Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Future look at the Trump/Ryan America.

So far the Trump media coverage has been filled with pundit warnings tempered by the hope that things will get better...that Trump didn't mean half of the things he said during the campaign.

It reminds me so much of what we here in Wisconsin went through with Scott Walker, just before everything got so much worse than we ever could have imagined. The sad fact is, voters invested so much of themselves in Scott Walker, they're now doing everything they can do deny he's failed. That Walker has set in place long term damage.  

The same is now true of faithful Trump supporters, betting on a narcissist/white nationalist business man turning D.C. upside down, hoping for better results than Obama's intentionally obscured successes kept secret by his own insipid party.

Paul Ryan won too.

In a past interview, Ryan's authoritarian personality jumped off the small screen. Here are 4 statements from our arrogant egotist (audio slideshow):

- "This is what requires leadership."

- "It is hard to lead when your saying things people may not want to hear, but leaders nevertheless if they see a threat to their country need to do something about it."

- " we can win ... to get the moral authority and mandate to fix this countries problems on our own terms as nation before it's too late."

- "What I'm trying to do here is to build a majoritarian movement to fix America's problems..."
Here's a preview of Ryan's agenda, culled from past Roll Calls, you may have missed but will soon see Trump's signature on. I've only scratched the surface, click here for the complete list:
Wisconsin House Republicans didn't just pass the Keystone XL Pipeline, they exempted Big Oil from paying for the Cost of Cleanup!!!

House Republican GOP to turn special interest research and hearsay into "the best available science."

Republicans to delay Reduction in ground level Ozone Emissions, "Balance" Jobs and Affordability over Lung Disease. PUBLIC HEALTH, THE ENVIRONMENT: The House defeated an amendment that would undercut HR 4775 (above) by nullifying any provisions that would inflict harm on public health or the environment.

Ryan votes to cut Minimum Wage from $7.25 to $4.25 in Puerto Rico. Could it soon be part of his plan to fight poverty? Backers said this would help businesses regain profitability, while foes said it would prompt young workers to flee their homeland.

Dumb Ron Johnson doesn't want professional financial advisers WE HIRE to put our interests ahead of their own. STANDARDS FOR FINANCIAL ADVISERS: The Senate passed a measure (HJ Res 88) that would kill a new Department of Labor rule requiring those who provide professional advice to retirement and pension plans to adhere to fiduciary standards obligating them to put clients’ financial interests ahead of their own.

IRS STAFF WITH TAX PROBLEMS: The House passed a GOP-drafted bill (HR 1206) that would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from adding staff until it either (a) vouches that none of its 80,000 employees have a “serious” tax-delinquency not being resolved or (b) reports to Congress on why it cannot provide such a certification. Republicans said it was “hypocrisy” for IRS employees to have their own tax problems.

HUNTING, FISHING ON FEDERAL LAND: The House passed (HR 2406) that would authorize federally funded shooting ranges on state and federal lands, limit Environmental Protection Agency regulation of ammunition and fishing lures as toxic substances and open all National Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service land to hunting, fishing and other public recreation.

Wisconsin's Republican Science deniers in House pass bill disavowing the social cost of carbon emissions, block Democratic attempts to keep it...allows agencies to accept secondary rather than original analyses of environmental impacts.

Lunacy # 3: Wisconsin House GOP would prevent EPA from protecting Americans from Ebola, nuclear, biological and terrorist attacks. I'm not kidding. EBOLA DISINFECTANTS: The House defeated a Democratic bid to exempt from HR 4012 (above) any EPA actions to approve Ebola disinfectants or protect communities against nuclear, biological or terrorist attacks or chemical spills into drinking-water supplies.

Lunacy # 2: Wisconsin House GOP dismantle EPA Science Advisory Board by replacing Academic’s with corporate special interests!!! What a good idea? The board provides independent evaluations of the scientific analyses upon which the EPA bases its regulations. This bill would diminish academic representation on the board while expanding corporate membership; permit experts with financial ties to EPA-regulated industries to serve.

Lunacy # 1: Wisconsin House Republicans start to dismantle EPA, by requiring confidential health information be made public...any confidential health information about participants -- has been made publicly available so that the studies can be independently replicated. Democrats said the bill's main targets are studies by the American Cancer Society and Harvard University that link air pollution with ill health and underpin the EPA's administration of the Clean Air Act.

