No love for the elephants in the room @ WTF 5/10

 

I have no love for either the donkeys or the elephants, but damn, the elephants sure do hate we the people, don’t they?

Why do I say that?

Getting deeper and deeper into the Big Muddy…

Since they have gained control of both Houses of Congress and have an elephant (in more ways than one) in the Casa Blanca, these are just some of their favorite (and terrifying) things… aka… appointments, bills and opinions.

During the first week of March, Trumpty Dumpty tweeted that the Bamster had personally wiretapped his phones during the final month of the 2016 campaign. I am assuming by personally he don’t mean the Bamster went and did the work necessary to create the wiretap but directly ordered the FBI, or whichever alphabet soup group, to do it.

When questioned about the baseless … baseless because no less than these organizations or people have debunked the “fact” that the Bamster personally wiretapped anybody regardless of whom it was: the House and Senate Intelligence CommitteesBill O’Reilly (yeah, even him),  AG Jeff Sessions, both congressional leaders in the House and Senate Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, The Wall Street Journal editorial page, and James Comey aka the FBI (since now fired from the position…. hmmmm)… Trumpty said he heard it on the news as well as a specific New York Times article that mentioned something about “wiretapping.” But, the Times story was about how multitudinous alphabet soup intelligence agencies that America has were monitoring Russian peeps, and how through that monitoring, they may have discovered contacts between those officials and Trump associates. In other words, they may have caught Trumpty Dumpty’s dinky in the door jamb instead of the Bamster’s. But, it t’weren’t because of anything the Bamster personally ordered to be done to Trumpty. Simply because the president does not have that sort of power.

Why is this one of Trumpty’s acts against the welfare of we the people?

Because, the government agencies checking into this bullshit? It is a waste of time and money… our fucking time and our fucking tax money.

Speaking of taxes…

When Trumpty was running to be our fearless leader he said the economy is rigged to favor the vested interests… aka the 1%.

In part, voters agreed and that’s one of the reasons they voted for his ass. The tax plan that was released by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin would essentially codify the very rigging Trumpty said was what was screwing we the people over.

The plan would take seven progressive brackets and turn them into three…. the top rate would get reduced from 39.6% to 35%, which alone would deliver billions in savings to…. yeah, ya got it… to the wealthiest Americans. The tax rate on reported business income reported on individual returns would be cut from 35% to 15%… which would benefit some small businesses but also pad the pockets of the very rich, who pay minimal tax on “pass-through” income from companies they own and operate.

Plus, the plan would repeal the alternative minimum tax (AMT) … which was designed to ensure that the richest Americans don’t get to paying nothing what so ever on their incomes through the manipulation of existing code.

It would also eliminate the ability of we the people to deduct local and state taxes against our federal taxes which means high-tax places like New York and California would get doubly penalized for trying to make a living and get through each day with their necks above the highwater debt line.

The top capital-gains rate to would drop to just 20%, which means peeps who make millions in market trades would pay less than those who earn income through wages…. or… most of we the peoples.

And, finally, the code would eliminate the estate tax, by which the richest peeps pay an average of 17% on inheritance property of 5.5 million dollars in tax… raising some $20 billion annually in the process.

These measures would benefit Trumpty and his cronies.

These cuts come from an elephant party whose budget director just a few months earlier called the U.S. $20 trillion debt a “crisis,” but now insists all these “tax cuts” will magically pay for themselves and create economic growth.

Where exactly have we heard that one before?

Raygun? Trickle-down theory? Bush the first? No new taxes until he realized he would need to raise taxes to pay to keep the country running?

Other reasons why the elephants are out to fuck us all?

Trumpty named Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt as his head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Teensy weensy problem… Pruitt was maybe the number one anti-EPA guy. He was a leading proponent in a 28-state lawsuit against new limitations on the amount of carbon that power plants can emit. Plus, he has constantly tried to sue… unsuccessfully every time… the EPA over regulations on smog pollution as well as rules that safeguard wetlands and streams that are key in filtering contaminates from drinking water.

In an interview with CNBC earlier this year, Pruitt argued that carbon dioxide isn’t the “primary contributor” to climate change.  Contrary to most scientific research.

It might be safe to say Pruitt will consider his job accomplished when he eliminates the necessity for the Environmental Protection Agency.

But, none of this should have come unexpected because just minutes  after Trumpty’s inauguration all mentions of man-made climate change were erased from the White House’s official website. And suddenly In its stead appeared the president’s “America First Energy Plan,” which promised to eliminate the Bamster’s “harmful and unnecessary” restrictions on carbon emissions and water pollution.

Trumpty’s plan said, “We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, especially those on federal lands that the American people own.”

But, wait… aren’t we already…since maybe 2011… already the world’s number one producer of natural gas? And haven’t the U.S., Russia and Saudi Arabia for at least the last two years been bouncing back and forth being called the world’s number one oil producer?

So, why the need to tap any federal lands… e.g., National Forests/Parks, Native American lands, etc… for any additional oil production?

DOH! $50 trillion dollars and for no other reason.

Then, in March Trumpty signed an executive order that eliminates at least six of the Bamster’s executive orders that were aimed at curbing climate change and regulating carbon emissions. The most grievous being rescinding the Bamster order to curb coal mining on US federal land.

