1/20/17

Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing is a sort of heroic figure in the DC Comics world. He '... fights to protect his swamp home, the environment in general, and humanity from various supernatural or terrorist threats.'

He's a good guy, in other words.

Our Donald has made 'draining the swamp' synonymous with cleaning out the cronyism, corruption, fossilization, of Washington. The Congress. The gummint in general.

So when we use the term 'Swamp Thing' in reference to one of Our Donald's political and financial cronies, we are not referring to a heroic figure. Quite the opposite.

Our latest 'Swamp Thing' is Steven Mnuchin, Our Donald's nominee for Secretary of the Treasury.

It seems that Mnuchin has acquired huge piles of personal wealth. Much more so than anyone really understood. This has come out in the recent confirmation hearings.

Mnuchin's initial disclosures showed that he had a net worth of as much as $400 million, but just before his confirmation hearing Jan. 19, he subsequently disclosed additional real estate holdings valued at nearly $100 million, which he said his lawyer had mistakenly omitted from the first document.

So much so, that Mnuchin doesn't even miss a hundred million or so bucks. It slipped by his lawyers, and it slipped by him. Or so he says.

In his revised questionnaire, Mr. Mnuchin disclosed several additional financial assets, including $95 million worth of real estate — a co-op in New York City, a residence in Southampton, New York, a residence in Los Angeles, California, and $15 million in real estate holdings in Mexico,” Democratic staff members of the Senate Finance Committee wrote in a memo on Thursday. “Mr. Mnuchin has claimed these omissions were due to a misunderstanding of the questionnaire.

and

Asked about the omissions at the hearing, Mr. Mnuchin described them as a simple mistake made amid a mountain of bureaucracy.

A hunnert million bux.

We do not live in the same universe, you and me, and this character. Who can not notice a hundred million dollars?

A Goldman-Sachs robber baron, as Secretary of the Treasury. Talk about a fox in the henhouse. Or Swamp Thing, wallowing in the decaying sewage of the national cesspool of politics and greed.