency declaration, they will give him blanket authority to take billions of dollars from any already approved construction projects of his choosing—and spend it on a border wall.
  • Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) will decide whether to offer up 11 projects — for air traffic, cyberprotection and training facilities, and more — at Robins Air Force Base, Fort Gordon, Fort Benning and elsewhere.
IndieDems Comment:

With two years of facts and reality staring us in the face, Donald Trump’s mirror imaging of Adolph Hitler has become glaringly apparent and becomes more real with every passing day. Milbank is stating the simple truth: Trump is to Republicans what Hitler was to the Germans of the 1930s. He is their Der Fuehrer, plain and simple.

Republicans have sacrificed any vestige of decency, morality, and loyalty to America on the altar of pandering to Trump’s approval. Trump’s wishes have become Republicans’ commands. And the Republicans’ willingness to betray America’s basic principles to suck up to Trump is far, far from reaching its nadir. They will continue to scream their approval for at least two more years—just like Germans continued to scream their approval of Hitler as the German war of aggression continued and the box cars took more and more innocent people to their deaths.

At the head of the line of Trump’s worshipers stand Georgia Republicans like David Perdue and Johnny Isakson. Who would doubt if they are practicing their Nazi salute? What evidence would say they are not?

GA Senate Votes Today (3/13/19) on Disputed Electoral System Reform

The Georgia State Senate votes today, Wednesday, March 13, on a bill that provides for a new statewide voting system. The measure, House Bill 316, has already passed the state House, and is supported by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

FROM the AJC
Georgia voting machine debate pits election officials vs. tech experts

Excerpts:

  • Georgia lawmakers are preparing for final votes on a statewide voting system that’s strongly supported by government workers experienced in running elections and just as staunchly opposed by computing experts who see an imminent threat to election security.
  • The Republican majority in the Georgia General Assembly is siding with election officials who want to install the new voting machinery…
  • Democratic legislators are aligned with cybersecurity experts who prefer paper ballots bubbled in with pens, a voting method that avoids the inherent risks of a computerized system.

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FROM VOTERGA (voterga.org). VoterGA is an independent watchdog group headed by Garland Favorito that closely monitors Georgia’s electoral system.

Will Lobbyists Steer Georgia into $350 Million Boondoggle?

ATLANTA GA – Why would Georgia legislators force taxpayers to buy the most expensive, least secure type of voting system? Why would a governor take out a 20 year bond to pay for a system that has a 10 year life span? Why would a bill authorize new devices to tabulate embedded votes in unverifiable bar codes when six systems tabulate human readable votes? Where is the fiscal note? The answers might be found in which vendors have the most powerful lobbyists.

HB316 has vendor specific language that favors an expensive system proposed by the incumbent vendor, ES&S. The bill attempts to subvert Georgia’s official full face ballot by authorizing small receipts with barcoded voting selections called   “scanning ballots”. The small receipts that studies have proven to be unverifiable are produced by a system that ES&S wants to sell to Georgia and ES&S has doubled down on their lobbying efforts. Former lobbyist Chuck Harper is now the Chief of Staff for Gov. Kemp. ES&S also employs Georgia Link to lobby Speaker Ralston. Founder John “Trip” Martin is from Blue Ridge, the Speaker’s hometown.

In 2002, Lewis Massey successfully lobbied the state to purchase Georgia’s current highly criticized system. He then formed a partnership with Bruce Bowers and John Watson, the current chair of the Georgia Republican Party. They lobby for Unisyn a small voting system vendor that also proposed a system using a similar type of “scanning ballot”. These two vendors and their lobbyists could benefit if specific HB316 language tailored to their systems passes the Senate today.

VoterGA cost estimates confirmed by a new study from the Open Source Election Technology Institute show a statewide implementation costing taxpayers over $150 million initially and over $15 million annually. That is over $100 million more and $8 million more annually than systems which are more secure according to experts like Trump 2020 advisor Tony Shaffer. The $50+ million interest on the bond exceeds the entire cost of a more secure system preferred by experts. Total outlay surpasses $350 million over the next 10 years alone.

The state has already been notified that defiance of all cybersecurity experts will lead to extended federal lawsuits that will cost Georgia taxpayers millions more to defend. It also risks federal intervention into Georgia elections. These are just some of the reasons why HB316 has been dubbed a vendor bill, not a voter bill.

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Racist Incident on KSU Campus Sparks Opposition

Cobb activist Richard Pellegrino has sent us the following notice about a racist incident incident on the KSU campus:

I am writing on behalf of #KSUnited to ask for your support and solidarity. Recently a Black KSU student, Elijah John, was the victim of racism on our campus. A picture was posted by a student to a group chat with the caption, “need to call the Klan to solve this issue”. The group chat also contained offensive slurs in reference to other minority groups, including Islamophobic, transphobic,…See More

Cobb EMC May Support Innovative Financing of Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Environmentalists nationwide are teaming with electric utility companies to implement an innovative program to foster energy efficiency upgrades in homes and businesses. The essence of the initiative is an innovative financing mechanism in which a utility uses its borrowing power to finance the upgrades, at no upfront cost to its customers. The result is a win-win situation, in which customers lower their electricity consumption and ultimately their bills, and the utility lowers its costs for the power acquisition.

