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Civil Rights Commission Will Launch Two-Year Probe of Trump Administration

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Link: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/civil-rights-commission-will-launch-two-year-probe-trump-administration-n773541

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JUN 16 2017

President Trump is under many microscopes right now.

Not only did he allude through a tweet on Friday that he is the subject of an internal investigation by special counsel, but on the same day, an independent federal agency commissioned under Congress also said “grave concerns” were prompting an investigation into federal civil rights enforcement within his administration.

The United States Commission on Civil Rights, a bipartisan agency charged with advising the president and Congress on civil rights matters, unanimously approved a comprehensive two-year probe into the “degree to which current budgets and staffing levels allow civil rights offices to perform” their functions within the administration, said the agency in a statement.

The federal watchdog group became concerned about the Trump administration after several agencies announced budget and personnel cuts in departments that oversee civil rights. The "proposed cuts would result in a dangerous reduction of civil rights enforcement across the country, leaving communities of color, LGBT people, older people, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups exposed to greater risk of discrimination," said the statement.

The commission, created under the Civil Rights Act and funded by Congress, expressed specific worry in seven agencies under the president, including the Department of Education and the Department of Justice.

The investigation will also look into the departments of Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency and the Legal Services Corporation — which are all expected to slash budget and personnel that monitor civil rights.

 

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in for a penny, in for a pound.....

this is a bipartisan Commission.....can pretty much predict what they will find just based on the proposed budget....

may be he'll sign an executive order prohibiting such a study....

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Heard the Rev. Al Sharpton talking about this today on OLB

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Two years of constant entertainment. :wub:

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13 minutes ago, Calamari said:

Two years of constant entertainment. :wub:

Do you think Trump will still be around in 2 years? I hope not.

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I think it's quite possible, he's dug in like a tick in America's neck and our laws are really pretty toothless when it comes to traitorous sociopathic rich people.

 

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They should make it a 55 year probe.  It could be a jobs program!

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How do you do a 2 yr probe of an administration that's only had 6 months ...???

I understand you can observe it for the next 2 yrs but guess this couldn't wait ......

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9 hours ago, jdsample said:

They should make it a 55 year probe.  It could be a jobs program!

How true!

Why all you need to look at is the increasing need for lawyers within the Trump White House.

:D

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I guess presidents are no longer allowed to make budget cuts without the permission of some group, lest they become aggrieved.  This is beyond pathetic.  

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9 minutes ago, veritas said:

I guess presidents are no longer allowed to make budget cuts without the permission of some group, lest they become aggrieved.  This is beyond pathetic.  

I suppose when the unwashed masses find out that the budget cuts aren't really budget cuts but a windfall for the 1% it tends to make them testy.

:D

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1 minute ago, songfourone said:

I suppose when the unwashed masses find out that the budget cuts aren't really budget cuts but a windfall for the 1% it tends to make them testy.

:D

Right, that's it.  No doubt you can detail how this is a windfall for the 1%.

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It is always funny that budget cuts are actually reductions in the rate of growth of programs, and the reduction does not immediately benefit the 1%, but all of our grandchildren.  

Our schools have failed us.  

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Just now, jdsample said:

It is always funny that budget cuts are actually reductions in the rate of growth of programs, and the reduction does not immediately benefit the 1%, but all of our grandchildren.  

Our schools have failed us.  

Yes, the definition of "cuts" was long ago perverted by the left to include reductions in scheduled increases.  So, they get more money but it's a "cut".  They have also had "tax cuts for the rich" so emblazoned onto their brains that "budget cuts for the rich" couldn't be far behind.

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3 minutes ago, veritas said:

Right, that's it.  No doubt you can detail how this is a windfall for the 1%.

Trump's budget: Big gifts for the rich, big cuts for the poor

 

President Trump's first budget can be summed up like this: Big gifts for the rich, big cuts for the poor.

He would give a lot more money to the defense industry and wealthy taxpayers, and he would pay for that with an unprecedented slashing of safety net programs for America's poor.

 

It's a "tanks and tax cuts" budget.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director, spelled it out clearly for reporters on Monday. The largest savings in the budget come from these items:

1.1. Cuts to Medicaid (Over $600 billion in the next decade) Cuts to Medicaid (e next decade) 
2. 2. Cuts to food stamps, known as SNAP ($193 billion over 10 years) 
3. Cuts to student loans ($143 billion over 10 years) 
4. Cuts to federal worker retirement programs ($63 billion over 10 years)
to food stamps, known as SNAP ($193 billion over 10 years) 
3. Cuts to student loans ($143 billion over 10 years) 
4. Cuts to federal worker retirement programs ($63 billion over 10 years)

Mulvaney probably should have added a fifth bullet: Disability programs also get a massive haircut.

Advocates for the poor are stunned at the magnitude of the cuts.

