At 100: Pros And Cons

I cannot enjoy my Saturday until I set things right…..

I gave my take on what I see in Trump’s first 100 days….I am sure that there are supporters of Trump that will see it differently….so to be fair I will give what some others have written…..both pro and con (something you will not see on the Right wing rags)……

We begin with the Pros……..

  • Republican Rep. Brian Babin of Texas enthuses at the Hill that “we’re off to a great start” under Trump, who he says has issued and enacted dozens of executive orders and bills, created 500,000 jobs, and put Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. “We are moving in a strikingly different direction than the malaise days of the Obama era,” he says.
  • With this Trump presidency we’ve experienced a “sea change,” Hugh Hewitt writes for the Washington Post, adding that conservatives should break out the bubbly. Hewitt concedes there were initial “fumbles,” “stumbles,” and “a jumble of ups and downs,” but he says Trump has since found his footing, especially after Gorsuch, the strike on Syria, and dropping the “mother of all bombs” on Afghanistan. “Just imagine what the next three and two-thirds years can bring,” Hewitt writes.
  • “A rousing success” is how Justin Haskins and H. Sterling Burnett describe the first 100 days for Trump in the Sun-Sentinel. They tout reforms Trump has jump-started to “reignite the American economic engine,” as well as the sharp decline in illegal immigrants coming into the US since he took office—a “wildly successful” presidency so far.
  • On the Americans for Tax Reform site, Justin Sykes praises Trump’s first months as a “boon for US energy,” listing the 10 executive orders Trump has already signed that “will boost US energy independence and growth.”
  • Fortune lists the seven economic promises it says the president has kept, including pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and getting rid of obstacles to the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Eli Lake writes that Trump has disproved the “Russian stooge” and “fascist” labels that have been hurled his way, noting at Bloomberg View that the president has begrudgingly adhered to court decisions (even if he has insulted them) and that “US-Russian relations are cratering.” “Slowly but surely, he has begun to resemble something less menacing and more normal than his foes predicted,” he writes.
  • Sarah Palin wouldn’t give a letter grade to Trump during a Breitbart interview Thursday, but she did offer he’s doing “very well.” She also told conservatives who may still have their doubts to “keep doing your ABCs”—i.e., remind themselves that the mission for this presidency was “Anybody But Clinton.”
  • One of the most glowing reviews of all sees little to no need for improvement, and it comes courtesy of Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs. On Fox Thursday, Dobbs said Trump has “worked his tail off” and called his performance “pretty close to perfect.” Hannity nodded: “Everything he could do on his own he’s doing.”

And now for what the critics have to say….the Cons…….

  • Daylin Leach at the Sun-Sentinel says we should count our blessings Trump has been as ineffective as he has because the small amount he has accomplished has “ranged from the very bad to the truly horrific.”
  • The Washington Post says Trump’s presidency has gone well for one group—late-night comedians—and rounds up some of the best jokes from the first 100 days, including this one from Stephen Colbert: “How could Trump blow the honeymoon? He’s had three of them.”
  • While “the Trump administration has engaged in a stunning display of ham-fisted, tone-deaf, and downright incomprehensible policy maneuvers” so far, John Feffer at Foreign Policy in Focus says it could get much worse—think North Korea.
  • Philip Carter at Slate says Trump has spent his first 100 days making America less secure by lacking a clear foreign policy or a staff to implement that policy. “Until the situation improves, we will all be consigned to living in a state of national insecurity.”
  • Even Trump’s supporters should be upset with his early presidency—because it bears so much resemblance to the one that came before it, Yochi Dreazen at Vox says. “From North Korea to China to NATO, Trump has talked about jettisoning the Obama administration’s foreign policy and replacing it with something far more aggressive. … He hasn’t done so.”
  • Despite being a weak president, “Trump has managed to wreak considerable destruction on both the stature of the American presidency, its credibility and its influence, and the course of US policy at home and abroad,” including his one major accomplishment: putting Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, the San Francisco Chronicle argues.

What is your take on how Trump has done?

Me?  I gave him an “F” in my previous post………

Can we predict what will happen in the Trump admin from this point on?

Not by what Trump says.  He changes his mind more than a kid in a candy store.  But if we would like to find what is in the future then I say look to his major advisers…..they will set the pace and the outcome…..

Now time to back off and go to the garden for breakfast…..have a day my friends…..see ya tomorrow….chuq

1st 100 Days

I break from my normal posting schedule on weekends…..usually I try to post on anything but the day’s BS from the media…..Trump’s 100 days ends today…..so I feel I must report on the “Big Event”…..(drum roll….trumpets sound….let the peasants dance)…….

