Friday, January 20, 2017

Climate change page at White House website disappears

Another of Twamp's first acts was the above, as that page was replaced with one that promised to undo environmental regulations and revive coal production. Come hell or high water is no longer just a metaphor. Heaven help us still applies though. See the link for many more details.

Petition White House to release Twamp's tax returns

See the petition here, which I just signed. It has 60,000 signatures so far with a goal of 100,000. It says:

Immediately release Donald Trump's full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance.

Created by A.D. on January 20, 2017

The unprecedented economic conflicts of this administration need to be visible to the American people, including any pertinent documentation which can reveal the foreign influences and financial interests which may put Donald Trump in conflict with the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

Twamp immediately sticks it to home owners

See this story. Homeowners recently got a cut to their government-backed, annual home mortgage insurance premiums. The cut would have saved them an average of $500 annually, and more depending on the loan. But no more. Twamp immediately suspended that cut indefinitely. According to Senator Warren, it "will cost as many as 40,000 families a shot at a new home." Yeah, he is going to help the little people all right. Good start there Twamp creature. Are there still Twamp supporters that still believe?

Alabama guilty of gerrymandering

See this story, where a federal appeals court ruled that in AL 12 districts were gerrymandered along racial lines. They also ruled that AL must re-draw these districts before the 2018 election on more objective criteria. Similar federal rulings previously came down in North Carolina and Wisconsin. It is no coincidence that in all these cases it is States controlled by Republicans that want to disenfranchise minorities.

Shaun Parr and Mallaurie Gysels

Country Western Worlds 2017 Division 1 Champions. Beautiful waltz.


Warren challenges Price on cuts

In this clip Warren details how Price has proposed severe cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Then she noted Twamp's promises to cut neither and asked him if he'd honor the President's promises. Price would not answer that simple question because he in fact will not honor that promise. And given his response he will couch those cuts as somehow saving money and helping patients and Twamp is too stupid to realize it. Which is exactly what Price and his ilk are counting on.

Sanders grills Tom Price, nominee to head HHS

That is, the Health and Human Services Department. Sanders asks if Price will commit to providing every American with health coverage. Price responds that every American will have access to the best healthcare in the world. Sanders responds that access is not coverage, for Sanders has access to a buying a $10 million home but can't afford it. So basically Price's view is in line with Ayn Rand; if you can afford something it's because you deserve it, if not you don't because you're lazy. Sanders also asked Price if he would fulfill Twamp's promise to not cut Medicare or Medicaid. But we already know that Price in Congress has passionately worked to do just that.

Corporate cronyism in the extreme

So thinks Krugman of this new Administration. Twamp and almost all of his nominees got their jobs because they are Twamp's rich buddies. Meanwhile, none of them have any experience whatsoever in what they are appointed to do except for 'mad dog' Mattis, and he is as the name indicates crazy. I guess this is what Twamp and his voters meant by draining the swamp. Expertise is seen as a negative, so now we have an administration piloting the Titanic that doesn't even know that the majority of an iceberg is under water. And like the Titanic we're headed for a disaster.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

We need guns in schools because...

Grizzly bears? Colbert pokes fun at Secretary of Education nominee DeVos, who when asked if we should allow guns in schools she said it depends on the locale. In this one town in Wyoming guns in school might be necessary to fend off the grizzly bears. WTF!

Solar employs more people than oil, coal and gas combined

See this article for the facts and details. So it is according to the Dept. of Energy's (DOE) report. Of course this is due to our energy policy, which is about to go in reverse. With Rick Perry running the DOE, and GOP history, this information will be suppressed and its mission will be status quo fossil fuels. So when Twamp and the GOP keep harping on creating jobs, keep these facts in mind about where the most energy jobs already are, and could continue to be with the right policy.