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Yes I saw the Eclipse pic on Twitter, and thats what this is about, erasing the past.

 

This is from a Washington Post Story today…called “What Trump has Undone”

He truly has done more than any other President, he did not lie. Since January 20 he has systematically uprooted and changed rules, laws and policies set in place by his predecessors.  He has not taken action of his own, enacted any laws or led the country in any way.   His huge URGENT PROMISE on Opioid addiction, was just empty air, that is something he could actually pass. He could declare a state of emergency which he has refused to follow up with.  Most of his efforts go towards the dismantling of healthcare not to rebuild or give healthcare as promised.

 The only thing he has managed to do is reverse polices already in place either to protect himself or friends, make money or to restrict minorities.

He has undone laws on…

"1) Withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade deal would have established a trade partnership between the United States and countries on the Pacific Rim.

2)Reversal of a rule that would mandate that oil and gas companies report payments to foreign governments. The Securities and Exchange Commission will no longer receive this information.  You said WHAT ABOUT TRANSPARENCY?

3)Ended limits on the ability of states to drug test those seeking unemployment benefits.

4)Repeal of a rule allowing states to create retirement savings plans for private-sector workers.

5)Repeal of a bill that mandated that employers maintain records of workplace injuries.

6) Killed a rule mandating that government contractors disclose past violations of labor law.

Justice

7)Rescinded an Obama effort to reduce mandatory sentences. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered that prosecutors seek the most stringent penalties possible in criminal cases.  THIS IS LARGELY CONSIDERED A VOTING TYPE RESTRICTION.  

8)Reversed the government’s position on a voter ID law in Texas. Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department argued  that the law had discriminatory intent. Under Sessions, Justice withdrew that complaint. On Wednesday, a federal cout threw out the law.

9)Reviewed Justice Department efforts to address problematic police departments. An effort to address concerns in the Baltimore Police Department was delayed.  YES THIS WAS PARTICULARLY GREAT!

Environment

10)Withdrew from the Paris climate agreement.

11)Blocked the Clean Power Plan. The plan implemented under Obama focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

12) Ended a study on the health effects of mountaintop-removal mining. The process involves blasting away the tops of hills and mountains to get at coal seams under the surface.  JUST REMOVE ALL THE BEAUTY LEFT!

13)Rescinded a rule mandating that rising sea levels be considered when building public infrastructure in flood-prone areas.

14)Reversed an Obama ban on drilling for oil in the Arctic.  THIS WAS FOR EXXON

15)Reviewed the status of national monuments for possible reversal. In April, Trump signed an executive order ordering a review of monuments added in the past 20 years, opening up the possibility that some areas previously set aside would have that status revoked.

16)Withdrew a rule banning fracking on public land.   HAD TO CHANGE SOME RESTRICTIONS ON Killing WILDLIFE in SOME AREAS.

17)Reversed a ban on plastic bottles at national parks.

18)Rescinded a limit on the number of sea animals that can be trapped or killed in fishing nets.

19)Delayed and potentially rolled back automotive fuel efficiency standards.

20) *****Repealed the Waters of the United States rule. This rule expanded the definition of water bodies that were protected by the Environmental Protection Agency.

21)Ended a rule banning dumping waste from mining into streams.  YES MOST ARE AGAINST THE MINING EFFORTS, BUT NOW WE HAVE TO DRINK THE WASTE

22)Reversed a rule banning hunting bears and wolves. The ban applied to federal refuges in Alaska and prohibited hunting predators using certain methods.

23)Repealed a rule that would have centralized federal land management.  Yes divide and sell, or really its just easier to legislate.

24)Removed a bike-sharing station at the White House.  REALLY FATSO CANT RIDE A BIKE.

Foreign policy and immigration

25)Cut the number of migrants and refugees allowed from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

26)Repealed a rule allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military.

27)Rolled back of Obama’s outreach to the Cuban government.

28)Ended the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program. DAPA extended protections for some immigrant parents whose children were citizens of or residents in the United States.

Education

29)Withdrew federal protections for transgender students in schools. Under the rule approved by Obama, transgender students could use school bathrooms that corresponded to their gender identities.

29)Reversed a rule that mandated how achievement is measured in schools.

30)Repealed a rule mandating certain requirements for teacher-preparation programs.

Other policy areas

31)Revoked a ban on denying funding for Planned Parenthood at the state level.

32) Repealed a rule mandating that Internet service providers seek permission before selling personal information.     I KNOW YOU ALL LOVE THIS ONE!!!!!

