Trump protesters are unrelenting and his approval rating has sunk to record lows after three chaotic weeks in office. Even Trump voters must be experiencing buyers’ remorse if they’re paying attention to disparities between campaign promises and policies delivered since the election. The Republican Congress has an obligation — both to its president and to its constituents — to advise and dissent when proposed legislation will have ill effects on our economy and on the financial interests of taxpayers, yet the majority of our Republican congressmen have been unwilling or unable to fulfill this obligation.

In a New York Times Op-Ed, Paul Krugman says “so far his economic policies are all about empowering ethically challenged businesses to cheat and exploit the little guy. In particular, he and his allies in Congress are making it a priority to unravel financial reform — and specifically the parts of financial reform that protect consumers against predators.”

Trump issued an executive order eliminating rules requiring stock brokers and investment advisers to act in the best interests of clients rather than selling junk products that provide big commissions and profits to advisers. This only benefits Goldman Sachs and Wall Street.

This executive order strips working families and retirees of protections they desperately need when they trust financial advisers with their retirement savings. A joint statement issued by the Consumer Federation of America and other consumer groups, says “President Trump continues his streak of throwing middle class Americans under the bus — the very people he promised to protect on the campaign trail.”

Coincidently, Trump declared the Consumer Federation of America a disaster, so it’s history. Consumer protection, needed to protect Americans from financial scams, is disappearing without a peep from our invertebrate Congress.

The Economist says “Washington is in the grip of a revolution. The bleak cadence of last month’s inauguration was still in the air when Donald Trump lobbed the first Molotov cocktail of policies and executive orders against the capital’s brilliant-white porticos.” Trump’s assaults continue, while his top advisers and rubber-stamping Congress do nothing to guide or dissuade him from these costly mistakes.

The Senate voted along party lines to repeal the SEC transparency rule, removing regulations requiring disclosure of energy company payments to foreign governments. This major win for oil companies is bad for taxpayers, since it allows millions of U.S. dollars to vanish into the pockets of corrupt foreign governments, and opens doors to serious national security problems.

Trump seems poised to deliver on his campaign promise to build a border wall. Unfortunately, despite his promises to the contrary, our tax dollars will fund this exorbitantly expensive, $12 billion to $15 billion project. We can only hope the value this wall provides is worth the enormous expense to taxpayers.

There is no opposition within the Republican party to anything the president says or does, even when his executive orders and policy changes have detrimental effects on taxpayer finances, on the U.S. economy and on the viability of the Republican Party.

Susan George lives in Galveston.

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Carlos Ponce

Susan George, did you BOTHER to read the actual Executive Order or did you just regurgitate a Leftist view to undermine the President?
Here is part of the text of Trump's Executive Order and a link to the actual EO:
"By the power vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. It shall be the policy of my Administration to regulate the United States financial system in a manner consistent with the following principles of regulation, which shall be known as the Core Principles:
(a) empower Americans to make independent financial decisions and informed choices in the marketplace, save for retirement, and build individual wealth;
(b) prevent taxpayer-funded bailouts;
(c) foster economic growth and vibrant financial markets through more rigorous regulatory impact analysis that addresses systemic risk and market failures, such as moral hazard and information asymmetry;
(d) enable American companies to be competitive with foreign firms in domestic and foreign markets;
(e) advance American interests in international financial regulatory negotiations and meetings;
(f) make regulation efficient, effective, and appropriately tailored; and
(g) restore public accountability within Federal financial regulatory agencies and rationalize the Federal financial regulatory framework.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/02/03/presidential-executive-order-core-principles-regulating-united-states
"There is a good case to be made that Paul Krugman is the ultimate liberal intellectual. 'It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover?' " Krugman tweeted. You need a reality check, Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman.Does he even BOTHER to look at the stock market? It's up, NOT "plunging".

Carlos Ponce

About the border "wall". Be patient, Mexico WILL pay for it. Trump would like to do a bilateral plan for this to occur but there are unilateral plans available to implement. Bilateral would be beneficial to both countries.

