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A Weak Dictator*?
While Nazi propaganda gave the impression that Hitler, (Trump), was a far-seeing man of genius, brilliantly steering the German, (American) ship of state towards National Socialist goals, he was not as exceptional as most Germans were led to believe. In many respects, he was a weak dictator (Sound like anyone we know). His preference for his home in Bavaria instead of Berlin and his aversion to systematic work in general and paperwork meant that decision-making in Germany was often a chaotic process. Trump says that he will spend time going between Washington and Trump Towers in NYC. Most of his involvement in government took the form of face-to-face encounters with subordinates: a decision was often simply a casual remark which then became an ‘Order of the Führer.’ This is very much like the cluster fuck that is going on with the Cabinet and 4000 other important positions which are going unattended to. It was impossible for one man to keep abreast of, let alone control, everything that was going on in Germany (and later most of Europe). Everyday decisions had to be taken on a huge range of issues. Hitler could not know about, even less decide upon, more than a tiny fraction of these matters. Trump keeps most of his agenda to himself, only giving out information, such as Cabinet appointments, yet he seems, so far, to keep up with his daily duties. Accordingly, it was not always clear exactly what his will was on any given matter. The problems do not end there. When there were – as often happened – competing views, Hitler (Trump) found it difficult to make up his mind. The fact that he often did not get involved in matters or took refuge behind open-ended generalities sometimes had a damaging effect on the smooth running of government. Sounds very much like Trumps flip flopping on almost every program that he introduced during the campaign. I don’t think It will take long for his supporters to feel a deep sense of regret over what they have done to America and the World!
Historians suggest that Nazi Germany bore more resemblance to a feudal than a modern twentieth-century state, with great Nazi magnates engaged in a ruthless power struggle to capture the king’s (Hitler’s) (Trump’s) attention; who in turn maintained his authority by playing off one great lord against another. It seems that Trump is doing the same thing between his cabinet appointments and his short list of those positions. Just like he is doing with Steve Bannon and Reince Preibus who have been put on the same level in their positions to serve Trump. This arrangement cannot prove to be anything but a contentious situation. Hitler, (Trump), can be seen as an opportunist, responding to events rather than taking the initiative.
Researchers have cast doubt on the extent to which the Nazi system was a product of conscious intention on Hitler’s, (Trump’s) part. They have even suggested that the anarchic system controlled Hitler, (Trump) rather than him controlling the system. In this ‘functionalist’ view, many of the Nazi regime’s measures, rather than being the result of long-term planning, were simply knee-jerk responses to the pressure of circumstance. Educators, sees an improvised ‘process of cumulative radicalization, as subordinate organizations, vying with each other to maintain, or acquire responsibilities. They adopted the most radical of the available alternatives on the assumption that this reflected Hitler’s (Trump’s) will.
*Everything written in blue Italics is purely my opinion, acquired from several news sources and internet research; take it for what it is while thinking about what is happening in Washington since the Trump election. I don’t believe that I am presenting a worst-case scenario!
HERE’S HOW MUCH LESS THE RICH WILL PAY IN TAXES UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP
Donald Trump’s tax plan aims to provide tax cuts for all income levels, but it’s no secret that the top will benefit the most – and it’s not even close.
Trump wants to get rid of the current seven federal tax brackets and replace them with three brackets of 12 percent, 25 percent, and 33 percent.
So, everyone benefits from lower taxes right? Not exactly.
Tax experts crunched the numbers and estimated that a taxpayer who made $48,000-$83,000 a year would only save about $1,000 under Trump’s proposed plan, while people making $3.7 million or more would receive $1 million in annual tax savings.
Looked at another way – more than half of his proposed tax cuts will go to those in the top 1 percent, according to Forbes – those making $700,000 or more.
This goes against his campaign rhetoric and populist message where Trump stated during the debates that he was cutting taxes “in a big way” for the middle class. Yes – he is cutting them – but it’s just a fraction of what the richest Americans will get.
His tax plan also aims to get rid of tax deductions parents currently claim for children, as well as the “head of household” filing status that single parents typically enjoy.
These are some of the largest tax cut proposals since Ronald Reagan.
