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It’s been only a month since Trump’s inauguration.

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Melania’s face during the inauguration changed almost as fast as the American public’s perception Trump.

Trump’s job approval rating are breaking records.  According to a Gallup poll over the weekend, Trump’s 40 percent job approval is 21 points below the historic average for elected presidents around mid-February (61 percent). That’s also 11 points below the lowest mid-February numbers for any other president in Gallup’s history.  Gallup has been involved in taking polls for more than 70 years.

 

Maybe it was the outrage over the Muslim ban that caused so many to object to Trump.

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Maybe it was the outrage over threatening Iraq to confiscate their oil.

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There was the resignation of Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser that caused a lot of Trump supporters to worry.  Even more supporters worry that there are still unresolved issues for Trump regarding Russia.

Women were offended by his suggestion that nobody looks beautiful after 30 years old.

The President of Mexico cancelled his trip as a result of Trump’s statement that he should not come if he remained unwilling to pay for building a wall.

Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon, a notorious anti-Semite and misogynist, was offensive to many.

Trump’s pick of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State was offensive to most due to Tillerson’s strong ties to Russia.

The Russia controversy is intensifying. The awkwardness with congressional Republicans continues unabated. And as Richard W. Painter, George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer from 2005-2007, wrote in the Times on Thursday, Trump has utterly failed to disentangle himself from his business empire:

Trump will be in violation of the Constitution as of next Friday with respect to, among other things, loans from foreign-government-controlled banks, leases of Trump office space to foreign-government-controlled companies, foreign governments and diplomats renting rooms in Trump hotels and any investments that are made alongside foreign sovereign wealth funds.

Many people are offended that Trump has already launched his re-election campaign.

Some felt it was offensive that the First Lady failed to meet with the wife of the Prime Minister  of Japan while they were visiting in Washington D.C.

Others were offended by Trump’s total fabrication of a terrorist attack in Sweden.

Many others have reacted to Trump’s three weekend vacations at the expense of American taxpayers, and which directly profited Trump’s Mar a lago Resort.

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Perhaps the poll numbers are so low because even Trump’s own spokesperson explains that Donald Trump lives in La La Land, relying on “alternative facts.”

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Perhaps the most offensive thing Trump has done thus far as our new President is to nominate the leader of the government’s major health insurance programs who believes that maternity coverage should be optional for patients.

Donald Trump has earned the coveted title of Worst President in History.

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The Urban Dictionary indicates that a man who “shoots blanks” is one whose sperm isn’t potent enough to father a child.  Trump is 70 years old so his potency may be a real issue.  As the father of five children, it is clear,t hat at least at some time in the past he was fertile.  At age 70, and as our President, it seems his “potency” as President may be suspect.  Since Trump became President, he has issued 45 executive orders.  That seems like a lot.  However Obama issued more in his first month.  On closer examination, Trump’s orders have generated “intense attention”.

For the purpose of this article, let’s exclude Trump’s executive order banning Muslim immigration.  It has been determined to be unconstitutional, and thus unenforceable.  The Washington Post reports today that another federal judge has determined that the ban is unconstitutional.   This time it was a federal court in Virginia.That means that the four federal courts that have considered the ban have all determined that it appears to be unconstitutional.   Perhaps more impressively, judges appointed by Obama, George W. Bush, and Carter, have agreed that the ban is unconstitutional.   Thus, in all likelihood, that Executive Order will be unenforceable as it is unconstitutional.

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Looking carefully at the other executive orders that have been enacted, it appears that Trump is all show,and little substance.  Here are a few examples:

