Today was a mass strike across the US by thousands of immigrants, showing their impact on the country’s workforce and schools. More strikes are planned throughout in the future, and they should be supported by all of us. Skip work, school, don’t spend your money, whatever. And for those who say this “doesn’t work,” this was done successfully ten years ago during the Bush administration to resounding effect.
Pictured above is a classroom, absent 21 of 28 students, all immigrants or the children of immigrants.
Well, today was quite the day for POTUS. He had a 77-minute long impromptu press conference, supposedly to announce his new pick for Labor Secretary. But mostly, he just sort of…rambled. Sometimes incoherently. It was largely an attack on the news media, and him insisting that the new administration was a “fine-tuned machine.” He blamed any challenges on the past administration, saying that he inherited a mess. Upon being asked whether he would meet with the Congressional Black Caucus, he retorted “Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?” The reporter who asked was April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks. She is African-American.
He also returned often to the campaign. The President of the United States stated many times that he had been elected. He consistently brought up that he beat Hillary Clinton, and attacked her. Even though…he’s the President of the United States. But boy did he want to remind us of that. His best piece of evidence was that he had the largest Electoral College victory since Reagan. Which…is not true. Just factually. And not like “fake news” factually, but real life factually. Obama, Clinton, and George H. W. Bush all had more votes. So…do what you will with that fiction.
Cabinet: Mick Mulvaney was confirmed as the head of the Office of Management and Budget. All Dems opposed, as did Senator McCain. Mulvaney has promised to overhaul Social Security and Medicare, despite POTUS promising not to go down that road. Also today, Alexander Acosta, the dean of Florida International University law school, was chosen by POTUS as his next Labor Secretary pick. He’s got a wealth of experience in labor relations, law, and education. He’s also Hispanic, has made it through the Senate confirmation three other times, and has testified in support of the civil rights of Muslim-Americans before Congress. So. He’s actually pretty great…which is a weird feeling. Finally today, Senate Dems began their next all-night talkathon, to delay the confirmation vote of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA.
Foreign Policy: A day after POTUS said in a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that the US would pursue a one-state solution, Nikki Haley, ambassador to the UN, says that the administration absolutely supports a two-state solution.
Immigration: A woman in El Paso, Texas was arrested by ICE agents today while she was a court hearing seeking protection against her domestic abuser. So good job ICE, really making sure those dangerous undocumented individuals are being taken care of. Rather than, oh I don’t know, her abuser?
Environment: POTUS signed the legislation put forward by Congress several weeks ago, repealing the “Stream Protection Rule,” which required energy companies to monitor water quality and restore streams once they finished mining. But hey, who needs clean water. This is your reminder that Flint still doesn’t have clean water, just an FYI.