Thoughts on Porter

Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned a few days ago, after information surfaced that during his background check the FBI had uncovered accusations of abuse from his two previous ex-wives. It’s good that he’s left of course, however it later came out that the White House was in fact aware of these allegations since January, and decided to let him remain in his position (with interim clearance for classified documents) until such time as these allegations surfaced. He was even being considered for a promotion to deputy chief of staff, because of course he was.

First off, this man is a disgusting piece of shit and I’m glad he’s gone. That said I unfortunately have to say I understand McGahns motivations, regardless of the moral implications Porter really was one of the few actually competent members of this Administration. It’s not really surprising that he remained, even if it is disheartening on general principal.

Oh and a second staffer, a speechwriter I believe, has also been outed for abuse allegations. Wonder how many more of these pricks will show up.


The Tax Cut Passed

It’s passed the House, it’s passed the Senate and it’ll be on Trumps desk soon enough.


Look I could go into detail regarding the issues regarding the bill, the loopholes and structure, how it doesn’t in fact encourage internal investment and development but movement of resources outside and beyond the country lines to further encourage profit growth. I could talk about the ideological fallacies inherent in the original design of the bill, how “trickle down” policy is a myth, about how tax cuts have never paid for themselves and the consequences these sorts of policies have had on both the economic and social development of one of the more important nations in the world. I could talk about the rank hypocrisies taken on by members of congress, the lies and manipulations, and both the hypocrisy in the final bill as relating to the former points made, and the sheer incompetency regarding the bills design itself.

But I won’t. Because I’m fucking pissed and do not have the patience to dignify this sort of bill with that sort of analysis, especially with so many outlets and (presumably) bloggers already doing so. So instead I will say this: This is a Bad Bill. It is poorly constructed, poorly implemented and unlikely to survive in its current form. Some believe aspects of it remain, salvaged remnants that can be put to use. I’m not sure if I agree with that, but regardless the point remains. This was voted on a party line basis, and as such not only will be beset by partisan opposition, but due to the inherent vulnerability of such a vote, significant repeal efforts, not from a minority in the other party but most if not all of the opposition.

And Republicans know this. And passed it anyway. For their donors. If this is the result of the political system in the US, there is something deeply wrong with it. And it needs to be fixed.


(also it looks like Corker did vote because of the kickback clause. My mistake, I assumed the Republicans would be more subtle than that, god knows fucking why)

Trump failed his country today

In the Aftermath of Charlottesville, there was an understanding that all forms of such hatred and oppression must be opposed. Regardless of your personal political ideology, perspective or preference, everyone understood that Nazis are bad, and must be denounced.

Except Trump. Of Course. 

Oh he did, yesterday (two days late), but today he decided to pander to his base, who for god knows why, think it was the left (and Obama’s!) fault for the events in Charlottesville, and blame everybody for events on that day. Because it was easier to blow past logic, compassion, dignity of office and obligation to your country, and even a basic grasp of history than do what was right for all of his nation. A leader cannot favor the wicked over his own, a leader cannot do what is easy and complicit over what is right and good.

But Trump is no leader, and he never was. He is a coward, he is weak and he has chosen to favor his base over his country, and embolden Neo-Nazis over protecting the ones they would harm and kill because of they disagree. Not attack, not the protesters, they weren’t antifa, no. They opposed non-violently, and were struck down for it. Heather Hayer was killed. And it was easier to blame them, than denounce those who claimed these acts in his name.

I don’t care about his policies right now, I don’t know if he does either anymore. This is not how a leader acts. Regardless of creed, regardless of belief, I don’t think anyone outside of his base really believes this is acceptable. This is not how a leader acts, and I don’t think trump will ever understand that.

Short Update: 27 July edition

So, a couple of things have happened and I’m still sorting through them. For starters, the GOP healthcare bill is officially, kinda sorta alive. Its being debated, and despite McCain’s admonishing of the senate, it doesn’t look like much has changed in terms of process. Secondly, Trump is coming after Sessions, whether that’s to fire him in an attempt to remove Mueller or just general dissatisfaction I can’t really say. Trump isn’t predictable but he’s also spiteful enough to remove someone (read: Comey) if they’re not overtly loyal to him.

Oh, and Trump is trying to ban transgenders from the military. Because reasons. No one is impressed.

So in order:

  1. Healthcare’s annoying but currently it doesn’t look like any of the bills are going to pass. A lot of the Republican senate seems to be eyeing the so called ‘Skinny repeal’ as their out, and whether that will go anywhere is up to debate. Literally, in this case, with the Vote-a-rama coming up, and the open amendment period which everyone is seemingly going to use.
  2. The Sessions issue is just weird. Trumps dissatisfaction with his Attorney General is well known, but attacking one of his cabinet members in an interview, openly discussing removing him, and being publicly rebuffed by the Senate in response, all of this just reminds me that Trump really is a weird and disconcerting President. Which leads to point three:
  3. Trumps trying to ban Transgenders from the military was announced via twitter (because of course it was), and apparently blindsided everyone. It’s not law yet, officially, and apparently some people are going to go to court about it if it does, but honestly? I think he just saw something on Fox and Friends and responded. He does that.