  1. The executive order regarding building a wall along our southern border is not what people think.  The relevant section of the January 25 order read: “It is the policy of the executive branch to … secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border, monitored and supported by adequate personnel so as to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism.”   However in 2006 Congress approved the construction of nearly 700 miles of fortified border. By 2011, under the Obama administration, most of that wall was completed.  The result is that Trump issued an executive order mandating something that has in many respects already been done.  What remains to be done,can’t be completed without congressional funding. This executive order, therefore, changes nothing, and only mandates something that has already been mandated, already been constructed and that the president lacks the spending authority to upgrade.
  2. The Keystone pipeline permit is another example of the all-show and little action that is coming to define the Trump presidency. Keystone remains almost entirely an idea, and oil shipments and infrastructure from Canada have long since been routed elsewhere given the years and years of delay in ever authorizing it. The Dakota Access Pipeline is largely complete, with a major dispute over its passage through tribal lands.  It is unlikely that a presidential memorandum has any legal bearing on how that issue is resolved given that it lies within the purview of the Army Corps of Engineers and cannot simply be countermanded by the White House.
  3.  The January 24 order on infrastructure begins with a recitation that everyone agrees with: “Infrastructure investment strengthens our economic platform, makes America more competitive, creates millions of jobs, increases wages for American workers, and reduces the costs of goods and services for American families and consumers. Too often, infrastructure projects in the United States have been routinely and excessively delayed by agency processes and procedures.” It then declares that the policy of the Executive Branch is to expedite the permitting of such projects. That was followed by two memoranda on the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines that had been denied permits during Obama’s tenure, which urges the companies to re-submit their permit applications for review.  Thus this “executive order” is really a suggestion that companies re-submit their applications, without even the promise that they will be granted.
  4. Then there have been Trump executive orders regarding deregulation. Those were widely hailed as a rollback of Dodd-Frank, especially given that the morning that the order was issued, February 3, Trump met with bank CEOs and expressed his dislike for many of the legislation’s provisions. The actual order merely directs the secretary of the Treasury to review existing regulations and report back on which ones might be refined to achieve better outcomes.
  5. On Feb. 9th Trump signed executive orders on crime.  Trump hailed the orders as his attempt to crack down on “transnational criminal organizations” and “preventing violence against … law enforcement officers.” Nothing in the text of these orders is either objectionable or in any respect a departure from current law and policy. One order states plainly that it shall be the policy of the administration to “enforce all Federal laws in order to enhance the protection and safety of Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers, and thereby all Americans.” The other says that the administration will seek to use existing laws to crack down on trafficking.
  6. Trump’s “crackdown on undocumented immigrants appears fully consistent with deportation actions during both Obama’s first term and during significant portions of George W. Bush’s administration.
  7. The orders on health care, on defeating ISIS, on rebuilding the armed forces—all were essentially statements of intent with no legal force and requiring no action except a mandate to relevant departments and agencies to study issues and report back.

For years we have watched Donald Trump promote himself and his businesses without any real substance behind his message.  Now as President we see a lot of hot air emanating from the Oval Office, but little substance.  At the end of his term, I wonder if the Trump presidency will be remembered for what he actually accomplished, or what he said he accomplished?

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Sarah Palin, the clueless bigot that she is, thinks that this favoritism of Christians is a “great-and pleasant – surprise”.

The Constitution of the United States prohibits discrimination against a religious group.  America is founded on the principle of Freedom of Religion.  Sarah doesn’t understand the dictate of the US Constitution well enough to even pretend that Trump wasn’t intending to target a religious group!

The Establishment Clause of the Constitution expressly forbids the government from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion.” As the Supreme Court explained in 1982’s Larson v. Valente, “the clearest command of the Establishment Clause is that one religious denomination cannot be officially preferred over another.” This constitutional requirement, the court noted, is “inextricably connected with the continuing vitality of the Free Exercise Clause,” guaranteeing religious liberty for all by barring “favoritism among sects.” The court has also declaredthat the government may not “aid or oppose any religion. This prohibition is absolute.”

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Trump is trying to back peddle, and pretend he didn’t intend to target a particular religious group.  Obviously he did.  He has repeatedly declared that if elected he would ban Muslims.

Palin is so clueless that she is praising Trump for favoritism of Christians!

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It’s like a little girl telling her dad that Rover loves ice cream, while pretending that she never gave him ice cream!

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It’s like saying that you didn’t drink beer last night, while cleaning up all the bottles.

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It’s like saying that you practice abstinence, while picking out maternity clothes.

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It’s like pretending to have Christian family values, while never going to church, getting a massage from your husband’s prostitute, and having an affair with your husband’s partner.

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An overnight fire at Gov. Sarah Palin's church, Wasilla Assembly of God, caused an estimated $1 million in damage, and investigators say it could be the work of an arsonist, Saturday, December 13, 2008. (Stephen Nowers/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)

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Most people know that Trump has signed an executive order attempting to repeal Obamacare.  Many patients are worried about the effect of this repeal on their ability to get the medical care they desperately need.  Because Trump has not announced any plan to replace Obamacare, it is unclear what the impact will be to patients with pre-existing conditions.  30 Million Americans are at likely to lose health care coverage if Trump fails to replace Obamacare.
Now that Trump has banned immigrants from 6 Muslim countries from entering America, the risk to patients desperately in need of medical care is even greater.  Our training hospitals posted job listings for 27,860 new medical graduates last year alone, but American medical schools only put out 18,668 graduates. International physicians percolate throughout the entire medical system. To highlight just one particularly intense specialty, fully 30% of American transplant surgeons started their careers in foreign medical schools. Even with our current influx of international physicians as well as steadily growing domestic medical school spots, the Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that we’ll be short by up to 94,700 doctors by 2025.
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The President’s decision is as ill-timed as it was sudden. The initial 90-day order encompasses Match Day, the already anxiety-inducing third Friday in March when medical school graduates officially commit to their clinical training programs. Unless the administration or the courts quickly fix the mess President Trump just created, many American hospitals could face staffing crises come July when new residents are slated to start working.  Thus in his first week in office, President Trump has taken steps to ensure that millions of Americans will be unable to pay for life-saving health care, and even if they could, there will be insufficient doctors to provide the care they so desperately need.

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