#FIVETHINGS — ISSUE NO. 8
1) DONALD J. TRUMP IS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
Today, 73 days after his election and 584 days since announcing his candidacy, Donald J. Trump — the alleged billionaire who nearly squandered many millions his father gave him while continually refusing to pay small business contractors — is President of the United States. Donald J. Trump — a thrice married misogynist that has bragged about his numerous sexual assaults, and who allegedly assaulted more than a dozen women — is President of the United States. Donald J. Trump — a man who continues to praise foreign dictators while demonizing a Civil Rights icon, a war hero, gold star parents, a federal judge, the Pope, the news media, numerous intelligence agencies, and his predecessor in this office — is President of the United States. Donald J. Trump — who publicly asked Russia to hack his political opponents, allegedly communicated with the Russian government throughout this process, likely has business ties to Russian oligarchs, and was cultivated by Vladimir Putin to undermine our liberal democracy — is President of the United States.
Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States.This is unacceptable.
2) EARTH’S TEMPERATURE HITS RECORD HIGH
If climate change is a Chinese hoax (as the President has suggested), then they are doing TOO good of a job because 2016 marked a new peak in the long-term trend of rising levels of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases. From drought and starvation in Africa to increased tidal flooding in coastal cities, the effects of global warming are being felt worldwide. It is unacceptable that our current administration not only denounces the validity of this scientific data, but also refuses to acknowledge the need for aggressive action NOW. During his confirmation hearing, future EPA head Scott Pruitt claimed his personal opinion is “immaterial” to the job, but we disagree. Pruitt has boasted about being “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda”. If he believed the science, he would know that we need an activist EPA now, more than ever.
Read more about this at The New York Times.
3) PRESS CORP POTENTIALLY GETTING THE BOOT
On Sunday, reports emerged that the Trump Administration was looking at plans to remove the press corps from the White House to a nearby building. While these plans were described as a matter of logistics — necessary because there has been so much more interest in covering this president — this is a clear plan to create distance between the Administration and the press (and, by extension, the American Public). This follows an alarming trend by the new administration to antagonize and demean the press while keeping the American public in the dark (or, outright lying to us) about the plans and policies. It must stop.
Read about this at Esquire.
4) CABINET PICK TOM PRICE LEGISLATED FOR PROFIT
The President’s choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Representative Tom Price — the man that will presumably be tasked with crafting the ACA replacement plan — has a history of buying stock before introducing legislation that will impact those same companies. Last March, the potential Cabinet member bought between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of stock in Zimmer Biomet less than a week before introducing legislation that would financially help the company. Not only has Zimmer Biomet contributed to Price’s congressional campaigns, but this is likely not the first time he has done this. Mr. Price continues the troubling trend of the President and his associates working to profit off their public positions to the detriment of the people they represent.
Read more about this at CNN Politics.
5) PLANNED REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
Detailed consequences of the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act were reported by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office this week. In the first year after the enactment of this plan, roughly 18 million people would become uninsured. This number will rise to 32 million Americans in the next ten years. In addition to this, repeal of the law would cause premiums to double by 2026 and cause large portions of the country to live in areas that might not have access to insurance. The blatantly political effort to repeal this law must be stopped or else people will die.
Read more about this at The Washington Post.
On Saturday, January 21st, one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, women and men all over the world will be taking to the streets to march in solidarity for the protection of rights, safety and health of all women and families.
The Women’s March on Washington hopes to send a strong message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. Please join us.
Late last week, President Trump viciously attacked civil rights icon John Lewis, a member of Congress from Georgia who is the last living speaker from the March on Washington. In 1965, state police fractured Lewis’s skull on Bloody Sunday in Selma. In 2017, he was described by Trump over MLK weekend as “All talk, talk, talk — no action or results.”
But the country came to his defense. Several of his books were sold out on Amazon and the attack caused over sixty members of Congress to boycott the inauguration. John Lewis is an American that knows how to resist — and the fact that Representatives are willing to follow his lead in these fraught times is a good sign for the future.