Daily Archives: January 20, 2017

That was Then.

This is Now.

The new whitehouse.gov no longer mentions things like climate change and the Affordable Care Act, which were major focuses of the site under Obama. Instead there is now language in the site’s “Issues” section that advocates for American law enforcement and “the shale oil and gas revolution.” With Trump expected to sign executive actions on immigration and other policies on Friday and into next week, the revamped whitehouse.gov may be the best indication yet of what happens next.

Though Trump has flip-flopped in some fashion on many major policy issues, the new website is as close to an agenda for the Trump administration as we’ve seen. (The Obama White House has a legacy web presence at obamawhitehouse.gov).

Trump’s whitehouse.gov has issue briefs that include “An America First Energy Plan” focused on reinvesting in fossil fuel-based energy production, the revenues of which will be used to “rebuild our roads, schools, bridges, and public infrastructure.” The plan discusses so-called clean coal but does not mention climate change.

Another issue brief: “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community.” It’s a call for “more law enforcement, more community engagement, and more effective policing.” Some language appears to be calling out the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement — “The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong.” — and gun rights are strongly supported.





Plenty of guards, few spectators

As for the speech, George Will sez —

Twenty minutes into his presidency, Donald Trump, who is always claiming to have made, or to be about to make, astonishing history, had done so. Living down to expectations, he had delivered the most dreadful inaugural address in history.

Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s White House counselor, had promised that the speech would be “elegant.” This is not the adjective that came to mind as he described “American carnage.” That was a phrase the likes of which has never hitherto been spoken at an inauguration.

In what should have been a civic liturgy serving national unity and confidence, he vindicated his severest critics by serving up reheated campaign rhetoric about “rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape” and an education system producing students “deprived of all knowledge.” Yes, all.

But cheer up, because the carnage will vanish if we “follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.” “Simple” is the right word.

And now Drumpf’s future plans

And now –MORE Sondheim.