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Trump & the GOP agenda

In Gettysburg, PA, during October 2016, Trump released a plan for his first 100 days in office.  His plan outlined three main areas of focus: 1) ‘Drain The Swamp’ by cleaning up Washington including imposing term limits on Congress; 2) Protecting American workers; 3) Restoring rule of law.

Instead, Americans are barraged with continual campaign-like rallies; twitching fingers on twitter; fraudulent family foundation that has been shut down by the New York Attorney General's office; hush money paid to mistresses; campaign manager; cabinet member and personal fixer/attorney looking at prison time; revolving door as cabinet secretaries; chiefs of staff and aides either quit or are fired (via twitter) and much, much more - including thousands of lies and/or misleading claims.   


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As of December 30, 2018, the high profile departures from the White House that allows #45 to claim he has had the most turnover in staff by a president in at least 40 years. List compiled by Axios.

1. Michael Flynn

  • Title: National Security Adviser
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Feb. 13, 2017

2. Sean Spicer

  • Title: Communications Director, Press Secretary
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: July 21, 2017

3. Reince Priebus

  • Title: White House chief of staff
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: July 23, 2017

4. Anthony Scaramucci

  • Title: Communications Director
  • Start date: July 21, 2017
  • End date: July 31, 2017

5. Steve Bannon

  • Title: White House Chief Strategist
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Aug. 18, 2017

6. Katie Walsh

  • Title: White House deputy chief of staff
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: March 30, 2017

7. Michael Dubke

  • Title: Communications Director
  • Start date: March 6, 2017
  • End date: May 30, 2017

8. Sebastian Gorka

  • Title: Deputy Assistant to the President
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Aug. 25, 2017

9. K.T. McFarland

  • Title: Deputy National Security Adviser
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: April 9, 2017

10. Tom Price

  • Title: Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Start date: Feb. 10, 2017
  • End date: Sept. 29, 2017

11. Omarosa Manigault Newman

  • Title: Communications Director
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Dec. 13, 2017

12. James Comey

  • Title: FBI Director
  • Start date: Sept. 4, 2013
  • End date: May 9, 2017

13. Andrew McCabe

  • Title: Deputy Director of FBI
  • Start date: Feb. 1, 2016
  • End date: Jan. 29, 2018

14. Dina Powell

  • Title: Deputy National Security Adviser
  • Start date: Jan. 18, 2017
  • End date: Jan. 12, 2018

15. Walter Shaub

  • Title: Director of the Office of Government Ethics
  • Start date: Jan. 9, 2013
  • End date: July 19, 2017

16. Angella Reid

  • Title: Chief Usher
  • Start date: Oct. 4, 2011
  • End date: May 5, 2017

17. Rob Porter

  • Title: Staff Secretary
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: Feb. 7, 2018

18. Josh Raffel

  • Title: Senior Communications Official
  • Start date: April 5, 2017
  • End date: Feb. 27, 2018

19. Hope Hicks

  • Title: Director of Strategic Communications, Communications Director
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: March 29, 2018

20. Gary Cohn

  • Title: Director of the National Economic Council
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: April 2, 2018

21. John McEntee

  • Title: Personal Aide to the President
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: March 12, 2018

22. Rex Tillerson

  • Title: Secretary of State
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: March 13, 2018

23. H.R. McMaster

  • Title: National Security Adviser
  • Start date: Feb. 20, 2017
  • End date: March 22, 2018

24. David Shulkin

  • Title: Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Start date: Feb. 13, 2017
  • End date: March 28, 2018

25. Michael Anton

  • Title: National Security Council Spokesperson
  • Start date: Feb. 8, 2017 
  • End date: April 8, 2018

26. Tom Bossert

  • Title: Homeland Security Adviser
  • Start date: Jan. 20, 2017
  • End date: April 10, 2018

27. Scott Pruitt

  • Title: EPA Administrator
  • Start date: Feb. 17, 2017
  • End date: July 5, 2018

28. Nikki Haley

  • Title: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Start date: Jan. 24, 2017
  • End date: The end of 2018

29. Jeff Sessions

  • Title: Attorney General
  • Start date: Feb. 9, 2017
  • End date: Nov. 7, 2018

30. Mira Ricardel

  • Title: Deputy National Security Adviser
  • Start date: May 15, 2018
  • End date: Nov. 14, 2018

31. John Kelly

  • Title: White House chief of staff
  • Start date: July 31, 2017
  • End date: The end of 2018

32. Nick Ayers

  • Title: Chief of staff to the Vice President
  • Start date: July 28, 2017
  • End date: The end of 2018

33. Ryan Zinke

  • Title: Secretary of the Interior
  • Start date: March 1, 2017
  • End date: The end of 2018

34. Jim Mattis

  • Title: Secretary of Defense
  • Start date: January 20, 2017
  • End date: February 2019
 


What happens if Affordable Care Act is repealed with no replacement plan

Affordable Care Act affects many people, who may not even be aware their insurance will be impacted. This document was created to consolidate the information in a usable/shareable Google document. Compiled by Deborah Edwards-Onoro | Updated: 1.14.17

Who is affected by the repeal of the Affordable Care Act?