33)Reversed a rule that would ban gun sales to those deemed “mentally defective” by the government.  THIS EXPLAINS CHARLOTTESVILLE- have you seen VICE?

34)Slow or nonexistent staffing at the Senate-confirmed and management level across administration agencies.

35) Repealed a rule mandating consolidation of transit planning authorities."

 

So at the end of this list all he has done..is undo whatever Obama has done.  He has issued nothing of his own, no new legislation has been put forth, nothing.  He is a great talker.

Trump is not a President, he was the GOP’s loaded gun aimed at Democrats to clear all agenda.  None of these items mattered to him, but they do matter to Americans who care about their country. In the long run, even those racists  that follow him to get a wall built or get a better life will be bothered when natural monuments of this nation are gone or sold.  He likes concrete and steel.

Good Luck with that, he has opened the gate to even dirtier water, barren land, high criminal markups-meaning higher taxes even for smaller crimes, no staff at federal level, you are now allowed to hunt endangered bears and wolves but this goes with the fracking on public land.  Your labor will be cheap doing it too. 

 

Comments

wsucram15 Added Aug 25, 2017 - 3:53am
Not an argument..these are things Trump has accomplished.  Nothing more, nothing less. 
Bill Caciene Added Aug 25, 2017 - 6:02am
Between a president that makes laws or erases laws, I choose the latter all day long.  
Ari Silverstein Added Aug 25, 2017 - 8:08am
Just about every item on your list entails far more complexity than your quickie sound bite alludes. Take the gun ban, who decides who's mentally defective and not entitled to the same rights as the rest of us? So a bit of advice if you wish to not be labeled a political hack, provide your list, but provide with some degree of honesty so that one can appreciate why Trump did what he did.
Leroy Added Aug 25, 2017 - 8:51am
Hallelujah and Amen to what Bill said.
 
The executive branch does not make law.  That is precisely what O was doing.  If it was important, he should have worked with Congress to pass the laws.  He chose to bypass congress.  It should be a lesson to all would-be kings.
Autumn Cote Added Aug 25, 2017 - 11:28am
Dannl,
Please refrain from posting more than two comments in a row.  
William Stockton Added Aug 25, 2017 - 11:44am
wsu, "So at the end of this list all he has done..is undo whatever Obama has done."
 
An amazing achievement in only 8 months of his presidency!  I can't wait for the other 80!
Bill H. Added Aug 25, 2017 - 11:57am
Good one, WSU-
 
One can easily see that his priorities for signing these bills were:
1.  Increased profits for his empire and those of his friends, along with enhancing corporate control of America.
2.  Opposing virtually anything the "Opposition Party" has accomplished (retaliation)
3.  Exercising his lifelong prejudices.
4. The reason for #22 eludes me, but I suspect it is either to benefit his son's appetite for hunting, or satisfy Sara Palin's lust for shooting wolves from helicopters (or both).
I see nothing on this list that directly benefits the people. It's all about CEO profits and self reward.
 
RJGnyc Added Aug 25, 2017 - 1:08pm
Re "Did you sign an agreement giving your Doctor, hospital, infirmy, whatever, permission to share that "issue" with other parties? Sure you did, of he did not treat you."  That would be illegal, because under the HIPAA regulations treatment cannot be denied based on a refusal to permit sharing of medical information.
wsucram15 Added Aug 25, 2017 - 2:13pm
RJGnyc..are you challenging me?
Check the law...then get back to me grasshopper.
wsucram15 Added Aug 25, 2017 - 2:27pm
William..he has not signed any major legislation or kept any campaign promises.  No one expects him to be an FDR, but one promise from the campaign would be nice.  I would like to see him delegate.
But in any event..its not rocket science the agenda was to undo the prior administration, what Trump did was turn some of  it to his (or friends and familys) advantage.
wsucram15 Added Aug 25, 2017 - 2:43pm
Ari,
Ari..I research what I write, this was just a Washington Post data I re-posted.
 You dont write anything and you definitely don't research anything so I feel pretty secure in my data and what I have written thus far specifically compared to you..
However...I  realize how complex some of these bills were.  I also know most politicians dont write them, they just propose and sign them.
Obama was a Constitutional Attorney, some of his proposed bills, not all, he had a good deal of input on, so Im sure they were complex and also to protect specific things for a reason.
ITs much easier to have something undone like a specific IRS freeze (that he imposed) on ONE RULE to benefit Carl Icahn and really any Corporate oil and gas company a huge tax break.
Icahn also helped push some EPA rules through in his short time at the White House. Specifically one about how corn-based ethanol is mixed with gasoline (oh yeah).  It cost Ichan 250 million last year to comply with that rule.  Thanks to Trump and co...his stock has increased 50% by just a flick of the pen.  Ichan is in a tad bit of trouble for this and the WH is putting some distance on this one, which is hilarious.
Thank you for your post though.  :)
 
