Trump Since the Election-What we're learning.(It's not good)

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Trump Since the Election-What we're learning.(It's not good)

Postby Vinnie_Big_Dog » Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:16 pm

On the eve of the election, I was, like many others, aghast and dismayed at the election of Donald Trump. I could not fathom the election of this man who had railed against pretty much every minority group, and threatened to ignite a trade war in a misguided attempt to bring jobs back to our shores. He is a person who has a history of being a sexual predator, who’s temperament and knowledge base clearly disqualifies him from the presidency and who does not exude the intellectual depth or level of curiosity to learn and grow into the job .

However, after taking a deep breath and listening to Secretary Clinton’s gracious concession speech and President Obamas call for acceptance of the decision and national unity and healing, I decided to take a step back and say that, rather dwell on his past words and deeds, I would judge him by what he says and does going forward. I said that I would chalk much of it up to campaign rhetoric and bluster intended to rally his base, and reminded myself that he has a history of holding some liberal and progressive views that may reemerge later.

That rapprochement lasted less than a week. In his first few days as president elect, he has done the following:

He has Appointed a climate change denier, Myron Ebell, to head the EPA transition team: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/110 ... ition-team

Subsequently, he nominated another climate change denier Scot Pruitt to head the EPA
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/07/us/po ... v=top-news

Now, the transition team has launched a witch hunt within the EPA to ferret out those who have been working for Obama on climate change.

He has continued to disparage the press and has not allowed them to accompany him on his plane- defying precedent : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fre ... 21bbc94a8b

And, by far the worst move……….

He has Appointed a white nationalist as his chief strategist and political advisor to the administration: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dem ... adb56f823e

Democrats raised alarms Monday over the naming of Steve Bannon, executive chairman at Breitbart News, as President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the pick an “alarming signal” that Trump “remains committed to the hateful and divisive vision that defined his campaign.”

Bannon, known for his white nationalist views, took a break from running Brietbart ― which has published headlines like “Racist, Pro-Nazi Roots Of Planned Parenthood Revealed” ― to help run Trump’s campaign. Trump announced Bannon’s new position on Sunday.”


As a side note, one has to wonder how this will set with his son in law and influential advisor, and who is also an Orthodox Jew.? How will they get along? Very strange indeed.

Little wonder then that he has selected Jeff Sessons -an avowed racist to head the justice department- the same Justice Department that is charged with civil rights laws http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jef ... 26mnqgds4i


Now, he is proposing the Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, who has no government or diplomatic experience save for the fact that he is a buddy of Putin. Tillerson has criticized US sanctions against Russia for human rights violations and their aggressiveness, in the region. How will that play out? Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, whose extensive deal-making for the energy giant has plunged him into global politics from Yemen to Russia,

And who would he like to be second in command at State? The hawkish and controversial
John Bolton
to be Secretary of State, a nomination that flies in the face of this position that he has taken on wanting to improve relations with Russia:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/joh ... pmtdpfogvi

Then we have Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Education Pick, who has steered money From public schools

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/us/po ... v=top-news

Yes, an enemy of public education, leading the department of education!


Moving right along, it appears that Trump will tap none other than the man who wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy, Rick Perry, to lead……the Department of Energy. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelang ... 96552.html


Are we beginning to see a pattern here?

I would call it the systematic destruction of government from within.



In keeping with that theme, he has named Mike Pompeo to head the CIA,

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mik ... 997bbedf49

While Pompeo-in contrast to many other appointees, - is well credentialed with a background in intelligence and a graduate of West Point, as a congressman is a member of the Tea Party Caucus.

Then there are the generals.: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-unusual ... -generals/
Remember when Trump said that he would fire all of the generals because they were doing a terrible job?
Well now we will have James Mattis as Defense Secretary, Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor, and John Kelly as Homeland Security Secretary.

I wonder if he’ll listen to them now- or continue to believe that he knows more than them.

