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The White House is a Death Panel
Author: Raine    Date: 03/16/2017 12:43:03

This morning I looking over the budget proposed by t-Rump and it's making me ill. It's terrible. These are just the headlines on the homepage of The Washington Post:

Trump’s budget seeks deep cuts


Plan calls for reductions in spending for science, diplomacy and the poor
President Trump’s first budget proposes a $54 billion increase in military spending while seeking significant cuts across much of the rest of the federal government, including reductions of more than 20 percent at the departments of Agriculture, Labor and State, and more than 30 percent at the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Take Analysis
In Trump’s first fiscal blueprint, echoes of Reagan ’81
Unlike former president Bill Clinton’s initiative to reinvent government, Trump’s plan appears to be more expansive, with a goal of finding programs and perhaps whole agencies that could be eliminated.

What the budget would mean for each agency
A graphical presentation illustrates the depths of the president’s proposed budget cuts to a wide swath of federal departments and agencies. Take a detailed look at the impact on each department.

Wonkblog Analysis
What you could do with $54 billion
In search of massive spending cuts to counterbalance the increase in defense spending, President Trump’s budget blueprint proposes the outright elimination of 19 federal agencies, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Wonkblog: Here are the federal agencies and programs Trump wants to eliminate

While all of this was rippling over social media -- the monster was in Nashville, Tennesse, This happened:







We are NOT safe with this administration, we are in danger of losing our country. Unemployment will skyrocket. Homelessness will increase..Seniors will starve -- it's really quite dire. With this budget - coupled with the AHCA - people will die. The pResident knows this and doesn't care. He said so last night.




This is NOT acceptable. It is not normal.

and
Raine




 

 

 
 

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Comment by wickedpam on 03/16/2017 12:54:41
Morning

t-Rump, I now have an image in my head of creature with the brain of a pea, giant head with constantly open mouth, with teeny tiny arms stomping around like in a Japanese monster movie.................................................................................. oh wait, that's the thing in the White House.

Comment by Scoopster on 03/16/2017 12:55:21
Mornin.. I was so put off when I started reading this budget breakdown that I was about to start writing a REALLY long post.

Comment by Raine on 03/16/2017 12:59:26
Blog updated Please refresh!

Good Morning!


Comment by BobR on 03/16/2017 13:04:09
The second travel ban was halted with a temporary restraining order, based partly on the administration's comments comparing the two.

Also - WTF was he doing holding a rally in TN?

Finally - it's been pointed out that tRump wants to eliminate Meals On Wheels - the savings of which would pay the costs for ONE weekend trip to Mar a Lago

Comment by Raine on 03/16/2017 13:13:59
So this is trending on twitter. #BoycottHawaii 'natch.

Comment by Raine on 03/16/2017 13:18:01
I loved this!


Comment by Mondobubba on 03/16/2017 13:21:51
Quote by Raine:
So this is trending on twitter. #BoycottHawaii 'natch.



Oh, Hawai'i is shaking in its slippahs.

Comment by wickedpam on 03/16/2017 13:22:06
Quote by Raine:
So this is trending on twitter. #BoycottHawaii 'natch.


Good, more paradise for the rest of us.

Comment by wickedpam on 03/16/2017 13:23:56
Quote by Raine:
I loved this!



That's awesome, only in the south. I mean seriously how to you come back at that. XD

Comment by Scoopster on 03/16/2017 13:25:17
Gonna dive into this WaPo breakdown one dept. at a time so we can all see what these programs they're cutting affect. First up is Agriculture:

McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program - supports education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries around the globe. (let the brown people starve!)

Water & Wastewater loan and grant program - Provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. (FUCK YOU RED STATES AND RUST BELT TOWNS! Also, he campaigned on rebuilding infrastructure - water and sewage systems ARE INFRASTRUCTURE!)

Women, Infants and Children nutrition assistance - All of us here all know what WIC and SNAP are for. (Pussies don't need money they just need grabbins! Let the poor people starve!)

Rural Business and Cooperative Service - offers programs to support business development and job training opportunities for rural residents. (FUCK YOU AGAIN RED STATES AND RUST BELT TOWNS! You don't need no education for a job - just look at 45!)