 
wsucram15 Added Aug 25, 2017 - 2:48pm
Leroy..
A good President does have legislation drafted to fit with his agenda and campaign promises. Absolutely all Presidents participate in legislation they care about.
Trump cant, at least not yet, he either hasn't been allowed or doesn't know he is expected to do so.  ESPECIALLY WHEN THE CONGRESS isnt getting things done.
If you are referring to Obama. ..I imagine he didnt write most of the laws, but he knew enough to be able to understand what he was signing.  Also he did initiate many pieces of legislation as did Michelle Obama.
wsucram15 Added Aug 25, 2017 - 2:51pm
BillH..#22 ..that made me laugh...not offensive enough for his son.
In any event my understanding of the laws-there are two, is that the animals needed to not be protected so then the land could be accessed.
He has done this with another piece of property also, I dont know why its not on this list.   It was done for fracking.
George N Romey Added Aug 25, 2017 - 3:02pm
No infrastructure, no trade reform, no change in tax code to discourage outsourcing, nothing to shore up SS. No working with Congress. No halting of the MIC.
wsucram15 Added Aug 25, 2017 - 3:13pm
Nope.  No solid legislation as promised..which is what I was looking for, I think that might have gotten my support.  I dont usually agree with too many Presidents, this one just doesnt seem interested.
Doug Plumb Added Aug 25, 2017 - 3:43pm
Every president should not enact new laws but try to undo everything every president ever did until the Federal Reserve Act is nullified. We should be prosecuting for fraud as this takes place, use bankers, attorneys and politicians to get a healthy prison economy going.
wsucram15 Added Aug 25, 2017 - 3:52pm
AND he has spent 22% of his time on vacation or at a golf course, not addressing issues (he actually takes weekends off) except on twitter.
As of May he had spent 22 million on golf trips alone and that doesnt count the recent vacation or any other subsequent trips after May 5, 2017.
So aside from reversal of legislation like voting rights and bashing cabinet members and legislators for his errors, he has spent large amounts of taxpayer money.
Also just for argument..Trump said he would not have time for golf he would be working for the people and said Obama played too much golf, as of August 1, 2017  The comparison...is this. Obama in 2009 played golf first year 11 times.  Trump first year 21...  Both by August.
Jeff Michka Added Aug 25, 2017 - 3:56pm
Plumb Doug, ace conspiracy theorist, sez: use bankers, attorneys and politicians to get a healthy prison economy going.-He doesn't need them. Jeff Sessions is AG, he will keep the private sector prison industry busy and profitable.  He might even tell us how the Moon landings were all faked, and you'll be rolling in kudos.  LOL
wsucram15 Added Aug 25, 2017 - 4:01pm
Doug..every prosecutor is charged now with seeking the mandatory maximum sentence. Which is further taxpayer money for even the simplest of crimes.  But it is a system someone is making money somewhere.
wsucram15 Added Aug 25, 2017 - 4:08pm
Trump tried to rip off South Carolina on the cleanup of his kids business he bought out.  They caught it and I spoke with both Grahams and Scotts office about it.  His petition was denied and he had to pay millions for the cleanup.
Dino Manalis Added Aug 25, 2017 - 4:33pm
Trump wants to mimic Reagan as much as possible, while I generally support deregulations, they need to be carried out with expert advice, not politics.
RJGnyc Added Aug 25, 2017 - 4:35pm
Re "RJGnyc..are you challenging me?  Check the law...then get back to me grasshopper."  I've written HIPAA training books and online interactive training for 6 major medical service/billing corporations.  I think I know the HIPAA regulations by now.
RJGnyc Added Aug 25, 2017 - 4:44pm
PS to preceding:  If you don't sign it doesn't mean certain info cannot be shared by an HCP -- there are still provisions for them to share certain data.  However, it is a violation of federal law to refuse to treat any patient who does not sign a disclosure form.
RJGnyc Added Aug 25, 2017 - 5:01pm
PPS because no one trusts anyone any more:
A covered entity may not condition treatment, payment, enrollment, or benefits eligibility on an individual granting an authorization, except in limited circumstances.  [C.F.R. § 164.501]
A reader-friendly version is at:  https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/privacy/laws-regulations/index.html
The special conditions under which a release can be required are (for example) if your MD refers you to a specialist, that specialist can refuse to treat unless you agree to release the relevant medical information.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 25, 2017 - 5:17pm
No halting of the MIC.
 
