Black unemployment rate falls to LOWEST - EVER

I guess this supposed “racist” thing about Trump isn’t working out. Maybe it is just wrong.

Posted by Christine & John at January 6, 2018 12:19 AM
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John, there is much that President Trump is doing, for the good of all Americans, that isn’t appreciated or reported by the Left.

Should Black and Hispanic American workers continue to do well, I wonder how that might affect their vote come November. Will the president get any credit?

Posted by: Royal Flush at January 6, 2018 5:41 PM
Comment #423032

Credit for what Royal , I mean what exactly has Trump done to effect black unemployment rate over the past year? Their wages are still stagnant despite the record low unemployment level. So please be specific as to what Trump has done.

Jesus C&J this is the type of logical fallacy we expect from the low brow conservative propaganda machine but you! You disappoint when you stoop to such nonsensical fallacies.

Posted by: j2t2 at January 6, 2018 6:44 PM
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We wonder if j2t2 can put aside his political blinders and brain-farts long enough to actually answer the question I asked?

Posted by: Royal Flush at January 6, 2018 7:11 PM
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Here’s a clue for j2. If Black unemployment has fallen to the lowest level ever…do you suppose it is just an accident?

Posted by: Royal Flush at January 6, 2018 7:20 PM
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I have written on many occasions that presidents get too much credit or blame for the economy. But I recall way back when liberals blamed Bush and later when they thanked Obama. So if we are playing this game, those are the rules.

Trump looks like is good for black workers.

You know if all this happened under Hillary, it would be praised to the heavens by the liberal media.

Re what Trump has done - I think we can credit him with being more logical on regulations and more business friendly. This helps the economy grow and helps all Americans.

Doing thing specifically for or against blacks would be racist. I have not detected any of that

Posted by: Christine & John at January 6, 2018 11:02 PM
Comment #423037

Your illogical assumption that “because the black unemployment rate has recently fell to new lows is a factor to determine whether Trump is or isn’t a racist, and your false narrative “But I recall way back when liberals blamed…” are both without merit C&J.

Really C&J you can do better than perpetrating this inane gibberish. Please be better then the conservative propaganda machine as you start jumping on the Trump bandwagon.

Posted by: j2t2 at January 7, 2018 1:27 AM
Comment #423038

Oh brother Royal, so let me get this straight, if I answer the question I didn’t comment on and waste time deciphering your “clue” then you can tell me “what exactly Trump has done to effect the black unemployment rate over the past year?”! What next Royal?… round around in circles yelling “Heil Trump”?

Posted by: j2t2 at January 7, 2018 1:37 AM
Comment #423039

“Jesus C&J this is the type of logical fallacy we expect from the low brow conservative propaganda machine but you! You disappoint when you stoop to such nonsensical fallacies.”


I thought you were on our side. How dare you disagree with us.

“Your illogical assumption that “because the black unemployment rate has recently fell to new lows is a factor to determine whether Trump is or isn’t a racist,”


Trump is a racist…..he is, he is, he is !!!!!! How dare you suggest otherwise.

“Trump has done to effect the black unemployment rate over the past year?”! What next Royal?…”


I don’t have an answer.

Hahahahahahaha !!!!!!

Posted by: dbs at January 7, 2018 8:10 AM
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Great Job dbs in distorting the facts. I mean really how often have I agreed with C&J?

Tell you what dbs why not try something intelligent…like…say…what Trump has done to effect the black unemployment rate over the past year!

Or better yet explain to all of us why anyone with a brain would link the black unemployment to the issue of Trump’s racism/non-racism.

Posted by: j2t2 at January 7, 2018 10:51 AM
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DBS,J2.and the rest of the liberal persons are just p.o’d. because all the doom and gloom they were afraid of hasn’t materialized yet. You know as well as I do that the liberals would complain if Trump cured cancer or brought about world peace.

