Sunday, April 30, 2017

I Thought Being A Blogger Would Be Easier

     President Trump's public airing of his moment of self-examination was understandable enough.  He told Face the Nation last week that he "loved" his previous life and that he thought the
Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?
The Presidency Is No Lovin' Spoonful
Presidency "would be easier."  Who hasn't had the same experience?  In my case the feeling came over me during the first few hours of Marine Corps boot camp back in '66.  Lasted for three years, it did.  I have a feeling it will similarly linger for the President. But much as I can empathize, I wonder if Trump knows how his tenure in office has so far been anything but easy for us common folk.

     Here in South Dakota I get the sense that everything is on hold when it comes to matters that affect our state.  Trump's ambivalence about our trade relations with Canada and Mexico come immediately to mind.  Last Wednesday he said he was preparing an executive order to set a timeline for withdrawing from NAFTA after just telling a crowd in Kenosha, WI, that "NAFTA's been very bad for our country." Trump followed up by submitting a draft of the order for executive review.  The subsequent selloff in corn and soybean futures signaled to our agriculturally-dependent state that a continuation of ultra-low and economy-damaging grain prices would continue for a good long while as one of our best customers, Mexico, would probably start shopping elsewhere for their grain supplies.  So what transpired?  The very next day, President Consistency changes his mind and decides he wants to negotiate, after all.  Along with flip-flops on immigration policy, healthcare reform, NATO, marriage equality--the list goes on--Trump's vacillation has made presidential life for himself and the country a lot more difficult than it has to be
     And just where the heck has our trio of Republican congresspeople been during this waffling-in-lieu-of-government era?  In a pro forma recitation of political fealty, Senator Rounds
Congresswoman Noem
What, Me Worry?
last week in the RCJ proudly claimed that Trump is saving Americans billions of dollars via executive orders rescinding regulations. Right.  I wonder how much will be lost by Americans to financial brokers who no longer have to commit themselves to working in the best interests of their clients now that Trump has removed the "fiduciary rule" as part of his regulation-expungement program?  Meantime, all three of our GOP reps (Noem in the House and Thune in the Senate along with Rounds) have been mum about Trump's budget plan that would slash agricultural spending by 21%.   As consistency and coherence have been banished from the White House, it's no surprise that mum's the word.  Yeats' chilling vision seems to have materialized:  "the falcon cannot hear the falconer/things fall apart; the center cannot hold/mere anarchy is loosed upon the world."

     

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