But first Mr. Trump made a statement that sums up his whole 100 day thing….

President Trump has been the most powerful person in the world for almost 100 days, and he seems to be finding it kind of a drag, according to a Reuters interview. “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Trump said in what Reuters describes as a “wistful” look back at his pre-White House days. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier,” he said.

Who in their right mind would ever think that being president of the most powerful country on the planet would be an easy thing to do?  This dude is woefully inadequate.

Now on to the first 100 days and the grades he gets for his efforts (or lack thereof)…….

It all began in the years of FDR and has continued on…..the new president is judged by his first 100 days….personally I believe that it is too arbitrary but the media loves the idea….makes great copy.

There will be lots of grading of this admin before and after the 100 days….there is one thing that Trump is good at….talking…I mean using a plethora of words without saying anything substantive….

So let us look at Trump’s promises for his first 100 days……

1. Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act. An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.  Grade:  F

2. End The Offshoring Act. Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.  Grade:  F

3. American Energy & Infrastructure Act. Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.  Grade:  F

4. School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to gives parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.  Grade:  D

5. Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.  Grade:  F-

6. Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-site childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.  Grade:  F

7. End Illegal Immigration Act. Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.  Grade:  C

8. Restoring Community Safety Act. Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.  Grade:  F  (graded because he has not filled all positions needed to make this program work)

9. Restoring National Security Act. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values  Grade:  D

10. Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.  Grade:  F-  (This is biggest lie and his biggest failure)

His overall grade is a “F”……

Think I am being too hard on Mr. Trump?

Those items are his items that he set forth in his “Contract With The American Voter”…..but read it for yourself……

Source: O-TRU-102316-Contractv06.indd – O-TRU-102316-Contractv02.pdf

Trump has called this a “ridiculous standard” and yet he set it up to fail….not a very intelligent move on his part.

Did you really expect better?

Trump has been a busy man these 100 days….but doing what exactly?

Source: Trump Is Very Busy Doing Nothing At All | New Republic

His creations have been nothing more than illusions….and the sheeple ate it up….

“Don’t you want God to show up and say He’s kidding?” Louis C.K. asked Stephen Colbert on The Late Show a couple of weeks back.

Source: The 100 Days That Turned America Upside Down | Alternet

Listen closely!  That sound you hear is the nation imploding!

I’m out……I want to enjoy my day…..so keep the faith baby!

How Does Trump Compare In History?

Day 99…..and counting

Tomorrow we come to the first 100 days of the Trump administration….as a history geek I wanted to let the American public know just how Trump has done as compared to other presidents….

As he neared the end of his first 100 days in office, President Donald Trump touted his first three months as a rousing success.

“No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days,” Trump told an audience in Kenosha, Wis.

That’s a pretty high bar, especially for an administration that has registered historically low levels of support in public-approval polls for presidents this early in their terms.

The White House didn’t respond to an inquiry for this article, but when asked about some of the president’s 100-day accomplishments during the April 19 press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer cited a series of executive orders, including some on regulatory reform; a drop in border crossings; and job creation. He said more details would be offered as the 100-day mark approached.

Source: How do Donald Trump’s first 100 days rate historically? | PolitiFact

So far Trump has accomplished NOTHING he promised in his “Contract with American Voter”…..but Hell do not take my word for it….read the “Contract” for yourselves…..

Source: O-TRU-102316-Contractv06.indd – O-TRU-102316-Contractv02.pdf

Is history being made?  Or is it a cruel joke?

A Flynn Of A Different Color

First let me say….I Love This Stuff!

It appears that the Flynn controversy is far from over…..the discredited Trump adviser is once again in the news….

Documents released by lawmakers show President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was warned when he retired from the military in 2014 not to take foreign money without “advance approval” by Pentagon authorities, the AP reports. Also, the Defense Department inspector general’s office confirms in a separate document that it is investigating whether Flynn failed to obtain prior approval. The chairman and senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee say they want the Army to rule on whether Flynn informed and asked permission for the payments from Russian and Turkish entities. Flynn earned tens of thousands of dollars from Russia’s state-sponsored RT television network and from a Turkish businessman linked to Turkey’s government. (Flynn may face criminal prosecution.)

