Trump Damage Report – 6/2/2017
Budget weasel vs. oligarch, the shadow government, shaming a pro-human extinction political stance, getting MIT wrong, poisoning the world, running job totals, Trump has “total confidence” in God, single-payer Californication, lifting sanctions, and executive privilege weighed. All this and more in your daily Trump Damage Report for Friday, June 2nd, 2017. One of 195 frogs told it was slowly being boiled decided to take his chances.
- Who needs Trump’s Washington? American cities, states, and companies are all committing to the Paris Accord without him, The New York Times reports. When you lack the wherewithal of a government, the only proper response is to form a shadow government. This is what we have now, with President Barack Obama as the diplomatic head of state, Bernie Sanders as the ideological head, and the assembled free press as our legislature.
- Protesters at the White House shamed Trump over the unconscionable exit form the Paris climate deal, HuffPost report. The protests were punctuated with a great big red alarm clock. Unfortunately, the global warming tipping point may have already arrived and is in our rear-view mirror.
- Trump cited research from the Massachussets Institute of Technology in his rationale for leaving the Paris agreement – which was today soundly rebuked by MIT researchers, saying that Trump had badly misunderstood their research, Reuters reports.
- Trump’s budget weasel and chief oligarch are disagreeing over how to handle the global economic catastrophe in waiting that is the debt ceiling, Bloomberg reports. Historically, Republicans have enjoyed toying with the debt ceiling by feigning they do not understand what it actually is, pretending that it is like a budget, rather than a credit limit on a credit card that the nation could default on. The results of a default, that is, not passing the debt ceiling increase, would be indescribably bad. It would make a Big Mac costs a few dollars now, instead cost a few thousand dollars after.
- Trump Poisons the World is the subject of today’s New York Times op-ed, wherein the first shadows of the Trump economic doctrine are laid out. The world is not a global economy, but rather a gladiatorial arena in which only the strong survive to prey upon the weak. Yeah – right up until all the weak decide they’ve had about enough of the strong and gang up on them to strip them of superpower status.
- Last month’s job totals are not looking good, with May nonfarm payrolls totalling 138k out of 185k expected, CNBC reports. Job growth has slowed consecutively every month Trump has been in office compared to previous years. The momentum of the Obama economy is gradually being arrested. Later this year, the impending “Retailpocalypse” is expected to put a massive dent in our economy.
- Special counsel Robert Mueller is now probing the Traitor Flynn’s ties to the Turkish government, Reuters reports. Trump has said super-friendly things about the Turkish tyrant Erdogan, and Flynn was on the Turkish payroll as a foreign agent while serving as Trump’s NSA adviser.
- While you weren’t paying attention, California passed Single Payer Healthcare, the LA Times reports. They are still investigating funding methods, but the availability of the option would provide greater reliability than the dangerous theorized Trumpcare, with far fewer dead people.
- Trump in troubled times is rather unlikely to turn to God, according to a feature piece by CNN. Most of Trump’s assertions on the subject of faith have been compulsory, demanded of him by the Republican primary or offering mouth service to a base who doesn’t care if he lies to them – so long as he can say the words loudly.
- Former diplomats tell NBC news that the Trump team sought to lift sanctions on Russia. This revelation comes as the Trump administration is mulling over returning the Russian spy bases in America back over to the Russians. How do you say “quid pro quo” in Russian?
- Trump may use executive privilege to attempt to block James Comey from testifying on Thursday, Reuters reports. His use of the power of executive privilege in this case would be nebulous, as Comey is now a private citizen.
- The Trump administration is now intentionally directing federal agencies to disregard and ignore all Democratic lawmakers government oversight requests, Politico reports. This is new, this is very, very bad. And this takes petty partisanship to a brand new and deeply staggering level.
- Trump said a whole bunch of crazy things during his human pro-extinction speech, IFLScience reports, with a point-by-point.
- FactCheck tackled his insane speech as well. No one knows what the heck he was talking about on a number of these issues. Has the syphilis really started affecting Trump’s brain? Is he on drugs?
- Russia is escalating their spy games in the United States, and appear to be mapping the United States telecommunications infrastructure, Politico reports. They clearly understand that 2018 will be a pivotal year that is apt to lead to the impeachment of their puppet.
TAXPAYER COST FOR TRUMP’S LIFESTYLE TO DATE, AS OF JUNE 2ND 2017: $152,407,428.74
Above all, and as always, stay vigilant.