HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Undoing the damage done: ...

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 11:35 AM

Undoing the damage done: What will it take to rebuild what's left of our government?


Undoing the damage done: What will it take to rebuild what's left of our government?
Trump's reign of corruption has left the federal government in ruins. Necessary repair work may take many years

LUCIAN K. TRUSCOTT IV
OCTOBER 17, 2020 12:01PM


(Salon) Who remembers Tom Price? Gee, you might say, that name sounds familiar … he had something to do with the Trump administration, didn't he?

You're right! He was one of those guys who resigned from a cabinet position because he was abusing something … let me see … think I've got it … he was the one who took all those flights on private jets, something like a million dollars worth of flights, including on military aircraft during trips to Europe and Africa with his wife. He refunded $51,887 to the federal government, which he said accounted for the cost of his seat on private charter flights he took before he resigned from Trump's cabinet. But that was just the cost of his seat. The total amount spent to fly old Tom Price around the world on private jets was more than $400,000 in taxpayer dollars.

What cabinet position did he hold that made it necessary for so many trips on chartered private jets and other business aircraft? What was he doing that was so important that he was flying back and forth to Europe and Africa and making trips to Aspen and Salt Lake City and Nashville, and basically jetting all over the place on the taxpayers' dime and staying in first-class hotels and eating out at expensive restaurants and taking his wife along with him a lot of the time? Oh, I remember! He was the secretary of Health and Human Services. He was the dude who resigned after only 231 days in office, the shortest term ever served by an HHS secretary. Price had been a right-wing congressman from Georgia who during his term in the House voted multiple times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, supported a Republican plan to privatize Medicare, voted to defund Planned Parenthood and sponsored the "Right to Life Act," which would have defined life as beginning at conception and banned all abortions and many forms of contraception.

....(snip)....

Are you beginning to get the picture here? Health and Human Services is just one Trump cabinet department that has been led by not one, but two half-wit hacks and undercut by the White House from Day One. Both HHS and CDC have been hollowed out and weakened under the control of the Trump White House while some 220,000 Americans have lost their lives and 8 million more have been infected by the COVID virus.

....(snip)....

There is more, much, much more, but you get the picture. The damage Trump will be leaving to Joe Biden is incalculable. The death toll caused by his mismanagement of the COVID crisis and the numbers of infections increase by the thousands seemingly every day. The only good thing about a hollowed-out federal government will be the thousands of appointments Biden will be able to make upon taking office, and the dozens of executive orders he'll be able to sign reversing Trump's giveaways to polluters, drug companies and corrupt corporations. ..................(more)

https://www.salon.com/2020/10/17/undoing-the-damage-done-what-will-it-take-to-rebuild-whats-left-of-our-government/




8 replies, 329 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 8 replies Author Time Post
Reply Undoing the damage done: What will it take to rebuild what's left of our government? (Original post)
marmar Oct 17 OP
mwooldri Oct 17 #1
drray23 Oct 17 #6
Renew Deal Oct 17 #2
Arkansas Granny Oct 17 #3
Wounded Bear Oct 17 #4
MineralMan Oct 17 #5
Fiendish Thingy Oct 17 #7
demosincebirth Oct 17 #8

Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 11:38 AM

1. And assuming that the Dems win both WH and Senate...

... the time to put the repairs in will be short. A little under two years. Then the Repubs will get either the Senate (possible) or House (harder yet possible) in 2022 and we will be to split government and we will have a turtle (or similar) in the roadway to progress.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to mwooldri (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 12:01 PM

6. no they wont.

the 2022 senate map is even more favorable than 2020 in terms of who is up for reelection.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 11:43 AM

2. You want to improve it? You need real managers everywhere

And you need to pay them. People that understand recruiting and ethics. And those managers need to hire more good managers.

But this is hard to accomplish in any one four year term.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 11:55 AM

3. And while we're rebuilding our government, we also have to repair

relations with our allies around the world.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 11:56 AM

4. It took FDR/Truman 5 terms and they didn't even finish...



It's a never ending struggle.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 11:56 AM

5. A few years. The sooner we start...

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 12:02 PM

7. It will take the Dems wielding power rapidly and ruthlessly, without hesitation or pragmatism

People are suffering, and justice must be done do ensure this kind of corruption never happens again.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 12:52 PM

8. We ought to figure out how to stay out of the trap we stepped into in the mid terms

after passing the ACA. Voters liked ACA, but did not like Obama Care. We didn’t bother to define that both where the same. We lost our majority in both Houses.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread