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Reich writes: "The theme that unites all of Trump's initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty."

Robert Reich. (photo: Getty)
Robert Reich. (photo: Getty)


An Orgy of Unnecessary Cruelty

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

17 March 17

 

he theme that unites all of Trump’s initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty.

1. His new budget comes down especially hard on the poor – imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job training, food assistance, legal services, help to distressed rural communities, nutrition for new mothers and their infants, funds to keep poor families warm, even “meals on wheels.”

These cuts come at a time when more American families are in poverty than ever before, including 1 in 5 children.

Why is Trump doing this? To pay for the biggest hike in military spending since the 1980s. Yet the U.S. already spends more on its military than the next 7 biggest military budgets put together.

2. His plan to repeal and “replace” the Affordable Care Act will cause 14 million Americans to lose their health insurance next year, and 24 million by 2026.

Why is Trump doing this? To bestow $600 billion in tax breaks over the decade to wealthy Americans. This windfall comes at a time when the rich have accumulated more wealth than at any time in the nation’s history.

The plan reduces the federal budget deficit by only $337 billion over the next ten years – a small fraction of the national debt, in exchange for an enormous amount of human hardship.

3. His ban on Syrian refugees and reduction by half in the total number of refugees admitted to the United States comes just when the world is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Why is Trump doing this? The ban does little or nothing to protect Americans from terrorism. No terrorist act in the United States has been perpetrated by a Syrian or by anyone from the six nations whose citizens are now banned from traveling to the United States. You have higher odds of being struck by lightening than dying from an immigrant terrorist attack.

4. His dragnet roundup of undocumented immigrants is helter-skelter – including people who have been productive members of our society for decades, and young people who have been here since they were toddlers.

Why is Trump doing this? He has no compelling justification. Unemployment is down, crime is down, and we have fewer undocumented workers in the U.S. today than we did five years ago.

Trump is embarking on an orgy of cruelty for absolutely no reason. This is morally repugnant. It violates every ideal this nation has ever cherished. We have a moral responsibility to stop it.

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-24 # Skeeziks 2017-03-17 13:13
What's The Forecast?
 
 
+64 # Jim Rocket 2017-03-17 14:26
Continued cruelty for the next four years with occasional flurries of viciousness and isolated acts of kindness.
 
 
+16 # California Neal 2017-03-18 01:09
With most of the acts of kindness to blow in from progressive organizations & individuals, on westerly winds.
 
 
+144 # Desiderata 2017-03-17 13:21
Enough said. Additional proof is unnecessary at this point. REPEAL & REPLACE Trump and his Hitman and do it now before he ruins the country.
 
 
+60 # Femihumanist 2017-03-17 13:53
He could wind up ruining the world
 
 
+57 # REDPILLED 2017-03-17 14:07
Congress won't replace Trump for being a cruel idiot, especially because so many of them are also.

Pence would be less idiotic, but just as cruel.

The entire political-econo mic system, based on sociopaths running the nation for the Deep State, must be eliminated.

How do we do that when Democrats sabotaged a candidate [Bernie] who was only slightly left of most Democrats?
 
 
+12 # CL38 2017-03-17 23:22
After Trump nightmare subsides, we investigate DNC & Clinton for their corruption and election rigging to prevent Sanders from winning. After we wipe the slate clean, then we start again to create and build a better country and world.

P.S. We need many many more women in political office. Merkel handled trump and he hated it!
 
 
+1 # moreover 2017-03-17 23:42
Bernie's candidature was an extreme long shot and he predictably failed to have sufficient traction in the south where he was not a known entity. Sabotage doesn't enter into the fact that he had very little hopes to win the nomination, and he didn't. Trump won because dumb people on both sides failed to make the simplest of calculations.
 
 
+5 # librarian1984 2017-03-18 09:59
The southern states were front loaded, another establishment strategy to marginalize outsiders, but Sanders' momentum kept building; he was immensely popular among young people of all ethnicities and he was gaining support in other demographics.

If the race had been fair, and the superdelegates had voted the way their electorates dictated, Sanders would have won the nomination .. and the presidency. It would be a whole different world right now.

And yet I see DWS and Karen Finney and Robby Mook and Jennifer Palmieri all over the place .. way more than I see Nina Turner and other progressives, with the exception of Sanders himself.

The msm's reluctance to give a platform to progressives has not dissipated, nor has the DNC welcomed a progressive presence. Lessons are NOT being learned.
 
 
+13 # California Neal 2017-03-18 01:42
We just keep trying. Trumpcare, whether it passes or not, along with other unpopular Trump/GOP misadventures, could lead to a GOP bloodbath in 2018 in Congress & many statehouses. The next step would be Dem control of the WH & both houses of Congress--& even more statehouses--by 2020 (in time for reapportionment ).

If progressives can take the lead, we'll look back on this 4 years as a terrible time for many reasons, including the loss of the SCOTUS for a long time, but many Trump voters will have learned that Trump & the GOP are only out to help the wealthy, crush their hopes & wreak devastation.

For this to work properly, the Dem Party has to embrace progressive populism. They have to pay attention to the fact that Bernie is viewed favorably by 80% in the new Fox (Fox!) poll. That doesn't mean he has to be the candidate in 2020; perhaps even he would favor someone younger. It just means that Dems have to work off the popularity of progressive populism & transparently honest candidates, & avoid being just the OTHER party that lives off the contributions of self-interested corporations & rich people.

