WHAT HAS TRUMP REALLY DONE FOR THE ECONOMY (A re-post)

In trump’s particular case, what he has done in that realm can be boiled down to 3 things:

1. Signing a tax cut for corporations and the wealthy that would stimulate the stock market while exploding the deficit (i.e., borrowing money from the banks so they could inflate the wealth of the bankers), thus setting in motion bad economic consequences that will be blamed on his successor.

2. Gutting regulations, especially environmental regulations, enhancing the short-term profits of corporations at the expense of public health and ecosystem services, thus setting in motion bad economic consequences that will be blamed on his successor.

3. Imposing punitive tariffs on countries that he doesn’t like in order to appear “tough” to his cult followers, thus setting in motion bad economic consequences that will be blamed on his successor.

WHAT HAS TRUMP REALLY ACCOMPLISHED

When people explain why they voted for Trump they typically say that he is a terrible person but that he gets stuff done and that his policies work, but what has he actually done and what policies?
Jay Bazzinotti

I am unemployed and have been for a couple of years. I live largely on my savings. This year, for the first time since becoming unemployed, I have had to pay taxes. Amazon and Exxon, which combined made over 200 billion dollars in profits this year did not have to pay any taxes.

Trump has accomplished one of the biggest middle class tax increases in history in a triumphant move to shift even more money from the poor to the rich.

As a result of this, he has more than doubled the last deficit Obama left behind (1.1 trillion dollars for FY2019). To fix the budget deficit he is proposing cuts (what he calls “adjustments”) to Social Security, such that once again it will cause the people who have the least to get less, and the people who will get less will STILL have to contribute to a Social Security fund they will get many fewer benefits from.

That is what Donald Trump has accomplished. He is on track to surpass even Obama’s biggest deficits. And the Republicans are saying nothing. When pressed, their plan is to cut the benefits to people who have paid for them their entire lives and who have much less than the rich who could bail out Social Security without ever missing a meal or putting off a buying a new yacht. Yet Trump is making it so the poor must pay for that next yacht the rich absolutely need.

In addition, Trump has accomplished the biggest rise in hate crimes in decades – nearly 20 percent since he took office. Trump has caused the biggest rise in white nationalism, racism and neo-Nazis since the Civil Rights era began. He supports hate and racism. He gives oxygen to haters. His DoJ barely investigates any race hate crime. He thinks neo-Nazis are fine people. Even Brent Tarrant, the killer of Muslims in Australia, points to Trump as the White Nationalist inspiration. Trump has accomplished reversal of decades of improvements in race relations, and normalized hate.

Trump has also accomplished the elimination of the rule of law. He has tried to undermine investigations and refuses to comply with Congressional demands for records. He has put himself above the law and become the law. Trump has destroyed the justice system. And the Republicans are complicit because they do nothing to check him.

Trump has accomplished the destruction of the EPA. Coal mines routinely dump slag into rivers and valleys. I wonder if that improves the water quality? He has denigrated science and replaced it with ideology. He has given oxygen to the semi-literate anti-vaxxers, the flat earthers, birth truthers, the 9/11 conspirators and the Sandy Hook deniers. He is their God.

Let’s take a look at what he accomplished in Helsinki. Is there anyone on the planet that was proud of Trump’s visit with Putin? Putin made Trump his bitch. He humiliated Trump on the world stage in front of everyone. Was any American proud of Trump that day? And Trump kept no records of the meeting. Who knows what he said, or committed to? He’s doing the work of Putin who makes no bones that he wanted Trump to win. Do you think he did that because it was good for America? No, he did it because it was good for Russia at the expense of America.

One of the first laws Trump passed was one that made it legal for Bar and Restaurant managers to withhold and keep all the tips of servers. And yet, even if they DON’T pay the tips to the servers, they still report them to the IRS. Trump passed a regulation that makes it legal for financial advisers and broker to work AGAINST the interest of their clients, so advisers can purposefully give bad advice and the client STILL has to pay, even if they lose all their money.

