Sunday, April 30, 2017

100 days of Trump.

(1)>>The 100 days of a President are considered pivotal . But are in reality meaningless.American Presidents make or break their promises . As always they collide with a dysfunctional Congress , end up being eating up by  the media moguls . Weighing in is difficult , but hard to give him a fair shake . In Case in point : Donald J Trump.  (1.2)>>Donald Trump, in the final stretch of last year's campaign, spelled out what he hoped to accomplish in his first 100 days in office. "I am asking the American people to rise above the noise and the clutter of our broken politics, and to embrace that great faith and optimism that has always been the central ingredient in the American character. I am asking you to dream big," Trump said, laying out his plan during remarks in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania   His Presidency has become the demoralizing daily obsession of anyone concerned with global security, the vitality of the natural world, the national health, constitutionalism, civil rights, criminal justice, a free press, science, public education, and the distinction between fact and its opposite. In the preview, Trump promised his First 100 Days would feature an ambitious number of particularly heinous plot points (ask Congress to repeal Obamacare; have Mexico pay for a wall; get rid of DACA), and critics, While Trump managed to muddle through several of the promised plot points, many are absent. His explanation for their absence remains bafflingly vague—there was no budget yet as we will see as he struggles to pass a budget & Tax reform . The hundred-day marker is never an entirely reliable indicator of a four-year term. In fact, only 28 bills have been signed into law since Trump took office in late January. In contrast, Roosevelt signed 76 bills into law in his first 100 days. President Harry Truman, in second place on this list, signed 55 bills into law in his first months in the White House. Trump's predecessor and frequent target of derision, President Barack Obama, signed 11 bills into law, but the early days of his administration are considered productive because they include major legislation to ensure children in low-income households have health insurance as well as the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which fights wage discrimination .White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday asserted that President Donald Trump had an “unbelievable” number of accomplishments in his first 100 days even though the president has failed to pass a health