Posted by: Richard Kapitan at January 7, 2018 12:30 PM
Comment #423043


- “But I recall way back when liberals blamed…” are both without merit C&J.

How is this w/o merit? I am explaining. Presidents get too much praise or blame. I believe that. But I live in a world where most evidently do not. Therefore, I play by those rules. Just as I would not credit Obama for solving the great recession (the big contributor there was fracking), I do not credit Trump for the big success of last year. But since you believe those things, I am just speaking your language.

Re what Trump has done - to the extent that he has reduced regulation and helped the economy grow, he has helped all American workers, including blacks.

What has he done specifically for blacks? Nothing. What should he do? Nothing.

No politician should be doing anything specifically because of race.

Posted by: Christine & John at January 7, 2018 1:07 PM
Comment #423044

J2t2 et al

As black unemployment rates fall and come closer to the averages for whites and Asians, I intend to highlight this progress.

I do not believe that Trump did it directly. BUT it is strong argument against the idea that Trump’s policies are harming “people of color.” It is hard to claim you have been harmed when your general conditions and opportunities have increased.

Most of the racist meme is BS anyway. It is time we called it out for the ridicule it deserves.

Posted by: Christine & John at January 7, 2018 1:14 PM
Comment #423045

There appears to be a connection between Liberal praise for lower unemployment, and big government programs. When Obama spent billions to “create” a few hundred jobs, mostly for white union chiefs, the Left could hardly contain their joy and praise. These government “created” jobs lasted about as long as Hillary Clinton’s joy on election eve.

Reducing unnecessary, and business harming regulations, cost the nation little while having a substantial positive affect on business of all size. A president has a huge bully pulpit from which he can exude confidence or despair. President Obama had little to say that excited the business community. Many of his actions were directly harmful to business and the economy.

Some have forgotten that business creates jobs.

Posted by: Royal Flush at January 7, 2018 3:57 PM
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J2.and the rest of the liberal persons are just p.o’d. because all the doom and gloom they were afraid of hasn’t materialized yet…..

KAP again a red herring, come on man what has Trump done to lower the black unemployment rate? Come on be specific surely it can’t be this hard guys.

And pray tell KAP please explain any possible reality based link between the black unemployment rate and Trump being racist/non-racist. Here is a chart that shows white, black and Hispanic unemployment rates by the month.

How is this w/o merit? C&J you,a historian, have committed a historians fallacy or perhaps just wishful thinking.

You are suggesting that because some liberals somewhere supposedly gave credit to Obama or Clinton for lowered black unemployment rates the first year into their term that it is some universal law we must all accept and therefore Trump must receive credit as well Just because Obama was given credit by some doesn’t mean Trump should get the same credit. The credit should be based on factual information pertinent to each of the administrations and their actions in the first year. You seem to be using the “well they did it to” argument to suggest conservatives are correct in insisting Trump did something because Obama did something.

I am asking all those throwing up red herrings and you as well to be specific C&J what specifically has Trump done the past year that has caused the lowest black unemployment rate since they started tracking this figure in the early ‘70’s. Like you I do not believe Trump did anything to specifically influence that figure and the chart in the link above seems to suggest the 3 races tracked have seen the unemployment rate come down each year since the great recession.

Posted by: j2t2 at January 7, 2018 7:22 PM
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J2, possibly for the same reason unemployment was down during the Obama years people quit looking for work, or it may be because of the regulations being cut, or it may be because corporations are hiring again. At any case j2 your liberal spewing of racist is just liberal BULLS××T when you don’t like what is happening. When you have no logical explanation you liberals will use the racist, homophobe or other derogatory remark.

Posted by: Richard Kapitan at January 7, 2018 8:38 PM
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I recall that you praised Obama for reducing unemployment. If I am mistaken, I apologize.

However, if you promise not to blame Trump if the economy takes a tumble, we can agree not to give him credit for the good.

Re black unemployment - what is clear is that Trump has not been harmful, as some have implied or said outright.

