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President Donald Trump, the Disaster (As of 1/20/18, Only 3 Years to go Until Sanity Returns)

Updated on January 20, 2018
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Prologue

Donald Trump has been in the President's office for 8 painful weeks. By this time eight years ago, President Obama had:

  1. Stopped the nation from going into the worst depression in history
  2. Turned the stock market free-fall (Mar 6, 2009) and started it on an eight year Bull Market
  3. Saved the auto industry from total collapse and began its rise to record breaking sales today
  4. Slowed down the 800,000 job loss per month he inherited, beginning in April 2009 and turned it into the longest period of job growth in American history

On the other hand, what has Donald Trump done with is "On Day 1" promises ... Well you figure it out.

  • Major Promise 1 - Ban Muslims from entering country until Congress figures out how to stop entry of Islamic terrorists 1. ACTION: Created "Travel Ban" executive order that has been stopped by several courts as probably unconstitutional. Created a new watered down travel ban which was likewise stayed by two federal courts (one other federal court in Virginia would not issue a stay.) Appeals Court upheld stay for the second time, next stop is the Supreme Court. On 6/29/17, the Supreme Court spoke. They will take up the travel ban next session, 2) continued most of the lower court stays on enforcement, and 3) did allow Muslims who have no valid connection to America can be banned for the time being.
  • Major Promise 2 - Build a "big beautiful" border wall which Mexico will pay for. ACTION: None so far, but, Mexico has said it will not pay for the wall and will fight any tariffs to collect reimbursement. American business' also oppose tariffs as bad for business. GOP has said the wall is too expensive ($30B+). This has little chance of passing. Funding was not included in the House-Senate budget bill in May.
  • Major Promise 3 - Repeal and Replace Obamacare while "insuring every American" (not just access) and "make insurance less expensive". ACTION: No plan developed as of yet. GOP is proposing a plan which the CBO says will cost 23 million people their insurance by 2026 and will increase costs until 2020 when they expect premiums to decrease slightly. At this point in time, it is problematic that it will pass the House and even more problematic of passing the Senate. - The AHCA bill was pulled for lack of support, changed a bit, Freedom Cause swallowed their pride and voted for it; AHCA passed by only two votes. It appears DOA in the Senate. As they enter the July break it is still unlikely the GOP can pass what they call, euphemistically, the Better Care Replacement Act (BRCA), a worse bill than the House version.
  • Major Promise 4 - Pass massive tax cut for corporations. ACTION: None as of yet. Analysis of plan, however, says the major beneficiary of his plan are the wealthy. In June, the House took this up an already is running into major problems within the GOP caucus.
  • Major Promise 5 - Propose a Trillion dollar in Infrastructure plan using tax credits and public-private partnerships. ACTION: None as of yet but will run into strong opposition from GOP because of cost. Also, independent estimates call into question Trump's plans feasibility. -- now its July 2017 ...maybe next year.
  • Major Promise 6 - Reverse President Obama's Climate Change initiatives. Donald Trump is one of the few people that claims they do not to believe Climate Change is real. ACTION: Issued Executive Orders reversing President Obama's Executive Orders designed to protect the climate and support the obligations to the Paris Accords, an International Climate Change Pact

In my article titled An Anthology of Donald J. Trump's Presidency, I listed the promises Donald Trump made during the campaign with his first 100-day Contract With America. You will find that on a scale where a 90%+ of the 26 items in his list are completed = A, going doing in 10% increments such that less than 60% completed = D, Trump managed to complete or partially complete 6.5 of them. That gives him a 25% completion rate which means he got a solid F!

[The last section in this hub is a 17 point list from Robert Reich of what Donald Trump has promised, his supporters believed, and didn't deliver]

1. There have been no deaths from terrorists who immigrated as refugees since the late 1970s. There have been no deaths in the United States from foreign terrorists since 9/11. All terrorist acts in America since then has been from American citizens.

The First Controversy, Who Had Bigger Crowd?

COMPARISON OF FIRST INAUGURAL CROWDS FOR TRUMP (Left) and OBAMA (Right)
COMPARISON OF FIRST INAUGURAL CROWDS FOR TRUMP (Left) and OBAMA (Right) | Source

In The Beginning - Crowd Size

Every week since Trump has been president, all eight of them, as been filled with vocal, frenetic controversy. It started with Trump and his surrogate's claim that his inaugural crowd was the "biggest in history." The battle raged on in tweets and press briefings for a week or more arguing over the size of Trump's crowd. In fact, Trump's crowd was estimated at 200,000 to 350,000 strong. The Million Woman March the next day drew over 500,000 in Washington D.C., over a million nationwide, and millions worldwide. President Obama's first inaugural crowd was estimated to be around 1.8 million. You judge from the above picture.

While brouhaha made for a lot of press and laughs, the serious side of this blow-up is it is the first look America and the World has of how President Trump is going to act, what he thinks is important, and his veracity when he says something. It wasn't good! It confirmed every bad thing said about Donald Trump (except his sexual harrassment) that was said about him during the campaign. The sad fact is, he starts out giving America a huge black-eye since his behavior is now American's behavior.

To this day, Donald Trump won't admit to the true size of his crowd and continues making false statements about it.

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It Didn't Stop There

WEEK 1 (Jan 21 - Jan 27): The same week, Donald Trump laid this whopper on the American people as an incredulous world looked on - "The reason he lost the popular vote is because 3 - 4 million illegal ballots were cast" (Hillary Clinton beat Trump by almost 3 million votes nationwide). This has been debunked in several different ways, but Trump continues to insist he is correct while offer on tangible proof in support. Again, as the world watches, Trump keeps repeating this falsehood to this day.

WEEK 2 (Jan 28 - Feb 3): Trump and his administration, in honoring the Holocaust Remembrance Day, failed to mention that the Jews were the ones who suffered most. Whether this was an oversight or not, is not the real embarrassment, it was his trying to defend the omission. Trump turned a possible oversight into an outright example of America's antisemitism; a label often associated with Trump's senior political adviser, Steve Bannon. This controversy lasted into his third week.

WEEK 3 (Feb 4 - Feb 10): In week three Donald Trump declared that America's mainstream media, e.g. CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Washington Post, NY Times, etc of being an "Enemy of the American People". Incredible, the President of the United States is calling the very institution that protects America from an abusive government an ... "enemy of the American people"! Further, he is telling the world of his official American position and thereby damaging the credibility of all free media all over the globe. This declaration is a quintessential embarrassment to all of America and he won't back down from that stance.