We need refreshing candidates, clear policies, & the ability to communicate with people in all states with resonant messages. The Dems need to pay attention to what UC Berkeley linguist George Lakoff has been writing about for decades: the GOP does a better job of framing the issues & driving home their messages than we do. That has to stop.
 
 
0 # janla 2017-03-18 19:18
Quoting Desiderata:
Enough said. Additional proof is unnecessary at this point. REPEAL & REPLACE Trump and his Hitman and do it now before he ruins the country.

Retire and replace!
 
 
-2 # Brice 2017-03-20 01:51
We need a vote of no confidence in the USA to remove a bad government immediately.
 
 
+56 # Solomon Davidson 2017-03-17 13:41
Donald Trump and his administration have declared war on the poor, the sick, the aged and the weak. Their objective? Extermination of undesirables. When will the blogosphere and the media wake up? We are now living through the horrors of the Fourth Reich.
 
 
+17 # librarian1984 2017-03-17 19:59
The media is paid NOT to wake up.

What we need, and what we've seen begin to appear, is the courage of a few enlightened souls. More whistleblowers will come forward, and some enablers will realize they're not going to be spared either .. and the coming world might not be one worth living in. Everybody starts out thinking they're one of the Ubermensch but, to paraphrase Carlin: It's a very small club and none of US are in it, not even the ones who think they are.

I read recently that 30% of Wall Street functionaries have been let go due to automation since 2000. Boo hoo. Soon the Democrats will realize they've grovelled their way into abject irrelevance. Some will die off and others will wake up. And the reasonable Trump voters will realize their desperate gamble didn't pay off. Many Republicans are angry about this budget too.

We need a few enablers from the press and the security state to turn, and a few in the legislature and judiciary. Look at how wonderful the lawyers and judges have been!

And the people, marching by the millions. Just wait til the weather warms up!
 
 
+14 # California Neal 2017-03-18 01:51
Actually, their OBJECTIVE is making the rich richer. Period. If non-privileged people die in the process, & many will, that's just collateral damage to them. It is true that along the way, they seek to steal the right to vote from people who are likely to vote Dem, so they may regard the death of such people as a positive from that perspective. Although they do truly seem to believe in the survival of the fittest. I don't think they much care whether people survive as long as they don't have to pay taxes to keep less advantaged people alive.
 
 
+67 # Donna Fritz 2017-03-17 13:59
It's not just Trump who's doing this; it's almost the entire Republican Party.

It makes perfect sense that a political party that worships profits and measures the worth of everything solely by how much profit it creates would wage war on the poor and vulnerable. They're treating poor people like a corporation treats a product that doesn't make profit: they kill it.

Slow genocide on the poor is the Republican Party's final solution.
 
 
+12 # CL38 2017-03-17 23:25
Trump made a Freudian slip today during the press conference with Angela Merkel: he referred to the US as a company, not a country.
 
 
+14 # California Neal 2017-03-18 02:03
Please see my reply to Solomon Davidson, above. I don't think they sit down to discuss committing slow genocide. They discuss how they can get richer--pay fewer taxes, take other people's tax money to support the military-indust rial-security complex, reduce regulations on their businesses, kill government programs, etc. But they have a total lack of compassion, so slow genocide will be the result if they succeed in their wishes.
 
 
+38 # frances_morey 2017-03-17 14:04
Meanwhile his Secretary of State justifies a 37% cut back in his own department's budget because there are "no wars going on" around the world. Oh yeah? I say YET!
 
 
+39 # Jim Rocket 2017-03-17 14:31
Maybe Satan has promised The Donald and his minions a seat at his right hand. That would explain a lot.
 
 
0 # randrjwr 2017-03-19 22:20
Quoting Jim Rocket:
Maybe Satan has promised The Donald and his minions a seat at his right hand. That would explain a lot.


More likely the Donald promised that to Satan so he could join all the other Satans in the Cabinet and the White House.
 
 
+51 # desertprogressive 2017-03-17 14:56
There's not much difference between those who have it all and simply don't care about others, and those who have it all and truly enjoy inflicting pain on others. In fact, sociopaths are sadists.

When will the system stop elevating these mentally ill playground bullies to undeserved levels of praise and power instead of the pity and disgust they deserve?!
 
 
+15 # librarian1984 2017-03-17 19:08
When did we take our eyes off the ball and start down this road .. or has it ALWAYS been this bad? It SEEMS like it's gotten quantitatively worse .. Reagan, Clinton, W, Obama, Trump .. but there's been corruption and scandal since the beginning .. and genocide and slavery. Have we ever been GOOD?

Maybe that's why we're so enamored of our guns and military .. our greatest moment was WW2 .. and we have propaganda 24/7/365 to reinforce that idea. But truly our greatest moments have been when we worked in service, knelt in humility, sacrificed for peace.

I've learned a few things from conservatives this year .. the media is not trustworthy, government is too powerful, the Clintons really are evil -- and they should learn something from us .. diversity is our strength, we all want justice .. and the oligarchs are the enemy.

There are more of US than there are of them, and we have the advantages of fighting a worthy cause and having a young tech savvy army. Progressives are waking up and the millions we saw this past year will be tens of millions next year.

