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(The Week)   President Trump finding out he can't drain the swamp because it's so clogged with politicans. In fact no one can unclog that fetid morass of corruption and self-dealing   ( theweek.com) divider line
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2017-04-20 06:23:39 AM  
That's where you're wrong

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2017-04-20 06:39:42 AM  
Implying he's tried.
 
2017-04-20 07:05:07 AM  
It also doesn't help when you dump even more crap into the swamp, after promising to "drain it."
 
2017-04-20 07:09:35 AM  
It doesn't help that what is "the swamp" to these people is just general politics, and not actual corruption.

Compromise is a sin to this people, doubly so it's it's with a democrat.
 
2017-04-20 07:24:40 AM  
I have a newsflash for you, subby, Trump isn't TRYING to drain the swamp.  He's making the swamp spampier.  He's introducing more swamp complete with gators and snakes and mosquitoes.  "Drain the swamp" was only ever a catchphrase.  Just like the table full of empty manila folders, it was a prop and nothing more.  And it will never be anything more.
 
2017-04-20 07:37:41 AM  
cdnb.artstation.comTrump is the quasi personification of the Swamp Thing.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2017-04-20 07:47:23 AM  
So that's why he is filling the swamp instead?
 
2017-04-20 08:25:44 AM  
90 days, and not much to show for it--thankfully--given what we know about his agenda. Here are days 81-90 of this clownshoe  cavalcade.


Trump's First 100: Days 81-90 - My Hat! No! WTF?

Day 81

•  Missed from Day 80: At the same time that US ambassador to the UN Haley was calling for Assad's ouster in Syria, Sec of State Tillerson was calling for working with Assad to bring about a ceasefire there.
•  WH budget chief Mulvaney sends memo to federal agencies telling them to prepare for major cuts in funding and staffing.
•  Russian hacker Pyotr Levashov is arrested in Spain on a US international arrest warrant.
•  Levashov's wife tells Spanish officials he is suspected of hacking the DNC and RNC in order to influence the 2016 US presidential election.
•  US Navy claims it is deploying the USS Vinson carrier strike group to waters near North Korea
•  China deploys 150,000 troops to North Korean border.

Day 82
•  Tweets "North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A."
•  Sec of State Tillerson changes his stance today, now says Assad's rule "is coming to an end."
•  Tillerson also asks a group of European diplomats, "Why should U.S. taxpayers be interested in Ukraine?"
•  Today is the second day of Passover. Press Sec. Spicer, attempting a comparison to Assad's chemical attack, says "You know, you had a - someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons"
•  MSNBC, in the midst of the gaffe, posts the caption, known as a chyron, "(Hitler gassed millions)" on screen below their shot of Spicer.
•  Sec. of Education DeVos rolls back student loan protections.
•  Collection agencies with a history of abusive consumer service may now be given government contracts to collect student debt.
•  It's reported that the FBI was granted a FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign aid Carter Page.
•  In order to get that type of warrant, the FBI needed to convince a judge that Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power.

Day 83
•  Tweets, "Great win in Kansas last night for Ron Estes, easily winning the Congressional race against the Dems, who spent heavily & predicted victory!"
•  It was a close and embarrassing win for Estes against the Dems, who spent virtually nothing and were expecting to lose by a larger margin.
•  North Korea responds to US saber rattling with, "We will not miss a chance to sweep the imperialist group with a nuclear fire of justice."
•  Chinese President Xi makes a phone call to Trump, urging him to find a peaceful solution with North Korea.
•  In an interview, the president says that Xi gave him a brief history lesson on Chinese-North Korean relations and, "After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it's not so easy."
•  After describing in detail the dessert he was having with Xi at Mar-A-Lago to Fox Business news, president says he told Xi, "We've just launched 59 missiles heading to Iraq."
•  Press Sec Spicer, attempting to apologize for his gaffe on day 82, refers to Nazi death camps as "Holocaust Centers."
•  Most agree this new term is too mild of a euphemism for the Nazi extermination camps that murdered 6 million Jews and other innocent victims.
•  We are reliant on Russian media to report that Sec of State Tillerson met briefly with president Putin, as the Secretary travels without the American press.
•  Tillerson says US-Russian relations are at a low point.
•  He is standing with his diplomatic counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, when he says this.
•  Budget director Mulvaney announces an end to the Federal government hiring freeze imposed on day 1 by the Trump administration.
•  Mulvaney says he will replace the policy with "a smarter plan."
•  Asked about the president's promise to eliminate the national debt by the end of his second term, Mulvaney says, "It's fairly safe to assume that was hyperbole."
•  Asked about his tax reform plan, now more than a month after he'd promised to roll it complete, Trump says, "I have to do health care first,"
•  He then repeats his claim that he has "a great health care plan that I think will happen."
In another interview, says the WH doesn't have the authority to authorize payments to insurance companies that subsidize low cost health insurance for the poor.
•  This is the linchpin of Obamacare. Remove the subsidies, and low-cost insurance to the poor will be taken away, and Obamacare will collapse.
•  Says, "I don't want people to get hurt. What I think should happen-and will happen-is the Democrats will start calling me and negotiating."
•  Announces that NATO is "no longer obsolete."
•  And declares that China is no longer a currency manipulator.
•  And decides that the Import-Export bank no longer needs to be abolished.
•  Claims that Hillary Clinton was "guilty of every charge," that FBI director Comey "read out."
•  Hillary Clinton was never charged with a crime.
•  Another Trump cabinet member, EPA head Pruitt, has asked for funds for round-the-clock security for himself.
•  Attorney General Sessions says, "I'm getting worried we're not locking more people up."

