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Thoughts on Events the Week of July 8

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on July 15, 2019

Draining the swamp: President Trump ran on a campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington D.C., and on one level he is succeeding. He has thrown many miscreants, incompetents and corrupt officials out of office.

However, these swap dwellers were all put into the swamp by Trump to begin with. I don’t think adding swamp creatures and then running them off when they were found to be what they are is what the voters had in mind.

Even worse, as swamp creatures are tossed, they are generally replaced by ones worse than their predecessors. It’s arguably going from bad to worse.

Trump’s administration is being criticized for poor vetting, but I don’t think that’s the problem. The problem is that Trump doesn’t know many people other than crooks, cronies, incompetents, clueless family members or despot dictators, so those are what he ends up with.

Alexander Acosta, case in point: The most recent Trump-imported swamp creature to be tossed out thereafter is his now former Secretary of Labor. You know the story. Acosta earned his swampy stench by giving an inexcusably lenient, and possibly illegal, plea deal to Jeffry Epstein, a former whoring buddy of Trump, who turns out to be a more odious pervert (allegedly) than previously understood, at least by me. Trump stood beside Acosta as the Secretary announced his “resignation” and praised him as he was throwing him under the bus. (I’ll leave it to you to decide who among the three in this triangle – Epstein, Acosta or Trump – is the most odious.)

Their capacity for excusing the Trump administration seems infinite, but I can’t help wondering exactly how evangelicals are going to whistle by this one.

ICE Raids: Trump announced in advance that ICE is going to conduct raids that began on Sunday in several major cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. (Houston and New Orleans are excused since they are dealing with a hurricane.)

Trump made the advance announcement presumably to give the leisure industry an economic boost by sending a couple thousand people on a week-long vacation in the countryside. Just kidding. He did it to please his xenophobic base, though the actual event is unlikely to have much effect, other than the fearful threat to separate some parents from the lawfully present children. Trump’s base gets off on that.

This nonsense is symptomatic of the schizophrenia we suffer about immigration. Trump exploits undocumented workers for political expediency, but he doesn’t want to catch too many of these people because of the odious optics, and because even he knows we need the workers. So, Trump jacks off his base with these gambits, but with no real effort to address immigration thoughtfully.

The 2020 Census: In a stunning example of incompetence, even for him, Trump caused his DOJ minions piss off a federal judge seriously and embarrass Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. Most Justice Departments try to avoid either of those things.

Diary entries: We got our first monsoon season rain, almost a week after the average first arrival date of July 6. Writing this final draft on Monday, Cynthia died a year ago today.

Status of the States: No cup this week. No state has earned it. Nothing going on in the states at present can compare remotely to shenanigans going on in D.C.

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