I’m beginning to think that the first thing that Mike Allen at Axios reads in the morning must be Scissorhead Osirsopto’s comments, because the email thingie goes deep into what O has been saying for a long while: Our Circus-Barker-In-Chief distracts the media so that his minions and toadies can do the real damage without scrutiny.
Let’s check in:
“…And today, [the Administration] will freeze federal fuel efficiency standards, undermining Obama’s goal of making them progressively tougher.
“The details on the fuel rollback, from energy columnist Amy Harder:
“The proposal includes a range of options, but the administration’s preferred one is the most aggressive: Freezing the standards at 35 miles per gallon in 2020 for six years, instead of rising to 50 mpg under Obama’s plan.
“It would also revoke a federal waiver California has to issue tougher standards, which a dozen states also follow. The rollback goes further than most automakers have said they want.
“Between the lines: Early in Trump’s administration, business urged him to slow down on deregulating, stressing that narrow regulation is better than none in a changing political climate. Today’s announcement is one of the starkest signs that Trump is throwing that advice out the window — and inviting lawsuits and regulatory uncertainty.”
But wait! There’s more!
“The administration is allowing the sale of health insurance plans that undermine some of the main rules of the Affordable Care Act.
“The details on the health care rule, from health care editor Sam Baker:
“HHS finalized new rules yesterday that expand access to inexpensive, bare-bones insurance plans that don’t have to comply with the rest of the ACA’s rules. They’re technically “short-term” plans, but they can be renewed for up to three years.
“This isn’t the only swipe the Trump administration has taken against Obama’s health care law since the repeal effort failed:
“The administration has also expanded access to other forms of non-ACA coverage.
“Plus, it has slashed the budgets for programs that promote enrollment.
“Congressional Republicans nullified the law’s individual mandate, and now the Justice Department is using that move to try to knock out pre-existing condition protections.
“None of those cuts are fatal in isolation. But they’re not happening that way: Each one will pull a few more healthy people out of the ACA’s insurance markets.”
The point that Axios is making is actually really good: The Fourth Reich is wreaking havoc through rule-making and de-regulating and cable news networks are distracted by Comrade Trump’s teevee lawyer Wrong-Again Rudy’s latest hare-brained legal theories and Comrade Stupid’s latest tweeter-twattering.