care law or secure funds for a border wall.During Monday’s White House briefing, CBS News Correspondent Major Garrett noted that Trump had failed to keep his promises to the American people in the first 100 days of his presidency.“There is a lot that we feel very proud that we’ve gotten off and taken done [SIC] and taken care of,” (2.1)>>Spicer insisted. “If you look at the immigration piece, border crossings [are] way down, the number of executive orders, the pieces of legislation signed. I think we feel very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish.”  They spent eight years screaming about Obama's executive orders (despite his sparse use of them) and are now using the number of EOs signed as a measure of success? Unbelievable. In a memo obtained first by CNN, the White House highlights job creation efforts, regulation cuts and national security measures, among others.But not all the initiatives have been unqualified success -- Trump's travel ban, which is listed, is currently stalled in the court system.Further, the bulk of Trump's accomplishments have been made through executive action or memorandum, something Republicans decried Obama for doing during his second term. There are 37 points in this list and 23 (62%) were accomplished by executive order or memorandum. 
1. Donald Trump campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare, but when he took office, he observed, "Nobody knew health care was complicated." Of course, everyone knew healthcare is a complex issue that requires an intricate understanding of policies. Clearly, President Trump didn't take the time when he was President-elect to bone up on his understanding of America's health-care system. Lol! as of now there is no real replacement of Obama-care . Personally I don't think anyone within the Republican Congress "cares" to "replace" it . They love the market place insurance dominated less consumer friendly healthcare system, They want it to go away .
2. What’s more, the real story of Trump’s first 100 days has been all the positions left unfilled (primarily deputy staff at Cabinet agencies) and the massive number of tasks foisted upon Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whose principal qualification seems to be that he can never be fired. And Trump is such a unique public figure that judging him by established political conventions has never been a reliable gauge of his future prospects.So a more important question might be whether it actually matters that Trump had a rocky first 100 days. Does history suggest that a rough start leads to a poor presidency?
The "Insanity of the Wall".
We need to build the Wall !
His nearly unwavering support for harsh immigration enforcement and a border wall fed off of the perception of an immigration system as chaotic and uncontrolled. He depicted a porous border and a large illegal immigrant population in a way that made many Americans feel like they weren’t in control of their country anymore. BUT is building a wall part of any immigration reform? I joked that the wall was being built not to keep Mexicans out of America who cross here illegally , but more like keeping Americans from escaping from their country . A wall works both ways  . Remember the GREAT WALL OF CHINA it was built to keep out the northern barbarians out of China in the 3century BC . (2.2)>>It was more or less a symbol of Emperor Chin's power over his people.   As the Trump administration advanced plans to erect a multibillion-dollar wall on the southern border, the leader of Mexico’s national governors association said Saturday in Washington that President Trump’s budget proposal proves that U.S. taxpayers will foot the bill.Trump has insisted that he will force Mexico to pay for the wall, but Mexican officials have refused. The president’s budget request Thursday included $2.6 billion, mostly for first stages of the wall.“Trump is asking the Americans to pay for the wall,” Gov. Graco Ramírez of the Mexican state of Morelos said in a news conference. “The first victory is ours.” Ramírez, who is president of the National Conference of Governors of Mexico, was in Washington for a meeting at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
The Coming showdown & Government shutdown .  Lawmakers returning to
Washington this coming week (3)>>will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. Trump's GOP allies control Congress, but they've been unable to send him a single major bill as his presidency faces the symbolic 100-day mark on April 29 — the very day when the government, in a worst-case scenario, could shut down.  {since Congressional Democrats and Republicans are involved in tense negotiations on a spending bill to keep the government open, differing over demands to provide Americans with health care. (April 27)  , like I said above , the House Republicans don't have a plan to "replace" , but would rather see Obama-care wither on the vine , return to the "status quo" before Obama-care }  Feeling pressure to deliver results, Trump wants to revive a troubled health care measure from House Republicans to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Trump also hopes to use a $1 trillion catchall spending bill to salvage victories on his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall, a multibillion-dollar down payment on a Pentagon buildup, and perhaps a crackdown on cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement by federal authorities. It was the latest concession by the White House, which had earlier dropped a demand for money for President Donald Trump’s border wall. Even with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, the Trump administration is learning that Democrats retain significant leverage when their votes are needed on must-pass legislation.A temporary funding bill  had expired Friday at midnight, and GOP leaders late Wednesday came out with a short-term spending bill through May 5 to prevent a government shutdown this weekend. Still nothing is settled .
The Tax Plan ?
(4)>>I am ready for Tax reform  are you ? Is this the opportunity for paying less taxes and getting
more for your wallet ? As a Californian I see my taxes going up . I live in a tax and spend state  anyway . What ever the feds do with taxes probably wont mean anything. The easiest way for Congress to do that, naturally, is to cut taxes, both on businesses and individuals.  It lowers the cost of doing business, and simultaneously increases the take home pay of every single American who pays taxes, having more to invest, save and spend.  That means more businesses, more jobs and more customers. President Trump on Wednesday offered a glimpse into his approach to tax reform, But Wednesday’s release contained no legislative text, or even the kind of detailed outline that policymakers often use to guide discussions of major reforms. Instead, it was a brief statement on how Trump plans to approach a revamp of the tax code, one of the new president’s major domestic objectives. And while it offered a few new insights, it left Washington waiting on key details. Trump’s tax plan proposes three tax rates for individuals: 10 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent.But the plan does not specify what levels of income would be subject to each rate. The lack of detail on the thresholds for the tax rates is a key reason why think tanks such as the Tax Foundation and the Tax Policy Center will find it difficult to provide revenue estimates of Trump’s one-page plan. For the average person, one of the major things to know is the proposal calls for winnowing the current seven tax brackets to just three at 10, 25, and 35 percent. It also means doubling the standard deduction, which is the dollar amount that reduces the amount of income people who don’t itemize their deductions are taxed.The plan calls for tax relief for childcare expenses and a repeal of the death tax, among other measures. The plan would eliminate most deductions, leaving them for mortgage interest and charitable giving. Of note, it would eliminate popular deductions for state and local taxes.For businesses, the plan suggests a standard 15 percent tax rate as well as eliminating tax breaks for special interests, according to a handout from the administration. As you know Trump has been  hiding his own  tax returns so we will not know how much he will benefit from his tax plan. The repeal of estate taxes alone would be worth hundreds of millions to the Trump kids. That is really the main thing Trump wants. I personally do not want to pay one cent to give the Trump kids more money. This plan is just a typical give to the rich rob from the middle class Republican plan. After reviewing the White House’s memo, Lily Batchelder, former chief tax counsel of the Senate Finance committee, tweeted that the plan was “immensely costly and regressive.”Most people could not help but marvel at the “skimpy” press release the administration tried to pass as an actual tax plan.

100 days and epilogue .
The first 100 days is, in large part, an arbitrary standard for evaluating the accomplishments of any new president — particularly nowadays. In our time, and in this political moment, it has become increasingly difficult to get big things done in Washington, D.C., in 100 weeks — much less 100 days.  Forbes magazine has this to say as we go into the full spectrum of a Trump administration . Even it may be a fair assumption , its a test of our political system how it can endure the strangest days ahead . (5)>>Please be aware .
"" The three major failures of Donald Trump’s first one hundred days in office set him up for even more spectacular failures in the next significant period of his presidency: the approximately 150 days between now and the start of fiscal 2018 on October 1.""