Trump consistently builds his image as a racist. It’s no secret to the KKK or the neo-Nazis what Trump is. When the top draft choice for the NFL was chosen and he was Black, Trump called the Number 2, a white guy and avowed racist, to congratulate him. Just recently Trump praised Robert E. Lee, a racist, a traitor and a proponent of Slavery. What do you think that says to the haters in America?

Trump literally gave Syria to the Russians; the Russians are moving on Libya now, which will explode in the next weeks. Trump does nothing. Russian troops have moved in Venezuela; Trump does nothing. Reagan must be spinning in his grave; Trump is essentially giving the Russians free hand in Cuba again, one of the most stupid geo-political moves in the world. The USSR used to call Cuba, “our aircraft carrier off the coast of America; Trump purposefully antagonizes Turkey, the most important nation in Eurasia, and drives them into the arms of Putin; these things go on and on and on and every move he makes benefits the Russians beyond anything that helps America. Trump works for Putin.

Trump has accomplished the elevation of a pedophile, Roy Moore, to near-Saint status. By his endorsement of Moore, he has made his rabid MAGA (Make America White Again – the G is pronounced as a W) hat wearing fans elevate a pedophile to a man, who by screwing a young girl, will bring about the birth of the new Messiah.

I could go on. Trump’s accomplishments in destroying America for the benefit of Putin are legion.

WOULD LIFE BE BETTER IF HILLARY WERE PRESIDENT?

I’m a white male with an income in the top quintile. Trump’s policies are built for people like me. If I were devoid of compassion or a love of what makes America great, then I might be doing fine.

Instead, I grieve for those who’ve been hurt by racist Trump supporters encouraged by his tacit approval of their behavior. Not just the man who was killed the other day, but several of my friends who have been the victims of racism and outright disrespect by people who informed them that now that Trump’s president, it’s okay.

I empathize with my friends who will no longer be able to get a mortgage because of Trump’s executive order on insurance premium cuts.

I empathize with the many people I don’t know who will be affected by the Dakota Access & Keystone pipelines.

I empathize with the people in the Baltic states whose lives will be affected by Trump’s tacit approval of unfettered Russian expansion.

I fear for the future of the students and educators who will be affected by the Republican plan to bleed money away from public schools and finally break the back of the teacher’s unions.

As an American, I know that it’s not just about me. America is great because of the efforts and participation of everybody, not just the plutocracy.

Out of many, one. e pluribus unum. It’s our nation’s motto, and we’re forgetting it.

PRESIDENT IN 2020 HILLARY OR TRUMP

Hillary is not going to run again. If the 2016 election proved anything, it’s that a large percentage of Americans have been drinking Fox-flavored Kool-Aid for a quarter century, and nothing will shake their conviction that Hillary is Maleficent. Democrats need to nominate another candidate, preferably someone younger.

Without knowing who his opponent will be, Trump has a better chance only because he’ll have the advantage of incumbency. He might have just enough true believers, and Republican state government might pass voter-ID laws to suppress just enough Democratic votes, to squeak through again.

HOW MENTALLY ILL DO PROFESSIONALS BELIEVE TRUMP TO BE

Many people armchair diagnose Trump with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), but even the psychiatrist who wrote the DSM IV criteria for NPD does not agree that Trump has NPD. In fact, Allen Frances, the psychiatrist, argues that Trump doesn’t have mental illness at all.

Quoting the letter he wrote, published in The New York Times:

Most amateur diagnosticians have mislabeled President Trump with the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder. I wrote the criteria that define this disorder, and Mr. Trump doesn’t meet them. He may be a world-class narcissist, but this doesn’t make him mentally ill, because he does not suffer from the distress and impairment required to diagnose mental disorder.

Mr. Trump causes severe distress rather than experiencing it and has been richly rewarded, rather than punished, for his grandiosity, self-absorption and lack of empathy. It is a stigmatizing insult to the mentally ill (who are mostly well behaved and well meaning) to be lumped with Mr. Trump (who is neither).

Bad behavior is rarely a sign of mental illness, and the mentally ill behave badly only rarely. Psychiatric name-calling is a misguided way of countering Mr. Trump’s attack on democracy. He can, and should, be appropriately denounced for his ignorance, incompetence, impulsivity and pursuit of dictatorial powers.