Day 84
•  It's reported that on the day former Trump campaign head Manafort resigned, he received $20 milion in loans, $13 million of them tied to Trump business relations.
•  In early 2016, intelligence services from the UK, the Netherlands and France reported suspicious interactions between Trump campaign figures and Russian agents to US Intelligence services.
•  After being nudged out of his job at the EPA for interrupting policy meetings with bizarre unrelated statements, former Washington state Senator Don Benton is moved over to head the Selective Service program.
•  Afghan officials claim that 36 Islamic militants were killed by a giant conventional bomb dropped by the US on the militants' tunnel complex.
•  90 days ago today, the president-elect tweeted, "My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!"
•  The Trump administration has never initiated, nor has it ever announced plans for its own investigation into the Russian hacking scandal.
•  It's possible that the president meant that the WH will have a full report on Russian hacking by Day 90 of his administration, which, to be fair, is still 6 days away.

Day 85
•  Air China announces it will suspend flights to Pyongyang, North Korea, starting on Monday.
•  Beijing warns North Korea though an editorial in a state-sponsored paper that they may limit oil shipments if North Korea goes ahead with a suspected nuclear test on day Day 86.
•  Another golf outing for the president today in West Palm Beach.
•  Citing the need for the president to seek advice from whomever he wants without being obligated to disclose who they are, the WH will keep its visitor records secret.
•  CIA director Pompeo brands Wikileaks as "a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia."
•  This goes against the president's past frequent and glowing praise for Wikileaks.
•  Attorney General Sessions says he's "surprised" that people don't seem to like his virulent anti-marijuana stance.
•  Candice Jackson, the new head of the Office for Civil Rights for the Dept of Education, has complained in the past about suffering racial discrimination due to her white heritage.

Day 86
•  Another day of golfing in West Palm Beach.
•  Thousands march in 150 US cities, demanding the president release his income tax records.
•  The president has reportedly made it clear that he wants a ride in the Queen's gold-plated horse carriage for his scheduled visit in October.
•  This will bring about monumental logistical problems with providing security for this type of conveyance.
•  The president's lawyers say that he is immune from the ongoing lawsuits against him for inciting violence at his election rallies because, "he is president of the United States."
•  North Korean missile malfunctions and blows up almost immediately on a test flight.
•  Vice president Pence arrives in South Korea.
•  Senate majority leader McConnell says that tax reform, the next item on the Trump legislative agenda after health care, will "hopefully" pass by some time towards the end of this year.

Day 87
•  From his private luxury Florida golf resort, tweets out two responses to the Tax Day protests.
•  "I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?"
•  "Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!"

