Another One Bites The Dust …

So, another one bites the dust.  On Friday evening it was announced that Trump fired … well, ‘re-assigned’ … White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.  Mulvaney will be a “special envoy to Northern Ireland”, another term for another useless person on the payroll doing nothing.  Given some of Mulvaney’s actions, such as when he was attempting to defend the indefensible Ukraine phone call that led to Trump’s impeachment and he told us to “get over it”, I don’t have much empathy for ol’ Mick.  But the person replacing him is none other than the extremely ignoble Mark Meadows, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina.  I will tell you a bit about Mr. Meadows in a minute.

This is the fourth chief of staff that Trump has had in just three years … a turnover rate that says more about Trump than it does about the lackeys who held the position.  If there is one word that best defines this administration, it is ‘chaos’.  You cannot have stability in any organization with the turnover ratio Trump has.  It’s not only the chief of staff, but I can name a dozen positions that have been revolving doors since day one.

Now, let me tell you just a bit about Mr. Mark Meadows.

Meadows is one of the founders, along with Jim Jordan and other such characters, of the House Freedom Caucus.  The group was founded in 2015 as a part of the Tea Party movement, and have largely done nothing but cause disruption, obstruction and obfuscation.

  • While running for office in June 2012, Meadows said, “2012 is the time we are going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is,” implying that President Obama was not born in the United States. He made a similar comment later that month.

  • In February 2013 Meadows voted against renewing the Violence Against Women Act. Meadows has said he casts his votes based not on his personal feelings but on what the majority of his constituents in “God’s Country” tell him to do.

  • In December 2016 Meadows gave Trump a wish list of regulations to be repealed. It included a demand to get rid of federal funding to study climate change. He also requested Trump repeal several environmental regulations, including the Renewable Fuel Standard, end the prohibition of drilling oil on federal lands, and pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

  • He is against LGBT rights, against any form of gun regulation, against net neutrality.

  • Last December he blatantly lied about Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, even though the transcript of the call put paid to the lie.

  • Meadows presented a letter to Donald Trump in 2016 that demanded the repeal of certain laws that exist to ensure fair pay for public works employees, and also demanded the repeal of the federal overtime rule.

  • Meadows is staunchly against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and was largely responsible for pushing then-Speaker of the House John Boehner to shut down the government in 2013 unless the ACA was defunded.

Last December, Meadows announced that he would not seek re-election this year.  Our friend Keith, who lives in Meadows’ district in North Carolina, explained that the previously gerrymandered district maps had been re-drawn and that Meadows’ chances of winning re-election would be slim-to-none.  He is apparently hoping to run for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Senator Richard Burr in 2022.  Meanwhile, I guess he plans to bide his time creating more chaos and havoc as Trump’s chief of staff until next January 20th when Trump will officially be escorted off the premises, and Meadows and all the others along with him.

And in other news …

Last night, amid the growing coronavirus pandemic, after visiting the CDC and making a complete fool out of himself, Trump entertained the torcher of the Amazon Rain Forest, Jair Bolsonaro at Mar-a-Lago.  Not a care in the world for those two destroyers of Planet Earth …


Oh look … Ivanka and Jared are there, too.  I can’t help wondering how much this is costing We the Taxpayer???

One last thought …

If you live in the U.S. and didn’t switch your clocks ahead one hour last night … stop reading this and go do so now, else you won’t know the right time and you’ll be late all day today!  And speaking of Daylight Saving’s Time …

42 thoughts on “Another One Bites The Dust …

  1. Jill, Mulvaney was asked to defang a successful agency, because banks and credit card companies did not like its success. The Consumer Financial Protection agency punished these folks for aggressive and fraudulent marketing. The GOP was told to defang it.

    Mulvaney also confirmed that Trump tried to extort Ukraine and told us to get over it. He later backed away, but the line echoes. But, of course, the senate needs no stinking witnesses.

    As for Meadows, the employees take on the personality of its leader. I have had over 100 calls with Senate and House staff members, by far, the most beligerent calls have been with Meadows staff members. Almost all of the other calls have been cordial. My personal favorite was the remark the nonpartisan CBO was often wrong when I said the tax law would raise the debt by $1.5 trillion over ten years.. After two years, the CBO appears to be correct in their estimates. I asked why do elected officials praise the CBO when their estimates support an argument, but condemn the same folks when they don’t?

    Meadows will bring that to the White House. But, the one thing for certain is at some point, he will offend the king. As an attorney who worked for Trump for years said, if Trump likes you, don’t get used to it. Keith

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    • With all the brouhaha surrounding him in the position of White House chief of staff, I keep forgetting that he is also the Director of the OMB. I guess, since his sole purpose there was to destroy that agency from within, his job there is fairly easy. I wonder if he can do that and be in Northern Ireland at the same time?

      I agree about Meadows … I suspect it will be a short amount of time before he will somehow displease Trump or the two will butt heads. It’s like one big free-for-all these days, isn’t it?


      • Jill, Mulvaney should be remembered for being accused of sloppy-to-deceitful budget when he double counted the benefit of a change to make the numbers look better. As an accountant, you know how that is window-dressing. Keith

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  2. Yes, the chaos in Washington DC goes on… To make matters worse, I’ve just lost an hour of my day!
    Since Mar-a-Lago has become our nation’s capital for entertaining visiting foreign leaders, its members can now hobnob with the president and his honored guests.

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  3. Well, I always blamed Daylight Savings Time on the golfers, but I also come from a place where we were smart enough not to indulge in it (Saskatchewan). Then we moved to BC. And then I had to get up this morning to go somewhere, and it was an hour earlier than it should have been, and well…coffee… Happy Lose an Hour Day!

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    • We have devolved into total chaos under a “leader” (and I use that term tongue-in-cheek) who has no idea what he is doing and is too stupid to listen to wiser heads. We apparently decided that we wished to be the laughingstock of Planet Earth, and we’re well on our way to that title. Sigh. Yep, we need to alter Washington and I surely hope we do that in November. Meanwhile … chaos reigns. Thanks for the hug! ❤

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  4. Dalight Saving time is when the summer pixies take an hour away from everyone to make Sparkley dust to sprinkle on the waters of flowing streams and Happy Hums to float on the breezes.
    Tell a Trump supporter the Democrats want to stop the summer pixies from doing that and they’ll believe the whole thing.

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  5. I always thought British Summer Time was adopted to help Children. Firstly to go to school while it was light and then to go home before it got too dark. It shows if a story is repeated often enough you’ll believe it.

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    • I wonder just how many theories there are about it all? Much of the state of Indiana do not change time, for the farmers say it upsets their cows to change their schedule. It gets confusing if you’re driving through the state.

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