10 Billion apologies

The mainstream media continues to act like the tail is wagging the dog with regards to Donald Trump. He apparently spends a couple minutes on a "tweet" and the media spends several weeks dissecting it, discussing it, and commenting on it. What a master manipulator this guy is.

The latest salvo was Trump's assertion that the Obama administration was spying on him during the campaign. Trump evidently used the media reports of wiretaps as reported by groups like the NYT to assert that he had been targeted. (See the Politifact story on this here: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2017/mar/16/donald-tr...).

Politifacts rates the story as false...but then read what the original report said: "The F.B.I. is leading the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit. The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said. One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House." (See https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/us/politics/trump-russia-associates-i...).

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't all four agencies specified above report to the White House?

The heads of the Congressional Intelligence Committee have spoken publicly that they have seen no evidence of wiretaps on the Trump campaign, and several have called on Trump to apologize, especially to former President Obama. Trump's tweet called out Obama personally for ordering the wiretaps.

It is sort of funny that with all the illegal acts that Obama authorized, permitted, or condoned, this charge by Trump, unless proven true, deserves an apology. What about an apology, better yet, some form of action, from former President Obama when it was clear that his IRS had targeted Conservative and pro-Israel groups for "special treatment?"

What about an apology by President Obama for promising to work in a bipartisan manner and then abandoning that pledge to use his "pen and phone" to unilaterally change policy by circumventing Congress?

What about an apology from President Obama for the many documented lies he told about Obamacare?

That one, I did look up. According to CNN, President Obama "apologized" for telling Americans they could keep their policies if they liked them. Well, when you read the story, that isn't an accurate description. Of course, CNN tried to put a positive spin on what Obama said, but he certainly did not apologize for lying. Instead, he said he was sorry that some people would be losing their plans or their insurance. The article suggested that maybe to soften the blow, the policies could be grandfathered in for another year before being terminated. Some apology.

There appears to be no question that some federal entities were keeping tabs on the Trump campaign or campaign operatives. Whether Trump's phones were "tapped" is another matter, and perhaps Trump is guessing or drawing a conclusion from the "smoke" to suggest there must be a "fire" somewhere. I agree that if Trump cannot substantiate his claims, he should retract them...and he should be more careful about making such broad accusations based on speculation.

But Trump's accusations against one individual who is no longer in office, even if completely off base (which clearly they are not), are insignificant compared to lying to the American people repeatedly, benefiting from those lies to get re-elected (which is a direct subversion of Democracy) and allowing and encouraging illegal behavior by departments under your command (by having absolutely no consequences for the illegal acts perpetrated by people like Lois Lerner). An "apology" is an inconsequential act for such gross failures.

But even so, former President Obama owes the American people 10 billion apologies. I estimate this number by the oft-repeated claims by the former President about Obamacare...being able to keep your doctor, being able to keep your plan, saving thousands of dollars per year on health insurance, and even (on the other end of the spectrum) promising to give everyone universal coverage. Take the number of false claims times the number of times uttered times the number of people affected and you get 10 billion, give or take several billion.

How about a separate apology for Jonathan Gruber, who admitted that passing Obamacare was based on a big lie to the American people?

And then let's go a step further and ask the former President to donate all of his future earnings based on his "public service" to compensate those economically harmed by his lies. He won't have enough money, but maybe if he pools his resources with the Clintons, people could get one or two cents on the dollar for their losses.

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reference to 9,999,999,999 Obama apologies and 1 Trump apology

The latter may very well be premature to even think about. Apparently, none other than Devin Nunes, R-CA, chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, is talking more about international surveillance activity that touched on Trump's campaign, said info making the rounds. This corresponds with a late Executive Order, #12333, giving the NSA power to jump over privacy protections. Let's bear in mind the leaking of Flynn transcripts, which is a serious breach. Seems like more to come out, and Trump with advance knowledge in mind, let out a few hints.