Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - DACA
Deb Milbrath

President Trump's cruel and gutless action on DACA is typical of bullies and blowhards like him, since they are usually also cowards. Instead of forthrightly rejecting Obama's executive action protecting dreamers, Trump punted the issue to a congress that's unlikely to act.

There is an eerie familiarity to President Trump’s position on deporting immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children. It contains the same mix of cruelty and desperate incompetence as his position on repealing Obamacare. There is the alternating of threats and bluster with sweet promises; the repeated delays in hopes a solution will somehow materialize; the lack of interest in programmatic detail...and the final lurch into blame-avoidance that we are seeing now (“Congress, get ready to do your job---DACA!,” Trump demands, bluntly framing the policy as something Congress, not Trump, was supposed to have been working on these past seven and a half months...

It should be obvious to everyone by now that Trump is not a serious person about anything of importance. He doesn't really care about public policy or the impact it has on people. He doesn't care about religion, which made his mealy-mouthed piety the other day about "praying" for the people of Houston particularly revolting.

Willie Brown in last Sunday's Chronicle:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has become the latest victim in our new world of politics — one where instant emotional gratification and ideological reinforcement crowd out intelligent discourse. Feinstein jammed a stick into a snake pit when she said in a Commonwealth Club appearance that there was little chance of President Trump being impeached, and that she hoped “he has the ability to learn and to change, and if he does he can be a good president.”

Everyone understands that a Republican congress won't impeach Trump---at least not yet based on what we know now. But it's just stupid to hope that Trump will ever become anything but the contemptible human being he has always been. That Feinstein even voiced that hope shows that at 84 she's well past her sell-by date and should retire.

More from Brown:

Look, folks. There’s no reason to root against Trump learning and changing and being a “good president.” That would mean he wouldn’t blunder us into a nuclear war with North Korea, and would get religion on immigration, and wouldn’t let corporations do whatever they want to the environment. If he became a good president, that would mean he wasn’t using the office to enrich himself and his family and that he was respecting the rule of law...That is the way it is in today’s politics, where the key to success is to pander to people’s emotions rather than getting them to think or face reality.

If pigs had wings, they might fly. Donald Trump is---and always has been---a swine. Brown matches Feinstein's stupidity with some of his own.

See also Paul Krugman: The Very Bad Economics of Killing DACA.

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At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that Dianne has more common sense at age 84 than most people. She is a realist and understand DC better than all the "new fresh faces" that say she is past her due date.


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