This is the darkness before the dawn. But the dawn is coming. Sanders is right. The oligarchs are addicts who'd watch rhe planet burn without regret .. but they aren't inevitable or immortal or invincible. We CAN overthrow them. We'll need to unite Independents and the progressives and the inevitably disenchanted Trump voters under a banner of economic justice. Will neolibs join?
 
 
+2 # Jaax88 2017-03-17 19:48
When will the media stop paying attention to trump and his mouthpieces when they lie or fail to give us correct facts?
 
 
+11 # CL38 2017-03-17 23:28
Malignant narcissists are:

‘Determined to gratify their wishes and furious if thwarted. Their desire can be so consuming that there is little comprehension of, respect for or ability to empathize with the other. They lack guilt or remorse and tend to feel or pronounce that it is they who have been mistreated. They can be of any gender, race or social class.

From a piece in Bipartisan Report: Johns Hopkins’ Top Psychotherapist Releases Terrifying Diagnosis Of President Trump

http://bipartisanreport.com/2017/01/27/johns-hopkins-top-psychotherapist-releases-terrifying-diagnosis-of-president-trump/
 
 
+38 # jwb110 2017-03-17 15:06
I think it is futile to try and shame Trump and his Cabinet, advisors and toadies. They are not shame-able. They are the sort of people who believe that they have the Truth exclusively and they should run the country because of something that is merely an opinion not a Truth. Those if us who will be impacted the most already know this stuff. Trump and Co. don't care what they are doing because it doesn't impact them. Reason doesn't enter into a non-existent debate.
Expose the criminality of the people involved and their collusion with the Russians. Show them as individual who are morally bankrupt by looking at their pasts. Ruin their ability to govern internationally by calling into question wether what they say can be trusted and say it to the world. The part of American that agrees with you listen and already are impacted. The people who voted for Trump refuse to listen and deny, deny, deny. Ruin these guys internationally that is the only way. America will benefit more from the correct attacks and less from sermonizing.
 
 
+8 # RMF 2017-03-17 15:17
Where are mashiguo and librarian -- since they seem enamored with everything Trumpian, I am surprised they are not here, chiming-in to support this cruel Trump budget.

I don't usually presume to speak for others, but in this case I can probably guess what they would say: something like "that war-monger Hillary's budget would be much worse."

Although I would like to hear them explain the historic defense budget increase proposed by their peace-candidate Trump.

C'mon mashinguo and librarian, wherever you are -- explain this Trumpian peace budget to us silly progressives foolish enough to have voted for Hillary, as you so readily alleged during the run up to Nov 8.

They made big claims on behalf of the peace-loving Trumpites, so let's hear them defend those claims now that we have a budget proposal.
 
 
+11 # tedrey 2017-03-17 16:21
Give one instance where librarian has favored Trump in any way at any time!
 
 
0 # Jaax88 2017-03-18 17:34
I suggest when 1984 did her level best here to discourage people from voting for Hillary.
 
 
+1 # tedrey 2017-03-19 06:40
In that case, those who did their level best to encourage people to vote for Hillary instead of Bernie Sanders were Trump-worshippe rs? Please return to reason.

I admit that to support a Democratic candidate who couldn't beat Trump didn't mean one supported Trump. It was just a bad choice which sabotaged progressive goals.

To support a candidate both better than Trump and more likely to beat him was NOT to favor Trump! It was a sensible attempt to achieve progressive goals.

The chance to take the election from Trump lay with the DNC, not with those who supported Bernie. They blew it.
 
 
+7 # librarian1984 2017-03-17 17:38
Your thinking lacks nuance and logic, and your mischaracteriza tion suggests you are either irrational or dishonest. You confuse strategic thinking with approval, and if you were honest I think you'd find we have been correct in our assertions.

Trump being a monster does not mean Clinton would have been a good president. With the Clintons the TPP would already be in effect, we'd have a Syrian no-fly zone (or perhaps already be at war), just as many Goldman-Sachs executives in the cabinet --- and the left would have gone back to sleep. THAT is the critical difference, friend.

Or are you under the impression Clinton was going to CUT the military budget? Or fund the schools, or give us universal healthcare or a living wage?

Nor were we in charge of her godawful campaign. It was entirely within Clinton's power to have won .. but she was probably the worst presidential candidate in history .. just as many of us warned.

But we will never know because the DNC and DP's corruption deprived us all of the man who should have been president, and put in place a reviled establishment candidate with a tin ear and a history of corruption.

Neither one should have gotten within a mile of the presidency, and your making US the enemy instead of the corrupt establishment that gave them to us suggests you are still susceptible to the lies used to manipulate us.

This budget battle is just beginning. I suggest you figure out who the real enemy is.
 
 
-3 # RMF 2017-03-18 01:15
So now, all of a sudden, you are claiming "Trump [is] being a monster."

Which only serves to beg the question why you and a few others so fiercely supported and facilitated his ascendancy to the White House, and continue to do so even with overwhelming evidence of the sheer depravity of his administration' s policies.

Moreover, in the face of clear and convincing evidence of Russian meddling in the election, severely prejudicing the Clinton campaign, you have to admit that your continued Trumpian support can only be viewed in a suspicious light.

