"Congress must govern with a President who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct,
We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities. We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates.
We don't answer to him." Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 8/31/2017
"The main pillars of Trump’s political and economic project are: the deconstruction of the regulatory state; a full‑bore attack on the welfare state and social services (rationalised, in part, through bellicose racial fearmongering and attacks on women for exercising their rights); the unleashing of a domestic fossil-fuel frenzy (which requires the sweeping aside of climate science and the gagging of large parts of the government bureaucracy);
and a civilisational war against immigrants and “radical Islamic terrorism” (with ever expanding domestic and foreign theatres)." Naomi Klein
I’ll guarantee you that’s what it is…The Russians hacked the DNC and got the opp [opposition] research that they had on Trump,” McCarthy said with a laugh.
Ryan asked who the Russians “delivered” the opposition research to.
“There’s… there’s two people, I think, Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy said, drawing some laughter. “Swear to God,” McCarthy added.
“This is an off the record,” Ryan said. (transcript of conversation between Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy from the Washington Post)
"Worst of the worst. Donald Trump has brought forth the worst group of cabinet nominees in the modern history of our country. People who want to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and give huge tax break to billionaires. Nominees who will ignore the needs of women, children, the sick and the poor, while bending over backwards for Wall Street and corporate America. But in many ways, Scott Pruitt, the nominee for EPA administrator, is the worst of the worst. At a time when the scientific community is virtually unanimous in telling us that climate change is real, is caused by human activity and is causing devastating problems in this country and around the world, Mr. Pruitt refuses to recognize that reality. At a time when we have to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and move to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, Mr. Pruitt wants to increase our reliance on fossil fuel. At a time when we have to strengthen environmental protection, Mr. Pruitt will be working overtime to dismember the EPA. For the sake of our children. grandchildren and the future of this planet are there not at least four Republicans who understand that Mr. Pruitt must not be confirmed as head of the EPA."
Senator Bernie Sanders
"After a brief election-night promise to “bind the
wounds of division,” Trump has spent his time rubbing salt in them
instead. His appointments show not even a hint of inclusion. Instead, he has
chosen advisers who have given vent to hate as his top White House
counselor and his national security adviser, and now this remnant of
the old South to guide the department in charge of citizens’ rights.
There is no inclusion; there is no reconciliation; there is no
compromise. Americans ignore this message at their peril. "
Garrett Epps, the Atlantic, (11/21/2016)
"Donald Trump is a lousy businessman, but he’s a terrific
conman. Many people chose Trump because they’ve been beaten down by a
rigged economy and were desperate for change. They’re in for a rude
Trump is already moving towards massive deficit-exploding
tax cuts for his ultrawealthy cronies. And the newly emboldened
Republican majorities in Congress have our democracy and the middle
class square in their sites.
We know the attacks on women’s rights and LGBT people are
in the works, but they’re also talking about further gutting campaign
finance laws, and Paul Ryan is already talking about dismantling
And if some of the people being named for cabinet and
staff positions in the new administration are any indication, we can expect
an administration cozy to Wall Street and giant corporations, hostile
to civil rights and civil liberties, and a truly radical Supreme Court
" Senator Elizabeth Warren
I didn't think Republicans
could find a Presidential candidate worse than George W Bush, but they did. He represents the real
ideology of the majority of Republican voters, but not the majority of
At least since Reagan, Republicans
have been dog-whistling to racists.
Trump reflects their views, but he doesn't whistle, he shouts it right
out. “Obama was not born in this country.” or “We should build a wall
on the Mexican border.” or “ ban Muslims.” No wonder voter suppression works for Republicans.
“Paying no tax is smart.” Rolling
back the inheritance tax will be a huge benefit for Trump and a few
other billionaires and a huge loss for
little people who actually do pay taxes. Regressive tax cuts do not
lead to prosperity.
“Roll back Obamacare.” While navigating open-enrollment
complexities of private healthcare, have
no doubt Republicans are preparing to privatize, voucherize,
means-test, block-grant Medicare. Health Savings Accounts will be yet another boon to 'wealth managers' and a tax dodge.
They will privatize or voucher Social Security or even public schools if they can. Republicans do not vote
in their own self-interest.
“Torture should be more extreme.” Republicans cheered for a candidate who intends be a war criminal.
Human rights are no longer part of US values.
