Heavenly Tasting Ignorance
– Tired of feeling guilty about the 2780 calories
in your Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake? Trump has the solution! It’s his same solution to all of life’s problems: ignorance. Trump’s Food and Drug Administration has delayed the rule requiring the posting of calories on menus
. In true Trump fashion, he managed to once again foul up the implementation of his terrible idea. The FDA made this proclamation just four days before it was to go in effect, much too late for restaurants to stop printing up their new menus.
Why Didn’t We Think of That? – Trump tweeted out this week, “I suggest we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere.” In related news, Trump’s budget cuts nearly $900 billion from health care.
Cuba Cerrada – In his pursuit to become the bizarro Obama and do everything the opposite, Trump isconsidering refreezing our relationship with Cuba that Obama had thawed.
Ivanka’s Factory Conditions? Ancient Chinese Secret – At Ivanka’s shoe factory in Chicago, which provides an honest day’s wage for honest work – oh wait, sorry – I meant, in China where people work 60 hours a week for $62, three activists investigating working conditions have gone missing. One was detained and the other two are nowhere to be found.
Honesty Has Come and Gone – Director of the Office of Management and Budget and author of Trump’s recent budget with a 2 trillion-dollar math error, Mick Mulvaney criticized the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), saying its time “has probably come and gone.” He cited the terrible score of the Republican health care plan as proof of the CBO’s partisan nature. Here is where I note that the head of the CBO is a Republican appointee put there by the current Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
For a Bigly Time, Call . . . – Trump has been desperately trying to get the digits of world leaders. He has been reportedly giving out his number to leaders and asking them to call him directly on his cell phone. Traditionally, presidents use secure land lines for diplomatic calls because they are, you guessed it, secure. A cell phone is an open line, which is very susceptible to eavesdropping. I would normally be very concerned about this, but since he blurts out classified information in public, I’m not sure it matters.
Textmergency – The House voted overwhelmingly this week to require a 15-year mandatory jail sentence to anyone found guilty of texting explicit images to minors or encouraging minors to text explicit images. Great, right? I mean no one except Milo Yiannopoulos would support pedophilia. Well, the language in this bill is so broad that it would ensnare two teenagers sending explicit photos of themselves to each other. Regardless of whether you think that’s a good idea, a judge being required to send 13-year-old Juliet to jail for 15 years for sending a naughty pic to Romeo does no one any good. The sponsor of the bill, Mike Johnson (R-LA), refused to tighten the language in the bill to avoid prosecuting teens in a consensual relationship. In the end, only 55 representatives had the courage to vote against the “Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017.” Hopefully, there are a few more brave people in the Senate who are willing to subject themselves to a negative ad rather than destroy the lives of some teenagers over a text.
Seasoned Bureaucrats – Who said that Trump administration’s lack of experience in government would slow them down? With their latest gambit, they’ve risen to DMV level bureaucrats. Congressional democrats have been puzzled why none of their requests to federal agencies had received a response. Shockingly, it was not incompetence, but pure Trumpartisanship (yep, trying to coin a new phrase – don’t think it will catch on, but it’s worth a lot of points in Scrabble). The Trump administration announced their policy to not answer requests from all representatives but “to accommodate requests of chairmen, regardless of their political party.” It turns out, coincidentally, that Republicans are chairmen of every committee, so the federal government no longer needs to honor requests for information from Democratic representatives. Denying government information to government officials is not standard operating procedure.
Documented Cruelty – This week’s featured story on how harsh America has become is that of Oscar Milan. Oscar, an undocumented immigrant, was detained by ICE as he was leaving to pick up his two-week-old son, who had just emerged from a successful surgery. Oscar is now being held prior to deportation. When he’s deported, he’ll leave behind the infant and another son, both of whom are American citizens. This is likely the direct result of Trump rescinding guidelines instructing ICE officers to consider the situation of undocumented immigrants. Every undocumented immigrant is now a target. We are a nation of laws, but leaving two children without a father does not benefit our society.
Let Them Eat Nothing – On NPR, Representative Adrian Smith (R-NE) was not able to give a straight answer to the question, “Is every American entitled to eat?” Instead Smith chose to dodge the apparently controversial issue of allowing Americans to starve and talk instead about how nutrition is important.
Filling the Swamp – After initially pushing back on the request to make ethics waivers public, the Trump administration announced that it had issued 17 ethics waivers in just 4 months. The Obama administration issued 17 ethics waivers as well . . . over 8 years. Most troubling is a possible retroactive waiver for Steve Bannon to communicate with the editors of his white nationalist-philic website, Breitbart. To put this plainly, Trump is allowing his chief strategist to run a media empire that peddles hate while working in the White House and being paid by you and me.