This sounds nice and all but there is one major thing missing. So far Trump hasn’t mentioned what spending cuts he will make to offset the additional $7 trillion in lost revenue that the government will no longer take in. That’s a problem. But – it’s also no secret where the cuts will come and who will be hurt the most.
Given that Trump’s plan is very much like a similar plan proposed by House Republicans, it’s fair to say that social spending programs (ones that primarily benefit the poor and less well off) will be first on the chopping block.
Earlier this year, Republican leaders laid out a plan to cut more than $23 billion in food stamps, as part of a $170 billion spending package cut aimed at getting rid of social spending. That still doesn’t account for all the tax cuts Trump is proposing. There’s a huge gap that has yet to be accounted for.
Trump says he will balance the budget but he nor Republicans have yet laid out a plan on how they intend to do so.
Op-ed: We’ve been here before, and the result was devastating
By Daniel McCool
First Published Oct 28 2016 05:00PM • Last Updated Oct 28 2016 07:11 pm
Nearly 100 years ago, in another country, a leader rose to prominence by promising to make his country great again. That country was facing unprecedented challenges, and this leader assured them that their problems could be blamed on certain groups of people. If these evil forces could be neutralized, then the solutions to their problems would be relatively easy.
First and foremost, this leader blamed his country’s problems on an ethnic minority, which he described as “bloodsucking” with the “stink of a foreign being.” He declared that this “alien people” was a “perpetual leech,” a “parasite fattening himself on the body of other[s]” and the “corrupter of our people.” The solution was to put these aliens behind walls so that they could no longer “undermine the pillars of the economy which the people need the most.”
The leader also held great scorn for liberals and leftists — “a disease masquerading as social virtue.” Theirs was a “doctrine of destruction” that would inevitably lead to “the ever-approaching inner and outer collapse.” If left unchecked, the left would inevitably drive the country into “the blood swamp of Bolshevism.” The left-wing establishment, he said, pursued a foreign policy characterized by “aimlessness and ineptitude” and was “cowardly, weak-willed, submissive, or more accurately traitorous.”
He characterized establishment politicians as “the rats infecting our political system” and “parliamentary snake-oil salesmen” and said those who ran “big government” had dragged the nation “into a black pit” due to their “general moral corruption.” He complained that “our whole political life is so overrun with the inferior figures of today” that the federal government had become a “monstrous human machine.”
He considered the media an “evil power” and a “liar’s society” dominated by “privileged-class chatterboxes.” He wrote a memoir to “assist in crushing falsehoods about me created by the… press.” He also despised intellectuals, who were guilty of “pitiful spinelessness” and would “like the greatest idiot if he is covered in enough diplomas.”
He accused the media and the intellectuals of supporting what we might call today political correctness: “The fear of showing unfair preference for a side has become our age’s symptom of its own weakness. Everyone wants to give equality to both sides without making a decision, without commitment…. This spirit of compromise and placation attracts small and feeble souls who could never champion any crusade. According to this leader, leftists in the national government had weakened the country’s military strength via the “employment of crippling policies that stripped away the organization and training needed to defend” the country. His immediate goal was a dramatic increase in military spending because “Force can only be broken by force, and terrorism can only be broken by terrorism,” noting that “victory is always won by the man who attacks,” and “the world will not be possessed by those who are weak-willed.” As for the perceived enemies of his country, he said “we need to use the most brutal weapons against” them. This would allow his country to again “gain her deserved place on this earth.”
This leader was a strong advocate for being armed. “How are we to produce the spirit that enables our people to bear arms? When a strong will rules the spirit of the people, they will find a thousand ways, each of which ends with a weapon.”
This rising leader charged that these undesirable elements had pushed the common citizen into “disgust, anger, resentment” that was sometimes “expressed as violent wrath,” and he warned darkly: “There is no doubt that this world is moving toward a great disturbance.”
The political establishment was surprised that this leader gained so many followers; they initially considered him a clownish megalomaniac with a bad haircut and a virulent brand of racism. But the leader promised that, if the people followed him, he would “resurrect” his country “with even greater might and magnificence.” And thus: “We will build the steps that our people will one day be able to again climb to the Temple of Freedom.”