And your claim that it was in "Clinton's power to have won" is certainly rich, representing the pinnacle of absurdity in that those casting the votes determine who will prevail in a political contest. In short it's nothing more than an absurd "Trumped" up version of blaming the victim, the signature game of Trump and his acolytes such as yourself.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-03-18 10:35
Are you willfully misunderstandin g? Is there a point in trying to make these distinctions? BOTH were unfit. I know I stated several times that a Trump presidency would be more difficult on us at home but would probably reduce the damage abroad, and that it was unfair of US to inflict the bellicose Hillary on the world.

None of that is SUPPORTING Trump as president. I have been consistent and unequivocal in stating that BOTH were terrible.

As to your second point, are you saying that Clinton was unable to win BECAUSE OF VOTERS? lmao. You DO understand that the purpose of a campaign is to PERSUADE voters? Clinton COULD have won .. if she hadn't insulted millennials, alienated progressives, gone to WI once in a while, visited the MIDDLE of PA, not told coal miners they were SOL, not threatened war with Russia daily, not gone to a fracking fundraiser while her representatives on the platform committee were refusing to ban fracking, not cackled at Qaddafi's torture and murder, not helped the Russians acquire control of 20% of the world's uranium, not smeared Bernie Sanders and colluded to steal the nomination, convinced people she was genuinely against the TPP .. or maybe if she'd gone to Standing Rock or shown one scintilla of compassion for workers. She flipped hundreds of O's counties .. so yeah, damn right she COULD have won.

And 'I'm With Her'? How about 'She's with US'? That might have helped. Go on. Blame everyone but Clinton.
 
 
+2 # Salus Populi 2017-03-18 22:51
RMF: "face of clear and convincing evidence of Russian meddling in the election"

Perhaps you can cite any of this "evidence," which as far as I have observed, has been entirely withheld from the public, and its hidden and classified contents, while disputed by the recipient of the *leaks* [*not* "hacking"], attested to, among others, by a DNI who deliberately perjured himself before Congress when he claimed the NSA was not spying on U.S. citizens.

Of course, for those who support the neo-con plan for war with Russia, the mere assertion of any demonization of the Arch Enemy [de jour] is all that is needed; as the Red Queen had it, sentence first, verdict afterwards.

It's too bad that so many among the alleged progressive community have so completely allowed their fanatical support for Hillary to co-opt them into serving as useful idiots for the War Party -- especially given that there are so many other, actual and legitimate reasons to oppose Drumpf.

But zeroing in on his fascism and hatreds is so twentieth century, when it is so much easier to jump on the bandwagon to hell, and shout "Treason! Putin's puppet! Cyber warfare!"
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-03-17 19:34
What exactly do you mean by 'in this case'? What case is that?

Have you seen Cecil B. DeMille's Ten Commandments? You remind me of the Edward G. Robinson character.
 
 
0 # RMF 2017-03-18 10:52
librarian:

Make all the personal attacks you want. (It only confirms the weakness of your position.)

But nothing I have said/done operated to put the Trumpian team in the White House.

Can't say same for you and others on RSN yelling "Hillary war-monger" (and if you are to be believed didn't even get paid like some of the Russian trolls working social media.)

But here is one question to ask yourself -- since about 50 percent of all births in the US are covered by Medicaid insurance, how many babies will now die because non-working mothers lack adequate medical care after being thrown off Medicaid -- yes, that's right, to get the bill through the House the GOP has added a work requirement for Medicaid eligibility.

It's no stretch to call the Trumpian approach to governing genocidal in scope, and aren't you proud you helped bring it to fruition. In paraphrase of Billie Holiday, strange and despicable fruit indeed.

Here is something else you and a few other supposed Bernie supporters have conveniently forgotten -- Bernie's strong admonition urging supporters to vote Hillary.

I followed Bernie's advice, but you and a few thousand others WHO DID NOT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TRUMPIANS BEING IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

Real world politics has a real world impact, and your blind devotion to an ideological purity test is exhibit No 1, and really in same league as the Trumpian Social Darwinists.

It's clear you and a few thousand others helped MAKE AMERICA CRUEL AGAIN.
 
 
0 # librarian1984 2017-03-18 13:35
So it wasn't Hillary's fault. It wasn't Obama's fault. It wasn't the DPs fault. It wasn't the Clinton campaign's fault. It wasn't DWS and the DNC's fault. It was the fault of progressives who insisted we pay attention to data indicating that Clinton could lose, progressives who said we needed to be talking about economic issues instead of identity politics, progressives who wanted an honest nomination race, progressives who said Hillary was an establishment candidate in a year voters were demanding change, progressives who wanted a better party and stated clearly they'd reached their limit for voting the LOTEs? THAT's who you're going to blame?

Not. buying. it.

Stay with these same corrupt losers who lost a thousand state legislative seats and 70 House seats and 8 senate seats and who just lost to Donald J. Trump. Yeah, you stick with Perez and the DNC.

Hide your head in the sand and pretend this past year didn't happen. Ignore all the data that shows why you're wrong, and you keep blaming everyone and everything except the people who just gave us a Trump presidency.

Hillary IS a warmonger and she WAS a terrible candidate -- but it's the fault of people who posted on rsn? And you're saying that WE are killing Medicaid babies? Wow .. interesting you think you're taking the high road.

More Sanders supporters voted for Hillary than 2008 Hillary supporters voted for Obama. Rewrite history all you want, that doesn't make it true.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-03-18 14:21
'Make all the personal attacks you want. (It only confirms blah blah.)'

