Are You Tired Of Snarky Snippets Yet?

I have a few in-depth pieces I’m trying to work on, but lately all these little things keep cropping up that aren’t quite enough to fill an entire post, but that are important.  If Donnie could just be locked away for a day or two, perhaps in a subterranean storeroom under the White House, then the news cycle might slow down enough for me to catch  my breath!


Donnie didn’t get his way this time …

As we’ve heard ad nauseam for the past week or so, Donald Trump has told Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell that he wants him to cut the interest rates … “to zero or below”.  To do so would be extremely foolish, but then … look who’s asking.

Yesterday, Mr. Powell announced a 0.25% cut in the interest rate, bringing it to between 1.75% and 2%.  A good portion of the members of the central bank’s rate-setting committee felt the move was unnecessary.  I am not an economist, nor do I pretend to be, but based on my understanding, I agree that it was unnecessary and likely would not have been made were it not for Trump’s bullying.  But, is Trump satisfied?

Of course not!

“Jay Powell and the Federal Reserve Fail Again. No ‘guts,’ no sense, no vision! A terrible communicator!”

Ahhhh … such professionalism, eh?  Now, if another person in the Trump administration displeased him so, that person would likely be packing up their desk today, but fortunately in the case of the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, ol’ Trumpie cannot just yell, “You’re Fired!”  Of course, he may not yet realize that, for back in June, when he was annoyed with Powell for the same reason, he said …

“I have the right to demote him. I have the right to fire him.”

Not quite true.  The Chairman can be fired only ‘for cause’, according to the Federal Reserve Act.  Historically the courts have not interpreted that to include policy differences.  Now, Trump could demote Powell if he so chose, but again, it would likely end up in a court battle that would almost certainly have an impact on the stability of the economy.  I applaud Mr. Powell for having the courage to stand up to the bully in the Oval Office and for doing what he believes to be the proper thing.


A ‘credible and urgent threat’ – but WHAT???

On Monday, The Washington Post reported that last month Trump had some interaction by phone with some foreign leader and promised that foreign leader something. Vague enough for you?  Whatever it was he promised to whomever he promised it set off alarms for at least one official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community on August 12th.

Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson reviewed the complaint and determined that the complaint was credible and troubling enough to be considered a matter of “urgent concern,” a legal threshold that ordinarily requires notification of congressional oversight committees.  But … acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire has refused to share details about Trump’s alleged transgression with lawmakers.

Last week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff subpoenaed Maguire for the complaint, accusing him of violating whistleblower law by failing to have notified the committee.  In his letter to Maguire, Schiff wrote …

“The committee — and the American people — must know why, in violation of law, a whistleblower complaint is being concealed, whether the underlying conduct involves the president or those around him, and whether the White House is involved in trying to cover up this authorized disclosure.”

To add insult to injury, Maguire consulted with the Department of Justice, ie., Trump’s main boot-licker William Barr, which is, at the very least, unorthodox, and leads to questions as to whether there is an attempt to cover for some wrongdoing by Trump.

Atkinson is scheduled to appear at a closed hearing of the Intelligence Committee on Thursday morning and Maguire has agreed to testify before the panel in open session a week later.  This whole thing is troubling, folks.  Obviously, Donald Trump has promised some foreign leader … Putin?  MbS?  Kim? … something that is very troublesome, and people are going to great lengths to keep it from being properly investigated or made public.  This is NOT how our government is supposed to operate.  Trump has declared himself to be above the law, and this is yet further proof that there are those in our government who are willing to sacrifice their integrity to allow it.  Stay tuned …


Is it Sean, or a giant chicken???

And, because I think you guys need a bit of humour, I share with you this short clip of none other than former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in his debut on Dancing with the Stars.  I’m not sure, but I think that’s a fluffy chicken costume he’s wearing!

33 thoughts on “Are You Tired Of Snarky Snippets Yet?

  1. Dear Queen of Snark, I am not tired of snarky snippets…merely tired of the multitude of Trumpian antics that provoke them! It is an endless parade of mind boggling, infuriating and disastrous events that push even the most sane mind to near insanity. At times I wonder if this country and this planet can survive another year plus of Trump and company. I look to 2020 with hope and fear in equal measure, though fear is edging upwards. Thank-you!