A White House official said that the best way to protect the environment is to have a strong economy and he also said countries like India and China do less to protect the environment.

Which ya know… that stuff about China and India… is a patent lie.

In 2012 pollution killed 8.9 million people. More specifically, one in seven people who died in 2012 died because of pollution. This was more than the number of deaths from war or from TB, malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. Pollution killed 14 times as many people as AIDS.

Since then, a concerted effort worldwide was begun to curb these deaths. In 2015 the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that “The top 10 countries fighting pollution (included) two from Africa, three from Latin America, three from Asia, and two former Soviet states. Honorable mentions went to India, China and Madagascar for struggling to curb pollution while developing modern economies and feeding their people.”

The U.S. was obviously not listed by WHO as a country that was doing its utmost to fight pollution.

In 2017, that ranking should decidedly decline.

Add to all this… the American Chemistry Council represents the interests of the chemical industry. Member companies include Big Oil subsidiaries Chevron Phillips Chemical and Exxon-Mobil Chemical, the Saudi chemical giant SABIC, pesticide behemoth Bayer and its pending merger partner, Monsanto, as well as DuPont and its pending merger partner, Dow Chemical.

In April, Trumpty Dumpty named the ACC’s senior director of regulatory science policy, Nancy Beck, as the deputy assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency office that regulates the chemical industry. Beck will join the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, which exists to “protect you, your family, and the environment from potential risks from pesticides and toxic chemicals.”

Got that? Grokked it? After working directly for the chemical industry, Beck will now shape and direct chemical policy at the EPA.

The mouse will now guard the cheese.

Feeling real safe yet?

More?

Trumpty’ proposed budget would increase defense spending by $54 billion… while cutting money for medical research, climate science, public housing, education, aid to the indigent, development grants for poor and rural areas, infrastructure, etc… etc…

Shortly after the budget was released White House budget director, Mick Mulvaney, said the budget was inspired by one question… “Can we ask the taxpayer to pay for this?” He went on to state that while he could ask a “coal miner in West Virginia” or a “single mother in Detroit” to pay for an increase in defense spending, he couldn’t justify taking their money to finance something like public broadcasting.

During a White House briefing CNN asked: “Just to follow up on that, you were talking about the steelworker in Ohio, coal worker in Pennsylvania, but they may have an elderly mother who depends on the Meals on Wheels program or who may have kids in Head Start. Yesterday, or the day before, you described this as a hard-power budget. Is it also a hardhearted budget?”

Mulvaney said, “No, I don’t think so. I think it’s probably one of the most compassionate things we can do.”

CNN: “To cut programs that help the elderly and kids?”

Mulvaney: “You’re only focusing on half of the equation, right? You’re focusing on the recipients of the money. We’re trying to focus on both the recipients of the money and the folks who give us the money in the first place. And, I think it’s fairly compassionate to go to them and say, ‘Look, we’re not gonna ask you for your hard-earned money, anymore, single mother of two in Detroit … unless we can guarantee to you that that money is actually being used in a proper function.”

Mulvaney went on to explain that the key distinction between the Defense Department Trumpty wants to increase and the anti-poverty programs that he wants to run through the blender is that the anti-poverty programs have failed to show “results.”

But, the reality is that without these so-called anti-poverty programs a “single mother in Detroit,” would get no funding for rental assistance… or… heating fuel aid… or… food stamps (SNAP)… and… the results would be a family who is homeless, freezing cold and most likely sickly in the winter and children who are malnourished.

Results are not always measured by numbers (or profits) but sometimes, and more importantly, by the good they represent and the lives that are saved.

In fact, when Trumpty was running for the prezness here is how he said the Pentagon returned our investment on the money spent for defense… “We’ve spent $4 trillion trying to topple various people that, frankly, if they were there and if we could have spent that $4 trillion in the United States to fix our roads, our bridges, and all of the other problems … our airports and all the other problems we have … we would have been a lot better off, I can tell you that right now. I wish we had the 4 trillion dollars or 5 trillion dollars. I wish it were spent right here in the United States on schools, hospitals, roads, airports, and everything else that are all falling apart!”

Now, it don’t mean so much… now, he don’t talk so loud… as poor people… left and right… are out scrounging for their next meals. While a patch of tar in Syria gets blown to smithereens and a slightly off-kilter dictator in North Korea is threatened with invasion for essentially no other reason than Trumpty thinks he can. And, that he needs to pump up his ratings.

Trumpty declared the mainstream media the “enemy of the American people.” From day one of his administration, Trumpty has been waging war on any media outlets that tend to disagree with his policies or point out his errors in his many misstatements of “facts.”

It culminated in his saying, “… I called the fake news the enemy of the people. And they are. They are the enemy of the people. Because they have no sources, they just make ’em up when there are none … I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources.”

Want worse? During a scheduled, but off-camera, briefing by Sean of the Dead Spicer, reporters from the New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesPolitico, CNN, and other major mainstream outlets showed up for the meet but were denied entry to Spicer’s office.

Call it whatever you will but in my opinion this is nothing short of a violation of the first amendment and the right for we the people to have access to a free press.

Add to this… just last week Trumpty appears to be blaming our system of government…our three branches of government that provide checks and balances against one another as well as the U.S. constitution for the problems he has encountered during his first 100 days in office.