WEEK 4 (Feb 11 - Feb 17): The continuing revelations that Trump's National Security Adviser pick, Gen Michael Flynn, had unauthorized, and probably illegal, contact with the Russian Ambassador finally culminated in his firing (or resignation, depending on who you believe); the official reason is that Flynn lied to Vice President Pence about his interactions. This story dominated the headlines along with more reports of other Trump campaign staff and advisers meeting with the Russians prior to Trump assuming office. The combination of these leaks has galvanized Congress to get to the bottom of Trump's Russian ties. (

WEEK 5 (Feb 18 - Feb 24):

WEEK 6 (Feb 25 - Mar 3):

WEEK 7 (Mar 4 - Mar 10): Donald Trump began this week with one of his most ludicrous and incendiary tweet and accusation to-date: that President Obama tapped his phones at Trump Tower

I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017

This tweet has sparked expensive investigations, more ridicule for his spokesman Sean Spicer as he tries to defend the indefensible in front of an astonished world. Multiple intelligence agencies have exposed Trump's declaration as false as has several Congressional committees. This embarrassing controversy spilled over to week 8 (and probably many weeks more) as Trump took the issue worldwide by blaming British intelligence for conducting the wiretaps (blaming Fox #FakeNews as his source). Prime Minister May responded immediately telling the world Trump's claim is ridiculous and should be "ignored". He tripled down on the issue at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by blaming Fox commentary. The Trump White House apologized to England and then said it didn't.

WEEK 8 (Mar 11 - Mar 17):

WEEK 9 (Mar 18 - Mar 24): The Director of the FBI testified before the House Intelligence Committee that 1) Yes, the FBI Was investigating President Trump, his administration, and his campaign for illegal relationships with Russian government officials, 2) Yes, they have ascertained that Russia Did attempt to interfere with the American election process in favor of Trump, and 3) No, there is No evidence within the intelligence community or the Department of Justice that President Obama ordered a wiretap on his phone or any other surveillance.

In spite of being exposed as a fabricator Trump nevertheless continues to still contends that 1) the Democrats and mainstream media have made up the allegations regarding his Russian ties and 2) Obama did order the taps. This is the story of the week.

It Was the story of the week. Rep. Nunes (R-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee stole the headlines by first, on a March 21 evening, Nunes gets a text while riding in an Uber with a senior staffer. He has the car stop and he gets out and goes missing. The next day he holds a press conference, surprising even his staff, and reports he has seen “dozens” of intelligence reports that showed US intelligence agencies had “incidentally collected” material on members of the Trump transition team. He then briefed Trump (who felt "somewhat vindicated"), but no one else. Subsequent investigation showed Nunes met with a pair of White House staffers who provided the intel reports. When Republican and Democratic intel committee members finally saw the reports, they said that those same classified documents contradict what Nunes (and Trump) said.

WEEK 10 (Mar 25 - Mar 31): Donald Trump began his assault on initiatives to mitigate or reverse the impact of Climate Change; Trump is a Climate Change Denier. This week he signed Executive Orders to reverse the effect of President Obama's Orders that put in place measures to support the protocols of the Paris Accord on Climate Change. His reasoning is fighting climate change hurts jobs in America even though we are at full employment. Has he looked down the road far enough to see how many jobs will be lost when the sea rises only to be followed by a early on-set mini-ice age?

Week 11 (Apr 1 - Apr 7):

Week 12 (Apr 8 - Apr 14):

Week 13 (Apr 15 - Apr 21):

Week 14 (Apr 22 - Apr 28):

Week 15 (Apr 29 - May 5):

Week 16 (May 6 - May 12):

Week 17 (May 13 - May 19):

Week 18 (May 20 - May 26):

Week 19 (May 27 - Jun 2): Trump probably made one of the most harmful decision of his infant presidency - he pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Change Accord. In doing so, America joined Syria and Venezuela as the only countries in the world who have not signed the accord. According to virtually all climate scientists the world is on the edge of having its climate pass the point-of-no-return and it is getting faster than they had predicted only 10 years ago. Along with pulling out of the agreement, Trump has also initiated the process of taking the government out of most climate research and reversing all of President Obama's initiatives to reduce America's carbon footprint. The probable outcome of the totality of his anti-climate decisions will be to increase carbon dioxide emissions and hasten the day when the climate becomes unstable.

Week 20 (Jun 3 - Jun 9): This week, former FBI director James Comey, fired a short time earlier by President Trump, will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating the Russian involvement in the U.S. 2016 elections and any collusion with the Trump campaign with Russia to effect the outcome.

Week 33 (Sep 3 - Sep 9)

President Trump disrupted the lives around 800,000 "Dreamers" (children brought to America illegally by their parents) by ending President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protected these children from deportation. These people are productive Americans in all but one respect, they were dragged across the border by their parents.

Week 52 (Jan 14,2018 - Jan 20, 2018)

One year to the day of President Trump's inauguration, the federal government shuts down. While there is quite a bit of blame to go around, Trump has a major piece of the action. It was his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals with a drop-dead date of March 2018 set the stage for the Donny-brook between Trump-GOP-Dems in keeping the government funded for the rest of fiscal year 2018.

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What About Trying to Hire a Cabinet and Advisors

It is eight months since Donald Trump assumed the mantle of President and he is yet to have a complete complement of personnel to staff the offices responsible for carrying out the president's plan. For example, Health and Human Services Secretary is open after the resignation of disgraced Tom Price and the Director of Homeland Security is absent after Gen Kelly was moved to be the president's chief of staff to replace Rence Priebus, who resigned. There are also a few hundred positions that never have been filled or, when needed, confirmed by the Senate.

The nomination and confirmation of his primary cabinet and advisor positions did not go very well.

The nomination and confirmation process is still almost over ... eight months later. It has been a slow, arduous affair that is taking over 260 days to complete. The delay WAS an equal mix of the Democrats putting up a determined fight over some of Donald Trumps more controversial choices and the very poor job that was done vetting the candidates in the first place as well as getting proper clearance after they were in the confirmation process. It is now mainly due to Trump not putting forward people and other things that Congress is trying to get done, like the failed, eight month failed effort to repeal Obamacare.

Only two nominations came down to the wire; Betsy De Vos for Education Secretary and Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary. It took Vice President Pence to push De Vos over the line by casting, for the first time ever, the tie-breaking vote because two Republicans had serious problems with her commitment to public education. Andy Puzder was forced to withdraw his nomination as his background of anti-labor rhetoric and actions, along with not paying taxes on illegal immigrants he employed.

The average number of Yes votes per candidate for Trump is 69 so far. The next lowest was President George W. Bush with 92 Yes Votes. Keep in mind, there are 52 Republicans in the Senate.

The Cabinet

Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson (56 votes) , billionaire CEO of Exxon with long, friendly ties to Vladimir Putin. His politics are undetermined but is having trouble establishing himself because of in-fighting with Steve Bannon, senior political adviser, and Jared Kushner, senior adviser as well as President Trump's penchant for off-the-cuff foreign policy decisions.

Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis (98 votes). General Mattis (Ret. USMC) is well thought of on both sides of the aisle. He surprised Trump by telling him waterboarding, torture, was useless and that he, Mattis, could do better with a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers. Mattis is currently having issues getting his deputies through the White House. (Both of Trumps picks for Secretary of the Army and Navy withdrew because they couldn't get passed the conflict of interest review.)

Director of Homeland Security, Gen John Kelly (88 votes). General Kelly (Ret. USMC), like General Mattis, is a well respected, highly capable leader who is expected to do a superb, independent job in this critical position. Kelly was appointed to replace Priebus as Trump's Chief of Staff in September 2017.

Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-AL: 52 votes).an extreme conservative who is known to be anti-immigration, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBT. Sessions has extensive experience in this area but, because of his background of being not supportive of minorities, his appointment to a Federal judgeship was denied by the Republican Senate in 1986. There is much debate on whether is views have changed or not changed in the subsequent 30 years. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/19/us/politics/jeff-sessions-donald-trump-attorney-general.html During confirmation, he apparently gave false testimony to two Senators about not having meetings with the current Russian ambassador.

