Tag Archives: Trumpolitics

Verbatim

Trump Threatens Price If Healthcare Bill Fails

“Are you gonna get the votes? He better get them. He better get them. Oh, he better, otherwise I’ll say, ‘Tom, you’re fired.’ I’ll get somebody.”

— President Trump, at an event for Boy Scouts, threatening to fire Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price if Congress does not repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Daily Beast reports.

Enumerati

More People Are Paying Attention to Politics

58%

Pew Research: “Nearly six-in-ten women (58%) say they are paying increased attention to politics since Trump’s election, compared with 46% of men. Overall, more Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents than Republicans and Republican leaners say they have become more attentive to politics. But there are similarly wide gender gaps in heightened interest to politics among members of both parties.” Also interesting: “Most people (59%) say it is ‘stressful and frustrating’ to talk about politics with people who have a different opinion of Trump than they do; just 35% find such conversations ‘interesting and informative.’”

Poetic Justice

Signer of Orders

So, Congress won’t pay for his wall on the border,
And his administration remains chaotic, disordered.
But there’s one thing he can do,
And by week’s end he’ll sign 32,
Is stick it to Congress with executive orders.

Poetic Justice

Showdown, Meltdown — Shutdown!

We’re just 10 days away from a government shutdown,
And the Trump team’s heading for a Congressional showdown.
On the right, there’s the Freedom Caucus,
On the left, the Democrats are raucous,
So we’re predicting another Trump administration meltdown.

Verbatim

‘Trumpism’ Defined

The first thing we learned was that Trumpism is an utter repudiation of modern conservatism. For the last 40 years, the Republican Party has been a coalition of three tendencies [foreign-policy hawks, social conservatives, fiscal hawks]… Trump rejected or ignored all of them. … Trump’s speech … offered those of us who want to replace him an occasion to ask the big question: How in the 21st century should government unleash initiative and dynamism while also preserving order? Trump’s answer: Nationalize intimidation but privatize compassion. Don’t look to government to offer a warm hand; look to it to confront your enemies with a hard fist.

David Brooks

Poetic Justice

Failed Business Model

For 40 days now, we’ve been lost in the Trumpian wilderness,
Watching a transition run the gamut from heartless to witless.
From the chaos and confusion
We’ve drawn one conclusion:
You can’t run a government like a family-owned business.

Poetic Justice

The -Istist of the -Ists

We thought Donald Trump was a capitalist,
But now we’re told he’s a populist nationalist.
With Priebus his wing man,
And Bannon his string man,
It’s no wonder the term rhymes with fascist.

Enumerati

Two-Thirds Worry U.S. Will Get Into a Major War

66%

A new NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll finds that 66% of Americans are worried that the United States will become engaged in a major war in the next four years while 33% are not worried.

Poetic Justice

No Zest to Investigate

As the White House devolves into chaos and confusion,
And Team Trump responds with rebukes and accusations,
Why hasn’t the Congress
Moved to address the mess?
And where is the Republicans’ old zeal for investigations?

News & Comment

Thank You, Germany!

A picture tells a thousand bad executive orders …

Der Spiegel No 6 2017