by H.SkipRobinson © 11/2019
There’s an old joke in politics, “how do you tell if a politician is lying? Their lips are moving. Sadly, the lies are often catastrophic for the majority and surely for the huge numbers of people affected by the social policies they put into place.
I am only going to go back, except for a couple of Presidents, for those in my life to show you how badly they lie and how badly they affect the majority.
Lyndon Baines Johnson; In 1964, two U.S. ships were “allegedly” attacked in Vietnam’s Gulf of Tonkin. President Lyndon B. Johnson got on the air that night to tell the American people about “the unprovoked attack and that he was orchestrating an aggressive response”. In reality, Johnson had already planned to attack North Vietnam. There was no unprovoked attack by the North Vietnamese. In 1965 he said, “For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there”. The infamous Pentagon Paper leaked by Daniel Ellsberg to the Washington Post, New York Times and other periodicals, revealed that both the President and high-ranking Military Officials at the Pentagon lied to the American people to justify escalating the war in Vietnam. The government tried to unsuccessfully prosecute Ellsberg for treason and unsuccessfully sued the Post and Times. Johnson’s escalation of the Vietnam War causing the death of some 58,209 American men and 2,489 are missing. However, even some of my father’s fellow Navy pilots from the 1950s when he flew, men in the late 40’s, were shot down and died in the Vietnam War; escalated on a lie by Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Richard Nixon; He was a lawyer who campaigned for the White House promising to end the Vietnam War. It later emerged, however, that he had secretly tried to sabotage peace talks in order to improve his electoral chances. “You don’t know how to lie. If you can’t lie, you’ll never go anywhere.” – President Richard Nixon, giving advice to a political associate. I think that sums up the character of Richard Nixon. The infamous Watergate scandal, which forced him to resign before he was impeached was just another part of his corrupt and deceptive nature. Of course, his Republican predecessor Gerald Ford pardoned him from any criminal prosecutions. The military-industrial complex has been one of the major contributors to the campaigns of Presidential front runners throughout our history which is perhaps much of the underlying problem. It is as much a conflict of interest as there can ever be with government contractors able to, directly and indirectly, contribute to both candidates and the two major parties through the RNC and DNC.
Ronald Reagan; “I’m going to Cut the Federal Budget”. He, of course, signed bills that raised the Federal Budget almost every single year during his two, four-year terms in office. This was an important time in our economic history. We could have and should have cut the Federal budget as he promised to do during his campaign and why he won the election. This would have allowed us to balance the budget and not go any further into debt. We are now $23 Trillion in just Federally-issued Debt and over 10% of our $4.2 trillion annual Federal budget today is just interest payments of $479 billion on that debt. Of course, Modern Monetary Theorists, (MMTs) believe erroneously that continually borrowing and printing more debt-based fiat currency is sustainable despite the lack of “any” historically evidence. Not one country in world history has been able to survive such poor monetary and fiscal policies.
In 1985, Iran offered to free the several hostages they’d taken in exchange for missiles. “We did not, I repeat, did not trade weapons or anything else [to Iran] for hostages, nor will we,” Ronald Reagan told the American people when suspicions started to rise. Though, a few months later, he admitted to doing just that: “A few months ago, I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that’s true, but the facts and evidence tell me it is not.”
It has always been the policy of the U.S. Government to “not” negotiate for the release of hostages which Jimmy Carter followed, very likely causing him the election against the self-admitted “liar” Ronald Reagan.
William Jefferson Clinton; On Jan. 19, 1992 Bill Clinton said, “I want to make it very clear that this middle-class tax cut, in my view, is central to any attempt we’re going to make to have a short-term economic strategy.”
But on Jan. 14, 1993 at a press conference, Bill Clinton said, “From New Hampshire forward, for reasons that absolutely mystified me, the press thought the most important issue in the race was the middle-class tax cut. “I never did meet any voter who thought that.”
On Sept. 8,1992, Bill Clinton said, “The only people who will pay more income taxes are the wealthiest 2 percent, those living in households making over $200,000 a year.”
In response to a Bush-Quayle ad that people with incomes of as little as $36,000 would pay more taxes under the Clinton plan, Bill Clinton said on Oct. 1, 1992, “It’s a disgrace to the American people that the president (Bush) of the United States would make a claim that is so baseless, that is so without foundation, so shameless in its attempt to get votes under false pretenses.”
Yet the NY TIMES in the analysis of Clinton’s budget wrote, “There are tax increases for every family making more than $20,000 a year!”
