Monday, February 20, 2017

Day 31, 01 Year: Trumpland: It Ain't True

The White House released a briefing today naming all of Lil' Donald's amazing accomplishments in the last 30 days. The people of Trumpland seem to think that if you say it, that makes it so.

Sorry, but just because they say it doesn't make it true.

According to Fox News, Lil' Donald is looking at the best Dow performance since 1909. Yeah, because he promises to take away regulation, to look out for business at the expense of the little guy (one executive order rescends the need to put the client's needs ahead of the business's needs), and promises tax cuts to millionaires. I don't think any of those things trickle down to Everyperson. Lowering corporate tax rate simply puts huge amounts of money in the pockets of CEOs. And if things like regulations and tax plans don't happen this year, the Dow is going down, down, down. The pros are warning about a massive market correction if those tax cuts don't come.

Realize that getting rid of Dodd-Frank opens the door to the kind of financial meltdown we saw before Obama took office. Allowing businesses to stop considering the customer's best interests is unethical and is estimated to cost "$17 billion a year in rip-off fees and bad advice".

The Progressive Common Dreams calls it this:
A day-by-day review of the Trump administration’s first month shows that virtually every day has been marked by a new, extraordinary grant of power to corporate interests and/or another development in Donald Trump’s get-rich-quick-scheme known as the American presidency, a Public Citizen report shows...
“One month into the Trump administration, and it’s clear that there has been a wholesale corporate takeover of the government,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “America has never seen anything like this, and it’s only the first month.”
Lil' Donald has ended the blocks to Keyestone and Dakota Access Pipelines. He is lifting regulations, for example, of disposal of wastewater in coal production and allowing to go to into streams.

Foreign policy ain't looking good, either. Withdrawal from TPP in sending trade to China. Coming trade wars with China and Mexico will drive American's cost up. Weaker support for NATO leaves allies questioning America's stance regarding Russia. On other hand, a Russian paper suggested the American romance with Russia is ending which leaves America with no friends at all. The Muslim ban gave excellent fodder to feed terrorist regimes.

Meanwhile, KellyAnne's banned from CNN for lying and she committed serious ethical breaches with no consequences. Sean Spicer lies regularly, or maybe the administration changes the story so quickly he can't keep up. The president reports fake terror attacks and conducts foreign and domestic policy by twitter. And seven investigations are ongoing to the Russian hacking of our election.

Free speech is leaving as Bannon tells the press to "keep its mouth shut". Today the Washington Post published an article by this title: Has the White House press office’s silence become a weapon in its war on the media? Previous administrations, not prepared to answer a media question, would respond with “the White House declined to comment” or “We’ll get right back to you.” This administration now simply does not respond at all. Given that the administration has declared the media "the enemy of the people" the silence is unsettling. Now the White House can chastise the media for not getting their facts right when they didn't even bother to respond. Holy Cats! That's a no winner.

Despite these obvious problems, the devotees of Lil' Donald remain true believers. Gene Huber (the audience member who was invited onstage at Melbourne Florida this weekend) on the Mike Galligar show today said: "Whatever comes out of his mouth is going to happen. He was already doing things in Mar-a-Lago while he was president elect. Obama was playing golf." Which part of that statement should I correct first?  The part about one President at a time that this president elect violated? Or the part about how much time Lil' Donald spends on the golf courses he owns and profits from? Or the fact he raised the prices of the membership at Mar-a-Lago to $200,00 after winning the election, thereby profiting from his office?

Michael called in on the same radio program saying, "I get my stuff from conservative radio. I turned my TV off nine years ago. I don't listen to none of that." Given that this same program went on to discourage higher education and equal pay for women, that statement is a bit foolish. Indeed, Michael might need to go take an English class.

True believers are convinced that Lil' Donald is truthful and honest. But here's what one said, according to the Washington Post:
“If he hadn’t gotten into office, 70,000 miners would have been put out of work,” Patricia Nana, a 42-year-old naturalized citizen from Cameroon. “I saw the ceremony where he signed that bill, giving them their jobs back, and he had miners with their hard hats and everything — you could see how happy they were.”
Washington Post corrected that sentiment:
The regulation actually would have cost relatively few mining jobs and would have created nearly as many new jobs on the regulatory side, according to a government report — an example of the frequent distance between Trump’s rhetoric, which many of his supporters wholeheartedly believe, and verifiable facts.
Just for the record. Remember how many times Lil' Donald criticized President Obama for his Hawaii trips? Next time you see Lil' Donald refer to his Winter White House, bear in mind that he and his family have spent $11.3 million traveling in one month. That is more than the Obama family spent in a year. And we paid for it.

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