All Before Noon!!!

Little Donnie Dark apparently got up on the very wrong side of the bed this morning, for already as of this writing (it is now noon where I live) he has made three horrendous decisions.  Would somebody please tie this ‘man’s hands?

U.S. Withdraws From UNESCO, The U.N.’s Cultural Organization, Citing Anti-Israel Bias

The United States plans to withdraw from UNESCO, citing financial reasons, as well as what it said was an anti-Israel bias at the U.N.’s educational, cultural and science organization. –  October 12 at 10:40 AM

UNESCO was established after World War II to help promote global cooperation around the flow of ideas, culture and information. UNESCO’s mission includes programs to improve access to education, preserve cultural heritage, improve gender equality and promote scientific advances and freedom of expression.

This would not be the first time the U.S. withdrew from UNESCO.  We did so in 1984, under President Reagan when he felt there was pro-Soviet sentiment in the organization. Though most people will shrug their shoulders about this move, it is yet another sign that Trump places no value on international cooperation, human rights and global cohesion.  It is another step toward U.S. isolationism.


Trump Threatens To Abandon Puerto Rico Recovery Effort

Trump served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid a staggering humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Trump on Thursday sought to shame the territory for its own plight. He tweeted, “Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.” And he quoted Sharyl Attkisson, a television journalist, as saying, “Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making.”

He also wrote: “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” –  October 12 at 11:00 AM

Just last week, Pence visited Puerto Rico and promised that the U.S. would be with them “every step of the way”.  The people who live on the island of Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens.  How on earth can anybody with a conscience simply abandon them?  The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote later today on a $36.5 billion disaster aid package that includes provisions to avert a potential cash crisis in Puerto Rico prompted by Hurricane Maria. If it passes, will Trump even sign it? Would Trump similarly abandon the people of Texas and Florida who are also struggling to recover from hurricanes Harvey and Irma?


Foiled in Congress, Trump Signs Order to Undermine Obamacare

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that clears the way for potentially sweeping changes in health insurance, including sales of cheaper policies with fewer benefits and fewer protections for consumers than those mandated under the Affordable Care Act.

“With these actions,” Mr. Trump said Thursday, “we are moving toward lower costs and more options in the health care market, and taking crucial steps toward saving the American people from the nightmare of Obamacare.”

“This is going to be something that millions and millions of people will be signing up for,” the president predicted, “and they’re going to be very happy. This will be great health care.”

But most of the changes will not come until federal agencies adopt regulations, after an opportunity for public comments — a process that could take months. – 

Apparently Trump thinks that if Congress won’t legislate his agenda, he can simply bypass them and write his own law.  Trump has decided that he will repeal ACA all by himself.  Fortunately, as stated in the last paragraph of the above excerpt, it is not that simple.

executive orderLook at the above picture … every single one of those people applauding Trump’s signing of the executive order to undermine the health of the citizens of our nation … every single one of them has excellent health insurance, a portion of which We The People pay for.  Think on that one for a minute.


These three decisions before noon today make me wonder what else he plans to destroy by the end of the day.  With the exception of his threats to Puerto Rico, the actions have been in the works for some time, and I realize that he did not just hop out of bed this morning and write executive orders.  But it sure seems like he is on a mission to first isolate our nation, and then destroy it from within.  If he cannot achieve ‘legislative wins’, then he will take matters into his own hands.  Excuse me, but this is not how a democracy works!

27 thoughts on “All Before Noon!!!

  1. This is disturbing. Just the healthcare change he made will have a ripple effect that will cause the poorest in the US to not be able to afford premiums. Then, due to the short-term memory of our populace, he will blame the ACA for something that it did not cause. What happened to checks and balances?

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    • It is disturbing indeed! As Keith noted, there will be legal challenges to this executive order, and I suspect that at the end of the day it will go nowhere. But still, the intent is pure evil, and that disturbs me, as does the fact that all of these decisions seem to indicate that he is coming apart at the seams. How his followers do not see the insanity of his actions and words is beyond me, but … I keep coming back to the one disturbing question: What next?

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      • He keeps diverting the attention of his base with this ridiculous NFL issue which, I believe, was concocted from the beginning to give the owners the impetus to institute a rule about standing during the national anthem. Trump gave them the excuse to talk about putting it in place. He also tried to use the hurricanes to cover his other actions, but that backfired with Puerto Rico to a certain extent.

