One of Trump’s favorite sayings is “It’s a disaster!” Well, you ain’t seen nothing yet!
There was a time when we would look at the countries we branded as banana republics and laugh up our collective sleeves at them. “No wonder they’re so screwed up,” we thought. “They don’t give a damn about the people of (insert name of country). All they care about is enriching themselves. Why else would those tinhorn dictators install their family members and cronies in positions of power, even though they have no idea how to govern and have no interest in learning?” Then we got Trump.
First Lady Daughter Ivanka now has her own office in the West Wing, and who cares about ethics and conflicts-of-interest? Maybe she’ll make more money on her clothing and jewelry lines. She says she’s going to work on issues affecting women and families. But, as the person who played a large role in crafting the Trump childcare plan, she has proven that she – like her father – is only interested in helping those who don’t need help.
Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner serves as Trump’s chief advisor, and now he’s been given more responsibility. Tapped to head up the newly formed White House Office of Innovation, Kushner stated the goals the administration hopes to achieve in an interview with the Washington Post.
The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.”
That sounds nice. Except there is a HUGE fly in that ointment snake oil.
A country is not a business.
The goal of business is to make a profit. In doing so, businesses look for ways to cut costs to improve the bottom line. That makes sense if all you want to do is make a bunch of money. Lost in that equation is the effect it will have on people. But running a country is an entirely different thing. A country is made up of people; and, in the end, how they fare is the bottom line.
For instance, there is a big push to neuter and even abolish the Environmental Protection Agency for the goal of removing obstacles to the profit motive. It costs money to ship waste to a facility to safely handle it. Much easier to dump it in the river/lake/ocean/someone’s backyard. There’s plenty of money to be made when you remove regulations to protect the natural resources of this country. However, it ignores the damage that will be done to our air, water and, yes, even the earth beneath our feet. It ignores the disease and human suffering caused by the lack of clean water, clean air and arable land.
Then there’s climate change, something that – according to Mick Mulvaney, head of the Trump administration’s Office of Management and Budget – is a waste of money. He didn’t mince words:
We’re not spending money on that anymore. We consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that.
He actually said that, despite the findings of military experts, who have warned that climate change poses a serious threat to world stability.
Somebody ought to clue these greedy bastards in to the fact that ignoring something doesn’t make it go away and only makes it more expensive to deal with once the proverbial shit hits the fan.
Like healthcare. Ever since that horrible Muslim African-American pretender from Kenya actually managed to do what presidents for a century have failed to do – improve access to healthcare in this country – Republicans have been strident in their calls to get rid of it. They had seven years to come up with an alternative. And what they came up with was a quickly cobbled together disaster that satisfied nobody and couldn’t get passed by a House majority that didn’t need so much as one Democratic vote. What they did come up with was draconian, except, of course, not draconian enough for the House Freedom Caucus. GOP members who were greeted with angry constituents at town halls and inundated with equally angry emails, letters and phone calls feared for their seats. So it tanked and was pulled. Forgotten in all the hubbub was that, while they were so busily trying to get those massive tax cuts that were embedded into the bill passed, they neglected to consider the monetary cost of tossing millions of people off of health care.
As for those poor fools who still keep insisting on what a great businessman Trump is, I remind them that Trump stiffed contractors who worked on his defunct casino in Atlantic City. I’d really like someone to explain to me how a casino can lose money year after year. I’d also really like to ask those voters – particularly the ones who work in the construction trades – how they would feel if THEY were the ones not getting paid, if THEY were the ones going bankrupt because Donald Trump decided to be a cheapskate. This hasn’t stopped. There are lawsuits against Trump to the tune of $5 million in liens from people who haven’t been paid for work performed on the newly completed Trump Hotel in Washington D.C.
Oh yeah, American banks won’t lend money to Donald Trump, even though he falsely tries to make it sound like it’s a regulatory problem fomented by that nasty Dodd-Frank. The reason? He doesn’t pay his debts any better than he pays his contractors. He calls it negotiation. I call it being a cheap dick.
So this is what we’ve got. A lunatic surrounded by lunatics in the White House. A president who owes God only knows how much money to Russia and other foreign entities, a president who spits in the face of science, a president who is a serial liar, and a president who thinks nepotism is a good thing. I guess it is – for him. Not so much for the rest of us. Add to that a Congress run by people who only know how to obstruct and, according to Paul Ryan, never learned to govern.
It’s a recipe for disaster.