Trump presidency

Like every politician, Trump made extravagant promises. And like every politician he failed to deliver on all he promised. But Trump’s promises were more extravagant, and his failures more thorough, than the standard huckster’s pattern. So egregious, in fact, that his duplicity is in Bernie Madoff’s neighborhood.

But the man, whose greatest achievement is whining, has a different story. In his tweeting, he highlights “the rapid terminations by me of TPP & The Paris Accord & the fast approvals of The Keystone XL & Dakota Access pipelines. Also, look at the recent EPA cancelations & our great new Supreme Court Justice!

Is he truly the political titan of his mind’s eye? Hardly. He’s patting himself on the back for tearing things down, signing other things and filling a vacancy by bending the rules. A vacancy that existed only because of someone else’s efforts.

Not brilliant. Any idiot can do things when he doesn’t need anyone else’s agreement. It’s convincing Congress to enact policy that separates the great Presidents from the mere placeholders. And when it comes to legislative victories Trump has named a lot Post Offices, but on the big stuff – zilch.

Take healthcare. What’s his grade? Dismal. An ‘F’ is deserved – but let’s give him an incomplete. He promised better, cheaper, universal coverage, but no Republican plan has come anywhere near that goal. He has dented Obamacare by executive fiat. But has created no replacement – not even a bad one. The House came up with something harmful, while desperately hoping the Senate would palliate the pain. But the Senate couldn’t hold up their end of the flimflam.

On taxes, there has been grandiloquence but no action. Trump has promised the biggest, the best – a gilded chicken in every pot – fiscal heaven. But there is no plan – just complaints about how much the rich are suffering. Leaving aside the facile fiction of Trump’s words, it is not even guaranteed that the Senate will be able to pass a procedural resolution allowing the debate to continue with a simple majority.

And then there’s the wall. Congressional Republicans promised him some sofa change and punted consideration to some unspecified date. Everybody knows the Mexicans are not going to pay for it. And even Trump has stopped talking about it.

Infrastructure? That’s going even worse than the wall. And it’s the one thing the Democrats are on board with.

So what’s next? He decertified the Iran deal. And is threatening to repeal NAFTA. So it’s just more of the same nihilism promoted as achievement. To paraphrase Churchill: “Never have so many tweets, promoted so much fiction, to celebrate so little accomplishment.


“The Wheels Are Coming off”, Carl Bernstein Reviews the Trump Administration

October 6, 2017

No one knows more about presidencies in failure than Carl Bernstein. He was the diarist as Nixon drank, swore and covered-up, on his way down in ignominy. Now he has called out the Trump administration as being in the same kind of free fall. Appearing on CNN’s New Day, “What there is a sense of, people I talk […]

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SNL Needs to Retire Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump.

October 1, 2017

Alec Baldwin’s parody of Donald Trump is a masterpiece of thick-lipped buffoonery — but it needs to be retired. Playing the man-child President as a dimwitted ass misses his fundamental evil — his thin-skinned, brooding, paranoid sociopathy. The worst of Trump is not his lecture on the definition of an island — it his ad hominem attacks on […]

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Trump Adds Lazy Puerto Ricans to His Racist Hall of Stereotypes.

September 30, 2017

“Is Trump a racist?” is the wrong question. After all, he had to promise not to discriminate against minorities to settle a housing suit brought by the Feds in 1973. The right question is: “Has Trump proved he is not a racist?” The answer is no. And you can ask “the Blacks”, as Trump unempathetically groups […]

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Trump Has His Worst Week Since Last Week

September 27, 2017

This morning, Trump deleted his tweets supporting Luther Strange in the Alabama Senate GOP primary. It’s the closest he will get to acknowledging he made a mistake. But he isn’t taking responsibility. Instead, he is whitewashing history and blaming Mitch McConnell. Regardless, Strange is a huge failure in a week of failures – and it’s only Wednesday. […]

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‘Not to Worry’ Trump Tells America. ‘I May Appear to Be Doing Nothing, But I’m Working Hard.’

September 26, 2017

Accused of ignoring Puerto Rico, healthcare, North Korea, etc. Trump says the NFL/anthem/kneeling brouhaha has not distracted him from his responsibilities. And anyway, it’s an important part of his job. “To me the NFL situation is a very important situation. I’ve heard that before about — ‘was I preoccupied?’ — not at all,” said Trump. […]

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The ‘Son of a Bitch’ is a Greater American than Kremlin Don.

September 23, 2017

America is greatest when she overcomes her wrongs.  As she did with emancipation. And with the recognition of worker rights, women’s rights, consumer rights, civil rights, gay rights. But the path to greatness has had switchbacks, and progress has been slow. Today unarmed black Americans are still shot dead by cops. American minorities are still disproportionately […]

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Is the GOP’s Latest Sadism (aka the Obamacare Repeal Effort) Dead?

September 22, 2017

The Cassidy/Graham bill, the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal Obamacare is godawful. So vile that few Republicans have spoken well about it. And the few that have, had to lie to support their laughable point of view. There is little evidence that the majority of Republican Senators even know what’s in it. Certainly, there has been no debate […]

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The Trump Administration Hires Big Boobs.

September 21, 2017

In the Mad Man era — as the joke has it — the executive needed a new secretary. He interviewed the candidates. After asking them wide-ranging questions about their abilities, education, and experience, he hired the one with the biggest boobs. And so it is in the Trump administration. Ability, education and experience count for little. […]

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