Yesterday, the Trump transition team suggested some $10.5 trillion in budget cuts, including (but not limited to, according to the National Priorities Project):
- National Endowment for the Arts
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
- Office of Fossil Energy…
…as well as cuts to the Departments of Energy, State, Justice, Transportation, Commerce, and more.
But not to worry, The military budget will see quite a boost.
That’s just a start…..
And there’s not a damn thing we can do about it.
If I believed that, this would be a dark day, indeed. But I don’t. So I woke up both pissed AND energized.
Who’s going to stop them?
The Democrats? They don’t have the power…even if they wanted to…which I’m not convinced is the case.
The voters? Unless they can come up with something other than sitting around waiting for the next corporate controlled election (Vote Zuckerberg???) all they’ve got is whimpering and hand-wringing. And shopping. For now.
It’s going to take years…years…for American voters to get off the astroturf and even begin the grassroots organizing necessary to turn the tide of neoliberalism. They are…literally…decades behind. (Did you watch that Wendy Brown interview I sent?)
The only thing we’ve got left is luck. A wing and a prayer. Trump himself could be deposed tomorrow and The Heritage Foundation Agenda would still move forward…unabated.
Happy New Year from the Democratic Party!
And this, too. https://mic.com/articles/165980/trump-plans-to-eliminate-25-violence-against-women-grant-programs-as-way-to-cut-spending
I am sick. leftover, I think you’re right that for at least for the next 2-4 years he and his people can do want they want and we can do little to stop him.
I’m not saying “uncle” until I draw my last breath. I’m entirely serious.
None of us should say “uncle.” Just the opposite is what’s needed. But we shouldn’t kid ourselves about what’s coming…or how we got here.
Yes to both of those things. Swords up, ladies.
We need to be more focused and efficient. We need to get more people educated, paying attention, and engaged. We have no reason to believe Trump will suddenly stop being a narcissistic sociopath, so we must find ways to work & plan around him. We reflect because we haven’t been successful yet in ridding society of injustice and we could do better. We reflect because Trump won the election. To leftover’s point, we acknowledge damage will be done, but we plan how we’ll fix it. To name a few things.
For something like this, it’s up to Congressional Democrats to build support for retaining those programs.
So…yeah…they’re fucked. Unless we get lucky.
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