Re what Trump has done - as I mentioned above, he has cut some regulations and that helped the economy.

I also did not claim he did anything specific to help blacks, and I hope that he does not. Just as he should do nothing to specifically help whites or Asians.

Anyway, I am delighted that the economy is working for all Americans, including blacks. That the black unemployment rate hit an all time low almost a year into the Trump presidency shows that either Trump is good for black employment or that he does it no harm.

Either way, it deals a body blow to the grievance industry, which I dislike and I am happy to make it worse for them.

Posted by: Christine & John at January 7, 2018 10:58 PM
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Another key fact is that the gap between white and black unemployment rates is lower than ever too. The gap went up during the Obama time

No matter how we look at this, Trump looks okay.

Liberal thrive on calling conservatives racist, sexist or anti-gay. I am none of those things, so I feel mostly immune from their accusations, but I observe that they love to attache these to Republicans. They use the bogus statistics. I am happy to turn it back.

Posted by: Christine & John at January 7, 2018 11:07 PM
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Again, where is the evidence that Trump is a racist ? As for your other question. Rolling back mountains of Obama era regulations has led to increased economic activity, which inturn has created more jobs. That would include more opportunities for black Americans as well.

Posted by: dbs at January 8, 2018 8:01 AM
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Examples of Trump’s racism against blacks:
The Central Park Five.

This could go on all day.

Every group is experiencing low unemployment rates, and it has nothing to do with the Trump administration, other than they had the wisdom to do nothing significant to affect the economy. Maybe it was not wisdom. Maybe it was ineptitude.

In any case, tax reform represented the first major action that will (eventually) affect the economy. We have full employment, a healthy rate of growth, and no inflation now, just as we did under the Obama administration; in fact, the numbers and trends are literally identical.

The Trump administration chose to administer a big stimulus to the economy. It will spur, roughly in order: a higher rate of growth, bigger deficits, more debt, inflation, and rising interest rates, leading to the next recession.

And that means we will enter the next recession paying a lot more interest on a lot more debt. The ability to stimulate the economy will be limited.

Posted by: phx8 at January 8, 2018 10:41 AM
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I recall that you praised Obama for reducing unemployment. If I am mistaken, I apologize.

He along with the FED and Congress did actually do something more than smile and tweet. But remember when Obama took over from GWB we were hemorrhaging millions of jobs. He along with the Fed and Congress took action to stop the hemorrhaging and it worked. Of course the huge inequality is still with us. And lets not forget when Congress fell into the hands of the establishment repubs it ground the country to a halt and refused to bring forth any infrastructure bills or ..well.. anything for that matter, slowing the economy and doing nothing to prevent the income inequality problem to flounder.

So when you compare the two you sound illogical especially when you use the “well they did it to” logic . The inability to point to what Trump has done says much more than the false narrative you espouse.

However, if you promise not to blame Trump if the economy takes a tumble, we can agree not to give him credit for the good.

See…see what you have done C&J. When you dive into the conservative propaganda machine morass of myth misinformation half truths and outright lies you come out looking brainless. You are better than that, lift yourself up and get into recovery my friend. You are actually claiming if we don’t give Trump credit despite anything to give him credit for then we cannot praise or criticize him later, when he does something. Nonsensical isn’t it.

If we cannot analysis policy and judge outcomes of policy because we asked what specifically did Trump do to lower the black unemployment rate then where does that leave us as a country. Dumbed down to the level we elect a man like Trump, thats where. You prefer party over country politics it seems which of course is what the conservative propaganda you preach is all about.

Re what Trump has done - as I mentioned above, he has cut some regulations and that helped the economy.

So he got rid of some regulations! Thank you C&J, but specifically which ones created jobs for blacks? Was there a regulation that said “don’t hire blacks” or was it more of a getting rid of the water thing you mentioned earlier increased jobs so much, I think you need to stop and think this out a bit. Perhaps it was the regulation that allowed corporations to take tips from waiters and waitresses that increased the the ranks of employed blacks.

