Monday, November 21, 2016

Donald Trump: "My 100-Day Action Plan"

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Watch the first 2:45 of this clip to see a primary reason Establishment Democrats lost to Donald Trump. Remember as you read on — it didn't have to be this way.

by Gaius Publius

What we're about to get from the incoming Trump administration is revealed in this two-page PDF released by the campaign in October before the election. I've pasted images of the document below. I recommend reading it through in full. Just brief comments here; I'll say more about some of its points in days to come.

Click to open each page in a separate window at full size. Here's page one:


Of the "Six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC," all are a farce, including and especially the so-called "ban" on lobbyists.

Of the "Seven actions to protect American workers," the second is moot (we hope), the first and third would be greatly welcomed, including by Bernie Sanders, the fourth is too vague to be meaningful, and the rest would guarantee a radical reshaping of human life on earth — at a faster rate than the Clinton-Obama weak-tea proposals would have done. It's death-by-climate under either party's proposals, but a faster one under Trump.

The "Five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law," if he did them, would increase the likelihood of a real, fighting, urban civil war in this country. The U.S. would become increasingly ungovernable.

Here's page 2:


This page lists ten bills Trump will try to enact with his Republican Congress, again in the first 100 days of his administration. These include:
  • A Bush-style tax relief bill that promises 4% GDP growth. The bill will likely happen; the 4% growth is pie-in-the-sky bait-and-betrayal ("You'll get pie in the sky when you die," and not before). Zero-to-anemic GDP growth is the permanent normal, and will never change until the massive burden of private debt is written down, something no money-financed politician — including Trump, almost all Republicans, and the entire Clinton wing of the Democratic Party — will allow.
  • A "Trojan Horse" Infrastructure Act that finances, not infrastructure, but tax breaks to infrastructure investors. Trump's "infrastructure act" offers (a) no guarantee that unprofitable needed projects, like Flint Michigan water system renovation, will ever be undertaken, and (b) no guarantee that one new worker will be hired. It's a trap, and no Democrat, not one, should sign onto it.

    In fact, if you want an easy list of Democrats who should be retired to K Street in 2018, watch who jumps at the chance to be all-bipartisan about this bill.
  • A School Choice Act that further privatizes education. This accelerates work started under Bush II and continued under Obama, the transfer of public education to wealthy investors as a profit opportunity. 
  • A "Repeal and Replace Obamacare" Act that is unlikely to be implemented in full, but which you should read to see what he and the Republicans are aiming for. Notice the fast-tracking for drug approvals. That could be good for citizens (if competing drugs are no longer held off the market by deliberately slow FDA approval) or terrible (if largely untested or industry-only-tested drugs are sped onto the market way too soon. Expect the latter only.
  • "Community Safety" and "National Security" acts that will certainly increase the arrogance and militarization of police — read, "increase the likelihood of a real, fighting, urban civil war in this country" — and put military and domestic spy spending into overdrive. And just wait until Trump discovers the how NSA-gathered information can be used for blackmail. (Did Cheney make that discovery? Was that why Comey said No at Ashcroft's hospital bedside? At least one person on this planet, yours truly, has asked that question.)
In short, there's absolutely nothing good in these bills, and much that will throw the country into chaos. The federal budget will balloon (not a bad thing if properly spent, since most of the nation has yet to see a recovery), but Trump will give all new money to the wealthy and the Establishment-connected, the very people Trump voters wanted to toss out.

Even his proposals for veterans and the VA are meaningless. How do I know? This country never pays debts to veterans these days, despite all the hoopla around military pre-sales events at halftime shows. Veterans have already given all they can give to the country and can't be induced to give more, so there's no reason not to save money by welshing on promises that got them to join. Veterans, who are finished with fighting, have no leverage in that negotiation, nothing to withhold, and therefore no power against the government.

It's sad to say it that way, but it's true. The deficit never matters when it comes to war, but as soon as someone talks about VA funding, someone else mentions "the deficit," which suddenly does matter, and the discussion ends. Both political parties play this game.

Trump especially will never increase VA funding, except cosmetically, since as a contractor, he always tries to welsh on a deal after the product has been delivered. Again, sad to put it that way, but that's how Trump thinks and acts. Like a predator.

A Pre-Revolutionary State

More as this develops. Keep in mind, America is in a pre-revolutionary state. If it weren't for the DNC, its manipulation of the process, and the many closed (to independents) primaries it ran, Sanders would have won. Ask yourself, perhaps as you watch the first three minutes of the clip above, how someone who can fill football stadiums was beaten by someone who can't fill a high-school gymnasium.

Answer: He wasn't. His defeat was engineered by everyone in position to affect it. A thousand thumbs were on that scale.

America was in a pre-revolutionary state before the primary, in fact was in that state ever since the crisis of 2007-2008 and its follow-on "[False] Hope and [Neoliberals Don't] Change" election, which seated neoliberal Barack Obama as neoliberal Bill Clinton's successor. The Sanders and Trump ascendancies both demonstrate how strongly people want that change to occur.

No matter who won the general election in 2016, Establishment Clinton or faux–Change Agent Trump, it wouldn't have taken much under either administration to tip the balance toward revolt, since under either the suffering were going to keep suffering beneath the boot of the bankers and CEO class. Only a Sanders presidency would have lowered those odds significantly. It certainly won't take much to tip the balance toward revolution, with Donald Trump grinding people's gears.

