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sean martin

The only problem with just dismissing the budget proposal is that we have a Congress that seems to be willing to go along with just about any- and every-thing this moron puts out there. They're still heady with the power of knowing they control everything in government, all three branches, and they're gonna ride on that until it finally comes back — if ever — to bite them on the ass.

... which, to be honest, I dont think will ever happen. Your country had a YUGE block that knowingly voted against its own self interests and seems willing to just accept whatever Cheeto or Congress throw out there, no matter how stupid or outrageous or straight up idiotic it might be. They'll go along with the repeal of the ACA because it's something they've wanted all along, even though it might kill Grandma (Eh, she's old anyway, who cares?). They'll put up with this moronic wall because it just "looks" great. And of course we need to throw more money at defence because, well, you know, bad people out there!

Increasingly, the parallels to 1930s Germany are becoming more and more obvious. I just hope everyone down there is ready for it.

Ed Rush

Thank you for the insightful comments about Watergate vs. trumpery, but I wanted to note that the "cowboy" line has been attributed to Senator Thomas Platt as well as Senator Mark Hanna.

And as for "Meals on Wheels" et al: while it's clearly yet another instance of the tRump crowd not knowing the facts, it was nonetheless frightening to see White House budget director Mick Mulvaney calling it and other programs "a waste of your money."

Mike Peterson

I have found that quote to be pretty slippery, Ed. Both Platt and Hanna were kingmakers, so that's probably not as big a deal as if one were moreso than the other, but I'd rather be right. But Brinkley attributes it to Hanna (http://bit.ly/2mBgFcz) which is good enough for me.

BTW, it's interesting that Roosevelt managed to make Elihu Root an ally, and Root also was within the power structure. But Roosevelt never bowed to him; he simply listened.

Mister, we could use a man like TR again.

Mike Peterson

Heh. Just noticed that Brinkley also used the term "Svengali."

Great minds, I guess.

Ed Rush

Amen, about having a man like TR again.

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