Secretary of Treasury, Steve Mnuchin (53 votes), a billionaire who worked for Goldman Sachs and was Trump's top campaign fundraiser.. Mnuchin seems to be more moderate than his boss regarding trade and China but is accused of lying under oath about robo-signing foreclosure paperwork as CEO of failed OneWestBank as well as failing to disclose $100 million in assets on his financial disclosure statements.

Secretary of Energy, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX: 62 votes). While having experience running large organizations, Gov. Perry has no experience in the broad field of energy management which includes the oversight our nuclear arsenal and conducting state-of-the-art energy research (similar to DARPA in DoD). The previous two Secretaries were physicists, one a Nobel Laureate while Perry has a B.A. in animal husbandry with a 2.0 GPA.

Secretary of Labor. Currently unfilled because the initial nominee, Andy Puzder, a billionaire restaurant CEO, was forced to withdraw his name because of being a vocal advocate for cutting back labor regulations, opposes raising the minimum wage, and opposing expanding overtime to low paid salaried workers among many other anti-labor positions.

Long-Term Embarrassments

RUSSIA:

Donald Trump's love affair with Russia and Vladimir Putin is astonishing and worrisome. It is also long-term, ubiquitous, and is one of two things that has the potential to bring him down before his term is over. Throughout his campaign, it was apparent there was a soft spot in his heart regarding Vladimir Putin, who he views as a "great leader"; this in spite of Putin's penchant of killing his adversaries. Trump has been Putin's biggest defender outside of Russia itself.

Trump has had decades of documented financial involvement with Russia and Putin, yet he "says" he doesn't know the man. Over the course of the campaign, Trump has said he has "never met Putin" as well as

https://origin-www.bloombergview.com/articles/2016-03-15/trump-s-long-romance-with-russia

On March 20, 2017, FBI Director Comey testified that they are indeed investigating the President, his administration, and his campaign regarding their connections with Russian officials. Without question, this issue is one of two which has the potential to bring down Donald Trump's presidency.

On May 8, 2017, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates (who was fired by President Trump for not enforcing his stayed travel ban) testified she warned the White House on January 26th that 1) National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied about talking to the Russian ambassador, 2) the Russians knew this, and 3) Flynn was susceptible to blackmail by Russians. appBoth former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Yates testimony implied that there might be evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

Clapper said that in his earlier January testimony that he had seen no evidence of collusion between the President's campaign and Russia. He then pointed out that was before FBI Director James Comey publicly revealed that the FBI was, in fact, investigating that question. Yates avoided directly answering the question by saying she can't discuss classified information in public.

Clapper also put to rest President Trump's oft-repeated claim that the Russian investigation is "Fake News" by asserting

"To me, the evidence was overwhelming, and very compelling, that the Russians did this."

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST:

This is the other issue which endangers President Trump. Unlike any other presidents before him, Trump has enormous business interests throughout the world which is fraught with possibilities of foreign entities having the ability to influence Trump's decisions to their or his own benefit or possibly blackmail him if there are scandals hidden in those business dealings. Trump his also subject to the temptation to conduct his presidency such that his or his family are unfairly enriched. His leasing of the Old Post Office in Washington D.C. is a clear example given one of the terms of the lease is that he cannot hold public office. There is no way this issue will ever go away during his Presidency.

TRUMP vs TRUTH:

From the moment Donald Trump opened his mouth to announce his decision to run for President he began his estrangement from the truth, which includes hyperbole, yuge exaggeration, misrepresentation, falsehoods, and outright LIES or "purposeful falsehoods". It started with:

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us.They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

This, of course, is patently, provably false. And if Trump knew (how could he not) this not to be true, then it crosses the threshold to an outright lie. It has continued to this day (3/24/17) with his little fib that "This is the Democrats fault." speaking of the failure of the repeal of Obamacare. In between there have many hundreds more. In fact, fact checkers estimate that about 70% of everything he says is "Mostly False", "False", or "Pants-on-Fire False".

This, at a minimum, makes him a laughing stock as well as untrustworthy but his lack of varsity can have worldwide implications. You see, as fewer and fewer world leaders believe anything he says, it becomes impossible to conduct diplomacy or to figure out if he is serious. Further, the chances of misunderstandings, potentially leading to conflict, are greatly enhanced.

WAR ON MEDIA

The use of the word "ON" is purposeful because to use the word "WITH" implies Media is a willing part of the fight ... and they aren't. By media, of course, I mean the so-called "main-stream media"; the CNN's, ABC's, Washington Post's, and New York Times's of America. By and large these outlets clearly define what is reporting and what is opinion (unlike Fox where that line is very murky).

Trump is very correct correct when he asserts that most of the news about him is negative. But remember, these outlet's jobs are to 'report" the news as error free as they can and fix it when it is not1. It is not their fault that Donald Trump gives them so little positive to report.



1 A late June episode which gave Trump an early Christmas present is when CNN discovered that an anonymously sourced story and not been verified which turned out to be incorrect. Unfortunately, this was not an innocent error on the part of some of CNN staff. In the end, three staff members were fired and a retraction and apology to who the story was about was issued. The victim accepted the apology by Trump did not and add it to his arsenal of weapons to use against CNN

Trump Exposes His Real Agenda Through His Actions

There is no question Donald Trump is trying to keep his promises. Many that aren't unconstitutional will have significant problems getting through either the GOP or Democratic Congress. Still others he can do on his own especially the one about governing the same way he campaigned.

The rest of this hub will explore the practical impact on America and Americans IF he can manage to carry out his promises.

THE TRUMP 2017 BUDGET1. Donald Trump released his budget blueprint in March 2017 which reflects his major priorities. On the stump, he constantly kept promising that his main purpose for being President was to:

  • Champion the average American.
  • Fight free trade
  • Support the battle against proposals to fight climate change

The question is, of course, does his budget reflect these priorities?2 Well, Yes and No. Here are sections out of his budget that address each of the above,

1 The bullet points below are paraphrases from a NY Times article Who Wins and Loses in Trump’s Proposed Budget by Alicia Parlapiano and Gregor Aisch. The names after each subsection are presumably the authors of that part. After each set of bullet points are this writers views.

2 Keep in mind, this budget won't see the light of day in Congress because it does not reflect GOP priorities and has too many controversial aspects to it.

