All Part of the Plan

So today the inevitably doomed GOP replacement for the Affordable Care Act was pulled, after they realized that it wasn’t going to pass the vote – a vote that Trump forced this Friday (probably because he doesn’t want it to interfere with his golf game in FL, right?). How I see it is that this – while it appears on the surface to be a big blow to Trump & the GOP (and it is – but read on), is that it’s a win for everyone.

  • Trump gets to blame the GOP for drafting a bill that wasn’t going to pass in the first place
  • The GOP/Paul Ryan will blame Trump for forcing a vote on it before they had gotten enough support
  • American citizens win because the Affordable Care Act remains intact so far

Funny though – Trump is blaming the Democrats for not supporting it. What, exactly, did he expect from them?

Notwithstanding those three points – two of which allow Trump and the GOP to each save face to some extent – it still is a blow to the administration and the GOP as a whole. These clowns have nearly unfettered ability – control of both houses of Congress and ‘control’ of the child in the White House and are still unable to get one of their chief talking points accomplished. Unreal.

I like to hope that we’re watching the GOP unravel before our eyes – the unfortunate part is that it affects the entire country and the lives of its citizens.

First One-blundered Days

So it’s still within Don the Con’s first 100 days, and yet here we are with at least two of his appointees recusing themselves from things they have a conflict of interest (Sessions last week, and Tillerson just today). And of course, how can we forget Flynn’s resignation/firing mid February. Naturally ‘conflicts of interest’ seems to be a theme of the entire administration and the appointments to positions therein.

Included within the first 100 days of turmoil (I’m putting it lightly)  is the ever-present Russian element in all of this – just how much did Trump & Co. collude with the Russians? And most importantly – if it is so innocent, then why does each and every one of them feel the need to be deceptive about it or just flat-out lie about it? It’s truly mind boggling, but then again they don’t have much incentive to be honest, as their dear leader Trump himself is blatantly dishonest.

And lest we mention the unfounded allegations that the previous administration bugged Trump’s phone lines. Oh, please. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if there were some wiretaps found, and the culprit ended up being the Russians?

This administration is a train wreck. I’m still curious when the ‘man’ in the White House will be impeached – hopefully before he does any real damage to the country.

First Time for Everything

There once was a time when online newspapers were free to read; that time is long gone. I’ve never paid for an online news subscriptions, as I could usually find the story I wanted to read somewhere for free or find a way to get past the x number of free articles per month pay wall.

Yesterday I paid for a subscription to the New York Times. I don’t live in New York and have zero interest in local NY stories or even ever living in NYC – but that’s not important.

What’s important is that Donald Trump hates them – hates them with a passion. And honestly, that’s almost reason enough to buy a subscription. You have to remember that Trump hates the truth; as a liar it’s his arch enemy. So the fact that he hates the NYT means they’re doing their job. And that I can get behind.

For all two of you who read this (I’m being generous) I encourage you to support your local news outlet if you can. Especially if Trump hates them.

First Trump Disapproval Rating Lowest of Any New President – EVER

This should really be no surprise – the man wasn’t the most popular elected person, and the actions he is taking are those which most Americans disapprove of.  A staggering 53% of Americans polled disapprove of Trump.

If our thin-skinned maybe-legitimate maybe-legally-elected President can take anything from his low ratings: most Americans do not want you in that office. You have no mandate, and you’re doing things contrary to what America means and has stood for for well over 200 years.