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. –
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!” –
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.
Look 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!