Trump Damage Report – 4/26/2017
Tax plan revealed, Congressional exemptions for healthcare repeal, linguistic gymnastics of the incomplete sentencer-in-chief, drilling the Grand Canyon, net neutrality’s terminal case of Republicans, lying for funsies, nit-picking, and Fox News turns. All this and more in your daily Trump Damage Report for Wednesday, April 26th, 2017. Of certainties with death and taxes, one may add that without fail, Trump lies.
- Trump has revealed his tax plan, The New York Times reports. It is what you thought, and meets all of our expectations. It provides a massive tax break for him and the wealthiest 1%, would explode the national deficit, slices the corporate rate to 15%, eliminates the estate tax, removes the mortgage interest and charitable donation deductions. In essence, it is a Christmas present to the unbelievably wealthy.
- Marketwatch pegs the 15% corporate tax rate Trump is proposing at costing the government a cool $2 trillion dollars.
- Trumpist Republicans exempt their own insurance from their own latest health care repeal proposal, Vox reports. Turns out Republicans are sometimes affected by pre-existing conditions.
- Trump’s administration feeds lies to the press for fun, playing a game of seeing who can get media to print the biggest whopper of a lie, Salon reports. Staffers compete to see who can spread an untruth the farthest and loudest, according to the article.
- Trump causes major issues for linguists trying to parse what it is he means with the words that fall out of his pursed baboon’s ass of a mouth, Yahoo reports. The rambling, unintelligeble detritus that falls from his lips have been giving linguists as hard a time as fact-checkers, trying to determine just what it is he is saying with words that previously meant other things to people who speak English. Trump marks the first time in America that our executive branch is headed by someone who does not speak in full sentences.
- Trump has directed federal officials to look into making national parks and monuments open for drilling, mining, and deforestation, according to coverage by Common Dreams.
- Trump’s FCC chairman is unraveling net neutrality, Bloomberg reports. Net neutrality currently prevents ISPs from slowing or blocking internet traffic to sites, or gating it based on the content. Trump and his administration serve the lobbyists first and foremost, and ISPs have a lot of money to donate to Trump and the Republicans, who have already enacted legislation to make it okay to sell your personal browser history. Good luck.
- Repealing Obamacare could violate international law, according to The Washington Post. Not that violating international law has ever been a major concern of Trump and his Republican enablers.
- Trump’s administration has told Democrats that it will continue paying insurer subsidies and won’t be using that as a bargaining chip in negotiations over infrastructure, taxes, or healthcare, The Hill reports. Really? Please, don’t do us any favors. The legislative gun you held to your head hard enough to leave an impression in your temple looked really good where it was. By all means, help yourself.
- Ivanka is setting up something similar to the Clinton Foundation from inside the Trump administration, Talking Points Memo reports. Except that it’s way, way, way more corrupt in intent and nature than the Clinton Foundation ever aspired to be. It appears at first glance to be a private equity fund, constructed directly to make a profit.
- Trump is preparing an executive order on withdrawing from NAFTA, according to Politico. At one point not too long ago, Republicans were in favor of this thing called “free trade”. We’re not sure where they went, or if they remember that.
- Trump’s plan to destroy the incredibly successful Energy Star program would likely benefit his properties, according to a report by CNN. Trump properties receive very low Energy Star ratings, as they are inefficient gilded monstrosities. Not only are they ugly, but they are inefficient. Energy Star costs $50 million per year, but has saved Americans $362 billion in energy costs since 1992.
- One of the best silver linings we’ve ever heard of, Trump has inspired 11,000 women to run for public office, according to the HuffPost. More, please.
- Spiceyboy says that pointing out Trump is 0-for-10 on his First 100 Days Contract is, apparently, “nit-pitcking”, Shareblue reports.
- Fox News anchor Shep Smith accuses the Trump administration of “trying to cover up the Michael Flynn scandal”, The Independent reports. When you lose half of Fox News (the half that remains after the sexual harassment purge), that may be a warning sign that your “Republican” is in trouble.
- Spending on lobbying in the first 100 days of the Trump administration approached a staggering, mind-melting tally of nearly $1 billion dollars, the highest in 5 years, according to The Washington Post. Who would have ever guessed that such a thing would happen when Trump was totally committed to building that swamp, and draining the wall?
TAXPAYER COST FOR TRUMP’S LIFESTYLE TO DATE, AS OF APRIL 26TH, 2017: $117,814,285.20
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