Tag Archives: Trump Administration

Poetic Justice

The Do-Nothing POTUS

So, Donald Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch,
But as a president pareil he’s a nonesuch.
His travel bans are blocked,
His budget plan’s been knocked,
After two months in office, Trump hasn’t done much.

Poetic Justice

A Gorka, Uncorked

Sebastian Gorka is Trump’s counter-terrorism adviser,
And he’s got a secret about which he’d like us none the wiser.
He’s a sworn life member of Vitezi Rend,
But to what nefarious end?
It means he’s a Hungarian Nazi collaborator and sympathizer.

Enumerati

Trump Looking to Cut $6 Billion from HUD

$6 billion

“The Trump administration has considered more than $6 billion in cuts at the Department of Housing and Urban Development,” according to preliminary budget documents obtained by the Washington Post. “The plan would squeeze public housing support and end most federally funded community development grants, which provide services such as meal assistance and cleaning up abandoned properties in low-income neighborhoods.”

News & Comment

Donald Has Hired Hundreds of Lackeys and Lobbyists

20170308-beachhead-graphic-300x200ProPublica has obtained a list of more than 400 Trump administration hires, including dozens of lobbyists and some from far-right media. They include:

A Trump campaign aide who argues that Democrats committed “ethnic cleansing” in a plot to “liquidate” the white working class. A former reality show contestant whose study of societal collapse inspired him to invent a bow-and-arrow-cum-survivalist multi-tool. A pair of healthcare industry lobbyists. A lobbyist for defense contractors. An “evangelist” and lobbyist for Palantir, the Silicon Valley company with close ties to intelligence agencies. And a New Hampshire Trump supporter who has only recently graduated from high school.

And remember Donald’s pledge to “drain the swamp?”

The list is striking for how many former lobbyists it contains: We found at least 36, spanning industries from health insurance and pharmaceuticals to construction, energy and finance. Many of them lobbied in the same areas that are regulated by the agencies they have now joined.
That figure is almost certainly an undercount since we only included those who formally registered as lobbyists, a process increasingly avoided by many in Washington.

Read it here.

Verbatim

Imagine a White House with No Chain of Command

And you’ll call my people. You call me. It doesn’t make any difference! We have no chain of command around here!

— President-elect Donald Trump, quoted by the Washington Post, at a meeting of tech CEOs.

Enumerati

Americans Have Low Expectations for President Trump

34%

Of Americans think President-elect Trump will be a good or very good president, and another 23% think he will be average; 36 percent think he will be a poor president, according to a new CBS News poll. Trump ends the election year with far lower expectations than his two most recent predecessors did. In December 2008, 63% of Americans thought Barack Obama would make a good for very good president, while just 7% expected a poor performance. Less than half thought George W. Bush would make a good president in December 2000, but just 14% expected him to be a poor president.

Enumerati

Donald Can’t Be Bothered with Security Briefings

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Number of classified intelligence briefings President-elect Donald Trump has received “since his surprise election victory earlier this month, a frequency that is notably lower — at least so far — than that of his predecessors,” the Washington Post reports. “A team of intelligence analysts has been prepared to deliver daily briefings on global developments and security threats to Trump in the two weeks since he won. Vice President-elect Mike Pence, by contrast, has set aside time for intelligence briefings almost every day since the election.”

Verbatim

Bannon Is a Fan of Darth Vader, Satan

Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”

— Trump strategist Stephen Bannon, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Verbatim

Donald’s Team of Rivals, er, Racists

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign bludgeoned modern norms about the acceptability of racism. The candidate proposed a religious test for immigrants, and called a federal judge unfit on the grounds of his heritage. Trump could have decided to put the racial demagoguery of the campaign behind him, and it could have been remembered as a divisive ploy to win that did not define his administration, like George Bush’s manipulation of white racial panic to defeat Michael Dukakis in 1988. But Trump, perhaps predictably, is making a different choice. His early staffing choices are redefining the boundaries of acceptable racial discourse in Republican politics.

Jonathan Chait

Verbatim

Obama: Trump’s Election Is Not the Apocalypse

I don’t believe in apocalyptic—until the apocalypse comes. I think nothing is the end of the world until the end of the world.

— President Obama, quoted by the New Yorker.