The Shambling Mound's Eighth Week

The shambling and lurching made it through the eighth week with what has become the usual levels of deception, horror, and mania. Is it sheer incompetence? Is it the a ploy to exhaust his opoonents? Is it a new entertainment show for those on distant shores and less affected by such events? As these things are not actually in contradiction, perhaps all are true.

Starting with the response to the February employment reports, the response from the White House would have led George Orwell scrambling to find new material for totalitarian double-speak. Somehow, Lord Dampnut claimed that it was his policies that resulted in good employment and wage figures - a dubious claim at best. Sean Spicer quickly jumped into the fray with the utterly absurd claim that previous job reports were phony, but that they are "very real now". Those are words that will come back to haunt him.

The reverse Robin Hood health-care plan limped its way towards disaster early in the week with the Congress Budget Office concluding that if passed, 14 million additional Americans will be uninsured by 2018. The fact that the the plan would reduce taxes for the wealthy by $883 billion whilst cutting Medicaid by $880 billion, has not gone unnoticed. So much for "insurance for everybody", as Lord Dampnut promised. Who knew it could be so complicated?

If you care about the environment it was not a great week with an intention to rescind protection of groundwater from the negative effects of fracking was revealed, and on the flipside, regulations designed to workers and communities from chemical related accidents has been put on hold.

The proposals to reorganise the executive branch with perhaps the deepest cuts ever proposed, correlated with the release of a budget blueprint. In a nutshell, it's good if you're already well-off or a corporation with even further tax cuts. If you're poor, you're pretty well doomed with big cuts for science, research, agriculture, health, housing, energy etc. The question has to be asked - is this the most destructive budget that has ever been proposed?

A new round of sabre-rattling concluded the week with Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, now saying that "strategic patience" with North Korea had ended and now military options were "on the table". With no sense of irony, Lord Dampnut has accused the Kim Jon-Un of "acting very, very badly". Oh, and a swipe a China for not doing enough about North Korea as well. I am sure sober minds know what the result of military conflict with North Korea would be.

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