It has been a rough week for The D. Despite having slept or tweeted through basic civics lessons and intelligence briefings he is learning the hard way that there really are three branches of government, and that his words and actions have consequences.
How disconcerting for The D to have his latest travel ban struck down, using his own words to interpret intent. The D has been remarkably successful in avoiding any consequences associated with his outrageous statements and/or tweets. However, this week, a ‘so-called’ judge from Hawaii referenced The D’s own words to determine the intent of the travel ban as a way to prevent Muslims from entering the country. (Yet another excellent reason to move to Hawaii.)
How troubling for The D to be criticized for his lack of evidence to support his tweets accusing Obama of wiretapping. The D does not feel it is necessary to validate any information he infers or gleans from cable news shows before tweeting misinformation to the world. Prudence is not in The D’s vocabulary. He is the master of setting a ‘perception’ based on his own wishful thinking–perceptions which take hold in the minds of his faithful. He never lets so-called ‘facts’ get in the way of his beliefs. However, these tweets are being challenged on numerous fronts.
How upsetting for The D to have his name associated with the Alternative health care proposal put forth by Paul Ryan (a.k.a the Fourth Stooge). This plan has been widely panned as Dead on Arrival and is opposed by hospitals, the AMA, Republicans and Democrats, AARP, and anyone who has in-depth knowledge of health care–including my friend Jean. (Who KNEW it could be so complicated??)
The Congressional Budget office (using a technique foreign to the current administration called ‘math’) determined that 14 million people would lose coverage in 2018 and 24 million people would lose coverage by 2020.
Certainly The D himself hasn’t demonstrated enthusiasm for the plan; although on the campaign trail he promised a plan that would ‘cover everybody and be a fraction of the cost’. Where is this magic pixie dust Donald? I really want some!
How distressing for The D to be critized for his proposed budget and his outlandishly lavish spending at tax payer expense. It is dismaying, but no real surprise that the proposed budget slashes popular programs such as Meals on Wheels, NPR, and the EPA. Apparently, we cannot afford meals for shut-ins, but we are shelling out millions for endless golf weekends at Mar-A-Lago (tax money that ends up going to The D himself, cause he owns the place), and $183 Million for Melania and Barron to continue to live in NYC.
Finally, The D closed the week by demonstrating a remarkable lack of class and grace by refusing to shake Angela Merkle’s hand. What an ass. It’s really embarrassing to be an American lately.
The good news is that some checks and balances are finally, belatedly, coming into focus. Concerned Americans continue to speak up in vast numbers, Hard questions are being asked by the media, and investigations continue. Let’s hope the march towards some degree of sanity and accountability is just beginning–with more challenging weeks in the near future for The D.