Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Just saying . . .

#  Republicans decided that President Obama's term of office was over on February 13, 2016 instead of 11 months later. They figured he didn't have the right to have an appointment to replace Antonin Scalia brought up to be confirmed.

#  The night before the opening of the new congressional session, Jan 3, 2017, AND the House republicans held a closed meeting to ditch the independent oversight committee of the Ethics committee.  *Surprisingly, trump chided them for it, though he agreed with it. He just thought it could have
waited a bit.

#  After so many citizens yelled and trump tweeted the republicans pulled the changes they made last night to ditch the independent oversight committee of the Ethics committee off the table.

On Monday evening, Trump took to Twitter to deny North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s claim that his nation was in the “final stage” of developing a nuclear-armed ballistic missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. Trump then followed up with another tweet to say China wasn’t doing enough to temper the young despot’s belligerence.
China has hit back at Donald Trump’s claim that Beijing isn’t doing enough to rein in rogue state North Korea, cautioning the U.S. President-elect not to “escalate” an already tense situation on the Korean Peninsula through his liberal use of social media.
tRump still doesn't believe US intelligence, believes Asange over them. "Russia didn't hack into election stuff.

Ted Cruz introduced a bill to limit terms for Congress, house and senate.

With the election of Donald Trump as president on November 8, 2016, there is a source quoting one of Trump's speeches in October 2016 in which he said that he plans to impose term limits on Congress within his first hundred days in office.
tRump tweets he is going to shake up the CIA.
Repubs are railling about doing away with ObamaCare.  tRump telling them to be careful. They don't offer anything to replace it.  Obama says "let them own it".

Repubs are also mentioning privatizing Medicare, Medicaid, SS.
sorry - missed a few days but a friend didn't:

1. Trump fires all Ambassadors and Special Envoys, ordering them out by inauguration day.
2. House brings back the Holman rule allowing them to reduce an individual civil service, SES positions, or political appointee's salary to $1, effectively firing them by amendment to any piece of legislation. We now know why they wanted names and positions of people in Energy and State.

The rule allows individual members of Congress to target specific federal workers for firing or salary reduction and/or individual government offices for reduction or elimination. Not well-publicized was the potential of the rule for fostering corruption.6 hours ago

3. Senate schedules 6 simultaneous hearings on cabinet nominees and triple-books those hearings with Trump's first press conference in months and an ACA budget vote, effectively preventing any concentrated coverage or protest.
4. House GOP expressly forbids the Congressional Budget Office from reporting or tracking ANY costs related to the repeal of the ACA.
5. Trump continues to throw the intelligence community under the bus to protect Putin, despite the growing mountain of evidence that the Russians deliberately interfered in our election.
6. Trump breaks a central campaign promise to make Mexico pay for the wall by asking Congress (in other words, us, the taxpayers) to pay for it.
7. Trump threatens Toyota over a new plant that was never coming to the US nor will take jobs out of the US.
8. House passes the REINS act, giving them veto power over any rules enacted by any federal agency or department--for example, FDA or EPA bans a drug or pesticide, Congress can overrule based on lobbyists not science. Don't like that endangered species designation, Congress kills it.
We - progressive, liberal, libertarian and conservative - need to all wake up to what is actually happening to our beloved country.

Turns out it looks like Russians really have stuff on trump to compromise him....Golden Shower.

He will have his son-in-law work next door to him.

Today was tRumps first press conference.  The subject was supposed to be how he was going to get rid of the appearance of conflict of interest.  Turns out he is just going to turn everything over to the 2 sons to run, period.

It just so happens the "Golden Shower" info was leaked and he is so mad at the media, again.  CNN was on the hit list and the whole press conference was so childish.  he is in a big snit and now he can be called trumpee.  It is all a mess.  Still.

Trump keeps it up, something every day.

As Robin Wright notes, just since this past Friday Trump has made the world a far more dangerous place. He has:
1. Lauded Britain’s departure from the European Union as a “great thing,” and predicted—and implicitly welcomed—the dismantling of the entire E.U., a bloc backed for sixty years by the United States as the key to healing the divisions that sparked two world wars. “I believe others will leave,” he said. “I do think keeping it together is not going to be as easy as a lot of people think.”
2. Called NATO —the centerpiece of trans-Atlantic security—“obsolete.” He charged that it “didn’t deal with terrorism,” even though its first deployment outside Europe was to Afghanistan after 9/11. From 2003 to 2014, NATO commanded the International Security Assistance Force, which, at its peak, included a hundred and thirty thousand troops from fifty-one NATO and partner countries. It was the longest and toughest single mission in NATO history.
3. Put German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one of America’s half dozen closest allies, in the same category as Russian President Vladimir Putin, a man who controls the world’s largest nuclear arsenal, seized the Crimea from Ukraine, and has warplanes bombing the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. “I start off trusting both, but let’s see how long that lasts,” he said. “It may not last long at all.
4. Warned the German company BMW and other foreign automakers they’d face a tariff of 35 percent if they tried to import cars built at plants in Mexico to the United States.
5. Said that the long-standing “One China” policy—initiated by President Nixon in 1972 and a cornerstone of U.S. policy ever since—is no longer guaranteed. “Everything is under negotiation, including One China.” (Shortly after he won the election, Trump had a telephone conversation with Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen—ending a protocol in place since 1979 that froze communication between American and Taiwanese leaders.)
Trump has already disparaged the principles, institutions, and alliances central to U.S. foreign policy. Some date back to the Republic’s founding, while others have been adopted since the mid-twentieth century to prevent global conflagrations. Even before becoming president, Trump is a clear and present danger to America and the world.

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