First, he was bitching about how about how the job of being president isn’t as easy as he thought it would be. Hell, if you didn’t know the job responsibilities from the get go then maybe ya shouldn’t have put your damn toe into swamp waters. No?

Now, he and his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, are blaming that damn rag of a Constitution for his for shit and very unproductive first 100 days in office.

In an interview with Fox News the top dog elephant said, “It’s a very rough system. It’s an archaic system … It’s really a bad thing for the country.”

Then, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told ABC that the president is thinking about amending or even abolishing the First Amendment to curtail what they say is unfair media criticism.

Just a mild observation… as screwed up as our government can be and as screwed up as our government’s priorities are… fighting too many wars that we have no business being in, allowing corporations to get away with murder both figuratively, and sometimes actually, by allowing them way too much freedom to rake we the people over the coals for mo money, mo money and mo money…. failure to pass a single payor health care system or a living minimum wage, and the list goes on… and on… and on… and on…  it seems to me the constitution, as well as our system of three branches of government (the Executive, Legislative and Judicial)…  has served the county somewhat well all things considered.

And, the ability for the press to supposedly be free to question our politicians? Seems to be fine when all is said and done. Regardless of which president bitched and moaned about how unfair it was from probably day one of the U.S. becoming an official sovereign nation.

When pressed for details, Priebus said, “I said this is something that is being looked at. But it’s something that as far as how it gets executed, where we go with it, that’s another issue.”

No fucking shit! Like everyone knows this is nowhere… a none starter.

“If you disrespect the Constitution by threatening to shut down the press when it doesn’t say things you like or threaten to throw your opponent in jail or discriminate against people of different faiths. If you do that before you are elected, then what are you gonna do when you have actual power to do those things?”

The Bamster said that in 2016 in the heat of the presidential race.

Now, we kinda, sorta have an idea which way the wind is blowing with Herr Trumpty as our prez… don’t we?

Trumpty said the American “court system” is a threat to national security.

Trumpty spent a lot of his electioneering time saying he would use his presidential powers to stop Muslims from entering the country. When he finally was inaugurated one of his first acts was to ban immigration from seven specific Muslim nations. Not all Muslim nations… just seven Muslim nations. The gist of his executive order was, first, illogically random, and, second, not based in reality.  The reality is the United States already has set in place some of the most extreme and in-depth vetting of immigrants into the country already, thus to instigate an arbitrary order to bar certain people from certain countries is unnecessary and purely discriminatory in its nature.

The result was, in a word, chaos.

Judges in New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, and California stayed parts of Trumpty’s executive order on various legal arguments. The most damaging blow came when U.S. District Judge James Robart ordered a halt nationwide to the Trumpty travel ban based upon the state of Washington’s argument that the order was in fundamental oppositions with both federal law and the Constitution.

To hear Trumpty tell it the coup-fourré was delivered by the opinion of “a so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”

He added, “What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.?”

But when the White House eventually appealed Robart’s decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals and was denied…Trumpty went beyond the pale. He tweeted out, “Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!”

The president himself was telling us to fear, fear itself instead of following the sage advice of another president back in the middle of the last century who once told we the people “there is nothing to fear except fear itself.”

But, beyond that obvious unwise statement at its base, Trumpty’s words were also putting the entire judiciary under an indictment by questioning the validity of one of the three checks and balances that the founding fathers had set up… once more the three branches of our government are the legislative, the presidential and the judiciary. Trumpty was now calling into question the entire validity of the judiciary to use its power to check the powers of his administration… or… to be more precise he was questioning the rule of law.

He hung up in the middle of a diplomatic phone call with one of our biggest allies and threatened to invade a sovereign nation.

Without going into depth, Australia is kinda like family… they take your side of the argument even if you’re stupidly wrong.

But, during a diplomatic call between Trumpty and the Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull that had turned to the prime minister trying to remind Trumpty that the U.S. had promised to take in 1,250 refugees that were currently residing in an Australian detention center, Trumpty responded by saying, “This is the worst deal ever,” and “that he had spoken with four other world leaders that day … including Russian President Vladimir Putin … and that ‘this was the worst call by far.’”

When Turnbull tried to calm things down… Trumpty abruptly hung up. The call was scheduled to at least go on for another 35 minutes. But, in a fit of irrational pique at a rational diplomatic inquiry the Trumpty spoiled brat just simply and insultingly hung up on a loyal and precious ally.

Trump tells Mexican President in phone call that he will send U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless the Mexican military does more to control them.

Then, in the same week in a call with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto that was supposed to diffuse tensions which were the result of Trumpty’s constant insults toward the Mexican people during his campaign, he kinda, sorta threatened the Mexican government instead when he said, “You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”

Now…. you must be feeling much safer. Right?

Hmmmm… not yet?

Picked a man who once tried to call for the abolition of the Energy Department … but couldn’t remember the department’s name …  as secretary of Energy.

During the 2011 elephant primary debate in 2011, Rick Perry said there were three federal agencies that he would abolish as president: “Commerce, Education and the … what’s the third one there? Let’s see. Okay. So, Commerce, Education, and the third agency of government I would … I would do away with the Education, the Commerce and … let’s see … I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”

Perry later said the “third one” was the Department of Energy.

