Remember when we had a real president?

Via Vox:

The utter failure of Paul Ryan and Donald Trump to pass a bill rolling back the Affordable Care Act makes one thing perfectly clear: love him or hate him, Barack Obama is one of the most consequential presidents in American history — and that he will be a particularly towering figure in the history of American progressivism.

He signed into law a comprehensive national health insurance bill, a goal that had eluded progressive presidents for a century — and built it strong enough to withstand assaults from the Supreme Court and avoid repeal from a Republican administration. He got surprisingly tough reforms to Wall Street passed as well, not to mention a stimulus package that both blunted the recession and transformed education and energy policy.

He’s put in place the toughest climate rules in American history and signed a major international climate accord. He opened the US to Cuba for the first time in more than half a century, and reached a peaceful settlement to the nuclear standoff with Iran.

You can celebrate or bemoan these accomplishments. Liberals hail them as moves toward a social democratic welfare state and a foreign policy more skeptical of military intervention; conservatives critique Obama’s efforts to expand regulation and the government’s reach, and accuse him of abdicating America’s role as world hegemon.

But no one can deny that the changes Obama has wrought are enormous in scale.

And it was only four months ago.

The adventures of Baby-Man

Remember when Republicans wet their pants because Obama was reading from a teleprompter, and it was the most obvious proof of blatant incompetence? I wrote a long post on it years ago.

And all of a sudden Lügenorange reads from a teleprompter for an hour without dropping his pants and taking a crap on the floor of the House chamber, and everyone goes into an orgasmic frenzy on how “presidential” he is.

Thanks, pump truppets.

Ben Carson am being educated by Betsy DeVos

Transportation for immigrants, according to Ben Carson

After the education secretary’s stupid remarks about how black colleges were excellent examples of school choice during the Jim Crow era, you’d have thought that the orange menace’s administration would have sent a memo to it’s cabinet chiefs saying “Ix-nay on the ack-blay.”

Ben Carson didn’t get the memo:

Ben Carson compared slaves to immigrants seeking a better life in his first official address Monday as Housing and Urban Development Secretary, setting off an uproar on social media.

In what appears to be an embarrassing pattern of mis-steps on race for the Trump administration, Carson told a room packed with hundreds of federal workers that the Africans captured, sold and transported to America against their will had the same hopes and dreams as early immigrants.

“That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less,” said Carson, speaking extemporaneously as he paced the room with a microphone. “But they, too, had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”

OK, let’s deal with a certain flaw in this logic:

The early slaves weren’t thinking about prosperity and happiness. They were facing abuse, torture and murder. And that’s what they expected for their children, because before the civil war, there was no hope for freedom.

DHS and ICE: planning to be dicks again

This is a bad idea (from Jezebel):

The Department of Homeland Security is considering a measure that would separate women and children crossing illegally into the United States from Mexico, according to three government officials who spoke to Reuters.

The change in policy would allow the government to keep parents in detention while awaiting asylum hearings, while their children would be put into protective custody with the Department of Health and Human Services (a form of detention the department refers to as the “least restrictive setting,” whatever that means). Prolonged detention of children is currently forbidden by a federal appeals court ruling, and families are generally released from detention as they await the results of the asylum process.

Where have I heard this before?

I’m asking again, 50 years from now, do DHS and ICE agents want their grandchildren and great-grandchildren to vilify them as if they were the German soldier in this clip.

 

 

Betsy DeVos am learning: Black colleges and school choice

Because in this administration, it wouldn’t be news if you didn’t say something stupid (via the Washington Post):

Many advocates of historically black colleges and universities were apoplectic after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called the group of schools forged at the height of racial segregation “pioneers” of  “school choice.”

DeVos issued a statement Monday evening after a meeting with HBCU leaders, praising their schools for identifying “a system that wasn’t working” and taking it “upon themselves to provide the solution” from the outset of their founding. …

But the statement did not delve into the historical context behind the creation of HBCUs: that they were a response to racist Jim Crow laws that enforced segregation in the South, barring black students from attending traditionally white institutions. Instead, DeVos said HBCUs are “living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality.”

Let’s turn now to those thrilling days of yesteryear and greater access and greater equality and the awesomeness of school choice:

OK, Betsy. Let’s try again.

Uh, Betsy. Was this “school choice” just happening at colleges?

Shall I continue? Sure, why not?

In the Lügenduck administration, it takes a stupid person to run an Education Department. I believe VSB put it best:

BETSY DEVOS SAYS HBCUS ARE PIONEERS OF SCHOOL CHOICE. SHE IS A FUCKING IDIOT. YOU KNOW THIS. BUT STILL.

How are they going to be remembered?

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I know Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has a difficult job, and for the most part is made up of good people, but at some point, someone in the agency will have to think seriously about how he or she as an individual wants to be remembered.

Because they have to stop doing shit like this:

Muhammad Ali Jr. had just returned to Florida from Jamaica, where he had accompanied his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, who was there giving a speech about black history. After arriving at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport, Ali Jr. — son of one of the greatest boxers of all time — was detained and asked at least twice about his religion, according to family friend and attorney Chris Mancini. Ali — born in Philadelphia in 1972 — and his mother are both Muslim.

“To the Ali family, it’s crystal clear that this is directly linked to [President] Trump’s efforts to ban Muslims from the United States,” Mancini told the Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) on Friday about the alleged incident, which occurred on Feb. 7.

About 75 years ago, this was tyranny:

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Eighty years from now, when photos like the one below are viewed …

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… do ICE agents want their grandchildren and great-grandchildren to vilified them as if they were the German soldiers in the World War II photo?