President Trump: good, bad, and ugly

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Monday, February 13, 2017 8:20 PM


I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.

So, how is Trump doing on the three things that I thought were so important that they outweighed the fact that Trump would be a loose cannon ... something that I mentioned frequently BEFORE the election?
Two backed out of (TPP, TTIP) two more (NAFTA, CAFTA) to go. The WTO might be too big to tackle. The quality of Trump's "bilateral" deals has yet to be demonstrated.

Trump is getting a lot of pushback from neocons in both parties. No progress in this area.

So far, I've been very pleased with Trump's temporary pause on visas from seven war-torn, terrorist-burdened nations, plus his "surge" of raids and deportations. People who are in this country illegally shouldn't expect ICE to ignore the law on their behalf, and if they get swept up because they were in the company of drug-runners, gangbangers, and murderers ... oh well, maybe people will start being a little more careful about the company that they keep.

Things I KNEW I was going to be against
However, by withdrawing from TPP and TTIP, the venue for disagreement is in the US courts and Congress, not secret tribunals in Brussels or Singapore. Different states can adopt different policies, and (strangely) it may be the liberal states arguing about "states' rights", which I find to be a positive development.

Things I suspected I might be against
Yes, I know that businesses - especially small businesses - face a welter of regulations. However, businesses have proven to be incapable of regulating themselves. There's a reason why regulatory agencies came into being in the first place. We all know what we want out of businesses: don't sell us contaminated products, don't shit up the environment, don't brutalize your workers. Why can't we simplify?

I have no idea what will come out of the Trump administration. Our tax laws desperately need reform, but I doubt that Trump's reforms would match mine.

Unnecessarily confrontational, militarily. China is an economic adversary, not a military one. Iran isn't our enemy at all, it's Saudi Arabia's - but who the heck cares?

Things I suspected I might be for
However, there will be a lot of pushback from out "trading partners" involving possibly the WTO

so it may have to be framed as a Value Added Tax reform, to make our taxes more like other nations and to level the playing field.

Issues that are complete unknowns:
Obamacare needs to be replaced, but it depends on with what. If Trump makes the government negotiate for best drug prices, he will do more to save Medicare than all of the liberal hand-wringing. It would also help Obamacare be more cost-effective. But what comes out is unpredictable.


"Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor"- William Blake


Monday, February 13, 2017 9:54 PM


Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.

As far as I can tell, so far Trump has TALKED about a lot of things, which is open to opinion but hasn't resolved into fact. When he TALKS about Russia, for example, I interpret it as pre-positioning for Trump-style negotiations. What'll come out of it is anybody's guess.

executive orders

¤ Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal
¤ Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High-Profile Infrastructure Projects
¤ Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements (the wall)
¤ Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States (deportation, reducing funding to 'sanctuary entities)
¤ Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
¤ Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees (lifetime ban on administration officials lobbying for foreign governments, and a five-year ban for other lobbying)
¤ Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs (every new regulation requires two be phased out)
¤ Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System (directive for regulatory agencies to consider Trump's set of priorities and return a report within 120 days on which current laws don't abide by the order and the actions that may need to be taken)
¤ Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety (Trump outlines a commitment to reducing the US crime rate by tackling illegal immigration, drug trafficking and violent crime. It directs Attorney General Jeff Sessions to establish a task force that will collaborate with law enforcement nationwide and design new strategies to reduce crime.0
¤ Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking (an order targeting transnational drug cartels)
¤ Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Enforcement Officers
¤ Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice

presidential memorandums

¤ Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies -- An order to halt any new federal regulations until they can be reviewed by the new administration. This was a near exact replica of executive orders that the past two presidents have had their chiefs of staff issue at the beginning of their administrations.
Day 3:
¤ Regarding the Mexico City Policy -- Reinstates a policy that, among other things, restricts US funding to nongovernmental organizations that provide abortions.
¤ Regarding Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement -- Withdraws the United States from a massive trade deal that was negotiated by the Obama administration, but not yet ratified by Congress. It was largely a symbolic move since the TPP was never officially enacted.
¤ Regarding the Hiring Freeze -- Institutes a freeze on the hiring of new federal workers, except for the military.
¤ Construction of American Pipelines - Says new pipelines should be made using US-produced materials.
¤ Regarding Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline -- Kick starts a pipeline the Obama administration had quashed. Trump's order allows the pipelines to proceed but the projects are still a long way from getting underway. Trump himself said the US would renegotiate the terms of the pipelines, which implies a lengthy process with several competing interests.
¤ Regarding Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline -- Prioritizes a controversial pipeline that was the subject of protests in North Dakota
¤ Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing -- Requests a plan to make the permitting process easier for US manufacturers.
¤ Rebuilding the US Armed Forces -- spurs military spending and directs Defense Secretary James Mattis to begin "developing a plan for new planes, new ships, new resources and new tools for our men and women in uniform."
¤ Plan to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria -- Trump orders a new plan to defeat ISIS to be drawn up within 30 days. It will include mechanisms to cut off all of the terror group's funding, including sale of oil and historical artifacts.
¤ Organization of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council -- Elevates the President's chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, to full membership of the NSC and downgrades the roles of director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who "shall attend where issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed."
¤ Presidential Memorandum on Fiduciary Duty Rule -- It's an apparent response to Obama's 2016 Fiduciary Rule, which prohibited retirement advisers from accepting incentives for promoting a particular fund over others. Trump's presidential memo calls for the Labor Department to review the rule.

How did your beloved 'democratic' party fuck up so badly?


Monday, February 13, 2017 10:31 PM


The truth of what is going on is playing out in public. What you two post here is a joke.



Monday, February 13, 2017 10:34 PM


Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Monday, February 13, 2017 11:16 PM


Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.

Flynn resigns amid controversy over Russia contacts

How did your beloved 'democratic' party fuck up so badly?


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:26 PM



Originally posted by second:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:

Originally posted by second:
How is Trump running the government?

Not sure why you quoted me on this one. I don't see how that reply pertains at all to what I was talking about.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

Cynically, Trump claims he will run the government like a business. Trump promised 6ix a good job (6ix is an unemployed Ne'er-do-well) and promised second a huge tax cut (second is the 1%). We can judge Trump by how soon he meets these goals and the cost to meet them. Since he is running the USA like a business, we need to also look at the National Debt. He could meet every goal almost instantaneously if he expands the National Debt very fast. But that would not be business-like, would it? You can read about these kinds of trade-offs between goals and expenditures at "Donald Trump is about to find out you can’t run government like a business"



Tuesday, April 10, 2018 10:50 AM


Liberal Democrats are becoming a joke, party greatly needs reform, if Trump continues having some media trouble they in the Dem party might stumble into a few new seats with midterm election but the Left Democrats have lost their way. I still Predict a growth in Third-party, independent, Libertarian and unaffiliated ...some media celeb types might start getting active in politics Roseanne Barr, WWE Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson and others getting active online.






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