Jarvis Buckley

Trump ratings going up daily. Average
Americans are very happy with his job performance👍.

Jim Forsythe

Jarvis, which polls are you using? The ones I looked at  spiked  when he  nominated  Gorsuch.
Which Americans are very happy with his job performance ? Beside his core, which ones ?

Diane Turski

Where are the "Never Trump" voters??? It's time to begin to support Country over party!!!

Doyle Beard

where was the Country support last 8 years?

Carlos Ponce

"Where are the "Never Trump" voters??? " They're still there but have either moved on seeing how good a job Trump is doing and are putting country over party or they've become professional anarchist.

Lisa Gray

Ms. George states "There is no opposition in the Republican party to anything the president says or does, even when his executive orders and policy changes have detrimental effects on taxpayer finances, on the US economy and on the viability of the Republican party". Well, lets see: stock market soaring, check. Wall going up, illegals being deported thus the drain on our medical and other social services going down, check. My tax rate, therefore my disposable income going up, check. All seems to be pretty good for me and I am the middle class working taxpayer you refer to. I definitely don't feel "thrown under the bus" as you referred to it. I am very happy with the direction that our country is headed. I am looking forward to the elimination of fraud riddled federal programs that have benefited the obama cronies, such as the "obamaphone" fiasco. Job growth and creation will hopefully get some of the folks off the unemployment rolls that the taxpayers fund. (Those who are willing to work) I only see positive things coming for those of us that carry the rest of the country on our backs. Now if I could only just find a website that lists Trump/conservative businesses I will just be over the moon!

Jim Forsythe

http://www.lonelyconservative.com/2012/07/conservatives-support-these-companies/

Doyle Beard

Being an independent voter my opinion is this kind fo rubish is the reason the liberals got Trump elected. Many Americans are tired of the fake news by the media and the liberals. They still cant understand why they got beat. Its pretty simple. Their days are ulimited.

Doyle Beard

limited (last post)

Doyle Beard

Obama had 8 hrs and broke many promises, now you are crying about less than 30 days.What a phony article.

Mike Zeller

Lisa, Unemployment compensation is not Welfare, it is an insurance program that companies pay into, as part of doing business. Only people, who have become unemployed,through no fault of their own, can draw unemployment. No job, No pay.

Paula Flinn

45 is not a uniter, that's for sure. He could have put ONE democrat in his cabinet, but he chose to appoint the most radically conservative people he could find to occupy the chief seats of the departments he, and other conservatives, want to destroy. You have a person who wants to repeal the ACA and get rid of Planned Parenthood, another who will cut funding for the Arts, even though the security for Trump Tower in NYC costs more annually than the Funding for the Arts, another who will rid us of the EPA and regulations to preserve the basic clean air, clean water regulations and rights people have, another who wants to go back to using dirty coal for energy, another who has never been in a public school until last Friday. We also have a general (Flynn) who is ready to converse with Russians about topics he is unlawfully able to discuss. You have an alt-right, white supremacist-sympathizer for chief of staff who envisions us in a religious WWIII, an Atty. Gen. who was once barred from becoming a judge for being racist, and a counselor who believes in "alternative facts" and unethically recommends we all buy Ivanka's clothes and jewelry lines.

Even though 45 promised that he would not touch Medicare and Social Security, the Republican Congress, led by Paul Ryan, wants to privatize both, and then gut Medicaid and overturn Roe v. Wade.

Finally, there is ICE picking up anyone who is in this country illegally (not just criminals), following children home from schools to deport their parents, Sanctuary cities are frowned upon and deemed unlawful, now. There is not a moral, ethical one in the bunch I have mentioned, and I don't see how it could get much worse. Hopefully the SCOTUS nominee will be a fair and just man, not a slash-and-burn "artist" like the others seem to be. Not a one of them has any compassion or sympathy for those less fortunate than they, yet they all want be known as Christians.
WWJD?