WHY DON’T ALL AMERICANS HAIL PRESIDENT TRUMP

Posted by: Peter Flom

Well, it depends on what exactly one means by “hail.” One meaning would be to say hello to someone when we see them. We don’t do that because most of us never see him.

But you probably mean “to acclaim; approve enthusiastically.” We don’t do that because we do NOT approve of him. It’s hard to say why anyone would approve of him. And, since we still have freedom of speech, we aren’t required to hail him.

Donald Trump is a narcissistic sociopath with signs of paranoid schizophrenia.

LIBERALS DEFINE TRUMPS SUCCESS IN FIRST 100 DAYS

What Trump has “accomplished”:

reinstating the Keystone pipeline – this is bad for the environment.
reinstating the universal gag order – women all over the world will now be turned away from receiving legal medical help.
reinstating the deportation of undocumented immigrants that are not criminals or dangerous to society – this does no good for anyone, especially the families that are torn apart.
Chose Gorsuch for SCOTUS, who is anti women, POC, immigrants and pro corporations
The rest of what Trump has written in his Executive Orders consist of:

telling his cabinet secretaries to do their jobs (which would be like your mom asking you to do your chores on national television)
asking for more information on the subject
creating loopholes in ethics for lobbyists and members in his administration
or…they are suspended/revoked by the court systems.
Trump’s “tax plan” was 250 words (my answer to your “question” is 32 words longer), 7 bullet points, giving tax cuts to the richest people in the U.S., ignoring small business owners.

Trump has gone back on his campaign promises regarding Syria, Mexico paying for the wall, draining the swamp, NAFTA, China, etc.

Trump claims that he is bringing jobs back by claiming deals made by Obama before Trump was elected.

Trump continues to have zero transparency.

Trump continues to divide the country by making no effort to bring people together.

What has he accomplished? I think you know that Trump has done nothing for most of America.

Unlikely that the next 100 days will be any better

CAN TRUMP POSSIBLY GET REELECTED

Dan Munro, Author of Casino Healthcare and Forbes Contributor
Written Mar 6
Not a snowball’s chance in hell — and I doubt he’ll survive his first term. Here’s the track record in less than 5 weeks as POTUS:

Trump spends first 48 hours arguing about the size of his inauguration crowd.

Trump signs executive order on immigration, but it’s so poorly written that it causes chaos around the country and is immediately put on hold by a district court.

Trump chooses crackpot as National Security Advisor, fires him three weeks after inauguration.

Trump tries to bully China by playing games with One China policy, is forced into humiliating retreat after realizing he’s playing out of his league.

Trump casually green-lights a raid on Yemen over dinner. The raid turns into an epic disaster that kills a SEAL and accomplishes nothing.

Trump lays all blame for failure of Yemen raid on “the generals” who “started [the mission] before I got here” and “they killed him.”

Trump blathers about the [border] wall and a 20 percent border tax on Mexico, causing the Mexican president to cancel a planned visit.

Trump continues to claim that crime is skyrocketing; that polls showing his unpopularity are fake; and that refugees have wreaked terror on America, despite the fact that these are all lies.

Trump calls the media “the enemy of the American people.”

After weeks of confusion on their signature priority, Republicans finally realize that repealing Obamacare isn’t all that easy — and Trump goes on the record with this quote: “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” Nobody?

Trump proposes spending an extra $54 billion on defense without realizing he can’t do that.

Trump accuses former President Obama of “wiretapping” his campaign prior to the election — and offers no evidence to support the allegation (without realizing that a President has no such singular legal authority).

Embarrassingly supports embattled AG Sessions — who is forced to recuse himself after lying under oath.
Is angered by AG who recuses himself — in spite of his personal belief that recusal was unnecessary.

Ties to Russian tampering of the election have dogged his short tenure — and effectively squelched any polling bump he might have recieved after a successful reading of a 60-minute speech before a joint session of congress.

