Trump budget cuts: U.S. federal funding 2018 – Washington Post

To fund increases in defense spending and a border wall, Trump proposed cuts across departments

Source: Trump budget cuts: U.S. federal funding 2018 – Washington Post

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Trump Is About To Get Thousands Of Ruthless, Hilarious Postcards | The Huffington Post

The Ides of Trump campaign aims to poke a little fun at the notoriously thin-skinned president.

“While it seems doubtful that Trump himself will spend time reading thousands of critical postcards, Sullivan hopes they still make a point.

“The message we’d want him to understand is, ‘Not on our watch,’” he said. “We are watching, we’re not going away and we’re not getting tired.”

Source: Trump Is About To Get Thousands Of Ruthless, Hilarious Postcards | The Huffington Post

Democrats – You Need to Have a National Plan, and Transparency

I’ve become discouraged and disappointed in my party, the Democratic Party of the United States.

In this time, which we’ve seen before (see: 1960s, Vietnam War, Nixon, Reagan), the Democratic National Committee (DNC) seem disorganized, have no significant national leader of note, no visible national plan for restoring the party to national control in the Senate, the House, and the Presidency, and no transparency for the party at the national level.

Yes, there’s some efforts underway to get a leader, and organize.  But, to me, given the nature of the assaults on our Nation’s Democracy, we are too slow, too unable to gather together as a single force for #Resistance and #Protest.

More on those points below, but on transparency, my large complaint is the continual, ongoing begging for donations and funds to fight without a single clue or report or publication or social media sharing of their use of resources and donations given to them.

For me, I wouldn’t give to a charity or organization that doesn’t have a annual report, a disclosure of how its funds are spent, and frequent regular reports to its contributors or membership about how the donated funds are used.  See also, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaign_finance_in_the_United_States#Political_parties

Yes, there are state level and local level Democratic Party organizations, but the biggest role is the national organization.  You lead from the top, or you don’t lead at all.  Where’s my report on how you used my money to try and elect Hillary Clinton?  Where’s the staff listing, salaries, operational organization chart, annual report, disclosures?  What are we Democrats getting from our national “team” and their leadership thus far into 2017.  I don’t see much.

Today’s page (2/22/17) reminds me at the first view to call the Republicans in Congress?  See screenshot below…

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Really??  That’s the best you got.  No wonder we got beat in the Electoral College…

POPULAR VOTE

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Source: MSNBC

They (we) won the popular vote by millions, but the Party seems unable to capitalize on any support from that, IMHO.  Given these numbers, there should be a huge number of citizens who voted for her that would be interested in a Democratic Plan to regain national power in politics, and resist and fight back against the current administration.  So far, all I get are emails from state and national Democratic Party organizations only when something seems huge or big or crazy or outrageous –and always ends with a pleas for funds, i.e., donations (money).  Never have those messages offered feedback on how any money would be spent, how they are spending it now, and where’s the National Plan?

Buried in their DNC Web site, is the 2016 campaign’s platform, which I guess is still some kind of substitute plan.  A national political party should have a consistent, published, ongoing, updated National Plan of Action.  Whether they are in control of states, Congress, or the White House.  Remember those “This I Believe” messages, see more at http://thisibelieve.org/

At this point, the Democrats need something, anything to establish their values, what they believe, how they are moving forward, what are their plans, what’s next, events, actions, ways to help, ways to fight back.  Their national silence is deafening…

 

‘Not Sitting Quietly Anymore’: How Librarians Are Fighting Trump | Broadly

“In a political climate where truth is dismissed, it can be difficult to figure out where politics end and moral, or even professional, imperatives begin.”


Though some people may think the job involves more shushing than rallying, many librarians consider “making America read again” to be a radical political proposition.

Source: ‘Not Sitting Quietly Anymore’: How Librarians Are Fighting Trump | Broadly

The fight against fake news is putting librarians on the front line – and they say they’re ready – CSMonitor.com

As fake news and complex immigration orders have inundated the public sphere, libraries are opening their doors and fact-checking skills to people of all backgrounds seeking information.

Source: The fight against fake news is putting librarians on the front line – and they say they’re ready – CSMonitor.com

A gift and a challenge for Democrats: A restive, active and aggressive base – The Washington Post

“Less clear is how Democrats will convert political action into electoral results. Much has been said about the failures of 2016 — chief among them the flawed belief that bashing Trump was enough, and the absence of a coherent economic message.”

Source: A gift and a challenge for Democrats: A restive, active and aggressive base – The Washington Post