Before this day is over, Donald Trump will be sitting behind the cash register . . . er, desk in the Oval Office but who will be running the store, if anyone, since he hasn’t bothered to fill even the key jobs crucial to running the country?
Moreover, not one of his cabinet nominees (as dreadful, unknowledgeable, ethically challenged, and laden with conflicts of interest they are) has been confirmed by the Senate. Two may be confirmed today—retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as secretary of Defense and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
“‘This is a swamp Cabinet full of bankers and billionaires ― a swamp Cabinet,’ Schumer told reporters on Capitol Hill after Democrats met to discuss the status of hearings on Trump’s top advisers,” The Huffington Post reported.
So much for “draining the swamp.” Not that swamps are a bad thing. They are wetlands crucial to the environment. Trump, however, has polluted the swamp, turning it into a cesspool.
More than 600 of essential positions that require Senate confirmation are still to be filled.
Raw Story ran an article on the things Trump promised to do on his first day in office, except Trump “announced that he doesn’t actually plan to do any work for his first three days in office.” His “‘day one’ will take place on Monday.” Apparently, he also thinks the presidency is a five-day a week job as he “anticipates spending his weekends back at Trump Tower” in New York.
Here’s his “day one” list:
1. Fire all of the ambassadors. (Okay, he did that days before Christmas.)
2. Repeal and replace Obamacare.
3. Begin deporting all undocumented immigrants.
4. “Clean house” and fix the Department of Veterans Affairs.
5. Start work on “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall.”
6. Demand the Pentagon and intelligence agencies come up with a plan for ISIS.
7. Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
8. Pull out of NAFTA and renegotiate it.
9. Kill gun-free zones.
10. Stop Syrian refugee resettlement and build “safe zones” in the region.
11. Stop all wasteful spending.
12. End the so-called “war on coal.”
13. Tell countries who won’t take back criminals that they can’t ever come to the US.
14. Call companies and threaten his 35 percent tariff.
15. Fight to end abortion rights and Planned Parenthood.
16. End regulations.
17. Learn pretty much everything he doesn’t already know.
Yup, he’s going to learn everything he doesn’t know on day one. But he already knows more than the generals do.
Today, we learned that he also wants to do away with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Is this any way to run the administration? Presidents aren’t CEOs and don’t rule by decree.
Nor is the presidency a reality show. Face it, Trump doesn’t have a clue about what he got himself into.
When the Tweeter-in-Chief isn’t spending his days and nights, like a schoolboy, sending out self-congratulatory tweets, calling the media dishonest and crying “fake news,” bashing Alec Baldwin for mocking him on SNL and lashing out at Meryl Streep among others. Does Trump think he can govern via Twitter? Sad.
Only we the people can stop Trump and the GOP crazies in Congress from pulling everything down. Collectively, we hold the power; they know it and that’s what frightens them. It’s time to put aside our petty differences and, as Benjamin Franklin said, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”