Doyle Beard

PF there are a couple of things you can take to the bank. Something must be done with SS and medicare. It does not take a rocket scientist to understand such.
As far as a uniter when was the last time we had one. Please be honest and not a lot of spin

Paula Flinn

DB there are a couple of things you must understand. SS and Medicare are both supported by the people who pay into those programs. Since I still work, I still pay into Medicare. If the money stays where it belongs, that is with their respective programs, they will not go bankrupt. Ever since President Reagan, some of the SS money has gone into the general fund. That is not what we, the people, were promised. Candidate Trump promised to be a uniter when he said he would be the President for ALL of the people, even the ones who did not vote for him. He has not even united the moderate Republicans to his cause. Honestly, I do not know when the last time was when we had a uniter. I voted for Pres. Reagan, so maybe I had hopes then. All I know is that we are more polarized now than before. Both sides (Dems and Reps) are to blame for that. Not being able to compromise or reach a middle ground, between the two sides, on things has led to that.

Carlos Ponce

Paula, "The Social Security Trust Fund has never been 'put into the general fund of the government.'
Most likely this question comes from a confusion between the financing of the Social Security program and the way the Social Security Trust Fund is treated in federal budget accounting. Starting in 1969 (due to action by the Johnson Administration in 1968) the transactions to the Trust Fund were included in what is known as the "unified budget." This means that every function of the federal government is included in a single budget. This is sometimes described by saying that the Social Security Trust Funds are "on-budget." This budget treatment of the Social Security Trust Fund continued until 1990 when the Trust Funds were again taken "off-budget." This means only that they are shown as a separate account in the federal budget. But whether the Trust Funds are "on-budget" or "off-budget" is primarily a question of accounting practices--it has no effect on the actual operations of the Trust Fund itself."
See "MYTHS AND MISINFORMATION ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY- Part 2"
https://www.ssa.gov/history/InternetMyths2.html

Carlos Ponce

Paula posts," He has not even united the moderate Republicans to his cause." Not true. But Republicans do not walk lock-step in unison if that is your idea of "united". Each is free to express disagreements with each other and even a Republican President. In the end its "do what is best for the country". Sounds like you've been listening to the Proglibdem propaganda machine again. They tend to DEMONIZE anything a Republican does.

Doyle Beard

PF simple math when you pay out more than comes in what happens? You are so misinformed about this issue. Look at what LBJ did. The democrats said there was so much money in the SS fund it could never be spent. Check it out then tell me what you think?

Paula Flinn

President Reagan took money from the Social Security Trust Fund to use for other things. That is not a myth. He also sold arms for hostages, and he backed the Contras in Nicaragua despite Congress' desire not to arm or fund them. I remember the hearings on Col. Oliver North.

Carlos Ponce

Paula posts "He could have put ONE democrat in his cabinet, but he chose to appoint the most radically conservative people he could find to occupy the chief seats of the departments he, and other conservatives, want to destroy."
Do you really want a TOKEN Democrat appointed? You select the best person available regardless of race, religion, party affiliation. To call these fine men and women "radically conservative people" is pure Proglibdem propaganda and not true. Do you believe everything the alt-Left media presents? Sure looks like it.

Paula Flinn

Yes, I wanted a token Democrat...someone who was experienced enough to counsel 45 when he goes "too far afield." He is appointing some of the most inexperienced, radical people who hate the organizations and departments they are representing. I don't have to tell you which ones are so inexperienced and will de-regulate everything so that we will not have any defense for the greed from large corporation CEO's, and we will suffer a decrease of our rights and freedoms. They are listed in most newspapers ad magazines, even the WSJ. It has happened before, going all the way back to The Gilded Age, and will happen again. The poor and the middle class will not be any better off with these radical nominees to these cabinet positions in departments they want to dismantle and/or destroy.

It may be just a matter of time before the "investigations" prove that 45 worked with Russia to influence our recent Presidential election, and he may be removed. We may not be any better off with President Pence, but at least he is civilized.