My humble view from Europe.
John G Added Aug 25, 2017 - 6:50pm
Actually, withdrawing from the TPP (Number 1 on your list) was one of his campaign policies.
It's the one good thing he has done.
Once again Jeanne establishes her anti-progressive ideological bias.
Jeff Michka Added Aug 25, 2017 - 7:27pm
On top of everything wsucram15 listed, and for you members of the WB rightist club, LET'S HOPE IT'S UNLIKELY he'll get his/R version of "tax reform" whereby the wealthy, including Trump and family Trump get huge tax breaks, that, sooner or later, will come out of your pocket when some bright soul decides we need a government.
wsucram15 Added Aug 27, 2017 - 1:48pm
John..the TPP backout in someways was a good move, but still not legislative, it was an agreement.  Also he withdrew from Paris climate agreement something most repubs didnt like but that was voluntary plan and not legislative..move on.  Both pissed China off and has caused issues in that area, so we will see if they were good things or not.
 
RGnyc..what the hell are you talking about... I think we have a misunderstand..Im talking about my article, and you are citing Hippa regulations.  I know them, cant cite them like that, but I know them. I just had to sign a damn paper the other day to get records released, I get it.
 
Most everything on that list is environmental.  If I missed it, please explain your reference to the article as I am missing something in your repeated replies about HIPPA.
Challenging me on the laws in most instances will get you a good debate. But Im not sure what you are referencing in the article.  Ok?
John G Added Aug 27, 2017 - 6:04pm
Canning the TPP pissed China off?
I don't know what you smoke Jeanne, but you need to cut down on it.
You're about as literate as Sutrina.
wsucram15 Added Aug 27, 2017 - 6:44pm
Your right John..wasnt paying attention to what I typed. Sorry about that.  Always trying to make my point about China whom I have come to believe is a problem for the US.   But it was my error..I make them.
I dont smoke.... I cant.
Thanks for the thoughtful way out you gave me though...lol.
wsucram15 Added Aug 28, 2017 - 8:47pm
 thanks guys...comments on this thread are closed....
 
 
Bill Kamps Added Aug 29, 2017 - 7:06am
Part of the problem with executive orders is that they are easy to repeal by subsequent Presidents.  When Obama, Trump, or any other President creates an executive order, it is a lazy and cynical way of going around Congress.  If Congress passes a law, assuming it is Constitutional, it will take Congress to change or repeal the law. Not easy.   If a Democratic President creates an executive order, he does it with the expectation that a GOP President will repeal it.  However, until that happens, he can chalk that up as one of his "accomplishments".
 
Since the most recent three Presidents have lacked significant political skill, dueling executive orders is what we have degenerated to.
 
The problem is not that Trump is repealing them, the problem is that Obama didnt go to Congress to make them laws in the first place.  This of course is no way to run a country, but  then the people we are electing to be President are not up to the task.
wsucram15 Added Aug 29, 2017 - 12:51pm
Bill..I agree completely. The process is no longer what it should be.
Congress has been stalled since the 111th Congress and I believe the worst Congress in the history of records was the 112th.
I dont see any change in the % of laws passed so I believe Presidents are forced to pass laws this way.
If Trump had passed laws to enact things for the people I could go with you on that and I think the TPP was one of those things.  But most of the rest was done for special interests or just friends in business like Ichan.
 I have been fighting this long before Trump as he is not the only problem and not ever what I have said, if some  people had been on here  the past 4 years.
 This is my last comment out of courtesy to you.
Bill Kamps Added Aug 29, 2017 - 1:41pm
If Trump had passed laws to enact things for the people I could go with you on that
 
Im not sure what I said that makes you think I am a fan of Trump's.
 
I thought I said Trump was doing the same thing as Obama did.
 