For the record, this exchange began with your unprovoked 'attack' of me and mashiguo, yeah? I'm no snowflake. I don't mind mixing it up a bit and I'm perfectly willing to, and capable of, defending my position.

But I do find sanctimonious hypocrisy a bit annoying.
 
 
+2 # RMF 2017-03-19 10:06
librarian:

Let me explain something for the umpteenth time.

It's voters who decide election outcomes. (In a close race votes cast at the margin decide.)

Bernie urged his supporters to vote for Hillary.

Most did, but a few thousand like you refused, voted Stein or stayed home, or even voted Trump. That tantrum of capricious voting was reckless in the extreme, verging on vandalism. And vandalism may be too weak a word, when you consider things like rising infant mortality as a consequence.

Let me tell you something about hypocrisy -- the real hypocrites are those like yourself, who pay lip service to the progressive cause, but then vote to undo those gains, dating back to the New Deal (you realize Soc Sec is on the hit list,) or even before with early labor and antitrust laws of the TR era.

And guess what -- we will not get those progressive programs back with a gerrymandered House and a right-wing Sup Ct. The Sup Ct will be scaling back voting rights to legally validate the gerrymanderd House, ensuring that Dems cannot restore programs now on the Trumpian chopping block.

So why not try explaining why you thought it was the "smart-thing" to DEFY Bernie and put Trumpians in the WH -- that's what happened -- so why not try for once dealing in the real world and explain it to us -- we among the rational majority are all ears.

Why this had to happen is pure tragedy -- all because a few thousand like you, in your puritanical rage, chose to defy Bernie.
 
 
+2 # librarian1984 2017-03-19 13:09
It. was. Clinton's. job. to. persuade. voters. Or are you saying that Hillary can support fracking and trade agreements, incremental change and American military expansion but we should vote for her anyway because Donald Trump? That she shouldn't have to make any concessions to voters, that she doesn't need to talk about policy, just attack Trump and we should all fall in line?

Hillary didn't just lose the WH, she took down the Senate too -- but the DP would rather lose with Hillary than win with Sanders .. and they got it .. and it's going to happen again in 2018 if the Democraps don't get their heads out of their corporate-lovin g arses. If they don't get real progressive real fast, if they don't start talking about Medicare-for-al l .. they will lose their last vestiges of power in the next elections.

What do you think it means to 'hold their feet to the fire'? THIS is what it is. Progressives are not going to sit down and shut up again. We are taking over and kicking these corporate warmongers to the curb. Fair warning: I am never voting for a corporatist or a warmonger again -- so if they want my vote they'd better move left NOW.

THEY SERVE US not the other way around. Americans want single payer and jobs and free college -- not warmed over GOP healthcare and incrementalism. Be an apologist for an immoral, corrupt bunch, but do it without me. The neoliberals destroyed our party and need to go.

As for Clinton? Good riddance.
 
 
-2 # Brice 2017-03-20 16:45
Librarian is a force in support of Trump, but denies being pro-Trump ... cagey and calculated, an operative from the alt-Right I reckon, certainly with the same goals as the alt-Right.
 
 
+1 # CL38 2017-03-17 23:30
I've never seen librarian ever defend or promote trump. guess you didn't bother to read her posts.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-03-18 14:32
CL, how are you? Long time no read :-) It's great to see you here. glg too. Don't see him around much.

Doesn't it seem like Trump's already been president for a year? ugh.

But Bernie ... isn't he positively magnificent? If by some immaculate miracle I were to have another child, I think I'd have to call him or her Bernie.

BTW did you read about the Syrian couple whose child was given operations in the US, so they called their new baby 'Trump'?

lol. What a long strange trip, eh? I hope you're happy and healthy.
 
 
+3 # CL38 2017-03-18 17:48
Hey there, Librarian,

Imagine everyone's anxiety level is up with the astounding number of corporate thieves named to Trump's cabinet, the GOP poised to ram through a "tax cuts for the rich" health care plan if they get away with it and the unparalleled stripping of governmental, corporate and organizational oversight, the huge decreases in medical and science funding, and Trump/gop refusal to fund climate change, etc.

We're stuck with a mentally ill President who hides out and bans news coverage that's critical or asked the 'wrong' questions.

What do you think about all the Russiagate information coming out?

I can only hope Trump (and cabinet) do themselves in before they find ways to implement most of what they're planning.

I tune in and then back off. Good to see you back in action again, as well. It's hard to believe where our country is headed. It's great to see many more participatiang and marching.

My best, as always.
 
 
-2 # RMF 2017-03-19 13:35
CL38

Acting out in DEFIANCE of Bernie's strong urging to vote for Hillary is exactly the same as PROMOTING Trump.

That petulant approach to voting by the Bernie or Busters put Trump in the WH, and is the very same thing as PROMOTION of Trump.
 
 
-12 # Candice 2017-03-18 18:04
When Obama was president he spent 9 trillion dollars on programs that we can not afford. Trump has created this budget to rein in federal spending. Defense dollars must increase because of ISIS (the jv team as Obama called them), North Korea who has repeatedly fired missiles and are going to have a nuclear weapon within the next few years which will reach the U.S., not to mention other necessary repairs to our military which Obama depleted during his time in office. I'm very glad to see that the EPA is getting slashed by 30%, regulations which costs the U.S. billions of dollars and jobs are strangling us. Unfortunately Obama spent so much money that the responsible Republicans need to create a budget that will keep most programs in tact. Management needs to figure out how to spend our tax dollars wisely not foolishly. He's not being "mean", he's being responsible. Maybe those who depend so much on the Government will be able to finally get a job since the economy is getting better.
 
