Fair warning, this post is political.
While I should no longer be surprised or amazed by the daily dose of stupid that comes out the White House, both from Trump and his merry band of idiots, I am still SHOCKED at the level of mind-numbing stupidity that is reported and the equally (if not worse) acceptance and even PRAISE for these actions.
Once again this week we saw the Toddler in Chief get free of his leash and hold a rambling press conference for the sole purpose of hearing himself speak. It is so obvious that these performance pieces are to stroke his ego, as they lack the carefully crafted talking points and measured tone that makes it obvious he is reading or repeating what is being fed to him via an ear piece. When Trump is speaking his mind, the trait so many claim is why they voted for him, his tone is far more animated. His vocabulary is that of a 4th grader at best and he jumps from topic to topic. When pushed for details, of which he has none or simply could not be bothered to retain them, he goes for his comfort zone: blaming/insulting Barack Obama.
Where to start….let’s go with health care. Trump’s single-minded goal, even with a repel and/or replace plan failing repeated, is to kill ACA, better known as Obamacare. Trump and other morons claim it is “essentially dead”, when the fact is he is killing it. This week he did away with subsidies for insurance providers to offset the cost to provide reasonably priced coverage for those Americanss “on the bubble”- they work, so they make too much to qualify for Medicaid, yet do not have insurance through their employer or the cost is too great and plans on the exchange also exceed their budget. Trump and his cohorts think these funds are a “bail out” for the insurance companies, when the reality is they will not suffer one bit. They will be their money, either from the Federal government or the consumers, not just the low-income folks, but ALL of us. So the GOP/Trump plan is to fuck with the ACA, striping it of anything they can by executive order in order to make it an unusable product for those who it was intended to help. Way to govern “for all Anericans” douche bags. If you are taking the money from the insurance companies, why not make the subsides to the low income consumers greater? Why not raise the income requirement to all more to quality for Medicaid? Oh no, they aren’t going to HELP anyone, only hurt everyone. And another question I, have if they make it so many Americans can’t afford coverage, will they do away with the requirement to have insurance or will these people, low income mind you, be penalized with tax time comes around?
Then, after making this stand and removing the subsides, within 24 hours Trump encouraged and then publicly praised and backed a bi-partisan bill to re-establish said subsides. WTF. If you are OK with them, WHY DID YOU GET RID OF THEM? Then, in typical Trump fashion, when some of the assholes that don’t like the ideas whined and cried, he once again said no subsides for dying Obamacare. Wonder how many more times this moron will flip-flop on this issue. And let’s not forget open enrollment is quickly approaching, so why not do this months ago when there was time to negotiate and work with lawmakers and insurers to find a happy medium?
That takes me to my next point, the reason why they waited until the 11th hour is just another way to sabotage the system. They have decreased the open enrollment period for ACA from 12 weeks to 6. They cut the advertising budget to next to nothing so there is virtually no way to even inform people about the ACA enrollment. The budget for a navigation program to assist users in finding a plan on the ACA exchange was cut by 90%!!! All of this makes it painfully clear that if the GOP couldn’t repel the ACA, they are doing to systematically destroy it by making it impossible for people to sign up.
As I said… mind numbing. Yet, the Trump faithful are still singing his praises. I don’t get it. Many of them are in the low-income position that would most be affected by these changes. They will once again be without coverage. He hasn’t brought back those high paying factory or coal jobs that along with high hourly wages also came with full benefit, often very good ones. These people are perfectly fine without having insurance not only for themselves, but their families, just to back the shallow promises of a man who could care less about them.
So, healthcare was attach number 1 of the week again Obama, as Trump sees ACA as Obama’s pet project that must be destroyed. Number two, and more direct and moronic, the claim that Obama and other past Presidents did not call the families of fallen service men and women. This came about in the shitshow press conference when a reporter asked about the lack of response from the White House on the 4 Green Berets who died in an attack in Niger. Valid question, which means Trump was in a corner- a scary place. First he made a claim he didn’t have all the details about the attack that happened nearly two weeks ago, so that was why nothing has been said. Hmmmmmm….this is coming from a guy that will spout off with no or fake information without missing a beat, but he can’t send a single tweet about 4 fallen service men? Seems odd. He is all over wanting NFL players fired for not standing for the National Anthem, but as President he has been silent on men who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
That bullshit wasn’t enough, he went on to say that he has called ALL the families of fallen service men and women who have died in active duty since he took office. He dialed it back a few moments later saying he as called or written letters to “most if not all”. He then claimed that Obama did not nor did other past Presidents in recent history. He went on to say NO President has connected with the families like he has. Typical Trump, he is the best at everything, always. Of course within in hours representatives for the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations call out these lies, detailing how each had contacted families.
But it doesn’t stop there. To save face he called the families of the 4 Green Berets. Now, one would think one of those staff members who writes the statements that almost come off as presidential would have been called upon to help him, as given the spotlight Trump has placed on himself, NOT the fallen, he really needed this to go off without a hitch. Nope, Trump knows best and he once again was off this leash (and perhaps meds) when he made the calls. One was taken by speakerphone in a car and was witnessed, in part, by a Democratic congresswoman. She went to the press and said he was insensitive to the families loss in the call, stating their son & husband “knew what he was signing up for”. Seriously dude. Of course the immediate reaction by Trump and his team was to lie. That never happened. He never said that. He was the best and the families were happy to hear from him. Once again the blame game, saying the Congresswoman was using this call as a political tactic and she was lower than low for doing so. And then the family spoke up. The woman who raised the man who was on the entire call said yes, he did say that and it was taken by the family as insensitive, along with Trump not seeming to know their loved one’s name, repeatedly referring to him as “your boy”.
I would like to say this nightmare was limited to this family or the families of just those 4 men, but no. Due to Trump’s wild claims, media were contacting gold star families who have had loved ones dies since Trump took office to see if they had been contacted and how those interactions went. Many hadn’t been contacted at all, some had received calls, others letters and one gentleman claimed Trump promised to send him a check for $25,000, yet he had not gotten said check. Again, WTF. Is the media to blame for intruding on these grieving families and reopening wounds, yes. But to be fair, Trump is the cause. Had he not made wild claims to make himself look good in an attempt to make Obama look bad, this would have never happened. If he would have just answered the question about the lack of public response to the deaths in Niger, NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED. Just answer the question asked or admit you don’t know….stop with the deflection.
This was all in the past 4 days. FOUR DAYS…. how many more days can we survive this administration?