Friday, January 20, 2017


Joe Scarborough thinks we have a new president who's a radical populist, or something like that:
Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," called President Donald Trump's inaugural address a "primal scream aimed at Washington, DC."

"Donald Trump's speech was not an inaugural address," Scarborough tweeted after Trump's speech Friday. "It was a primal scream aimed at Washington, DC."

He said in a subsequent tweet: "[CNN's] Jake Tapper said Donald Trump's speech was the most radical inaugural address he's ever heard. I agree. It was unlike any that preceded it."
And I'll admit that the speech sounded populist:
From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families....

We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work -- rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.
Sounds as if Trump is going to be laser-focused on helping the little guy, right? Um...

Feel the populism!

Daniel Larison says,
Trump presented everything in very broad strokes and gave us no sense of what he considers to be his priorities at the start of his presidency. If Trump and his advisers know what they are, they don’t seem to be interested in telling us about them.
But Kellyanne Conway has been very disciplined in explaining what the top priorities are. Here's Conway today on CBS This Morning:
“But also he's somebody who has said what he wants to do. I think you've got a five or six-point plan in short order. Repealing and replacing Obama care, regulatory relief, tax reform.”
And here's Conway on ABC's Good Morning America:
"He's made very clear that his priorities are to repeal and replace Obamacare and also to bring some regulatory relief and tax reform," the senior adviser said on "GMA" this morning.
So basically his top priorities are ... the same as Paul Ryan's and Mitch McConnell's: tax and regulation cuts for billionaires, plus Obamacare repeal to make the teabaggers-turned-deplorables cheer even as many of them lose insurance. So much for "radical." So much for "a primal scream aimed at Washington, DC." Trump's message -- or at least the message of the Trump administration, which the new president may not be detail-oriented enough to understand -- is "whatever the conservative establishment wants." I expect that to continue to be the message, with sporadic interruptions for even worse messages.


Carol Ann said...

Calling it a primal scream is sort of the silly exaggeration that silly pundits make (silly twit walk inserted for comic relief)

Anonymous said...

Don't need new highways, roads and bridges. Just need to fix the ones we have.

Feud Turgidson said...

No tax returns revealed An end to any investigation into Trump ties directly or indirectly to Putin. That's it for Civil Rights. Every black American now has a target on their back. Every hispanic is now officially a wetback. Every American below the poverty line will soon be living out their remaining days in a dumpster. No more worrying about who to vote for, because who cares? No more environmental protection. No more food, health, water or workplace safety standards. No more worker resorts to the courts system. That's it for the progressive tax collection system. No more separation of church from state. Forget LGBTQ rights. Forget the SEC, the FCC and the FEC. Both the national intel community and the national militia will be converted into regime support agencies. That's it for any remaining vestiges of objective news. Unity is now policy, dissent is treason. By this time next year we'll all be paying rent just to get onto the internet, where the only sites allowed to indulge in commentary will be Breitbart and maybe Fox News. And on and on and on ...

At least we now have a benchmark for how long an experiment in republican-based representative democracy overlaid on a slave-based economy is capable of lasting. Now we, at least our descendants, will get to find out how long a kakistocracy can last.

My stomach hurts. 'Bye, all.