The First 100 Days (Trump Briefs: March 10-17/Day 50-57) Week 8
By Michael Hernandez
Friday, March 10 (Day 50):
Press Secretary speaks on loyal Obama officials still in government
“I think there’s no question, when you have eight years of one party in office,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, “there are people who stay in government—and continue to espouse the agenda of the previous administration.
“So I don’t think it should come as any surprise, there are people that burrowed into government during eight years of the last administration and may have believed in that agenda and want to continue to seek it. “
Saturday, March 11 (Day 51):
Attorney General requests resignation of Obama appointed U.S. attorneys
Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for the resignation of the remaining 46 Obama appointed U.S. attorneys who had not yet stepped down. Already, 47 Obama appointed U.S. attorneys have departed their positions. It is customary, for the nation’s 93 presidential appointed prosecutors to step down from their position once a new president is elected.
Sunday, March 12 (Day 52):
Small business expressing confidence in President Trump
This week’s employment reports by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that small business is hiring. The National Federation of Independent Business Index of business optimism remains at its highest levels after the election since 2004. Small business owners supported Trump by a margin of 60:40.
The two-month change in goods producing employment was the highest since 1994. The two-month change in private payroll was the second highest since the recovery began.
Some 297,000 new jobs were recorded in February and some 236,000 new jobs in January for a two-month average of 279,000.
Regulation costs a small business an average of $83,000 in its first year. Small business typically pays the full 35 percent corporate tax rate or the personal tax rate and does not have means to defer or avoid taxes. During several years after 2008, more small businesses closed than opened.
Monday, March 13 (Day 53):
Rapper releases Trump assassination music video
Snoop Dogg’s music video for the song “Lavender” shows the rapper aiming a pistol at a clown version of President Trump and pulling the trigger despite years spent as a gun control activist seeking “peace” and having recorded songs such as “No Guns Allowed.” Two years ago, the singer asked fans to dives of investments in gun companies. Six months ago, he hosted a press conference at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters in solidarity with both police and civilian victims of gun violence.
Tuesday, March 14 (Day 54):
One million foreign workers hold university level jobs in U.S.
Goldman Sachs estimates that almost one million foreign H-1B contract workers are now employed in college-level jobs throughout the U.S. despite the government’s claim that they approve only 85,000 H-1B visas per year.
Temporary work visas are used to employ 470,000 foreign college graduates in the U.S and another 460,000 are granted the H-1B visa which is converted to permanent green cards.
Companies use these workers instead of Americans who graduated from college with skilled degrees. This workers have pushed many established U.S. workers out of jobs because none of the visa programs require that Americans be hired before foreigners.
“I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program,” said a Trump statement in 2016. “No exceptions.” In his inauguration speech, Trump declared his national economic policy is: “Buy American, hire American.”
No matter their skills, American white-collar workers face a huge disadvantage because the guest-workers have a much incentive to work long hours at low wages. If they want to hire an American instead of a foreign contract worker, or pay Americans their full, unsubsidized marketplace value. So hidden federal subsidy of citizenship-for-foreign skewed hiring practices in favor of foreign workers, much to the disadvantage of the 800,000 young Americans who graduate with skilled degrees each year.
TV host mocked on social media after reporting Trump taxes
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was widely mocked on social media after being scooped by the White House on her report of President Trump’s 2005 tax returns in which he ended up paying $38 million in taxes against $150 million in income.
Wednesday, March 15 (Day 55)
Hawaii district court blocks President Trump’s immigration order
A federal judge in Hawaii, an Obama appointee, has blocked President Trump’s immigration order and ruled that every other state, and every other judge cannot follow the President’s executive order.
According to the ruling made in Hawaii, the First Amendment gives every Muslim-dominant nation a right of immigration to America. The federal judge ignored 8 U.S.C, 1182 (f) which is Congress giving the President the authority to “suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate” that the President recognized as a “direct threat to the peace of the people.”
According to Robert Barnes, a Los Angeles trial lawyer, “The judge dishonored the rule of law in his order and disrespected our legal traditions and governing legal authorities in his reasoning for it. He effectively declared himself king and executioner. Meet the new left’s America: foreigners first, Muslims preferred, laws last, elections irrelevant.”
President Trump’s response: “We are going to fight this terrible ruling all the way up to the Supreme Court. We’re going to win. We’re going to keep our citizens safe.”
Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center or Law and Justice, said Thursday, “This was a political decision not a legal judgment. This is a separation of powers issue” and the President has Article 1 and 2 of the Constitution on his side. According to Sekulow, the “Judge’s ruling that New Executive Order to Keep America Save Violates the Establishment Clause is “Fundamentally Flawed.”
“The court created a constitutional crisis where none existed. Worst of all, it puts our national security at risk.”
Thursday, March 16 (Day 56):
President releases “American first” budget rebuilds military
President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would boost defense spending by 10 percent and veterans affairs spending by six percent. The budget reverses cuts in the Army and increases the total number of ships in the Navy. It also pledges to spend more on training and equipment for the Marine Corps and future superiority for the Air Force. The total military spending is $603 billion and an additional $65 billion in war costs.
The overall budget eliminates the budgets for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting which includes National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System as well as deep cuts in the Environmental Protection Agency (30 percent), the Department of Agriculture (29 percent), the Department of Health and Human Services (20 percent) and the Department of Labor (20 percent) and Department of Education (13 percent) but still includes $168 million for charter school programs and $250 million for public school choice programs; as well as $4.1 billion for the wall with Mexico.
L.A. radio host focuses on Planned Parenthood executive pay
KKLA radio host Frank Sontag reported on the incomes of Planned Parenthood executives which averaged more than $238,000 with six executives earning more than $400,000 and the CEO earning $958,000 in today’s show in which he replayed a clip from a Fox Monday broadcast between on-air personality Tucker Carlson and Planned Parenthood executive Dawn Laguens.
Carlson challenge the Planned Parenthood executive with its over 300,000 annual aborted babies (most after 5 ½ weeks) and tried to get Laguens to share her personal feelings about abortions. According to Laguens, “abortion is a right” and “70 percent of women are in favor of Roe v. Wade.”
Sontag quoted Jeremiah 1:5: “Then the word came to me saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Friday, March 17 (Day 57):
Secretary of State: “U.S. policy of strategic patience has ended”
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaking in Seoul, Korea that the Obama-era policy of “strategic patience has ended” and that the United States would be open to military action against North Korea as a “last resort.”
“If North Korea takes actions that threaten South Korean forces or our own forces, that will be met with an appropriate response.” Tillerson said, “If they elevate the threats of their weapons program to the level that we believes requires action, that option is on the table.”
President Donald Trump responded with his own tweet: “North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been ‘playing’ the United States for years. China has done little to help!”
(Editor’s Note: Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.)
Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: email@example.com.