 
+5 # kalpal 2017-03-19 06:55
Imagining that Trump is being responsible is the musing of a mental midget who has failed to look at Trump's past. A 70 year old con artist does not all of a sudden become any less of a con artist.

Being responsible does not ever encompass cruelty towards the disadvantaged of this nation.
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2017-03-19 12:38
Like you, one of his apparently blind minions, Trumpolini knows the cost of everything, but the value of nothing!
So you think increasing an already shamefully bloated military budget -- at the expense of say, infrastructure (which would create new jobs, among other things) or ensuring that our sadly deficient healthcare middleman "industry" system might eventually catch up to the healthcare in virtually every other healthcare system (bar South Africa, I believe) in other 1st-world 'civilized' countries, and perhaps give a rat's a$$ about e.g., seniors, children, 'mothers', sick individuals et al
is a 'good' thing?
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2017-03-19 15:09
Don't know what happened to my previous comment here, but in a nutshell: Adding to an already unnecessarily bloated military budget, when we would do much better by our nation to invest in our collapsing and crumbling infrastructure (and thereby adding many needed new jobs)is irresponsible at best. Slashing funds to the EPA is shortsighted and again, irresponsible. We already have examples where the EPA should have had MORE funds to do what needed to humanly be done to protect our water (consider all the children that were harmed in Detroit! by a callous and miserly Republican governor who apparently did not are for those children presumably mostly black children....)
Those regulations against toxic waste, lead, pollution, poisonous dust in outdated coal mines etc. may be 'inconvenient' to modern day robber barons, but are crucial to maintaining the health of our citizens.
And your rude and insensitive comment to the contrary, it is frequently those who do indeed have 'jobs' that are most affected by the self-serving ignorant lack of regulations required to protect the health of workers!
Republicans seem to be anything but 'responsible'; they only seem to care about $$$$$$, and apparently, see working people and children, and the need for clean unpolluted water (except as a commodity) expendable!
 
 
+44 # Shorey13 2017-03-17 15:24
Let's call a spade a spade: the Trump/Republica n agenda is overtly sociopathic. It is nothing less than Social Darwinism cloaked in the guise of the "free" market, aka whatever the traffic will bare. For the record, I have no interest in their unenlightened motivation, or their moronic ideology, only in the actual, horrific consequences of their plans on millions of defenseless people. Just one example, today on NPR the bozo who created this budget, when asked about a seemingly low cost program like Meals on Wheels (which would be ELIMINATED!), his response was that he had no interest in that program, because it just added to the deficit. Good God!
 
 
+6 # sashapyle 2017-03-17 17:27
Actually Social Darwinism includes acts that benefit society, i.e. just about everything a social democracy typically offers. Social Darwinists didn't advocate totally destroying society, they thought people needed institutions and resources. Whereas theeeeese scumworms...I keep asking: if their stated objective was to destroy the environment, culture, civilization, democracy, peace, education, beauty, the future, the individual, the arts, ....what would they be doing any differently? My guess, nothing!
 
 
+7 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-03-17 21:10
Wong. Social Darwinism is raw selection by relative power. It has no biological rationale whatsoever, by the way.
 
 
+5 # RMF 2017-03-18 00:39
Social Darwinism is scientifically unfounded, morally bankrupt, and a cruel excuse proffered by the 1 percenters of the Robber Baron era, as an excuse for refusing to fund any semblance of a social budget. Those who had the gold were deemed the "fittest," constituting the class deserving favor in form of friendly, low-tax social policies.

As Shorey13 notes, Mulvaney advocates the same discredited Social Darwinism, retrieved by the Trumpians from the dustbin of history, and then used to script an outline of perverse talking points in defending the Trumpian budget.

Indeed, anyone with an ounce of decency could not stand at the podium as Mulvaney did and proclaim that impoverished children do not benefit from a school breakfast plan. Can't you just hear the Trumpians crowing "it's for their own good that they learn to pull themselves up by the bootstraps."

By any objective view the Trumpians, and those supporting them in any way (yes, especially by refusing to vote Hillary) are a disgrace to the human race. Those who facilitated the Trumpian ascendancy are morally no better than the Trumpians themselves, no matter what spurious or pseudo defense they may attempt in justification.

And yet, mashigou, librarian, and a few others still defend the Trumpians, even
when faced by the extreme depravity of this cruel budget, and the aggressive threats to bomb N. Korea.

At this stage in the Trump agenda that speaks volumes about where their true political loyalty rests.
 
 
+31 # grandlakeguy 2017-03-17 15:28
Trump is an illegitimate President because Hillary Clinton was an illegitimate nominee.
The DNC cheated the voters out of the best candidate we have seen in our lifetimes.
Our elections are a fraud and 2016 was the worst one yet.
Every journalist needs to do everything possible to expose the myth that we are free. Without real elections there is no freedom. That is our only hope to fix this abomination.

If the American people are made to understand how our Republic has been hijacked by criminals then perhaps there will be the will for a national strike to force new elections for all Federal offices using hand counted paper ballots.

I have altered my Bernie Sanders bumper sticker to read:

"BERNIE 2017"

I urge everyone to do the same.
 