Trump named Perry as his pick to head up that department and he was… surprise!… somehow confirmed by the Senate in a 62-37 vote. Since the Senate is now 52 elephants and 46 donkeys with 2 independents who usually side with the donkeys, that means 10 donkeys had to incredulously support a man, who once couldn’t even remember the name of the department he wanted to be eliminated, to be the head of it.

I understand why the damn 52 elephants would vote to confirm… I don’t agree with it but I do understand it… BUT… what’s the damn story with those donkeys voting to confirm Perry? Their supposed party platform means nothing? Guess not when all is said and done.

Attacked a local labor leader for calling attention to his lies.

Back in January… prior to his being inaugurated…  Trumpty said he convinced Carrier to move only one of its Indiana plants to Mexico, in exchange for $7 million in tax breaks and/or a tacit promise to make sure nothing unfortunate happens to its parent company’s… United Technology… federal contracts.

In other words, do this or we might exempt your parent company from certain government contract bidding.

CNNMoney reported at the time that “United Technologies collects about $5.6 billion in annual revenue from U.S. government contracts, according to company filings, which is equal to about 10% of its overall revenue. United Technologies also relies on the U.S. government for a large chunk of the $1.5 billion in research and development grants that it receives from its customers. Even a slight reduction in either of those sources of government funds would wipe out any savings United Technologies might see from closing the Indiana plants.”

Then in a publicity grab… which in and of itself is nothing, it’s kinda, sorta standard operating procedure for all politicians…  his prezness-elect went to the factory he supposedly rescued and said “over 1,100 workers” would be keeping their jobs thanks to his “tireless” efforts.

Problem was Chuck Jones, the president of United Steelworkers 1999, said, “Our members got their hopes up. They thought their jobs had been saved.”

Why did he say that?

Because, when he finally met management he was told that only 730 factory jobs had been saved. Jones then went public and told the Washington Post that the president-elect had “lied his ass off.”

He then told CNN, “What nobody’s mentioning is 550 people are losing their jobs”

Trumpty’s retort? He tried to bully and slander Mr. Jones by attacking Jones by name, when he tweeted, “Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country! If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana. Spend more time working-less time talking. Reduce dues.”

The real message?

Trumpty will use his presidential pulpit to unfairly smear an individual with outright lies if that individual dares to criticize him or call attention to his outright prevarications.

And, when all was said and done… while Carrier pledged to invest $16 million into the facility CNNMoney reported that the company will spend the bulk of that money on automation, with the aim of radically reducing the size of its workforce in the short-term future.

So, who was zooming who and how many jobs did the fat bastard save when it all is set in stone? Maybe in the end, he might have contributed to the beginning of wholesale layoffs as Carrier begins to automate its factories.

Speaking of Trumpty and Labor… he tried to appoint as his head for the Labor Department a serial violator of labor law.

Andrew Puzder

In December 2016 Prez-elect Trumpty named Andy Puzder as his choice for Labor Secretary. Luckily for Labor he was “forced” to withdraw his name for the nomination.

Puzder is the CEO of the fast-food company that owns the Carl’s Jr. and Hardees chains… restaurants who are very familiar with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Familiar, as in they are way too often on the wrong side of the law.

According to data compiled by Bloomberg BNA, 60% of all Labor Department investigations into Puzder’s restaurants have turned up instances of wage theft and/or other forms of worker mistreatment. Puzder’s…as with other corporations… have usually tried dodging these charges by saying that parent companies can’t be held liable for the actions of franchisees. However, in 2015, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that workers had a right to bargain with parent companies over working conditions.

If, Puzder became the Labor secretary, he would then have the discretion over how to enforce that ruling.

In addition, Puzder has had a past where he has been a loud, vocal critic of large increases in the minimum wage and the Bamster’s decision to expand access to guaranteed overtime pay.

Not to mention his relations in regards to women’s issues have dubious at best. He likes to advertise his burgers via what could be labelled soft-core pornography.

And, records from his 1988 divorce, indicate issues of spousal abuse accusations. While his wife eventually dropped any accusations of being abused by Puzder, senators from both parties were given access to a videotape from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that showed an in disguise Mrs. Puzder laying out charges of being abused by her husband.

As Labor Secretary, Puzder would have had oversight of the Women’s Bureau, an agency tasked with representing the needs of working women.

And, maybe the final nail in the coffin was that it was uncovered that Puzder’s housekeeper was being employment as an undocumented immigrant.

With many elephants getting on board in opposition, in addition to most if not all the donkeys, to Puzder’s nomination, Puzder eventually said he was withdrawing his name for to be Labor secretary.

Whew…

Trumps other cabinet picks with dubious qualifications….

 

 

Ben Carson

Ben Carson: secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Carson has no experience in housing or urban policy. Combine that with his belief that previous efforts to enforce the Fair Housing Act… which both prohibits discrimination in the housing market and requires municipalities to actively combat such discrimination… are a communist plot, what in heaven and earth could possibly go wrong?

Maybe that Carson might rubber stamp almost anything that Trumpty and his cronies ask?

 

Vladimir Putin speaks with then Exxon-Mobil President and CEO Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson: Head of the Department of State.

His government experience is nil.