“While Clinton continued to defend his middle-class tax cut publicly, he privately expressed the view to his advisers that it was intellectually dishonest.” (The Agenda, by Bob Woodward, p. 31)
In 1993, President Clinton ushered through Congress a large package of tax increases, which included the following:
- An increase in the individual income tax rate to 36 percent and a 10 percent surcharge for the highest earners, thereby effectively creating a top rate of 39.6 percent.
- Repeal of the income cap on Medicare taxes. This provision made the 2.9 percent Medicare payroll tax apply to all wage income. Like the Social Security payroll tax base today, the Medicare tax base was capped at a certain level of wage income prior to 1993.
- A 4.3 cent per gallon increase in transportation fuel taxes.
- An increase in the taxable portion of Social Security benefits.
- A permanent extension of the phase-out of personal exemptions and the phase-down of the deduction for itemized expenses.
- Raising the corporate income tax rate to 35 percent.
As you can see these tax increases and phase-out and phase-down of allowable deductions did financially impact the middle-class wage earner, negatively. Clinton continued the tax on Social Security benefits to the elderly at a rate of 50%, which the Republican Ronald Reagan has first signed into law. The law is still in effect today negatively impacting middle and lower wage-earning seniors. I expect such actions from a Democrat but aren’t we told Republicans like Reagan are fiscal conservatives. The idea of social security was to create a pension fund than they turn around an tax the benefits of the elderly 50% if you make more than a whopping $17,000 a year. It’s forcing especially the poorer seniors into poverty.
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”The fact that it is against the law for members of Congress or the President to have sexual relations with interns should have provided him a little more impetuous for restraint. The fact that he then went on to say in defense of his actions, “having oral sex is not having sex.” just makes me think much less of Rhoads Scholars and attorneys. Getting caught with your pants down is one thing, lying and trying to weasel out of it is another.
The Whitewater scandal, or simply Whitewater, was a political controversy of the 1990s. It began with an investigation into the real estate investments of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their associates, Jim McDougal and Susan McDougal, in the Whitewater Development Corporation. This failed business venture was incorporated in 1979 with the purpose of developing vacation properties on land along the White River near Flippin, Arkansas.
A March 1992 New York Times article published during the 1992 U.S. presidential campaign reported that the Clintons, then governor and first lady of Arkansas, had invested and lost money in the Whitewater Development Corporation. The article stimulated the interest of L. Jean Lewis, a Resolution Trust Corporation investigator who was looking into the failure of Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan, also owned by Jim and Susan McDougal.
Lewis looked for connections between the savings and loan company and the Clintons, and on September 2, 1992, she submitted a criminal referral to the FBI naming Bill and Hillary Clinton as witnesses in the Madison Guaranty case. Little Rock U.S. Attorney Charles A. Banks and the FBI determined that the referral lacked merit, but Lewis continued to pursue the case. From 1992 to 1994, Lewis issued several additional referrals against the Clintons and repeatedly called the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Little Rock and the Justice Department regarding the case. Her referrals eventually became public knowledge, and she testified before the Senate Whitewater Committee in 1995.
David Hale, the source of criminal allegations against the Clintons, claimed in November 1993 that Bill Clinton had pressured him into providing an illegal $300,000 loan to Susan McDougal, the Clintons’ partner in the Whitewater land deal. The allegations were regarded as questionable because Hale had not mentioned Clinton in reference to this loan during the original FBI investigation of Madison Guaranty in 1989; only after coming under indictment himself in 1993, did Hale make allegations against the Clintons. A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation resulted in convictions against the McDougals for their role in the Whitewater project. Jim Guy Tucker, Bill Clinton’s successor as governor, was convicted of fraud and sentenced to four years of probation for his role in the matter. Susan McDougal served 18 months in prison for contempt of court for refusing to answer questions relating to Whitewater.
Neither Bill Clinton nor Hillary Clinton was ever prosecuted after three separate inquiries found insufficient evidence linking them with the criminal conduct of others related to the land deal. The matter was handled by the Whitewater Independent Counsel, Kenneth Starr. The last of these inquiries came from the final Independent Counsel, Robert Ray (who replaced Starr) in 2000. Susan McDougal was granted a pardon by President Clinton.
On Jan. 19, 2001, the day before he left office, Clinton agreed to a five-year suspension of his Arkansas law license and his paying of a $25,000 fine to the Arkansas Bar Association. In exchange, Kenneth Starr’s successor, Robert Ray, agreed to close the Whitewater probe, ending the threat of criminal liability for Mr. Clinton after he left office.
Bill Clinton lied on such important matters, it needs probably another page. Here’s one in line with the Ronald Reagans of cutting the budget. President Clinton said on March 23, 1993, at a press conference: “My economic package will cut $500 billion from the deficit in five years.”
