Truth does matter

“We pay more taxes than anybody else in the world,” said President Trump on August 10, 2017 having said similar statements on more than a few occasions.

“You know this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story,” said the President to Lester Holt on May 11, 2017 which he has said on multiple occasions.

The cut in the subsidies will only affect the “gift” to the insurance companies, said the President to his cabinet in October, 2017 when he defunded some ACA subsidies to the companies to repay them for subsidizing co-pays and deductibles for people making less than 2 1/2 times the poverty limit. He used variations of this theme on several occasions to defend his cuts to financial help to those in need.

The two common threads of these statements are they are all lies and were uttered consistently by Donald Trump. Yet, this should not be a shock to anyone as the man has a hard time telling the truth.

Per Politifacts, on 483 measured statements by the President, 69% of the time they were either mostly false, false or pants-on-fire false. In other words, more than 2 out of 3 statements he makes or tweets should not be considered as true.

In a fairly recent interview with The New York Times, the reporters measured the President averaged lying every 75 seconds. The Washington Post counted 1,950 false or misstated claims in his first 347 days. This is consistent with statements made by his five biographers who note Trump has a hard time with the truth.

But this is not news to most Americans per a Quinnipiac Survey. The survey said 62% of Americans do not think Trump is honest. And, in a University of Missouri Journalism survey, the President was listed in the bottom ten of trustworthy news sources, meaning the ten least trusted sources.

The truth matters. The Russia thing is real, whether it links directly to Trump or not, as intelligence officials say he is at minimum an unwitting participant in the meddling. In fact, General Barry McCaffrey, the most decorated retired four star general said this weekend that the President is a “serious threat to national security,” based on his adoring view of Putin.

On the taxes comment, we just reduced taxes with this lie laying groundwork. We are increasing our debt by $1.5 trillion to try to make a pretty good economy even better. On the health care subsidies, this lie covered for a change that will increase our debt by $10 billion meaning it impacts taxpayers as well as non-subsidized premium payers, not insurers.

Our problems are complex and they are hard enough to solve when we deal with the truth. When our leader lies and others support his lies, solving problems become even harder. The truth matters. And, with respect to his many alleged affairs and sexual misconduct, I would bet on the women’s stories as being more true than his defense.

22 thoughts on “Truth does matter

  1. Note to Readers: Our friend Gronda routinely contacts Senators and Congresspersons. My efforts pale in comparison. I encourage people to contact their two Senators and Congressperson to share your concerns either by phone or email using their online template.They are obligated to listen to their constituents.

    I occasionally reach out to other Senators and select Congresspersons, even the President. Know that it is difficult to leave an email for Congresspersons who do not represent you, but you can call them. Be civil and concerned. Whether they choose to ignore us is their call, but they need to hear from us.

  2. Dear Keith,
    Thanks for encouraging your readers to make at least a few calls. It is the number of calls that get the legislators’ attention. Their offices do keep count. I am convinced that this is one of the reasons that Senator Lindsey Graham decided to hold a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the MCabe firing which is after he was contacted by lots of peoples.

    This week I am contacting those in the US Congress to back a bill crated by Senators Coons and Tillis to protect Mr. Mueller’s job. But I am also asking for the DOJ’s Rod Rosenstein’s job to be protected.

    The president’s lack of credibility is so bad that I would take the word of an inmate over his.His instincts on what is right or good is way off. I am with General Barry McCoffrey is believing that he as president, is a clear threat to the US national security interests.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Thanks Gronda. You are a true patriot. I am not a huge fan of SC Representative Trey Gowdy’s, but his comment on Fox in response to Trump’s attorney calling for a cessation to the Mueller’s investigation is powerful:

      “Republican U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy criticized Dowd in an interview with Fox News Sunday.

      ‘I think the president’s attorney, frankly, does him a disservice when he says that and when he frames the investigation that way,’ Gowdy said. ‘If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it.'”

