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This article by Eugene Robinson, outlines some of the criticisms I too have regarding this administration.

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This is not the systematic move toward small government that conservatives have long sought. It's a lurch toward bad government, inadequate government, incompetent government. In some cases, it's driven by spite; in others, by sheer cluelessness. Ultimately, we will all pay a price for Trump's nihilism.
Future presidents must restore what Trump has destroyed - Post-Tribune

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The most recent example is the chaos at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency established in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis as a watchdog against abuses. Perhaps the bureau's best-known action to date was levying a $100 million fine against Wells Fargo Bank for opening hundreds of thousands of deposit and credit card accounts without the customers' knowledge or consent. All told, the bureau has saved nearly $12 billion for consumers.
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Trump claimed in a weekend tweet that financial institutions "have been devastated" by the CFPB. That is nonsense. The much more likely reason for his criticism of the bureau is that it was established while Barack Obama was president. Trump has been unable to establish a proper legacy of his own, so he is intent on erasing his predecessor's.
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CFPB director Richard Cordray resigned Friday and, as specified by law, appointed an acting director Leandra English, who had been Cordray's chief of staff. But Trump, relying on a different federal statute, appointed his own acting director, Mick Mulvaney.
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You'd think Mulvaney already had enough to do, since he serves as White House budget director. But perhaps he relishes the extra work, since he was harshly critical of the agency when he was in Congress. In any event he dutifully showed up at CFPB headquarters Monday morning with a bag full of doughnuts for "his" staff. English, meanwhile, has filed suit in federal court claiming it's really "her" staff. And the bureau, with two masters, is paralyzed.
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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, by contrast, has no master. In its 41-year history it was founded during the Gerald Ford administration the office established to advise presidents on scientific matters never has gone so long without a leader. From 135 staffers under Obama, it has been slashed to 45.
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Perhaps this sort of thing was to be expected from Trump, who has described climate change as a Chinese hoax. The thing is, however, refusing to believe in science doesn't make you immune from its effects. Anyone with doubts about the law of gravity should think twice before jumping out of a second-story window.
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Meanwhile, China is racing ahead and already has become the world's leader in clean energy. A functioning science office, staffed with qualified scientists, would tell the president he is wrong to focus on coal, the fuel of the Victorian era, while ignoring the renewable energy sources that will power the rest of the 21st century. But Trump hates being told he's wrong. He chose an Environmental Protection Agency director, Scott Pruitt, who perhaps has even less regard for what science tells us about greenhouse gases and atmospheric warming. The result has been to make the world's most powerful nation mute and irrelevant in the global conversation about climate change.
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Even more alarming is the way our diplomatic corps is being decimated by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. This is a bipartisan issue: Sen John McCain, R-Ariz., added his name to a letter complaining that U.S. diplomatic power "is being weakened internally as complex, global crises are growing externally."
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Tillerson, who once reportedly referred to Trump as a "moron," is both sane and intelligent, unlike so many other Trump appointees. But he has approached the State Department as if he were an ambitious midlevel corporate executive tasked with downsizing an overstaffed branch office. He has forced out a host of senior diplomats, hired consulting firms to advise him on a reorganization, agreed to slash the department's budget by 31 percent and refused to fill jobs that his predecessors considered vital.
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But Tillerson's main job isn't management, it's diplomacy. With every career ambassador or senior officer who is elbowed out the door, a lifetime's worth of contacts and expertise depart as well. The administration will sorely miss that wisdom in a crisis.
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Future presidents will have to restore what Trump and his team are casually destroying. Ignorance and petulance, rather than reason, now reign.
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This article by Eugene Robinson, outlines some of the criticisms I too have regarding this administration.


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Only applicable if one believes that the government is the answer to all problems. Unfortunately, the government is usually the one to create the problem in the first place.

So, who got that fine money from Wells Fargo? Never did hear where that money went......
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Robinson is laughably incorrect, the President's job is to manage the executive branch. Reorganizing the State department from its current configuration of dozens of independent groups each with a direct pipeline to the Secretary isn't destroying it, it is real reform. Of course reforming the State department to conform to sound organizational principles strikes big government Democrats as destruction as it runs counter to the iron law that problems can only be solved by creating a new subagency or better yet a new agency reporting directly to the senior most executive. The motive besides employing political cronies is to allow the Secretary deniability for inexcusable decisions like rejecting repeated requests to improve Benghazi security behind a bureaucratic maze.
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As I view it, Robinson is laughably wrong. Trump, and Trump alone has the challenge of reversing the damage of his predecessors, both Bush 41 and Bush 43 along with Clinton and most notably,,,; Obama.

President Clinton once bragged, "...the days of big government are over. " It has grown exponentially ever since.
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Robinson is a far left liberal writer working at WaPo and absolutely hates President rump and the fact that Hillary lost. Anything he writes should be taken with that in mind.

The real problem is the current President must spend a lot of time undoing what the last President did.

Some things can't or won't be reversed. Iran will not return the billions in unmarked bills, we will probably be stuck with some form of OPM insurance. We have a major illegal border problem.

But many can be reversed or minimalized. We no longer have any reason to honor the non treaty treaty with Iran. OCare can be prevented from increasing. We can stop the flow of freeloaders currently invading our borders. Sanctuary anythings can be made to go away with a pen and phone. '18 will be a pivotal election. Both establishment Repubs and Dems need to be voted out.
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Robinson is a far left liberal writer working at WaPo and absolutely hates President rump and the fact that Hillary lost. Anything he writes should be taken with that in mind.

The real problem is the current President must spend a lot of time undoing what the last President did.

Some things can't or won't be reversed. Iran will not return the billions in unmarked bills, we will probably be stuck with some form of OPM insurance. We have a major illegal border problem.

But many can be reversed or minimalized. We no longer have any reason to honor the non treaty treaty with Iran. OCare can be prevented from increasing. We can stop the flow of freeloaders currently invading our borders. Sanctuary anythings can be made to go away with a pen and phone. '18 will be a pivotal election. Both establishment Repubs and Dems need to be voted out.
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Only applicable if one believes that the government is the answer to all problems. Unfortunately, the government is usually the one to create the problem in the first place.

So, who got that fine money from Wells Fargo? Never did hear where that money went......
ya know, that stuff only goes so far. when you're talking great depression and great recession, and no regs to start out then regs deleted, you gotta put the regs back
you dont even have to call it regulation if that word scares you. you can call it lil green meany, but without them we are a slave state.
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ya know, that stuff only goes so far. when you're talking great depression and great recession, and no regs to start out then regs deleted, you gotta put the regs back
you dont even have to call it regulation if that word scares you. you can call it lil green meany, but without them we are a slave state.
Except it was government programs that created the situation in the first place. The requirement to make these bad loans was a government invention and created the entire situation. Only when people understand that government interference creates more problems than it solves will we be able to actually start solving these problems.
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Did you forget the T on purpose?
No. My keyboard needs to be replaced, or maybe it was the keyboard fairy knocking on my door this morning.
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ya know, that stuff only goes so far. when you're talking great depression and great recession, and no regs to start out then regs deleted, you gotta put the regs back
you dont even have to call it regulation if that word scares you. you can call it lil green meany, but without them we are a slave state.
Here is the definition of slave for you,
A person who is the property of and wholly subject to another; a bond servant.
Without re-defining the word "slave", name one slave in the USA.

Now, name one regulation (or a hundred) that you think if it(they) were removed would make the USA a slave state.

Making statements such as, "without them we are a slave state" is not only melodramatic but also foolish.
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