Au Revoir Paris

 

 

Trump’s decision to drop out of the Paris Climate Agreement was to put it lightly, astonishingly stupid.  Even for him.    There are a number of reasons it’s stupid.

First is the obvious one.  The climate is changing and not for the better, thanks to fossil fuel emissions.  Scientists may debate how fast it’s happening or what the effects will be, but they all agree climate change is happening.  It is astonishing that people don’t believe the science.  Climatologists are some of the most educated minds around.  First you need to get a Ph.D in climatology, for which you need a Master’s level of understanding in math, physics and chemistry.  Some knowledge of computer science is required for modeling.  People don’t question if quantum tunneling is real — certainly a concept that’s harder to believe than climate change — so what’s the deal with global warming?   Unless you understand why semi-Lagrangian methods are used in modeling climate change rather than Erlangian , it’s best to STFU and believe the scientists.  And why is it a right vs. left thing?  Is science liberal?

Next it’s not too bright on the diplomatic front.  It certainly shows a lack of leadership.  Throw in we’re playing second-fiddle to China in clean energy.  If Trump promised to bring back manufacturing jobs, clean energy is one way to do it.  Ten times more people in America work in clean energy than is dirty, dangerous coal mining.

Finally, oil funds terrorists.  Want to defeat terrorists?  Cut off their funding source.

What a dope.

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Trump’s Budget

Trump’s budget is basically: screw the poor, give to the rich.  OMB director Mick Mulvaney claims that we need to show compassion to people who pay for things like Medicaid, SNAP, food stamps, etc.  I guess he wants to boot granny out of the nursing home too.  Hello Mick, do you really want to cut farm subsidies?  Many of those guys voted for Trump.

Conspiracy theorists think this may be a setup.  The bill is so bad it will be voted down by Republicans.  Then they can go home and tell their constituents who would have been negatively impacted that they voted against it.

Who knows, but the optics are not good for Trump.  No wonder Melania hates him.

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The First 100 Days

Whew! 100 days.  Seems like a 1,000.  After having the largest crowd ever for the inauguration, now he’s gotten the most done in the first 100 days ever.  Even though he doesn’t think the first 100 days are important (now).  Okay, he got a SCOTUS pick.  And signed a bunch of executive orders, including a travel ban and things that will be awful for the environment.  He’s watched a lot of TV — Fox and Friends is his favorite — and played a lot of golf.  He’s got some other accomplishments.  There’s the botched raid in Yemen.  Firing Flynn.  Being investigated by the FBI, Senate and House.  Dropped bombs on Syrian airport that did nothing.  Some of the things he promised to get done in the first 100 days were “the wall,” tax reform and repeal and replace Obamacare.  Turns out he found out the job’s harder than he thought.  He misses his old life.  Well Mr. President, your supporters would be let down if you decided to quit and go back to your old life, but you’re 70 and life is short.  If you want to go back to your old life, we’ll understand.

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Repeal and Replace!

Finally!  For eight years the Republicans have been trying to destroy Obama’s signature accomplishment.  During that time they weren’t busy coming up with their own comprehensive plan.  They were busy coming up with bogus reasons that Obamacare was a disaster for the American people.  So now they have hastily come up with a crappy plan that will only benefit insurance companies.  For the rest of America it will be a disaster.  Clever pols that they are, the actual implementation won’t begin until after the next elections.

Let’s face it, the only reason they hate Obamacare, which was modeled after a Heritage Foundation plan and Romneycare, is that they hate President Obama.  They failed at  their attempt to make him fail.  This upsets them so much that they are willing to do anything no matter how badly it impacts the people they represent. #Sad. #Sick.

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Fake News?

It’s documented that fake news helped Trump win the presidency.  Now Trump and his supporters are calling anything reported that is not flattering “fake news.”  It’s become a regular part of their lexicon.  It’s not surprising.  Chapter 1. of “Dictatorship for Dummies” is about disparaging the press.  By repeating this over and over one convinces the masses that they can’t trust the legitimate news.  In fact if you want to be a great despot, the thing to do is take over the press and use it for your propaganda purposes.

So expect this to continue.  And expect reporters to race out to regions that elected Trump and interview people about trusting the media.  We can only hope that journalists will continue to point out the obvious disinformation.

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Groundhog Day 2017

No surprise that Trump would appoint a far right, activist jurist like Neil Gorsuch.  The guy loves to legislate from the bench.  This is no surprise.  His mother was Anne Gorsuch.  Most remember her for her stint as head of the EPA during the Reagan administration.  She was so awful and gutted it so much that Reagan had to fire her because of contempt of Congress charges.

Prior to that she served as a representative in the Colorado House.  She was a member of the “House Crazies.”  This was the alt-right before the term had been coined.  She earned the nickname “the Ice Queen.”  She was the female Steve Bannon.  She married Bob Burford in 1983 while he was head of the Bureau of Land Management.  She’d met him when he was serving in the Colorado House.  Burford was a good-ol-boy rancher from Colorado’s western slope.  Putting a rancher in charge of the BLM was like putting a fox in charge of the hen house, due to all federal land they lease for grazing.  Even he couldn’t stand her and was in the process of divorcing her when he died.  The couple may be most remembered for when Burford got pulled over for driving drunk and Anne jumped out of the car and started screaming at the cop.  She was charged with public drunkenness.

Children learn from their parent’s actions.  Neil clearly learned from his mother.   It’s Groundhog Day.  Again.

 

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Kakistocracy

 

Many words have been said to describe this new regime.  Authoritarian.  Totalitarian.  Fascism.  An oligarchy.  A Fifth Columnist.  The Fourth Reich.  All are apropos.  Add to that a kakistocracy which means government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.

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