And finally, UNSPECIFIED staff reductions at USDA service center agencies around the country. Because you know, Trump campaigned on jobs!

Comment by Raine on 03/16/2017 13:29:42








Comment by Raine on 03/16/2017 13:34:27
Quote by Scoopster:
Gonna dive into this WaPo breakdown one dept. at a time so we can all see what these programs they're cutting affect. First up is Agriculture:

McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program - supports education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries around the globe. (let the brown people starve!)

Water & Wastewater loan and grant program - Provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. (FUCK YOU RED STATES AND RUST BELT TOWNS! Also, he campaigned on rebuilding infrastructure - water and sewage systems ARE INFRASTRUCTURE!)

Women, Infants and Children nutrition assistance - All of us here all know what WIC and SNAP are for. (Pussies don't need money they just need grabbins! Let the poor people starve!)

Rural Business and Cooperative Service - offers programs to support business development and job training opportunities for rural residents. (FUCK YOU AGAIN RED STATES AND RUST BELT TOWNS! You don't need no education for a job - just look at 45!)

And finally, UNSPECIFIED staff reductions at USDA service center agencies around the country. Because you know, Trump campaigned on jobs!

I love when you go on a tear with this stuff, Scoop.

Comment by Scoopster on 03/16/2017 13:38:17
Commerce Dept.:

Coastal research programs that ready communities for rising seas and worsening storms (Climate change is all an illusion!)

Sea Grant Program - provides research, communication, education, extension and legal programs to coastal communities that lead to the responsible use of the nation’s ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources. (Again, OOGA BOOGA! Climate change is all an illusion!)

Economic Development Administration - provides grants and technical assistance to economically distressed communities in order to generate new employment, help retain existing jobs and stimulate industrial and commercial growth through a variety of investment programs. (JOBS!!! MORE JOBS!!!)

Manufacturing Extension Partnership - a public-private partnership with Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers. (ALL THE JOBS!!!!)

Comment by Scoopster on 03/16/2017 13:43:03
Skipping the Defense Dept., lets move to Education.

Grants for teacher training, after-school and summer programs, and aid programs to first-generation and low-income students - Pretty self-explanatory. (First Generation = SOMEONE ELSE'S CHILDREN BOOOO!! Low-income = MOOCHING WELFARE BRATS!)

Federal work-study aid to college students - Self-explanatory. (JOBS!!!!!!!!!!! THE FUCKING JOBS ARE EVERYWHERE!!!)

Comment by Scoopster on 03/16/2017 13:55:19
Energy :

Office of Science - direct support of scientific research and direct support of the development, construction, and operation of unique, open-access scientific user facilities that are made available for use by external researchers. (Scientists deal in verifiable facts, which is now known as FAKE NEWS!!!)

Energy Star - Everyone knows what this is for. Energy efficiency standards for consumer products (NO!! Everyone needs to use as much oil as possible!! Also nasty mean regulations!!!)

Weatherization Assistance Program - enables low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. (THAT MEANS NOT USING MORE OIL!!!)

ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) - funds high-risk, high-reward research that might not otherwise be pursued because there is a relatively high risk of failure. In other words, projects that private businesses won't do because they cost too much and don't necessarily pay off as profits (WASTED MONEY!!!! PRIVATIZE!!!!)

Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program - provides debt capital to the U.S. automotive industry for the purpose of funding projects that help vehicles manufactured in the U.S. meet higher mileage requirements and lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil. (MORE WASTED MONEY AND NOT ENOUGH OIL!!!!!)

Title 17 loan guarantees - issued for projects with high technology risks that "avoid, reduce or sequester air pollutants or anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases; and employ new or significantly improved technologies as compared to commercial technologies (EVEN MORE WASTED MONEY!!! PRIVATIZE!!!!)

Comment by Raine on 03/16/2017 14:09:56
One thing I forgot to mention is the MASSIVE unemployment increases -- Scoop is right to point it out.

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/16/2017 14:26:35
Quote by Raine:
One thing I forgot to mention is the MASSIVE unemployment increases -- Scoop is right to point it out.



Oh,, no those will be taken care of by the 3-4% growth that Cheetolini is promising! High paying manufacturing jobs will be falling from the sky! If you like working outdoors in the hot sun, you can take the place of an agricultural worker who's been deported. While we're on that, enjoy your $5.00 a head iceberg lettuce! Or you can work on building The Wall.


