Terrible Tidbits

The pen may be mightier than the sword; one thing is for sure in the age of Trump – evil deeds happen more than the five times a week I publish. Let’s catch up a bit.

Children’s health clinics across the country are in the process of shutting down because Congress has failed to renew CHIP’s (Children’s Health Insurance Program) funding. When today’s GOP is not hiding behind the flag they are hiding behind the cross. In both cases they are hypocritical! One of the great principles of the Christian philosophy is taking care of the least among us. Who are more powerless than poor children? Not only has the Republican controlled Congress not approved funding to continue this life saving program; I suspect one of the reason they haven’t is to save the money and use it for a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans.

Under the “leadership” of President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions about 70,000 people who are wanted by law enforcement have been removed from the FBI’s database that prohibits them from legally purchasing handguns. This “tough on crime duo” would have us believe the purge is part of an effort to clean up the system. Their cover is a dispute over just exactly what the definition of a fugitive is. More guns in bad hands: what could go wrong?

I think Franklin Delano Roosevelt is one of the greatest American Presidents in history. However, had I been around I would have broken with him on his court packing scheme. With significant help from Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans, Trump has put a twist on the plan and is taking it to a new level. One of the few things that Trump has done a good job of is nominating people to fill judicial vacancies. It has been a case of quantity over quality. The American Bar Association has been rating nominees for federal judgeship for about the past 40 years. Through the Obama administration only twice had they rated a nominee as unqualified; to date they have rated four Trump nominees unqualified. The GOP Senate had been leaving judicial positions vacant for the past few years claiming that we had too many federal judges. Now, not only are they approving everyone Trump sends them they are openly talking about adding many new positions. If they have their way there will be as many Trump nominees on the federal bench as there are Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, H.W. Bush, Clinton, W. Bush and Obama nominees combined. Trump will leave office by the afternoon of January 20, 2021 if not sooner; my grandchildren will still be dealing with his federal judges.

One of President Trump’s Thanksgiving Day “gifts” to the nation was to spend his 100th day since taking office at a Trump branded property, in this instance Mar-a-Lago. The Oval Office is his “company provided” office. It is attached to his “company provided” residence. The taxpayers pay for his office, food and lodgings already. Why does he have to spend almost one-third of his time away in places he owns? I think I have discovered two reasons. He gets a lot of free press for his venues by the media that covers the presidency. More importantly, he bills the federal government (read: the taxpayers) for a host of services his properties provide and he personally profits from that. It’s like getting an all-expense paid vacation and a bonus for taking it.

Three UCLA players were recently arrested in China on a shoplifting charge. It appears Trump played a role in getting them released. Trump was angered when they didn’t display what he felt was adequate thankfulness. It escalated into a war of words with one of the player’s fathers, LaVar Ball, who has a reputation for being a bit of a jerk (much like Trump). Ball and his son happen to be black. This is not the first time Trump has made the target of his tirades a non-Caucasian. That pattern was apparent to the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent who called Trump out on Twitter. Trump tweeted the reply: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.” This only reinforced what I and many have been saying for some time that when Trump says “Make America great again” his minions hear make America white again.

Here is my advice to Donald Trump, Jr.: neither arrogance nor ignorance is a legal defense. If you think you are smarter than Robert Mueller and his team; think again!

Mr. President: I know it is too late for you to give the world a Thanksgiving present but here is an idea for Christmas. How about you and Mr. Ball both disappear together? Think of all the junk you two malarkey artist could talk.

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