Friday, December 15, 2017
Since Trump won't promote it
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Friday, October 20, 2017
" I Got Lucky With You"
The Sweetback Sisters sang this in 2013 and included it on their latest album just out.
Building the GOP Tax Plan
Starting off on the wrong foot
Since it involves tax evasion, it may well be the right foot for a Republican. It seems the little old charity that Crazy Roy Moore once led promised to pay him almost a half a million dollars on back pay and when it did so, did not report it as income.
The Alabama charity once led by Senate candidate Roy Moore did not report to the Internal Revenue Service that in 2011 it guaranteed him $498,000 in back pay, according to an income report provided to The Washington Post by the charity itself.And now the value of defunding the IRS will probably pay off for the Republicans. If there is no one to investigate this blatant evasion he will probably get elected by the rubes who have to make up what he cheated the government out of.
Five tax law and accounting specialists said it appears the guaranteed payment should have been reported as compensation, a disclosure that would have triggered a federal tax bill of more than $100,000.
Moore and his campaign have not responded to questions about whether he paid the taxes, or to requests that he release his income tax returns.
John Bentley, a board member and former chairman of the charity, the Foundation for Moral Law, said Moore once told him that he had sought advice on the financial arrangement from an accountant. Moore said he was told the compensation was not taxable until he cashed in on the promised back pay, Bentley said. Moore has not yet done so, he said.
The tax issue is the latest in a series of questions over Moore’s financial ties to the Alabama charity where he worked after he was ousted from the state Supreme Court in 2003 for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from a public building. Moore, 70, a Republican, is the front-runner in the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
In 2011, the charity gave Moore promissory notes worth $498,000 for unpaid salary in previous years, backing them up with a second mortgage on the group’s historic building in Montgomery, Ala. The note entitles Moore to demand payment at any time or claim an equal stake in the building, which serves as the group’s headquarters.
David Walker, a tax law professor at Boston University, said IRS rules for compensation are complex. But he said that it appears Moore’s financial transaction with the charity became taxable the moment he was given the right to demand payment or foreclose on the group’s building.
Very hush-hush top secret
That would be the much ballyhooed but seldom seen Republican tax overhaul plan that, like the healthcare plan before it, is being prepared in secret so any who object to it will not have time to properly oppose it as Turtle Mitch and Lyin' Ryan try to ram it through their respective houses of Congress without alteration.
Almost no one on or off Capitol Hill has seen the tax overhaul bill that Republicans are drafting behind closed doors. Congressional staff members have not settled on many key details. Yet party leaders are preparing to move ahead on a timeline even more aggressive than their unsuccessful attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.Let's be clear about this, the tax code does need an overhaul. Can we trust the present Republican clown posse to do what is necessary? No. The secrecy and efforts to force it through as rapidly as possible make it clear this is a tax overhaul for the benefit of the billionaire donors to the Republican Party.If the GOP fails they will also lose millions of dollars of campaign support that has allowed them to buy elections across the country.And, after what these clowns have been doing in office, the loss of funds would mean the end of the Republican Party.
The swift pace to complete, release and quickly vote on a tax cut is aimed at leaving little time for the type of dissent that has scuttled previous tax proposals.
Senators approved a budget resolution for the 2018 fiscal year on Thursday night, setting up a rapid series of hearings and votes with the aim of getting a bill to President Trump by Christmas.
Republicans have been meeting for weeks in closed-door sessions to debate details of the tax plan, including two half-day retreats for House members late last month. House leaders will hold two smaller-group sessions next week, scheduled to last three to four hours each.
The speed is striking — and strategic — for tax legislation that lobbyists believe could span 1,000 pages. Republicans hope the breakneck pace will help hold their narrow Senate majority together against what will almost certainly be a deluge of lobbying and Democratic criticism.
The last major tax overhaul, which passed in 1986, took nearly 11 months from introduction to presidential signature.
“Some have described Washington as the slowest town until it is the fastest town,” said Representative Peter Roskam, Republican of Illinois, the chairman of the Subcommittee on Tax Policy in the House Ways and Means Committee, “and I think that’s what’s going to happen here.”
Congressional Republicans are under intense pressure from campaign donors, business groups and the White House to deliver a major legislative victory after nine months of congressional disappointment on big issues. Party leaders say they have learned from those setbacks, including the collapse of the health care push this summer.
