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From Down With Tyranny
What we're about to get from the incoming Trump administration is revealed in this two-page PDF released by the campaign in October before the election. I've pasted images of the document below. I recommend reading it through in full. Just brief comments here; I'll say more about some of its points in days to come.
Click to open each page in a separate window at full size. Here's page one:
Of the "Six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC," all are a farce, including and especially the so-called "ban" on lobbyists.
Of the "Seven actions to protect American workers," the second is moot (we hope), the first and third would be greatly welcomed, including by Bernie Sanders; the fourth is too vague to be meaningful, and the rest would guarantee a radical reshaping of human life on earth -- at a faster rate than the Clinton-Obama weak-tea proposals would have done. It's death-by-climate under either party's proposals, but a faster one under Trump.
Here's page 2:
This page lists 10 bills Trump will try to enact with his Republican Congress, again in the first 100 days of his administration. These include:
- A Bush-style tax relief bill that promises 4% GDP growth. The bill will likely happen; the 4% growth is pie-in-the-sky bait-and-betrayal ("You'll get pie in the sky when you die," and not before). Zero-to-anemic GDP growth is the permanent normal, and will never change until the massive burden of private debt is written down, something no money-financed politician -- including Trump, almost all Republicans, and the entire Clinton wing of the Democratic Party -- will allow.
- A "Trojan Horse" Infrastructure Act that finances, not infrastructure, but tax breaks to infrastructure investors. Trump's "infrastructure act" offers (a) no guarantee that unprofitable needed projects, like Flint Michigan water system renovation, will ever be undertaken, and (b) no guarantee that one new worker will be hired. It's a trap, and no Democrat, not one, should sign onto it.
In fact, if you want an easy list of Democrats who should be retired to K Street in 2018, watch who jumps at the chance to be all-bipartisan about this bill.
- A School Choice Act that further privatizes education. This accelerates work started under Bush II and continued under Obama, the transfer of public education to wealthy investors as a profit opportunity.
- A "Repeal and Replace Obamacare" Act that is unlikely to be implemented in full, but which you should read to see what he and the Republicans are aiming for. Notice the fast-tracking for drug approvals. That could be good for citizens (if competing drugs are no longer held off the market by deliberately slow FDA approval) or terrible (if largely untested or industry-only-tested drugs are sped onto the market way too soon). Expect the latter only.
- "Community Safety" and "National Security" acts that will certainly increase the arrogance and militarization of police -- read, "increase the likelihood of a real, fighting, urban civil war in this country" -- and put military and domestic spy spending into overdrive. And just wait until Trump discovers the how NSA-gathered information can be used for blackmail. (Did Cheney make that discovery? Was that why Comey said No at Ashcroft's hospital bedside? At least one person on this planet, yours truly, has asked that question.)
In short, there's absolutely nothing good in these bills, and much that will throw the country into chaos. The federal budget will balloon (not a bad thing if properly spent, since most of the nation has yet to see a recovery), but Trump will give all new money to the wealthy and the Establishment-connected, the very people Trump voters wanted to toss out.
It's sad to say it that way, but it's true. The deficit never matters when it comes to war, but as soon as someone talks about VA funding, someone else mentions "the deficit," which suddenly does matter, and the discussion ends. Both political parties play this game.
Trump especially will never increase VA funding, except cosmetically, since as a contractor, he always tries to welsh on a deal after the product has been delivered. Again, sad to put it that way, but that's how Trump thinks and acts. Like a predator.
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