Comment by TriSec on 03/16/2017 14:28:19
Well, as the BBC pointed out, this isn't a "real" budget yet - it's the White House's wish list. Congress still has to actually legislate on this, and nothing will take effect until the new fiscal year in October.

Plenty of time for impeachment yet. And thus far, some Congresscritters don't seem inclined to do the rubber-stamp thing.



Comment by Raine on 03/16/2017 14:51:06
Quote by TriSec:
Well, as the BBC pointed out, this isn't a "real" budget yet - it's the White House's wish list. Congress still has to actually legislate on this, and nothing will take effect until the new fiscal year in October.

Plenty of time for impeachment yet. And thus far, some Congresscritters don't seem inclined to do the rubber-stamp thing.


That is always the case with proposals like this --

their wish list is sickening.

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/16/2017 14:52:15
So, the Idiot, Stephen Moore was on Morning Editon today.

I need to write them about why are they botherting to speak to that waste of space. He's never had and original thought in his entire life. He owes his entire career to wingnut welfare.

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/16/2017 14:55:22
Seriously, have you ever seen Moore on a show like Real Time? Whoever is the liberal/progressive/Dem on the panel routinely makes him look the fucking idiot he is.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 03/16/2017 15:02:43
Trump's wish list is a disaster. A LOT of people depend on these programs. Charities can't step up. Local food pantries are swamped.

I will urge my Congressmen and Senators to oppose this plan. (I will likely only have luck with my Congressman and the Democratic senator from Indiana, Joe Donnelly. Republican Todd Young ignores Northwest Indiana. His nearest offices are two and a half hours away - in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.)

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/16/2017 15:04:21
My email to Morning Edition about letting the Idiot, Stephen Moore open his yapper on national radio:

Of all the humans on the planet, why did you decide to speak with Stephen Moore about Trump's budget? I know he was the man's economic advisor and he has a job at the Heritage Foundation. That doesn't stop Stephen Moore from being, well an idiot. Have you ever seen him speak? He speaks in conservative talking points! He has never had an original thought in his life as far as I can tell. He is another example of conservative voice becoming prominent based on wingnut welfare. I know you are aware of this. Why do you bother letting this waste of space speak? Seriously, I want to know. Please do not send me the usual feel good response about "balance" in your reporting. We are dealing with a partisan hack who has nothing useful to say when he opens his mouth. How do you justify having a hack in your Rolodex?


Comment by wickedpam on 03/16/2017 15:05:38
I have never read an Ayn Rand book, they just don't sound interesting to me, but from what I have heard about them, I feel like this is all some Randian nightmare.

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/16/2017 15:08:53
Quote by wickedpam:
I have never read an Ayn Rand book, they just don't sound interesting to me, but from what I have heard about them, I feel like this is all some Randian nightmare.



Sort of, but not really.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 03/16/2017 15:11:43
Quote by wickedpam:
I have never read an Ayn Rand book, they just don't sound interesting to me, but from what I have heard about them, I feel like this is all some Randian nightmare.


Nor have I. She values selfishness and seems to not believe in a concept of society. However, let me share a quote from the writer and producer John Rogers:


There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.


Comment by Will in Chicago on 03/16/2017 15:13:17
We should also remember Margaret Thatcher's quote that there is no such thing as society, only individuals. Trump seems to want to break the ties that bind us as a nation and as a society. I say seems to want to do this, as he may well be getting his marching orders from Putin via the Russian ambassador.


Comment by Raine on 03/16/2017 15:37:52
Quote by Mondobubba:
My email to Morning Edition about letting the Idiot, Stephen Moore open his yapper on national radio:

Of all the humans on the planet, why did you decide to speak with Stephen Moore about Trump's budget? I know he was the man's economic advisor and he has a job at the Heritage Foundation. That doesn't stop Stephen Moore from being, well an idiot. Have you ever seen him speak? He speaks in conservative talking points! He has never had an original thought in his life as far as I can tell. He is another example of conservative voice becoming prominent based on wingnut welfare. I know you are aware of this. Why do you bother letting this waste of space speak? Seriously, I want to know. Please do not send me the usual feel good response about "balance" in your reporting. We are dealing with a partisan hack who has nothing useful to say when he opens his mouth. How do you justify having a hack in your Rolodex?