Lawmakers “should have had a bill six months ago,” said Stephen Moore, a senior fellow in economics at the Heritage Foundation, who is advising the White House on the tax effort. “They will look so incompetent if they don’t get this done,” he said, adding that Republicans know the economy could suffer and that they could lose badly in the midterm elections next year if they do not pass something quickly. “Ultimately, that’s why I’m optimistic.”
Trevor Noah reflects on Trump's Phone Calls
On the Daily Show
Business as usual for GOP
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Just Like Magic
They have served 1 Million Meals So Far
And if you want to help them prepare the next million meals you can donate to Chef Relief in Puerto Rico Doing so will help Chefs José Andrés and Jose Enrique and volunteers prepare more meals for the people who are so much in need of it.
Donny has a script
What did they ever do to him?
For some reason Cheeto Mussolini has the island of Puerto Rico in his sights just as surely as Hurricane Maria did. And the combined hurricane damage and Trump's relief failure is a one-two punch that American citizens should not get from their country.
President Trump’s approach to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria has been coherently inhumane. He has called some Puerto Rican leaders “politically motivated ingrates,” made insensitive references to how much federal money is being spent on recovery, refused to support equitable health-care access for the island’s 3.5 million U.S. citizens, bemoaned on Twitter how federal personnel could not be in the commonwealth after the hurricane “forever” and this week complained from the Rose Garden that the military is distributing food, “something that really they shouldn’t have to be doing.”If the island location is confusing to Donny then we can only hope no disasters happen on Hawaii.
Only one notable deviation from this narrative stands out. While on his official trip to the island, Trump told Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera that Puerto Rican governments “owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street, and we’re going to have to wipe that out. You can say goodbye to that.” Hours later, the White House was back on track: “I wouldn’t take it word for word,” said Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget.
A week later, congressional Republicans unveiled a relief plan that would only add to the island’s debt load.
The disjointed thread of off-the-cuff commentary Trump has issued in real time and on social media since the storm reveals either the president’s profound ignorance or his deep-seated prejudices. He seems fully unaware of the United States’ history of involvement in Puerto Rico; the nation took the island as booty after the Spanish-American War in 1898 and made us citizens without consulting our forebears in 1917, just one month before the country’s entry into World War I. For decades, the U.S. military was here — seemingly forever — using two small but inhabited islands as live ordnance ranges for the Navy. Trump, however, seems to believe that Puerto Rico is a foreign jurisdiction and hence, in his mind, U.S. tax dollars should not be spent to prop up the island’s fragile health-care system nor to save lives and rebuild in the aftermath of a major hurricane.
But if he is in fact aware of our standing as citizens — which he certainly should be — then perhaps he is simply treating Puerto Ricans as he has women, other Latinos, African Americans, Muslims, people with disabilities and any number of other groups
When you have the sensitivity of a radish
It should be expected that you will say things like, "He knew what he signed up for". When you are the president much more is expected of you, not the least being someone to show you how to do it right. Not that Donald Dinkydick would have listened.
People trying to express sympathy to the families of fallen troops say the wrong thing all the time. When Marine First Lt. Travis Manion was killed by sniper fire during the Iraq troop surge in 2007, one well-wisher told his family that it was “such a waste.” Another called it a shame for him “to die in vain like that.”Given Trump's heartfelt lack of sympathy for any creature not himself, one would think his phone calls would be tightly scripted to avoid these problems. Then again they do make excellent distractions from the normal havoc he is wreaking in DC.
But usually, such comments do not come from the president. Asked amid an outcry over President Trump’s telling a soldier’s widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for,” families of slain troops described on Wednesday a range of encounters with him and his six immediate predecessors, from sympathy and sincerity — including from Mr. Trump — to awkward distances.
Mr. Trump has denied making the comment, which was described by both the mother of the soldier and Representative Frederica S. Wilson, Democrat of Florida, who was present for the call. Mr. Trump spoke to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, killed in an ambush in Niger this month, as she was being taken to receive her husband’s body, according to his mother.
Several military families whose loved ones were killed this year did describe phone calls from Mr. Trump that they said gave them solace. Another spoke of a promised call from him that never came. Together, the episodes underscore one of the most difficult duties of a president — comforting family members of Americans killed carrying out the orders of a commander in chief.
