Trump Presidency, Day 1: A Big Lie About a Little Thing

To excoriate the media, with no questions taken in response, is one thing. To do it while counterclaiming a fantastically absurd and easily provable lie is a whole ‘nother thing. To do it about such a trivial matter as… crowd sizes? Frankly, it reeks of insecurity, to my ear.

Earlier, Trump visited the CIA and used the opportunity to state that he really is on the side of the Intel Community, “1000%” (contrary to the vibe he was sending out in recent weeks regarding Russian involvement in the election). Oh, and to complain about these crowd number estimates. Because, hey, that’s the perfect venue for such a thing.

Trump previously proclaimed that he was “getting to work on day 1.” I certainly hope this is merely what could charitably be called “a slow start,” and not actually representative of the rest of his term.

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The Nuclear Option

“VIDEO: THE OBAMA LEGACY DISPOSAL TEAM”

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“Message to the Department of Defense from Secretary of Defense James Mattis”

“Release No: NR-020-17
Jan. 20, 2017”

It’s good to be back and I’m grateful to serve alongside you as Secretary of Defense.

Together with the Intelligence Community we are the sentinels and guardians of our nation. We need only look to you, the uniformed and civilian members of the Department and your families, to see the fundamental unity of our country. You represent an America committed to the common good; an America that is never complacent about defending its freedoms; and an America that remains a steady beacon of hope for all mankind.

Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future. Recognizing that no nation is secure without friends, we will work with the State Department to strengthen our alliances. Further, we are devoted to gaining full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense, thereby earning the trust of Congress and the American people.

I am confident you will do your part. I pledge to you I’ll do my best as your Secretary.

MATTIS SENDS”

Printed in its entirety from here

Hope and Change indeed.

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Power to the People!

‘Power to the people’ is the central message of virtually every politician of all political stripes in the Western World. All political aspirants wish to be seen as the authentic voice of the people personified.

‘Power to the people’ takes on a special gravity, however, among populists. Populists absolutely insist that they are the manifestation of a unified voice of the citizenry. They insist that, as the manifestation of the will of the people, their actions constitute those of ‘the people’.

That there is a unified ‘people’ who are able to lend their collective will to a leader is almost never the case, however, and it certainly will not be the case during the Trump presidency. The people of the United States are far too divided to offer a unified voice on any issue. The divisions in America are harsh and Trump’s disapproval rating is greater than his approval.

None of this means that his policies are necessarily wrong. It is merely to point out that Trump cannot be the manifestation of the will of the people because at least as many – and probably more – of the people oppose him as support him.

So when populists talk about ‘the people’ they are always and everywhere, on the left and on the right, talking about a subset of the people. They define “the people” as the subset of people who support the populist politician.

Populists always portray the voice of the people as monolithic, moral, righteous and noble. Therefore they, as the manifestation of the will of the people, are also monolithic, moral, righteous and noble . After all, how could the unified voice of the people be wrong?

Since they are always moral, their opponents – the huge portion of the population that is not part of ‘the people’ – must be immoral and, therefore, illegitimate.

Populists insist that anyone who does not support the populist agenda is an illegitimate, elitist usurper of the power of the people who must be suppressed. Because the people – and thus the populists they support – are always righteous and morally pure, their opponents must be corrupt and immoral.

And herein lies the problem with populism. It is always, whether it is the populism of the left or the populism of the right, divisive. If the voice of the people is not uniform, ‘the people’ as defined by the populist will always be just a subset of the population. The remainder will be not of ‘the people’ and, therefore, something else. Whatever that something else is, it is opposed to ‘the people’.

If the people are always moral, righteous and noble, those who oppose them must be immoral, corrupt and ignoble. Because of this, populism is never really populist in its practical application. It is divisive, limited and fractional. The more divided the population, the more this must be true.

The answer to this problem, of course, is distributed government in the form of a pluralistic, constitutional republic that supports a diversity of people and viewpoints. That, however, is a whole different post.

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Trump To Defund Abortion?

You know the Congress passed a ruling that prevented the US from funding abortion procedures. That rule was studiously ignored during the Obama administration. Mr. Obama was quite good at ignoring laws he didn’t agree with.

As one of his first acts in the Oval Office, the Republican president-elect plans to restore the “Mexico City policy” as soon as Sunday, a congressional staffer told Foreign Policy. Also known as the “global gag rule,” the policy blocks any foreign aid or federal funding of programs that also provide abortions and often broader health services. The timing of the executive order on Sunday would coincide with the anniversary of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.”