His expertise lies solely in the fact he has always been a big-time businessman who can author the big deal. In fact, as CEO for Exxon for the last 10 years he has done just that not only with other big corporations but with many various foreign governments, including Russia’s.

In 2012, Tillerson was awarded the “Order of Friendship” by Russian president Vladimir Putin. The senate confirmed his nomination 56 to 43.

Love how them donkeys are quick to leave their scruples by the doorstep of the Senate chambers.

Steven Mnuchin

Steven Mnuchin: Head of the Department of the Treasury.

He is a banker. A former senior executive Goldman Sachs’ banker. Government experience? Zip, nada, zilch.

Need I delve into everything that Goldman Sachs has been involved in that has been deleterious to the welfare of the finances of we the peoples? I hope not because it ain’t pretty.

Part of the appeal of candidate Trumpty to voters was that he ran Trumpty against Wall Street and the “rigged” system as the ultimate betrayal to the little people. Trumpty went so far as… in fact, correctly in my opinion… to rail against Hillary Billary and her connections with Goldman Sachs, including her speeches to Goldman Sachs top execs where was generously rewarded.  Yet, here is appointing the “enemy” that he railed against.

We don’t need another businessman in government to tell us how to spend our damn money. It is a big reason why… as Trump correctly pointed out when he was running for the presidency but now seems to conveniently forget… we are where we are with our national debt and why many people are sleeping in cardboard boxes under neath throughway overpasses or in alleyways.

Senate confirmed him with a vote of 53 to 47.

Jeff Sessions

Senator Jeff Sessions: Head of the Department of Justice.  Government experience: extensive.

A senator from Alabama for the past 20 years. He opposed the Bamster tooth and nail at every opportunity he could do so. Before his election to the Senate, Sessions was a federal prosecutor and then Alabama attorney general. He was almost given a lifetime appointment to the federal bench by Ronnie Raygun except the Senate said “no siree, buddy” over allegations that he made racist comments and praised the KKK while criticizing the NAACP and the ACLU. In 1986 The Atlantic Monthly listed the following allegations against him…  “witnesses testified that Sessions referred to a black attorney as ‘boy,’ described the Voting Rights Act as ‘intrusive,’ attacked the NAACP and ACLU as ‘un-American’ for ‘forcing civil rights down the throats of people,’ joked that he thought the Ku Klux Klan was ok until he found out they smoked marijuana, and referred to a white attorney who took on voting-rights cases as a ‘traitor to his race.’”

Sessions faced the same scrutiny and allegations in 2017 but ultimately was confirmed by a party line Senate vote of 52-47.

As an aside:  Sessions now wants to renew the war on drugs as well as minor drug arrests … the war on drugs was and is a total failure because it never stopped drugs to begin with and unnecessarily incarcerated hundreds of thousands of people who shoulda never had been placed into a prison system, but, if anything, placed into a treatment center… not to mention the folks who stupidly have served seemingly eons doing prison time for marijuana  associated arrests.

And speaking of that issue… marijuana. Sessions wants to have his legal peeps go full bore on arresting and prosecuting people for marijuana. Without going into why this is extremely absurd, let me ask this question… when have you ever heard of anyone dying due to using marijuana? ODing? In my time on this earth? NEVER!

However, there is countless amounts of evidence that states marijuana has more and more benefits for people.

More on this later.

John Kelly

Retired General John Kelly: head of Homeland Security.

Government experience… mostly military. He is a Marine corps vet of 40 years and served as commander of the U.S. Southern Command for the final three years ending in January. The jurisdiction included South and Central America, as well as the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  He has also served various times as liaison between the military and congress so he has some familiarity with civilian government.

While I have a deep concern for military peeps being given high profile civilian jobs sometimes they might be a real viable choice. Time will tell with Kelly.

The Senate confirmed him by a vote of 88-11.

Representative Tom Price: Head of the Department of Health and Human Services.

He is a deeply conservative, 6-time Georgia congressman and was the chairman of the House Budget Committee at the time of his selection by Trumpty. He is, also, a leading critic of the Affordable Care Act  (ACA) and one of the prime instigators of elephant proposals to replace the ACA. While price and Trumpty don’t have much history go no further than VP Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan. These three were asshole kissing buddies on Capitol hill and can be found behind many of the most serious and sometimes very devious conservative laws that have been put forth in recent memory.

With Price ensconced as the head of the Department of Health and Human Services the elephants will feature a two-pronged attack on the ACA… Ryan will be the Pitbull attack dog up front in the public eye trying to do away with what has been the best health care plan… very flawed but still the best so far…    the American people have ever seen to and Price will be the inside man quietly, and basically an unseen force, doing everything in his power to dismantle the ACA.

In addition to his desire to do away with the ACA, Price is also a firm supporter with Ryan’s Paul desire to destruct Medicare as we the people presently know it and replace it with a for shit, short sighted voucher program.

Maybe the name of the department should be changed to the Department of Disease and Inhumane Services? Zombie life encouraged?

He was confirmed along strict party lines by a vote of 52-47.

Rick Perry

Rick Perry: Head of the Department of Energy.

I already done scoured this man so there is not much to add. Ya’ll know why I don’t like his ass.

Confirmed by the Senate by a 62-37.