But that is not what happened; instead, 60 million people died in the most murderous war the world has ever known, and his country was left in ruin.
(All quotes are from: “Mein Kampf,” by Adolph Hitler, the new Ford Translation, 2009).
Daniel McCool is a professor of political science at the University of Utah
Well, Donald Trump has been the President-elect for about day and a half now and things are already looking pretty grim as far as the prospects of him appointing anybody that has a brain to serve in his administration. Case in point, Donald Trump has already picked Myron Ebell from the Competitive Enterprise Institute to head up the EPA transition team and most likely, he will end up being the actual head of the Environmental Protection Agency. For those of you who do not know, Myron Ebell is a very proud climate change denier. He is able to look at these reports of scientists, look at the scientific consensus, and say, “Nope.” That’s the kind of guy that Myron Ebell is, just really a brain dead Republican and fossil fuel industry zombie and he’s going to be in charge of the environment more than likely.
On top of that, Sarah Palin is being considered for a cabinet position. That news just came out this morning but if you remember back during the campaign, Donald Trump while speaking with Sarah Palin absolutely promised her a spot in the administration. Let’s remember that Sarah Palin, in addition to being a failed reality TV host, couldn’t get enough viewers to keep that show alive, she also never finished her term as a Alaska governor because she just couldn’t take it. Whether or not she would even be a lasting member of a Trump cabinet remains to be seen. So far, the woman seems to quit everything she ever does but just her in general, very scary. Again, somebody who has an IQ below room temperature probably shouldn’t be calling the shots for any policy in the United States.
Let’s go further down the list. Rudy Giuliani is absolutely going to be rewarded with some kind of position, possibly Attorney General. It just gets scarier from there. Chris Christie, if he’s not already in prison by then which I’m sure Donald Trump will most likely pardon him, probably coming into the administration. I could see Chris Christie probably serving as maybe Head of the Food and Drug Administration. I think it makes a little sense for him there but the bottom line is that we’re going to return to the Bush years. Admittedly, the Obama years were not much better because the industry insiders were still in Washington DC, Obama put them there, but at least they had somewhat of a brain.
This Donald Trump administration is going to be, and I meant this quite literally, one of the dumbest administrations we have ever had. Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani, Myron Ebell, Trump himself. Not smart human beings and that is terrifying because they will make policy, make decisions that affect our lives every single day and especially with regards to climate change. Let me put it to you this way. South Florida, Miami right now is flooding and no, there hasn’t been any rain but there’s still flooding because that’s just the way that the tides are going now. When the high tides hit, they’re coming up into the streets. They’re calling this a king tide and just a weather anomaly but this is the new normal and it’s going to be the new normal for all coastal cities under a Donald Trump administration that doesn’t even think climate change exists. That’s the America that we’re looking at here. Dumber, wetter, and just all around much, much worse than we have been for the last eight years.
TRUMPS PLANS FOR HIS FIRST 100 DAYS AS PRESIDENT
At the end of October, Donald Trump spoke in Gettysburg, Pa., and released a plan for his first 100 days in office.
The plan (below) outlines three main areas of focus: cleaning up Washington, including by imposing term limits on Congress; protecting American workers; and restoring rule of law. He also laid out his plan for working with Congress to introduce 10 pieces of legislation that would repeal Obamacare, fund the construction of a wall at the Southern border (with a provision that Mexico would reimburse the U.S.), encourage infrastructure investment, rebuild military bases, promote school choice and more.
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell mostly made nice with Trump but also shot down or expressed little enthusiasm in some of his plans. On Trump’s proposal to impose term limits on Congress, McConnell said, “It will not be on the agenda in the Senate.” McConnell has been a long-standing opponent of term limits, as NPR’s Susan Davis reports. “I would say we have term limits now — they’re called elections.”
McConnell also threw some cold water on Trump’s infrastructure plans, calling it not a top priority.
McConnell did say repealing Obamacare is a “pretty high item on our agenda” along with comprehensive tax reform and achieving border security “in whatever way is the most effective.” But he also declined to discuss the Senate’s immigration agenda further.
