Today in TrumpLand: Voter Suppression, Environmental Degradation, Social Insecurity

I made this mistake of glancing at the paper (Washington Post) this morning and was greeted by the following discouraging set of articles:

  • Justice Department changes its position in high-profile Texas voter-ID case
  • Trump ordering review of Obama rule protecting small streams
    • …and Trump to direct rollback of Obama-era water rule Tuesday
      • “President Trump on Tuesday will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to “review and reconsider” a 2015 rule known as the Waters of the United States rule, according to a senior official, a move that could ultimately make it easier for agricultural and development interests to drain wetlands and small streams.

        The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the executive order had not yet been signed, said the directive aimed to address the concerns of about 30 states and an array of business interests that have criticized the previous administration for overreaching. The final outcome of Trump’s order could have tremendous implications for the agricultural, real estate, gravel, sand and ranching sectors, as well as a critical habitat for aquatic species and migratory birds.”

  • Trump touts spending plan, but promise to leave entitlements alone puts GOP in a quandary
    • The rub here is, it runs up against the strong and longstanding determination of the GOP Congress (and Paul Ryan in particular) to go after Social Security and Medicare.  We need a 10% increase in “defense” – and corresponding deep cuts in domestic spending – because … why?
    • “President Trump is preparing a budget that would fulfill some of his top campaign promises by boosting military spending while cutting domestic programs.

      But his reluctance to embrace cuts to entitlement programs could lead to sharp tensions with Republicans in Congress who have long argued that Medicare and Social Security must be overhauled to ensure the government’s fiscal health.”

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