We are at the end of month three of our beloved leaders presidency. I am not one of those who think the first 100 days tells us anything, normally, but at this stage, I think it is time to reflect on just what our beloved leader means when he says “great”.
In the first three months, our beloved leader has accomplished absolutely nothing. He failed in his attempt to “repeal and replace” the ACA with the House’s rotten Americans Without Health Care Act. He twice tried to enact a Muslim Ban using Executive Orders and was blocked by the courts both times.
We keep hearing about all of the wonderful things he has done, so let’s look at what he has actually accomplished. He has managed to raise the mortgage insurance rates for first time home buyers by $500 per year.
He has allowed coal companies to use rivers and streams for the dumping grounds for their toxic waste. He has given the greenlight to a foreign company to build a pipeline across the middle of our country using foreign steel. And, he is also allowing that foreign company to use U.S. Eminent Domain to steal land from the people who own it to build their pipeline.
He has ignored the environment case and the treaties with the Standing Rock Sioux to allow that pipeline to cross under a lake that provides drinking water to the reservations, and dumps into the Missouri River that provides drinking water to about 17 million other residents in three states.
He has started mass deportations of people who are undocumented immigrants. He stayed quiet when his Secretary of Homeland Security announced they “might separate children from their families” when they are caught at the border. He has allowed people under the protection of DACA to be rounded up with other undocumented immigrants.
He has refused to allow Syrian children and their families to seek asylum in our country, but then turned around and made a worthless attack on Syria because he saw those videos of “beautiful babies” being killed by the Syrian Regime. He loves those “beautiful babies” so much he is willing to attack a sovereign country, but he hates them so much he won’t let them get away from the war and gain entry to our country.
His head of the EPA has given the greenlight to Dow Chemical to continue to sell and farmers to use a pesticide that has been proven to affect the brain development of children and the unborn that Republicans love so much. The original ban was for “food crops” but his administration thinks that is too much to ask to protect our children.
His proposed budget will cut the State Department by over 30 percent. It will cut the EPA by over 30 percent and he has placed a gag order on anyone at EPA from even talking about climate change science. It will cut NOAA by at least 25 percent. That isn’t too important, except that is the agency that provides the National Weather Service with information that helps get out weather warnings to the people.
He is cutting satellite time for the National Weather Service. He wants to eliminate all of the Coast Guard’s funding for new equipment. The Coast Guard only saves lives, protects our ports, helps with drug interdiction, helps with people trafficking, helps enforce and clean up after oil spills in our oceans, rivers, and lakes, and a lot more. So, they aren’t that important.
It is going to cut out the National Broadcasting Corporation so you won’t find Sesame Street. They say you can now watch it on HBO, but they fail to tell you that you have to “subscribe” to HBO and poor people can’t afford that just to get children’s educational programming. But what the hell, education is overrated according to beloved leader.
He has allowed ISP companies to sell your personal data to anyone without your permission or giving you any compensation. He is about to eliminate net neutrality so those same ISP companies can charge you more for using their “fast lane” on your computer. If you fail to pay the higher rates, you will be placed in the slow lane and have to wait longer to download your information.
His administration is embroiled in a counter espionage investigation being conducted by the FBI because it appears that at least some of his advisors were cooperating with Russia in their hack of our elections. It was revealed that Carter Page was the target of a FISA warrant because the FBI believed that he was acting as an unregistered foreign agent. The warrant was issued back in June or July while he was working for the trump campaign.
Paul Manafort has made the headlines again because at least $1.2 million form the so-called black ledger of the former Putin ally who was president did go to his consulting firm after he denied anything like has happened.
Both Republicans and Democrats who have viewed those classified documents that had Nunes all a tizzy said there is nothing in them that say anyone in the Obama administration, including Susan Rice did anything unusual or wrong.
The Immigration Advisor, Sebastian Gorka, has ties to an ultra-right wing party in Hungary that the State Department still labels as a collaborator with the Nazis during World War II. He claims not to be a racist or belong to the organization, but he proudly wore the medal of the Order of Vitez to the presidential inaugural ball! He claims he has not sworn allegiance to the Order of Vitez, but the Order say he has. Yet, he still has his job with a president who has a daughter who is Jewish.
Our beloved leader has not created a single job since he took office. He has done nothing to improve the lot of the working class. He reuses to raise the minimum wage. He has repealed worker protection orders on equal pay and sexual abuse for women working for companies under government contract.
He declared this as Women’s Abuse month, then went on to praise Bill O’Reilly for “being such a nice guy” even after the new blow up about his sexual abuse of women on his show and at Fox News. Someone ought to tell our beloved leader that Women’s Abuse month is not a period of time to praise those who abuse women. But, what do you expect from a man who brags how he can sexually abuse women and get away with it because he is famous.
A few days ago a teacher and one 8-year-old child were shot and killed in the school by the teacher’s estranged husband. Not a peep out of the administration about this incident. Why? Because it did not involve a Muslim. And, because it was committed by a man who apparently “abused” his wife when married.
Yesterday our lovely and stupid Attorney General announced a crackdown on every single person trying to cross the border “illegally”. It even includes prosecuting people for “harboring” illegal immigrants. It further appears that if a man comes across the border with his wife and children, he will face “harboring” charges for bringing his family with him.
Finally, beloved leader’s propaganda minister tripped all over himself with a horrible comparison between the chemical attack in Syria and Hitler. Saying “even Hitler didn’t use chemicals against his own people”. Then he called the concentration camps “holocaust centers”, like they were a nice place to go to be relocated.
Now, to be fair to Spicer, he actually did apologize. He didn’t use the standard trump line of “if I offended anybody” he actually said he made a stupid mistake. But, that doesn’t take away from the stupidity to begin with. If you are going to be the Press Secretary, don’t you think you should know at least basic history?
It is also understandable that there has been no comment from the White House either. Stephen Bannon, Gorka, and a lot of other “key” employees of trump are known to be white supremacists. So the culture of such comments is not all that unusual for this administration.
What we have discussed here is just the tip of the iceberg. There has been a host of other outrageous things that the administration has either done or is going to try to do. For example, the proposed tax reform plan includes eliminating the Social Security Tax from your pay checks. Sounds nice, but without that tax, how will Social Security be funded? It will be at the mercy of Paul Ryan the Republicans who want to kill Social Security completely.
So, we must ask beloved leader one question. What exactly do you mean by “Make America Great Again? So far, you haven’t done anything that could remotely be any indication of making America great. All you have done is lie to the American people and take just about every weekend off to go play golf at Mar A Lago on our dime. At the rate you are going, you will have played more rounds of golf in one year than President Obama did in eight years.
It is very clear that when beloved leader says he is going to Make America Great Again” he isn’t talking about making it great for you and me. He is talking about making it great for himself and the 1 percenters.
I guess it is possible that things will change. But with trump, I find that possibility very unlikely. And, we are only at the end of three months. Seems like thirty years.
And, the shirts keep marching along.