“I picture myself in that limo — the last thing you’d want to hear is something like that,” said Nadia McCaffrey, whose only child, Sgt. Patrick McCaffrey, was killed in an ambush in Iraq in 2004. She was furious with President George W. Bush after her son was killed, she said, and refused to take calls from the White House.
Families of slain service members who have had exchanges with past presidents decried the timing of Mr. Trump’s phone call, which they said came at what was most likely one of Mrs. Johnson’s most vulnerable moments. And while a number of relatives said they were subject to verbal punches dressed up as sympathy, none came from the presidents who sent their sons and daughters to war.
Yes they do
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Take Me For A Little While
They didn't get there by themselves
R.I.P. Gord Downie
When your Prime Minister weeps for you, you must be one of the Great Canadians even if you did end your days Tragically Hip
He supports it, except maybe he doesn't
But the exact position of Donny Dinkydick depends on which day it is and sometimes even what time of day it is. In the case of the ACA fix cobbled up by Sens Murray and Alexander, he was all for it yesterday, today not so much.
President Trump on Wednesday qualified his endorsement of a bipartisan Senate proposal to stabilize health insurance markets, even as the chief architect of the deal predicted that it would become law before the end of the year.And it has only just begun it long and arduous trip to becoming law. Wonder what Donny will think about what ends up on his desk?
Mr. Trump on Tuesday appeared to give his blessing to a deal to restore health insurance subsidies that he had just canceled when the accord was announced. Senators Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, and Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, agreed on legislation that would continue federal payments to insurance companies through 2019 to reimburse them for discounts they are required to provide to millions of low-income people who have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.
On Wednesday, the president appeared to send a different message:
I am supportive of Lamar as a person & also of the process, but I can never support bailing out ins co's who have made a fortune w/ O'Care.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
But that message may have been more of a caveat than a rejection. Mr. Alexander, the chairman of the Senate health committee, said he received a telephone call on Wednesday from the president. “He wanted to be encouraging about the bipartisan agreement that Senator Murray and I announced yesterday,” Mr. Alexander said.
Mr. Trump “intends to review it carefully to see if he wants to add anything to it,” Mr. Alexander said, adding that the president “wants to reserve his options.”
Mitch & Donny BFF's
Trevor Noah does Donny Dinkydick from Chicago
Tax 'cut' lies and beyond
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Send The Sun
He just can't stop himself
Lies and the Lying Liar-In-Chief
Donald Trump has gone and done it again, this time not just lying about his achievements, but slandering his predecessors as well. It seems that Donny Dinkydick, who after 12 days still had not yet called the families of the 4 Green Berets who died in Niger, chose to say that he was the first president to call the families. While he was quickly beaten back from that lie, he returned to it this morning with one of his patented Poopentweets.
President Trump falsely asserted on Monday that his predecessor, Barack Obama, and other presidents did not contact the families of American troops killed in duty, drawing a swift, angry rebuke from several of Mr. Obama’s former aides.He lies to cover his failings, which are YUGE! He lies to take a cheap shot at Obama every chance he gets, which is often. He lies on the golf course, no matter how many people are watching him. If it weren't for lies, Donald Trump would have nothing to say.
Mr. Trump was responding to a question about why he had not spoken publicly about the killing of four Green Berets in an ambush in Niger two weeks ago when he made the assertion. Rather than answering the question, Mr. Trump said he had written personal letters to their families and planned to call them in the coming week. Then he pivoted to his predecessors.
“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls,” Mr. Trump said during a news conference in the Rose Garden with the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. “A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate.”
Mr. Trump’s assertion belied a long record of meetings Mr. Obama held with the families of killed service people, as well as calls and letters, dating to the earliest days of his presidency. Before he decided to deploy 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, Mr. Obama traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to greet the coffins of troops.
While Mr. Obama’s former staff members have grown used to Mr. Trump’s gibes about the “failure” of the Affordable Care Act or the “disastrous” Iran nuclear deal, they lashed out at his remarks on Monday with unusual bitterness.
“This is an outrageous and disrespectful lie even by Trump standards,” Benjamin J. Rhodes, a former deputy national security adviser to Mr. Obama, posted on Twitter. “Also,” Mr. Rhodes added, “Obama never attacked a Gold Star family.”
In the Niger episode, three American soldiers were killed while on patrol on the border between Niger and Mali this month. The body of a fourth American soldier was recovered later.