President Trump's 2018 Budget Summary

AGENCY
2017 BASELINE (B$)
2018 PROPOSAL (B$)
$ CHANGE (B$)
% CHANGE
EPA
$8.2
$5.7
$2.6 DECREASE
31% DECREASE
DEPT of STATE
38.0
27.1
10.9 DECREASE
29% DECREASE
DEPT of AGRICULTURE
22.6
17.9
4.7 DECREASE
21% DECREASE
DEPT of LABOR
12.2
9.6
2.5 DECREASE
21% DECREASE
DEPT of JUSTICE
20.3
16.2
4.0 DECREASE
20% DECREASE
HEALTH and HUMAN SERVICES
77.7
65.1
12.6 DECREASE
16% DECREASE
DEPT of COMMERCE
9.2
7.8
1.5 DECREASE
16% DECREASE
DEPT of EDUCATION
68.2
59.0
9.2 DECREASE
14% DECREASE
DEPT of TRANSPORTATION
18.6
16.2
2.4 DECREASE
13% DECREASE
HOUSING and URBAN DEVELOPMENT
36.0
31.7
4.3 DECREASE
12% DECREASE
DEPT of INTERIOR
13.2
11.6
1.5 DECREASE
12% DECREASE
DEPT of ENERGY
29.7
28.0
1.7 DECREASE
6% DECREASE
DEPT of TREASURY
11.7
11.2
.5 DECREASE
4% DECREASE
NASA
19.3
19.1
.2 DECREASE
1% DECREASE
DEPT of VETERAN'S AFFAIRS
74.5
78.9
4.4 INCREASE
4% INCREASE
HOMELAND SECURITY
41.3
44.1
2.8 INCREASE
7% INCREASE
DEPT of DEFENSE
521.7
574.0
52.3 INCREASE
10% INCREASE

Champion of the Average American

AGRICULTURE - $4.7 Billion (21%) Reduction - Yamiche Alcindor

  • Makes many cuts to the National Forest System
  • Eliminates Loan and Grant Programs for water and sewage systems
  • Provides a small increase of $200 Million to Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women and Children
  • Makes no cuts to the Food Safety and Inspection Services
  • Continues funding the Farmer-focused and Competitive Research Programs.

LABOR - $2.5 Billion (21%) Reduction - Yamiche Alcindor

  • Scale back the number of job training programs including those aimed at helping seniors, disadvantaged young people and unemployed Americans
  • Help states expand Apprenticeship Programs
  • Help states expand training programs for disabled workers
  • Eliminate training grants for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

HEALTH and HUMAN SERVICES - $12.6 Billion (16%) Reduction - Robert Pear

  • Eliminates $4.2 billion in community services programs like the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
  • Cut spending at the National Institutes of Health by $5.8 billion, or about 18 percent.
  • Increase the Cures Act, a biomedical research bill signed in December by $200 million (21%)

EDUCATION - $9.2 Billion (14%) Reduction - Yamiche Alcindor

  • The budget illustrates a full-throated support for school choice programs with a $1.4 billion increase for public and private school choice programs
  • Eliminates funding for before- and after-school and summer programs.
  • Federal work-study would also be “significantly reduced”
  • Eliminate the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, which is reserved for college students with the greatest need for financial aid
  • Funding to historically black colleges would remain the same.

HOUSING and URBAN DEVELOPMENT - $4.3 Billion (12%) Reduction - Yamiche Alcindor

  • Eliminates the Community Development Block Grant Program, which funds local improvement efforts and anti-poverty programs
  • Cuts funding for rental assistance, home ownership programs, and affordable housing initiatives.

VETERAN'S AFFAIRS - $4.4 Billion (6%) Increase - Nicholas Fandos

  • Most of the money is earmarked for veterans’ health care programs.
  • Extends the Veterans Choice Program, which increases options for veterans seeking care outside of VA facilities when they are unable to provide timely care.
  • Continues investment to improve the department’s claims system
  • Continues investment to the VA's IT infrastructure.

Security and Foreign Affairs

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT - $52.3 Billion (10%) Increase - Helene Cooper

  • Accelerate the fight against the Islamic State (Dasch)
  • Increase the number of warships and fighter jets.

    President Trump will face difficulty getting this proposal through Congress, where the threat of automatic spending cuts known as sequestration has acted as a brake on military spending. And many American military officials — the defense secretary included — have denounced efforts to cut foreign aid in favor of more defense spending. Many foreign aid programs, those officials say, contribute to global stability and are seen as important in helping avoid future conflicts

DEPARTMENT OF STATE - $10.9 Billion (29%) Reduction - Mark Landler

  • Eliminate all funding for the United Nation's Climate-change initiatives
  • Reduce regular contribution to the U.N.
  • Limit Contributions to U.N. peacekeeping operations to no more than 25 percent of the cost
  • Cut support to the World Bank by $650 million over three years, and cultural programs, like the East-West Center in Honolulu.
  • Safeguard the Fulbright Program.
  • Significantly reduce budget of USAID culteral and infrastructure programs (opposed by the Defense Department)
  • Leave Israel’s $3.1 billion annual military aid untouched
  • Requests $12 billion in "Overseas Contingency Operations," funding for extraordinary costs, chiefly in war zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

(STILL WRITING, MORE TO COME, PLEASE COME BACK)

Courtesy of crankalicious from a comment on the "When Will Liberals Give Up" forum.

From Robert Reich [Former United States Secretary of Labor]:

1. Trump told you NATO was “obsolete,” claiming it doesn’t fight terrorism. You bought it. Now he says NATO is “no longer obsolete.”

2. He told you he’d “bring down drug prices” by making deals with drug companies. You bought it. Now the White House says that promise is “inoperative.”

3. He said he’d close “special interest loopholes that have been so good for Wall Street investors but unfair to American workers." You bought it. Then he picked a Wall Street financier Stephen Schwarzman to run his strategic and policy forum, who compares closing those loopholes to Hitler’s invasion of Poland.

4. He said that on Day One he’d label China a “currency manipulator.” You bought it. Then he met with China’s president and declared "China is not a currency manipulator."

5. He said he’d “renegotiate NAFTA” on Day One. You bought it. He hasn't.

6. He said he wouldn’t bomb Syria. You bought it. Then he bombed Syria.

7. He said he’d build a wall along the border with Mexico. You bought it. Now his secretary of homeland security says “It’s unlikely that we will build a wall.”

8. He said he’d clean the Washington swamp. You bought it. Then he brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs, and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history, to make laws that will enrich their businesses, along with former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who are crafting new policies for the same industries they recently worked for.

9. He said he’d repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “wonderful.” You bought it. Then he didn’t.

10. He said he’d use his business experience to whip the White House into shape. You bought it. Then he created the most chaotic, dysfunctional, back-stabbing White House in modern history, in which no one is in charge.

11. He said he’d release his tax returns, eventually. You bought it. He hasn’t, and says he never will.

12. He said he’d divest himself from his financial empire, to avoid any conflicts of interest. You bought it. He remains heavily involved in his businesses, makes money off of foreign dignitaries staying at his Washington hotel, gets China to give the Trump brand trademark and copyright rights, travels to promote his properties at taxpayer expense, manipulates the stock market on a daily basis, and has more conflicts of interest than can even be counted.

13. He said Clinton was in the pockets of Goldman Sachs, and would do whatever they said. You bought it. Then he put half a dozen Goldman Sachs executives in positions of power in his administration.

14. He said he’d surround himself with all the best and smartest people. You bought it. Then he put Betsy DeVos, opponent of public education, in charge of education; Jeff Sessions, opponent of the Voting Rights Act, in charge of voting rights; Ben Carson, opponent of the Fair Housing Act, in charge of fair housing; Scott Pruitt, climate change denier, in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Russian quisling Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.

