Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Trump's Budget Proposal seems to Underscore That We Will Lose Much of What We Value. By Geniusofdespair

Proposed Budget

From the "Real News" New York Times

I am quoting from the (Rabbi) K.F. Stone Weekly:
(Sorry Kurt this is severely truncated for my readers, but they know to hit on the link here. I think Rabbi Stone is on target and what he says should scare some of you, it scares me and the proposed Trump budget seems to reflect what he is saying, makes it worse.)

Both It Can't Happen Here and See What I Mean? are available for reading.  I cannot strongly enough urge everyone to read these two classics for, truth to tell, they are as important and hauntingly prescient today as they were more than eighty year ago.  And while I am sorry to offend anyone who really, truly believes #45 has already shown himself to being well on the road to becoming the best POTUS in all American history;  of being the one President who in his first month has kept all his campaign promises and even more, I must strongly, stringently and sonorously declare that they are wrong, wrong, wrong. Like Sinclair Lewis' "Corpos," (the group which brutally and systematically carry out their leader's orders) #45's bare-bones administration has set the wheels in motion for a government that is of, for and about the truly wealthy.

Their overarching concern and purpose, as so clearly announced by #45's chief political strategist/amanuensis Steve Bannon, is "the deconstruction of the administrative state."  What in the hell does that mean?  Basically. the dismemberment of the entire  Federal Government; especially when it comes to any regulations dealing with the rights and perquisites of big business, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the medicines we take,  the jobs we work at, the social safety net we have long relied upon or the myriad other protections which have tended to keep the "haves" from swallowing up the "have-nots." 

One thing you've got to give Steve Bannon: he is direct and deadly honest.  Speaking this past week before the Conservative Political Action Conference, he described himself as a "Leninist," saying that the Soviet leader “wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”

In other words, Steve Bannon, late of Breitbart News - the godfathers of "alternative facts" - wants to take the Federal Government back to the days before Theodore Roosevelt, when the government first began adopting the role of defender of the defenseless, the one entity whose job it would be to protect the rights and privileges, the health and safety, of the common clay.  To Steve Bannon, the opposite is the case. As he told the perfervidly right-wing gathering at CPAC, “If you look at [our] Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction." In other words, to eliminate the very cabinet departments they were selected to head.

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