Monday, March 27, 2017

STILL HERE






 A reader commenting on my lack of blogging hoped that I was well. I appreciate such concerns after all I am no longer a youngster and have been posting daily for the past 8+ years and only recently have been missing days due to (1) family health problems; they are getting old too, and (2) I am finding that of the 24 hours a day most occur at the wrong time.

One more lost morning while I read my email news reports from USA Today the Washington Post, and NBC news. This was followed by the New York Times and WSJ print edition. Despite my ophthalmologist assuring that my retina is OK and changing my reading lens would not help.

I also get side tracked by certain interesting to me articles such as the one today in the Times about what has been learned by the well preserved Ice Man Mummy who lived between 3359 and 3105 BCE and was found in a glacier in 1991. I would suggest googling about him, they have named him “Otzi”.

But this has detracted from opining on national issues which should be a concern for all; as well as local politics.

There will be plenty of time to reflect on the defeat of the Obamacare replacement bill which in its self was a horrible piece of legislation. It would take several blogs on this subject alone.

What should be of concern is Trump’s agenda which behind the scenes is progressing. In fact President Donald Trump will name his son-in-law, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, to lead a new office “White House Office of American Innovation” with “sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and, potentially, privatize some government functions “ (Washington Post)

Federal anti-nepotism laws prevent relatives from being appointed to government positions. But the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel recently said the president's "special hiring authority" allowed him to appoint Kushner to the West Wing staff.

The Associated Press reported that National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, Dina Powell, senior counselor to the president for economic initiatives and deputy national security adviser, Chris Liddell, assistant to the president for strategic initiatives, and Reed Cordish, assistant to the president for intragovernmental and technology initiatives would also be involved in the effort.

The Congressional Review Act had only been used once since it passed in 1996 to get rid of a regulation.

Trump has already used it three times since February to kill regulations put into effect by the Obama administration:

Trump has been using executive orders to tie the hands of rule makers. He put in place a regulatory freeze during his first hours, mandated that two regulations be repealed for every new one that goes on the books and ordered a top-to-bottom review of the government with an eye toward shrinking it.

Personnel is policy, and Trump has appointed several people who openly oppose the missions of the agencies they lead. “If you look at these Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction,” Bannon explained at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

He has also hampered agencies by not filling essential positions

For more information on how his agenda is progressing I would suggest googling Power Post; the Daily 202 Washington Post March 27, 2017


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