A deluge of public outrage finally convinced the Trump Team that White House Adviser Stephen Miller’s strategy of separating families at the border to gin up the GOP base was having the opposite effect. Rather than boosting Trumpublican turnout in the midterms, conservative analysts were starting to worry that the deafening public outcry against the grotesque policy would translate into an unheard-of 100 GOP congressional seats in play this November. Panic started to set in.
After days of assuring the nation that he didn’t have the power to end the crisis on his own, Trump yesterday announced that he would sign an executive order prohibiting the separation of families at the border. The announcement cast his earlier statements, and those of his administration, as bold-faced lies, but that didn’t stop Trump from telling his base what a success his executive order was, solving “thirty years” of immigration troubles–yet another lie. It was a classic case of the arsonist putting out his own fire and pretending to be the hero.
Signed late in the day, the executive order will still be very problematic. It doesn’t return us to the clunky but humane policy that Bush and Obama (and Trump, until two months ago) used successfully. Instead it creates the prospect of indefinite detention for families with children, which has been previously outlawed by the courts. So bitter litigation will shortly ensue. Meanwhile, thousands of children already separated have no mechanism to reunite with parents. An army of lawyers and advocates have been marshaling to “build the plane while it is in flight” and help the families reunite, but nobody knows how long it will take, nor if it will be successful.
While all of this was going on, more corruption came oozing out of Scott Pruitt’s EPA, spending nearly $4 million so far on security, as well as $3K on “tactical” pants and polos, whatever the heck that is. And Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, mired in a conflict-of-interest scandal, found a way to profit from his scandal by shorting the stocks of companies he has ties to, then buying back the stocks after they tanked on the breaking news of his scandals–which may be illegal. Yet another ethics inquiry.
The other big news this week came from Congress. House Republicans released a 2019 budget proposal Tuesday that included Draconian cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as functionally repealing the ACA.
The proposal was more a statement of future intent than an imminent legislative threat, but it exposed what we’ve suspected for a long time–that the Trump Tax Scam and the giant deficit hole it blew open will be used as a pretext for dismantling New Deal entitlement programs that have served as a safety net for generations of Americans.
Our massive giveaways to the rich require savage cuts to programs so many of you rely on–Bummer!
The proposal may be dead on arrival, and would have trouble passing the Senate, but with a Blue Wave looming in the midterms it’s impossible to predict how much desperation a looming defeat will generate in the Trumpublicans in Congress, so stay tuned to this issue. John Faso must love this new budget proposal, as it contains so many cruel and unnecessary cuts he has supported in the past.
Faso meanwhile has been alerting school superintendents in NY-19 of Federal Grants available to prevent school violence and provide mental health training. Of course no mention was made of guns in his statements or materials, which would anger his NRA overlords.
Faso also broadcast more broadly his statement on family separation at the border, printed here yesterday. In typical Faso fashion, he finally took a bold stand on the issue once it became clear where the rest of the nation and public opinion stood, and not a second sooner. If his campaign were required by law to describe him honestly, it would give him the tagline “Bold Follower”.
Let’s keep working to Fire Feckless Faso…