Micheal Byrd

Ms George... you lost the intellectual argument the moment you quoted Paul Krugman who is the worst of the worst leftist idealogues.

Paula Flinn

Paul Krugman may have a liberal bias, but he writes the TRUTH. These experienced journalists would not have stayed in the business if they had not reported the TRUTH. They are much more credible than the TV people like Greta Van Sustern and some of the other people on Fox News. I notice that Chris Wallace has even sharpened his skills and rhetoric when he doesn't accept bs answers and non-answers and "alternative facts" from Trump promoters, like Ms. Conway, on his Sunday show.

George Croix

P. Krugman claimed that ACA sign-ups exceeded expectations.
That was not factual, but it was his ideological 'truth'.
The possible difference between fact and truth has been discussed here before after it was bought up by a guest columnist...and routinely ignored since by anyone for whom the difference is inconvenient.....

Carlos Ponce

"Paul Krugman may have a liberal bias, but he writes the TRUTH."
Really Paula? Paul Krugman has been proven wrong many times in his economic "analysis". Here are a mixture of articles from Left, Right and Center:

"Why Was Paul Krugman So Wrong?-Everyone's favorite Nobel-winning Keynesian is no longer gravely deluded on the global economy. How much can we trust him now?"
https://www.thenation.com/article/why-was-paul-krugman-so-wrong/

"Paul Krugman Is Wrong"
http://www.forbes.com/sites/stancollender/2015/08/23/paul-krugman-is-wrong/#7007677a3b5d

"Why Paul Krugman Is Wrong"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-kolb/why-paul-krugman-is-wrong_b_3255089.html

"Paul Krugman is wrong about capitalism "
http://www.salon.com/2015/05/07/paul_krugman_is_wrong_about_capitalism/
(They think his book “The Conscience of a Liberal” doesn't go nearly far enough)

"Paul Krugman is Wrong... Again"
https://dailyreckoning.com/paul-krugman-is-wrong-again/

Greta Van Sustern is NOT on FOX. You can find her on NBC and MSNBC.
Chris Wallace, son of Mike Wallace, has always been a good inquirer, challenging everyone. Nothing new here.

Paula Flinn

So why is he still working, if he is so "wrong" about everything?

Doyle Beard

stayed in busines becasue of many many naive readers

Jim Forsythe

The Social Security trust funds are financial accounts in the U.S. Treasury. There are two separate Social Security trust funds, the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund pays retirement and survivors benefits, and the Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund pays disability benefits.
Social Security taxes and other income are deposited in these accounts, and Social Security benefits are paid from them. The only purposes for which these trust funds can be used are to pay benefits and program administrative costs.
The Social Security trust funds hold money not needed in the current year to pay benefits and administrative costs and, by law, invest it in special Treasury bonds that are guaranteed by the U.S. Government. A market rate of interest is paid to the trust funds on the bonds they hold, and when those bonds reach maturity or are needed to pay benefits, the Treasury redeems them.

Steve Fouga

I believe President Trump actually IS uniting conservative Republicans -- to impeach him. As Paula Flinn commented above, it may just be a matter of time until President Trump is removed. She mentioned Russia, but it will be whatever the Republican-run Congress feels gives them the best case. If I had been a highly placed Republican operative, this would have been my goal from the instant Mr. Trump was nominated, and particularly after Mike Pence was selected as VP nominee. If I were a GOP strategist, I would time my case for impeachment so that it was a fait accompli a few months before mid-terms, IF I could build my evidence that quickly. If President Trump's popularity continues to drop, he could drag the party down at mid-terms. I doubt there's much chance of a Democratic Congress no matter what the president does, but a Democratic Congress after mid-terms would probably not bring impeachment charges. They would rather see Mr. Trump in the White House rather than Mike Pence, who would truly unite the GOP behind him, and then easily win re-election. No source to quote, no link to provide, just speculation.

