Saturday, March 04, 2017

Water And Voters Who "Have Had It"

In Washington County, Maryland, which a reporter says Donald Trump "won handily,"

from where James and Jess are sitting he is doing just fine.

“I love Trump,” James Zawatski said. “I give him credit for doing what he said he was going to do; a lot of politicians don’t. I’m 47 and I never voted in my life but I did this year. We needed someone with a set of balls to do what needs to be done. I’m tired of those liberals.”

Perhaps Trump has in fact been doing what he promised, for mlive reports

The White House is proposing to slash Environmental Protection Agency funding that pays for Great Lakes pollution cleanup by 97 percent, according to a budget document obtained by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies.

The potential cuts are part of President Donald Trump's initial 2018 budget proposal, detailed in a U.S. Office of Management and Budget "passback" to the EPA that outlines drastic cuts to an agency Trump has called a "job killer" and promised to reduce to "tidbits" as a candidate.

The proposal would virtually eliminate annual Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding, slashing it from $300 million to $10 million among other cuts that would altogether reduce the EPA's total budget by a quarter.

The Guardian found that in a debate a little more than a year ago

“Environmental protection – we waste all of this money,” he said. “We’re going to bring that back to the states. We are going to cut many of the agencies, we will balance our budget and we will be dynamic again.”

The promise was an echo of recent statements from Trump on the EPA. He has said there is “tremendous cutting” to be done because the EPA “aren’t doing their job, they are making it impossible for our country to compete”.

He has also accused the EPA of “going around causing damage as opposed to saving damage”, leading to “a tremendous amounts of money, tremendous fraud, tremendous abuse."

In a tweet presumably inadvertently leaving out "here" between "welcome" and "Michigan," Chris Hayes of "All In" comments "You're welcome Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania voters!"

He shouldn't expect a stampede.   In an interview alternately frustrating, annoying, and revelatory, ardent Trump supporter and CNN contributor Jeffrey Lord, interviewed by Bill Maher, made a couple of interesting points between approximately 1:38 and 2:46 of the clip below.

Lord stated that criticism of Trump supporters has led "many" of them to "look at Donald Trump as somebody who can get out here and dish it right back."  Further, "they think he is standing up for them and they've just had it."

Whatever "it" is, they have "had it," and most will go on believing Trump is dishing it right back at his critics and detractors who, notwithstanding the politically correct Lord, are far numerous and varied than "people in the media and the political world."

Incensed, Charlie Pierce remarks "Making America Great Again? Not by a damn sight. I hope the economically insecure voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania manage to live with this." But the majority of Trump supporters will manage to live with this.  They won't see it as their water which will be despoiled. It will be the water of downstate voters, or of liberals, or of those people in Detroit, Milwaukee, or Erie, the people they believe created the "carnage" their hero rants about.

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