Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Trump advocates return to bribes

 U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested that refilling the Congressional "swamp" he once sought to drain may be the answer to a fractious, do-nothing atmosphere in the legislative arm of government. In essence, his passing remark advocated re-installing the bribe.


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump unexpectedly suggested on Tuesday that bringing back congressional “earmarks,” spending habits that were banished six years ago from the federal budget process, might help an often deadlocked U.S. Congress get things done
Known by their supporters as the “grease” that made Washington’s wheels turn, earmarks were funds allocated for lawmakers’ pet projects that helped secure votes needed to get broader legislation passed.
 “Maybe all of you should start thinking about going back to a form of earmarks,” Trump told lawmakers who were gathered at the White House for a meeting about immigration reform.
Of course, as usual, there is plenty of latitude in the remark: If it works, he can take credit; if it doesn't, he can blame someone else. Will anyone suggest a good reason to gainsay actor Robert DeNiro's characterization of this man as "the jerkoff-in-chief?"

As usual, vituperation and $2 will get you a bus ride.