While he did not explain why he had not called their families, Mr. Trump said he had written letters to the family members over the weekend, which he said would be mailed later in the day or on Tuesday. He said he also planned to call them.
“I felt very, very badly about that,” he said. “The toughest calls I have to make are the calls where this happens. Soldiers are killed. It’s a very difficult thing,” he said. “Now, it gets to a point where, you know, you make four or five of them in one day. It’s a very, very tough day. For me, that’s by far the toughest.”
Equifax lost your information
John Oliver lays out the good and the bad.
Stick to the important stuff
Monday, October 16, 2017
They All Laughed
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Rachel Price
The Unimaginable Future
And Tom Tomorrow shows us how mind-boggling it can be when scientists thaw out a man from the distant past of 1 month ago.
Talk about Earth shattering
In remarks he made Monday, Donald Trump almost did the unthinkable, he almost took blame for something not happening.
President Trump almost admitted Monday that he is failing on his agenda. Then he caught himself.With all the other people he has blamed for his fuck-ups it is probably a cinch that his Trumpoons would never have heard a discouraging word. But all is right with the world now as he is back to his old ways of blaming anybody but Donald.
“We're not getting the job done,” he began, before quickly shifting course. “And I'm not going to blame myself. [And then he lied] I'll be honest: They are not getting the job done,” he said, referring to Congress.
Trump is still hiring people
When Donald won't, people do
And while the Trump administration treats 3.5 million Americans on Puerto Rico as second class citizens, others with perhaps closer ties to the island are finding their own ways to provide what the island needs.
It should not have to be "personal" to motivate people to help other Americans but in times like this it is as good as any other motivation.
The pleas for help, arriving in text messages and on Facebook, have not relented, filling Lymaris Albors’ phone since the hurricane that roared across Puerto Rico, her homeland. The people on the other end were asking for all sorts of things: food, generators, solar lights, tarpaulins to take the place of roofs shredded by the hurricane.
As she assembled the items and looked for ways to deliver them, her corner office in the South Bronx had been transformed into a makeshift command center. A growing list of needs covered one whiteboard. The logistical details of how she planned to ship them filled another. And there was yet another list, this one with the people and groups on the island to whom she hoped to send aid.
“How and when,” she conceded, “I have no idea.”
Ms. Albors has a number of titles at the Acacia Network, a health and social services organization that is among the largest founded and run by New York’s Puerto Rican diaspora. She is usually the chief of staff to the chief executive officer and vice president of business development. But for the past few weeks, her work has boiled down to one all-consuming job: coordinator, putting together the nonprofit organization’s relief efforts for Puerto Rico.
Already, two planes loaded with supplies, including one with dozens of generators, had flown to the island, and Acacia employees had been dispatched there to help. Next, they planned to fill a cargo container, which would be sent by ship.
The work at Acacia is just one piece of New York’s vast official and unofficial response, as Hurricane Maria’s aftermath has, in many ways, both tested and underscored the bonds between the city and Puerto Rico.
There have been donation drives and fund-raisers. Masbia, a network of soup kitchens, gathered batteries, hygiene products, diapers and oatmeal, and SoulCycle has planned a “relief ride.” Tidal, Jay-Z’s music streaming service, chartered planes to carry supplies to Puerto Rico, and so did Bethenny Frankel, one of the “Real Housewives of New York.”
Ms. Albors, for her part, has been propelled by a sense of duty, her own bond with Puerto Rico. Work, though, has also given her a place to channel the despair and anxiety that the storm has stirred. She had heard from her nieces on the island; one, who spent the summer with her in New York, wiped tears from her eyes in a videochat with her aunt. Ms. Albors still had not talked to her mother.
“I can tell you that I can deal with everything in my life, except when my island is in crisis,” Ms. Albors said in her office a week after the hurricane made landfall. “There’s this deep-rooted love for Puerto Rico, and my family — everyone’s there. I’m the only one here.”
By a window, Ms. Albors had one more whiteboard. Any time she felt like Acacia had accomplished something, she wrote it there. She needed the reminder that progress was being made.
“We’re so committed to the island,” she said, her voice cracking. She repeated a line heard often in New York since the hurricane: “It is personal.”
