Not being PC is treason for Trump

President Trump really doesn’t like it when people don’t genuflect his way:

President Donald Trump mocked Democrats Monday for their stony reactions during his State of the Union speech last week, saying that it was even “treasonous.”

“They were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘Treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not,” he said to laughter.

“Can we call that treason? Why not,” he added. He made the remarks during a speech at a manufacturing plant in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“I mean they certainly didn’t seem to love our country that much,” he said, adding it was “very, very sad.”
Trump’s comments came less than a week after he delivered his State of the Union address in which he preached the virtue of bipartisanship.
If you’re not a Trump sycophant then you’re in-American. And just for fun:

Trump’s remarks came during a free-wheeling, highly partisan speech he gave at a factory in Cincinnati on Monday. The speech was billed as official government business, meaning taxpayers footed Trump’s expenses rather than the Republican Party, which is supposed to cover costs when the president is on political business.

The White House insisted the event was not political, even as Trump traveled with Rep. Jim Renacci aboard Air Force One. Renacci, a Republican whose Akron-based district is across the state from Cincinnati, is vying to challenge Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2018.

So, he was calling Democrats un-American during a speech where he was bending the rules just a touch. Nice symbolism.

Trump supports businesses over workers

Since a law was passed by the Obama administration, the Trump administration is trying to get rid of it (via here):

The proposal rescinds a 2011 rule that asserted tips are the property of workers who earn them. That revision of the Fair Labor Standards Act covered scenarios in which restaurants and other employers supplemented tipped workers’ earnings by paying at least the full minimum wage.
Since the rule’s release in December, worker advocacy groups and Obama administration officials have vehemently opposed it. They point to language that permits companies to keep gratuities for themselves, provided they pay workers at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and don’t apply a tip credit that allows them to pay as little as $2.13 per hour, depending on the state.

What is the Trump argument?

The department has previously defended criticism of the proposal by saying the move would lead to higher pay for some low-wage workers who don’t traditionally earn tips, such as dishwashers. The DOL has also argued that managers would be dissuaded from stealing tips, out of fear of employee turnover and decreased morale. The department further noted that it included in the proposal a qualitative analysis, which doesn’t include dollar figures.

The department decided to study this and found:

Senior department political officials—faced with a government analysis showing that workers could lose billions of dollars in tips as a result of the proposal—ordered staff to revise the data methodology to lessen the expected impact, several of the sources said. Although later calculations showed progressively reduced tip losses, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and his team are said to have still been uncomfortable with including the data in the proposal. The officials disagreed with assumptions in the analysis that employers would retain their employees’ gratuities, rather than redistribute the money to other hourly workers. They wound up receiving approval from the White House to publish a proposal Dec. 5 that removed the economic transfer data altogether, the sources said.

There’s your typical PC action by the Trump administration: they don’t like what something says so they pretend it doesn’t exist. After all Donald Trump says he helps workers so anything that says otherwise must be wrong. Trump cares much more about the perception than the reality, so down the memory hole goes the report.

Punish the poor

Hmm, should there be work requirements for Medicaid?

Conservatives like to assert that Medicaid somehow suppresses the desire to work, but that appears to be a fantasy. Studies have found no evidence for it. For example, a study published in the journal Health Affairs in 2016 found that “Medicaid expansion did not result in significant changes in employment, job switching, or full- versus part-time status.”

What the evidence does show, however, is that work requirements attached to social programs are ineffective. The best research involves TANF, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, which replaced traditional welfare and added a work mandate. Several studies have shown that TANF recipients who are able to work do so whether or not they’re subject to the requirement, which suggests that it’s not necessary. Those who find employment end up in low-wage jobs, typically earning about as much as the TANF and food stamp benefits their earnings replaced.

Work had not lifted them out of poverty or increased their income relative to what they had received from TANF and food stamps,” one study found, contrary to Verma’s aspirational language. The work requirements failed to reflect that many of the program enrollees faced social, educational or physical barriers to employment, conditions that are likely to be replicated among unemployed Medicaid recipients.

Moreover, the work requirements added bureaucratic burdens that affected program administrators as well as enrollees, sometimes severe enough to discourage enrollment.

Those studies aren’t politically correct so the Trump administration ignores them and says:

Verma tried to put an uplifting spin on the new policy on work requirements: “We owe beneficiaries more than a Medicaid card,” she tweeted; “We owe them the opportunity and resources to connect with job skills, training and employment so they can rise out of poverty.”

Now that’s something the Republicans can believe (but they won’t actually increase funding for job training). Really they just want to punish the poor but they can’t say that so they make stuff up.


Global warming is obviously a hoax since it’s snowing in Malden:

I have to say this or President Trump will call out the PC police.

Trump political correctness, being pettyedition

Donald Trump is so petty:

On Wednesday, journalists from CNN said they were stopped from seeing the president’s round at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.

As photographers set up a new shot, while remaining on public property, a large white truck moved between the camera and the golf course, CNN reported.

The White House often won’t confirm whether or not the commander-in-chief is on the course, refusing to provide details on his recreational activities. In November, a pool report said that Trump was going to have a “low-key day.” The White House communications staff later asked for a correction to clarify that Trump would not be having a quiet day, but would instead have a schedule full of calls and meetings, according to a pool report. Later that morning and a couple of tweets later, Trump’s motorcade was spotted at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.

People aren’t supposed to talk about Trump playing golf since it makes him look bad. And he golfs a lot:

Wednesday’s outing marked the 87th day Trump has spent at one of his golf properties since taking office.

More Trump political correctness

The latest:

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke brought the leader of a California park to his office last month to reprimand him for climate change-related tweets the park had sent via Twitter, two sources close to the situation said.

Zinke did not take any formal disciplinary action against David Smith, superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. And the tweets at issue weren’t deleted, because they didn’t violate National Park Service or Interior Department policies.

But Zinke made it clear to Smith that the Trump administration doesn’t want national parks to put out official communications on climate change.

And by bringing Smith from California to Washington, D.C., to deliver the tongue-lashing, he also sent a message to the park service at large.

Sure the tweets were scientifically correct and relevant to the park, but the Trump administration doesn’t like it so it shouldn’t be mentioned and if it is trouble will follow.

Donald Trump and Political Correctness

Here’s more political correctness from the Trump Whitehouse:

The words “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” and “diversity” were among seven terms and phrases reportedly banned from use in some official documents at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Documents related to federal budget proposals that contained those words were sent back to the agency for “correction,” according to the CDC’s Alison Kelly. She told The Washington Post that four other banned words and phrases — “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based” — were communicated verbally.

The Trump administration in its early days quickly scrubbed information related to LGBTQ people from the Health and Human Services website, and the Associated Press reported in March that the US Census Bureau would not include a category for LGBTQ people in its proposal for the 2020 census.

And just days after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Reuters reported that his administration told the Environmental Protection Agency to remove mentions of climate change from its website. Trump has previously made clear his personal doubts about climate change, at points insisting it’s an “expensive hoax.” The president’s views on the matter helped inform his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change in June.

Donald Trump is fond of saying that he hates political correctness but he really means he likes insulting people. This type of stuff is the real thing and he’s all for it.


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