Bill Clinton has been praised as the only President since Eisenhour to have balanced the Federal budget. However, it was not his policies but the policies of the previous Congress that caused the budget to be balanced for just really one year. They had previously decided to close a large number of military bases around the Country and sell most of the land and assets causing the increased revenue in conjunction with his tax increases. We really needed to cut the budget, like Ronald Reagan had promised and failed to do. Clinton added $1.396 trillion, a 32% increase from the $4.4 trillion debt at the end of George H.W. Bush’s last budget, FY 1993.
This is the Debt added to the deficit during the Clinton years: FY 2001 – $133 billion, FY 2000 – $18 billion, FY 1999 – $130 billion, FY 1998 – $113 billion, FY 1997 – $188 billion, FY 1996 – $251 billion, FY 1995 – $281 billion, FY 1994 – $281 billion.
Understand that we can still add debt through government borrowing and run a surplus on the books as Clinton did. The closing and sale of the military bases was a part of the surplus.
George Herbert Walker Bush (Father); “read my lips no new taxes”. is a phrase spoken by the then-presidential candidate at the 1988 Republican National Convention as he accepted the nomination on August 18. Written by speechwriter Peggy Noonan, the line was the most prominent sound bite from the speech. The pledge not to tax the American people further had been a consistent part of Bush’s 1988 election platform, and its prominent inclusion in his speech cemented it in the public consciousness. The impact of the election promise was considerable, and many supporters of Bush believe it helped Bush win the 1988 presidential election.
The line later hurt Bush politically. Although he did oppose the creation of new taxes as president, the Democratic-controlled Congress proposed increases of existing taxes as a way to reduce the national budget deficit. Bush agreed to a compromise, which increased several existing taxes as part of a 1990 budget agreement. This is one of the easiest lies to coverup. Promise something you know is unlikely to be passed because the other Party has control of either the House, the Senate or both. This is classic campaign rhetoric 101.
In the 1992 presidential election campaign, Pat Buchanan repeatedly cited the pledge as an example of a broken promise in his unsuccessful challenge to Bush in the Republican primaries. In the general election, However Democratic nominee Bill Clinton, running as a moderate, also cited the quotation and questioned Bush’s trustworthiness. Bush lost his bid for re-election to Clinton, prompting many to suggest his failure to keep the pledge as a reason for his defeat.
George W. Bush (son); “We have discovered weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.” Of course, when the US Military invaded Iraq, they found nothing but some old saran and mustard gas which incidentally the U.S. has sold them years before. But we already knew that. Our own U.S. weapons inspectors had been in Iraq for years and had found nothing either. G.W. Bush and company thus relied on false intel provided by a known con man and foreign as a provocation to go to war with Iraq. Remember Lyndon Johnson.
I’m only going to give you the lies of a couple of pre-WWII Presidents to show that this is nothing new. As Nixon alluded to, lying is a necessity in politics if you want to get elected.
William McKinley; told another war-causing lie. He told Congress that Spain blew up the U.S.S. Maine in Cuba, which started the Spanish-American War of 1898. However, thanks to an investigation in 1976, it was discovered that Spain, in fact, did not blow up the U.S.S. Maine. A fire on the ship reached the boat’s ammunition stock and caused an explosion.
James K. Polk; was the 11th president of the United States, and he set his sights on expanding America’s territories. Specifically, he had his eye on California and New Mexico — Mexican territories at the time. When Mexico wouldn’t agree to sell him the territories, Polk sent troops “into Texas to cross the Nueces and guard the Rio Grande.” Mexico, of course, fired at the troops in response. Polk went to Congress and told them Mexico had “invaded our territory and shed the blood of our fellow-citizens on our own soil.” So began the Mexican-American War.
Donald Trump; “I love Wikileaks” and “Don’t you love Wikileaks” were one of his favorite campaign slogans, every time to huge applause before being elected. A sealed indictment by the Trump Administration against Julian Assange was “accidentally” unsealed in another unrelated lawsuit. Since Assange, Edward Snowden and Bradley now Chelsea Manning’s incarcerations and/or necessity to seek political asylum in other countries, whistleblowing has come to a severe halt, unless protected by the RNC or DNC for political purposes.
Barrack Obama; partially won the Nobel Peace Prize for his participation in passing the Whistleblowers Protection Act, campaigned on open and transparent government and partially because he promised to stop the American participation in various wars around the world. Of course, he tried to prosecute more whistleblowers than any President in history. Now the Deep State, politicians and military-industrial complex can go about their corrupt work deceiving and ripping off the American people without fear of someone blowing the whistle on them. And of course, the wars still rage on, despite Trump also during his campaign, promising to bring the Troops home. Are you starting to notice a pattern?