It's a "reverse Robin Hood agenda," says the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank that is one of the top voices for low-income Americans in Washington.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/22/news/economy/trump-budget-gift-to-rich/index.html

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1 minute ago, songfourone said:

Trump's budget: Big gifts for the rich, big cuts for the poor

 

President Trump's first budget can be summed up like this: Big gifts for the rich, big cuts for the poor.

He would give a lot more money to the defense industry and wealthy taxpayers, and he would pay for that with an unprecedented slashing of safety net programs for America's poor.

 

It's a "tanks and tax cuts" budget.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director, spelled it out clearly for reporters on Monday. The largest savings in the budget come from these items:

1.1. Cuts to Medicaid (Over $600 billion in the next decade) Cuts to Medicaid (e next decade) 
2. 2. Cuts to food stamps, known as SNAP ($193 billion over 10 years) 
3. Cuts to student loans ($143 billion over 10 years) 
4. Cuts to federal worker retirement programs ($63 billion over 10 years)
to food stamps, known as SNAP ($193 billion over 10 years) 
3. Cuts to student loans ($143 billion over 10 years) 
4. Cuts to federal worker retirement programs ($63 billion over 10 years)

Mulvaney probably should have added a fifth bullet: Disability programs also get a massive haircut.

Advocates for the poor are stunned at the magnitude of the cuts.

It's a "reverse Robin Hood agenda," says the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank that is one of the top voices for low-income Americans in Washington.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/22/news/economy/trump-budget-gift-to-rich/index.html

If there is an across the board tax cut and Citizen A makes more money and pays more taxes than Citizen B, then Citizen A will get back more money.  This is grade school math.  Now, if we want to talk about having targeted tax cuts, that's fine and is something I've already proposed in an earlier thread.

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What is actually comical is that the budget that people are wailing about is PROPOSED, and by all media accounts is unlikely to survive in its current form. But we have to have a two year (government funded) study to look at the impacts of a budget that hasn't happend yet. The lunatics in Washington keep outdoing themselves. 

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7 minutes ago, songfourone said:

Trump's budget: Big gifts for the rich, big cuts for the poor

 

President Trump's first budget can be summed up like this: Big gifts for the rich, big cuts for the poor.

He would give a lot more money to the defense industry and wealthy taxpayers, and he would pay for that with an unprecedented slashing of safety net programs for America's poor.

 

It's a "tanks and tax cuts" budget.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director, spelled it out clearly for reporters on Monday. The largest savings in the budget come from these items:

1.1. Cuts to Medicaid (Over $600 billion in the next decade) Cuts to Medicaid (e next decade) 
2. 2. Cuts to food stamps, known as SNAP ($193 billion over 10 years) 
3. Cuts to student loans ($143 billion over 10 years) 
4. Cuts to federal worker retirement programs ($63 billion over 10 years)
to food stamps, known as SNAP ($193 billion over 10 years) 
3. Cuts to student loans ($143 billion over 10 years) 
4. Cuts to federal worker retirement programs ($63 billion over 10 years)

Mulvaney probably should have added a fifth bullet: Disability programs also get a massive haircut.

Advocates for the poor are stunned at the magnitude of the cuts.

It's a "reverse Robin Hood agenda," says the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank that is one of the top voices for low-income Americans in Washington.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/22/news/economy/trump-budget-gift-to-rich/index.html

 

Please post graphs with a negative slope.  

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1 minute ago, veritas said:

If there is an across the board tax cut and Citizen A makes more money and pays more taxes than Citizen B, then Citizen A will get back more money.  This is grade school math.  Now, if we want to talk about having targeted tax cuts, that's fine and is something I've already proposed in an earlier thread.

I think it is a well known FACT that the rich via targeted tax breaks pay less percentage than most Americans, have you met Warren Buffett?

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Just now, jdsample said:

Please post graphs with a negative slope.  

Are you saying this is NOT the budget Trump has put forth?

 

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Just now, songfourone said:

I think it is a well known FACT that the rich via targeted tax breaks pay less percentage than most Americans, have you met Warren Buffett?

And treating capital gains as income would make a big dent in that problem. But neither side of the aisle has been willing to take on their wealthy benefactors with such heresy. 

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Just now, songfourone said:

I think it is a well known FACT that the rich via targeted tax breaks pay less percentage than most Americans, have you met Warren Buffett?

I never claimed that they pay either more or less.  Buffett makes most all his income from capital gains which is taxed at a different rate so pointing to him is a bit convenient.  As for targeted tax breaks, I was speaking of those for the middle and lower middle classes.  I don't see that the wealthy really need a tax break.

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2 minutes ago, songfourone said:

Are you saying this is NOT the budget Trump has put forth?

 

A budget proposal that slows down the growth rate of funding for a particular program has been re-defined as a "budget cut" in order to trick the public into thinking that big bad government is taking away their cash cow. It would be near impossible to document any government program that has actually had allocated or spent less money year over year for the last several decades. It is always more, but the rate of change varies. 

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