Ruminations of the Easily Amused 3/28/2017


 

Ruminations of the Easily Amused 3/28/2017
 


28 March 2017 at 3:34:19 PM
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I can't believe how much I miss having Obama as president. Today, Trumpo signed an executive order to revense all of former President Obama's clean power initiative. 

BREAKING: President Donald Trump signs executive order rolling back Obama's efforts to combat climate change.

— The Associated Press (@AP) March 28, 2017

I personally think Trump's jealous because Obama was such a wonderful person and a whole lot of people loved him and Michelle.

Trump’s Environmental Executive Order Is As Stupid As It Is Damaging

Donald Trump will sign another executive order on Tuesday, this one focused on unraveling the Clean Power Plan, rolling back environmental regulations, and eliminating any hope that the United States meets its obligations to the Paris climate agreement. This order is as damaging as it is dumb. Trump is unraveling critical environmental protections because he thinks it will help revitalize the economy and help the coal industry. It will not. Instead, it will incentivize our country to pour money into energy sources that harm our health and our continued ability to live on this planet while also undermining our ability to become energy independent and to compete in the global marketplace....

It’s more puzzling that Trump would create an order that is also so economically idiotic. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has been dispatched to defend the rule as “both pro jobs and pro environment,” but so far his talking points have failed to show how the rule is any good for either. Indeed, the New York Times’ Coral Davenport has a particularly scathing assessment of why rolling back the Clean Power Plan and other environmental regulations won’t restore jobs. There are essentially three factors at play here. First, these regulations didn’t kill jobs in the first place, so reversing them won’t help. Second, the decline in energy jobs is due to automation, so even if mines stay open, new jobs aren’t going to follow. Third, despite the outsize role that the coal industry plays in election rhetoric, it constitutes a very small sliver of the economy—less than 100,000 jobs since as far back as 2003. When asked on Tuesday how many coal jobs the order would bring back, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he was “not aware of [an estimate].”

Trump Press Secretary Spicer scolds April Ryan. Would he have told a man to stop shaking his head??????

Ryan elaborated in an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’ve been here for 20 years,” she said. “We’ve never seen anything like this before. And my question was simple: How do you change the perception problem?”

Ryan added: “I understand what Sean is doing. … [He was] trying to make this administration look better than what it does right now. And unfortunately, I was roadkill today.”

Um. Education in Texas. 

Nelson touted her budget’s focus on education. The Senate proposal actually strips about $1.8 billion in state funds for education but uses local property taxes and other revenue to make up the difference. In total, Nelson said, her proposal would boost public school funding by $4.6 billion compared to the prior budget, including a $2.6 billion provision to cover student enrollment growth.

"Under our formula, the local share of education funding fills up the bucket first, as local property tax collections go up, the state share goes down," Nelson said. "But in the aggregate, funding for education is going up every year."

Well, yeah. That's what happens when you make locals pay more and the state pay less. Let's just make sure none of this goes to *choice* crap. 

Proposed bill for the Texas Railroad Commission (Texas Tribune)

On the immigration front, an amendment by state Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, would require that a company regulated by or contracting with the Texas Railroad Commission certify that it doesn't hire undocumented workers and charged with perjury if found to have lied. The amendment would also require the commission to alert Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the local district attorney if a company CEO or supervisor is in violation of the provision.

Anchia, the chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, said he has no desire to expand state-based immigration enforcement, and doesn't expect his fellow Democrats to vote for the amendment. It's symbolic: He wants businesses to be more vocal against what he called extreme immigration proposals the Legislature is considering this session, specifically Senate Bill 4. That measure, passed by the Senate last month and now pending in a House committee, would ban “sanctuary” jurisdictions in Texas and vastly expand the immigration enforcement powers of local police.

“For Republicans to only demonize immigrants but not talk about the insatiable appetite on the part of businesses for immigrant workers is hypocrisy at its best,” he said.

Udall bill to have Trump produce visitor logs at Mar-A-Lago. 

New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall took the lead Friday introducing legislation calling on the president to begin collecting information for the public release of visitor logs for both the White House and his private properties, including Trump Tower in New York and Mar-a-Lago.

“If the Secret Service can’t keep track of who has access to the president outside the White House then that’s a national security concern,” Udall said in a statement to POLITICO.

“And if it's prohibitively expensive to keep track of who has access to the president when he's conducting official business, then the president should consider the taxpayers and take seriously his own promises to save the taxpayers money,” he added. “The taxpayers already generously provide a very nice home office for the president, as well as security. Should they have to pay millions of dollars more for security so the president can work in luxury clubs and golf courses that his business owns?"

Amen to that! 

Oh, maybe Congress doesn't want Trump's big ole expensive wall. 

Congress may stiff Trump on wall funding

Republicans are afraid of losing a government shutdown showdown.

The White House made an initial request earlier this month for $1.4 billion in border wall funding as part of a package that boosts defense spending by $30 billion, with the thought that it would hitch a ride to the broader government funding bill due next month. Republicans expect the final price tag for the wall could be more than $20 billion.

The problem is that polls show the border wall is not all that popular, particularly if the United States is paying for it, and it does not unify congressional Republicans in the way Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch or even the basic goal of repealing Obamacare have done. That makes it a harder sell to the rank-and-file GOP — especially if pressing it means playing a government shutdown blame game with Democrats.

“The border wall is probably not a smart investment,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who proposes funding the wall as part a package legalizing some young undocumented immigrants and beefing up enforcement.

TrumpWorld  What's the Biggest Grifter Up to Today? (March 28 2017)

Looks like Poor Old Trump is wanting to spend more time golfing and less time threatening people. Why? Because he put his son-in-law in charge. Great, so now we have some chump that NONE of us voted for running the country while Trump runs off all the time to golf. Here's the most ridiculous part of that. Jared Kushner thinks citizens are *customers*.Daily Dot

“We should have excellence in government,” Kushner said in a Sunday interview published in the Washington Post. “The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.”

People are not happy at the comparison, and many have taken to Twitter to helpfully readjust Kushner’s apparently upside down understanding of how government works.

 

 


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