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(Huffington Post)   How well has the GOP governed as the majority party? Well, a billionaire, until now known for contributing heavily to GOP candidates, says he is using the tax credit he received thanks to Trump to help Democrats get elected as a check on Trump   ( huffingtonpost.com) divider line
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2018-04-16 01:01:15 PM  
Billionaires don't donate based on stated policy, the donate in order to decide what their donor's policy is. He'll donate to whichever party is going to be in power. He's just securing a seat at the table.
 
2018-04-16 01:45:17 PM  
Klarman, an independent who donated more than $7 million to GOP candidates

Got-damn, how much actual good he could have done with that money. Like feed hundreds of poor people, donate to cancer research or finance my screenplays.

This Is Bold Text: Billionaires don't donate based on stated policy, the donate in order to decide what their donor's policy is. He'll donate to whichever party is going to be in power. He's just securing a seat at the table.


That's what I don't get though and I guess it's one of the reasons I'm not rich. If you're a billionaire, what is it that do you give a fark about enough to donate to some politician?
 
2018-04-16 01:49:48 PM  
"The Republicans in Congress have failed to hold the president accountable and have abandoned their historic beliefs and values"

They historically believe in tax cuts for the wealthy and fark you, I got mine.  What else is there?  You don't like STIGGINIT?
 
2018-04-16 01:51:15 PM  

Mugato: If you're a billionaire, what is it that do you give a fark about enough to donate to some politician?


To make the politician do what you want them to do.  You have to out-bid the competition.

/best government that money can buy
 
2018-04-16 01:58:43 PM  
Nice to see a well-off Never Trumper do something to rein in Trump other than wring his hands.
 
2018-04-16 02:07:29 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Mugato: If you're a billionaire, what is it that do you give a fark about enough to donate to some politician?

To make the politician do what you want them to do.  You have to out-bid the competition.

/best government that money can buy


Yes I understand that but it seems like a lot of effort to put out if you're already a billionaire, one of the perks I assume being that you don't have to deal with any farking politicians.
 
2018-04-16 02:56:34 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Mugato: If you're a billionaire, what is it that do you give a fark about enough to donate to some politician?

To make the politician do what you want them to do.  You have to out-bid the competition.

/best government that money can buy


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2018-04-16 04:38:05 PM  
It's not that he's looking for someone to check the Republicans. He's hedging his bets on the Democrats winning so he can continue to push for things he wants.
 
2018-04-16 04:38:33 PM  
The ultimate proof Trump is triggering the elites
 
2018-04-16 04:39:01 PM  
In other non-Hannity news, the Democrat challenger in next weeks special is up by 1 point in an AZ district that went for Trump by 20

https://mobile.twitter.com/sahilkapur​/​status/985939923147591681
 
2018-04-16 04:44:24 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: It's not that he's looking for someone to check the Republicans. He's hedging his bets on the Democrats winning so he can continue to push for things he wants.


Winnar! AKA the "I changed my mind because I am always right" mentality. Also why Peggy Hill doesn't vote until the polls are almost closed.
 
2018-04-16 04:48:55 PM  
Yeah, I share the sentiment of the commenters here.  I'm a *tad* bit skeptical that this guy is some kind of hero doing what he can to save the country.

Why is there such a need in this country to lionize billionaires for doing the bare minimum, anyway?  Just because you're capable of being a James Bond supervillain but decided against, that doesn't mean you're a great guy.  The bar is a little higher than that.
 
2018-04-16 04:56:40 PM  
All right, Seth. Now rent a fleet of cars to drive the Democratic voters you love so much to the polls.

You should also offer to pick up GOP Trump voters. Just tell them to stand in the middle of the street and wait.
 
2018-04-16 04:57:11 PM  

dumbobruni: In other non-Hannity news, the Democrat challenger in next weeks special is up by 1 point in an AZ district that went for Trump by 20

https://mobile.twitter.com/sahilkapur/​status/985939923147591681


JTFC. That would make multiple districts in completely different parts of the country swinging from safe GOP holds to the Democrats. The map for Democrats in the House is huge this year.
 
