The day starts with Trump having more meetings with business CEOs. It must surely be clear by now that we have had a business takeover of public government. Do we not understand that it was free market unfettered unregulated capitalism that caused the de-industrialization of America? Businesses moved their production offshore and millions of jobs were lost because labor was cheap with few rights, environmental protection often non-existent, and impossible to tell if business owned the government or government owned the businesses, as in China. The irony that our capitalists really loved communist, totalitarian countries who could be counted on to keep labor cheap and in line.
Big business says they are happy with the new administration that says corporate taxes should be lowered from 35% to 15%. The effective tax rate is already near 15%, and still they complain! It’s great to have a deal maker at the helm. And nothing says kingpin like someone who negotiates away things they do not even own. Another victory for the working poor who either get to pick up the revenue shortfall in higher personal taxes, or suffer through losses in education, transportation, healthcare, and social security benefits.
Executive orders continue to flood out of the White House at a record pace. Remind me, wasn’t it just last week that the Republicans were indignant about the imperial Presidency of Obama who governed through Executive Orders? Where are the protests now?
The latest order is restarting the Keystone Pipeline which will ultimately carry more carbon-based fuels into the atmosphere. Just after that news report, we heard about rare January storms and tornadoes wrecking havoc, killing dozens across the southeast.
Government agencies appear to be coming under restrictions, censorships, and gagging to avoid speaking of climate change in Trumplandia.
Trump has signed another executive order banning the use of U.S. funds to international NG0’s that provide reproductive services to woman. This follows an order freezing federal hiring for all agencies except the military. So we want to protect the unborn around the world while we grow our military to have more capability to kill more people around the world.
The war on Medicaid has begun with the threat to give it back to the states in the form of block grants that will undoubtedly starve the program to death at the hands of so many state legislatures overrun by Republicans. Another fine example of helping the working poor across our country. The other idea being socialized is more home-based care. We know these are code words for outsourcing care from hospitals and nursing homes to the unpaid families of the sick and terminally ill. The nominated budget director says that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are all set for failure. We know what comes next, and it won’t be anything so simple and sane such as just raising the cap for what incomes are subject to social security taxes.
The President and his press secretary double down on that there were million instances of voter fraud this last election. Oh right, our problem in democracy is that we too many fraudulent people vote, not that we have so many people who don’t vote that should, or that we have a fraud in the White House.
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