Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Compare and Contrast: Nancy and Donald

The Democrats' takeover of the House of Representatives is a good thing: It will give us a clear picture of what this party has in mind for the country. Apparently their behavior in the Kavanaugh hearings wasn't enough to convince the voters, so we have to put up with the next two years.

Here's what Pelosi's adolescents gave us on their first day:
  • Eleven-term veteran Congressman Brad Sherman, of Ventura County, California, introduced articles of impeachment.
  • Media darling Rep. Rashida Tlaib chose Palestinian garb in which to take the oath of office. Perhaps because the Koran commands women to be modest, Rep. Tlaib told her supporters (to wild cheers), "We're gonna go in and impeach the m‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑."
  • Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) placed a transgender flag outside of her office on Capitol Hill on the day of her swearing-in ceremony.
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposed her Green New Deal, which would tax Americans up to 70 percent to create a radical grant of power to Washington over Americans’ lives, homes, businesses, travel, banking, and more.
  • Voted on a spending bill to end the federal government shutdown that includes a provision to provide funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups.
  • Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., introduced a pair of constitutional amendments that would eliminate the Electoral College as well as strictly prohibiting a president from pardoning himself, family members or associates.
  • One of the first bills Democrats will consider creates automatic national voter registration while expanding access to early and online registration.
  • Over in the Senate, Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema was the first openly bisexual to be seated.
Did I miss anything?

The next day, The Donald announced some new numbers about the economy.
  • nonfarm employment was up by 312,000, stronger than analysts expected,
  • the impressive number shook the stock market loose from its doldrums, with the Dow posting a 747-point gain,
  • under Obama, federal state and local government employment grew 6 times faster than did manufacturing jobs, while under Trump, that ratio has been reversed, with manufacturing jobs growing 5 times faster than government jobs,
  • the tax cuts Trump signed into law in December 2017 were no doubt key to the sustained rise in job growth;
  • perhaps even more important have been the Trump Administration’s deregulatory efforts.
Take your pick.

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