10. He said he’d faithfully execute the law. You bought it. Then he said his predecessor, Barack Obama, spied on him, without any evidence of Obama ever doing so, in order to divert attention from the FBI’s investigation into collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives to win the election.

15. He said he knew more about strategy and terrorism than the generals did. You bought it. Then he green lighted a disastrous raid in Yemen- even though his generals said it would be a terrible idea. This raid resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL, an 8-year old American girl, and numerous civilians. The actual target of the raid escaped, and no useful intel was gained.

16. He called Barack Obama “the vacationer-in-Chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done. You bought it. He has by now spent more taxpayer money on vacations than Obama did in the first 3 years of his presidency. Not to mention all the money taxpayers are spending protecting his family, including his two sons who travel all over the world on Trump business.

17. He called CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times “fake news” and said they were his enemy. You bought it. Now he gets his information from Fox News, Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and InfoWars.

Trump vs Comey

On January 8, 2017, the world watched an amazing, potentially earth-shaking event where a fired FBI director, James Comey, gave his considered observations, experiences, and opinions regarding his interaction with the President of the United States as it relates to a massive investigation into his campaign's involvement with Russia. The setting was the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing into the Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential election. In the witness seat was ex-director Comey and what happened next was simply jaw dropping!

At the outset, Chairman Burr (R-NC) made it obvious that he and the other senators, Republican and Democrats, find James Comey honest, forthright, and truthful. One of the first things Comey made starkly clear is that in fact the Russian government did interfere with the American political process; something which, for a time, President Trump disagreed.

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    • Ivan Hernandez profile image

      Erick Hernandez 4 weeks ago from Maintaining The Ivan Brand in Total Nonstop Ivan

      That's right. I agree with Esoteric.

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      My Esoteric 4 weeks ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      FAKE NEWS, Brad, is Fake news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media.[1] Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically,[2][3][4] often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership, online sharing, and Internet click revenue.

      1. Leonhardt, David; Thompson, Stuart A. (June 23, 2017). "Trump's Lies". New York Times. Retrieved June 23, 2017.

      ^ Jump up to: a b c d Hunt, Elle (December 17, 2016). 2. 2. 2. "What is fake news? How to spot it and what you can do to stop it". The Guardian. Retrieved January 15, 2017.

      Jump up ^

      3. Schlesinger, Robert (April 14, 2017). "Fake News in Reality". U.S. News & World Report.

      Jump up ^

      4. "The Real Story of 'Fake News': The term seems to have emerged around the end of the 19th century". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved October 13, 2017.

      So no, I don't think mainstream media is Fake News, not even Fox (although they are more wrong than any other major outlet)

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      bradmasterOCcal 4 weeks ago from Orange County California

      ME

      17. He called CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times “fake news” and said they were his enemy. You bought it. Now he gets his information from Fox News, Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and InfoWars.

      B:-------

      You can actually say that they are not fake news? Really.

      These media sources took a statement about s countries where only one of the people in a closed door Oval office meeting said he heard it, and the other 5 didn't. Plus Trump himself said he didn't. Then CNN goes on air and says the same word 195 times in one night.

      These media do not report the news they use it as a weapon on Trump. So when he calls them Fake News it is true. The news just reports what happens, it doesn't draw conclusions, or make guesses or anything no a fact.

      -----------------------------

      Trump vs Comey

      On January 8, 2017, the world watched an amazing, potentially earth-shaking event where a fired FBI director, James Comey, gave his considered observations, experiences, and opinions regarding his interaction with the President of the United States as it relates to a massive investigation into his campaign's involvement with Russia. The setting was the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing into the Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential election. In the witness seat was ex-director Comey and what happened next was simply jaw dropping!

      B:-----

      Jaw Dropping!

      ------------

      At the outset, Chairman Burr (R-NC) made it obvious that he and the other senators, Republican and Democrats, find James Comey honest, forthright, and truthful.

      B:-----

      Now in light of all we know about Comey, doesn't it look like they were wrong?

      -----------------------------

      One of the first things Comey made starkly clear is that in fact the Russian government did interfere with the American political process; something which, for a time, President Trump disagreed.

      B:-------

      It has been over a year that this has been investigated and not a single shred of evidence has verified it. Although, we do have evidence that HRC and the DNC cheated in the democratic primary and got Bernie Sanders out of the race.

      We also know that she and the DNC were involved in creating the Russian Dossier paying $12 million for it. Then, it was used by the Obama administration to get a FISA warrant to spy on Trump and his team. Now, that is jaw dropping.

      The Russian Dossier was fiction to make Trump look bad. It didn't work, he got elected as president, and it still doesn't work

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      Erick Hernandez 4 weeks ago from Maintaining The Ivan Brand in Total Nonstop Ivan

      BRAD!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      bradmasterOCcal 4 weeks ago from Orange County California

      Erick

      This question about Turrets is not in your profile, but it is in your comments.

      You also don't support any of your comments with FACTS just Demoganda and lots of emotion. And then you run out of steam. Bye:)

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      Erick Hernandez 4 weeks ago from Maintaining The Ivan Brand in Total Nonstop Ivan

      You know what? Regardless of religion, I don't think that Trump is our savior.

      And are you asking what type of condition I have? Well, if you want to know, then look at my profile.

      It doesn't matter what president I choose. It still remains the same. Every person is better than Trump.

      I have no time to argue with you. In fact, you are below me. Good day.

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      bradmasterOCcal 4 weeks ago from Orange County California

      Eric

      Religion has no place in politics.

      And it is the democrats wanting to put Illegal Aliens over America and Americans that caused the shutdown. The DACA Amnesty shouldn't not eve be part of the budget negotiations.

      DACA has until March 5, 2018, while the budget had till 1-20-2018.

      And the democrats didn't want to give President Trump any of his border security, and immigration.

      Do you have Turret's syndrome? It is a serious question when you talk about religion and then you blurt out obscenities.

      BTW, if he is my president, in what country does your president exist?

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      Erick Hernandez 4 weeks ago from Maintaining The Ivan Brand in Total Nonstop Ivan

      There's a government shutdown happening. Our Extremist Alt-right and Donald Trump is part of the shutdown. Donald Trump now takes the blame for the government shutdown. I knew that we've had an Antichrist in the US. I didn't know that the same antichrist was going to cause a government shutdown 1 year after inauguration? Brad, your president has become a toxic b****. The "S*ithole comment proves that your president is nothing but a motherf**king b****!!!

      Hopefully, he will learn from this shutdown.

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      bradmasterOCcal 4 weeks ago from Orange County California

      ME

      Really, is that the best that you can do?

      We don't have to look any further into who is influencing our elections. It is the democrats. They got Bernie Sanders out of the race, and there were any other of the total of 5 that even ran that were worthy candidates. And yet, Hillary couldn't beat Sanders, and she and the DNC successfully conspired to get him out the race.

      Trump on the other hand beat the best professional Republican candidates 16 of them.

      Then we have the Russian "Garbage" paper that was paid for by Hillary and company. There is yet to be found a single credible item in it. The memo coming down through congress on the this should shake the democrats, and Hillary.

      You really thought that Hillary was not only a good candidate, but the better candidate?

      Do we really have to go through the Hillary Clinton political history to disprove that notion?

