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(Not) government work

It isn’t exactly a revelation that the Trump disintegration — er, “administration” —  doesn’t know how government works (or, should work). But here’s the latest evidence:

  1. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that eliminating mileage rules on new cars would effectively reduce the ownership costs of a new vehicle by $2,340, or $468 a year over five years. Even if it’s true that this represents a cost saving, the job of the EPA is to protect the environment, not manage household budgets.  Or, at least, the job of the EPA used to be to protect the environment. (And the EPA, we should note, was started under executive order by a Republican president.)
  2. The Trump disintegration is also now saying that it should be the job of the ACLU to find those parents that the administration forcibly separated from children and then deported. Why a cadre of lawyers who work to protect our civil rights should do this — or even how — is anyone’s guess.

Given that this government isn’t doing its appropriate work as a government, it makes you wonder what they are doing.


4 Responses to “(Not) government work”

  1. Dan Says:

    Not so much an administration as a Drama… and not a very good one. I only hope viewers with tire of the same old chaos.

  2. Jim Markley Says:

    Yes, much better to have the government quagmire that we’ve seen from Obama, the Clintons and the Bushes.

  3. Lee Wochner Says:

    Re Obama, do you mean the “quagmire” that saved the economy from a full-on Depression while avoiding absolutely any hint of scandal? By comparison, you might enjoy this. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/books/review/jason-stanley-how-fascism-works.html

  4. Jim Markley Says:

    You’re right, sarcasm is not easy to read into these. Yes, the scandals involving Benghazi, Black Panthers at Philly polling stations, guns to Mexican cartels, Eric Holder openly defying Congress, Obama openly criticizing the Supreme Court and a dozen other scandals that were minimized or covered up. Yes, that quagmire. I don’t know if there was a technical depression during his administration, but for the first two years he blamed Bush. For the next six years, Obama claimed the lousy economy was normal and that we’d have to get used to it. Now Trump has been in office less than two years. Black and Hispanic unemployment is at the lowest rate in history, GDP is double that of the Obama administration, companies are moving back to the US, and economic indicators are up across the board. I still don’t personally like him, but he’s doing a hell of a job for the country!

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