(NOTE: The new program is not to be confused with the CEMC existing loan program for energy upgrades, as outlined on the CEMC web page.)

Georgia environmental groups are working to implement the new program in Georgia. Cobb EMC Forum, a volunteer watchdog group formed by CEMC members, reports that the CEMC Board of Directors is considering offering such an “Inclusive Financing” alternative to members. For further information contact Patrick Thompson, Advocate for Electric Co-op Members, 770-329-2746.

Here is a report on one of the pioneering programs in this endeavor being conducted by the Roanoke Electric Cooperative in rural North Carolina:

With no upfront costs, this innovative financing tool makes energy efficiency affordable to all

Report provided by ensiaensia is a solutions-focused nonprofit media outlet reporting on our changing planet

Senator Isakson Breaks with Trump, Backs Democratic Bill on Shutdown

Credit Where Credit Is Due–However Temporary It Might Be

Senator Johnny Isakson on Thursday broke with his Republican colleagues and joined five other Republican Senators to vote for a Democratic-backed bill designed to end the 34-day government shutdown brought about by President Trump’s imposing the closure as blackmail to try to force Congress to pay for building a wall on our southern border.

The bill was one of two voted on by the Senate aimed at ending the impasse over the partial government shutdown. Both were known to be dead on arrival but the vote was considered necessary to signal an end to any prospect Trump would get his way on a demand for $5 billion to start construction and pave the way for serious negotiations to appropriate funds to allow government agencies to resume operations.

The vote on the Democrats’ bill was 52 to 44, short of the 60 votes needed to pass.

The vote on the Trump-backed bill was 50 to 47, meaning, the Democratic bill got more votes than the Republican one.

Media reports say Isakson had expressed frustration about the human toll of the 34-day shutdown and had announced plans to work with a bipartisan group to find a way out of the impasse.

In IndieDems’ opinion, a strong incentive for Isakson to come out against the shutdown derived from the toll it was taking on one of his major corporate constituents: Delta Airlines. And a unique event reinforced his concern: the Super Bowl scheduled to be played in Atlanta on February 3. Screwed-up air traffic and a royal mess getting Super Bowl fans into and out of Atlanta airport was the last thing Isakson wanted.

The profits of Delta Airlines and the NFL owners probably provided Isakson more reason to go against Trump than the combined suffering of 800,000 federal workers, their families, and the federal contractors and small businesses who were also taking a hit from the fallout of the shutdown.

But for now, let’s give the Senator the benefit of the doubt. He did the right thing. Maybe the disaster of Trump’s shutdown will prod Isakson to move away from his lapdog support for Trump and adopt a more independent position in which the interests of the average Georgian, not Donald Trump’s orders, guide Isakson’s decision-making.

Cobb County Events: Democratic Watch Party. – Tea Party Address.

EVENT: Carolyn Hadaway Video Watch Party
SUBJECT: “Reversing Roe”: The likely effort to overturn Supreme Court decision
DATE: Thursday, January 31, 2019
TIME: 6:30PM
PLACE: Private home near the intersection of Roswell Road and Sewell Mill Road, Marietta, GA 30062
POC: Carolyn Hadaway, 678-687-7753, chadaway.volun@gmail.com
Please RSVP. Include names phone #s and addresses.  Bring finger food if you like.


EVENT: Carolyn Cosby, Chairman Canton Tea Party, addresses Madison Forum
SUBJECT: Cosby will discuss complaints she says are false that led to a $30,000 fine by the State of Georgia Ethics Commission
DATE: Saturday, January 26th
TIME: Arrive 8:00am for breakfast. Meeting starts 8:30am. Speaker 9:00.
PLACE: “Come-N-Get It” Family Restaurant, 1409 Church Street Extension, Suite E, Marietta, Georgia 30060
POC: Michael Opitz, President, Madison Forum. mopitz@mindspring.com. www.madisonforum.org

Government Shutdown Takes GA GOP Leaders’ Moral and intellectual Bankruptcy to New Heights

To no one’s surprise, Georgia’s Republican Congressional delegation has rallied behind the pack of lies Donald Trump is spouting to trample all over democratic values, the rule of law, and common human decency to use blackmail to try to get his way on building a border wall that no one wants and will do nothing to solve our illegal immigration problem.

In the process, people like Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk have taken their contempt for the average American to new heights of cruelty by shutting down the federal government, leaving federal workers with no way to pay for food, clothing, and shelter for their families—or for critical, and even life-saving, medical care.