      BTW, Talk about sanity, we have ex president Obama going around the world thinking that he is still president.

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      My Esoteric 4 weeks ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      "Then in later he and Hillary sell the Russians 20% of all US production of Uranium." - Snopes and other fact-checking orgs label this kindly as FALSE.

      As to "no problem with Russian then" and "Then in 2016 he calls them our biggest enemy." - Are you suggesting that Obama (or Trump for that matter) should not change their position even after the basis for that position is no longer true?

      Let's say Obama believed the world was flat in 2008. But then in 2016 science proves the world is round. It sounds to me that you would berate Obama for now believing the world was round.

      Have I got your sentiments correct?

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      bradmasterOCcal 4 weeks ago from Orange County California

      ME

      That could be your problem. These were the high points of Obama during the same period that you claim Obama had done more than Trump. I don't see it, do you?

      Obama had no problem with Russia then

      6 July

      - Obama heads to Moscow for talks with Dmitry Medvedev, which will include discussions on how to reduce their nuclear weapons stockpiles.

      B:----------

      Then in later he and Hillary sell the Russians 20% of all US production of Uranium.

      Then in 2016 he calls them our biggest enemy.

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      My Esoteric 5 weeks ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Not sure what your point is Brad.

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      bradmasterOCcal 5 weeks ago from Orange County California

      6 July

      - Obama heads to Moscow for talks with Dmitry Medvedev, which will include discussions on how to reduce their nuclear weapons stockpiles.

      B:----------

      Then in later he and Hillary sell the Russians 20% of all US production of Uranium.

      Then in 2016 he calls them our biggest enemy.

      ----------------------------------------------

      9 July

      - Obama attends the G8 summit in Italy, meeting the Pope and Muammar Gaddafi among others.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      13 July

      - Obama nominates Dr Regina Benjamin for the post of surgeon general. The rural GP worked to rebuild medical centres along the Alabama Gulf coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      21 July

      - Obama launches his campaign to overhaul the US healthcare system.

      B:--------

      It was the victims of the 2008 economic meltdown that really needed the help. They would spend the next two or more years without any government help, other than food stamps. A jobs program would have been more helpful. Finding a cure for cancer would also be helpful. In fact, curing any major disease.

      -------------------------------

      22 July

      - Obama meets Iraqi president Nouri al-Maliki and confirms his intention to remove all US troops from Iraq by the end of 2010.

      B:--------

      Again, good news for ISIS, they will soon be land owners ISIL.

      And they will heat things up in Syria.

      -------------------------------

      27 July

      - A team of senior US officials visit Israel to negotiate for an end to Jewish settlements.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      31 July

      - Obama enjoys a beer with black Harvard professor Henry Gates and the white police officer who arrested him on suspicion of breaking into his own home, in an attempt to end the race row brewing over the incident.

      3 August

      - The White House confirms suspicions that Guantánamo Bay detainees who cannot be repatriated may be held in mainland US facilities once the camp closes.

      4 August

      - Following Bill Clinton's meeting with Kim Jong-Il, the most high-profile meeting between the countries in a decade, North Korea pardons two female American journalists serving 12 years' hard labour for entering the country illegally and "hostile acts". Clinton visited to negotiate for their release, in a diplomatic role similar to the one former president Jimmy Carter played previously. Obama says he is "extremely relieved".

      B:--------

      Then what happened?

      -------------------------------

      9 August

      - Sonya Sotomayor is sworn in as the first Hispanic Supreme Court judge, and only the third woman to take on the role.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      12 August

      - Opposition to Obama's healthcare reforms gets nasty as he is compared to Hitler.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      24 August

      - The US Justice Department is to investigate the CIA over interrogation methods.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      25 August

      - Senator Edward Kennedy, one of the key supporters of Obama's healthcare reform plans, dies of cancer. Obama gives the eulogy at his funeral on 29 August.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      8 September

      - Obama addresses schoolchildren, telling them they are the future of America and to drop out is to fail in your duty to the country. The speech was controversial; some schools boycotted it, fearing a liberal political agenda would be forced on the children.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      10 September

      - Obama is heckled as he addresses Congress on healthcare, a first for a US president. Senator Joe Wilson, the Republican representative from South Carolina, called Obama a liar.

      B:--------

      Didn’t remember that.

      -------------------------------

      - It emerges Obama has spoken personally to Gordon Brown over his disappointment at the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

      12 September

      - Rightwingers, some carrying banners that equate Obama with Hitler, march on Washington in a Tea Party protest against healthcare reform and the presidency.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      17 September

      - Obama scraps plans for a missile defence shield in Poland, a move cautiously welcomed by Russia but criticised by Republicans already angry over healthcare reforms.

      B:--------

      Then came the Ukraine

      -------------------------------

      20 September

      - The president is continuing to push for severe cuts in the US's nuclear arsenal.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      21 September

      - Obama appears on the David Letterman show for the first time as president, amid a media blitz to try to regain ground over healthcare reforms.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      22 September

      - Obama holds his first face-to-face talks with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

      B:--------

      How did that work out?

      -------------------------------

      23 September

      - Obama speaks to the UN general assembly, calling for countries to work with America to tackle global problems.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      24 September

      - Obama chairs a session at the UN security council as a resolution on nuclear non-proliferation and eventual ban is announced.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      25 September

      - As an allegedly secret nuclear base in Iran is revealed, the US president, Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy issue a harsh ultimatum to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

      B:--------

      Scared the pants off of Iran?

      -------------------------------

      1 October

      - Iranian and American diplomats meet face to face in Geneva for talks on Iran's nuclear programme, the highest level of contact for many years.

      B:--------

      Guess who has gone Nuclear?

      -------------------------------

      9 October

      - Obama wins the Nobel Peace prize; the president says he is "surprised" and "humbled". In a Guardian poll, 70.1% of respondents said it was too early to judge Obama's suitability for the award.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      12 October

      - Obama repeats his promise to allow open gays in the military.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      13 October

      - The healthcare reform bill is passed by the Senate finance committee.

      - Relations between the administration and Fox News become strained when Obama refuses an interview.

      - Obama will send a further 13,000 troops to Afghanistan.

      B:--------

      9 years later what did it accomplish?

      Fox News!

      Now he put 30,000 troop in Afghanistan resulting in what outcome?.

      -------------------------------

      15 October

      - The president pays a three-hour visit to New Orleans, his first since taking office, amid criticism that he had left it too long.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      27 October

      - Matthew Hoh of the state department is the first US official to resign over the Afghan war.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      30 October

      - HIV positive visitors will be able to journey to the US for the first time in 22 years, from January 2010.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      2 November

      - The US endorses Hamid Karzai as the new Afghan president, after his opponent Abdullah Abdullah pulled out of a second round run-off amid claims of widespread vote-rigging.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      5 November

      - Army major Nidal Malik Hasan kills 13 at the Fort Hood army base in Texas. Obama attended a memorial there on 9 November.

      B:--------

      The first of many terrorist attacks during Obama’s presidency.

      -------------------------------

      8 November

      - The House of Representatives has passed Obama's health bill.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      13 November

      - Five men accused of involvement in the 9/11 attacks will be transferred from Guantánamo Bay to New York to stand trial, on the president's orders.

      B:--------

      What happened.

