Senator Hillary Clinton voted to create a law that closed a tax loophole that had allowed robber barons like Trump to steal money from the American people. Pass it on.

The NY Times published a decent article on Trump's taxes today--something the media has spent little enough investigative reporting on while they keep reporting on the faux email scandal, so it's time they did so. Where are the human interest stories of all the people who lost jobs and homes and health because Trump stiffed them and stole their labor by not paying them, the way he stiffed the American people by not paying his fair share of taxes? I call this theft on a massive scale.

But there's an important factoid buried in this article: it begins with Trump's claim that Clinton never did anything to stop people like him from being able to avoid paying these taxes. Guess what? It isn't until the end of the article that he is proved a liar in this allegation--Senator Clinton voted to close just that loophole. She did! Here's from the first and last paragraphs of the article:

Donald J. Trump proudly acknowledges he did not pay a dime in federal income taxes for years on end. He insists he merely exploited tax loopholes legally available to any billionaire — loopholes he says Hillary Clinton failed to close during her years in the United States Senate. “Why didn’t she ever try to change those laws so I couldn’t use them?” Mr. Trump asked during a campaign rally last month.

In any event, Mr. Trump can no longer benefit from the same maneuver. Just as Congress acted in 1993 to ban stock-for-debt swaps by corporations, it acted in 2004 to ban equity-for-debt swaps by partnerships.
Among the members of Congress who voted to finally close the loophole: Senator Hillary Clinton of New York.

I understand the writers delayed presenting Hillary's vote to close the loophole to the end of the article to create a compelling narrative frame and clinch line at the end, which is piss poor journalistic writing! Between the first and last paragraph is an exploration of arcane tax law and many readers may not get to the important fact at the end.

This fact needed to be up front. Trump's repeated claim that Clinton did nothing about this tax law is a complete lie. She voted to close it. While Trump was hoodwinking us and his workers, Clinton was working to make things better for all of us. She did a good job. We need to let her keep doing a good job. Pass it on.

Then take a break and look at these pretty leaves I saw down by the lake here:


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So pretty.

Thanks for this one, it's good to see this kind of post. Helps with perspective.

I don't know about you, but if she wins, I am taking off Inauguration Day :-)

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My med appointments are using up all my leave time, so we'll see if I have any then. I went to W's first inauguration to protest. I'd love to go to Hillary's, but I don't think I have the spoons to handle the crowds anymore. But I sure hope I'll get the chance to feel bad about not attending. (-:

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can't even think of when I've been so disgusted. It's a personal best/worst. Or something.

leaves are lovely, tho.....

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Lovely leaves! And the Trump crap will never cease to amaze me, and you're so right on the structure of that news story. (Dear journalists, people aren't children you're reading a bedtime story. They'll leave sooner than the leaves fall from the trees, much sooner, to everyone's detriment. So please structure the story better, unless you want people to see you as a Trumplet. (Couldn't think of anything better, really!) Yours truly, Us.)

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Don't know what they're teaching them in journalism school these days . . .
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Beautifully colored leaves! Now I need some time this weekend (which I probably won't get) to wander about taking more leaves pictures. We're in full color now ( a little late because it's been so warm).

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Yup, us too. It's just gorgeous out my windows right now.

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Always have loved those turning leaves. Can't wait til this election is ovah!

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Such dread this all gives me--thank goodness for pretty leaves.

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I've been quite annoyed by media coverage, by and large. Even pieces meant to defend Clinton and point out the (screamingly huge) advantages to a Clinton presidency, as opposed to Trump one, overwhelmingly have the obligatory email mention, without the--in my opinion, much more obligatory--disproval of wrongdoing that goes along with those emails. When Comey made his announcement on Friday, every newspaper, every news show, everyone was talking about "OMG, HILLARY HAS MORE EMAILS!" and none of them were taking about "they weren't Hillary's emails, they were not on Hillary's server, and by the way, Comey just violated the Hatch Act by making his little 'announcement' that means nothing but we're all going to pretend it does because hey, it's NEWS!"

Meanwhile, none of them even mention the two court dates Trump has coming up in November and December for racketeering and the sexual assault of an adolescent girl.

If future historians ever want a detailed and clear example of a double standard, all they have to do is lay out this election and its disparate coverage of the two candidates point by point.

Er. *is a bit ranty*

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So many of us are so filled with fear and dread now with the polls so close, all because of Comey's doing and he sure has a lot to answer for. I do wish him ill. But people are so, so stupid to sway with the wind like this. Yup--HRC has to meet an impossible standard of perfection--the angel/whore dichotomy is alive and well. And the whole world may suffer for our culture's misogyny.

Feel free to rant away--you're in good company here.

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That's disgusting and disappointing. I've been very disgusted by the media coverage of this campaign.

Gorgeous picture.


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