(1)>>The 100 days of a President are considered pivotal .13 of the Trump-bills were just reversals of Obama regulations. Some others were as historic as naming a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in American Samoa or creating a waiver to allow James Mattis to be appointed although he has recently served in the military. In comparison to many other Presidents including Obama he passed no major bill in his first 100 days. "No administration accomplished more in the first 90 days" (Trump) is just ridiculous. And what about his list of 60 promises that he would fulfill in the first 100 days? (1.2)>>Donald Trump, in the final stretch of last year's campaign. Back in October, before his election, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100-Day Action Plan. He called it his "Contract With The American Voter." Among other things, it called for the full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, suspension of immigration from certain "terror-prone regions" and the lifting of "roadblocks" to let "infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline move forward." (2)>>Spicer insisted. “If you look at the immigration piece, border crossings [are] way down, the number of executive orders. Facts matter less when people feel out of control. You wouldn’t know it from Trump’s rhetoric, but the flow of illegal immigrants across the border is near a 40-year low. Border patrol is huge and has plenty of resources. The U.S. has an infamously complex and strict immigration system.But these facts don’t penetrate the perception that the government lacks control over immigration.The hard truth for Trump voters is that Trump’s proposed solutions to immigration will not increase control. A border wall, deportation force, and mandatory E-Verify will increase the perception of chaos. Illegal immigrants responded to the doubling of border patrol in the 1990s by hiring smugglers and taking boats up the coast to avoid the border altogether.(2.2)>>It was more or less a symbol of Emperor Chin's power over his people.  As speculation mounts about which “tweetable gifts” China’s President Xi Jinping is bringing to the Mar-a-Lago summit on Thursday, the prize so far goes to a proposal for China to build Trump’s big, beautiful wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. Xi would offer to do this as a sign of respect for America’s new president, at no cost to U.S. taxpayers, and to complete the project within a year. Especially famous is the wall built 220–206 BC by Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Little of that wall remains. Since then, the Great Wall has been rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced; the majority of the existing wall is from the Ming Dynasty (  Considering the size and effort put into its construction over 2,000 years ago, the failure of the Great Wall of China is rather spectacular. It worked as a manifestation of power that put fear into the hearts of barbarian riders but it didn’t keep any invaders from the north out. According to some historical accounts, tribes in the north of China were militarily ahead but culturally behind, thus looting China whenever possible to steal the riches of their southern neighbors  This is one speculation as to why the Chinese opted to build the Great Wall. Another argument is that the Great Wall was nothing more than an ambitious project contrived by a vainglorious emperor. The Great Wall was supposed to show the world China’s superiority, making a clear distinction between civilized people and barbarians.  The real costs of the "great, great" wall Donald Trump promised to build during his campaign are beginning to settle in -- and threaten to divide the President-elect and thrifty Republicans on Capitol Hill. "You know, the Great Wall of China, built a long time ago, is 13,000 miles," Trump said in 2015. "I mean, you're talking about big stuff. We're talking about peanuts, by comparison, to that."        (3)>>will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation  . House GOP leaders during a members-only conference call Saturday vowed to avoid a government shutdown and said they're closer to a deal to repeal and replace Obamacare, according to members who participated on the call. But Speaker Paul Ryan also downplayed the possibility of a vote next week, the same sources said. The Wisconsin Republican said the chamber will vote on a conference-wide deal when GOP whips are confident they have the votes for passage — but not until then..........   (4)>>I am ready for Tax reform  are you ?   The goals of the proposal, according to Trump’s administration, are to grow the economy, create jobs, simplify the tax code, provide tax relief for the middle class and lower the business tax rate. So what’s that mean? Two of Mr. Trump’s top lieutenants — Steven Mnuchin and Gary Cohn, both multimillionaires and former Goldman Sachs bankers — trotted out a plan that would slash taxes for businesses and wealthy families, including Mr. Trump’s, in the vague hope of propelling economic growth. So as to not seem completely venal, they served up a few goodies for the average wage-earning family, among them fewer and lower tax brackets and a higher standard deduction.The proposal was so empty of illustrative detail that few people could even begin to calculate its impact on their pocketbooks. Further, depending on where they live, some middle-class families might not benefit much or at all, because the plan does away with important deductions like those for state and local taxes. (5)>>Please be aware . I am worried about North Korea  . Our gun boats are heading over there ,plus a joint military exercise with Japan .  I see some conflict coming . The North Korean leader would be foolish to hit the American aircraft carriers , but it leaves room to speculate .President Trump during an interview that aired Sunday said he thinks North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a "pretty smart cookie."During an interview that aired on CBS's "Face The Nation," the president was asked what he makes of Kim.Trump said the North Korean leader was a young man when he took over power, adding that he is "dealing with obviously very tough people, in particular the generals and others."President Donald Trump would not rule out the use of military force against North Korea in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Saturday, just hours after Pyongyang launched a missile test in defiance of international pressure.Trump downplayed the significance of North Korea's "small missile launch," which occurred early in the day. But when asked by host John Dickerson if he would consider military action in response to another nuclear test, Trump responded: "I don't know. I mean, we'll see."

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