Another key fact is that the gap between white and black unemployment rates is lower than ever too. The gap went up during the Obama time

You sound like you are supporting the “grievance industry” point C&J. I mean all the whites have to be working for the black rates to go down,,right?
Before you claim lower then ever rates look at the Dec, figures the past 5 years or so. The last three years seems to suggest December is the time to see the gap between races lowered and since 2015 it has trended downward.

“Liberal thrive yadayadayada” such a foolish argument to make here C&J, can you point to anything I have said in this thread to back up your accusation? This type of ad hominem attack is so low brow conservative propaganda machine it makes me embarrassed for you.

At any case j2 your liberal spewing of racist is just liberal BULLS××T when you don’t like what is happening.

KAP,Such over the top emotional gibberish my friend. Where in this thread have I said I don’t like the lower unemployment rates? All I have asked for is specifics on why Trump should get credit. Since then you guys have put forth one red herring one strawman one ad hominem attack,and/or guilt by association after another.

When you have no logical explanation you liberals will use the racist, homophobe or other derogatory remark.

Good job KAP you have added deflection to the strawman, red herring, ad hominem attack, guilt by association list. Oh wait my bad that was done early on by Royal. Anyway it is your boys that have refused to provide a logical explanation, or logical anything for that matter, for credited Trump for the lowered black unemployment rate. But thanks for your thoughts

Posted by: j2t2 at January 8, 2018 12:03 PM
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J2, as John has said, no President is responsible for the creation of jobs. He only sets the atmosphere for the creation, such as the cut back of regulations.

Posted by: Richard Kapitan at January 8, 2018 1:19 PM
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“…what specifically did Trump do to lower the black unemployment rate…”

j2t2 continues to pose this question as though there is no answer.

In one way he is correct. There is nothing specific that President Trump has done legislatively or though executive order until passage of the tax bill. And, he shares credit for that with congress.

We all understand our Liberal Pals like j2t2. Unless there is a huge, tremendously expensive government managed program to spend taxpayer money, there is no credit due to politicians.

The Left would have us believe that Black unemployment is now lower through unexplained natural forces. Some sort of magic.

Consider there are thousands fewer illegals now competing for jobs.

Posted by: Royal Flush at January 8, 2018 3:24 PM
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Perhaps j2t2 can tell us how many jobs an additional $10 Trillion of national debt, incurred under, and at the urging of, President Obama; purchased.

Posted by: Royal Flush at January 8, 2018 4:12 PM
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Your chronology is not so good. Consider that the TARP and most of the reform predate Obama and that the growth came after Democrats lost control of Congress.

The big stimulus came from the American energy boom with fracking.

I cannot point to much of what Obama did either. The stimulus he put in did little or nothing.

Re blaming Trump - if you don’t think he has had a hand in the good times, it seems to indicate his lack of agency, which would imply a lack of agency in the bad times.

Re decline of the gap - I am just reporting the news. The gap widened under Obama and closed under Trump.

A lot of the social programs designed by the liberals to “help” poor people, especially blacks, end up doing nothing or even causing harm. A good example is welfare policies that gave incentive to single parent household, the biggest single pathology the contributes to poverty.

If you are going in the wrong direction, just doing nothing is an improvement.

Anyway, I figure that these numbers will improve over the next year and each time they do, I will be praising the improvement.

I regret that partisan rancor will prevent some from being joyful at improvements is African American outcomes.

Posted by: Christine & John at January 8, 2018 9:18 PM
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And let’s hope the good news continues. I like it when things get better. I invite our liberal friend also to enjoy this, but I fear that they will find sorrow in sunshine and flowers if provided by anything but liberal policies.