That brings us to Goldman Sacks. Yes the Goldman Sacks that he railed against during the campaign and then suggested that Clinton was unqualified to be President because she gave a speech to them. Now, he has selected not one but two from their ranks to fill key posts: http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-pi ... or-2016-12

Gary Cohn, the President and COO of the firm is slated to head the National Economic Council. And for Treasury Secretary, he has picked Steven Mnuchin- a former banker with the company who ran their foreclosure juggernaut . So much for draining the swamp of special interests!!

Other notable selections include:

Ben Carson who has been opposed to ”legislating racial equality” and has no government experience for Housing and Urban Development http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ben ... 21702f7d43

Scott Pruitt- who is in bed with the fossil fuel industry and a climate change denier as head of the Environmental Protection Agency http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/07/us/po ... v=top-news

Cathy Mc Morris Rodgers-who, as a Washington State representative voted to repeal key provisions of Obama’s climate and environmental policy, is a proponent of off shore drilling, as well as fracking on federal lands that are now protected- for the Interior Department http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/m ... ary-232448

Oooops…conflicting information: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has offered the job of interior secretary to first-term Republican Representative Ryan Zinke of Montana, Politico reported on Tuesday, citing two transition officials and someone familiar with the offer.

Zinke, a former Navy Seal commander, has yet to accept and has given no indication as to which way he is leaning, Politico said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Politico reported that Trump was considering Zinke along with fellow U.S. Representatives Raul Labrador of Idaho and Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington to lead the Interior Department. We'll watch this develop.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ ... smsnnews11

The patterns continue- special interest industry cronies and people who would work against the very purpose of the departments that they head.



Andrew Puzder a major player in the fast food industry who is opposed to raising the minimum wage, opposes reform of overtime rules, and critic of government regulations in general will head the Labor Department. This is considered a blow to working people and unions http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/08/news/ec ... index.html

Linda McMahon- a billionaire and former CEO of the World Wrestling Entertainment Organization – an actual business success- and whose husband donated $6 Million to a pro Trump super PAC has been chosen to head the Small Business Administration http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/07/us/po ... ition.html

McMahon may be the least objectionable of all the appointees so far. This will be continues as a clearing house on his future appointments -especially to SCOTUS- as well as a place to track what this band of deplorables actually do.
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Postby Vinnie_Big_Dog » Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:00 pm

Update:

Tom Price – a Republican Congressman and avowed enemy of Obamacare has been selected to head the Health department http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/28/us/po ... vices.html

In debate on the Affordable Care Act in 2009, Mr. Price railed against “a stifling and oppressive federal government,” a theme that pervades his politics. His most frequent objection to the law is that it interferes with the ability of patients and doctors to make medical decisions
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Postby Vinnie_Big_Dog » Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:30 am

It's Hard To Overstate How Anti-Environment Donald Trump's Cabinet Picks Are | The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ― Rex Tillerson at the State Department. Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency. Rick Perry at the Department of Energy. Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice.

If environmentalists found themselves in some kind of paralyzing hypnagogia on Nov. 9, the day they realized that there was no waking up from this*was Dec. 13.

Tillerson is the CEO of Exxon Mobil, a company that spent decades and millions of dollars supporting climate change denial and is currently under investigation*for doing so.*Tillerson has personally argued that climate change is no biggie*because “we will adapt to this.” If he’s confirmed as secretary of state, he will be in the position of deciding whether the U.S. stays involved in the Paris climate agreement and whether to approve massive international oil pipelines like Keystone XL. In addition....

Ryan Zinke, 55, described by The Washington Post as “a lifelong hunter and fisherman,” has consistently voted against environmentalists, is Trumps choice for the Interior Department
He has a paltry 3 percent on the League of Conservation Voters’ scorecard. The Center for American Progress listed Zinke on its “anti-parks caucus,” a collection of lawmakers the group says jeopardize the future of nature preserves. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rya ... 009eb43e50
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Postby Vinnie_Big_Dog » Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:00 am

Andrew Puzder, Now Labor Secretary Pick, Helped Anti-Choice Activists Block The Doors Of Abortion Clinics
By Miranda Blue | December 13, 2016 2:01 pm

Andrew Puzder, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Labor, has been coming under fire for his opposition to workers’ rights policies like raising the minimum wage. But Puzder, who is now the CEO of the fast food company that runs Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., also has a history in the fringes of abortion politics.