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    • Queen of Snark, eh? I like that! Yes, like you, I am sick and tired of this whole fiasco, but … it’s not going away any time soon, I fear, so we are all going to have to find a way to re-charge our batteries from time to time. Like you, I am concerned about the next 13.5 months, for Trump’s power grab, his abuse of power, seems to be escalating, and the very things that were put in place to protect against such abuse of power, are instead protecting him! I think the democrats have a lot of work to do between now and November 2020, for a democratic win is certainly not a given. Sigh.

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  2. Can’t believe the Fed got bullied into lowering rates, they suppose to be independent. On the plus side our stock market bubble will continue for a while longer. Ur right about Trump kicking the can, passing the buck to the next President who would have to clean up the mess.
    Wow Mr Spicer looked ridiculous like a chiquita banana, but he did alright LOL! Have a snarky day. 🙂

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  3. Jill, the whistle blower story is alarming, but will it cause any sycophants in the GOP to realize that the country has a problem. To be succinct, the tribe is the US citizens, not the GOP.

    Stating three recurring points that we must punctuate any concerns raised with legislators are simple.
    – we are not a kingdom
    – what will you have to defend next week, next month, next year
    – the US president is a clear and present danger to our planet, our democracy and the Republican Party.

    What will it take for people to act. They took an oath to that constitution thing. One of my concerns is they have let him gain too much power, so reining him in will be hard. Keith

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    • PS – As for the Fed, two things.
      – They are independent for a reason. They must avoid politics and stick to data and analysis.
      – Using the Fed to intervene in a market that is doing pretty well will use tools that are more needed when there really are troubles. Quite simply, Trump wants the Fed to put a rug over the stain he has caused.

      Moreover, our debt is increasing even more because of the tax cut which did not pay for itself. In a good economy, we should be paying down debt. So, we have misused a tax cut and with higher debt, it makes it harder to invest in an economy should it drop. My point is if we misuse the Fed, our tools to help in bad times are strained.

      Now, the US president is talking about ANOTHER tax cut next year. That is beyond malfeasance and shows how he only cares about himself. Some poor successor will get vilified while he cleans up the mess. Keith

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      • You are right … the Fed, like the Supreme Court, is intended to be independent, but it would seem that Trump doesn’t understand that concept. And, to a degree, he has already breached that independence of both the Court and the Fed. And now another potential tax cut??? Malfeasance is too mild a word for that … but, I shall refrain from saying my word for it 😉 And you are definitely right when you say his successor will have one heck of a mess to try to straighten out. And guess who will pay for this fiasco? Yep, the taxpayer. What bothers me is the scenario I have in my mind. A democratic president takes office and has no choice but to raise taxes, and tighten the nation’s belt. He thus becomes very unpopular, and four years later is replaced by a republican president who cuts taxes and … well, you see the vicious circle this could lead to? Sigh.

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    • I’m not optimistic that the sycophants within the GOP will see this as a problem, but rather will either sweep it under the rug, or blame the democrats (or Hillary, or Obama, or King Tut).

      Your points are all valid … now to get the people to listen to them. I have even heard some of his supporters say they don’t care if he becomes an autocrat, for he is “doing so much good”. Makes me feel ill … truly ill.

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  4. Problem is that’s won’t be the end of it for Trump. Like our numpty. A decent man like Obama would work within the rules even when he lost. Try to win his case by words. Trump won’t let this go but will now be looking at a twitter storm followed by ignoring or changing the rules to his liking.

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    • I fear you are right. Sigh. Imagine if Obama had done even a tiny percentage of the things Trump has done … why, he would have been impeached in record speed, and probably thrown in prison and tried for treason! But Trump? Nothing to see here, folks … he’s “making America great”, y’know. Sigh.

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    • Wellllll … only thing is that limes don’t have feathers. And, the more I thought about it, the more a ‘chicken’ seems appropriate … remember the time the press caught him hiding in the bushes? 😉
      Cwtch

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  5. By Thursday next the subject of the whistleblower’s reveal will not matter. The water will have flowed through the sewer. Or by then he will have studied Lewandorky’s ordeal, and he will have memorized how to say “Asked and answered!” even though it is not his right to use those words, since obviously the answer was not sufficient for the asker.
    The farce continues…

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    • Maybe … but wouldn’t I love for this to be the thing that finally brings him down? As for Lewandowski … grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. What an ass! And he is planning to run for a Senate seat next year!!!

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