Monday, January 9, 2017

The Trump Daily Note

The Trump Presidency
The Third 100 Days
The Third 30 Days + 10 (261 - 300)
The Second 30 Days (Days 231 - 260)
The First 30 Days (Days 201 - 230)

The Trump Presidency
The Second 100 Days
 The Third 30 Days + 10 (161 - 200)
The Second 30 Days (Days 131 - 160)
 The First 30 Days (Days 101 - 130)

The Trump Presidency
The First 100 Days
The Third 30 days + 10
The Second 30 Days 
The First 30 Days

Between Election And Inauguration
The Third 10 Days

January 20, 2017, T+70: I honestly did not think this day would ever come. The Clintons are so incredibly powerful, I truly, truly thought they could prevent this from happening somehow.

January 19, 2017, T+69: wow, look at all the GOP senators and congressmen/women showing up for a congratulatory luncheon in honor of Donald Trump, today, the day before the inauguration. And with rare exceptions, none of these guys supported Trump. He did it all by himself, despite the non-support of his party; the non-support of the Bushes; the non-support of Paul Ryan; and the outright biased coverage by all major networks and print media outlets. He did it entirely on his own.

January 18, 2017, T+68: while the lame duck is granting pardons and commutations (none of which affect 99.99% of Americans), PEOTUS is looking forward to signing four or five executive orders immediately following his inauguration. President Obama taught him how.

January 17, 2017, T+67: caught in a lie. I guess this is why John Lewis is a representative, and not a US senator. He said this would be the first inauguration he has not attended; turns out he didn't attend George W. Bush's inauguration either. [By the way: disappointing all his supporters, he did indeed attend the Trump inauguration. I guess he didn't want to pass up a piece of history; and he knew the speech would be short.]

January 16, 2017, T+66: the same polls that showed Hillary beating Trump by 15 points, continue to show Obama's approval rating at 55%. It's easy to do the math.

January 15, 2017, T+65: the best thing about waking up to a Trump presidency is not waking up to the alternative.

January 14, 2017, T+65: PEOTUS Trump won't take a question from CNN at his first press conference, saying that CNN is fake news. Less than 72 hours later, ATT says it may spin off CNN.
January 13, 2017, T+64: confirmation hearings continue. No hiccups. I still find it hard to accept that Tillerson and Sessions will get confirmed. And the rest follows from there.

January 12, 2017, T+63: it's pretty much a given that Trump does not have the 51 votes he needs in the Senate to get Tillerson confirmed. If he loses Tillerson, he loses Sessions. If he loses those two, he is likely to lose two more nominees, and possibly a fifth. If Trump does not have the votes to confirm Tillerson, he needs to pull the Tillerson nomination and not nominate anyone in place of Tillerson. The State bureaucracy can run without a Secretary. We saw that with Hillary and Kerry. Trump should tell State Department there will be no new hiring, no bonuses, no "step increases" in pay, unless the department has a Sec State. I assume federal pay crosses department lines, but I do recall there was a separate budget for Department of Defense and we were subject to RIFs (reductions in force), changes in hiring rules, etc., etc., during my time in the military. Pay for comparable jobs in Veterans Affairs was different than in the DOD. If Marco Rubio blocks Tillerson's appointment, he will have few friends in the Department of State if Trump does what he could do.

January 11, 2017, T+62: World Bank says Trump's policies could jump-start global economy. President Obama first president in modern history to never have any year with 3% annual growth in GDP. If President Trump's policies jump-starts global economy and if US shows 3% annual growth in GDP this year, people are going to start asking, "exactly what was Obama doing for eight years?"

If I Could Turn Back Time, Cher

January 10, 2017, T+61: any hope of an Obama legacy vaporized over the past 60 days. Over the weekend, the president acknowledged the shortcomings of his only "success" (ObamaCare), and says he would have no problem if it morphed into TrumpCare. With Global Fortune 500 companies lining up at the door to bring jobs back to America, the never-ending apology tour has come to an end.

President Obama to give his farewell speech in his hometown today. His theme set to music:

Every Breath You Take, The Police

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