Posted by: Christine & John at January 8, 2018 9:23 PM
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Such snide misleading comments C&J, Royal. Tell you what, can you look back at the comments and show me where I have said or insinuated anything was negative about the lowered black unemployment rate. I asked simply what did Trump do to deserve the credit for the lowered rates. Didn’t insult Trump didn’t make judgement on anything I can see. So before you start throwing “partisan rancor” and such at least try to make it factual…..not partisan rancor.

This is called projection and is typical of most if not all the comments by conservatives in this thread.

Posted by: j2t2 at January 9, 2018 11:33 AM
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I apologize if I misapprehended your joy at the lower unemployment rate and the continued elation you will enjoy as the declining black rate comes closer to the already low rates for blacks and Asians.

Re what Trump did - both Royal and I answered. My answer is that rationalization of regulation is unfettering economic activity, especially for smaller businesses and start-ups. By startup, I am not talking about those high tech firms alone.

Most startups are modest attempts at self employment. As it becomes easier to go into business, more will do it.

Posted by: Christine & John at January 9, 2018 3:02 PM
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Yes there were some suggesting such as rescinding some regulations and other suggestions but nothing hard and fast that we could all agree on. Tell you what take a look at the link, and see what you think.

Getting out of the TPP was one notable “regulation” I didn’t noticed mentioned before. That was a big free trade agreement that we haven’t felt the effects of yet. Have we?

Most however appeared to help employers, such as the repeal of the regulations that gives OT pay status to more workers and kept employers from taking tips from the waitstaff. SO IMHO keeping them underpaid and allowing employers to steal tips doesn’t help anyone but the employer.

Is the number of illegals down enough that companies will hire blacks or is there just more construction going on now?

Or could the baby boomers be retiring in droves, the 10,000 a day figure that Portman uses may be the reason more jobs are available.

Posted by: j2t2 at January 9, 2018 4:59 PM
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Let me give an up and down vote. It is too simplified, but if it is more than 60% I will make a choice. GOT through lots of them. Have to go. Mostly the repeals are good.

The economy

BAD - Withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade deal would have established a trade partnership between the United States and countries on the Pacific Rim.

GOOD - Revoked a rule that expanded the number of people who could earn overtime pay.

Neutral - Reversal of a rule that would mandate that oil and gas companies report payments to foreign governments. The Securities and Exchange Commission will no longer receive this information.

GOOD - Stopped a rule that would require large companies to report worker incomes by race and gender. The rule was aimed at reducing pay disparity.

GOOD - Reversed an interpretation of the Civil Rights Act that provided protection to transgender workers.

Neutral - Ended a rule that barred employers from taking some or all of the tips given to service employees.

GOOD - Canceled a rule mandating that financial advisers act in the best interests of their clients.

GOOD - Ended a rule that allowed consumers to file class-action suits against financial companies.

GOOD - Ended limits on the ability of states to drug test those seeking unemployment benefits.

BAD - Reversed a policy allowing states to develop their own work requirements for welfare recipients.

GOOD - Revoked an executive order that mandated compliance by contractors with laws protecting women in the workplace. Before the 2014 order, a report found that companies with federal contracts worth millions of dollars had scores of violations of labor and civil rights laws.

BAD - but not harmful - Repeal of a rule allowing states to create retirement savings plans for private-sector workers.

GOOD - it is a stupid agency - Appointed Mick Mulvaney, a fierce opponent of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to serve as its interim leader. Mulvaney once said the Bureau was a “joke.”

GOOD - it was an overreach - Blocked implementation of a rule that would have made it easier for farmers to sue big agricultural companies.

GOOD with caveat that it is good to have a record but bad for the Federal gov to make it. - Repeal of a bill that mandated that employers maintain records of workplace injuries.

BAD - Removed information about worker injuries from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration website.

GOOD - Killed a rule mandating that government contractors disclose past violations of labor law.
The justice system

BAD - Rescinded a President Obama effort to reduce mandatory sentences. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered that prosecutors seek the most stringent penalties possible in criminal cases.

Neutral - Canceled a phaseout of the use of private prisons.

