Monday, January 09, 2017

Federal week in review

The federal week in review:
1. Trump fires all Ambassadors and Special Envoys, ordering them out by inauguration day.
2. House brings back the Holman rule allowing them to reduce an individual civil service, SES positions, or political appointee's salary to $1, effectively firing them by amendment to any piece of legislation. We now know why they wanted names and positions of people in Energy and State.
3. Senate schedules 6 simultaneous hearings on cabinet nominees and triple-books those hearings with Trump's first press conference in months and an ACA budget vote, effectively preventing any concentrated coverage or protest.
4. House GOP expressly forbids the Congressional Budget Office from reporting or tracking ANY costs related to the repeal of the ACA.
5. Trump continues to throw the intelligence community under the bus to protect Putin, despite the growing mountain of evidence that the Russians deliberately interfered in our election.
6. Trump breaks a central campaign promise to make Mexico pay for the wall by asking Congress (in other words, us, the taxpayers) to pay for it.
7. Trump threatens Toyota over a new plant that was never coming to the US nor will take jobs out of the US.
8. House passes the REINS act, giving them veto power over any rules enacted by any federal agency or department--for example, FDA or EPA bans a drug or pesticide, Congress can overrule based on lobbyists not science. Don't like that endangered species designation, Congress kills it.
We - progressive, liberal, libertarian and conservative - need to all wake up to what is actually happening to our beloved country.
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Anonymous said...

Hello, this is going around social media. Do you have the original source? I'd like to repost but I'd like the source first. thanks.

Christina Logan said...

Please give us a source for this information before I copy paste for social media.

tonypicc said...

Yes, source, please. I'd like to jump on the "complain about Trump before he's inaugurated" bandwagon, but would like to know the sources are accurate.

Michael Gatton said...

Came here also looking for sources. Most of it sounds like what I've been hearing elsewhere, but not sure of the timing and details. Where does this originate?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Previous anonymous - That is not the source. The link you provided says:

"Just finishing a book of Hitler coming to power and all the warning signs ignored, the Trump presidency is showing eerily similar traits. I saw this posted and it is very disturbing. Instead of focusing on what is happening with Trump in government we are focusing on the Tweet war."

Note, that this says "...I saw this posted..."

Anonymous said...

Here are plenty of places this is posted:

tonypicc said...

Does posting an untruth multiple times, by sites with agendas, make the "facts" true?

gwen davis said...

I also would like to see the original source before copying and posting.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that the Trump supporters on ACA may die without it. At least they may not be around for another presidential election! However stupid they were, we have to fight for ACA to save their lives and the lives of many other people.

tonypicc said...

Relevance? Starting to think is is just BS.

Anonymous said...

1. Trump Team Tells Obama Ambassadors to Leave by Inauguration Day |


3. Confirmation hearings for Trump nominees loom in Senate - Washington Times

4. GOP Doesn't Want Public To Know How Much Obamacare Repeal Will Cost. Study Shows It Could Be Trillions. | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

5. Trump downplays Russian meddling in election despite intel report -

6. Trump asking Congress, not Mexico, to pay for border wall -

7. Trump Threatens Toyota: "Build New Plant In The US Or Pay Big Border Tax" | Zero Hedge


Read more:

Anonymous said...

I'm still wondering who wrote this originally, but as the list above shows, every single one of these assertions is factual. If you take a minute and Google the news, you can find plenty of coverage beyond the sources cited by Anonymous (not me) above.

Anonymous said...

It's not that difficult to fact check all of the statements. On the first item: Snopes fact-check reports that it is routine practice for ambassadors to submit resignations at the end of a presidential administration. What is different about the incoming administration is that it has announced that there will be no exceptions.

Geniusofdespair said...

Get the fuck off my blog you trolls.