Day 88
•  Calls president Erdogan of Turkey to congratulate him on narrowly winning a referendum that will erode Turkey's democracy and give the leader near-dictatorial powers.
•  Foreign observers report that up to 2.5 million votes may have been manipulated in the referendum.
•  Erdogan says the observers should, "know their place."
•  Tweets "The super Liberal Democrat in the Georgia Congressioal race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!"
•  The candidate he's tweeting about, Democrat Jon Ossoff, is said to have an even chance to win a Congressional seat easily held by Republicans for the last few decades.
•  Hosts the 139th annual Easter Egg Roll. Nashville-based band Martin Family Circus heads the list of entertainers.
•  As he walks through the crowd at the event, two fans give the president their hats to sign. He signs each and throws them high in the air and carelessly back into the crowd.
•  Tax preparation firms are reporting that income tax filings from ITIN holders are significantly down this year.
•  ITIN holders do not have Social Security numbers. For the most part, they are illegal aliens who pay taxes. They paid $24 billion last year.

Day 89
•  Tweets, "The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast!"
•  The MS-13 gangs formed and grew in the early 2000's, during the first term of the Bush administration.
•  Signs executive order designed to cut H1B guest worker visas for skilled foreign workers.
•  H2B visas, for unskilled workers such as the maids at the president's luxury Mar-A-Lago resort, will be unaffected.
•  Homeland Security Sec John Kelly says congress members who object to his policy of deporting illegal aliens for marijuana possession should "shut up and support the men and women on the front lines."
•  Ivanka Trump, currently an unpaid government employee, joins her father in being awarded difficult-to-obtain Chinese trademark concessions for her brand of products.
•  Last year, Apple Inc. lost a trademark battle in China, and has no exclusive right to sell its own iPhone logo on leather goods there.
•  The USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group, reported on Day 81 to have been steaming towards North Korea, is currently in the Sunda Strait near the Indian Ocean, thousands of miles away from the Korean peninsula.

Day 90
•  Press Sec Spicer, asked about the Vinson carrier strike group, says "The president said we have an armada that's going toward the peninsula. That's a fact, it happened. It is happening, rather."
•  It's reported that Trump's inaugural committee raised $106.7 million, about twice as much as president Obama's committee raised in 2009.
•  Most of the million dollar plus contributions came from fossil fuel, pharmaceutical, financial and food and beverage corporations that stand to profit greatly from regulation shredding.
•  Three current and former US officials report that two confidential documents have emerged from the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies.
•  This institute is staffed by retired senior Russian foreign intelligence officials appointed by Putin.
•  One document recommended a strong push by Russian agents on social media to encourage US voters to elect a president who will take a softer line towards Russia.
•  The other document concluded that, it being likely at the time that Hillary Clinton would be elected, it was better for Russia to scale down its pro-Trump propaganda in favor of spreading doubts about the integrity of the election.
•  The WH is reportedly pushing for another vote to repeal and replace Obamacare before Day 100, in order to have a legislative victory to tout by that deadline.
•  The president says, "We are going to have a big win soon, because we are going to have health care and that's gonna happen."
•  He says, "No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days,"
•  This record shows that the president has accomplished remarkably little in his first 90 days.

One more of these installments and we reach Day 100...alive, hopefully. Days 1-80 are in the 2+2 forums, here http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/41/politics/trumps-first-100-days-1​6​51105/

I will post the link to the final installment in 10 days on Twitter @suitedjustice
 
2017-04-20 08:44:00 AM  
I think he succeeded. Swamps aren't actually bad places they are vibrant ecosystems and there is nothing wrong with them except that they don't mesh nicely with human needs. What Trump has done is replaced a swamp with a cesspit so count that as an election promise fulfilled in record time.
 
2017-04-20 08:54:13 AM  
But the scandal, it's said, is what's legal. Which is absolutely true. Because of the Citizens United decision - hailed as a victory for liberty by Republicans - billionaires can pour money into races for every office, with almost no public disclosure of who's paying the bills.

Trump has drained the 'corruption through campaign contributions and finances' swamp so well that he's already funneled half a million from his 2020 reelection campaign into his own personal bank accounts.
 
2017-04-20 08:57:12 AM  
Did anyone even check, before making this crazy promise, to see if the swamp actually needed draining?

Or was it simply assumed, the way it was assumed all schools were uniformly bad BEFORE "no child left behind" was implemented and then discovered most schools were doing pretty good.
 
2017-04-20 08:59:12 AM  
 What a failure...
 
2017-04-20 08:59:58 AM  
Trump is an unusual caliber of idiot, but this goes to anyone from the right or the left who believes there is an outsider candidate that is going to "Shake Up Washington!!!".   You are deliberately being sold a fairy tale for votes.   The Founding Fathers purposely designed the government so that one man can not "shake it up".    You want to know how shiat gets done in Washington?   It's not done through someone righteously speaking truth to power, or kicking ass and t taking games ... it's done through a   career Washington insider like LBJ cashing in on 25 accumulated years of favors, backscratching and doing dirt on Capital Hill to get Medicare,  Medicaid, The Jobs Core, The Civil Rights Act, etc. passed when he got his moment in time.
 