The House approved 15 jobs bills that previously passed the House as individual measures, and then died in the Democratic-led Senate. In part, the bills would expedite logging in national forests, scale back the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-regulation law, make bonus depreciation and certain charitable contributions by businesses a permanent part of the U.S. tax code, ease certain environmental rules to promote job creation and give Congress veto power over federal regulations having at least a $100 million annual impact on the economy. defeated a motion by Democrats to amend HR 4 (above) in a way that would deny federal tax breaks to companies that shift U.S. jobs overseas or which reincorporate abroad to avoid U.S. taxation, a process known as “inversion.”

Wisconsin Congressmen vote to sell Natural Gas and Oil to Terrorists, and raise our prices by depleting our surplus energy supplies...the bills would expand offshore drilling for oil and natural gas, require speedy administration approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, expedite Department of Energy approvals of applications for exporting liquefied natural gas and prohibit federal regulation on federal and tribal lands of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking … defeated a Democratic motion that would “prohibit U.S. oil exports to any country, company or individual that supports or harbors terrorist organizations, including ISIS or al Qaeda.”

Wisconsin Congressmen vote to Discharge Pesticides into Navigable Waters:

BONUS DEPRECIATION MADE PERMANENT: The House passed a “bonus depreciation” for businesses a permanent feature of the Internal Revenue Code. This would add $287 billion to federal deficits between fiscal 2014 and 2024 … allows businesses to deduct 50 percent of the cost of qualified property in the year in which the item was bought.

TheEnergy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. House Slashes funding for renewable energy programs in the Department of Energy by more than $100 million, while boosting funding for coal and other fossil fuels. Slashes funding for swapping low-efficiency toilets for higher-efficiency models … axing what was dubbed the "Cash for Crappers" program.

Wisconsin Congressmen vote to Repeat Great Recession with deregulation!!! … renew the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through fiscal 2018, curb its regulatory powers, add investor protections and increase the national debt by $948 million over five years … In part, this bill would subject new CFTC rules to time-consuming cost-benefit analyses and exempt derivatives trading by overseas subsidiaries of U.S. financial institutions from direct CFTC supervision.

Reckless Wisconsin Republican Congressmen vote to pollute inland Aquifers and...the Great Lakes!!! I'm not exaggerating. CROSS-BORDER PIPELINE APPROVALS: The House weakened environmental reviews of cross-border pipeline projects between the U.S. and Canada or Mexico … would allow any rejected Keystone application to be resubmitted under relaxed environmental standards … limit reviews … thus exempting long stretches of pipelines over aquifers and through interior terrain from National Environmental Policy Act standards … refused to bar approvals of oil pipelines under HR 3301 (above) that could rupture and spill toxic chemicals into the Great Lakes or the Ogallala Aquifer beneath South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.

CORPORATE TAX BREAKS, LARGER DEFICITS: The House passed lower tax liabilities in certain instances when companies convert from “C corporation” to “S corporation” status. Because the bill is not paid for, it would add $1.5 billion to federal deficits between fiscal 2014-2024. DEPRECIATION TAX BREAKS, LARGER DEFICITS: The House passed permanent depreciation tax breaks to medium-size and small businesses … the bill is not paid for, it would add $73 billion to federal deficits between fiscal 2014-2024.

Big Government Authoritarians Ryan, Senesenbrenner and Duffy vote to federally prosecute anyone carrying out state medical marijuana laws in 26 states. Voting no against a nationwide movement of marijuana acceptance and to make medical decisions for Americans by Washington bureaucrats? Those bureaucrats are…Paul Ryan, James Sensenbrenner, Sean Duffy.

LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION: The House defeated an amendment to abolish the Legal Services Corporation … A yes vote was to eliminate the Legal Services Corporation: Paul Ryan, James Sensenbrenner, Tom Petri, Sean Duffy, and Reid Ribble.

INDEFINITE MILITARY DETENTION IN THE U.S.: The House defeated an amendment to the military budget (HR 4435) that would repeal the authority presidents were granted after 9/11 to indefinitely detain suspected members of terrorist organizations in U.S. military custody without charges rather than assign them to America’s civilian criminal justice system.

GOP adopts their own Amendment to HR 4435...that would bar the Department of Defense from spending funds in its fiscal 2015 budget on programs that address climate change. A yes vote was to prohibit military spending to deal with climate change.

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