More at Foreign Policy

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The Marines Have Landed

“Senate Confirms Mattis (Defense) & Kelly (Homeland) On Trump’s First Day”

USMC General James Mattis and USMC General John Kelly

Just hours after President Trump was sworn into office, amid Chuck Schumer’s jabs over HUD, the Senate has confirmed retired Marine General James Mattis as defense secretary and retired Marine General John Kelly as homeland security secretary. They were both expected to be confirmed easily, and were, but Democrats promised fights over several other nominees.”

Mattis was confirmed by a Senate vote of 98-1. NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was the sole vote against him.

More at Zero Hedge

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Trump signs Obamacare Executive Order

Day one action on Obamacare.

President Trump on Friday signed an executive order directing federal agencies to “ease the burden of ObamaCare.”

Trump signed the order in front of reporters at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, one of his first official acts as president.

The order did not direct any specific actions, instead giving broad authority to the Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies to take actions available to them under the law to ease regulatory requirements from ObamaCare.

It pushes agencies to target provisions that impose a “fiscal burden” on a state or a “cost” or “regulatory burden” on individuals or businesses.

It is not clear what practical effects will come from the order.

Some have argued that the purpose of this order is to undercut Obamacare’s individual mandate. If so, why not repeal the law? The president, of course, cannot simply repeal laws. After all, the individual mandate is a law passed by congress, duly signed by a former president and upheld by the Supreme Court. It takes an act of Congress to repeal a law passed by congress and signed by the president.

If the executive order undercuts the individual mandate it will do so by selective enforcement. Basically, the president is ordering his people to not enforce the law by, I don’t know, handing out waivers for the asking.

This would be using the same presidential superpower that Obama used when he decided to stop deporting illegal aliens. He didn’t repeal immigration law, he just stopped enforcing it.

The Trump Administration could argue that, if even one person is fined, he upheld his oath to enforce the law… even of the other 99.9999 percent receive waivers.

This is one of the new superpowers of the POTUS. Any law passed by Congress that isn’t to his liking can be simply ignored and unenforced by the chief law enforcement officer rendering it moot.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Special Inauguration Day Edition

Welcome to a very special edition of Friday Night at the Movies. This is the very first Inauguration Day that the Real Revo Theater has observed. This day seems to have taken a very long time to arrive at, especially Eight Years ago tonight. It was a very sad day for me. It was hard for me to express myself but in my arrogant indignation I somehow found a way. Ah, yes… there is nothing like remembering the days of living in fear of so many things that never happened. Right now there are a bunch of people who are living in fear of things that are never going to happen. It can be highly amusing to observe but in fact it’s kind of pitiful. It is a manifestation of a form of Idolatry and very serious evidence of a profound lack of Faith. In my case I was dealing with a long festering wound. The infection was long ago removed and the wound has been cauterized.

In the event you didn’t know or don’t recognize it, the Lord God Almighty Yahweh hold the highest office in the Cosmos. His term of office is eternal. He does not give his children a Spirit of Fear. He gives us the Holy Spirit and we shall not live in Fear. Anyone who is living in a Spirit of Fear should devote some serious time toward taking a fearlessly honest moral inventory of themselves and do so conclusively.

As for the Yay-Hoos who are out there showing their asses right now, well what else can you expect? They are going to double down on the dumb shit because they have not yet discovered their error. Their arrogance prevents them from doing it. These are naturally violent people in spite of the fact that most of them pretend to abhor Violence. Because “The Russians did it”, among many other things, they are going to believe that the only way to get their message out is to be at least twice as stupid as they have been thus far. That should fix it. It sure will. Donald Trump will be re-elected. I’ve called it before. I’m calling it now.

What I’m also calling right now is that we have only just begun to see what the dumbasses who are right this very moment, much to my amusement, living in Fear of the inventions of their own mind and thusly are capable of talking themselves into almost anything, are actually capable of. I’m telling you right now, stock up on the Popcorn and buy stock in Orville Redenbacher. The Marxist Revolutionaries of the Progressive Movement are going to make watching television great again.

So grab your Molotov Cocktails, Nut Busters, Sling Shots and face masks and check out the Battle of Seattle on this momentous Friday Night at the Movies CELEBRATION.

This is the first Friday Night at the Movies when Barack Hussein Obama is no longer our President.

