I don't have anything against Matthew Whitaker personally. He has always been very decent to me whenever I've encountered him over the years. He's a nice enough guy. But I have an obligation to inform my friends and readers of my opinion, now that he has taken such a high-level, important position in our government.
The way I see it, Trump did not pick him to be the interim Attorney General of the United States for his great legal mind, or for his vast experience in the highest levels of government. He picked him for his extreme loyalty to Donald Trump. He will follow the president's orders, period.
This is not likely to end well, for Matt Whitaker, or for the country. Maybe I'm wrong, but we shall soon see, I guess.
I sincerely pray that Matt is not in over his head, and that the powers-that-be in DC don't quickly chew him up and spit him out.
Truth in American Education
Shane Vander Hart
Education Week reports that the FY2019 Appropriations Bill that was passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump represents, not counting inflation, the largest appropriations for the U.S. Department of Education. They write:
In total, the bill Trump signed into law sets the department’s budget at $71.5 billion for fiscal 2019, an increase over fiscal 2018 of $581 million, although that figure doesn’t include a rescission of $500 million from Pell Grant reserves. In general, the fiscal 2019 budget impacts education funding for the 2019-20 school year. The spending package largely ignores the push from Trump and DeVos to create new school choice programs, as well as their proposals to cut the Education Department’s overall budget.
Not adjusting for inflation, the $71.5 billion budget is the largest-ever appropriation from Congress for the Education Department.
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Poland has a clever president. They have long wanted more of the American military in their country, as security against their neighbors to the east. But all they've been able to get to date is a few thousand troops rotating in and out.
So, Poland's president, Andrzej Duda, has proposed to finance and build a facility for American troops called "Fort Trump," in order to ramp up the U.S. presence there. President Trump is, of course, "considering the proposal." And I can tell you from reading around the web where Trump supporters hang out, they think this is a grand idea.
Now, if a real case can be made that this is in our national interest, that's one thing. But we shouldn't be setting our national defense policy based on stroked egos. It's just plain crazy to say otherwise.
There is a little sticking point, however.
From Fox News:
"A 1997 NATO-Russia agreement technically forbids U.S. or NATO troops from being permanently based in former Warsaw Pact countries, including Poland. Over the summer, the U.S. ambassador to NATO told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” that the Trump administration was considering the move anyway. "
Read the rest of the story at the Fox website ....