“If we have nuclear weapons, why
don't we use them ?” Republicans insisted on a trillion dollar renewal of
nuclear weaponry. It's not about not the security of the people.
“Climate change is a hoax.” The science is clear now. Nature is on track for
devastation, but it would not be cost effective to save the planet.
Sorry kids. That's Republican 'values'.
Thanks to Republicans, Billionaires
won without the popular vote, even though their concerns are quite
different than most peoples. Expect the alt-right
to motivate the Trump administration and Republican branches of government: They
will push an agenda that most people do not
like. Even Republicans will find that they have not voted in their own
self interest. Here's what they are about to get:
Republicans want to undermine democracy., and they will do it
by removing supports for elections, media, education, or social supports.
Secrecy will spare people from
knowing what government is doing. Whistle blowers will be even more harshly treated. Media will
be punished severely for telling the truth.The Freedom of Information Act will be ignored whenever possible.
Big tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy
including an end to the inheritance tax. In return, there might be maintenance of decaying
infrastructure, but much of it privatized...if profitable.
Much needed election
reform will not happen. The two party
monopoly will continue to produce candidates with unfavorable ratings.
The billionaires will cement their control.
A 'fix' to save Social
Security will cut benefits. An attempt to voucher Medicare. Austerity
for all social
programs. There will be misery. Republicans always wanted to repeal
the New Deal, and this is their chance.
Revoking Obamacare will further degrade U.S. healthcare and expand its bureaucracy. Woman's health services will shrink. The
free-market, controlling principle: pay up or die.
There will be wide-spread insecurity and unrest.
Redirection of public funding to private profit: schools, prisons, post office, even the military.
It will in all cases be more expensive.
Education 'choice' will
include more for-profit options that will favor religious schools at the expense
of public schools. There will be no relief for debt-burdened college students.
Continued suppression of competition in all industries
more corporate roll-ups and weakened anti-trust. Republicans like monopoly capitalism, especially
in media where they can manipulate opinion.
will weaken consumer protection. Trump cabinet appointments are hostile to
the agencies that they will oversee. Republican cronies will render
regulatory agencies dysfunctional. There will be regular corruption and exposure of scandal.
Public lands privatized and exploited for resources and
private profit. Public assets will be given to the politically
connected for private exploitation. Fossil industries will be unrestrained.
Trump and his minions decline to divest themselves of outside interests so there will
be conflicts of interest and frequent corruption scandals.
initiatives, busting of unions, and opposition to minimum wage
increases will increase the flow of wealth extraction from the people and accelerate the
decline of the working class.
The world's largest prison
system will get even more privatized and crowded as 'law and order' and
harsh immigration policy are
surveillance will put a dagger into our political
system as the FBI and CIA
continue to interfere in elections.
They'll have something on everyone, even our highest level politicians.
Dissidents, people of color, and other minorities
will be subject to special harrassment.
Police will continue to be militarized. Privacy will be a
distant memory with the internet of
Generals placed in high level positions will threaten
civilian control of government. The empire will require expansion and
massive new funding of the military.
Arms will be the leading U.S. export. The gun lobby will trump the people. The wilding of
America will continue as media continues to
strike fear into the hearts of the people. The better to increase funding for the world's largest military and weaponry and benefit war profiteers.
With a strong-man head of State, the world's largest
military, world-wide empire,
Climate denial will allow
business to continue as usual, maximum profit from fossil fuels, and accelerate the
As the U.S. continues to be the
leading state sponsor of terrorism,
imperialist exploiter of poor countries, and a leading polluter, world
opinion will turn against us. We can be even more devastated than was Nazi Germany
because our destruction will be nuclear, not
conventional. If we somehow avoid that, climate change will do
us in. Nature doesn't care what you think. The science is clear now.
The world's largest military can
be justified only by demonizing someone or something: Muslims, North
Koreans, Iran, China, Russians ? It is a necessity because much of the
U.S. economy is dependent on an armaments
bubble. Every Congressman has jobs in his district at risk should
funding shrink. That's why war is necessary, and on the horizon. Trump
seems willing that it should be nuclear.
People will object, but they will be controlled by whatever means necessary up to and including prisons, torture, violence, or assassinations.
The Fascist State does not care about its people. As it increasingly relies on
its military to solve problems, civil liberties will disapear, and social supports will become unaffordable.
Mostly the standard of living must fall.
The Company he Keeps
"Personnel is policy" and
Trump is drawing from the hard