I am sure that some of those mentally challenged people that still support Trump will have lots to say about this….all I can add is the US Constitution…..the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, noting it “prohibits receipt of consulting fees, gifts, travel expenses, honoraria, or salary by all retired military personnel, officer and enlisted, regular and reserve, from a foreign government unless congressional consent is first obtained.”

And now the Trump team is pushing an old reliable excuse….it is Obama’s fault!

Spicer made the remark during a press briefing on Thursday, when asked about suggestions the White House may have failed to properly vet Flynn.

“His clearance was last reissued by the Obama administration in 2016 with full knowledge of his activities in 2015,” Spicer said. “All of that clearance was made by the Obama administration.”

In other words……Flynn was NOT vetted…a National Security Adviser with no vetting….now there is a good idea.

Back in the day, during the Clinton Benghazi and email hearings, I watched the head of the House Oversight Committee, Jason Chaffetz, play his part well got on his high horse and did everything to chastise Clinton short of banging his shoe on the podium….from his chair had several long diatribes on conduct and such (it was all so much beautiful political theater)…he was outraged, to say the least.

And now that there is a GOP president and his adviser having a tough time…was he the same “tough” representative?

You tell me.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the Oversight Committee, said the payments were “inappropriate” and that there are “repercussions for the violation of law.”

I have called Repubs many things…toads, worthless etc but the one word that describes them the best is COWARD!

And Rep. Chaffetz has proven my point.

After being a firebrand with Clinton to avoid all the crap that will come about because of the Flynn affair….Chaffetz is decided it is time to run home and hide…..

Jason Chaffetz now says that he’s immediately taking leave from Congress due to a problem with his foot. Considering the controversial roller coaster of events surrounding Chaffetz over the past two weeks, this is not particularly plausible. Sure, he’s having the foot surgery. But it’s for a twelve year old injury (CNN), and he’s using it as a timely excuse to bail. It may be that he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place, the rock being Russia and the hard place being the FBI.

Like I said….COWARDS!

It’s Tax Reform Time Again

Well sports fans it is that time of the year again….the presidential push for tax reform.  And our Trumpy boy is no different….he has said he wants to give the country tax reform…..but as usual when the GOP uses the term “tax reform” they mean a tax cuts…reform is NO where in the equation.

The problem is what he is offering is not tax reform but rather the ever popular tax cuts.

The White House on Wednesday began laying out President Trump’s tax plan, which calls for sharp cuts for businesses and individuals. The administration says the cuts will spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to America’s middle class, though lawmakers were worried about ballooning federal deficits. Much of the details have yet to be hashed out with Congress. Some highlights, per the AP:

  • Trump’s plan would reduce the number of personal income tax brackets to three from seven: rates of 10%, 25%, and 35%. The current maximum is 39.6%.
  • It would double the standard deduction for married couples to $24,000, while keeping deductions for charitable giving and mortgage interest payments.
  • The administration plans to provide tax relief for families with child care expenses, too, although the specifics have yet to be included.
  • The plan would trim deductions utilized by wealthier Americans. This would include deductions for state and local tax payments, a change that could alienate support from lawmakers in states such as California and New York with higher state taxes.
  • It would also repeal the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax.
  • On the corporate side, the top marginal tax rate would fall from 35% to 15%.

Small businesses that account for their owners’ personal incomes would see their top tax rate go from 39.6% to the proposed corporate tax rate of 15%. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who earlier called the plan the “biggest tax cut” in history, said the change for small-business owners—a group that under the current definition could include doctors, lawyers, and even major real estate companies—would be done to ensure that wealthier Americans could not exploit the change to pay less in taxes.

As you can see…these are tax cuts….reform would require legislative action on the tax code….a thousand plus page code…..this does nothing to reform….but it does return us to the days of the damn silly “trickle down economics”….or “voodoo economics”…….

President Trump’s tax reform plan unveiled Wednesday heralds the return of the Laffer curve, or as it’s more commonly known—thanks to the first President Bush—”voodoo economics.” The New York Times reports the Laffer curve was first sketched on a napkin by Arthur Laffer in 1974. The curve says that if you cut taxes enough, you can make up for the financial shortfall through economic growth. And that’s exactly what Trump’s team is pitching—though it’ll mean adding billions upon billions of dollars to the national deficit while waiting on that promised growth. Here’s what else you need to know about Trump’s tax reform plan:

