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Daily Archives: February 13th, 2018

The Mueller investigation has long drawn Trump’s ire. “I think it’s a disgrace,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday. “What’s going on in this country, I think it’s a disgrace.” For a change the Resident is correct: What’s going on in this country is a disgrace. A disgrace accelerated by his election. If his business practices are like his “:governance” , it is surprising that he is still in business. There are signs that all that glitters is not “Trumps Gold” as there appears to be a good amount of “brass” involved. This administration appears to be uncomfortable actually governing and is at odds with it’s own party. The numerous retirements of members of his party in both houses speaks volumes even though one could speculate as to reasons why. Several possibilities could be in the mix, one is disagreement with the administration’s off track betting as it were with Government processes thereby limiting their ability to do their jobs. Another is the prospect of monetary gains from the “tax reform/ cut” now in place (keeping  in mind many members of Congress have become wealthy while in office along with some who were wealthy prior to being elected. This is just my view based on what I have observed and read. There is no 100% sureness in these statements but they are worthy of a thought. It is possible that many more Americans have become decidedly jaded on this administration from top to bottom and are seeking other possibilities when election time arrives this year. The crux of this administration’s activities are tied to the Resident’s self interest based on what the child wants rather than what is needed for the country as a whole. It is upon our shoulders as voters to remember that electing “flawed” candidates for any public office will become more heavy lifting with little to no results. Just observing the ongoing “Jerry Show” of the White House should be a wakeup call for all of us no matter what label you use for yourself. 

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As I understand the current economical issues(?). The economy has been moving along at a snails pace (according to financial pundits and conservative GOP members). That is probably correct however looking at where it came from after the financial crash due to the mortgage crisis about 10 years ago, it is moving well. We have to remember that it take years for the economy to recover from a crisis like that. WE as people have become so entrenched in a “immediate gratification” mindset that we fall for any information from anyone who states that they can revive the economy and make things happen quick. I say beware of “wolves in sheep’s clothing” . The reality is that the last financial crisis took years to build and while many wealthier folks enjoyed success, many lower wage folks suffered and were devastated in the crash. The upswing or correction after several Government interventions brought us to a path of upwards growth albeit slow (or slower than we wanted -instant grats again). Now the tax reform or cuts have given the appearance that the economical policy of the current administration is producing a booming economy . The tax cuts gave corporations a 14% tax cut  which was used to give bonuses and wage increases, this looked like an improvement in the economy but isn’t. The problem is that these tax cuts/reforms will only work when overall spending is kept at a responsible level. Right now we are on a path of reckless economic responsibility. The recent budget will add Billions more to the 1.5 trillion deficit expected from the tax cut/ reform bill.MA

POLITICS 02/12/2018 06:22 pm ET

By Zach Carter, Arthur Delaney, and Igor Bobic

The budget document President Donald Trump released on Monday doesn’t really matter. It will have no effect on government spending or tax levels. It will not build bridges or defund public housing programs. Congress controls federal spending, not the president, and for the past several years lawmakers have jettisoned the formal budget process in favor of a series of backroom deals.
The president’s budget has thus become an elaborate Washington ritual in which an administration expresses its values and priorities in the technocratic jargon of modern bureaucracy. It’s an administration’s way of telling the public how it would govern if it didn’t have to work with Congress, and of demonstrating how much it cares about these proposals by working out in fine detail how much it all would cost.
Trump’s budget shows he doesn’t care very much about anything. The signature proposal, hyped ahead of the release as a $1.5 trillion program to rebuild America’s infrastructure, turns out to include just $200 billion in new spending ― offset by $240 billion in cuts to existing infrastructure programs, including the Highway Trust Fund, Amtrak and the Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works initiatives.
The infrastructure plan is a good example of how Trump’s supposedly populist campaign has not translated into populist governance. Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, is a former member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which rabidly opposes spending on the social safety net.
“As a nation, we face difficult times – challenged by a crumbling infrastructure, growing deficits, rogue nations, and irresponsible Washington spending,” Mulvaney said in a statement on Sunday ― even though the budget doesn’t close deficits or un-crumble infrastructure.
Another budget bullet point ― seemingly making good on Trump’s campaign promise to end the opioid crisis ravaging America ― comes to just $1 billion a year, a pathetically low number for a national public health crisis. Trump’s boost to opioid spending accounts for less than 1.5 percent of the Department of Health and Human Services budget, which Trump would also slash by about 20 percent from last year’s level. By contrast, total defense spending would increase by about 25 percent over the course of the next decade. That’s real money, but it doesn’t tell us anything important about American military objectives in places like Afghanistan, Yemen or Niger.

Public education advocates are understandably angered by Trump’s call to cut overall federal education funding by $7.1 billion, while spending $1.1 billion on vouchers that families can use to pay for private school. But even this is a half-hearted measure. Trump has said he wants to spend $20 billion a year on the vouchers.
One area where the Trump administration showed some enthusiasm for policy innovation is in cracking down on food stamp recipients and their supposedly lavish and unhealthy diets. The budget would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ― the official program name for food stamps ― by about 25 percent, replacing a portion of beneficiaries’ monthly stipend with canned goods and other healthy food chosen by the government. The idea is almost unheard-of on Capitol Hill and has little chance of being taken seriously by the committee that oversees the program.
Trump would also eliminate all funding for public housing repairs ― a move that reflects general meanness about the lives of the poor, but only costs about $2 billion ― and eliminate $1 billion in Section 8 vouchers to help poor families pay rent.
About 40 million Americans live in poverty each year, according to U.S. census data, including about 3.2 million who live on less than $1.90 a day, every day, according to The World Bank.
Taken together, Trump’s budget reflects a strange bureaucratic nihilism. His budget proposal doesn’t balance ― not next year, or even over the traditional 10-year window, which would have allowed Trump to gimmick up the final years with spending cuts and various administrative fees that he had no intention of actually following through on. He’s accepting $900 billion-plus deficits every year until 2023, and substantial deficits through 2028. It’s not like he’s holding back from a big idea because he’s worried about the price tag. He just doesn’t care.

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