      -------------------------------

      15 November

      - Obama launches his four-nation tour of Asia in Japan, seeking closer ties with Pacific countries.

      B:---

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      bradmasterOCcal 5 weeks ago from Orange County California

      1 April

      - Obama meets Gordon Brown at Downing Street, holding a press conference ahead of the G20 summit opening this evening. He and Michelle later meet the Queen, who hosts a dinner for the G20 leaders; their official gift to Her Majesty was an iPod loaded with Broadway musicals.

      - Obama holds a meeting with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, looking to thaw relations.

      B:-----

      How were relations with Russia in his last year, and now thanks to the left

      ---------------------------------------------

      2 April

      - Obama announces the G20 measures for solving the global financial crisis.

      B:----

      How did this work out?

      ----------------------------------

      4 April

      - Following a Nato meeting in Strasbourg, Obama discusses his new approach for Afghanistan.

      B:-------

      How did this work out

      ------------------------------------

      5 April

      - Hours after North Korea launched a satellite many think was a cover for missile testing, Obama speaks about an end to nuclear arms in Prague. It was his first big foreign policy speech.

      B:------

      Talk is cheap and look at N Korea today

      ------------------------------------

      6 April

      - Obama speaks to the Turkish parliament, saying the US is not fighting against Islam.

      B:-----

      I believe that!

      ------------------------------------

      7 April

      - Obama makes a surprise visit to troops at Camp Victory near Baghdad. In his speech he says it is time to hand over control of the country to the Iraqis, who must make political concessions first.

      B:-------

      Nice gesture, but as it turned out bad move.

      ---------------------------------------

      13 April

      - The Obama children get their promised puppy, a six-month-old Portuguese water dog called Bo.

      B:-----

      How sweet.

      -------------------------------------

      16 April

      - The president releases memos from the Bush era detailing torture methods used by the CIA; he says agents involved would not be prosecuted. Dick Cheney has since defended the methods.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      18 April

      - Obama addresses the Summit of the Americas at the opening ceremony in Trinidad and Tobago. While there he controversially shakes hands with Venezuela leader Hugo Chávez, who gives him a copy of Open Veins of Latin America.

      B:-----

      How did that turn out?

      -------------------------------------

      21 April

      - Obama speaks to CIA staff at headquarters in Langley, Virginia, following the release of memos on torture last week and the outlawing of such practices.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      26 April

      - The Department of Health declares a public health emergency over swine flu. Read the press transcript on how the US is tackling the issue.

      B:-----

      Considering the deadly flu this year, I don’t think we made any progress.

      --------------------------------

      29 April

      - Obama celebrates 100 days in office; see Guardian coverage.

      B:----

      Obamacare didn’t let people keep their insurance companies or their doctors. And if you can’t keep your doctor you can die.

      Obamacare is still not fully implemented today.

      --------------------------------------------------

      30 April

      - Obama rejects waterboarding as a legitimate form of interrogation.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      7 May

      - The administration announces the proposed 2010 budget, including cuts of $17bn (about 0.5% of the $3.4tn budget).

      B:----

      And yet at the end of his second term, he doubled the national debt to $20 Trillion.

      -------------------------

      10 May

      - Obama plays it for laughs at the annual White House correspondents' dinner, making a swine flu joke about Hillary Clinton and alluding to the time Dick Cheney accidentally shot his hunting buddy. Ashton Kutcher tweeted (external site) from the front row.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      11 May

      - Obama sacks America's top general in Afghanistan, Gen David McKiernan, and replaces him with Lt Gen Stanley McChrystal.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      13 May

      - Obama blocks the release of photographs showing torture of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      17 May

      - Obama is heckled by anti-abortion campaigners during a speech at the Catholic Notre Dame university, Indiana. The president discussed abortion during the speech.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      20 May

      - Obama announces a strict new auto emissions policy aimed at getting greener cars on the road.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      21 May

      - In an address at the National Archives in Washington, Obama says he remains determined to close Guantanamo and condemns torture interrogation techniques, a day after the Senate rejected the funding bill for the closure of the detention centre. Former vice president Dick Cheney disagreed.

      B:--------

      Still open 9 years later

      -------------------------------

      2 June

      - General Motors, the US's biggest carmaker, files for bankruptcy, the biggest manufacturing collapse in US history. Obama's restructuring plan will see the US government owning 60%.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      3 June

      - Obama begins a tour of the Middle East aimed at reviving peace negotiations and improving America's standing in the region. He will visit Saudi Arabia and Egypt, before travelling on to Germany and then France, for D-Day events.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      6 June

      - Obama speaks at the 65th anniversary memorial service of D-Day in Normandy.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      9 June

      - Ahmed Ghailani, the first detainee at Guantanamo to be tried in the US courts, appears at a hearing in New York. He was arrested in Pakistan in 2004, has been at Gitmo since 2006 and is charged with involvement in the 1998 east African US embassy bombings.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      16 June

      - The president calls on North Korea to halt its quest for nuclear weapons.

      B:--------

      And apparently he didn’t do anything about it in the next 7 years. Now they have it.

      -------------------------------

      17 June

      - Obama announces an extension of health benefits to cover partners of gay federal workers.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      18 June

      - The president is criticised by animal rights group Peta for swatting a fly during an interview.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      23 June

      - Obama condemns Iran's reaction to protests against the disputed election there.

      B:--------

      Wow, and look at Iran today. They don’t seem to care about his condemnation.

      -------------------------------

      27 June

      - Obama's historic climate change bill is passed by Congress

      B:--------

      Waste of a bill. Even if the climate change was a fact, the Paris agreement doesn’t help it. It just lets the US billions so that other countries can pollute. Trump made a good call leaving that Paris agreement.

      -------------------------------

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      bradmasterOCcal 5 weeks ago from Orange County California

      20 January 2009

      - Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the US, with Joe Biden as his vice president. Both Chief Justice John G Roberts and Obama fluff the oath. More than one million people attend the inauguration on Capitol Hill and the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

      - Hours after taking office, Obama requests a temporary halt to Guantánamo Bay trials

      B:--------

      8 years later because of the Terrorist attacks on US soil, the security measures for the inauguration change to attendance. Also, the rioting by the Black lives matter, and other riots put more security on Trumps inauguration.

      --------------------------------------.

      21 January

      - The new president attends a service at the National Cathedral in Washington, the first engagement on his first full day in office.

      - Inspired by "an abundance of caution" Obama retakes the oath a day after stumbling on it.

      - Hillary Clinton is confirmed as secretary of state.

      - Obama suspends all military commissions for 120 days.

      - Obama signs an executive order on ethics, heralding a stringent new code of practice on lobbying and government appointments.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      22 January

      - The president brings in executive orders aimed at reforming the US's detention policy. He orders the closure of "black sites", where CIA and European security services have interrogated terrorist suspects. He also orders interrogations of detainees across the entire US intelligence community to adhere to the US Army Field Manual and orders the

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      2 February

      - Obama signs a memorandum promising $20m in aid to Gaza.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      5 February

      - The last terror trial at Guantánamo Bay is halted after the judge dropped charges against a suspect in the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      9 February

      - Obama holds his first press conference at the White House.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      17 February

      - In Denver, Colorado, Obama signs into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aimed at rescuing the economy. A website, Recovery.gov, has been set up so taxpayers can track the programme's spending in their area.