“We look forward to working with him,” McConnell said. “I think most of the things that he’s likely to advocate we’re going to be enthusiastically for.”
Below is the 100-day plan Trump’s campaign released in October, called “Donald Trump’s Contract With The American Voter.”
What follows is my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again. It is a contract between myself and the American voter — and begins with restoring honesty, accountability and change to Washington
Therefore, on the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
* FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;
* SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);
* THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;
* FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;
* FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;
* SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
On the same day, I will begin taking the following 7 actions to protect American workers:
* FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205
* SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
* THIRD, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator
* FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately
* FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
* SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward
* SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure
Additionally, on the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:
* FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama
* SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States
* THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities
* FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back
* FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.
Next, I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:
- Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act. An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.
- End The Offshoring Act. Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.
- American Energy & Infrastructure Act. Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.
- School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to give parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.
- Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.
- Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-side childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.
- End Illegal Immigration Act Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.
- Restoring Community Safety Act. Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.
- Restoring National Security Act. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values
- Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.
On November 8th, Americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our economy, security to our communities, and honesty to our government.
This is my pledge to you.
And if we follow these steps, we will once more have a government of, by and for the people.
50 EXCERPTS FROM THE GOP PLATFORM
Most voters have heard enough about Donald Trump’s plans for the presidency, but what about the rest of the Republican Party?
The GOP 2016 platform would make Christianity the official American religion, English the official American language, replace sex education with abstinence-only advice for teenagers, privatize almost all areas of federal services, cut taxes and regulations for the rich and titans of industry, and impose a belligerent foreign policy and military build-up.
Here are 50 excerpts from the 2016 GOP platform.
- Tax cuts for the rich: “Wherever tax rates penalize thrift or discourage investment, they must be lowered. Wherever current provisions of the code are disincentives for economic growth, they must be changed… We propose to level the international playing field by lowering the corporate tax rate to be on a par with, or below, the rates of other industrial nations.”
- Deregulate the banks: “The Republican vision for American banking calls for establishing transparent, efficient markets where consumers can obtain loans they need at reasonable rates based on market conditions. Unfortunately, in response to the financial institutions crisis of 2008-2009, the Democratic-controlled Congress enacted the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, otherwise known as Dodd-Frank.”
- Stop consumer protection: “The worst of Dodd-Frank is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, deliberately designed to be a rogue agency. It answers to neither Congress nor the executive, has its own guaranteed funding outside the appropriations process… If the Bureau is not abolished, it should be subjected to congressional appropriation.”
- Repeal environmental laws: “We call for a comprehensive review of federal regulations, especially those dealing with the environment, that make it harder and more costly for Americans to rent, buy, or sell homes.”
- Shrink unions and union labor: “We renew our call for repeal of the Davis-Bacon law, which limits employment and drives up construction and maintenance costs for the benefit of unions… Although unionization has never been permitted in any government agency concerned with national security, the current Administration has reversed that policy for the Transportation Security Administration. We will correct that mistake… We support the right of states to enact Right-to-Work laws and call for a national law to protect the economic liberty of the modern workforce.”
- Privatize federal railway service: “Amtrak is an extremely expensive railroad for the American taxpayers, who must subsidize every ticket. The federal government should allow private ventures to provide passenger service in the northeast corridor. The same holds true with regard to high-speed and intercity rail across the country. We reaffirm our intention to end federal support for boondoggles like California’s high-speed train to nowhere.”
- No change in federal minimum wage: “Minimum wage is an issue that should be handled at the state and local level.”
- Cut government salaries and benefits: “The taxpayers spend an average of $35,000 a year per employee on non-cash benefits, triple the average non-cash compensation of the average worker in the private sector. Federal employees receive extraordinary pension benefits and vacation time wildly out of line with those of the private sector.”
- Appoint anti-choice Supreme Court justices: “Only a Republican president will appoint judges who respect the rule of law expressed within the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, including the inalienable right to life and the laws of nature and nature’s God, as did the late Justice Antonin Scalia.”
- Appoint anti-LGBT and anti-Obamacare justices: “Only such appointments will enable courts to begin to reverse the long line of activist decisions — including Roe, Obergefell, and the Obamacare cases—that have usurped Congress’s and states’ lawmaking authority.”