2018-04-16 04:57:23 PM  
Welcome to the Never Trumpers, friend. Standard-issue hip waders are over there, nose plugs are on the table, and I strongly recommend investing in a see-through umbrella.
 
2018-04-16 05:02:30 PM  
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2018-04-16 05:03:16 PM  
"The Republicans in Congress have failed to hold the president accountable and have abandoned their historic beliefs and values,"


It's sad that he thinks they abandoned values they never had
 
2018-04-16 05:03:26 PM  
So $222,000 to Dems versus $7,000,000 to Republicans during Obama era.  Please tell me how the Republicans of the Obama era were any less craven and depraved.

And the treasury looting tax cut probably netted you upwards of $50 million.  Can't you spare anything more than pocket change?
 
2018-04-16 05:10:09 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: "The Republicans in Congress have failed to hold the president accountable and have abandoned their historic beliefs and values"

They historically believe in tax cuts for the wealthy and fark you, I got mine.  What else is there?  You don't like STIGGINIT?


Like all corporate types, he wants a weak, divided, broken government that can easily be turned against itself.

By keeping the govt from accomplishing anything at all, it's kept from doing any real regulating or protecting of the people.
 
2018-04-16 05:16:17 PM  

Mugato: Klarman, an independent who donated more than $7 million to GOP candidates

Got-damn, how much actual good he could have done with that money. Like feed hundreds of poor people, donate to cancer research or finance my screenplays.

This Is Bold Text: Billionaires don't donate based on stated policy, the donate in order to decide what their donor's policy is. He'll donate to whichever party is going to be in power. He's just securing a seat at the table.

That's what I don't get though and I guess it's one of the reasons I'm not rich. If you're a billionaire, what is it that do you give a fark about enough to donate to some politician?


Personally, I'd give $7 million to politicians that would increase funding for food aid, cancer research, and fine arts by more than just a measly $7 million.
 
2018-04-16 05:19:18 PM  

Mugato: Klarman, an independent who donated more than $7 million to GOP candidates

Got-damn, how much actual good he could have done with that money. Like feed hundreds of poor people, donate to cancer research or finance my screenplays.

This Is Bold Text: Billionaires don't donate based on stated policy, the donate in order to decide what their donor's policy is. He'll donate to whichever party is going to be in power. He's just securing a seat at the table.

That's what I don't get though and I guess it's one of the reasons I'm not rich. If you're a billionaire, what is it that do you give a fark about enough to donate to some politician?


A lot of ultra-rich people get that way because they have a compulsion around getting richer.  It's an addiction.  If there is a chance that you could become even richer, you'll be losing sleep if you don't take it.
 
2018-04-16 05:19:29 PM  

Mugato: Klarman, an independent who donated more than $7 million to GOP candidates

Got-damn, how much actual good he could have done with that money. Like feed hundreds of poor people, donate to cancer research or finance my screenplays.

This Is Bold Text: Billionaires don't donate based on stated policy, the donate in order to decide what their donor's policy is. He'll donate to whichever party is going to be in power. He's just securing a seat at the table.

That's what I don't get though and I guess it's one of the reasons I'm not rich. If you're a billionaire, what is it that do you give a fark about enough to donate to some politician?


Becoming a billionsaire.
 
2018-04-16 05:28:45 PM  
Fools and their money are soon parted. I can't imagine a bigger fool than one who donates to one side and then the other. At least have the strength of your convictions, man!
 
2018-04-16 05:30:52 PM  
Sounds like he just wants divided government that can't accomplish anything that might interfere with him getting richer.
 
2018-04-16 05:31:39 PM  
"New George Soros" ad hominems from Faux Nooz in 3, 2, 1...
 
2018-04-16 05:33:13 PM  

NobleHam: Sounds like he just wants divided government that can't accomplish anything that might interfere with him getting richer.


Yep. One of the "Clinton was only a good president because the Republican Congress blocked any new spending" types. How droll.
 
