Promoting quiet recreation in Wisconsin.
Opposing the coming attempts to sell off Wisconsin's natural heritage.
Fighting denial about climate change. When are we hitting the streets?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Checklist: What will happen in a Trump/GOP administration

At this point it shouldn't be too hard to predict what is going to happen, legislatively and behaviorally, in the Trump/GOP coalition.    I am compiling a list, so that you can keep me honest.   Your milage may very as to whether you think these things are good or not.   Some are happening already.  Feel free to comment if you think I am missing anything.

1. Obamacare repeal without adequate replacement__
2.     Privatizing medicare/Medicaid/Social Security__
3.    Privatizing V.A. medical care__
4.     Vastly increased Russian power in Eastern Europe__
5.    War against Iran__
6.     Rolling back climate change treaties__
7.    Rolling back environmental protections__
8.     Selling off public assets__
9.    Cutting taxes on the wealthy__
10.  Return of deficits, national debt growth__
11.  Deregulated wall street, large financial institutions__
12.  Economic collapse following re-deregulated wall street__
13.  Imposed “austerity” after next economic collapse__
14.   Criminalization of protest__
15.   Govt. transparency, press access greatly curtailed__
16.  Use of private “troll armies” to control social media, intimidate opposition__
17.   Random populist gestures by President to distract from unpopular programs__
18.   Support for voting restrictions__
19.   Appoints Supreme Court judges to the right of Scalia__
20.  Roll back of LGBTQ protections__
21.  Roll back of women’s health care access__
22. Roll back of norms re: conflict of interest__
23. Roll back of independent ethical oversight of Congress, President__
24. Violation of bipartisan norms in order to rush through and hide unpopular legislation_
25.  Crackdown on civil liberties as a means of cracking down on illegal immigration__
26. Cutting the legs out from under,  then privatizing, public education__

 I will flesh out some of these items as time goes on.   For example, I think in the early stages, I am not sure whether Congress will go for a quick strike against Social Security/Medicare or whether they will try the stage approach-that is, weaken the programs and make them unsustainable first, then strike later as part of an austerity package.

Jamelle Bouie: Trump/GOP most extreme coalition since the civil war.   It can't be stressed enough: these guys aren't "conservatives".