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March 24, 2017

DDT: Week Nine – Big Failure

Filed under: Donald Trump — trp2011 @ 7:46 PM
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When Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) signed S. 442 with $19.5 billion, the NASA Transition Authorization Act, I thought, “Finally! He did something positive!” Ha! Nope. With a $200 million increase (one percent), the bill is the first time the mission does not include earth science, including climate research, diverging from six GOP administrations and five Democratic ones. DDT’s budget from last week cuts out several NASA initiatives, including the Office of Education, and terminates the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE), Orbital Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3), Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), and CLARREO Pathfinder missions. Through monitoring and predicting weather, climates, and ecosystems, these four satellites help save lives and prepare the nation for long-term changes.

DDT did have a sort-of win this week when Anthony Trenga, a George W. Bush-appointed judge, ruled in favor of DDT’s Muslim ban, but the injunctions against it hold because the 4th Circuit Court will not hear DDT’s appeal until May. http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/3/17/1644630/-Nine-states-and-D-C-intervene-in-lawsuit-challenging-Obama-s-enhanced-fuel-efficiency-standards  DDT faces more litigation from his announcement of changes in fuel economy standards. In defense of the existing standards, nine states and the District of Columbia are suing the administration to preserve the requirement for auto manufacturers to achieve 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, saving both the environment and costs to car owners.

All things considered, DDT had a horrible week.

The biggest failure for both DDT and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was Trumpcare’s failure, after Ryan postponed the bill on Thursday and completely pulled the bill today because it was short on votes. Ryan thought he could push it through in three weeks, passing it almost exactly one year after the Affordable Care Act passed Congress. DDT thought he could get the votes by threatening House Republicans with losing the 2018 election if they didn’t vote for it. He had already lied about convincing people to vote for the bill, and his threat picked up ten more “no” votes from representatives who wanted to completely destroy the Affordable Care Act.

Ryan decided that he could win over the scorched-earth naysayers by taking away ten Essential Health Benefits mandated for insurance coverage: outpatient care, ER visits, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and addiction treatment, prescription drugs, rehabilitative services, lab services, preventive care, and pediatric services. Far beyond “health care light,” the bill ended up being “health care no.” That change lost less far-right voters, and it failed even after DDT sent white supremacist Steve Bannon and congenital liar Kellyanne Conway to Capitol Hill on a mission of gathering votes and passing along DDT’s threat that he would drop support for health reform if they didn’t vote on Friday.

Another huge failure for DDT came Monday when FBI Director James Comey announced that President Obama didn’t wiretap DDT’s phones in Trump Tower, as DDT claimed, but that intelligence is continuing its investigation into the possible collusion between his campaign and Russia. DDT’s source for his false contention that Britain helped the former president in wiretapping, frequent Fox guest Andrew Napolitano, has disappeared, at least temporarily, from the network, and DDT looked like a fool during his press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel when he talked about it. Fox eventually said that the network “cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary.”

In an attempt to spare DDT more embarrassment, the Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), past member of DDT’s transition team and chair of the committee investigating DDT and Russia, has called off hearings to block testimonies from former DNI director James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Nunes also backed down from his assertion that U.S. intelligence was “monitoring” DDT and his aides.

On Wednesday, the third day of hearings for DDT’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the normally split Supreme Court overturned one of Gorsuch’s decisions in which he ruled that schools were not required to provide education for disabled students.

And DDT had other failures.

DDT, who said he would pick the “very best people,” selected Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. During his recent Asian trip, Tillerson told the only reporter on board that he didn’t want the job but took it because “my wife told me I’m supposed to do this.” Not everyone agrees. Tillerson has dodged the press, refused to answer question, failed to defend his department from a one-third budget cut, threatened to attack North Korea without further diplomacy, bailed on some responsibilities in Asia because of “fatigue,” and then planned to visit Russia instead of attending a NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels. About rejecting the press, Tillerson said, “I’m not a big media press access person. I personally don’t need it.” He also failed to hold a press conference for the release of the annual human rights report. It was the first time in the report’s 40-year history that this has happened. His inaction has also led to several vacant leadership positions in the State Department. And that was just the last week.

To Tillerson, diplomacy doesn’t work so the nation is vastly increasing its military budget. According to Tillerson’s version of diplomacy while ExxonMobil CEO,  he kept quiet and let governments manage their own domestic politics. This narrow definition of “diplomacy” strikes bargains on the basis of private interests. Missing are interviews, press conferences, social media, and speeches to simultaneously address and shape public and legislative opinion simultaneously in multiple countries. Without credibility from Tillerson and DDT, past allies won’t be supporting the U.S. in its hawkish moves.

DDT’s honeymoon with Wall Street may be over, gone from starry eyes to bloodshot realism. Tuesday was the biggest Dow Jones drop of seven consecutive days of decreases. On the same day, the nine biggest Wall Street firms lost $81.6 billion in value, and the wider banking industry fell about 4 percent—again the worst single day for banks since the Brexit vote in June. Last week, the Dow dropped 1.5 percent, the largest since last September. An uncertain future for Ryan’s health care plan has made Wall Street wonder if tax reform will follow the same pattern. Without the giant tax cuts for the wealthy, vast sums of money won’t be funneled back to the rich (aka investors). Tax cuts are bad for the economy but good for the bloated financial markets. With today’s 60-point drop in the Dow, Goldman Sachs stock was the worst of the 21 losing blue chips, down 1.5 percent.

