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Special Report | Trump’s Dangerously Burdensome, Costly, Deregulatory, Coherent Agenda (3)

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  • Part 1: Trump’s Burdensome and Costly Deregulatory Agenda
    • Trump’s willful blindness to the benefits of commonsense safeguards will lead to tremendous costs for the American people.
  • Part 2: Donald Trump’s Dangerously Coherent Agenda
    • President Trump’s disturbingly coherent agenda is based around militarism, austerity, social division, voter suppression, and right-wing authoritarianism.
  • Part 3: In Trump’s Budget, America Comes Last
    • Throwing money at the Pentagon, while cutting everywhere else, betrays the president’s promise to rebuild our country.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Trump’s Burdensome and Costly Deregulatory Agenda

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Even this narrow analysis makes clear: Trump’s willful blindness to the benefits of commonsense safeguards will lead to tremendous costs for the American people.
 

Sam Berger, Center for American Progress 

October 2, 2017 | Yesterday, the White House held an event discussing the steps the Trump administration has taken to eliminate commonsense protections for consumers, workers, and the environment, as well as Trump’s plans to continue these efforts in the coming year. The Trump administration has touted lower regulatory costs, but it has ignored the effects of its policies on regulatory benefits. Discussing regulatory costs without benefits is like a business making decisions about what to produce without considering the profit from each sale: It makes no sense and leads to bad outcomes.

The administration has claimed that its deregulatory actions will save businesses $18 billion a year. But it has ignored the lost benefits from stripping away these protections. Eliminating just three regulations Trump is targeting—Waters of the United States rule, the Clean Power Plan, and the fiduciary rule—would result in $28.3 billion in lost benefits, significantly more than the supposed savings from all of Trump’s deregulatory actions. Repealing these three regulations would have an annual cost of $22.1 billion. Trump’s willful blindness to the benefits of commonsense safeguards will lead to tremendous costs for the American people's health, their financial well-being, and the environment.

Sam Berger is the senior policy adviser at American Progress. His areas of expertise include health care policy, government reform, regulatory policy, appropriations, and administrative law.

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Part 2: Donald Trump’s Dangerously Coherent Agenda

  • President Trump’s agenda is disturbingly coherent, and it is based around militarism, austerity, social division, voter suppression, and right-wing authoritarianism.
  • While Trump tweets, rights and protections are being eroded.

Tampa Bay (FL) Times Editorial
 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | President Donald Trump was at it again Tuesday, battling the NFL over players standing for the national anthem and continuing his Twitter war with an influential Republican senator. That diverts attention from his administration's steady dismantling of protections for women, equal rights for the LGBT community and efforts to combat climate change. The president who as a candidate criticized President Barack Obama for changing policy by executive authority has adopted the same approach. The difference is Trump is turning back the clock to an era that was more discriminatory and less enlightened.

Within the last week, the damage has been significant. The administration issued new rules that immediately made it harder for women to get birth control by making it easier for employers to refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. One of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act required most employers to provide workers with birth control coverage without co-payments. Unable to repeal the health care law, Trump simultaneously chips away at its benefits and tries to starve it to death.

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Part 3: In Trump’s Budget, America Comes Last

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Throwing money at the Pentagon, while cutting everywhere else, betrays the president’s promise to rebuild our country.

Katrina vanden Heuvel, the Nation 

March 21, 2017 | President Trump’s “America First” budget is headlined by its big hike in military spending, which Trump touts as “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” The buildup is “paid for” by cuts in civilian programs, including savage cuts to the State Department, UN programs, foreign aid and the Environmental Protection Agency and anything related to climate change. In fulfilling his campaign pledge to throw money at the Pentagon, Trump is undermining his oft-promised America First foreign policy.

Trump’s budget document misleadingly claims that the “military’s depletion under President Obama is our foremost challenge.” In fact, the United States already spends nearly 40 percent of all the money spent globally on defense and more than the next 12 highest military spenders combined. (The hawkish GOP Senator John McCain of Arizona complained that Trump’s budget calls for only a 3 percent increase over Barack Obama’s last budget.) Yet on top of the billions already being poured into the military, Trump wants to add 60,000 active-duty soldiers to the Army, 78 ships and submarines to the Navy, 12,000 Marines, 1,200 active Air Force fighter planes, plus enhanced missile defense, cyber-capabilities and more.

Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of the Nation.

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