2017-04-20 09:03:41 AM  
No one knew the drain plug could be so well camouflaged!
 
2017-04-20 09:06:45 AM  

Ambivalence: I have a newsflash for you, subby, Trump isn't TRYING to drain the swamp.  He's making the swamp spampier.  He's introducing more swamp complete with gators and snakes and mosquitoes.  "Drain the swamp" was only ever a catchphrase.  Just like the table full of empty manila folders, it was a prop and nothing more.  And it will never be anything more.



Who knew draining the swamp would be so difficult??
 
2017-04-20 09:10:25 AM  

RTOGUY: I think he succeeded. Swamps aren't actually bad places they are vibrant ecosystems and there is nothing wrong with them except that they don't mesh nicely with human needs. What Trump has done is replaced a swamp with a cesspit so count that as an election promise fulfilled in record time.


Arguably he filled it exactly with the characters he wanted to fill it with. One might argue he replaced the swamp with a hottub full of drunk frat guys and hookers. Why would anyone have objections to that?
 
2017-04-20 09:11:20 AM  

InmanRoshi: Trump is an unusual caliber of idiot, but this goes to anyone from the right or the left who believes there is an outsider candidate that is going to "Shake Up Washington!!!".   You are deliberately being sold a fairy tale for votes.   The Founding Fathers purposely designed the government so that one man can not "shake it up".    You want to know how shiat gets done in Washington?   It's not done through someone righteously speaking truth to power, or kicking ass and t taking games ... it's done through a   career Washington insider like LBJ cashing in on 25 accumulated years of favors, backscratching and doing dirt on Capital Hill to get Medicare,  Medicaid, The Jobs Core, The Civil Rights Act, etc. passed when he got his moment in time.


Who would have thought that governing could be so difficult..?
 
2017-04-20 09:17:57 AM  
Trump's gatekeeper.
farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2017-04-20 09:25:15 AM  

NutWrench: It also doesn't help when you dump even more crap into the swamp, after promising to "drain it."


Replacing swamp water with feces is a kind of draining
 
2017-04-20 09:27:58 AM  
The only reason Donald Trump ever cared about corruption was because he wasn't the one getting the money.  Now that the idiots and rubes voted him in, he can put his cronies into place and really start to funnel that money into his own pockets.

MAGA is the slogan for the "Fark moderates."  The rest of us know its really Make Trump Rich Again!
 
2017-04-20 09:42:47 AM  
He's in his element
 
2017-04-20 09:46:43 AM  
that assumes he
1. actually tried to "drain the swamp"
2. Wants to
 
2017-04-20 09:50:47 AM  

yakmans_dad: Trump's gatekeeper.
[farm3.staticflickr.com image 850x637]


O_O

That....might actually work.
 
2017-04-20 09:55:47 AM  
I like how subby is pretending that Trump is even trying to drain it.

Also, politicians are SUPPOSED to be politics.  Their presence isn't a problem, although their actions may be.  It's special interests that aren't supposed to be there, and whom Trump is putting there.
 
2017-04-20 10:18:35 AM  

DrD'isInfotainment: [cdnb.artstation.com image 850x850]Trump is the quasi personification of the Swamp Thing.


Except Swamp Thing is the avatar of plant life and spends his days trying to make the world a better place.

A better comparison is that Trump is Solomon Grundy, a greedy despicable person who became imbued with the elements of the swamp to become an agent of chaos and destruction.
 
2017-04-20 10:29:48 AM  
He never wanted to drain the swamp, he just wants to funnel as much green into his own pockets as he can.
 
2017-04-20 10:59:33 AM  
Draining the Swamp is sooooooo pre-election thinking.
 
2017-04-21 06:21:39 AM  

RTOGUY: I think he succeeded. Swamps aren't actually bad places they are vibrant ecosystems and there is nothing wrong with them except that they don't mesh nicely with human needs. What Trump has done is replaced a swamp with a cesspit so count that as an election promise fulfilled in record time.


Swamps are actually very good for water filtration. So you need them around, you just probably wouldn't want to live in one.
 
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