- Legalize anti-LGBT discrimination: “We endorse the First Amendment Defense Act, Republican legislation in the House and Senate which will bar government discrimination against individuals and businesses for acting on the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”
- Make Christianity a national religion: “We support the public display of the Ten Commandments as a reflection of our history and our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage and further affirm the rights of religious students to engage in voluntary prayer at public school events and to have equal access to school facilities.”
- Loosen campaign finance loopholes and dark money: “Freedom of speech includes the right to devote resources to whatever cause or candidate one supports. We oppose any restrictions or conditions that would discourage citizens from participating in the public square or limit their ability to promote their ideas, such as requiring private organizations to publicly disclose their donors to the government.”
- Loosen gun controls nationwide: “We support firearm reciprocity legislation to recognize the right of law-abiding Americans to carry firearms to protect themselves and their families in all 50 states. We support constitutional carry statutes and salute the states that have passed them. We oppose ill-conceived laws that would restrict magazine capacity or ban the sale of the most popular and common modern rifle.”
- Pass an anti-choice constitutional amendment: “We assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth.”
- End federal funding for Planned Parenthood: “We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare.”
- Allow states to shut down abortion clinics: “We condemn the Supreme Court’s activist decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt striking down commonsense Texas laws providing for basic health and safety standards in abortion clinics.”
- Oppose stem cell scientific research: “We oppose embryonic stem cell research. We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. We support adult stem cell research and urge the restoration of the national placental stem cell bank created by President George H.W. Bush but abolished by his Democrat successor, President Bill Clinton. We oppose federal funding for harvesting embryos and call for a ban on human cloning.”
- Oppose executive branch policy making: “We condemn the current Administration’s unconstitutional expansion into areas beyond those specifically enumerated, including bullying of state and local governments in matters ranging from voter identification (ID) laws to immigration, from healthcare programs to land use decisions, and from forced education curricula to school restroom policies.”
- Oppose efforts to end the electoral college: “We oppose the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and any other scheme to abolish or distort the procedures of the Electoral College.”
- Require citizenship documents to register to vote:“We support legislation to require proof of citizenship when registering to vote and secure photo ID when voting. We strongly oppose litigation against states exercising their sovereign authority to enact such laws.”
- Ignore undocumented immigrants when drawing congressional districts: “In order to preserve the principle of one person, one vote, we urge our elected representatives to ensure that citizenship, rather than mere residency, be made the basis for the apportionment of representatives among the states.”
- No labeling of GMO ingredients in food products: “The intrusive and expensive federal mandates on food options and menu labeling should be ended as soon as possible by a Republican Congress. We oppose the mandatory labeling of genetically modified food, which has proven to be safe, healthy, and a literal life-saver for millions in the developing world.”
- Add work requirements to welfare and cut food stamps: “Nearly all the work requirements for able-bodied adults, instituted by our landmark welfare reform of 1996, have been removed. We will restore those provisions and, to correct a mistake made when the Food Stamp program was first created in 1964, separate the administration of SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program] from the Department of Agriculture.”
- Open America’s shores to more oil and gas drilling: “We support the opening of public lands and the outer continental shelf to exploration and responsible production, even if these resources will not be immediately developed.”
- Build the Keystone XL Pipeline: “The Keystone Pipeline has become a symbol of everything wrong with the current Administration’s ideological approach. After years of delay, the President killed it to satisfy environmental extremists. We intend to finish that pipeline and others as part of our commitment to North American energy security.”
- Expand fracking and burying nuclear waste: “A federal judge has struck down the BLM’s rule on hydraulic fracturing and we support upholding this decision. We respect the states’ proven ability to regulate the use of hydraulic fracturing, methane emissions, and horizontal drilling, and we will end the Administration’s disregard of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act with respect to the long-term storage of nuclear waste.”
- No tax on carbon products: “We oppose any carbon tax… We urge the private sector to focus its resources on the development of carbon capture and sequestration technology still in its early stages here and overseas. ”
- Ignore global climate change agreements: “The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a political mechanism, not an unbiased scientific institution. Its unreliability is reflected in its intolerance toward scientists and others who dissent from its orthodoxy. We will evaluate its recommendations accordingly. We reject the agendas of both the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, which represent only the personal commitments of their signatories; no such agreement can be binding upon the United States until it is submitted to and ratified by the Senate.”