 
+10 # librarian1984 2017-03-17 18:25
I already have a Bernie 2020 bumper sticker on my car :^)

New Fox News Poll has Bernie as the most popular person or entity in politics: Sanders' approval is 61%, Planned Parenthood 57, ACA 50, Pence 47, Trump 44, Warren 39, Ryan 37, Pelosi 33, Wikileaks 31, Schumer 26, McConnell 20.

It's VERY interesting to take a look at the obfuscatory headlines various media outlets are using to present those results; remarkably, the media often seems to downplay Sanders' popularity -- imagine! It's as if they'd rather have Oprah than Bernie!

You know, glg, I've been hoping against hope that Sanders will be healthy enough to run in 2019, but that isn't the only possible good scenario. It doesn't HAVE to be Bernie .. though who else can fill his sensible shoes? No one is stepping up. I hear many say the same. But what if we found a few genuine progressives in the next few years?

Justice Democrats have joined up with Brand New Congress and already have 70 candidates they're mentoring, people who've been through a rigorous screening process. If we start to build a bench I believe we could win the presidency next time. We need to make the Democrats fight for the seats. Go progressive .. or else.

Can we find a younger Bernie? (I hear his son is interesting, and Nina and Nomiki inspire me.)

If we get a REAL progressive .. a breeze after four years of Trump (if the DNC isn't in charge) .. Supreme Court Justice Sanders? Labor Secretary? Hope.
 
 
+2 # CL38 2017-03-17 23:32
If you don't mind, I'd like to post some of your comments on Twitter.
 
 
+1 # CL38 2017-03-18 00:17
Draft Bernie. https://twitter.com/50linesonly
 
 
+35 # economagic 2017-03-17 15:36
I'm glad to see Professor Reich abandon for a moment his academic apologistics and get to the root of the issue. So why all this cruelty? What else would one expect from such a pack of white supremacists who deny climate change and lie about it?
 
 
+43 # Citizen Mike 2017-03-17 15:41
Conservative belief is class hatred. The unspoken Republican agenda is genocide against the poor.
 
 
+5 # sashapyle 2017-03-17 17:29
And the individual.
 
 
+4 # sashapyle 2017-03-17 21:11
And everyone that is fortunate enough to NOT RESEMBLE THEM.
 
 
+14 # chrisconnolly 2017-03-17 16:45
I think they don't see any cruelty in it, though it seems likely Trump enjoys cruelly inflicting pain. It looks like more of the free market prescription of crash the economy so in the trauma of it all nobody will notice all the rights they take away, how all the tax dollars filter ever upward, how there are no longer any public services, and how all public assets get transferred to the ever and upwardly wealthier. This is the plundering plan that has been implemented the world over in the corporatists insatiable quest for infinite wealth. Here's hoping enough republicans find a conscience to help the democrats correct our crash corse before it is tipped beyond repair. We have so much to loose.
 
 
+12 # Carlosmik 2017-03-17 18:15
"The plan reduces the federal budget deficit by only $337 billion over the next ten years..."

Reich repeats this erroneous claim and in the process gives it legitimacy. This "reduction" is achieved entirely by a reduction in direct federal funding of insurance under the ACA and ignores the much larger long-term cost of substituting emergency room care (or not getting any care at all) for actual healthcare. Over the long-term, the cost to America of not having insurance is actually much, much higher than $337 billion.
 
 
+10 # Realist1948 2017-03-17 18:20
Reich might have chosen his words more carefully when he wrote that "the rich have accumulated more wealth than at any time in the nation’s history." Given that the country is more wealthy than it's ever been, it would be neither surprising nor alarming that the rich are wealthier than ever before.

The more insidious fact IMHO is that the rich have accumulated a disproportionat ely larger SHARE of privately-held wealth than at any time in since the 1920s. The pie is larger than ever before, and the wealthy are getting a very large slice of that pie.

This huge and growing share of riches in the hands of a wealthy few is both the greater problem and the stronger argument for Reich's position, I believe. Among the reasons behind this concentration of wealth are low overall tax rates on the rich. Another reason is that labor's share of income is declining as compared to the income allocated to capital.
 
 
+12 # librarian1984 2017-03-17 20:27
Does anybody think Trump actually KNOWS what's in this budget? He's like Reagan and W, lazy and incurious. He told them to show him a one-page summary, and Pence and his buddies filled in the blanks with all their fondest dreams.

NOW is when the sh!te needs to hit the fan. Trump voters are getting screwed and so are their mothers, and when THEY squeal Trump will listen.

And wait til he finds out Pence is more popular than HE is!

This is just Act One. What will the Dems do -- and what will our part be?
 
 
+12 # Vermont Grandma 2017-03-17 22:26
In answer to #4, why is the DT administration rounding up undocumented immigrants helter-skelter, "including people who have been productive members of our society for decades, and young people who have been here since they were toddlers" - doing so normalizes people in our communities being arrested and whisked away, sometimes hundreds of miles from their community and from where they were arrested. It normalizes police arresting people without warrants, and casts a pall of fear. It also deprives families of undocumented individuals of $$$ for food, shelter, and other needs. And as fear keeps them from venturing out, deprives them of health care and their children of schooling.
Shades of the treatment of the Jews in Germany in the 1930s. And a reminder that a frog in a pot of water being heated up slowly may not realize in time that it needs to take action to protect itself.
 