      - Obama approves the sending of 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

      B:------

      What he didn’t do was protect the victims of the 2008 economic meltdown. These people lost their homes, their jobs, and their investments. While the banks and financial institutions that were bankrupt by their own management got bailed out. And Obama and his congress allowed these upper management to give themselves 7 figure bonuses. They justified it as key Members. Key for bankrupting their companies.

      Meanwhile people that both houses and took out equity loans based on Clinton and the democrats everyone should own a home, lost everything. The banks now flush with bailout money wouldn’t even loan money to other banks much less these victims.

      Is that what we needed more tropps?

      ---------------------------------------

      24 February

      - Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress. In it he acknowledges the severity of the economic crisis America is facing, but offers a promise of hope, saying: "We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before."

      B:------

      It didn’t happen

      ---------------------------------------

      26 February

      - Obama submits to Congress a 140-page summary of his proposed budget for the next fiscal year. The budget restates his commitment to halve the federal deficit, and commits $630bn over the next 10 years to the reform of the health care system.

      B:-----

      We didn’t need it. What we needed was access to the same FEHS plan paid for by the taxpayers.

      We needed one law that would not allow preexisting conditions to prevent getting insurance?

      What else did we need. A TAX if we didn’t want insurance?

      ----------------------------------------------------------------

      27 February

      - In a speech at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina the President reaffirms his commitment to withdraw US troops from Iraq by the end of August 2010.

      B:--------

      That allowed ISIL .

      ------------------------------------------

      3 March

      - Gordon Brown is visiting Washington; he holds a joint press conference with Obama.

      - Russia reveals it is considering an implied offer made by Obama last month to drop the US European missile defence plan in return for Russian assistance with Iran. Obama later denies the offer was made, though admits he sent the letter.

      B:------

      Self explanatory

      ------------------------------

      4 March

      - Gordon Brown gives a speech to Congress.

      5 March

      - Newspapers and blogs in the US are abuzz over the possibility that Obama's hair is already turning grey.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      9 March

      - The president removes restrictions on funding for stem cell research and a memorandum to protect science from political interference, reversing the Bush administration's strict policy.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      20 March

      - President Obama releases an historic video message for all those celebrating Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, speaking directly to the leaders of Iran.

      - Obama appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the first time that a sitting president has appeared as a guest on a late-night talk show. Commenting on his bowling ability he joked "it was like the Special Olympics, or something". He apologises to Tim Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics, before the programme is broadcast.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

      -------------------------------

      24 March

      - Obama publishes an op-ed piece in 30 global newspapers simultaneously, discussing the economic crisis.

      B:--------

      Nothing notable.

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      27 March

      - Obama announces a new approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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      How did that work out.

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      Erick Hernandez 7 months ago from Maintaining The Ivan Brand in Total Nonstop Ivan

      I hate trump. I HATE TRUMP!!! I HATE THIS PIECE OF GARBAGE PRESIDENT!!!! He should get removed before 2019 to not damage the economy. WHY DID THE RUSSIANS HAVE TO HACK THE ELECTION IN FAVOR OF TRUMP?!??!?! SUDDENLY, I HATE VLADIMIR PUTIN!!!!! THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT ALL RUSSIANS ARE TARGETED FOR HATE, BUT I NEED FOR TRUMP TO BE EXPUNGED BY THE GOVERNMENT!!

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      Sanxuary 9 months ago

      Impeaching the President requires votes and I think the truth will get bigger as we reach the mid terms. It looks like we will be watching this 3 ring circus for a while.

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      Kathleen Cochran 9 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      There is a great article on the front page of the NY Times about how passing health care legislation is really about tax cuts and getting around the restrictions that exists that could limit the GOP's ability to go as far as they would like.

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      My Esoteric 9 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      There is no telling how much the amended repeal will save or cost and how many people will now lose their insurance. Why? Because the GOP was too scared to have the CBO figure it out and embarrass them.

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      Sanxuary 9 months ago

      I have been following the money on this health care and why they are so desperate to repeal it. The one they just passed in the house does the following. The future cost of health care for the government would be around 20 billion for the next ten years. Another 8 billion for pre-existing conditions over 5 years. That gives the Republicans 639 billion to play with. I keep wondering how you can not balance the budget and promise tax breaks for the wealthy, build a wall, the military and Infrastructure. Another big move is to accept off shore money with low taxes a plan we did once before. Those who were hiding their money off shore last time spent that money to move their companies over seas. Here comes another bad idea for tax evaders. Europe had enough of this and crushed off shore acconts such as Ice Land, Ireland and Cyprus. Why have we not done the same?

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      My Esoteric 10 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      The 25% core Americans who voted for Trump don't care about truth and justice, otherwise they would have voted for a different Republican. The other 21% are so pissed-off they would have voted for anybody who didn't represent the status-quo. 6% who hated the status quo did the better thing and voted for the Libertarian duo. The remaining 48% favored Clinton.

      I am certain Trump's team will suffer the consequences of their shady activities, inexperience, and hubris. I can wait, I am a patient man, but I fear the damage they will do to America and Americans while I wait.

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      Sanxuary 10 months ago

      I keep asking when will Americans demand the truth and justice? When will the Republicans do their job to investigate and provide oversight to any potential crimes and violations?If they are not above the law then why is this group of thugs allowed immunity? If they are innocent then why do the investigations seemed stalled. Most of all you would have to be in denial and way beyond stupid to believe there is no reason for an investigation. This President will destroy the Republican party in the long run and they are dumb to do nothing but embrace him and to ignore the people of this country.

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      My Esoteric 10 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Trump made 26 promises, in his "contract with America" about what he would do in the first 100 days, should he be elected. It is now 100 days and what has he completed? Well, counting failed attempts such as repealing Obamacare as a 1/2 point, he succeeded in filling 6.5 of them. SAD.

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      Mishael 10 months ago from Philippines

      Trump already back down to several of his promises, and I'm worried about this. I don't buy all this chemical attack stories anymore. this is an old narrative excuses to make war by U.S. gov't. if he wants to make war with ISIS or north korea. then it's fine with me. but it has to be real. It's starting to feel that this whole thing was NOT his plan to begin with. everything feels like it was fabricated from the start. media are sometimes lying too. and Trump might be a Puppets of the oligards. I wonder how many promises can he make.

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      My Esoteric 11 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      The people I am shooting for are the working class who took Trump at his word that he would make life better for them. Already, with his support of the disastrous AHCA, he has shown his disdain for their well being.

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      Jo Miller 11 months ago from Tennessee

      You said it well, but I was already convinced. Doubtful you'll change any minds. I am convinced, though, that the grassroots opposition to Trump is having an effect. We may be in it for the long run, but the American people give me hope.

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      My Esoteric 11 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Thank you MizB. The more to come is who really gets hurt by his budget proposals.

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      MizBejabbers 11 months ago

      What can a sensible person say? You've said it all, except for the more to come, that is. Trump supporters keep saying that he's been president only a few weeks and we should "give the man a chance." I'm not sure we citizens who really care for this country can afford to.

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