George Croix

Not quite 4 weeks in office, not even a third of Cabinet positions allowed to go forward without childish delaying procedures, a full court press of TDS driven speculation and supposition based almost entirely on a desired ideological outcome rather than the actual content of any evidence, most of which has only been 'leaked' and not yet actually viewed, paid rioters and idiots with their privates stuck on their heads 'protesting' nearly 24/7, and OFA awash in Soros funds for the express purpose of destabilizing.....
Yep...time for impeachment......
Hmmmmm......
Let's take Flynn, for instance, who MAY....may....have broken a 218 year old law that exactly zero people have ever been convicted of, but we don't know for sure because nobody has seen the actual transcript of the ILLEGALLY leaked private conversation of a US citizen, and act which itself is for sure illegal, and which would get the leaker jail time with an honest Justice Dept....alll we've got is a bunch of hysteria, about 4000 times more than was generated when our ex-POTUS was caught on hot mike 'offering to be more flexible' with Vladimir, that everybody could HEAR themselves and not just listen to a bunch of 'sources', and a call that as yet is just a call is a little bit overplayed...in a sane world.....
remember, Flynn only violated Logan IF he actually talked as if in an official capacity, not if he was just jawboning, and nobody knows what was said yet, except the CRIMINAL(s) who leaked......
Perspective......
A LITTLE less TDS......

It IS nice to see SOMEBODY get fired/forced out for questionable stuff....unlike seeing NOTHING happen to an AG who lied to Congress and who's successor had a secret meeting with the spouse of a person under criminal investigation but not even a slapped wrist......
AND this time 4 Americans are not dead, either.....
Maybe we could wait until the evidence is all in before the lynch mobs start the hangings, then if the accused are guilty get a rope....
Being held accountable would be another nice change from the last 8 years of but_ kissing.......

imho, of course......

Steve Fouga

George, the problem with Flynn is Russia. I don't care if what he did was illegal -- it probably wasn't -- but it was stupid, not the sort of action expected from a national security advisor or even a major player with the possibility of holding that position. I wish President Trump had shown the balls to outright fire him, rather than suggest he resign.

As for impeachment, I'm just speculating that the Republicans are discussing this behind the scenes, waiting for the president to do something incriminating enough to warrant a conviction. I think there's a good chance he will. And I think the instant Mike Pence was nominated, it gave rank-and-file Republican office holders a man they could be very comfortable with, and put the impeachment option in play. I may be laughingly wrong about this; it won't be the first time.

I gladly plead guilty to speculating and supposing. I'm not privy to actual evidence, just like none of the rest of you are, so anything I say is speculation or opinion. I participate in forums mainly to share my thoughts and read what other people think, not how many links and websites they can google.

Sorry, I have to ask, what is TDS?

George Croix

Trump Derangement Syndrome, Mr. Fouga.
It's a lot like Bush Derangement Syndrome, only back then the females kept their privates off their heads, and there were no 'safe spaces' for 'free hugs'.....and they waited longer than 3 1/2 weeks to melt down.....[smile]
No doubt you're right and in fact I'd have to fully agree that Republican rino's are discussing ANYTHING to keep the establishment 'way of being' in DC, as they've become only a step or two above 'progressives' in putting K Street over Main Street....imho....
I only mention speculation, which, BTW, is what MY post is, too, as to my opinion basis, to try to get a bit of perspective between proven fact and what is 'leaked'....
Personally, I don't like the President, but I DO like comparatively decisive action.....better asking for resignations than doing nothing, and then pretending nothing ever happened.....I also know that a leader, from the front, is one who doesn't put first the fear of threat or of bad opinion...the job is more important than the poll numbers (or, in terms a old shift workers like me might understand better, better your CREW and COWORKERS like what you do than your here-today-gone-tomorrow boss....he can cost you money...the other guys can cost you a LOT more.....
Flynn....he's screwed either way....and poor judgement is something we just voted to get RID of more of.....better he's out....
What is happening nationwide, I believe, is an attempt to make Russia the reason Hillary lost the election, rather than admit that spending a billion bucks and a lot of POTUS capital could not make a silk purse out of a sows ear...which, of course, ignores THE fact that hacking cannot do squat unless there;s something damning that was found when the hack occurred....the hackers didn't lie about classified info on a secret server, for instance.
Right here in these pages are people who posted 'no matter what she did' and that 'Benghazi is nothing', ignoring that HER own assessment of her achievements was to pass the baton......can't fix that.