  3. Dear Keith,
    I am so happy that you live in NC. I just spoke with the staffer Michael from the office of Sen Thom Tillis and they are not taking calls from anyone outside of NC. I had wanted to give input favoring legislation protecting FBI’s Trump Russia probe being led by its Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

    The phone number is 202-224-6342 and please tell him that Onda Morin had to call you to have any input.

    Thanks a million.

    Hugs, Gronda

  4. Is Trump able to define ‘more taxes’. Does he mean is terms of $s or does he mean in % terms of income per person….or does he even comprehend the difference?

    • Roger, he means tax rate. Per the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development, in Taxes per GDP, the US is 31 out of 34 countries. In taxes per capita, we are around 18th. Both measures are nowhere near the top. Keith

      • Thanks for the clarification Keith, I didn’t think Trump had any grasp of the Reality

      • Roger, we may need Lewis Carroll to help us figure out what Trump’s reality looks. Continuing the analogy that makes Putin the Cheshire Cat. Keith

      • Judging by the way he is tantruming folk out of their jobs in the Whitehouse I would suggest he has the mind set of The Queen of Hearts

  5. That he, with all his proven lies, still has the support of some 37% of the people tells me that far too many in this nation have turned a blind eye to the values they once claimed to have.

    I believe we should be able to contact via email, any senator or representative, regardless of whether they represent the district we live in or not. For in truth, each one of them represent each one of us. When they vote to take away our healthcare, it affects each of us, not only the ones in their district! I will find a way to email them all! If I could afford it, I would send them all a snail mail letter.

    I am pleased to hear certain of the republicans in Congress speaking out against Trump’s diatribe aimed at Mueller. But, they need to put their money where their mouths are, and so far I’m not seeing any evidence that they are willing to actually pass legislation to protect the Mueller investigation or Rod Rosenstein. All talk and no action has little value other than, in their eyes, to temporarily appease us.

    Good Post!

    • Thanks Jill. He is pulling out all stops now that the you-know-what is about to hit the fan. By the way, Kushner may get nailed even without Mueller if this building permits fraud in NYC is on the target. As one person in the know said this is not just a missed paperwork problem. Keith

      • Indeed, it looks as if the you-know-what may hit the fan coming from several different directions. I fear him doing something extremely reckless, dangerous, and stupid once he finally realizes his back is to the wall.

      • Jill, if you think about it, he already is. Since stopping the train would be suicude, he is pulling out all stops to derail it. He just hired another conspiracy theorist to sabatoge efforts. This man is guilty as sin. An innocent man would not be doing all this. Keith

      • True … but is there anything to stop him from doing something that can never be repaired? With all this craziness, I’m truly surprised he hasn’t simply imploded already.

  6. Note to Readers: One of the puzzling, but not surprising character flaws of the President is tendency to lie about even trivial things or when he does not need to. Thomas Wells, an attorney who worked for Trunp for years, said “Donald Trump lies everyday even about things of no consequence. It would include lying about the size of his inauguration crowd to using a fictitious name to call into radio talk shows to brag on his boss’ (meaning himself) social activities to overstating the number of floors in one of his buildings to rampant cheating at golf. If he lies about nothing, he certainly would lie about something.

    • Overstating the number of floors in his building??? Seriously??? WHY??? This ‘man’ has issues … but then, sigh, we already knew that. Trouble is, some people cannot see it …. or choose to ignore it.

      • Jill, that is sadly true. Since it is the ultimate metaphor, he did claim his tower was ten stories taller. Thomas Wells, the author of that statement, said when he was interviewed, Trump talked a lot about his social activity on the dating scene. Wells said he wanted to work with him, but that should have been his first clue. Keith

  7. Note to Readers: A contributor to Fox News named Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters (Ret) has resigned and claims Fox is now a propaganda machine. Here is an excerpt from Buzzfeed:

    “A retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and Fox News contributor quit Tuesday and denounced the network and President Donald Trump in an email to colleagues.

    ‘Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration,” wrote Ralph Peters, a Fox News “strategic analyst.’

    Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed,’ he wrote.”

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