The Big Lie keeps getting Bigger
There is a detectable air of desperation in the claims being made by Pumpkin Potemkin and the Insane Republican Posse regarding their demonstrably insane tax cut for the rich plan. They must have the tax cuts passed regardless of how badly they treat the lower 80% of taxpayers. And to convince those poor suckers, the benefits that will flow from it just seem to grow bigger every week.
President Trump’s top economist argued in a report issued on Monday that corporate tax cuts being pushed by Republicans would increase a typical household’s income by between $3,000 and $7,000 a year, hinting at a primary argument the administration will make in drafting and selling its tax plan.And so we have to believe that an administration stuffed with corporatists will pass a tax bill that will greatly benefit working people. And someday Pumpkin will walk arm in arm with Kim jong Pudge into the sunset.
Mr. Trump has endorsed a framework tax proposal, along with Republican leaders in Congress, that would reduce the top corporate rate to 20 percent, from 35 percent. While the administration says that such a cut is the best way to give workers a raise, many economists have called the administration’s claims overly optimistic.
In a sign of how heavily the administration will lean on the argument, the president said last week in a speech in Pennsylvania that the proposal would “likely give the typical American household a $4,000 pay raise,” citing his Council of Economic Advisers.
The council is led by Kevin Hassett, an economist whose academic work has argued that high corporate tax rates hurt workers, and that when those tax rates fall, worker incomes rise sharply. The Monday report is the council’s first published study on the potential effects of the tax proposal.
It does not attempt to analyze the full Republican proposal, which still lacks key details on the income ranges for tax brackets, the rules to qualify for certain lower business tax rates and how to prevent multinational corporations from avoiding taxes by channeling profits to ultra-low-tax countries.
Instead, it focuses on one detail that Mr. Trump has insisted is not negotiable: the reduction in the top corporate income tax rate.
The report draws heavily on several economic studies that find similar results to Mr. Hassett’s: that the so-called incidence of corporate taxation falls mainly on workers, meaning they have much to gain if such rates are cut. It concludes that if the corporate rate were cut to 20 percent, the median American household, which earns just under $60,000 a year, would earn between $3,000 and $7,000 more than it otherwise would have.
Mr. Hassett said in a conference call with reporters that those gains could be even larger than the calculations suggest, “because America’s broken corporate tax system creates incentives for firms to hold their profits outside our borders.”
The administration contends that those incentives have depressed wages for decades. The report begins with a declaration that “wage growth in America has stagnated,” even as corporate profits have soared, because “the relationship between corporate profits and worker compensation broke down in the late 1980s.”
Samantha Bee has a few tips
To help the boys keep it respectful in the workplace
The remainder of that president's term
John Oliver shows us the consequences Trump's "scared monkey" antics with the Iran deal.
Donald Trump doesn't like Americans
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Every Little Word
May be too big to see
Buying Congressmen to Kill Americans
That is what opiod drug makers have done to remove and governmental obstacles to selling mass quantities of their killer products to all the unsuspecting users and abusers across the land.
In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets.And now the manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and chain drugstores can sleep easy knowing the biggest impediment to their profiting from the deaths of thousands of Americans has been removed. Just about the only group that makes more money killing Americans is the NRA.
By then, the opioid war had claimed 200,000 lives, more than three times the number of U.S. military deaths in the Vietnam War. Overdose deaths continue to rise. There is no end in sight.
A handful of members of Congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills, according to an investigation by The Washington Post and “60 Minutes.” The DEA had opposed the effort for years.
The law was the crowning achievement of a multifaceted campaign by the drug industry to weaken aggressive DEA enforcement efforts against drug distribution companies that were supplying corrupt doctors and pharmacists who peddled narcotics to the black market. The industry worked behind the scenes with lobbyists and key members of Congress, pouring more than a million dollars into their election campaigns.
The chief advocate of the law that hobbled the DEA was Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican who is now President Trump’s nominee to become the nation’s next drug czar. Marino spent years trying to move the law through Congress. It passed after Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) negotiated a final version with the DEA.
For years, some drug distributors were fined for repeatedly ignoring warnings from the DEA to shut down suspicious sales of hundreds of millions of pills, while they racked up billions of dollars in sales.
The new law makes it virtually impossible for the DEA to freeze suspicious narcotic shipments from the companies, according to internal agency and Justice Department documents and an independent assessment by the DEA’s chief administrative law judge in a soon-to-be-published law review article. That powerful tool had allowed the agency to immediately prevent drugs from reaching the street.