Doyle Beard

The only thing Flynn did wrong was coverup. If one readsthe rules one can see he did nothing wrong in talking to Russia. People need to get over that. being not forthcoming was the wrong he did.

George Croix

No, imho, he did wrong by lying to the VP when he knew the vP would take up for him.
That's a breach of trust, caused a molehill to grow into a mountain, and I'd have gotten rid of him, too.
When your word is no good, you're no good...imho.....

George Croix

TDS related update: I just watched the first solo news conference by the current POTUS and the TDS should ramp up about an order of magnitude...or several....
In fact, I wish I had stock in a raincoat company, as the slobber is going to fly.....
Personally, I though it had all the polish of sharp sand and the finesse of an IED...
in other words, it was totally NON-political gamesmanship and totally I'm-not-a-punching-bag-for-dishonest-media-hacks...

It was great.....!!

Never in my life saw a President tell off the characters who make a living telling other people their opinions disguised as fact, and doing their best to undermine anything they don't agree with.....
Wonderful.....damn the torpedos, full speed ahead......
Pres. trump told the members of a dishonest, TDS eaten up media to go right straight to heck.......
Finally, straight talk vs calculated nuance....
Finally, a POTUS who you look at the man talking you can primarily see his eyes, not his nostrils.....
It may all go to heck later, but for today, for the first day ever that I can remember, a POTUS drew a line in the sand with the 'progressive' press that invents and manipulates news to suit it's ideology....and the 'informed' by disinformation hysterical clueless minions they too often serve...
Here's hoping it wasn't a lead from behind 'red line', to be ignored as soon as the first tee is reached......
[beam]

Steve Fouga

You may be right about people looking to Russia as an excuse for Hillary's loss. Doesn't matter at this point; she lost.

I'm concerned more with the future. And, I guess, with the past. I view Russia with deep suspicion because of their history of betrayal. I'm not sure they have it in them to play an honest game. I feel there is zero chance that being friendly with them would be to our benefit in the long run, and I wish President Trump would cast his eyes somewhere else. He doesn't need Russia's friendship; at least I hope he doesn't. Today in his conference when he stated he has no loans from Russia, I hope he was telling the truth.

George Croix

We don't need Russia to play an honest game, as nobody could possible think they would, except maybe the same ones who actually expected Iran to play one.
The Russians have been doing their best to destabilize the world for their benefit since the end of the Romanovs.
What we need...imho.... is for them to be less playing games with us.....and, again imho....that's not ever assured, but more likely if the can expect greater pushback than a plastic 'reset' button that wasn't even labeled correctly, and leading from behind......
I worked with a LOT of people who did not have my best interests at heart, but was able to work with many of them by making sure that we both knew it would cost more to fight than to shake hands for a while.....that comes from open dialogue, not swapping pejoratives from afar.....
Better a handshake with Putin than fighting....but he has to know that he WILL get more pushback than a nasty word from the ninth hole.....he can't know it unless talked to...directly....
If Gorbachev had stayed isolated and he and Reagan never talked, the Berlin wall would still be up.....
All, of course, imho.....
One thing to think about...the Russians want to be THE world power, not just one of them, and as such need a world to have power over.....The whacked out lunatic Iranians, who we just paid over a hundred billion bucks cash to help them build a nuke, are CRAZY, not just power hungry, and as such look forward to a glorious martyrdom.....
Not a good thing for others when a bad guy doesn't care whether he dies or not as long as he inflicts maximum harm.....

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