Comment by Mondobubba on 03/16/2017 16:07:35
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
My email to Morning Edition about letting the Idiot, Stephen Moore open his yapper on national radio:

Of all the humans on the planet, why did you decide to speak with Stephen Moore about Trump's budget? I know he was the man's economic advisor and he has a job at the Heritage Foundation. That doesn't stop Stephen Moore from being, well an idiot. Have you ever seen him speak? He speaks in conservative talking points! He has never had an original thought in his life as far as I can tell. He is another example of conservative voice becoming prominent based on wingnut welfare. I know you are aware of this. Why do you bother letting this waste of space speak? Seriously, I want to know. Please do not send me the usual feel good response about "balance" in your reporting. We are dealing with a partisan hack who has nothing useful to say when he opens his mouth. How do you justify having a hack in your Rolodex?




I didn't even bother to mention that Cheetolini's budget is basically the Heritage Foundation's wet dream. It isn't even something that Team Trump came up with.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 03/16/2017 16:18:45
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
My email to Morning Edition about letting the Idiot, Stephen Moore open his yapper on national radio:

Of all the humans on the planet, why did you decide to speak with Stephen Moore about Trump's budget? I know he was the man's economic advisor and he has a job at the Heritage Foundation. That doesn't stop Stephen Moore from being, well an idiot. Have you ever seen him speak? He speaks in conservative talking points! He has never had an original thought in his life as far as I can tell. He is another example of conservative voice becoming prominent based on wingnut welfare. I know you are aware of this. Why do you bother letting this waste of space speak? Seriously, I want to know. Please do not send me the usual feel good response about "balance" in your reporting. We are dealing with a partisan hack who has nothing useful to say when he opens his mouth. How do you justify having a hack in your Rolodex?




I didn't even bother to mention that Cheetolini's budget is basically the Heritage Foundation's wet dream. It isn't even something that Team Trump came up with.



There seems to be little that Team Trump has created on their own. I suspect that the GOP and their allies hopes that his popularity lasts long enough to take us back to 1929 at least. (If I was rich, I would prepare for an economic disaster.)

Comment by Scoopster on 03/16/2017 16:33:50
Sorry, had to focus on work & the budget rundown got sidelined.

Comment by TriSec on 03/16/2017 17:00:35
So, I've made it to Copley Place. Pretty swank location and shiny offices.

Comment by Scoopster on 03/16/2017 17:02:16



Comment by Scoopster on 03/16/2017 17:45:11
Alito is SO CONCERNED GAIZ!!!!!!

You know what Sammy? There's an old saying about walking & quacking ducks. You should learn it.

Comment by Scoopster on 03/16/2017 17:48:23
This diary about yesterday's Comey meetings is VERY interesting.. Particularly this part:
You may be forgiven for thinking that only two senators were invited (to the first briefing) but there were, in fact, four senators there: Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein, Ranking Member of the same committee, Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader and ex-officio member of all senate committees, and Mark Warner, Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Those four invitees are notable initially because only one is a Republican. But even more intriguing is who was not on the invitation list:
Mitch McConnell who, as Majority Leader, is also an ex-officio member of all senate committees
Richard Burr who is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Both their Democratic counterparts were invited but not them. This is also the second FBI briefing to which Schumer has been invited but not McConnell.

GEE, WHY WOULD THEY INVITE SCHUMER AND WARNER TO THE SECURE ROOM MEETING, BUT NOT MCCONNELL AND BURR?

Comment by BobR on 03/16/2017 17:52:35
Quote by Scoopster:
This diary about yesterday's Comey meetings is VERY interesting.. Particularly this part:
You may be forgiven for thinking that only two senators were invited (to the first briefing) but there were, in fact, four senators there: Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein, Ranking Member of the same committee, Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader and ex-officio member of all senate committees, and Mark Warner, Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Those four invitees are notable initially because only one is a Republican. But even more intriguing is who was not on the invitation list:
Mitch McConnell who, as Majority Leader, is also an ex-officio member of all senate committees
Richard Burr who is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Both their Democratic counterparts were invited but not them. This is also the second FBI briefing to which Schumer has been invited but not McConnell.