Political action committees representing the industry contributed at least $1.5 million to the 23 lawmakers who sponsored or co-sponsored four versions of the bill, including nearly $100,000 to Marino and $177,000 to Hatch. Overall, the drug industry spent $106 million lobbying Congress on the bill and other legislation between 2014 and 2016, according to lobbying reports.
“The drug industry, the manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and chain drugstores, have an influence over Congress that has never been seen before,” said Joseph T. Rannazzisi, who ran the DEA’s division responsible for regulating the drug industry and led a decade-long campaign of aggressive enforcement until he was forced out of the agency in 2015. “I mean, to get Congress to pass a bill to protect their interests in the height of an opioid epidemic just shows me how much influence they have.”
Besides the sponsors and co-sponsors of the bill, few lawmakers knew the true impact the law would have. It sailed through Congress and was passed by unanimous consent, a parliamentary procedure reserved for bills considered to be noncontroversial. The White House was equally unaware of the bill’s import when President Barack Obama signed it into law, according to interviews with former senior administration officials.
I promise I Will Pull Out
Donny may have made this promise along with the many other unfulfilled promises he has made but he didn't make to his base. That is probably the only one he hasn't made but like all the others, he hasn't kept it.
President Trump leaves little doubt about what he thinks of his predecessor’s top domestic and international legacies. The health care program enacted by President Barack Obama is “outrageous” and “absolutely destroying everything in its wake.” The nuclear deal with Iran is “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.”How sweet. In keeping with his sense of fairness, Pumpkin Potemkin is damaging his own office along with the rest of the government. He must have had help from Pooty with that.
Yet as much as he has set his sights on them, Mr. Trump after nearly nine months in office has not actually gotten rid of either. Instead, in the past few days, he took partial steps to undercut both initiatives and then left it to Congress to figure out what to do next. Whether either will ultimately survive in some form has become a central suspense of Mr. Trump’s first year in office.
In the case of health care, Mr. Trump is making a virtue of necessity. Having failed to push through legislation replacing the Affordable Care Act, he is taking more limited measures on his own authority aimed at chipping away at the law. On the other hand, when it comes to the Iran deal, he has the authority to walk away without anyone else’s consent but has been talked out of going that far by his national security team. Instead, by refusing to recertify the deal, he rhetorically disavows the pact without directly pulling out.
These are not the only instances in which Mr. Trump’s expansive language has not been matched by his actions during this opening phase of his presidency. On immigration, diplomatic relations with Cuba and international accords like the North American Free Trade Agreement and a separate trade pact with South Korea, he has denounced decisions made by Mr. Obama or other previous presidents without fully reversing them.
“Presidential campaigns are won with big, simple, directional promises that rarely align well with the complexity confronted in the Oval Office,” said Michael O. Leavitt, a Republican former governor of Utah and secretary of health and human services who advised Mr. Trump’s transition team. “So presidents do the best they can to stretch the fabric of incomplete outcomes to cover as much bare backside as possible and move on.”
Mr. Trump’s advisers characterize that as the more pragmatic side of a businessman who takes maximalist positions in part to set the stage for negotiations but does not necessarily intend to go as far as he might give the impression. His critics said that the partial steps were still destructive, and that the president was effectively leaving initiatives like health care and the Iran deal wounded on the battlefield without allowing ambulances onto the scene.
A question for the president is whether partial actions will satisfy supporters demanding a full repudiation of the Obama era. Mr. Trump promised to deal with such issues in some cases within his first days in office but has found that Washington resists quick action. Frustrated by Congress, he is increasingly turning to executive power and can point to the moves he has made as signs of his commitment to fulfilling his promises.
“The gap between President Trump’s ambitious promises and actual policies is large and growing,” said William C. Inboden, a White House aide under President George W. Bush and now executive director of the William P. Clements Jr. Center on History, Strategy and Statecraft at the University of Texas. “This is weakening the institution of the presidency itself, which becomes diminished when presidents over promise and under deliver, or when responsibilities normally handled by the president become habitually shirked to Congress or other nations.”
Sewer Barbie strikes back
The new Kellyanne on SNL is It
Donald Trump and his lap dog Mike
From the SNL cold opening
But did they find an answer ??
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