Donald Trump’s inauguration speech was a tribute to non-partisan populism: “What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.”We missed the inauguration "festivities" as we were driving to Canonsburg for Graham's first birthday. I can't say I regret it from what I've seen.
For the partisan hack Chris Matthews at MSNBC, however, Trump’s inauguration was an excuse to offer baseless insinuations of fascism. His co-host Rachel Maddow was shocked by Matthews’ deranged response to her mention of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner as a White House aide:
MADDOW: Reince Preibus and Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon will be an unusual triumvirate around this President and we don’t really know who will be first among those equals.This “background” existed only in Matthews’ demented imagination. Meanwhile, the Trump team wasted no time taking down a bunch of left-wing crap (“climate change” blah blah blah) from the White House web site, and replacing it with messages like “America First Foreign Policy,” “An America First Energy Plan” and “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community.” Somewhere, I’m sure, Chris Matthews is downing his fifth cocktail of the evening, and mumbling that changing the White House website is a harbinger of a neo-holocaust.
MATTHEWS: It’s hard to — Rachel — it’s hard to fire your son-in-law.
MATTHEWS: That’s tricky part although —
MADDOW: That’s why the nepotism laws are there.
MATTHEWS: — but Mussolini had a great solution to that. He had him executed. So, it’s —
MADDOW: Jesus, Chris!
MATTHEWS: So, if I were Jared, I’d be a little careful.
MADDOW: Well, all the people who are waiting for the reference to Mussolini have just started drinking.
Matthews’ predictable Hitler jab at Trump came later: “But I’m thinking when he said today ‘America First’ it was not just the racial, I mean the, um, I shouldn’t say racial, the Hitlerian background to it.”
Saturday, January 21, 2017
The media, which in recent years has entirely shed any shred of objectivity, while still trying to dawn its mantle: Trump Speaks, Liberals Hear Hitler
Rule 5 interlude brought to you on behalf of Alexandra Holden:
Holden was born in Northfield, Minnesota, the daughter of Kristi and Barry Holden. She played film roles in Drop Dead Gorgeous as Mary Johanson and in Sugar & Spice as Fern Rogers. She also starred in the low budget slasher film Wishcraft.
Holden has also had roles in TV and music videos. She appeared on Friends as Ross's girlfriend, Elizabeth Stevens. Other TV roles include Ally McBeal, Tru Calling, Six Feet Under and Private Practice. In music, she appeared in Aerosmith's "Hole in My Soul" video.A little bit of NSFW from a public wardrobe malfunction. Hey, it could happen to anyone, right?
Friday, January 20, 2017
Federal workers - Survey: 1/3 of federal workers still “considering” quitting after Trump Inauguration
Last October, during the heat of the election, we looked at a survey of federal employees which claimed that 35% of them were actively considering leaving their jobs if Donald J. Trump were to be elected president. At the time I had reservations about how serious this trend was because partisans tend to say all sorts of things during a contentious race. (Just recall all the celebrities who were supposedly fleeing the country during that same period and yet we’re still stuck with every last one of them.) But now the deed has been done and it’s time for everyone to put their resignation letter where their mouth is.Pair with: Oh, baby. “Dramatic” cuts are coming to federal government
Have things changed? According to the latest rendition of the same survey, not very much. There are still more than a quarter of current federal workers who claim they’re looking toward the exits. And the primary reason given is that they object to Donald Trump’s declared plans to implement a federal hiring freeze and reduce the workforce. (Government Executive)
Less than two-thirds of the federal workforce is firmly committed to staying on the job following the election of Donald Trump as president, according to a new survey.So let me get this straight. You object to Donald Trump’s plan to reduce the federal workforce, so you’re going to protest that policy by… reducing the federal workforce for him?
More than one in four federal workers, or 28 percent, will definitely or possibly consider leaving their jobs after Jan. 20 when Trump is sworn into office and becomes leader of the executive branch, according to a new Government Business Council/GovExec.com poll. Sixty-five percent of feds say they will not consider ending their federal service…
For those who opt to leave government, their jobs could remain vacant for an extended period of time as Trump has vowed to freeze hiring across agencies immediately upon taking office. Just 15 percent of feds said they hold a positive view of that proposed policy, while 67 percent expressed a negative view.
The next couple of days may be filled with speeches, ceremonies, a few galas and a raft of executive orders, but come next week the actual work of reducing the size (and cost) of the federal bureaucracy is set to begin. A list of items on the chopping block has leaked out this week and it’s far more than lip service. Assuming that these are the final plans, you’re going to see heads exploding in the big government cheerleading sector and a chorus of cheers coming from small government conservatives. The Hill has a list of much of what Trump is planning on taking an ax to and it contains some targets familiar to conservatives dating back to Reagan’s era.I hope so, but I'll believe it when I see it.
Donald Trump is ready to take an ax to government spending.The cuts to the departments of Transportation, State and Justice were already expected. Several of their functions can easily be streamlined or combined into other departments. The Department of Energy under Rick Perry can have several of its more expensive functions reduced or transferred as well. (One possibility which has been under discussion this week is moving the control and maintenance of the nuclear arsenal into Defense where it would seem to make a lot more sense anyway.)
Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy, The Hill has learned.
The changes they propose are dramatic.
The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.
But it’s some of the other cuts which are probably going to draw gasps of horror from Trump’s more liberal detractors. Currently on the list is the complete elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. Additionally, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized. If you thought there were going to be liberal marches in the streets tomorrow, just wait until those three go into effect.
The total savings to the federal government’s bottom line from all of these moves? How about $10.5 trillion over 10 years.