GEE, WHY WOULD THEY INVITE SCHUMER AND WARNER TO THE SECURE ROOM MEETING, BUT NOT MCCONNELL AND BURR?

Methinks McConnell is complicit.

Comment by livingonli on 03/16/2017 17:59:34
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Scoopster:
This diary about yesterday's Comey meetings is VERY interesting.. Particularly this part:
You may be forgiven for thinking that only two senators were invited (to the first briefing) but there were, in fact, four senators there: Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein, Ranking Member of the same committee, Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader and ex-officio member of all senate committees, and Mark Warner, Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Those four invitees are notable initially because only one is a Republican. But even more intriguing is who was not on the invitation list:
Mitch McConnell who, as Majority Leader, is also an ex-officio member of all senate committees
Richard Burr who is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Both their Democratic counterparts were invited but not them. This is also the second FBI briefing to which Schumer has been invited but not McConnell.

GEE, WHY WOULD THEY INVITE SCHUMER AND WARNER TO THE SECURE ROOM MEETING, BUT NOT MCCONNELL AND BURR?

Methinks McConnell is complicit.

Definitely. I think half the GOP is now a subsidiary of Putin.

Also, last night's Trump stops were campaign events since he is already running for re-election. Although, the crowds are smaller than during the campaign, but it's the same idiots which is why he doesn't get booed like the Congressmen.

Comment by Raine on 03/16/2017 18:55:25
55 minutes late!




Comment by Raine on 03/16/2017 19:06:14
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Scoopster:
This diary about yesterday's Comey meetings is VERY interesting.. Particularly this part:
You may be forgiven for thinking that only two senators were invited (to the first briefing) but there were, in fact, four senators there: Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein, Ranking Member of the same committee, Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader and ex-officio member of all senate committees, and Mark Warner, Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Those four invitees are notable initially because only one is a Republican. But even more intriguing is who was not on the invitation list:
Mitch McConnell who, as Majority Leader, is also an ex-officio member of all senate committees
Richard Burr who is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Both their Democratic counterparts were invited but not them. This is also the second FBI briefing to which Schumer has been invited but not McConnell.

GEE, WHY WOULD THEY INVITE SCHUMER AND WARNER TO THE SECURE ROOM MEETING, BUT NOT MCCONNELL AND BURR?

Methinks McConnell is complicit.
and Burr Worked on the Trump campaign.


Comment by Raine on 03/16/2017 19:10:05
SPICY TIE ALERT:

Green -- with a stain on it.


Comment by Raine on 03/16/2017 19:14:38



Comment by Scoopster on 03/16/2017 19:40:57
Here's another one.. Mulvaney is the latest heartless mother fucker to stand up at the podium.




Comment by Raine on 03/16/2017 19:44:23
Quote by Scoopster:
Here's another one.. Mulvaney is the latest heartless mother fucker to stand up at the podium.


Yup.



Spicer is back and losing his shit.


Comment by Mondobubba on 03/16/2017 20:06:39
Quote by Raine:






Comment by Mondobubba on 03/16/2017 20:07:32
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Here's another one.. Mulvaney is the latest heartless mother fucker to stand up at the podium.


Yup.



Spicer is back and losing his shit.



What is it with Republicans and letting people starve? I want to know what living without a soul is like.

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/16/2017 20:08:43


This one is particularly scathing. "President Emily Litella."


Comment by Raine on 03/16/2017 20:10:29
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Here's another one.. Mulvaney is the latest heartless mother fucker to stand up at the podium.


Yup.



Spicer is back and losing his shit.



What is it with Republicans and letting people starve? I want to know what living without a soul is like.
It's disgusting.


Comment by Raine on 03/16/2017 20:36:58
Well that was an UGLY presser.

Comment by BobR on 03/16/2017 21:07:55
Quote by Raine:
SPICY TIE ALERT:

Green -- with a stain on it.

I didn't see a stain.

Comment by Scoopster on 03/17/2017 00:12:47
Decided I needed to watch this whole presser. Spicer's opener was seriously dense. They're making a big deal to just openly quote entire statues as justification for defying a court order.

Just got to the beginning of Mulvaney's talk. I know the NYT did make a mistake there, but it really takes on a snide context given the way they treat the press.