It’s been a weird day.


Politico: Sessions powerful friends stand up to Trump 
Politico: Skinny Repeal Lacks Votes 
Vox: Trumps Ban on Transgenders is annoying Everybody

BCRA is dead, and it looks like the repeal bill will fail too

So, yesterday in addition to the earlier holdout Senators Collins and Paul, two additional Senators, Lee (the arch-conservative) and Moran from Kansas, detailed their opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act and sunk the Bill. Accordingly Trump and McConnell responded with plans to issue the 2015 repeal bill that then-president Obama vetoed and simply get rid of Obamacare altogether. Ignoring the fact that removing a sweeping healthcare bill with facets involving Tax law, Medicare, Insurance and subsequent regulations and individual state laws is simply too difficult to be realistically passed, it looks like said bill will simply fail as well.

Well McConnell, this is what happens when you don’t include the women in your caucus into your little legislative tea party.

Yes, the three Senators who have immediately signaled their opposition to the 2015 repeal bill are Senators Collin (of Maine), Capito (of West Virginia) and Murkowski (of Alaska). And all three were also not included in the crafting of the bill, you know the one that went out of its way to defund Planned Parenthood for a year, massively reduce the numbers of insured citizens and repealed the Medicare Expansion that all of their states used. Cause reasons.

So, the BCRA is dead, Repeal is dead, and now Trump is saying he’ll simply let Obamacare fail, and he will somehow not be blamed for it. Just Price (his health secretary) for sabotaging it, McConnell for not repealing and replacing it, anybody involved in the crafting of the one bill that tried like his Vice President Pence. Oh, and yes Trump, because of course he would be blamed for letting and encouraging it to fail. 

Honestly I imagine most republicans are glad that this is done now. Maybe now they can move onto taxes? Surely that’ll end well. (heh)



The Atlantic: McConnell Calls for Repeal Vote
Vox: The Ladies Have It

Senate bill drops, it’s about what you’d expect

Every so often I forget how bad American politics can be, how often, it seems, that the republican party seems more interested in punishing people than serving them, and how ineffectual the Democratic party is. And then the former does something petty and cruel and I’m reminded all over again.

Well that didn’t take long. 

So, McConnell dropped the Senates new healthcare bill the Better Care Reconciliation Act and it somehow strives to be even worse than the AHCA. I don’t know if it will be yet, I’ve yet to see serious projections regarding it, but what I’ve seen does not bode well for anybody who at some point may, as former President Barack Obama said, get sick, have a pre-existing condition or plan to start a family.

In his words: ‘This bill will hurt you’.

The plan, boiled down, does it’s level best to cut medicaid, remove the expansion, provide smaller subsidies for worse insurance plans, allows states to opt out of the Obamacare marketplaces, de-funds Planned Parenthood for a year (see how long that can work I guess) and, of course, cuts taxes for the top earners.

Buchanan politics at its finest folks. 

I’m not gonna pretend this cannot pass, nor that it will succeed absolutely. This is not a good bill, but it’s also all the republicans have. That may be enough to pass it, it may be enough to kill it. What I do know is that as this stands, this will likely end in the deaths thousands of people. Pre-existing conditions, dangerous births, serious illness and disease, all of these and more will kill. And if anyone in Middle America thinks they won’t be affected they better start looking at their wallet.

Cause they are not the rich, and this bill hits them first.

(edit: minor edits, didn’t read well on reflection)


Vox: Senate Plan, Explained
The Atlantic: The Architect of the Radical Right

Trump surrogates calling for firing Mueller

Yeah, okay, no.

Ann Coulter, Gingrich, shut it, and listen. If somehow you or any other conservative halfwit (do they even have less than half a wit combined? I seriously don’t know) somehow find this blog, let me give you a bit of advice.

Never, ever, fire a special prosecutor. Or did the consequences of Nixon’s and Clinton’s actions not happen in your world? Is impeachment not a thing there?

Regardless, the idea that removing Mueller from the investigation will end in anything other than a declaration of obstruction of justice is nonsense at best, political suicide (for Trump and you) at worst. At least the republican senators understand that.

Good god, you think one of them might just grow a brain-cell or two and then this shit happens. I will never understand why provocateurs think nothing bad will never happen to them, or why American conservatives are surprised the rest of the world mocks them.

Ah whatever, if Trumps stupid enough to do this then he’s just dug his own grave. Won’t see me complaining.


Bloomberg: Trump Cheerleaders Call for Mueller’s Firing