“Our county voted for President Trump, so I’m not sure they quite understand what is going to happen. I don’t think people realize how much we rely on these services. I don’t think people are making the connection between cutting the HUD funds and paving our streets or building new affordable housing.” NYT
LARC provided to roughly 5,200 low-income Granite Staters in 2016 alone, is now under threat. The Trump administration’s budget plan proposes to eliminate the Legal Services Corp. – the federal dollars that fund about 70 percent of LARC’s work. “I honestly don’t know how LARC would survive at all if that money went away,” Executive Director Breckie Hayes-Snow said. And Bilodeau – who voted for Trump – doesn’t want that to happen. She said she elected her president precisely because she thought he would help the poor people of America who need services like LARC. AP
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."
In his prepared remarks, Trump mentioned jobs 14 times, immigration 9 times and safety 8 times.
The overall theme was big solutions to big problems. The problem is that most of the problems Trump described aren’t real. By any measure, the economy has been growing for years, net illegal immigration is low, violent crime is down significantly and terrorism kills almost no one. Political Wire
All the best problems to solve are those ones that have already been fixed.
Most of America thinks Trump is fairly entertaining, but none more than Wall Streeters. If we're honest it's because most of his bile is directed elsewhere now and we're used to obnoxious New Yorkers (shit, just look in the mirror).
To be fair though, a lot of Trump policies are just better than the alternative. Case in point - Clinton wanted to put a no-fly zone over Syria, essentially starting a war with Russia. I'm no fan of Russia and think Trump's embrace of Putin is weird, but I also don't think you should go around poking bears either. That's because I'm not an idiot.
On the domestic side, I do think US companies should do more to help American workers. I don't think they should incorporate elsewhere, nor ship jobs overseas. They've become what they are because of a myriad of US support over the years and should reflect that in their hiring and strategic decisions.
The biggest case against Trump is simply that he believes strange things and that could get the country into trouble. An elegant way of describing how we rationalize this is as follows:
The Big Trump hypothesis: The president is a vindictive demagogue and a unique threat to Americans norms and institutions, with the potential to wreak havoc on the country’s politics, economics, and culture.
The Little Trump hypothesis regards these fears and declares: “meh." Instead, it posits that the president will be a loud yet minor figure, sound and fury signifying nothing; a wannabe superhero hemmed in by the limited powers of the executive branch. Rather than rule like a populist demagogue, he will mostly sign bills written by his pro-business staffers and approved by a pro-business Congress.
“You are patiently standing in a long line” for something you call the American dream. You are white, Christian, of modest means, and getting along in years. You are male. There are people of color behind you, and “in principle you wish them well.” But you’ve waited long, worked hard, “and the line is barely moving.”
Then “Look! You see people cutting in line ahead of you!” Who are these interlopers? “Some are black,” others “immigrants, refugees.” They get affirmative action, sympathy and welfare — “checks for the listless and idle.” The government wants you to feel sorry for them.
And who runs the government? “The biracial son of a low-income single mother,” and he’s cheering on the line cutters. “The president and his wife are line cutters themselves.” The liberal media mocks you as racist or homophobic. Everywhere you look, “you feel betrayed.”
A Russian intelligence ship, capable of cutting undersea communications cables and other sensors, has been spotted by the U.S. military off the coast of Kings Bay, Ga., home to the U.S. Navy’s East Coast ballistic missile submarine fleet.
U.S. military satellites have been tracking the Russian spy ship since it was spotted in the north Atlantic last month and slowly began transiting toward its next destination -- Cuba. A senior military official said the ship is now about 300 miles off the coast of the U.S., as it heads toward the island. Fox
A friend asked me later whether Trump wasn’t “in on the joke” of his public persona, and I said that, as far as I could tell, the Trump we were used to seeing on television was the honest-to-god authentic Trump: a ten-year-old boy who, for unknown reasons, had been given a real airplane and a billion dollars. In other words, a fun guy to hang around with.
fact is, Trump is just funny. He has made politics interesting. His SCOTUS nominee and most cabinet appointees are decent.