What to Expect When You Are Expecting The Worst

Trump's GOP

Trump’s GOP

The LATimes gives us a primer on executive power, in terms of what Hair Führer Donald Trump* can and cannot do:

Could Trump ban Muslims from coming to the U.S.?

Legal experts have said he probably could: Noncitizens seeking to enter the country generally aren’t protected by the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection of the laws.

Are same-sex marriages at risk?

No. Just as with abortion, the president can’t overturn a Supreme Court decision by himself, although he could appoint more conservative justices. Even then, the chance that the high court would reverse itself is very small. Unlike abortion, same-sex marriage has steadily gained in public approval.

Could Trump reverse current policies on climate change?

He could and quite probably will.

What happens if Trump tries to repeal Obamacare?

Trump has promised to ask Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with something else.

The repeal part is easy since the Republicans control both houses of Congress. The replace part is a lot harder, as my colleague Noam N. Levey explained.

Could Trump end federal funds for Planned Parenthood?

Congress would have to act to accomplish that goal, which many conservatives have sought because of the group’s role in providing abortion services.

Whether a ban would pass both houses, especially the Senate, remains uncertain.

The article gives more in-depth answers to the questions (and there are other questions, too), it’s a worthy read, while not always comforting.

* Yes, we’re making it official now.

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15 Responses to What to Expect When You Are Expecting The Worst

  1. Ming says:

    * Yes, we’re making it official now.

    I’m going with the Orange Anus or Cheeto-Faced Moron from here on out. Seems like they better reflect the level of contempt I have for that idiot shit-whistle. And yes, this is the reason I am not welcome in polite company.

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    • swkellogg says:

      Who launched “orange and/or Cheetofaced shitgibbon”? I’ve become quite fond of that one (two?).

      I must say, that at this point any company you can find that is “polite” (or at least subdued) are likely Trumpistas, as they have already had their hate spooging ragegasm in the face of the republic. So they’re just sitting back having that post-coital smoke while the rest of us are thinking burning the fucking place down.

      Who cares if that kind of company is offended?

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  2. ZEGS has said that Medicare privatization is definitely going to be part of ACA repeal. So that’s gone too…

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    • swkellogg says:

      Well at least there will be some fleeting sadistic thrill in stuffing those vouchers, a la Tony Bananas, in the mouths and asses of the healthcare execs who’ve been jonesing for this.

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    • Jim says:

      Sorry but the biggest fake in the Congress, Paul Ryan, is going to get pushback from his own caucus and, of course, the Democrats should raise hell. Medicare has nothing to do with Obamacare except it has actually added to its healthy finances. Medicare and Social Security are the traditional third rail of American politics.

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  3. C Montgomery Burns says:

    Fixing Social Security by adjusting the cap – gone too.

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  4. Pupienus Maximus says:

    Gee, NOW they’re talking about what Trump can and can’t actually do! During the whole campaign there was no such analysis. No one in the media was writing or saying “Trump said he’s going to do X but the President doesn’t have that power.” No one was saying “HOW will Trump do this or that? He hasn’t said, but these fifty experts all agree that it’s impossible, unconstitutional, illegal.”

    Too late, LA Times and the rest of you morons, too fucking late. Facts are no longer relevant – and it’s because of you.

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  5. swkellogg says:

    The repeal part is easy since the Republicans control both houses of Congress. The replace part is a lot harder, as my colleague Noam N. Levey explained.

    Since “replace” is a synonym for “do absolutely fucking nothing” in pukespeak, it’ll be easy as pie.

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    • Jim says:

      There are parts of Obamacare that are very popular with the GOP base, e.g. the pre-existing conditions exclusion prohibition and keeping young people on their parents’ plans until they’re 26. If they keep these and still repeal the rest, the costs of health insurance will just skyrocket and millions will lose their healthcare including a lot of rural conservative white people. And, no, they have no credible replacement, otherwise they would have rolled it out years ago. Sure they’ll try to blame Obama but if the Democrats are not completely dead, they’ll wrap that stinking fish around the GOP as tightly as possible.

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  6. roket says:

    I’ve read where it’s possible that Congress could allow the insurance companies to begin canceling ACA policies as soon as 2/1/17. But never fear, grain storage expert, Ben Carson, is already working on it’s replacement. “[I]t must be something that is very appealing and easy to understand.”

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    • Osirisopto says:

      In California they announced that they have singed contracts with the Insurance Companies so for 2017 people can have insurance at the rates on the Covered California website.

      Being the sixth largest economy in the world California could conceivably institute their own plan. If France can do it with the seventh largest economy we could do it.

      But my feeling is that nothing is going to happen until the mid-terms. Of course that would require the republicans in the house and senate to be opportunistic, self serving bastards.

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