Also threatened are other critical government services, like airport security and the air traffic control system. Government contractors and Americans who make a living servicing Americans using government facilities—like our national parks—share the burden.

Given the flood of media reporting, IndieDems will not waste time and words writing a whole new, independent summary of the shutdown and its implications. We’ll provide links to the flood of media reports that accomplish that task.

Trump’s Lies that “Justify” the Wall and the Shutdown

Georgia Republicans Support the Lies and the Cruelty—with Relish

Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

We reported earlier that Georgia’s Republican contingent in D.C. was holding firm on the shutdown and Trump’s insistence that Congress…include $5.7 billion in funding as a first installment for a beefed-up physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • Senator David Perdue said: “This is a new day and a new issue and the president is trying to deal with something that Congress will not give him a solution for.” Perdue has been Trump’s champion in the U.S. Senate.
  • In the House, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is poised to become another Trump champion. Collins is the ranking GOP member of the chamber’s judiciary committee.

Perdue earlier had written a paean to Trump in one of the most sycophantic propaganda pieces ever written—attacking newly-elected Senator from Utah Mitt Romney for criticizing Trump! Perdue sounds like Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels praising Hitler.

Prominent conservatives disagree with Perdue and support Romney.

Perdue also tweeted:

“The Democrats’ idea of compromise is, ‘give us what we want first… then we will negotiate to give you what you are asking for.’ That’s not how negotiations work in the real world and they know it.”

Senator Johnny Isakson: Newsletter:

“On Tuesday evening, the president addressed the nation regarding the resources needed to secure our Southwest border. I appreciate the seriousness of the situation and appreciate President Trump’s urgency in addressing it.”

But Isakson at least has qualms about a Trump declaration of a national emergency:

“I have a lot of trouble with any one person having that much power without a check and a balance, even in a crisis,” Isakson said. “I’m not (universally) opposed (to) it, but I’m also not without reservation for it until I know how much power it’s going to grant. And if it’s solely one individual, I want to know how they’re going to execute it.”

Isakson has also reintroduced a bill in the Senate which would permanently prevent future federal government shutdowns. He calls it the End Government Shutdowns Act. “It is wrong to continue the constant threat of a government shutdown.”

How Isakson can support the current shutdown while  condemning shutdowns in general, we leave to the Senator to explain.

IndieDems Comment

Wow. David Perdue, the coward who shivers in fear of Donald Trump, delivers a round house blow against Democrats. A gratuitous insult from one of Trump’s most slavish lapdogs, an avid apostle of Trump’s agenda of lying as a way of life. How can anyone negotiate with a congenital liar, the same person who has broken his word several times on the immigration issue?

Two weeks ago, Isakson and Perdue—along with all but two GOP senators—voted for the same deal the Democrats have on the table now, and Perdue, Isakson, and Trump now oppose.

Never forget: what the shutdown shows is the utter disregard of the affluent white males who control the Republican Party—this morally bankrupt minority of Americans—of any form of life that is not like them. They share the heartlessness of Communists & Nazis.

Perdue, Isakson, and the other white male Republicans who hold 90 percent of Senate seats gave not a damn about Trump’s:

  • Setting up concentration camps for children
  • Supporting laws that would deny Americans basic health care
  • Using racial slurs
  • Calling women bimbos, dogs, or fat, or bragging about sexually assaulting them
  • Mocking a handicapped person
  • Praising neo-Nazi demonstrators.
  • Calling foreign countries shitholes
  • Letting Kanye West use the Oval Office as a platform to say words like “motherfucker” and “shit.”
  • Lying about Obama’s place of birth, or his making 7,000 other false or misleading statements in the 2 years of his presidency
  • Inciting his followers to violence.
  • Approving calling his own daughter a piece of ass.

Senators Isakson and Perdue: Jesus says do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The man you most admire, Trump, has said all the above. Do you and Trump have fun spitting in Jesus’ face?

Senators Isakson and Perdue, how have you missed ever hearing about the 10 Commandments? God forbids bearing false witness and committing adultery. Trump does both with bravado. Your supine support for Trump mean’s you endorse trampling God’s commandments underfoot. Are you atheists?

Never forget: what the shutdown shows is the utter disregard of the affluent white males who control the Republican Party—this morally bankrupt minority of Americans—of any form of life that is not like them. They share the heartlessness of Communists & Nazis.

A better All-American analogy: the heartlessness of slaveowners and segregationists. Gerrymandering and the anti-democratic Senate have given Republicans power grossly disproportionate to their numbers. They’re wielding it like a tribal third-world backwater dictatorship.

The Republican masses now rally behind Trump and GOP Congressional leaders the way the German masses rallied behind Hitler and the Nazis.

The crueler and more vindictive Trump and his henchmen become, the louder the Republican masses shout their approval.