 
+1 # jackdresser 2017-03-18 02:01
But where was the outcry about unnecessary cruelty (is ANY cruelty necessary?) when Hillary led the charge to destroy Libya, Africa's most highly developed nation, to protect Western extractive industries from Gadhafi's plan to establish an African Bank and pan-African currency, then looted his arsenals and transferred the weapons to arm the US-assembled lynch mob to dismember Syria to benefit Israel, Qatar and the Saudis? The monstrous destruction of Libya and tragedy in Syria are both US-orchestrated projects, pushed by "Queen of Chaos" Hillary from behind Obama.

Our duopoly are simply two heads of the same hydra, and RSN keeps running articles by blind partisans Reich and Krugman I once thought were intelligent. They seem sincerely naive rather than corrupt, but I cannot help but wonder how anyone honest without impaired vision can fail to see that the Deep State cares not whose name is on the Oval Office door.

Obama doubled our border patrol, killed 140 Afghan villagers including 93 children in Bola Boluk soon after taking office, then proceeded to set an all-time record of presidential assassinations, all with charm and grace while proud Democrats sang his praises, bewitched as ever by appearances.

As a low-hanging pinata, Trump is so much easier to despise, much easier than recognizing that American democracy is a mirage and we occupy an ever more rapidly dessicating political desert.
 
 
0 # librarian1984 2017-03-18 10:40
Wow. Excellent post.
 
 
-1 # Jaax88 2017-03-18 18:47
jack:
Your criticisms fail to impress and are in the realm of alternate facts. When America acted against Qaddafi, it seems Obama was present, the military went along with it and Congress did not stop it. So why is Hillary the scapegoat? From what I am now reading it is in part because of the Russia campaign to interfere with our election favoring trump by passing on lies about Hillary (often repeated here. primarily library1984 and mashiguo)
 
 
+2 # jackdresser 2017-03-18 22:46
These facts are all abundantly available from multiple sources, not the least of which is Hillary's emails, although I knew all this long before the smoking guns were discovered. If by alternate facts you must mean other than accounts by the MSM gov't stenographers.

Administration insiders reported that Obama was reluctant but Hillary as foreign policy chief (aka Sec'y of State) pushed him and arguably swayed the balance. To understand why, please read by several articles on the Clintons' heavy stakes in Africa at OpEdNews: https://www.opednews.com/author/author45196.html
 
 
+2 # Salus Populi 2017-03-18 23:16
This is from the New York Times: "Her conviction would be critical in persuading Mr. Obama to join allies in bombing Colonel Qaddafi’s forces. In fact, Mr. Obama’s defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, would later say that in a “51-49” decision, it was Mrs. Clinton’s support that put the ambivalent president over the line." So was Robert Gates spreading Russian lies? Was the NYT?

How about this one?

(CNSNews.com) – In an email to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shortly after the U.N. Security Council in March 2011 authorized military intervention in Libya, a former senior State Department official praised her achievement in “turning POTUS around on this.”

In her reply, Clinton expressed hope “for a soft landing for everyone’s sake.”

The message to Clinton, among the latest batch of her private server emails released by the State Department at the weekend, came from Anne-Marie Slaughter, who the previous month had returned to a politics professorship at Princeton University after serving as Clinton’s director of policy planning.

“I cannot imagine how exhausted you must be after this week, but I have NEVER been prouder of having worked for you,” Slaughter wrote in the March 19 email, which carried the subject line “bravo!”

“Turning POTUS around on this is a major win for everything we have worked for,” Slaughter added.

Is this another example of "Russian lies"?

Tommyrot. As long as things seemed to be going swimmingly, no one questioned her role.
 
 
-2 # Brice 2017-03-20 01:49
If it was necessary to bomb America to remove a Hitler, in your mind would it necessitate the cruelty? Sadly systems and tyrants take over countries and hide behind their people. I am not defending Clinton, because it was not she who destroyed Libya ... but at some point the civilized countries of the world, when they finally do become civilized have to take on the criminal countries, and they are not going to go down without inflicting as much cruelty on everyone as they can.
 
 
-3 # Jaax88 2017-03-20 10:39
jack:
Your criticisms fail to impress and are in the realm of alternate facts. When America acted against Qaddafi, it seems Obama was president, the military went along with it and Congress did not stop it. So why is Hillary the scapegoat? From what I am now reading it is in part because of the Russia campaign to interfere with our election favoring trump by passing on lies about Hillary (often repeated here. primarily library1984 and mashiguo)
 
 
+4 # jcdav 2017-03-18 08:02
Here is one reason Trump is doing this- it is a lengthy article but explains a lot.

http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/mercers/
 
 
+3 # jackdresser 2017-03-18 18:58
They sound like simply another little pack of rich, spoiled, self-important brats competing for power positions in the royal court, oblivious to us 300 million pawns seen simply as objects to be manipulated, like Hillary's neocon appointee Victoria Nuland deciding who will be installed as Ukraine's replacement president after orchestrating the coup against his elected predecessor.
 
 
-1 # Brice 2017-03-20 01:46
I could live with all this idiocy if at the end I knew that Trump and his henchmen would end up in jail - broke ... but that is a longshot, though they will all deserve it.
 
 
-1 # Brice 2017-03-20 02:39
>> We have a moral responsibility to stop it.

I think lots of people agree ... so how?
 

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