- Privatize Medicare, the health plan for seniors: “Impose no changes for persons 55 or older. Give others the option of traditional Medicare or transition to a premium-support model designed to strengthen patient choice, promote cost-saving competition among providers.”
- Turn Medicaid, the poor’s health plan, over to states: “Moving to a block grant approach would allow for state and local governments to create solutions for individuals and families in desperate need of help in addressing mental illness. We respect the states’ authority and flexibility to exclude abortion providers from federal programs such as Medicaid and other healthcare and family planning programs so long as they continue to perform or refer for elective abortions.”
- No increasing Social Security benefits by taxing the rich: “As Republicans, we oppose tax increases and believe in the power of markets to create wealth and to help secure the future of our Social Security system.”
- Repeal Obamacare: “Any honest agenda for improving healthcare must start with repeal of the dishonestly named Affordable Care Act of 2010: Obamacare.”
- Give internet service providers monopoly control: “The President ordered the chair of the supposedly independent Federal Communications Commission to impose upon the internet rules devised in the 1930s for the telephone monopoly… The internet’s free market needs to be free and open to all ideas and competition without the government or service providers picking winners and losers.”
- Make English the official U.S. language: “We both encourage the preservation of heritage tongues and support English as the nation’s official language, a unifying force essential for the advancement of immigrant communities and our nation as a whole.”
- No amnesty for undocumented immigrants: “Illegal immigration endangers everyone, exploits the taxpayers, and insults all who aspire to enter America legally. We oppose any form of amnesty for those who, by breaking the law, have disadvantaged those who have obeyed it.”
- Build a border wall to keep immigrants out: “Our highest priority, therefore, must be to secure our borders and all ports of entry and to enforce our immigration laws. That is why we support building a wall along our southern border and protecting all ports of entry. The border wall must cover the entirety of the southern border and must be sufficient to stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.”
- Require government verification of citizenship of all workers: “Use of the E-verify program — an internet-based system that verifies the employment authorization and identity of employees—must be made mandatory nationwide. We reaffirm our endorsement of the SAVE program —Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements—to ensure that public funds are not given to persons not legally present in this country.”
- Penalize cities that give sanctuary to migrants: “Because ‘sanctuary cities’ violate federal law and endanger their own citizens, they should not be eligible for federal funding. Using state licenses to reward people in the country illegally is an affront to the rule of law and must be halted.”
- Puerto Rico should be a state but not Washington DC: “We support the right of the United States citizens of Puerto Rico to be admitted to the Union as a fully sovereign state… A [D.C.} statehood amendment was soundly rejected by the states when last proposed in 1976 and should not be revived.”
- Support traditional marriage but no other families: “Children raised in a two-parent household tend to be physically and emotionally healthier, more likely to do well in school, less likely to use drugs and alcohol, engage in crime or become pregnant outside of marriage. We oppose policies and laws that create a financial incentive for or encourage cohabitation.”
- Privatize government services in the name of fighting poverty: “We call for removal of structural impediments which progressives throw in the path of poor people: Over-regulation of start-up enterprises, excessive licensing requirements, needless restrictions on formation of schools and day-care centers serving neighborhood families, and restrictions on providing public services in fields like transport and sanitation.”
- Require bible study in public schools: “A good understanding of the Bible being indispensable for the development of an educated citizenry, we encourage state legislatures to offer the Bible in a literature curriculum as an elective in America’s high schools.”
- Replace traditional public schools with privatized options: “We support options for learning, including home-schooling, career and technical education, private or parochial schools, magnet schools, charter schools, online learning, and early-college high schools.”
- Replace sex education with abstinence-only approaches: “We renew our call for replacing ‘family planning’ programs for teens with sexual risk avoidance education that sets abstinence until marriage as the responsible and respected standard of behavior. That approach— the only one always effective against premarital pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease—empowers teens to achieve optimal health outcomes. We oppose school-based clinics that provide referral or counseling for abortion and contraception and believe that federal funds should not be used in mandatory or universal mental health, psychiatric, or socio-emotional screening programs.”