I am totally amazed and befuddled on why a fair amount of donkey asses (is that redundant?) keep voting for these peeps that obviously don’t have their constituents well-being as a priority.

 

Alexander Acosta

Alexander Acosta: Head of the Department of Labor.

Acosta has extensive government experience… under the George W. Bush administration he was the head of the Justice Department’s civil-rights division. Then he later served as a U.S. attorney in Florida as well as being a a member of the National Labor Relations Board for one year. For the last eight years he has been the dean of Florida International University’s law school.

Compared to Trumpty’s first pick for this position… Puzder… this guy is a gem. Acosta may have been picked for two reasons and two reasons only… after Puzder, he needed a slam dunk to get the job and the man is Hispanic.

The Senate confirmed Acosta by a vote of 60-38.

Elaine Chao: Head of the Department of Transportation.

She served for the full two terms of the George W. Bush administration.  She was also at one point during the first Bush administration, a deputy secretary in the department Trumpty picked her to lead. She has been the head of the Peace Corps and the United Way.

She sounds s like a real damn good pick… right? So. why the hell dud Trumpty pick her?

Chao is married to Mitch “The Bitch” McConnell, the Senate majority leader and a man who will have great influence on whether anything Trumpty wants pushed through the Senate ever makes it.

She was confirmed by A vote of 93 to 6.

Kissing ass is alive and well and it doesn’t matter which side of the aisle you may walk on.

Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos: head of the Department of Education.

Government experience… not a damn blessed minute ever. She is however rich and a big-time elephant donor.  She’s been a major advocate for education reform centered on expanding charter schools and private-school vouchers. Donkeys former but not the latter. She is as far right as you can get on the issue of education. Still, a fair amount of elephants (conservatives) don’t like her.

The Senate came to a stalemate on her appointment and VP Pence had to come in and break the tie. She was confirmed by a 51-50 vote.

Some once said of for former Pittsburgh Steelers’ QB Terry Bradshaw that you could spot him the “c” and the “a” and he would still misspell “cat.” With DeVos as the head of America’s department of education expect a bevy of future graduates to spell it “kut.”

Ryan Zinke

Montana Representative Ryan Zinke: Head of the Department of the Interior. He served 20 years in the military and then 2 years in Congress before his selection by Trumpty.

Be afraid… very afraid… the dude supports mining and drilling on federally protected lands as well as being a climate change denier.

He was confirmed by the senate buy a 68-31 vote.

Sad. So very sad. This vote is a testimony to how out of touch the donkeys have become to their supposed party constituents… the poor and the working and middle classes. This selection will ultimately do little for them while lining the pockets of the very rich in the name of raping the land for oil and other mineral deposits.

I just want to know… when there are no more trees and wetlands to filter our air, who is going to supply the oxygen to breathe and at what cost?

Wilbur Ross

Wilbur Ross: Head of the Department of Commerce.

Guess what… we got ourselves another billionaire being appointed by Trumpty. This rich dude was the chairman for 25 years of Rothschild Inc. Google the name Rothschild, and a bevy of links will come up and most will not be kind to the name Rothschild… at least in so far as the 99% are concerned. The 1% they love that name… if they are on the right side of what the name represents.

Ross directed the company with the main objective being in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A). Very simply put, they buy up floundering corporations, merge them in some manner and then resell at an immense profit.  Usually to the detriment of prior investors and the people employed by the corporations… in other words… a lot of people usually lose money or their jobs.

Ross and Trumpty are like two peas in a pod and have generally been alike in their criticism of U.S. trade policy for the last two decades. Ross also served as an adviser to Trump during his prez campaign.

Ross is a perfect example of the .0000001%. He is a businessman who above all puts profits over people.

Ross was confirmed by a Senate vote of 72-27. That means 20 damn donkeys crossed the aisle to vote for this man.

Remember what I just said about Ryan Zinke being confirmed as the head of the Department of the Interior? This goes quadruple for the selection of Ross as the head of the Department of Commerce. If anyone has ever doubted where the true aims of the donkeys lay… this confirmation now shows them for who they really are. There is no long a donkey or elephant party.  There are just different degrees of politicians who are ruled by greed and avarice. The donkey party is no longer the party for the people; it is a party that serves only to mollify the people… give them a few things to quiet their asses down until the elephants can come in and run roughshod over all of we the peoples so that the 1% can get ever more richer.

Mike Mulvaney

South Carolina Representative Mick Mulvaney: Head of the Office of Management and Budget. This “person” has served 6 years in the U.S. House and 4 years as a state legislator in South Carolina.

I touched upon some of his bullshit earlier. He is a strict hardline conservative and a founding member of the Freedom Caucus. The dude was a frequent critic of former Speaker John Boehner. That tells a lot about where Mulvaney stands in the political spectrum because, in my opinion, crocodile tears Boehner was never a friend to the working man or we the people in general.

One of his main objectives has always been to overhaul Medicare and Social Security.

Nuff said.

He was confirmed essentially along party lines by a vote of 51-49.

Sacred now? Hope so.

But this is not all there is… as always seems to be the story… we come right back to the biggest nut that is always in play… Health Care.

