Tuesday, March 28, 2017

In Search of Something Positive: Trump log #20

I've been trying very hard to find anything good to come from the Trump administration. Coal jobs are returning, yes, but is that a good thing. It is difficult to consider that being a good thing even for those who are employed in this industry. Getting black lung is hardly good compensation for any job. Green jobs seems the more logical step for these people.

All the positives I find are a stretch. Perhaps when he destroys everything in our government, we will build it back better, like raising a house. When you build it back up, you rebuild it better. I am beginning to think this way about the Department of Education or the EPA.  We've learned from our mistakes. Eventually, we'll have another good president again and they will build it in a leaner, more efficient way.

His budget is exactly that, a burning down of everything we've fought for and worked for decades. It needs to be approved by congress, so we'll get to see how truly disgusting the Republicans are and it will give us ample ammo for the midterm elections. Sorry, this is about as positive I can be at this moment.

Trump log:
3/28/17 - A trend is developing in the Trump administration. Billionaires become "advisers" to the president and because they are not being paid. Ethics rules don't apply to them to me, apparently, because they are not employees. The latest: Icahn. (Source: New York Times)

3/27/17 -  There have been two major military actions during the Trump administration, Yemen and Mosul, Iraq. Both produced a disproportionate amount of civilian deaths. This is disheartening when you consider that Trump is trying to roll back some of the rules that were instituted, during the previous administration, to help prevent civilian deaths. (Source: New York Times)

3/26/17 - Trump's second nomination for Labor Secretary may not be as bad as his first, but still pretty bad.  (Source: New York Times)

3/25/17 - In a huge step backwards, Trump issues permit to start work on the Keystone Pipeline. (Source: New York Times)

3/24/17 - It is becoming obvious at this point that Trump's negotiation skills are not as great as he claimed, at least not while dealing with government. He threatens fellow members of the GOP if they don't vote for the ACA repeal. (Source: New York Times)

3/23/17 - Trump is using shame as a tool to motivate local law enforcement to cooperate with his immigration policies. This a bad idea all around. (Source: New York Times)

3/22/17 - If anything good came out of the Obama year, certainly the Consumer Financial Protection Agency is it. This government agency has returned $12 billion to American consumers and is currently going after predatory payday lender, but Trump is go after them with his axe. (Source: New York Times)

Prior Trump Logs:
Issue # 1 - posted November 15th, 2016
Issue # 2 - posted November 22nd, 2016
Issue # 3 - posted November 29th, 2016
Issue # 4 - posted December 6, 2016
Issue # 5 - posted December 12, 2016
Issue # 6 - posted December 19, 2016
Issue # 7 - posted December 26, 2016
Issue # 8 - posted January 3, 2017
Issue # 9 - posted January 10, 2017
Issue #10 - posted January 17, 2017
Issue #11 - posted January 24, 2017
Issue #12 - posted January 31, 2017
Issue #13 - posted February 7, 2017
Issue #14 - posted February 14, 2017
Issue #15 - posted February 21, 2017
Issue #16 - posted February 28, 2017
Issue #17 - posted March 7, 2017
Issue #18 - posted March 14, 2017
Issue #19 - posted March 21, 2017