  • While Republican lawmakers were supportive in public, they’re grumbling in private, CNN reports. Congressional Republicans are upset Trump’s promised tax-reform plan is more of a tax-cut plan. One senior GOP aide says it’s “not even close” to tax reform.
  • CNBC reports the plan is missing one thing that Wall Street really wanted: a steep reduction—all the way to 10%—for companies that bring earnings back to the US from overseas.
  • There are eight reasons Trump’s tax reform plan likely won’t get through Congress, according to the Washington Post. They include that Republicans may not tolerate a huge deficit increase and that the GOP head of the Senate Finance Committee is openly wondering if it’s a “good idea.”
  • Politico argues the plan released Wednesday was less a step toward actual tax reform and more something for Trump to use to bolster his 100-day presidential resume. It was a single page of “mostly general principles” largely carried over from campaign promises.
  • Mother Jones reports Trump’s tax reform plan will make the Trump family richer in four different ways, including by cutting the tax rate for “pass-through corporations.” The Trump Organization is made up of pass-through corporations, and the plan would cut the tax rate of Trump and his children from 39.6% to 15%.
  • But we may never know exactly to what extent Trump stands to benefit from his tax reform plan, according to the Washington Post, as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the president still “has no intention” of releasing his tax returns.

The trickle down was promised in the 1980’s and so far that trickle has not found the middle class….and yet the GOP still thinks the idiots in society will believe the bullshit from 35 years ago…..and guess what…they will!

Please stop calling it reform and label it what it is….a cut….nothing more than that.

Closing Thought–27Apr17

Recently New Orleans starting taking down some of the Civil War monuments….I have mixed emotions….one these should not be destroyed instead move them to a location and build a theme park around them….”How Not To Fight A War”…..believe it or not it is a heritage….a heritage that I think is disgusting but one nonetheless….

I bring this up because of something that your president has done…..but it has little to do with mortar and stone monuments (for now)…….

President Trump will sign an executive order on Wednesday instructing the Department of the Interior to review the designations of national monuments by his predecessors, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Trump’s order reportedly will instruct Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to examine those designations to determine whether they were within the scope of a century-old law that allows presidents to set aside federal lands without congressional approval.

The executive order is mainly geared toward reviewing President Obama’s designation of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah in December, according to the Tribune. The 1.35 million acre site was preserved due to its Native American heritage, but critics say Obama’s designation was an overreach of executive power.

Trump is expected to sign a broader series of executive orders on energy and the environment this week, following an executive order that began undoing Obama’s climate change agenda.

“I am taking an historic step to lift the restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to cancel job-killing regulations,” Trump said last month.

(thehill.com)

This is a con job…the US has enough oil outlets without destroying anything else….but what can we expect from a “businessman” for a president?

Of course this one is more to rape the national parks for the oil than about our other monuments….but will it effect those waiting to be built?  Like the WW1 monument……

The one good thing is that it is an EO and can be flushed down the toilet with the rest of the toilet paper.

A musical interlude to end the day……an excellent album of my generation….Super Session…….

Enjoy the rest of your day…I am off like a dirty shirt….back in the morrow…peace out….chuq

Closing Thought–26Apr17

“Benghazi Calling!”

I remember the days when the GOP was jerking off on their desks because of the attack in Benghazi that killed the US ambassador to Libya.  All the investigations that found nothing…all the politicians face time on talk TV…..and all the conspiracy crap from the bowels of the likes of Alex Jones, WND and a wealth of morons from the Right.

Then in 2016 we had candidate Trump that mentioned it whenever it was advantageous…..and he was concerned how lax Clinton was with the security of our diplomats……

As usual the Trump person was full of piss and vinegar….why?

Although President Donald Trump repeatedly railed against Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the attacks on the Benghazi consulate, he still has yet to nominate anyone to oversee American embassy security.

As Politico reported, Congressional Democrats are calling the omission hypocritical while Republicans are encouraging Trump to work faster to fill this and other important posts at the State Department.

“The State Department has security professionals who are up to the job, but we do need all hands on deck given the many evolving threats we face,” said Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA). “I hope a nominee for assistant secretary will be put forward soon.”

Source: Trump railed against Benghazi — but he still hasn’t nominated anyone to oversee embassy security

It is okay with those tiny brains of the Trump supporters….that Pres. Trump is nothing like candidate Trump.

But what can you expect from a candidate from the hypocritical party…..but if the unthinkable happens will Trump be held up to the same scrutiny as Clinton….my guess is NOT a chance.

But if you prefer music to bullsh*t then maybe this selection will be a better end of the day………

That closes down the notebook for the day….be well, be safe….tomorrow is another day….chuq