Will America Survive Trump's Destruction of our Government?

Thom plus logo Back in 1971, Louis Powell, in his infamous memo, cited Ralph Nader and Rachel Carson as the villains who had started consumer safety and environmental movements. He warned that the growing call for regulations of the automobile and pesticide industries to protect American citizens from death and poisoning were "an attack on the American free enterprise system."

Yesterday, Donald Trump authorized regulatory agencies to roll things back to where they were on and even before the Nixon administration.

With a big wet kiss to his billionaire funders in the fossil fuel, chemical, and other industries, Trump signed an executive order ordering the heads of every federal agency "to use any and all authority to waive, suspend, and eliminate unnecessary regulations that impede economic recovery."

And, Trump said, he wants these changes to be permanent.

Steve Bannon famously said that one goal of the Trump presidency would be to "deconstruct the administrative state."

No more consumer protections; no more regulation of banksters; no more keeping communities' air and water free of poisons; no more safety rules for toys; no more oversight of slaughterhouses and our food supply.

The media has largely ignored this action, but it may have the most massive impact on the health and safety of Americans, for decades to come, of any executive order in the past 50 years.

We are watching Donald Trump deconstruct, take apart, our federal government. He is ripping America into pieces while, at the same time, he is pitting Americans against each other so severely that there is discussion of a second American Civil War.

The foreign autocrats who have loaned and gifted Trump and Kushner hundreds of millions of dollars over the years must be delighted. Trump is destroying our country more effectively than any of them could ever have dreamed of doing themselves.

-Thom

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Legend 11 weeks 6 days ago
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Trump has started his campaigning. But he is disguising it as factory tours. Everybody in the factory will receive a free Covid-19 test. Everyone on Trumps staff or entourage will receive a daily test. All of this is being paid for by us with $$$$$$. His war chest, donated by the 1%, banksters, corporate polluters etc. is left intact, for massive tv campaign. Meanwhile Joe sits in his basement. No tests. No way to campaign and mix with crowds.

Legend 11 weeks 6 days ago
#2

Nothing but the best running for the Senate in Thom's State of Oregon.

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deepspace 11 weeks 6 days ago
#3

The number one rule about numbers in Trumpland is that numbers don't count -- unless they're in Trump's favor, which means they are usually made up and wildly off. Oh yeah, he's also a complete psychopath, so numbers are just cold calculations banging around inside an empty bucket. They don't represent real people, whose deaths don't matter.

USA, USA, USA! ...is number one in still not testing in any meaningful way to save lives. So the actual COVID death count will be, say, 150,000 by the end of May, and even that is probably much too modest. But let's imagine just the reported count (rounded off) of infected corpses stacking up on Trump's watch:

Pandemic number-crunchers estimate 100,000 U.S. COVID deaths by June 1st. Cases started popping up in February, so a four-month average of 120 days divided into the grisly toll to date equals a 9/11 event -- 3,000 human beings -- every three and a half days. In Nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti, Amen.

Most of the carnage could have been avoided but for one corrupt sonuvabitch, Donald John Trump, and his monumental negligence and self-dealing malfeasance loudly on display for all to witness. That spinning pundits are prophesying a close election shows just how far down the rabbit hole our wonderland is, where the pleasures of the few outweigh the needs of the many.

So what would Republicans do if radical Islamic terrorists killed 800 citizens (or more) every day for four months? Oh my God! It would be all hands on deck and quadrillions of taxpayer-borrowed dollars sucked into a supermassive black hole for "defense" contractor magnates and their oily buddy billionaires (read donors), and 10-20-30-year big-guvmunt contracts, and sky-is-the-limit budget deficits -- no problemo!

Yet, the cons are asking voters to give Trump the Traitor a free pass despite the daily barrage of stubborn numbers reaching biblical proportions, which can't be cooked into bland fried mush or blamed on Obama. This is the end of the innocence.

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vetinla 11 weeks 2 days ago
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We'll all know soon if Biden is serious about this run for POTUS. He needs a VP pick that

generates excitement, and that means someone from the Sanders camp, such as, Nina Turner. If not, I fear he's toast.

We DON"T need another corporate Dem on the ticket.

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vetinla 11 weeks 1 day ago
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cov-19 numbers are worthless now, because some red states refuse to report relevant numbers.

Will Enough Americans Show Up to Stop Trump From Using the Dictator's Playbook?

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Trump has now done this with the Justice Department, the Post Office, the Department of Homeland Security, The Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Reserve, and our intelligence agencies.
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