- Privatize student loans instead of lowering interest rates: “The federal government should not be in the business of originating student loans. In order to bring down college costs and give students access to a multitude of financing options, private sector participation in student financing should be restored.”
- Restore the death penalty: “The constitutionality of the death penalty is firmly settled by its explicit mention in the Fifth Amendment. With the murder rate soaring in our great cities, we condemn the Supreme Court’s erosion of the right of the people to enact capital punishment in their states.”
- Dramatically increase Pentagon budget: “Quite simply, the Republican Party is committed to rebuilding the U.S. military into the strongest on earth, with vast superiority over any other nation or group of nations in the world.”
- Cancel Iran nuclear treaty and expand nuclear arsenal: “We should abandon arms control treaties that benefit our adversaries without improving our national security. We must fund, develop, and deploy a multi-layered missile defense system. We must modernize nuclear weapons and their delivery platforms.”
- Reaffirm support for Israel and slam sanctions movement: “We reaffirm America’s commitment to Israel’s security and will ensure that Israel maintains a qualitative military edge over any and all adversaries…We reject the false notion that Israel is an occupier and specifically recognize that the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS) is anti-Semitic in nature and seeks to destroy Israel. Therefore, we call for effective legislation to thwart actions that are intended to limit commercial relations with Israel, or persons or entities doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories, in a discriminatory manner.
THE DANGER OF DONALD TRUMP
They say that Trump has a copy of Hitler’s speeches by his bedside. I wonder if he may be planning to turn the CIA into the Geheime Staaspolizei, The FBI & Police into the Schutzstaffel; the military and his supporters into the SA – Sturmabteilung. If you don’t know the meanings of these words, then please google them and read the descriptions which you will find, I am sure, scary to say the least.
At Syracuse University, I studied German History 1845-1945 for a year. I read all the books and all the speeches and videos. I was mainly interested in the finances of Germany, as that was my Major.
I was born 4 months before and a couple of miles from where Trump was born in NYC. I admired him, as I grew up, and read his books. He was kind of an idol to me and a lot of my neighborhood friends.
Things changed when I listened to his Primary, and now, nomination speeches. I came to see the parallel between him and the Germany that I studied at SU. It scared me to see Trump making the same style speeches and attitudes that brought Hitler & Mussolini to power. I came to fear and hate him; and watched him fall hard from the pedestal that I once put him on. I will do whatever I can to see that he doesn’t become a Dictator, for the sake of my kids and my grandkids and yours.
People need to understand that Trump has always been the head of his corporations, all his life. No corporation is a democracy; corporations are all dictatorships, and that is all he knows. I believe that this will become his style of governing because that is all he knows. He doesn’t know anything about a democratic government or how it is supposed to work. The best we can hope for is a demagogue style of government, which of course sucks. But, I believe his ambition, like Hitler’s, is in the direction of dictatorship. His tax plan will bankrupt the nation; his health plan will have people begging his government for relief. The poor, disabled, weak and seniors will be told to hurry up and die or just get the hell out of his way!
The big corporations, Military corporations, and Pharmacy Corporations will become even more powerful, as time goes by under President Trump. The corporations will support a dictatorship, because it is in their best interest and they are used to a solo leadership style of organization. I have said throughout this election period; when it comes to Trump and Pence, Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!
Now with Trump’s disheartening rise to power, the KKK, White Supremacists, the American Nazis, Fanatic Religions and his deplorables will become his storm troopers, the FBI his Gestapo and the police his SS Squads. Trump will keep us safe from ISIS but not from our own government. He will export & deport millions of good people while, cutting off imports of refugees from his never-ending wars.
His final act as President with be at due to the compulsion of his insatiable ego; and his lack of ability to listen to his much more intelligent counsel. He will want to go down in history as the Greatest Warrior the world has ever known; but sadly, there will be no one left to write it.
I awoke from my nightmare and was happy to find that there was still time to stop Trump from destroying freedom, democracy, civilization and humanity!
Just my opinion