Never before in the history of this nation has there been a more chaotic government, one that had so little clue what they were doing or what the ramifications of their actions would be. It is truly as if 7-year-old children are the decision-makers in Washington today!
He wasn’t invited, but nonetheless, Mike Pompeo crashed the meeting. A group of European foreign ministers were meeting in Brussels yesterday morning to work on how to best handle the situation with Iran that has turned into a mess, thanks to none other than Donald Trump. The group did not grant Pompeo inclusion in their meeting, but several diplomats from the UK, France, Germany, and the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, granted him private meetings.
The Europeans have all expressed fear not only about how Iran will behave, but equally about the aggression by the U.S. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said …
“We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident, with an escalation that is unintended really on either side. Most of all, we need to make sure we don’t end up putting Iran back on the path to re-nuclearization. Because if Iran becomes a nuclear power, its neighbors are likely to want to become nuclear powers. This is already the most unstable region in the world, and this would be a massive step in the wrong direction.”
Since Trump reneged on the Iran nuclear agreement a year ago, he has been taunting Iran, as well as our allies who are trying to hold the deal together without any assistance from the U.S. Iran finally said, “Enough”, and is threatening to cancel the agreement and return to building its nuclear program.
Apparently little, if anything, was gained by the private meetings with Pompeo, as each side dug in, with Pompeo saying that the nuclear deal should be scrapped. Apparently, he would like to have a reason to go to war with Iran? Pompeo has enough foreign policy experience to understand that a war in the Middle East will involve many more nations than only Iran and is a no-win proposition that can only make matters worse in the area than they already are. If, as I suspect, Trump is all too eager to try out his nuclear button … well, you know where I’m going with that.
Trump, Pompeo, and Bolton have put our allies in a tough spot and have increased tensions in the Middle East dramatically and dangerously. Way to go, Donnie … what else do you plan to destroy?
The trade negotiations between the U.S. and China were reportedly going well and expected to wrap up within a matter of days. But … sigh … Trump apparently never heard that old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. He prefers to break that which isn’t broken, and that is precisely what he did last week. He increased the tariffs on some $200 billion worth of goods the U.S. imports from China, causing China to retaliate and impose new tariffs on some $60 billion worth of goods they buy from us.
Remember how Trump has been bragging about that good economy (the one that was already doing very well when he inherited it)? Well, guess what folks? Based on the news of all these new tariffs being bandied about, the market took a bit of a nosedive. Does this ‘man’ understand nothing??? No, Donnie, tariffs are not good, China isn’t the one paying for the tariffs that YOU imposed … WE are! And NO, Donnie, trade wars are not easy to win!
Trump claimed his reason for increasing the tariffs was that China was reneging on certain concessions, but there is no evidence of that, and people who have long dealt with Trump in the world of real estate say that this is his modus operandi … he throws a fit over some imagined problem at the last minute, then attempts to bully his way into a better deal. Trouble is … this isn’t a real estate deal and … our economy and our livelihoods are at risk here. He is playing with the lives of real people.
I got through my first four years of college with the help of Pell Grants and by often working three jobs. Pell Grants, for those who may not be familiar with them, are subsidies the U.S. federal government provides for students who need it to pay for college. Federal Pell Grants are limited to students with financial need, who have not earned their first bachelor’s degree. I could not have gone to college had it not been for those Pell Grants. Today, they are more important than ever, with the high cost of college. But guess what? Donald Trump has decided that playing with his space toys is more important than educating our youth.
Yesterday evening, Trump sent a budget amendment to Congress to take $1.9 billion from the Pell Grant program and give it, instead, to NASA “so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!”
Some spokesperson for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) claims that it will not impact the Pell Grant program … I guess he must think we are all pretty damn stupid.
Trump has already proposed budget cuts for other student aid programs to the tune of $3.8 billion! It would seem that his ultimate goal is to ensure that only the children of the wealthy can afford to attend college. Picture the U.S. in 25 years. Your children and grandchildren will be digging ditches, working in dead-end factory jobs, clerking at a grocery store or McDonald’s, while Betsy DeVos’ and Donald Trump’s grandchildren will be the corporate CEOs and will be the people running our government … if, in fact, there is still a government to run.
And now, I believe I have spent most of my snark, so I shall leave you to find a cheerier blog than mine to read for the rest of the morning. But never fear, I shall return!