Trump Approval Chart

As evidenced by this large (and growing) list of outright blunders, Trump is totally unqualified for the office he now holds. The ties to Russian tampering of the election is a likely impeachable offense — and this is at the earliest stages of discovery and prosecution.

As a part of that discovery, Trump’s taxes will likely be subpoenaed and we will all learn just how indebted Trump is financially to a wide assortment of shady banks around the world. Most reputable banks refused to lend into Trump ventures long ago — after getting burned in one of his many business failures (some of which resulted in outright bankruptcy).

Keeping his tax returns secret was a strategic imperative early in Trump’s campaign because everyone associated with the campaign knew that he wouldn’t have secured even the nomination had they been disclosed. As it is, Trump has refused to divest himself of his vast holdings — which are awash in financial commitments from a long list of allies and potential threats to American interests (both domestically and abroad).

This puts him in direct violation of the “Emoluments” clause of the Constitution — which he swore (on 2 bibles) to uphold.

The issue isn’t a second term. The issue is how soon will he be ejected?

NO WONDER REPUBLICANS HID THE HEALTH BILL

Republican House leaders have spent months dodging questions about how they would replace the Affordable Care Act with a better law, and went so far as to hide the draft of their plan from other lawmakers. No wonder. The bill they released on Monday would kick millions of people off the coverage they currently have. So much for President Trump’s big campaign promise: “We’re going to have insurance for everybody” — with coverage that would be “much less expensive and much better.”

More than 20 million Americans gained health care coverage under the A.C.A., or Obamacare. Health experts say most would lose that coverage under the proposal.

Let’s start with Medicaid. Obamacare expanded the program to cover 11 million more poor Americans in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The Republican bill would end the expansion in 2020. Although people who sign up before 2020 under the expanded Medicaid program, which covers people with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (about $33,900 for a family of four), would be allowed to stay on, many would be kicked off over time. The working poor tend to drop in and out of Medicaid because their incomes fluctuate, and the Republican plan would bar people who left the expanded program from going back in.

Tom Price, secretary of health and human services, discussing the Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times
The bill would also, for the first time ever, apply a per-person limit on how much the federal government spends on Medicaid. This change could shift about $370 billion in health care costs over 10 years to state governments, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Many state governments, faced with limited budgets, would be forced to cut benefits or cover fewer people.

For people who buy insurance on federal or state-run health exchanges, the G.O.P. plan would greatly reduce the A.C.A.’s subsidies, which come in the form of tax credits. For example, a 40-year-old living in Raleigh, N.C., who earns $30,000 a year would receive $3,000 from the government to buy insurance, 32 percent less than under current law, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The bill would provide older people more generous subsidies — those over 60 get a subsidy of $4,000, or twice as much as 20-somethings — but insurers would be allowed to charge older people five times as much as younger people.

The plan would do away with the current mandate that requires nearly everybody to obtain insurance or pay a penalty. (Instead, insurers would be allowed to charge people who don’t maintain their insurance continuously 30 percent more for coverage.) But because the legislation would still require insurers to cover pre-existing conditions, people would have a strong financial incentive to buy insurance only when they got sick — a sure way to destroy the insurance market.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, have railed against high premiums and deductibles for plans sold on the health exchanges, but that problem would only worsen under their proposal because insurers would almost certainly raise their prices as the pool of the insured shrank. Republican lawmakers seem to think that people who can’t afford insurance are simply irresponsible. Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, for instance, told CNN that people should invest in their health care, “rather than getting that new iPhone.” Word to Mr. Chaffetz: Health insurance costs more than $18,000 a year for an average family; an iPhone costs a few hundred dollars.

While working people lose health care, the rich would come out winners. The bill would eliminate the taxes on businesses and individuals (people making more than $200,000 a year) who fund Obamacare. The tax cuts would total about $600 billion over 10 years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

House committees will start considering the bill on Wednesday. Even if it passes the House, some Republican senators object to the Medicaid cuts and the Tea Party wing hates the idea of retaining any subsidies.

Republicans have been vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act even before it became law in 2010. But they still haven’t come up with a workable replacement. Instead, the G.O.P.’s various factions are now haggling over just how many millions of Americans they are willing to harm.