What Do GA Republicans Look for in a President? Liar/racist/xenophobe/sexist/immoral/Etc.

After two years, the words spoken by normal Americans to respond to Trump’s daily assault on truth, honor, civility, and America’s basic moral and democratic values risk sounding like clichés, out of sheer repetition. To help add variety, Indie Dems thought it would help if we compiled a list of many of the words that have been used to describe him, from which to pick and choose on any one day.

As you read, remember: these words describe the qualities that Georgia Republicans look for in choosing a president. A person whom these words accurately describe is the type of person people like Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, and Representatives Barry Loudermilk and Karen Handel, eagerly support as their president and want to be re-elected.

Words to Describe Donald Trump

Liar – congenital liar – serial liar – racist – xenophobe – sexist – misogynist – bully – demagogue – serial adulterer – incompetent – narcissistic – hedonistic – amoral – immoral – unhinged – uncivil – hypocrite – fraud – morally and intellectually bankrupt – nepotism – coward – erratic – impulsive – hysterical – inciter of violence – crude – cruel – caravan of chaos – chaotic – chaos-creating – corrupt – corrosive – malfeasance – dishonest – non-functioning – no decency – indecent – unprincipled -no honor – no shame – shameless – vulgar – venal – boorish – coarse – selfish – undignified – slanderous – uninformed – anti-democratic – anti-intellectual  -anti-Christian – clueless – man-child – vindictive – malignant – malevolent – miscreant – pro-authoritarian – Putin puppet – ethno-nationalist – obnoxious – vermin – desecrated – degraded – denigrated – cynical.

Some Choice Phrases

“No shame, no honor, no conscience, no knowledge, no curiosity, no decorum, no imagination, no wit, no grip, and no nous” – “No president in my lifetime has been surrounded by such a populous crowd of scammers, grifters and shameless opportunists” – “He has bragged about using bankruptcy laws to exploit his investors” – “This is an existential constitutional crisis,” says historian Jon Meacham, “because it’s quite possible that the president of the United States right now is a witting or at least partially witting agent of a foreign power.” – Trump revels in creating constant crises because it gets him the money, power, deregulation, and judges he wants.

America’s Fate in Hands of Isakson, Perdue, Other GOP Senators. Prognosis Is Dire.

Let it never be forgot: the Republican majority in Congress are as guilty as Trump for letting the shutdown of the federal government continue. They could bring a measure to end the shutdown to a vote and override a Trump veto any time they choose to do so.

Instead, Senate Leader McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan–and their minions like Senators Isakson and Perdue and Representatives  like Karen Handel and Barry Loudermilk–continue to do what they do best: spend their day kissing Donald Trump’s behind and passing laws that benefit the rich. They do the former in order to accomplish the latter. And in the process, the American people in general, and federal workers in particular, be damned.

In a three days, the Democrats will take control of the House. They will be overjoyed to take steps to end our long nightmare of an incompetent, chaotic, debased Trump Administration. The onus for continuing the horror show will fall squarely on the 53  Republicans in the United States Senate. Will Mitch McConnell, Johnny Isakson, and David Perdue rise to the occasion, crawl out of their coward’s cave, and for the first time in their political life, do what’s best for the country?

I’m not holding my breath.

GOP Senators’ Sycophancy Toward Trump Blocks Legislative Compromise

In a recent exchange in the media, one participant suggested that Democrats should go around Trump and negotiate directly with Republican Senators to put an end to the federal government shutdown.

IndieDems comment: What legerdemain of contorted reasoning leads anyone to the conclusion that the Republicans in the Senate will ever negotiate separately from Donald Trump? The last two years have proven beyond the shadow of a doubt: Senate (and House) Republicans–like Johnny Isakson and David Perdue–are the most absolute lap-dog sycophantic lackeys of Donald Trump. They are also cowards, totally lacking the courage to challenge him, even if they privately voice their disagreement with him.

There is one point about current American politics that is accepted as gospel truth by every politician, TV commentator, and editorial writer in the country: Republican politicians, like Isakson and Perdue,  live in mortal fear of offending Trump. They know that one Tweet from Trump could provoke a GOP primary challenge and end their career overnight.

The 2018 elections only reinforced Trump’s near dictatorial control over the Republican Party. The Republicans who dared criticize him either saw the hand writing on the wall and announced they would not seek re-election, or ran and lost. And the winners who added to the GOP majority in the Senate are the most cringing Trump butt-kissers of all! Trump has purged the Republican Party the way Stalin used The Terror to purge the Communist Party.

Congressional Republicans will never reach a compromise with Democrats based on rational debate and a Democratic willingness to meet them half way. Republicans will do what their master tells them to do, especially on the wall, unless and until their own re-election is imperiled. And thanks mainly to gerrymandering, we are far, far from that day.