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        • Smoke and mirrors … his M.O. His priorities do not match most of the rest of the nation’s, and his words and actions certainly do not indicate that he will do what is in the best interest of the country. I just cannot decide if he is really that stupid, of if he has an agenda to first isolate the nation from its allies and then destroy it from within. Your thoughts?

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          • I think he is trying to build some kind of empire that mirrors his Trump organization where he has a lot of different terrible ideas that he moves among rapidly trying to make a quick buck. I don’t think he has the smarts to actually be a fair leader. His style, as a terrible businessman, is more dictatorial. That’s all he knows. He surrounds himself with sycophants that back him up no matter what and when they don’t, or they get caught doing something stupid, he casts them aside.

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    • He loves only himself. If everyone around him died tomorrow, he would only be concerned that there was no one around to cook and serve his meals, to clean up after him, and to fix his twitting machine when it breaks. And he cannot possibly understand or care about the needs of the common people because he was born into wealth and has never bothered to see how the other 99% of us live. Empathy? Compassion? Don’t hold your breath.

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  2. Since his ridiculous spitefully amateur ways are becoming a universally known amongst the public at large does he really expect to be able to administer a nation…..Yes I daresay he does.
    Problem for him, the majority of the USA population aren’t buying it.
    He’s going down, in such a messy and humiliating way that it’ll make Nixon’s fall from grace as a mere retirement from office.

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  3. I’ve been worried about the expanded use of executive orders, especially under the last two administrations, not so much because they’ve been misused in the past as because it set the precedent for expanded executive power in the future. Unfortunately, that future is now, and rests in a very unstable set of tiny orange hands.

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    • Yes, I need to do some research on this, for I believe it may be that this last ‘executive order’ exceeds the limit of his executive power. It certainly goes beyond the intent of the law, as he is basically using the order to circumvent Congress. Most believe it will be challenged in the courts and I hope to see this, though it is a further waste of taxpayer money that it should even be necessary. The question I keep asking, that I really don’t want an answer to, is “What next?” The stuff that nightmares are made of, I fear.

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  4. I’ve never known a leader so anxious to ignore the needs of his people or his country. Oh wait a minute I have, they’re called dictators like Putin, Erdogan and Assad. Bye Bye the U.S.A and welcome to Trumptonia.
    xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx

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  5. Dear Jill,
    The president is on a rampage. This is when he is at his ugliest. Can you believe that it makes him feel better to treat Puerto Rico and its peoples like dirt beneath his feet? I wonder if he knows how he comes across as cruel and heartless. He probably doesn’t care.
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • He IS cruel and heartless. It is about him, him, him, and nobody else matters. He is making me feel cruel as i lie awake nights thinking of things I wish would happen to him. Sigh. Yes, by far the worst of the three things he did yesterday was his threat to Puerto Rico. All because they are not bowing and kissing his feet for the late and inadequate help he sent them. Oh, and let us not forget the paper towels. 😦 Hugs!!!

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  6. Jill, I think it shows a man who does not care about people are impacted. On Puerto Rico, he has crafted a narrative that he has done a fabulous job and any troubles are their fault. On UNESCO, this sends a message to the rest of the world that the US cares less about your problems. And, Putin smiled once again at the damage he has done to our reputation by getting Trump elected.

    As for the executive action, my guess is Insurance Commissioners will sue him. This flies directly in the face of the states’ rights effort of Graham-Cassidy. It has the ability to upset the marketplace, but will take proposed regulations, comment periods, revised regulations and another comment period, which is the normal process. My guess is Trump does not understand given the timing of the announcement, designed to unsettle. Keith

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    • PS – on the good side, Republican Senator Ben Sasse asked today if the President is reneging on his oath to uphold the Constitution with his attack on the First Amendment rights of Freedom of the Press. He is showing no fear in taking on this man, which is a very good sign and long overdue. Keith

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    • Yes, I agree with all of your conclusions. Unfortunately, he makes decisions without having an understanding of the situation, or the potential ramifications of his decisions. You are right about the executive action, and I am not as worried that anything will actually come of it as I am angered by his intent. But the one of these three that I find most horrific is his threat to Puerto Rico and its people. American citizens, devastated by a catastrophe through no fault of their own, and he is the bully on the beach, kicking sand in their faces.

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