Our job: Make sure when Trump voters' gears are being ground, we offer highly popular Sanders Wing policies to them, and nothing else.

I think Establishment Democrats have at most six months from now to surrender to the Sanders faction (which, as the big losers of 2016, they should do). If they don't surrender, they will make themselves an irrelevant minority party for the rest of this generation. Or until full-blown climate chaos hits and no one on the globe talks elections. Or both.

You heard it here first. Six months max for the Party to reform itself. Sinon ça, le déluge.

GP
  

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6 Comments:

At 11:11 AM, Blogger jvb2718 said...

OK. You're getting there.

1) drumpf and his "swamp" will continue to exist and rape the bottom 99.99%. This was never in question unless you were delusionally republican (non-Nazi category) or delusionally democrat (pro-$hillbillary and petrified of drumpf categories).

2) I'm not even amused any more as the neolibs and media purvey delusion to the stupid masses -- "give him a chance"; "let's wait and see"... and variations thereon.

When will more than the 5-10% ever get a fucking clue?!?

If voters weren't so goddamn stupid (non-Nazi categories), that 6-month time span should have applied beginning with the seating of congress in 2009. In about April (?) they got Franken and a 60-40 filibusterproof senate plurality along with a big one in the house... and the post-racial melanin-enhanced hopey changey in the white house.

But voters are morons; the dems proceeded to serve their donors almost exclusively; they clumsily held performances to spike the PO and calls for prosecutions of wall street criminals and cheney admin war criminals; obamanation continued and expanded most of the worst of the cheney admin; AND, worst, obamanation fell all over himself as he refused to close g'itmo, offered to gash ssi, cut taxes for the rich (which he did as part of the nearly useless STIM); accelerated political assassinations by drone by several orders of magnitude; funded and fomented coups in Syria and Ukraine triggering civil wars, atrocities and murders; and refused to disengage anywhere we should NOT be intervening.

And anyone who dared point out any of the above (there is a lot more) was essentially condemned as an apostate. Certainly nobody in congress, not even Bernie, made a peep about any of it.

So we voters SHOULD have held the corrupt neoliberal neocons in the D "party" accountable in 2009. All we were able to do was have 9 million of us not show up in 2010 after the betrayals were obvious. But that 9 million didn't bother to find somewhere else to go. Otherwise a few house seats from the west coast or far northeast might have gone to Greens or Socialists or Independents.

But the morons still don't get it... probably never will. So we'll ride this crippled plane all the way to the scene of the crash... whenever and wherever that shall be.

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger jvb2718 said...

OK. You're getting there.

1) drumpf and his "swamp" will continue to exist and rape the bottom 99.99%. This was never in question unless you were delusionally republican (non-Nazi category) or delusionally democrat (pro-$hillbillary and petrified of drumpf categories).

2) I'm not even amused any more as the neolibs and media purvey delusion to the stupid masses -- "give him a chance"; "let's wait and see"... and variations thereon.

When will more than the 5-10% ever get a fucking clue?!?

If voters weren't so goddamn stupid (non-Nazi categories), that 6-month time span should have applied beginning with the seating of congress in 2009. In about April (?) they got Franken and a 60-40 filibusterproof senate plurality along with a big one in the house... and the post-racial melanin-enhanced hopey changey in the white house.

But voters are morons; the dems proceeded to serve their donors almost exclusively; they clumsily held performances to spike the PO and calls for prosecutions of wall street criminals and cheney admin war criminals; obamanation continued and expanded most of the worst of the cheney admin; AND, worst, obamanation fell all over himself as he refused to close g'itmo, offered to gash ssi, cut taxes for the rich (which he did as part of the nearly useless STIM); accelerated political assassinations by drone by several orders of magnitude; funded and fomented coups in Syria and Ukraine triggering civil wars, atrocities and murders; and refused to disengage anywhere we should NOT be intervening.

And anyone who dared point out any of the above (there is a lot more) was essentially condemned as an apostate. Certainly nobody in congress, not even Bernie, made a peep about any of it.

So we voters SHOULD have held the corrupt neoliberal neocons in the D "party" accountable in 2009. All we were able to do was have 9 million of us not show up in 2010 after the betrayals were obvious. But that 9 million didn't bother to find somewhere else to go. Otherwise a few house seats from the west coast or far northeast might have gone to Greens or Socialists or Independents.

But the morons still don't get it... probably never will. So we'll ride this crippled plane all the way to the scene of the crash... whenever and wherever that shall be.

 
At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, maybe the women's march on Washington will at least make a statement! It sounds big. Everyone I know wants to go. Amtrak from NY already sold out. The people need to show up and often, to make a statement. Who knows what good it will do though. We are back to the 60's. Hey Nixon even looks good now.

 
At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jvb2718 - you must think what you have to say is so great that you have to publish it twice. We only need to read it once, thank you.

 
At 8:40 PM, Blogger Viva Madre said...

Repealapalooza is what I have titled it. Republicans in Congress has everything that protects us written and ready for repeal. It's not going to be a fun ride. Prepare is all I can say. My accounts at the big banks including my I vestments accounts other than employment related, are officially closed out. Everyone in the working classes should do the same. They do not have our best interests in mind, so why should we help fund their dooms day plans? Boycotts and closed accounts should create a good sting.

 
At 6:57 AM, Blogger jvb2718 said...

I don't intentionally duplicate. It just happens. I have no idea why. I only click "publish" once.

 

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