Thursday, March 16, 2017
MARCH MADNESS TRUMP
There is nothing positive to Trump about today. Not only has a judge in Hawaii effectively blocked the revised “Travel Ban” but the ‘Ryan plan” known as AHCA has run into enough opposition from members of the GOP that Ryan himself has said it may need revisions. That is in addition to the negative report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) which had concluded that it would double the number of uninsured, pose severe premium increases on the elderly as well as those with preexisting medical conditions.
Further compounding Trump’s black cloud is that both Republican and Democrat Senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee have said that there is no evidence that the Trump Tower had been wire tapped. Also Nunes chairman of the House Intelligence committee said there was no evidence.
Attorney General Sessions has said that he has no evidence that there was any wiretapping. In fact Press Secretary Spicer had said that when Trump twittered wiretapping he did not mean “wiretapping” but generalized surveillance.
There are reports that the intelligence community has used electronic devices such as smartphones and “Smart TVs” as well as other to spy on people and this could be what was being referred to. Kellyanne Conway included microwave ovens in her possible list.
Yet today White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that “President Trump “stands by” his allegation that former president Barack Obama ordered wiretapping surveillance of Trump Tower last fall.
Someone sent a reporter a copy the front pages of Trump’s 2005 income tax report. Although this reports millions of dollars in income and tax paid it is meaningless since it is only a summary of the working pages. There is rumored that Trump himself was the leaker to divert attention from more critical items.
Today Trump has released Administrations proposed budget which increasers defense spending but makes critical cuts for other agencies including State Department, Education, and Health. Members of both parties have said it is “dead on arrival”
According to USA Today Trump would eliminate 62 agencies including “Community development block grants. The Weatherization Assistance Program. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The National Endowment for the Arts. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. All would be axed if Congress adopts Trump's budget. Also proposed for elimination are lesser-known bureaucracies like the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program, the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program and the Inter-American Foundation.”
It seems that March Madness is not limited to basketball.