2018-04-16 05:34:20 PM  

Shaggy_C: Fools and their money are soon parted. I can't imagine a bigger fool than one who donates to one side and then the other. At least have the strength of your convictions, man!


Well what happens when your convictions don't change, but the party you supported has left those convictions behind? Do you continue donating money to them, stop altogether, or do you support the opposing party as a means to put a check on the party in power?
 
2018-04-16 05:44:20 PM  

Shaggy_C: Fools and their money are soon parted. I can't imagine a bigger fool than one who donates to one side and then the other. At least have the strength of your convictions, man!


A fool? How do you figure? Because it seems plenty smart on his part personally, even if it's not good for our country.

What better way to cheat at a game then to play both sides? You buy influence from BOTH parties who oppose each other and you tend to get what you want no matter who's in charge. Doesn't seem like a fool's play to me.

The foolish thing to me would be to assume an altruistic goal in playing our government like a 2-man con.
 
2018-04-16 05:52:33 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: "The Republicans in Congress have failed to hold the president accountable and have abandoned their historic beliefs and values"

They historically believe in tax cuts for the wealthy and fark you, I got mine.  What else is there?  You don't like STIGGINIT?


I think a lot of people are finally figuring out that the Republican base is driven by hate and superstition, and that if all the Republican social positions on issues are based on irrational fears and fantasies, their fiscal policies might not be much more sound.  

I have been a life long Republican.  I became an independent under Obama, because I realized the Republicans were wrong on the social issues, and I became a democrat under Trump, because I realize their views on the economy were also pulled out of their butt.
 
2018-04-16 05:52:56 PM  

Mugato: Klarman, an independent who donated more than $7 million to GOP candidates

Got-damn, how much actual good he could have done with that money. Like feed hundreds of poor people, donate to cancer research or finance my screenplays.

This Is Bold Text: Billionaires don't donate based on stated policy, the donate in order to decide what their donor's policy is. He'll donate to whichever party is going to be in power. He's just securing a seat at the table.

That's what I don't get though and I guess it's one of the reasons I'm not rich. If you're a billionaire, what is it that do you give a fark about enough to donate to some politician?


Generally, it's an investment. All we hear about are the costs, not the benefits, and they're not going to throw out that kind of money for no benefit.
 
2018-04-16 06:17:21 PM  
Great.  I love depending on very wealthy people to bail us out.  No way that can go wrong.
 
2018-04-16 06:17:49 PM  
The GOP hasn't *governed*. That's the issue. They don't know what to do with actual power except "undo whatever the last guy did", and they can't even manage that well.

They hold every branch of government. The executive branch, the judicial branch, and both houses of the legislative branch.

And they still cannot get anything done, even the stuff on their agenda. Tax cuts was it, and even that was a shiatshow.

These are not competent people.
 
2018-04-16 06:28:28 PM  
They have no clue. As in NONE. The RNC's 'planning' if it can be called that, resulted in a tax bill with handwritten garbage in the margins. Everything they touch turns rotten and dies; Ayn Ryan has so much confidence that at age 48, he's bailing.

It is like watching internet trolls finally get their chance at the controls, and all they can do is....continue to sh*tpost and troll all over everything while doing absolutely nothing.

Much like handing your Xbox controller to a shrieking 2 year old, there's a lot of pantsh*tting and crying but they've got no goddamn clue what they're doing, while older brother Putin continues to f*ck with them and and you.
 
2018-04-16 06:37:23 PM  
Billionaires need the country to exist, too.
 
2018-04-16 06:37:59 PM  
Democratic Presidential Platform 2020: The Republicans were right, maybe just a bit too much racism.
 
2018-04-16 06:54:50 PM  
The real issue here is that any individual is in a position to significantly influence the outcome of elections, and that they see spending millions of dollars as the way to do it because it works.  That's just so astonishingly mind-bogglingly corrupt.
 
