From Talking Points Memo:
We’re now learning that President-Elect Trump wanted a full Soviet-style inaugural parade, with tanks, missiles and missile launchers. The Pentagon nixed that idea but agreed to a jet fighter flyover. In an interview published Wednesday morning Trump had spoken about his desire to hold military parades during his presidency. But this is the first sign he had tried to hold a Soviet style military parade for his inauguration.
The Pentagon was reportedly not only concerned about the symbolism of such a show but also had more practical concerns about whether tanks, which weigh over 100,000 pounds would do permanent damage to the roads.
We’re about to enter a very dark period:
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.
What are your fears about the incoming Trump Administration?
I’m fearful right now on so many levels. I’m afraid that he, along with the GOP led House and Senate, will cut all of the social safety nets that so many people rely upon when they lose their jobs or fall upon hard times. This is also including health insurance, welfare programs, Planned Parenthood, etc. I’m afraid that Trump’s nominations to various secretary positions are exceedingly unqualified and downright incompetent to head their departments which they will either end up gutting or leaving us in a vulnerable state when or if catastrophe strikes. I’m afraid about how the LGBT community will be treated after historic gains in the Obama Administration. I’m afraid about the treatment of immigrants, no matter what their path was to this country, and civil rights in general. I’m afraid of what Trump’s reaction will be to a terrorist attack, either domestic or abroad. (He can’t handle criticism from a satire show, how do you think he will handle a terror attack on Trump Towers in Istanbul?) I’m afraid that with Trump, even nukes wouldn’t be off the table.
I can come up with more but this is right off the top of my head.
And he’ll be in charge of the nukes. Holy shit we are in scary times:
WASHINGTON — When President-elect Donald J. Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Mr. Perry gladly accepted, believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.
In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal.
Two-thirds of the agency’s annual $30 billion budget is devoted to maintaining, refurbishing and keeping safe the nation’s nuclear stockpile; thwarting nuclear proliferation; cleaning up and rebuilding an aging constellation of nuclear production facilities; and overseeing national laboratories that are considered the crown jewels of government science.
“If you asked him on that first day he said yes, he would have said, ‘I want to be an advocate for energy,’” said Michael McKenna, a Republican energy lobbyist who advised Mr. Perry’s 2016 presidential campaign and worked on the Trump transition’s Energy Department team in its early days. “If you asked him now, he’d say, ‘I’m serious about the challenges facing the nuclear complex.’ It’s been a learning curve.”
He’s replacing this guy, a nuclear physicist, which is kind of the background you want for this job.