For 7 damn long years, the elephants have tried to get rid of the Affordable Care Act… also known as Obamacare. So, when Trumpty became prez and the elephants gained majorities in both houses of Congress the stage was set for what should have been their fait accompli … destruction of the ACA and passage of what they wanted to replace it with… The poorly named American Health Care Act. Why was it poorly named? Look see… The Affordable Care act or ACA and then the elephant’s American Health Care Act… AHCA. Please… how unoriginal is the name that it uses almost the same acronym as what they are trying to replace?

But, beyond that issue… which I admit is small… the AHCA was simply dead on arrival and ultimately was pulled by its prime creator and never came to the floor of the House for a vote.

A few of the non-starters that the elephant bill would have set into place that would negatively effect millions of Americans were…Between the desire of the so-called  Freedom Caucus conservatives, who believe the bill keeps too much of the ACA intact, and moderates who worried they would feel the fallout, in the upcoming congressional midterm elections, of the millions of  people who would lose their health care benefits the bill couldn’t garner enough elephant support to get passed.

The bill significantly curtailed federal support for Medicaid. After 2020, states that expanded Medicaid would no longer receive enhanced federal funding to cover low-income adults like they could do under the ACA. And, any state that hadn’t already expanded Medicaid would be barred from doing so.

That alone could have affected 14 million people being covered with health insurance or not.

The AHCA would also allow insurance companies to charge Americans aged over 50 five times more than the young. That meant a 64-year-old earning $26,500 per year would pay $12,900 more every year for their insurance. Under the ACA, insurance companies can charge older Americans three times more than the young.

Simply put, under the elephant plan the less money you made, the more fucked you would be. The Tax Policy Center found that people who made less than $10,000 per year would have lost $1,400 per year because of cuts to Medicaid. People earning between $50,000 and $75,000 would have seen a small tax break of about $60.

As stated earlier, an estimated $880 billion cut to Medicaid would result in 14 million fewer people having any health care coverage. They simply could not afford it.

But, the wealthy would have seen a significant tax benefit. People with income that was at $200,000 would see an average tax break of $5,640, or about 1.1% of their income. All from tax breaks the elephants placed in the ACHA.

The result is… that some estimates said by the end of the decade some 52 million would be without health care insurance of any kind. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), said the bill would have caused 24 million people to lose insurance in the next decade.

The American Journal of Public Health added that lack of health insurance could result in more than 44,000 deaths per year. Other very high-quality studies on the impacts of health insurance on people living or dying say their research suggests that there would be more than 24,000 extra deaths per year in the US if even 20 million people lost their coverage.

To quote an article from the Huffington Post: “… 44,000 is the fatality equivalent of 14.6 of Al Qaeda’s 9/11s per year. It’s 24 Katrina scale disasters a year. It is a pandemic of omission and exclusion. But since it happens quietly, in pathetic increments of lost hope and poverty, it is not even a headline in the news.”

In the failure to even vote on the bill Speaker Ryan said “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”

That foreseeable future came far faster than most people expected… tehrevised The American Health Care Act was passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017 (PDF). (The Affordable Care Act, 2010 (PDF))

The American Health Care Act, if it were to be enacted as passed by the House will repeal and replace large portions of the Affordable Care Act. However, because the new bill was patched together and rushed through the House there was no new CBO analysis and report before the House vote on the legislation.   

Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said after the House vote that “It’s not (an) apolitical game for all these people out here in the country who are hurting and scared to death. I thought that even though this place has become toxic, that nobody would jeopardize the health of millions of people for some political purpose. And, the number is still 24 million people who will be without health coverage.”

This is what is obvious that the “new” AHCA would eliminate… Obamacare taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others, and get rid of the individual mandate imposed by the ACA.  Instead of the ACA subsidies that are tied to income and premiums, the elephant plan would provide Americans with refundable tax credits based on age to purchase health insurance. The ACHA as now passed would allow health insurance companies to charge higher premiums to those in their 50s and early 60s, compared to younger consumers. Some estimates say the increase to the elderly could be five times what the young would pay.

It would curtail federal support for Medicaid. After 2020, states that expanded Medicaid would no longer get federal help receive to cover the poor. Those states that did not expand their Medicaid programs… they would be immediately barred from doing so.

People with pre-existing conditions would suffer, too. The AHCA also would allow states to apply for waivers so that they could offer crappier policies that would not cover ten essential health benefits that were ordered by the ACA.

The bottom line insurance cost could escalate so much that the previous estimate by the CBO… of 24 million left without health insurance… could easily be exceeded.

And, an already noted “unintended consequence” of the House bill is that one of their hastily-added “improvements” to the bill could leave 7 million military veterans ineligible for health care tax credits.

When WHPS Spicer was asked about that possibility he said he had no idea what reporters were talking about.

What was revealed was that about 9.1 million individuals are enrolled in VA health programs. However, a 2014 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of veterans’ choice legislation concluded that “about 8 million qualify to enroll in VA’s health system but have not enrolled.”

Subtracting for VA enrollment gains since that CBO  score leaves approximately seven million veterans eligible for, but not enrolled in, VA health programs, and they could be effected by the House plan and among other things preexisting conditions.