2018-04-16 06:54:54 PM  

Shaggy_C: NobleHam: Sounds like he just wants divided government that can't accomplish anything that might interfere with him getting richer.

Yep. One of the "Clinton was only a good president because the Republican Congress blocked any new spending" types. How droll.


And as soon as george w. bush got in, those same Republicans painted the town red. When the cat's away, the mice will play.
 
2018-04-16 06:56:06 PM  

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: All right, Seth. Now rent a fleet of cars to drive the Democratic voters you love so much to the polls.


I plan on taking the day off of work and volunteering to do just that.
 
2018-04-16 07:01:11 PM  
Amazing how "let's burn this motherf***er to the ground" is great in abstract, but once you elect a mentally challenged loudmouth with oily rags and a pyro fetish, it stops being so fun. I wonder why that is, Mr Billionaire.
 
2018-04-16 07:47:31 PM  

Mugato: Klarman, an independent who donated more than $7 million to GOP candidates

Got-damn, how much actual good he could have done with that money. Like feed hundreds of poor people, donate to cancer research or finance my screenplays.

This Is Bold Text: Billionaires don't donate based on stated policy, the donate in order to decide what their donor's policy is. He'll donate to whichever party is going to be in power. He's just securing a seat at the table.

That's what I don't get though and I guess it's one of the reasons I'm not rich. If you're a billionaire, what is it that do you give a fark about enough to donate to some politician?


To make you richer.

That bullshyt Trump's old you about "I've got so much money I don't need more money" ?

it's just that, 🐂💩.
 
2018-04-16 08:24:26 PM  

Mugato: Klarman, an independent who donated more than $7 million to GOP candidates

Got-damn, how much actual good he could have done with that money. Like feed hundreds of poor people, donate to cancer research or finance my screenplays.

This Is Bold Text: Billionaires don't donate based on stated policy, the donate in order to decide what their donor's policy is. He'll donate to whichever party is going to be in power. He's just securing a seat at the table.

That's what I don't get though and I guess it's one of the reasons I'm not rich. If you're a billionaire, what is it that do you give a fark about enough to donate to some politician?


Rich exceptionalism.
 
2018-04-16 08:28:06 PM  

This Is Bold Text: Billionaires don't donate based on stated policy, the donate in order to decide what their donor's policy is. He'll donate to whichever party is going to be in power. He's just securing a seat at the table.


This. He sees the blue wave coming, and he's getting out in front of it. Publicly.
 
2018-04-16 11:02:06 PM  

Mugato: Klarman, an independent who donated more than $7 million to GOP candidates

Got-damn, how much actual good he could have done with that money. Like feed hundreds of poor people, donate to cancer research or finance my screenplays.

This Is Bold Text: Billionaires don't donate based on stated policy, the donate in order to decide what their donor's policy is. He'll donate to whichever party is going to be in power. He's just securing a seat at the table.

That's what I don't get though and I guess it's one of the reasons I'm not rich. If you're a billionaire, what is it that do you give a fark about enough to donate to some politician?


Well, if you're a Koch, you want a little MORE money, so you buy enough Congressmen to get those pesky formaldehyde-in-the-drinking-water regs rolled back.  They're so cheap, you can't afford not to...

/job creators
//oncologist is a job...
 
2018-04-16 11:03:50 PM  

zbtop: The GOP hasn't *governed*. That's the issue. They don't know what to do with actual power except "undo whatever the last guy did", and they can't even manage that well.

They hold every branch of government. The executive branch, the judicial branch, and both houses of the legislative branch.

And they still cannot get anything done, even the stuff on their agenda. Tax cuts was it, and even that was a shiatshow.

These are not competent people.


Yep.  They're great at getting elected...not much good for anything else, though.
 
2018-04-17 12:41:51 AM  

StatelyGreekAutomaton: Democratic Presidential Platform 2020: The Republicans were right, maybe just a bit too much racism.


Well, we've got Beto and Moulton selling the nation out to banks once again, and democrats were dumb enough to go Clinton in 2016, so it's a very good possibility.
 
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