Since Clinton, they all are playing the same game.  I blame the Presidents not Congress.  The Presidents are supposed to have the political skill to get their agenda passed. Unfortunately we elect people who dont know how to govern, and cant deal with Congress, largely through inexperience. 
Bill H. Added Aug 29, 2017 - 2:02pm
 
I've seen the efforts of past presidents when it came to preserving open space and creating nature conservation zones. Even GWB was very active in conserving nature.
We now have a President who has declared war on Mother Nature and is bent on reversing most of the gains that have been accomplished by past presidents who had the intelligence and forethought to help conserve open space and retain habitat for fish and wildlife.
Donna Added Aug 29, 2017 - 4:17pm
Bill H- You said it all..)0(
wsucram15 Added Aug 29, 2017 - 9:19pm
BIllK..I agree and disagree.  Inexperience in playing partisan games..yes perhaps, which is why the powers of the Presidency have been so expanded.  
But the Congress also has too much power and doesnt utilize the power they have due to bipartisanship.
The list in the article above is mostly environmental...such as the PAris accord, which was stupid of him to reject. That was nothing but playing to his base and being a media whore, distracting from other important news like revoking DAPA and other Russia news, like subpoenas being issued and obstruction charges.   He has a tendancy to try to change the talking points any way he can.
 
This guy has lived in the city all his life.  He goes to the golf course and open nature for him would be a golf course for profit.   In fact I believe he is trying to make the national parks no longer on a donation basis and parking, but a fee basis.   Some parks have already been commercialized  with advertisers but Obama did that. 
Im sure at some point, these reversals which are serious will have an impact on some people that dont believe in the "change in climate".
I dont care either way..going into office to only reverse anothers legislation does not make a President. It makes a divisive President. 
But people let this feed die.  I have a much more important one to post.
opher goodwin Added Aug 30, 2017 - 4:57am
A litany of shame. Fuck the environment. Kill animals with impunity. Fuck safe work conditions. Put guns in the hands of the mentally disturbed. Fuck the poor - why do they need health care - better off dead. Put business in a position to cut corners, pollute and destroy with impunity and exploit its workers.
Lamentable.
 
Bill H. Added Aug 30, 2017 - 10:04am
 
It's all about profits, profits, and profits with NO regard for anything else whatsoever. Corporatism bordering on Fascism at it's best.
opher goodwin Added Aug 30, 2017 - 7:14pm
Bill - Amen.
opher goodwin Added Aug 30, 2017 - 7:21pm
Bill Cacienne - Between a president that makes laws or erases laws, I choose the latter all day long.   
Spoken like a real John Wayne - hell - why do we need laws? Anarchy works fine? Someone annoys us we just shoot 'em! They sure as hell don't annoy us anymore!
Taxation - who the hell needs taxation? It's plain robbery! We don't need no damn education!
Laws - do away with them, government and the whole of civilisation too, Who needs it?
 
Surely the first thing you should ask is what are the laws being erased? Are they good laws or bad laws? Because laws have a purpose. Laws that protect the environment, workers rights and safety and stop big business ripping us off are actually good laws.
Bill Kamps Added Aug 31, 2017 - 11:07am
wsu, it was never the case that was supposed to be easy to pass a law.  The Founders intentionally made it difficult.  Good Presidents know how to form a coalition with Congress to govern.  The most recent three haven't been able to do it because of inexperience and lack of ability.  All three at one time or another had majorities in both houses.
 
NOT inexperience at partisan politics, inexperience period.  Bush was a Governor of Texas.  That position is largely a figurehead.  The state legislature meets every other year for 90 days.  How many  of Bush's laws do you suppose they passed ? probably none.  Obama was a one term Senator, who authored hardly any legislation, and of course Trump never was in government.  So YES, inexperience.
opher goodwin Added Aug 31, 2017 - 12:48pm
Bill - Obama made the mistake of trying to gain consensus like he had achieved in Chicago. He should have used his majorities to shove it all through while he had the chance. The Republicans just put up a wall.
John G Added Sep 1, 2017 - 4:40am
Yeah poor Obama. He was so hard done by while he killed all those hundreds of thousands of people, bailed out his Wall St buddies and let off all his fellow CIA agents off war crimes charges.
opher goodwin Added Sep 1, 2017 - 7:34am
John G - I didn't suggest he was hard done by. I suggest that he should have shoved his Obamacare through at the start and sorted it out so it worked, shut down Guantanamo and sorted the gun laws. That would have made a difference.
John G Added Sep 1, 2017 - 6:37pm
You are so naive. Obama stopped single payer/Medicare for all. He didn't want to shut Gitmo, he wanted to move it.
opher goodwin Added Sep 2, 2017 - 4:03am
John G - better naïve than morose.
John G Added Sep 2, 2017 - 6:43pm
Even were I morose I wouldn't agree with you. It is the liberal class that you are part of that has given us this new fascism.
Better that you get out of the way of the left.
opher goodwin Added Sep 3, 2017 - 9:17am
John G - your prerogative - just stop misrepresenting what I stand for. If you can't get it you can't get it.
A Classicist Writes Added Sep 18, 2017 - 1:55pm
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