Get crazy widdit…

 

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Climate change vanishes from White House websites

There is a new administration in town and that means a very real political climate change. 🙂

At 11:59 am eastern, the official White House website had a lengthy information page about the threat of climate change and the steps the federal government had taken to fight it. At noon, at the instant Donald Trump took office, the page was gone, as well as any mention of climate change or global warming.

It’s customary for www.whitehouse.gov to flip over to the new administration exactly at noon, but the only mention of climate on President Trump’s new website is under his “America First Energy Plan” page, in which he vows to destroy President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which is a government-wide plan to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change. To reiterate: It is normal that the site is completely new; it is notable that climate change is not mentioned on any one of Trump’s new pages.

More here.

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WaPo Feed Highlighted Low Turnout

See the many blockades here.

You’ll have to go to the page to see the many, many videos of people being abused by the commie pricks in black clothes, and blocked by DisruptJ20 rioters from attending the inauguration.

It’s disgusting that this behavior was allowed. Blocking people from peaceable assembly is anti-liberty, not protected speech under the 1st Amendment. The cops did get to flash-bang & bust some violent commie-agitator heads, though, so there was an upside.

Good videos here, too.

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Congratulations President Trump

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Chuck Schumer Read A Great Letter

For those who saw the inauguration, and wondered what Chuck Schumer was reading, here is the text of the letter from Major Sullivan Ballou to his dear wife, Sarah.

The letter was written one week before he was mortally wounded at the first Battle of Bull Run. In it’s words you can see and feel the apprehension, angst, fear, love, & devotion of a man who was first a warrior, and second a Husband & Father. He put the weight if his soul, as so many Americans have, in death’s scales against the love and happiness of this world.

The burden of a soldier, to his nation tipped the scale in our nation’s favor. To wit, the letter:


July the 14th, 1861
Washington D.C.

My very dear Sarah:

The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days—perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more.

Our movement may be one of a few days duration and full of pleasure—and it may be one of severe conflict and death to me. Not my will, but thine O God, be done. If it is necessary that I should fall on the battlefield for my country, I am ready. I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in, the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how strongly American Civilization now leans upon the triumph of the Government, and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of the Revolution. And I am willing—perfectly willing—to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this Government, and to pay that debt.

But, my dear wife, when I know that with my own joys I lay down nearly all of yours, and replace them in this life with cares and sorrows—when, after having eaten for long years the bitter fruit of orphanage myself, I must offer it as their only sustenance to my dear little children—is it weak or dishonorable, while the banner of my purpose floats calmly and proudly in the breeze, that my unbounded love for you, my darling wife and children, should struggle in fierce, though useless, contest with my love of country.

Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on with all these chains to the battlefield.

The memories of the blissful moments I have spent with you come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and to you that I have enjoyed them so long. And hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes of future years, when God willing, we might still have lived and loved together and seen our sons grow up to honorable manhood around us. I have, I know, but few and small claims upon Divine Providence, but something whispers to me—perhaps it is the wafted prayer of my little Edgar—that I shall return to my loved ones unharmed. If I do not, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you, and when my last breath escapes me on the battlefield, it will whisper your name.

Forgive my many faults, and the many pains I have caused you. How thoughtless and foolish I have often been! How gladly would I wash out with my tears every little spot upon your happiness, and struggle with all the misfortune of this world, to shield you and my children from harm. But I cannot. I must watch you from the spirit land and hover near you, while you buffet the storms with your precious little freight, and wait with sad patience till we meet to part no more.

But, O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the brightest day and in the darkest night—amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours—always, always; and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath; or the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by.

Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for me, for we shall meet again.

As for my little boys, they will grow as I have done, and never know a father’s love and care. Little Willie is too young to remember me long, and my blue-eyed Edgar will keep my frolics with him among the dimmest memories of his childhood. Sarah, I have unlimited confidence in your maternal care and your development of their characters. Tell my two mothers his and hers I call God’s blessing upon them. O Sarah, I wait for you there! Come to me, and lead thither my children.

Sullivan

America is better having produced men such as he.

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Inauguration Day 2017 Mood Music

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Presidential Inauguration Live

I’m watching from my office in Seattle.

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Washington Pos Mocks Georgia Governor’s Religious Faith

On Wednesday, President-Elect Donald Trump chose former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as his agriculture secretary. Perdue served two terms after becoming Georgia’s first Republican governor in well over a century, slashing the state’s budget and pursuing trade on behalf of the state. So, how did The Washington Post headline the appointment?