As President Barack Obama entered office after campaigning on greater transparency, he promised, on his first day in the White House, to launch “a new era of open government.” Of course, his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and most likely others, would begin to conducting government business on private email servers “to be more transparent”?
As for Obama’s record, here’s what history will show: In his eight years in office, the Obama Justice Department spearheaded eight Espionage Act prosecutions, more than all US administrations combined. Journalists were also caught in the crosshairs: Investigators sought phone records for Associated Press journalists, threatened to jail an investigative reporter for The New York Times, and named a Fox News reporter a co-conspirator in a leak case. In Texas, a journalist investigating private defense contractors became the focus of federal prosecution and was initially charged for sharing a hyperlink containing hacked information that had already been made public.
Those Espionage Act cases included the trial of Chelsea Manning, who was held in solitary confinement for nearly one year prior to her military trial, prompting a condemnation from the UN special rapporteur on torture. “The absolute twisted passion with which the administration under Obama’s leadership has pursued whistleblowers is just appalling,” says Norman Solomon, executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and co-founder of RootsAction.org. “And as far as I can tell, the administration is unrepentant in that process. There’s just no other administration that comes close.”
Journalists’ concerns about their threatened rights became such a hot-button issue that Obama’s first US Attorney General Eric Holder had to publicly affirm that they would be spared from the confines of a metal cell under his watch. “As long as I’m attorney general, no reporter who is doing his job is going to go to jail,” Holder said.
The frequency of Espionage Act cases under Obama has earned him the reputation of waging a “war on whistleblowers.” New York Times reporter James Risen has called Obama “the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.” Damning words, indeed.
In 2015, the United States was about to drop out of the top 50 countries in the Reporter Without Borders’ annual press freedom index, sliding 29 spots since 2009 when Obama took office. In the international watchdog organization’s report, RWB cited the ongoing conflict with whistleblowers for the decline. The United States regained eight spots in 2016, but the home of the Bill of Rights finds itself in the same company as the nations, Burkina Faso and Botswana, and Slovenia—where, RWB notes, “anyone who feels offended or insulted by a newspaper article can demand the publication of a ‘correction’ in the same position in the newspaper.”
And last but not least, the Donald
Donald Trump; He has said so many lies, it’s really hard to know where to start. So, let’s start where Obama left off, with the prosecution of whistleblowers and one of Trump’s famous campaign slogans “I love Wikileaks” and “Don’t you just love Wikileaks” to huge ovations every time he said them. Wikileaks, of course, is headed by the now world-famous Julian Assange held captive, more like a hostage in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London before the U.S. made a deal with the newly elected President of Ecuador to kick Assange, out even those he was there under political asylum. This is where the deep state gets involved with the manipulation of other governments and their heads of state. We back monetarily using taxpayer dollars, those people who are willing to do what the deep state asks, completely outside the purview of the rule of law. Our Constitution does not authorize our government to interfere in the political affairs of other governments, yet this has been the status quo for decades and Trump has no intention of stopping it. It’s his Administration that had Assange arrested by the British and now in Prison. A U.S. Arrest Warrant for Assange was accidentally unsealed in an unrelated court case, so Trump is following in Obama’s footsteps by continuing to suppress whistleblowers and the free press, whatever little there is out there, mostly alternative media sources with limited or no funding big business.
The New Your Times which is obviously a promoter of democratic socialism, did an interesting story on the Trumps lies so far. It’s obviously biased but some of it is sadly true. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/23/opinion/trumps-lies.html Here, however, is a sample of the authors at the New York Times lying. They wrote that Trump said “on “ JAN. 23 “Between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote.” There are always illegal votes found but the New York Times wrote: (There’s no evidence of illegal voting.) However, I found another New York Times article that contradicts their own authors, on the Trump Lies Story. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/19/noncitizen-illegal-vote-number-higher-than-estimat/ This article said Trump Didn’t lie in this particular case.
So let’s see if we can find a lie in the above 1st New York Times hit piece because we know for sure we cannot trust this newspaper. One of the stories has to be false. FEB. 28 “We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a five-year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials.” The NYT is correct (They can’t lobby their former agency but can still become lobbyists.) Sadly, Trump has hired many people in his Cabinet that have been in the government bureaucracy for years. He is not draining the Swamp nor is his ban effective at stopping the individual from working with others to lobby their former agency, they just can’t do it directly themselves so it’s unenforceable. https://www.truthdig.com/articles/a-staggering-number-of-lobbyists-have-worked-in-the-trump-administration/ He is even hiring lobbyists himself.