The Horrible Things The Trump Administration Is Doing That Are Unrelated To Scandals

Ken AshfordClass Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economy & Jobs & Deficit, Occupy Wall Street, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Sometimes, you forget that these people are just plain evil: The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens. The National Park Service issued a notice Monday of its intent … Read More

Mulvaney, The Head Of The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, Is The Wolf Guarding The Henhouse

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The man is very Trumpian in his dealings: Mick Mulvaney, the interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, told banking industry executives on Tuesday that they should press lawmakers hard to pursue their agenda, and revealed that, as a congressman, he would meet only with lobbyists if they had contributed to his campaign. “We had a hierarchy in my office … Read More

Trump’s Tariff Follies

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Trump said yesterday he plans to impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum. However, he didn’t elaborate on the details, saying the formal announcement will come next week. In a tweet on Friday morning, the president said “trade wars are good and easy to win.” When a country (USA) is losing many billions of … Read More

CFPB Is All But Committing Malpractice

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Equifax (EFX.N) said in September that hackers stole personal data it had collected on some 143 million Americans. Richard Cordray, then the CFPB director, authorized an investigation that month, said former officials familiar with the probe. But Cordray resigned in November and was replaced by Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s budget chief, who was once quite vocal about eliminating the agency. … Read More

The Horrible Tax Bill Is GOP Gift To Themselves [UPDATE: Senate Votes Yes]

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Literally: Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, inserted language into the final tax bill that would enrich three different constituencies: fossil fuel firms, Republicans’ major campaign donors and a handful of Cornyn’s GOP congressional colleagues including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and two other Texas lawmakers in the House. Cornyn originally added the language in an amendment to the Senate bill at the … Read More

Repeal Trump Tax Cuts

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Chait: Probably nothing has done more to erode Trump’s public standing than the consistently plutocratic cast of his domestic policy. The tax cut is the second-most-unpopular major piece of legislation in recorded history, behind only Trump’s other major domestic initiative, the health-care-repeal bill: Democrats have nothing to fear from making repeal of the Trump tax cuts for the rich a defining … Read More

This Is Not Just A Bad Tax Bill; This Is A Bill That Will Make America Worse In Many Ways

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NY Times: The tax plan has been marketed by President Trump and Republican leaders as a straightforward if enormous rebate for the masses, a $1.5 trillion package of cuts to spur hiring and economic growth. But as the bill has been rushed through Congress with scant debate, its far broader ramifications have come into focus, revealing a catchall legislative creation that could reshape major … Read More

The GOP Tax Plan Hits Middle Class

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Having failed to repeal and replace Obamacare, almost everything is riding, politically speaking, on the new GOP tax bill.  And it looks like a tough road to passage. A Washington Post poll provides a good starting point for measuring public opinion at the outset of the tax debate. Only one-third of Americans support the plan, against half opposing it. Sixty percent of the public … Read More

Trump’s Tax Plan Is A Gift For The Wealthy

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Overhauling the tax code is a task Republicans in Congress have been attempting to accomplish for 30 years. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump unveiled his administration’s tax plan, called the “Unified Framework For Fixing Our Broken Tax Code.” The plan is reported to cost an upwards of $5 trillion dollars and has been described by his officials as “completely designed with the middle class … Read More

Breaking: The Senate Health Care Bill Gets Scored

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The House Bill said 23 million would lose insurance under the House GOP plan to replace Obamacare. Now the Senate version has been scored and it is…. just as bad. The Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would increase the number of people without health insurance by 22 million by 2026, a figure that is only slightly lower than the 23 … Read More

Tales Of The One Percenters

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Honestly.  What is it going to take for the people and/or the government to throw these rich bastards in jail?  No, not for being rich, but for, you know, breaking laws and regulations that effect the lives of actual people…. when?!? Case Study Number One: Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday as a growing scandal over falsified emissions tests … Read More

Fox News Airs “Dehumanizing” Segment On Homeless

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This O’Reilly segment on the homeless in Penn Station is… one of the most dehumanizing things I’ve seen on Fox. http://t.co/OHV428A8G1 — Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) June 30, 2015 Yeah, I tend to agree.  This segment plays into some of the worst stereotypes about the homeless. This “Watter’s World” guy is Jesse Watters, and his shtick is to interview people on the … Read More