Working as an attorney in St. Louis, Puzder drafted the bill that led to the 1989 case Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, one of the strongest challenges to Roe v. Wade to reach the Supreme Court. But before that, he attempted to stop legal abortion another way—by representing the anti-choice protesters who were pioneering a strategy of blocking access to abortion by literally blockading the entrances to clinics.

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Postby Vinnie_Big_Dog » Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:24 am

American Bridge Statement on Trump Capitulating to Vladimir Putin
12/13/2016

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on Trump’s nomination of multimillionaire Vladimir Putin ally and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his Secretary of State:
As he shrugs off CIA reports that Russia tried to influence the election, Donald Trump is adding a Big Oil multimillionaire who’s buddies with Vladimir Putin to his cabinet of Wall Street executives.

“Rex Tillerson’s boosters include the Kremlin, Republicans who are paid consultants for Exxon, and even conspiracy theorist Alex Jones; those are the types of people Trump wants to impress. Tillerson’s critics: Republicans like Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Marco Rubio. Even they admit that Tillerson can’t be trusted.

“As president, Trump plans to sell out to the highest bidder, whether American or foreign. That’s why he’s surrounding himself with special interest shills who bring conflicts of interest and Russia ties to rival his own.” https://americanbridgepac.org/american- ... statement/
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American Bridge Statement On Andrew Puzder’s Nomination for Labor Secretary
12/8/2016

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on Donald Trump’s nomination of Andrew Puzder to be Labor Secretary:
“Donald Trump has spent his life attacking working families. Even today, Trump continues to fight workers and their unions for standing up to him with facts. The simple truth is that Trump built his fortune by cheating small business owners, contractors, and his employees.

What might be good for Trump and Andrew Puzder’s bottom line is disastrous for American workers. Both Trump and Puzder have stolen wages from their own workers — Trump at his hotels and Purzder at Carl’s Jr. chains.

“In Andrew Puzder, Trump found a Labor Secretary that would help him roll back the minimum wage, end the overtime rule that will raise wages for millions, weaken safeguards for workers, and to wipe out unions. Puzder’s nomination is more proof that Trump is not, and will never be, on the side of working families.”

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Postby Vinnie_Big_Dog » Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:04 am

Man Who Said There Was No Recession DURING The Great Recession Is Rumored For Top Economic Post

Reports are surfacing that CNBC’s Larry Kudlow is on the short list of candidates for chairman the Council of Economic Advisers, which is the government’s top economic policy group. Kudlow isn’t just an advocate of the failed trickle-down theory of economics, he also claimed, back in 2007, that no recession was coming. As we all know, 2008 proved him dead wrong, and now Trump wants him in a top economic position.

http://addictinginfo.org/2016/12/16/man ... omic-post/

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Postby spacemonkey » Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:38 am

Who knows, the EC could appoint HRC. Then we could watch America crumble under the cost of the unaffordable care act, (Obama care). And four more years of impotent leadership, if we make it four more, lol. **==
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Trump National Security Adviser Met With Leader Of Party Founded By Nazis | The Huffington Post :(( :(( :((

This is not just any opposition party: It is one with Nazi sympathies,” a former state department official said.

Retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, Donald Trump’s pick to serve as his national security adviser, met several weeks ago with Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of Austria’s anti-immigrant Freedom Party, which was founded after World War II by former Nazis.

Strache described the meeting, which was first reported by The New York Times, on his Facebook page, where he also announced signing a “cooperation pact” with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Postby lnrw » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:01 pm

The US was once allied with Stalin, under every bodies favorite Democrat.
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