  1. 18 million more uninsured if Obamacare killed, not replaced (Article by Alan Fram/The Associated Press); number of uninsured would reach 32 million over the decade. Source: Congressional Budget Office (Jan 2017)
  2. Small businesses, farms, self-employed (20% of exchange coverage, several million) Source: US Dept of Treasury (PDF) (Jan 2017)
  3. 127 million Americans with pre-existing conditions (don’t get sick!) Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
  4. Seniors — medicare beneficiaries have saved $2,000/year on prescription drugs from ACA Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Jan 13, 2017)
  5. 55-64 year olds who will see rates increase dramatically, even if healthy, by up to 10% Source: Medicare Rights Center (Dec 22, 2016)
  6. Estimated 30 million with individual policies/Medicaid will lose coverage Source: Brookings Institute (Dec 13, 2016)
  7. 2.8 million Americans with drug disorders will lose coverage Source: Wall Street Journal (Jan 12, 2017)
  8. 1.25 million with mental health disorders will lose coverage Source: The Hill (Jan 11, 2017) with links to Harvard Medical School data tables 
  9. Vets: the 42% reduction in uninsured rate will be reversed Source: Urban Institute (PDF) (Sep 2016)
  10. Employer-based health coverage– 1/2 had lifetime caps before ACA Source: Dept of Health and Human Services (Mar 2012)
  11. Bad debt will go up by $1.1 trillion. Health care bills will again lead in cause of personal bankruptcy Source: Urban Institute (PDF) (Dec 2016)
  12. Medicare Trust Fund, which was extended a decade, will have several years reduced from its expected life Source: Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Jun 22, 2016)
  13. Taxpayers will lose, $350 billion added to deficit; $9 trillion added to debt (incomes over $1 million will see ta break of $57,000) Source: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (Jan 4, 2017)
  14. 2.6 million lost jobs (health care service and construction jobs in small communities) Source: The Commonwealth Fund (Jan 5, 2017)
  15. Young adults (3.1 million on parents’ plan). 18 to 26-year-olds in most states will be kicked off Source: Obamacare Facts
  16. Anyone who loses their job and think COBRA is too expensive with limited options
  17. Women who want to buy health insurance will pay more than men in premiums
  18. 105 million had lifetime limits on what insurance companies pay Source: U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services (March 2012)

The Campaign Lies

The Conflicts of Interest

The Cabinet Nominations/Appointments
Trump's Cabinet of Horrors - 15 Top 'Ick' Picks

1. A Labor Secretary – Andrew F. Puzder – WITHDREW 2.15.16 - who is a fast food executive owning Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s restaurants, has promoted low wages, automating workers, the objectification of women, has criticized the Obama administration’s labor policies and promises to dismantle many Obama-era rules covering the vast work force of federal contractors. Requires Senate confirmation.
   
