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Your word for the day, from the Atlantic's American Kakistocracy:
Norm Ornstein wrote:
Kakistocracy is a term that was first used in the 17th century; derived from a Greek word, it means, literally, government by the worst and most unscrupulous people among us. More broadly, it can mean the most inept and cringeworthy kind of government. The term fell into disuse over the past century or more, and most highly informed people have never heard it before (but to kids familiar with the word “kaka” it might resonate.)

As I wrote my new book with E.J. Dionne and Tom Mann, One Nation Under Trump, I kept returning to the term. Kakistocracy is back, and we are experiencing it firsthand in America. The unscrupulous element has come into sharp focus in recent weeks as a string of Trump Cabinet members and White House staffers have been caught spending staggering sums of taxpayer dollars to charter jets, at times to go small distances where cheap commercial transportation was readily available, at times to conveniently visit home areas or have lunch with family members. While Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was forced to resign after his serial abuse, others—including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, and Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, remain in place.

With Pruitt and Price, the problems were evident before they were confirmed. Pruitt told the Senate he had done no official business on a personal email account while serving as Oklahoma attorney general. When a judge ordered Pruitt’s emails to be made public, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rushed through his confirmation before they appeared—and, too late, they showed he had misled the Senate. Tom Price had engaged in a string of stock transactions while in Congress that led to accusations of manipulation and insider trading; McConnell and his Republican Senate colleagues brushed the evidence aside. Similarly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s misleading claims in his confirmation hearing about his own relationships with Russians during the campaign met with no pushback or interest from Republicans on the Judiciary Committee.

The Constitution prohibits anything of value other than a salary going to a president from the federal government or the states. (Trump had also been pushing the District of Columbia for more favorable property taxes.) The failure of GSA top officials to act on Trump’s apparent violation is under investigation by the agency’s inspector general. Foreign-government entities falling over themselves to stay in the hotel and schedule meetings and events there at premium prices may have violated the foreign Emoluments Clause, just one of a string of in-your-face elements of a president enriching himself via his office. Doubling the initiation fee at Mar-A-Lago to $250,000, and advertising that those putting on weddings there or at his Bedminster, New Jersey, country club might get a photo-op with the president of the United States, are equally outrageous examples.

Use this word frequently, my friends.
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Donald Trump campaigned by promising to run government like a business. Unfortunately, that business is Trump University.


Scary how stupid these guys are and how so many people continue to justify their stupidity.
 
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From the same root as cack in some English dialects = shit as in cack handed using the left hand - clumsy.
Pretty well sums it up.
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DavidDearlove wrote:
From the same root as cack in some English dialects = shit as in cack handed using the left hand - clumsy.
Pretty weĺ sums it up.

also caca
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Yah, I read this article at lunch. Thing is, most
of the specific instances of corruption lister are pretty venal....I mean, during the Reagan Administration billions were grifted from the American Taxpayer at HUD alone, and it took years to discover the fulk extent.

Id like to give the benefit of the doubt, but this team has shown absolutely no remorse in their attitude of using government to promote their interests. I only hope the costs are less than I fear....

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Darilian wrote:
Yah, I read this article at lunch. Thing is, most
of the specific instances of corruption lister are pretty venal....I mean, during the Reagan Administration billions were grifted from the American Taxpayer at HUD alone, and it took years to discover the fulk extent.

Id like to give the benefit of the doubt, but this team has shown absolutely no remorse in their attitude of using government to promote their interests. I only hope the costs are less than I fear....

Maybe it will brighten your day if I point out that accepting a Presidential pardon is an admission of guilt, and that admission can then be used in a civil suit, which cannot be stopped by the pardon.
 
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I am beginning to think we have to go thru a kakistocracy once every 240 years, burn thru the guy, and move on. If ALL who voted for Trump have not reversed their judgement of the guy by now (and regretted their vote for him), then we deserve him, and the havoc he wreaks. For 240 years, I guess we beat the law of averages, laughs. So something like this was probably due.
 
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abadolato01 wrote:
I am beginning to think we have to go thru a kakistocracy once every 240 years, burn thru the guy, and move on. If ALL who voted for Trump have not reversed their judgement of the guy by now (and regretted their vote for him), then we deserve him, and the havoc he wreaks. For 240 years, I guess we beat the law of averages, laughs. So something like this was probably due.


What' its a governmental version of a purge? All i can think of is the spelling is awful close to a kekistocracy.
 
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Since today we have a new kakistocracy in the NL.

The lower VAT goes from 6% to 9%.

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A kleptocracy is government by those who seek chiefly status and personal gain at the expense of the governed, a government of thieves.
 
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