7 million veterans stand to lose their health care entirely under the AHCA

Will Fischer, an Iraq War Veteran and the Director of Government Outreach for VoteVets, said “What started as a bad bill has now turned into a grotesque Frankenstein monster, a crude and rushed patchwork of mini-bills that hurt people who can least afford it. Now, we find out that Trumpcare will strip tax credits from potentially millions of veterans, and flood the VA with new patients at a time the VA is understaffed to handle a rush, thanks to the Donald Trump’s hiring freeze. Since the freeze went into effect, we’ve already seen wait times lengthen; the claims backlog that President Obama had virtually eliminated, starting to grow again. This will only cause things to get worse. We cannot put it more simply than this: Trumpcare will punish veterans. You cannot be pro-veteran and vote for Trumpcare.”

Despite the fact that veterans are a core constituency for Donald Trump (albeit one which Trump frequently harms), White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was completely unaware of the problem when asked about it by reporter John Gizzi, and unforgivably ignorant about veterans’ health care in general:

According to Sean of the Dead Spicer the White House has no answer for those potential 7 million veterans who stand to lose their health care entirely.

From the alternative facts file…  Health care doesn’t save lives.

Idaho and elephant Rep. Raul Labrador held a forum the day after he and 216 other Republicans in the House voted to approve a beleaguered bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

One of the AHCA most dramatic changes would be $880 billion in Medicaid cuts to allow states to determine how much they want to place into the program.

A woman at pushed Labrador on that issue when she said “(The AHCA is) mandating people on Medicaid to accept dying.”

Labrador replied, “That line is so indefensible … nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”

Ex-fucking-cuse me. Really?

I got nothing here.

If, this dope doesn’t see how people with healthcare coverage have a billion times better chance to survive a catastrophic illness… or even something as “simple” as the flu or pneumonia… then I can’t even begin to try to help his ass. He needs to  get his ass unelected; go to a corner for a lengthy time out and seriously think about his lack of humanity.

I didn’t forget…

Earlier I mentioned that the negative…. if there are any… aspects of a person using marijuana are practical nonexistent. In fact, I also said… and stand by it… I have never heard of anyone ever dying from using n pot or ever ODing on pot. If, anyone can provide evidence to the contrary feel free to do so.

In fact, I mentioned there are a lot of benefits to people who use pot such as pain relief, relief from chemo treatments, insomnia, as well as anxiety and helping people any of the alphabet soup names for obsessive compulsive disorders.

But, here is something else that needs public dissemination… Marijuana seeds can be used as medicine, leading to numerous health benefits.

Like what?

Nutrition…  hemp, one of the plants under the species name cannabis sativa, has seeds that make for an excellent source of nutrition. Research has provided evidence that hemp seeds contain more than 30%t of healthy fats. The seeds are also very rich with the gamma-linoleic acid which promotes the growth of cells, muscles and organs while supporting normal body functions.

Other nutrients found in the seeds are calcium, potassium, vitamin E, sulphur, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc.

As mentioned with using pot itself, the seeds also help with anxiety, depression and insomnia

Essentially cannabis seeds help to relax the body and its muscles the body. With that capability the seeds can be used to help control nervous, muscular spasms and mobility problems. Another aspect that could be controlled by the seeds is in helping to reduce the frequency of epileptic fits.

Finally, the seeds help to reduce the anxiety some people feel as they lay down and just “want to go sleep.”  Thereby, allowing a deeper and more relaxing sleep.

Another way the seeds can help is in promoting skin health. When a person is deficient is some fatty acids, common manifestations are cracked heels and a host of other skin problems. One… just one… pot seed contains high amounts of fatty acids… therefore using the seeds will easily alleviate symptoms associated with dermatitis and eczema.

Pot seeds contain the amino acid arginine, which is known to enhance blood flow in the body and maintain optimal blood pressure. Also, nitric oxide, another compound found in the seeds is responsible for helping body muscles to relax and dilate blood vessels so as to allow for free flow of blood.

All of this means the seeds can reduce high blood pressure, help reduce blood clots from forming and help people recovering from a heart attack.

If you’re a vegetarian sometimes get enough protein into your diet can be problematic. Two to three tablespoons of the seeds can supply a person you with around 11grans of protein as well as significant amounts of certain amino acids. get amino acids such as cysteine, methionine and lysine.

Got chronic sour stomach or indigestion problems?

The the soluble and insoluble fiber contained in the seeds dissolve easily into a person’s system thus they can slow down the digestion process and make a person feel full for a longer period. That will help in the stomach feeling queasy less often. It will also help with people who are dealing with controlling weight… feeling fuller for a longer time means a person will eat less. And ingesting pot seeds and its insoluble fiber makes it a great way to add bulk to a person’s stool with the result being that food moves smoothly through the digestive tract and is eliminated in a healthy manner. One of the good properties of pot is that it simply promotes good general health and has been found to help in the prevention of tumors and various forms of cancer. Using the seeds will reduce the risk of developing colon and intestinal cancers. Nature’s own colon treatment so to speak

Pot seeds they do a body good…

And, finally… this may or may not be plus depending what you want from your cannabis usage…  Eating the seeds won’t get your ass high, but the rest of your body will still love you for doing it.

And…

Remember…  Sunday, May 14 is Mother’s Day… give yer mom a kiss and maybe some flowers but definitely that kiss.

And, says thanks… no matter what your relationship is…

Another thousand words…

 

 

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