 1.a.  Alexander Acosta - Nominated 2.16.17 - Aside from his work at Century Bank, Acosta has experience serving on the National Labor Relations Board and has an extensive background in law, including teaching employment law. He has als0 had his share of controversy as well, overseeing a plea deal with financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein while he served as a U.S. attorney in Florida that was kept secret from Epstein's alleged victims, led the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice at a time that was marked by stark politicization, improper hiring and personnel decisions that were fully disclosed in a 2008 report issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) which violated Justice Department policy and federal law. He was also involved in lawsuits in Ohio during 2004 which he sided with Ohio to allow poll workers to challenge voters who wanted to change party when casting ballot.
2. A Housing and Urban Development Secretary – Ben Carson – who is a former neurosurgeon with no relevant experience in urban development or planning other than being raised in an inner city and having patients who lived in inner cities, said he wasn’t interested in running a government agency because he’d never served in a federal capacity…but was qualified to run for President of the United States. Requires Senate confirmation. During his hearing, Mr. Carson faced pointed questions about past remarks on the dangers of federal assistance. “Safety net programs are important,” he said. “I would never advocate abolishing them without having an alternative for people to follow.”
3. A Commerce Secretary – Wilbur Ross – who owned a dangerous coal mine where twelve miners died in an explosion and is worth $2.9 Billion according to Forbes magazine. Requires Senate confirmation. Ross had a message for Mexico and Canada: Be ready to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Some Republicans said they were taken aback by Trump’s threats to impose big tariffs, but Ross assured them that the president-elect was merely being a good negotiator.
4. A Secretary of State – Rex W. Tillerson – who ran ExxonMobil and was awarded the 2013 Kremlin Order of Friendship by Russian President Vladimir V. Putin. Requires Senate confirmation. Mr. Tillerson was sharply questioned on his views on Russia, where he has had close business ties. He expressed reservations on climate change and said that he did not view it as the imminent national security threat that some others did.
5. An EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt – who is Oklahoma’s Attorney General, has sued the agency on behalf of fossil fuel companies and plans to follow the president elect’s directive to dismantle the agency “in almost every form.” Requires Senate confirmation. During his hearing, Mr. Pruitt said he disagreed with Mr. Trump’s statement that climate change is a “hoax,” but hedged when asked how much of it is caused by human activity. He criticized federal environmental regulations and emphasized a states-based approach by defending what he called “common sense” environmental regulation and arguing that farmers, ranchers and business had been hurt by intrusive federal rules.
6. An Energy Secretary – Rick Perry – who is a former Texas governor, proposed in 2011 scrapping the Energy Department while he was seeking the Republican nomination for president, but forgot its name (oops) on national television and just might not know what it does. Requires Senate confirmation.
7. A Health and Human Services Secretary – Tom Price – who is a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia, an orthopedic surgeon and has led opposition to the Affordable Care Act, has attacked policies that protect women’s health, introduced legislation that would make it easier for doctors to defend themselves against medical malpractice lawsuits and has been aligned with positions of the American Medical Association. Requires Senate confirmation. Mr. Price said in his first hearing that repealing the Affordable Care Act would not leave millions without health insurance, but he gave few details about the administration’s plans to replace the law and did not rule out cuts to Medicare or Medicaid. He will also be questioned by the Senate Finance Committee next week.
8. An Interior Secretary – Ryan Zinke – who is Montana’s freshman representative, a former Navy SEAL commander who was an early supporter of the president-elect, ran for office largely on a national security platform and has a League of Conservation Voters score of 3%. Requires Senate confirmation. When asked about climate change during his hearing, Mr. Zinke broke with Mr. Trump, saying that he did not believe it was a hoax.
9. An Attorney General – Jeff Sessions – who is an Alabama senator opposes civil and voting rights and was denied a federal judgeship  because of racially charged comments and actions. Requires Senate confirmation. During the first day of his hearing, Mr. Sessions said that the law “absolutely” prohibits waterboarding, and he offered no hints about a workaround to reinstate it. On the second day, testimony from Representative John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and civil rights leader, highlighted the racial undertones of Mr. Sessions’s nomination.
10. An Education Secretary – Betsy DeVos – who is a former Michigan Republican Party chairwoman, promotes charter schools that siphon funds from public schools (i.e. Detroit City Schools), founder/owner with husband of Amway, net worth about $5.1 Billion and owes the State of Ohio $5.3 million for campaign violations fines (see articles below). Requires Senate confirmation. Billionaire philanthropist DeVos faced tough questions during Tuesday’s session. She refused to rule out removing funding public schools if appointed, criticized by Democrats for wanting to “privatize” public education, praised by Republicans for her support of charter schools and vouchers, admitted her family may have made donations to the Republican Party totalling $200 million and stated that guns might have a place in schools due to the threat from grizzly bears.  
11.  A Transportation Secretary – Elaine L. Chao – who is the daughter of a shipping magnet, married to Majority Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, former labor secretary under former President George W. Bush, a fixture in Washington DC’s GOP circles and net worth reported to be in the multi millions. Requires Senate confirmation. Ms. Chao’s nomination has faced little opposition from lawmakers. She spent most of her hearing promising to further study the issues she will oversee. 
12.  A Treasury Secretary – Steven Mnuchin – who is a former Goldman Sachs executive, served as president elect’s finance campaign chairman, has deep roots within Hollywood and reportedly is worth $40 million. Requires Senate confirmation.
13.  A Defense SecretaryJames N. Mattis – whose nickname is ‘Mad Dog Mattis’, former Marine General, considered a ‘Warrior Monk’, has been a critic of the Obama administration and would need a waiver from Congress to lead the Pentagon because he has been out of uniform for less than seven years. Requires Senate confirmation. General Mattis diverged from Mr. Trump on several issues during his hearing, striking a tougher stance on Russia and a more supportive one on NATO and saying that he supported the Iran nuclear agreement.
14.  A White House Chief of Staff  – Reince Priebus – who is former Republican National Committee chairman will steer the president-elect’s agenda through Congress and develop the relationships needed to do so. Appointed.
15.  A Chief StrategistStephen K. Bannon – who was the chairman of the president-elect’s campaign, is a right-wing media executive who promoted the nationalist movement through his website Breitbart News and many have denounced Bannon for representing racist/bigotry views. Appointed.