The policy and politics of Trumpism


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May 25, 2003
Mountainous Northern California
If the president could feel shame he should:

The Autism Society of America is very disappointed that the President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2021 released yesterday is overall unsupportive of our most vulnerable populations, including the almost 3 million individuals with autism and their families (read detailed summary here).

“Supporting those with autism is a human rights issue,” stated Christopher Banks, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America. “This budget requires tremendous sacrifices from those with the least able to make those sacrifice. The President’s budget dramatically reduces the funding for vital programs and services that assist those with autism. This budget will negatively impacting their quality of life and reduce opportunities to fully participate in our communities.”

As in the previous three budgets, this year’s request proposes steep reductions in social-safety-net programs, including cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. The Administration proposes $1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act over ten years. Over ten years, Social Security is cut by $30 billion and Supplemental Nutrition (SNAP) programs are reduced by $180 billion.

According to the Budget Summary for the Department of HHS, the Administration, once again, completely eliminates Autism CARES Act funding for much needed interdisciplinary training of health professionals and the development of evidence-based services and support. The Autism and Other DD line item funds the interdisciplinary professional health programs (including Leadership Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician (DBP) programs) intended to increase the number of health professionals to screen, diagnose, and treat individuals with autism. It also funds development of evidence-based interventions. These activities were increased as part of the original Autism CARES Act (just reauthorized in 2019) to help address the growing numbers diagnosed with autism. Congress rejected these cuts in the previous three years.

Without any justification, the budget also eliminates a small but vital Supported Employment State Grants for people with developmental disabilities.

While the Budget for the Department of Education provides a small increase for special education programs, this amount has not kept up with the number of children found to be eligible, pushing more of the responsibility onto the states. The Autism Society supports full funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The President’s budget also cuts funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by nine percent overall, which includes a $50 million cut to the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), a third of its budget. This center provides important surveillance activities as well as research and public education into complex neurodevelopmental disabilities such as autism.
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May 9, 2000
East Point, Ga, USA
If the president could feel shame he should:

if his supporters could feel shame, they should. but here we are, and hey, the economy is doing "well" because of dear leader


Hall of Fame
Oct 1, 2011
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Trump to rev up Daytona 500 with historic lap in presidential limo, ‘The Beast’
President Trump is set to rev up NASCAR’s Daytona 500 on Sunday with a lap around the famed oval track in the armored presidential limo, dubbed “The Beast,” a first for any U.S. president, Fox News has confirmed.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump will make their historic trip in the 22,000-pound vehicle around Florida’s Daytona International Speedway ahead of the race, Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts reported.


Trump, who was already tapped to be the second-ever sitting president to act as grand marshal in the Great American Race, will deliver the iconic “start your engines” command to the 40 drivers in the competition.


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Staff member
Oct 13, 1999
Huntsville, AL,USA
CBS had a good piece tonight on his computer-illiterate obsession with a hidden DNC "server" hidden somewhere in Ukraine. (Try a 140 machine network.) Giuliani is still looking for it and Barr says his findings will be carefully scrutinized. It's like being caught in a badly-written fantasy novel...

60 Minutes


Hall of Fame
Feb 22, 2002
Atlanta 'Burbs
CBS had a good piece tonight on his computer-illiterate obsession with a hidden DNC "server" hidden somewhere in Ukraine. (Try a 140 machine network.) Giuliani is still looking for it and Barr says his findings will be carefully scrutinized. It's like being caught in a badly-written fantasy novel...

60 Minutes

it just shows you how monumentally stupid Trump is as well as how afraid any of his advisors are to correct him.


Hall of Fame
Aug 14, 2002
Birmingham & Atlanta
Trump campaign manager tweets dramatic Air Force One photo; deletes photo after people point out it's from 2004

President Donald Trump's campaign manager deleted a tweet featuring a dramatic photo of Air Force One at the Daytona 500 after users pointed out that the shot was from President George W. Bush's visit to the NASCAR race in 2004, not from Trump's visit on Sunday.

Brad Parscale tweeted the 2004 photo, which shows Air Force One rising above packed stands at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, and wrote, ".@realDonaldTrump won the #Daytona500 before the race even started."

The tweet stayed online for about three hours, drawing at least 6,700 retweets and 23,000 likes before it was deleted. Users identifying themselves as Trump supporters replied with messages like "Amazing shot wow" and "WOW WHAT A SHOT!!!!!!!!!"

But the photo was taken by photographer Jonathan Ferrey on February 15, 2004, after Bush's visit to the racetrack, as Air Force One took off from the adjacent Daytona Beach International Airport.
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