DDT’s interview with the conservative Time came out with this striking cover (right). Some of his unbalanced (insane?) comments:

Evidence for President Obama’s wiretapping conspiracy: “I have articles saying it happened.”

Credibility in him: “The country believes me. Hey. I went to Kentucky two nights ago, we had 25,000 people in a massive basketball arena. There wasn’t a seat, they had to send away people.”

Belief in conspiracy theory that linked Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) father Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald: “That was in a newspaper [that] had a picture of Ted Cruz, his father, and Lee Harvey Oswald, having breakfast.”

Insistence on forming a committee to find the three million “illegal” voters costing him the popular vote victory against Hillary Clinton: “If you take a look at the votes, when I say that, I mean mostly they register wrong, in other words, for the votes, they register incorrectly, and/or illegally.”

A Gallup poll released Monday morning showed that DDT continues to break records across all age groups with his historic unpopularity. The Huffington Post reports that his job approval has fallen to an abysmal 37 percent, “lower than any other president at this point in his first term since Gallup started tracking the numbers 72 years ago in 1945.”  Among millennials, DDT’s approval rating is 22 percent.

 

How empty is the man inaugurated last January 20? The White House posted this “official” photo of the Oval Office in the White House 1600 Daily.

August 14, 2012

Ryan, Representative of a Hated Congress

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Hours after Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was picked as the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Iowa citizens heckled him at the state fair for his position against Medicare. Although he tried to look casual about the protesters, he’s not going to be as protected on the campaign trail as he was in the safe luncheons where he could blithely get anyone arrested for speaking up. Like Tom Nielsen, the 71-year-old man with a broken clavicle who was thrown to the ground for objecting to Ryan’s using the word “entitlement” when referring to his Social Security and Medicare. Nielsen was really brave  to object to Ryan: he watched other protestors were arrested and heard Ryan make remarks like “We can get her a “to go” bag!” and “What’s unique and exciting about this is that the Rotarians got 15 bucks out of them!”

The media loved Ryan’s early appearances, starting with Romney’s introduction of the VP candidate on the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin. At this time, however, his approval ratings are the worst for any VP since Dan Quayle in 1988. Obviously numbers will change after the initial “bounce” of the announcement because only 50 percent of the country knew who he is. The news that is coming out about him, however, is not positive.

Republican Congressional candidates are worried about Ryan’s influence on their elections. Strategists think that his name on the presidential ticket will lose Republican seats in both the House and the Senate. Former Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.), who chaired the NRCC from 2003-2006, compared Ryan’s plan to George W. Bush’s failed attempts to destroy Social Security, an action that Ryan supported and something that may have lost GOP seats in the 2006 election.

Despite the fact that most of them voted for Ryan’s budget plan, candidates on the Republican side are working to distance themselves from Ryan’s positions.  The Republican National Congressional Committee (RNCC) gave them a little advice. “Do not say: ‘entitlement reform,’ ‘privatization,’ ‘every option is on the table,’” the RNCC memo stated. “Do say: ‘strengthen,’ ‘secure,’ ‘save,’ ‘preserve, ‘protect.’” Mitt Romney is taking this advice; he says “preserve” and “protect” a great deal.

John Tisei, a Republican candidate for the House in Massachusetts, is an example of a candidate’s dodging Ryan’s plan. “I’m going to Washington to do the right thing for the country, and I’m not going to be rubber stamped for anyone or anything,” he said, pointing out that he doesn’t support Ryan’s plan to shift control of Medicaid to the states.

Romney supporters have been quick to declare that the nominee made a “bold” move to take on Ryan as his running partner. The more appropriate word might be “desperate,” as Romney works to avoid questions about what is in his tax returns. In addition to the antagonism toward Ryan’s plans is the nation’s negativity toward Congress. Recent polls show that only 10 percent of people approve of Congress—the lowest rate since the Gallup polls started keeping track 38 years ago. The situation is so bad that Republican incumbents are running on a campaign philosophy that Washington is broken.

 Nate Silver, known for his accurate predictions of election results based on a scientific approach, has followed the  history about the VP selection. The last member of the House to be on a winning ticket was Speaker John Nance Garner in 1932 when he ran with Franklin D. Roosevelt. No “regular” House member has been elected VP for over 100 years; James S. Sherman of New York was elected as William Howard Taft’s vice-president.

Basic politics, according to Silver’s research, recommends playing toward the center of the electorate to enlarge the voting base. Presidential candidates with extreme ideologies, as Romney has, tend to underperform. Ryan’s Congressional voting record shows him to be as conservative as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and the most conservative Congressional member to be selected for VP since 1900 or earlier.

At this time, the press has stopped asking Romney how much he pays in taxes, but they are having a field day with Ryan, providing so much information that there’s not room here.  And every day more is discovered!

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