by Countable | 3.20.17
It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:
"Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday canceled a meeting with US President Donald Trump that had been set for next week after renewed tensions erupted over Trump's plan to build a wall on the border."
"Earlier Thursday morning, Trump had tweeted that it would be better to skip the meeting if Peña Nieto continued to insist Mexico would not pay for the wall -- something the Mexican leader had said as recently as Wednesday evening."
Read more at CNN.
"House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is laying out an aggressive 200-day agenda that will have Congress rolling back regulations, repealing and replacing the 2010 health care law, funding a border wall, rewriting the tax code, expanding the veterans’ choice program, advancing an infrastructure package and avoiding a debt default — all before the August recess."
Read more at Roll Call.
"The minute hand on the “Doomsday Clock" has edged closer to midnight, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced Thursday, citing concerns with President Trump’s comments on nuclear arms and climate change as part of the reason for the move.”
"The group made the “unprecedented" move to change the minute hand from 3 minutes to midnight, where it has been since 2015, to 2.5 minutes to midnight.”
Read more at The Hill.
"Democrats have begun to reckon with the limits of their political power as Donald Trump's Cabinet takes shape. But in the wake of nationwide protests and swirling questions from liberals about the new president's legitimacy, party lawmakers are under pressure to hold the line on battles ahead."
"With President Trump next week expected to announce his choice to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year, Democrats will face a test of their resistance."
Read more at RealClearPolitics.
"Senate lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to their chamber's right-to-work bill, sending the legislation to the House without approving any proposed changes from opponents who worry the policy is anti-worker."
"The bill has been fast-tracked by GOP supermajorities eager to get it to Gov. Eric Greitens' desk, saying that it will create jobs and bring more business to the state. House lawmakers have already passed their own version of the bill."
Read more at St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
— Eric Revell
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The biggest threat to our national security is our "President"!
So much to be concerned about, but I have two issues that worry me above all others. First is this border wall. Frankly it seems obvious that the American taxpayer will be on the hook directly for its construction and at the checkout with heavily taxed goods imported from Mexico. If the House GOP approves $20 billion in spending for this colossal waste of resources, they've lost the right to call themselves "fiscally conservative." Even worse, the message this wall would send to the world is a clear betrayal of our American values. Walling ourselves off and denying succor to the people of the world that most need it is shameful and unamerican. I'm American by accident of birth and appreciate it mightily. But there are people out there that believe in America so strongly that they are willing to leave their home and everything they know to be a part of or already great country. We need to welcome these people and their clear passion for our ideals to join us and work with us to be a stronger and more vibrant nation. Second is the "investigation" into alleged "voter fraud." It is clear from so many cited reports and state officials that fraud on the level of "3-5 million" illegal votes did not happen. Are we to launch a wasteful investigation into these windmills only to assuage the vanity of a clinically insecure man? An investigation that will most certainly lead to the disenfranchisement of so many of our fellow Americans? Again this is unconscionable. We need to flatly resist governance by conspiracy theory and instead make decisions based on sound evidence and thoughtful consideration. I was definitely a "wait and see" proponent following the election and, after this past week of mean-spirited actions and shameful lying, I feel I've seen enough.
This buffoon continues to embarrass us on the world stage with his petulant and seemingly irrational actions and tweets. I'll call you "President" when you act like a president and not like a pouty 13 year old. And this wall nonsense? The wall that will have marginal effect? That will waste billions that could be put into health care or infrastructure? Actually could create jobs that will translate into an actual positive effect. Every day I look for something, anything that doesn't indicate this man is the worst thing to ever happen to America. Kanye West looks like a viable candidate now. Republicans in Congress should be ashamed of themselves for backing this lunacy - although it's sounding more and more likely they're just letting him out on a leash.
In another week we will be the most hated racist country in the world. Please resist.
It does not surprise me that Mexico's president has cancelled his meeting with Trump, good for him! Trump has no idea how to use diplomacy with our neighbor and is causing more harm. Border crossings are way down and Mexico is not an American enemy. Russia has always been a threat and our "president " is cozy with Putin which is not what we need. I care about ALL human beings, and am embarrassed and disappointed that we now have a racist, bigoted, self interested person, who is causing a separation of government and the American people. Hope he is for a rough ride because we will not stop the fight for what is right. Where is the humanity. Believe that all the upcoming voting over the next few years will show if our government officials don't get off their butts and listen to us, your time in office is very limited. Nothing will stop us! United We Stand
I am thankful to see Mexico taking a stand against our racist, fascist president. I hope more leaders stand up and cancel meetings with him.
This wall is unnecessary. We should put the funds which are estimated between 10 and 25 billion dollars into our citizens health and well being. I
Trump's idea to impose a tax on Mexican goods will increase prices for U.S. Citizens. So we end up with higher food costs to pay for the wall the majority do not Wa t. Please use your votes and influence to stop the wall, and the tax.
This is going to end up biting us. I don't blame the Mexican President for cancelling - no respect from Trump. Anyone in their right mind would know that Mexico will NOT pay for the $12 billion wall. Now he is suggesting a 20% tariff on goods from Mexico - who does he think will pay for that????? Americans with higher prices.
Trump needs to stand down and stop signing executive orders. As a taxpayer I am not willing to pay for trumps wall. His agenda marginalizes human rights and his actions are dangerous for our economy. Please do not vote for this wall and strain our relationship with Mexico.
NO WALL. HEALTHCARE, ENVIRONMENT, SOCIAL SECURITY, & PEOPLE'S RIGHTS. THISE ARE IMPORTANT.
Mexico will not pay for the wall. We will. Look at geographical studies. This is not a feasible endeavor. Also anyone with ANY semblance of understanding of economics knows you cannot bank on future income to make current decisions. It's counting your eggs before they hatch. Stop. This. Stupid. Nonsense.
President Pena Nieto cancelled meeting with President Trump this week due to the advancement of the border wall. Trump responded that it's better they don't meet if President Pena Nieto doesn't want Mexico to pay for the wall. President Trump campaigned saying that Mexico will pay for the wall. That looks even more unlikely than it did six months ago. Regardless of your personal position on the wall, DO NOT leave your American constituents paying their hard-earned tax dollars for the lunacy of a "defense" that wouldn't have even worked in medieval times. We don't want a wall. Don't put any U.S. money towards it. Move on to more logical thinking.
The money that would be spent on the the entire Wall Project could instead be spent on fixing infrastructure issues in cities - like Flint, Michigan - where lead pipes are still a problem and citizens are still not getting clean water. The wall is a waste of money, time, and resources.
Kudos to the Mexican President!
Trump clearly has deep psychological issues. He is a narcissist and pathological liar. He must be impeached #resist
On the border wall: Trump campaigned on the ridiculous notion that he would " make" Mexico pay for it. He still demands his wall, but Mexico naturally says "No vamos a pagar por ello." No matter how Trump dances around it, the American taxpayers will foot the bill for this white elephant, wasting money that could be better spent on infrastructure, social services, education, and health care. Tyrants build walls. True leaders build nations.
Good for Mexico to cancel the meeting please keep fighting the president at every opportunity
Please, do not allow this inept "leader" to be a jerk to other world leaders. He struts his feathers all over, trying to get them to call his bluff about canceling this meeting. They won't fall for that. Please rein in this nightmare and make him stop his lies, hold him accountable for doing the job he signed up to do, which is representing all of us, not just the rich benefactors. Make him obey the ethics laws, as no one is above the law, not even him. How can he enforce the laws when he doesn't abide them? Hold him accountable!!
Why must we all pay for this racist monument! People in Flint are dying and we won't give them money but we pay for this?!