“Trump picks former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue, who once led a prayer for rain, for agriculture secretary.”

What prompted that headline? Well, back in 2007, while Georgia was in the midst of a drought, Perdue led a prayer session with a few hundred citizens for rain. “We’ve come together here simply for one reason and one reason only,” Perdue said. “To very reverently and respectfully pray up a storm.” The vigil lasted for an hour, but the press went insane. They ripped into Perdue’s attempts to convince citizens to take shorter showers and stop watering lawns (note the California press’ celebration of Governor Jerry Brown for attempting the exact same policies). They ignored the fact that he wasn’t the first Georgia governor to publicly pray for rain.”

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Did Anyone Ask Jenner?

Why would Donald Trump dance with a dude?

“Advisers urge Trump to dance with Caitlyn Jenner at inauguration”

President-elect Donald Trump is being urged by some advisers to save at least one dance, as he celebrates his inauguration on Friday night, for a very special Republican lady — Caitlyn Jenner.”

Are these ‘Advisers’ from CNN?
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That Should Make Downsizing Government Easier

It made the news but I don’t believe it for a minute. They’re just whining. It reminds me of all the leftists who promised to move to Canada if Trump was elected. How many of them did? Besides, a federal job is a cushy, well paid job. They aren’t going to give that up.

“GovExec poll: 28 percent of fed workers say they might quit or retire because of Trump”

According to a new poll conducted by GovExec.com and the independent Government Business Council, 28 percent of federal workers say they are or at least might be “considering leaving the federal service” because of Donald Trump’s election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

According to a new poll conducted by GovExec.com and the independent Government Business Council, 28 percent of federal workers say they are or at least might be “considering leaving the federal service” because of Donald Trump’s election. This is actually up from 25 percent who said the same in February when asked about the possibility that Trump might be elected.”

More at the Washington Examiner

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Freaky Friday Follies

This day has been a long time coming. I’ve been waiting for it to get here for Eight Years. It is truly a momentous occasion.

For the sake of making archives by which we can remember this day for years to come, what are your thoughts right now?

 

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Freaky Friday Photo Contest

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An Inauguration Day Message from 2009

This is a flashback to 2009.

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My last publication of the Obama Era

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Populism & Social Media: Delusions Of The Rich & Poor Alike

I have oft appreciated the ability of social media to connect everyday nobodies to the world of elite, know-nothing glitterati and other public figures. In this way, the playing field has been leveled and the mask lifted. Sure, much of the old world has been demystified through modern technology.

I see that as a feature in most cases, and a bug in some (too much reliance on tech atrophies the ability to retain info). As pertains to public figures, I see it almost entirely as a feature. That RD Walker can make a snarky comment to the sitting, err walking President or the incoming President and have a reasonable expectation that it may be seen, is amazing.

Social media has given new strength to populism, which I find abhorrent, but useful because it opens a dialogue with some (if few) who would otherwise never be exposed to sensible views. Social media now provides news to 65% of Americans.

Americans today (and indeed people across the globe) have greater access to technology than any other time in human history. The explosion of technological advancement has created millions of millionaires in America. It has also cost a great many American people their jobs, but no one wastes their breath lamenting technology when it’s easier to be a populist and fight for the Fred Flintstones, the Dan & Roseanne Connor’s of the world.

Indeed, of the millions of jobs lost to globalized trade, many thousands will come back to replace them. Those jobs will be taken by people already performing such work at another company, opening entry level positions at existing employers, where more millennials can bitch about not having free double-chocolate soy lattes at break time. Those jobs aren’t coming back to the Dan & Roseannes of America.

Right now, the billionaires who centralized and globalized the world economy, orchestrating the trade deals that killed your jobs and destroyed/modernized America’s manufacturing base – and gave you access to the greatest level of technology humanity has ever known – are holed up in a walled-off city in central Europe, (Davos, Switzerland specifically) deciding how best to stem the tide of populist gains throughout the developed world.

These finance gurus & tech titans don’t give a rat’s ass about you or your populist income inequality, your lack of health insurance, or your national sovereignty. They just want policies that allow them to remain in charge of policy direction.

Incidentally, Donald Trump scares the bejesus out of these people and any other sensible person, because he is unpredictable. While these elitists are plotting their next moves in the continuation of the globalized world, Donald Trump is talking directly to the people via the Twit machine. Maybe there’s something to that.