Neutral - Reversed restrictions on providing surplus military gear to police departments. Those restrictions were implemented by the Obama administration after the unrest in Ferguson, Mo.

BAD - Reversed a ban on civil forfeiture. Law enforcement officials are now once again able to seize assets from suspects who haven’t been convicted of any crime.

GOOD - Reversed the government’s position on a voter ID law in Texas. Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department argued that the law had discriminatory intent. Under Sessions, Justice withdrew that complaint. On Wednesday, a federal court threw out the law.

GOOD - Reviewed Justice Department efforts to address problematic police departments. An effort to address concerns in the Baltimore Police Department was delayed.

GOOD - Requested a review of the convictions of Blackwater guard for killings of unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007. At the time, Blackwater’s CEO was Erik Prince, brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

DEPENDS on how it is done. State and Justice are bloated, but how the cuts are made is important. - Overhauled and scaled down the Department of Justice and the State Department.
The environment

BAD, but reason is important. Paris would not have done much for the climate, but it is good to be at the table - Withdrew from the Paris climate agreement.

BAD - Blocked the Clean Power Plan. The plan implemented under Obama focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. In October, The Post reported that the administration would seek to repeal it entirely.

Neutral, the problem was becoming OBE’d - Suspended a rule limiting methane leaks from drilling on federal land. Methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

BAD - Ended a study on the health effects of mountaintop-removal mining. The process involves blasting away the tops of hills and mountains to get at coal seams under the surface.

BAD, but not much of a difference - Rescinded a rule mandating that rising sea levels be considered when building public infrastructure in flood-prone areas.

Neutral - Reversed an Obama ban on drilling for oil in the Arctic.

Neutral - Announced a reduction in the scale of several national monuments. In April, Trump signed an executive order ordering a review of monuments added in the past 20 years, opening up the possibility that some areas previously set aside would have that status revoked. Last month, Trump announced plans to reduce the size of two, one after lobbying from a uranium company.

Not important, This was just a BS deadline - Ignored a deadline to implement a rule regulating smog.

GOOD - Withdrew a rule regulating fracking on public land.

GOOD, with explanation. This bird is being conserved wll on private lands in partnership with government and NGOs, like TNC. Protections would have done nothing to save the bird and would have made flexible responses more difficult. So the goal is good, but the tool of government regulation liek this is bad. - Announced plans to reconsider controversial protections for the sage grouse in western states. The bird’s habitat has been reduced as sagebrush has been removed in places that are being developed, often for oil and grass drilling. While not officially endangered, conservation groups worry about the sage grouse’s fate.

Neutral - Postponed an EPA rule that would have had chemical plants better evaluate and inform the public about possible safety issues. This decision, made in June, drew new attention after Hurricane Harvey flooding led to an explosion at a facility near Houston.

GOOD - this was over hysteria - Rejected a proposed ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The month after this decision, a group of farmworkers were sickened by exposure to the chemical.

Neutral - Reversed a ban on plastic bottles at national parks.

Good - Repealed a ban on lead bullets. The bullets were banned under Obama because the lead can poison wildlife.

BAD - Rescinded a limit on the number of sea animals that can be trapped or killed in fishing nets.

GOOD - Delayed and potentially rolled back automotive fuel efficiency standards.

BAD - Began repeal of a rule that would weaken emissions standards for some truck components.

VERY GOOD - Repealed the Waters of the United States rule. This rule expanded the definition of water bodies that were protected by the Environmental Protection Agency.

LOCAL RULES DO IT - Ended a rule banning dumping waste from mining into streams.

GOOD - Reversed a rule banning hunting bears and wolves. The ban applied to federal refuges in Alaska and prohibited hunting predators using certain methods.

DON’t KNOW - Repealed a rule that would have overhauled the federal land management process.

BAD - Removed more than a dozen academics from the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board.

