Update for Trump Voters #2
1. He told you NATO was “obsolete,” claiming it doesn’t fight terrorism. You bought it. Now he says NATO is “no longer obsolete.”
2. He told you he’d “bring down drug prices” by making deals with drug companies. You bought it. Now the White House says that promise is “inoperative.”
3. He said he’d close “special interest loopholes that have been so good for Wall Street investors but unfair to American workers.” You bought it. Then he picked a Wall Street financier Stephen Schwarzman to run his strategic and policy forum, who compares closing those loopholes to Hitler’s invasion of Poland.
4. He said that on Day One he’d label China a “currency manipulator.” You bought it. Then he met with China’s president and declared “China is not a currency manipulator.”
5. He said he’d “renegotiate NAFTA” on Day One. You bought it. He hasn’t.
6. He said he wouldn’t bomb Syria. You bought it. Then he bombed Syria.
7. He said he’d build a wall along the border with Mexico. You bought it. Now his secretary of homeland security says “It’s unlikely that we will build a wall.”
8. He said he’d clean the Washington swamp. You bought it. Then he brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs, and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history, to make laws that will enrich their businesses, along with former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who are crafting new policies for the same industries they recently worked for.
9. He said he’d repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “wonderful.” You bought it. Then he didn’t.
10. He said he’d use his business experience to whip the White House into shape. You bought it. Then he created the most chaotic, dysfunctional, back-stabbing White House in modern history, in which no one is in charge.
11. He said he’d release his tax returns, eventually. You bought it. He hasn’t, and says he never will.
12. He said he’d divest himself from his financial empire, to avoid any conflicts of interest. You bought it. He remains heavily involved in his businesses, makes money off of foreign dignitaries staying at his Washington hotel, gets China to give the Trump brand trademark and copyright rights, travels to promote his properties at taxpayer expense, manipulates the stock market on a daily basis, and has more conflicts of interest than can even be counted.
13. He said Clinton was in the pockets of Goldman Sachs, and would do whatever they said. You bought it. Then he put half a dozen Goldman Sachs executives in positions of power in his administration.
14. He said he’d surround himself with all the best and smartest people. You bought it. Then he put Betsy DeVos, opponent of public education, in charge of education; Jeff Sessions, opponent of the Voting Rights Act, in charge of voting rights; Ben Carson, opponent of the Fair Housing Act, in charge of fair housing; Scott Pruitt, climate change denier, in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Russian quisling Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.
10. He said he’d faithfully execute the law. You bought it. Then he said his predecessor, Barack Obama, spied on him, without any evidence of Obama ever doing so, in order to divert attention from the FBI’s investigation into collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives to win the election.
15. He said he knew more about strategy and terrorism than the generals did. You bought it. Then he green lighted a disastrous raid in Yemen- even though his generals said it would be a terrible idea. This raid resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL, an 8-year old American girl, and numerous civilians. The actual target of the raid escaped, and no useful intel was gained.
16. He called Barack Obama “the vacationer-in-Chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done. You bought it. He has by now spent more taxpayer money on vacations than Obama did in the first 3 years of his presidency. Not to mention all the money taxpayers are spending protecting his family, including his two sons who travel all over the world on Trump business.
17. He called CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times “fake news” and said they were his enemy. You bought it. Now he gets his information from Fox News, Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and InfoWars.
‘Why is it your right to take away my right to choose?’: Teenager slams top Republican senator during testy town hall
A nation can’t be great if it is unwilling to take care of it’s citizens. This country will not be great until it provides healthcare for all. We must abolish healthcare for profit in favor of single payer healthcare for all.
Senator Flake had voted for a bill that would let states deny Title X funds to family-planning centers that also provide abortions.
Trump is seeking advice from big corporations about what regulations should be rolled back because they burden corporate profits.
As someone who ran the Department of Labor — which ranks second to the EPA on Trump’s list of departments that businesses want to defang — let me offer 7 points of common sense:
1. Corporations will not voluntarily protect workers if they can make more money by not protecting them (consider the latest mine disaster). Ditto for consumers (Wells Fargo, United Airlines, price gouging by Big Pharma). And investors (almost daily outrages perpetrated by Wall Street).
2. There are only 3 constraints on corporate greed: (1) competitive markets with full information – enabling consumers, workers, and investors to shift to more responsible firms; (2) the threat of lawsuits by individuals or groups harmed by corporate actions; and (3) regulations.
3. We’re losing (1) competitive markets because of lax antitrust enforcement over the past quarter century (if you don’t like Wells Fargo, there may be no other bank near you; if you don’t like United, there may be no other carrier to take you where you want to go);
4. And we’re losing (2) the threat of lawsuits because corporations have put mandatory arbitration clauses in their contracts — with arbitrators chosen by the corporations.
5. Which leaves only (3) regulations. Take away regulations, and corporate greed is unconstrained.
6. Corporations don’t need more profits anyway. Corporate profits are now a higher percentage of America’s gross nations product than they’ve ever been (and wages a lower percentage than ever).
7. Even if they had more profits, corporations wouldn’t spend them on new investment or new jobs. They’ll spend them as they’ve been been spending their current profits — on buying back their shares of stock, thereby boosting the price of each remaining share, and on mergers and acquisitions.
Bottom line: Trump’s deregulatory initiative is ludicrous.
What do you think?