The solutions to everyday problems don’t come from Davos, or The Bilderberg Hotel, Congress, or any of these other closed meetings-of-the-minds of uber-rich personages. The solutions come from everyday people who are constantly inquiring, always seeking information, solving equations.

The future will belong to those who boldly step out into the unknown and make it happen, not those who choose to isolate themselves in walled-off cities or declining manufacturing enclaves and cry about the changing world around them. Human progress doesn’t care how you feel.

The future, absent some catastrophic humanity-wide calamity, will be powered by individuals working in concert and providing solutions to real problems, for real people. Just as knowledge has become, the future will be de-centralized. Technology will or better ‘can’ provide the means to free humanity of the shackles imposed upon them by those who history knew as our lords.

The road to serfdom is long and painful and I hold little hope that my fellow man will choose to step off the path, but I have faith in myself.

I have faith that I will survive and thrive in whatever the future holds because I determine the outcomes in my life.

I have faith that I will never cease to wage the war of ideas that spark free minds, that power free markets, and enrich the lives of free people, because I will relentlessly exploit the best and worst humanity has to offer to ensure the survival of liberty in the minds of men.

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Manning’s Catch-22

Chelsea née Bradly Manning – who is still on active duty – will be getting a dishonorable discharge and a dishonorable discharge puts an end to benefits from Uncle Sugar.

The Army says former Pvt. Chelsea Manning will lose her military healthcare benefits following President Obama’s commutation of her prison sentence.

“If Pvt. Manning is discharged with a dishonorable discharge, she will lose her entitlement to benefits, including gender-transition care at medical treatment facilities,” Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith told USA Today Wednesday.

Smith said Manning’s dishonorable discharge was included in the terms of the 35-year prison sentence imposed on her in 2013.

Manning was convicted of leaking classified information about U.S. military and national security activities that were later publicly disclosed by WikiLeaks.

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

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Paul’s Penny Plan

The Penny Plan website explains:

The One Percent Spending Reduction Act of 2011 embodies the principles of the One Cent Solution.   Also known as the “Penny Plan” on Capitol Hill, this legislation was introduced by Congressman Connie Mack (R-FL) and Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and is currently supported by 71 Members of the House and 13 Members of the Senate. Visit our current legislation page to view the list.

The “Penny Plan” legislation would cap overall spending to fit within the One Cent Solution targets.  The legislation then calls on Congress to evaluate all areas of the federal government to make certain that future spending fits under the caps.

Under the One Cent Solution or “Penny Plan”, not all programs must be cut by one percent.  Congress may determine that some programs are too critical to cut, but that would require that other programs be reduced more so that the total amount cut is equal to one cent for every dollar each year for six years. 

For example, let’s say the federal budget only had three programs, each with an annual budget of $1.00. How might Congress meet the One Cent mandate?

  1. Congress cuts Program A by one cent every year for six years. That means the annual budget for Program A is $0.99 in year one and then $0.98, $0.97, $0.96, $0.95 and finally $0.94.
  2. Program B is found to be essential and efficient — Congress chooses not to cut Program B.
  3. Program C is outdated and needs to be restructured — Congress cuts two cents each year for six years from Program C.

In this example, Congress is able to make program-by-program decisions to bring spending within the One Cent Solution caps.  If Congress fails to make those tough decisions, then automatic, across-the-board cuts would be imposed to make sure the caps were enforced.  The One Cent Solution is a “belt and suspenders” approach to making certain spending is brought under control and the budget is balanced.

The advantage of the Penny Plan is that it cuts directly from the budget as it exists, instead of cutting from the baseline, e.g. expected future spending. So a cut is actually a cut, not merely a reduction in expected spending. It also caps non-interest spending at 18% of Gross Domestic Product, which is necessary in order to keep spending from exploding.

No plan is perfect, and the Penny Plan will require additional cuts in order to compensate for growing interest rate payments, but the basics are there, ready for anyone in Washington to pick up and run with. Instead, of course, both parties are talking about how much more of your money to take and spend.

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I am swooning at the prospect of these cuts…

Should what is described below happen, I will be happily sing the praises of the Republican Congress and Donald Trump for doing it. (They can’t just pour the savings into favored projects, however.)

Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy, The Hill has learned.

The changes they propose are dramatic.

The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.

Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.

Even this is a drop in the bucket compared to the true fiscal disaster that is Medicare and Social Security. Without reform there, this is virtually nothing.

Read it all.

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