STUPID - these things are all over DC. A couple more or less makes no difference. Removed a bike-sharing station at the White House.
Foreign policy and immigration

SEE what happens - Intends to decertify the landmark agreement with Iran aimed at limiting that nation’s ability to develop nuclear weapons. Such a declaration would force Congress to decide whether sanctions should again be imposed on Iran.

The Obama thing was illegal. He want congress to do it. Plans to phase out a policy under which people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally as children could work legally and avoid deportation. The program, begun under Obama, is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.

Neutral - Cut the number of migrants and refugees allowed from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

BAD - Ended “temporary protected status” designations for tens of thousands of Central Americans and Haitians seeking refuge in the U.S.

BAD - Proposed revoking a rule that allowed the spouses of those with H-1B visas to work in the U.S.

BAD - Ended a process that made it easier for people to extend H-1B visas for most of the year.

GOOD - Ended a State Department office that oversaw international sanctions. The administration has not met an Oct. 1 deadline to implement new sanctions on Russia.

SILLY - Repealed a rule allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military. The measure is currently being considered in the courts.

GOOD - Stopped funding some UN relief efforts. Instead, the administration will back efforts by private organizations and faith-based groups.

BAD - Pulled out of the UN’s Global Compact on Migration. The concern, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was that it “could undermine the sovereign right of the United States to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders.”

GOOD - Rolled back of Obama’s outreach to the Cuban government.

COVERED ABOVE - Ended the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program. DAPA extended protections for some immigrant parents whose children were citizens of or residents in the United States.

GOOD - Reversed a policy instituted by the Obama administration to expand punishments for campus sexual assaults.

GOOD - Repealed 72 documents defining the rights of students with disabilities. The administration argues that this won’t affect how those students are educated.

GOOD - Rolled back school lunch standards championed by Michelle Obama.

GOOD - Withdrew federal protections for transgender students in schools. Under the rule approved by Obama, transgender students could use school bathrooms that corresponded to their gender identities.

GOOD - Canceled a partnership with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau aimed at policing student loan fraud.

GOOD - Reversed a rule that mandated how achievement is measured in schools.

GOOD - Repealed a rule mandating certain requirements for teacher-preparation programs.

BAD - Reversed a rule that would ban gun sales to those deemed “mentally defective” by the government.

GOOD - Reconsidered a ban on carrying firearms on Army Corps of Engineers land.

GOOD - Narrowed the definition of “fugitive” to reduce the number of people allowed to own guns.
Other areas

GOOD - Halted or canceled hundreds of other minor regulatory actions.

DID NOT DO THIS - Ended payments to insurers meant to expand health-care coverage for low-income Americans.

GOOD - Erased net neutrality rules established by the FCC under Obama. The rules prevented internet service providers from charging more for certain types of internet traffic.

BAD - Repealed a rule mandating that Internet service providers seek permission before selling personal information.

Revoked a ban on denying funding for Planned Parenthood at the state level.

Revoked an Obama rule barring those who’d served as registered lobbyists the prior year from taking jobs with the administration.

Determined that claims of violations of religious freedom would trump protections for gay and transgender people. This is the cake-for-a-gay-wedding issue; the Trump Justice Department takes the position that the religious beliefs of a business owner can take precedence over the civil rights of employees or customers.

Began the process of undoing the Johnson Amendment. The law bars religious institutions from taking positions on political candidates. An effort to include this repeal in a tax reform package ended without success.

Scrapped an Obama-era rule requiring that airlines disclose baggage fees.

Reversed a policy aimed at reducing mortgage insurance premiums for new FHA loans.

Cut outreach aimed at bolstering enrollment in Obamacare.

Limited the Obamacare mandate that birth control be covered in health-care plans. The administration will give employers and insurers the right to exempt such coverage on religious or moral grounds.

Slow or nonexistent staffing at the Senate-confirmed and management level across administration agencies.

Posted by: Christine & John at January 9, 2018 7:05 PM
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