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Presidential angst is not a good basis for national policy

by Nathaniel Smith, , 5/11/17

The May 11 Daily Local News provides some strong commentary about the firing of FBI director James Comey.

The headline of the AP article “Before the ax, Comey was pushing Trump-Russia probe harder” says a lot. It’s pretty obvious that Comey was not fired for his 2016 comments about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Someone is lying again in the White House. What a surprise!

As the editorial “Comey firing seen as sabotage of Russia probe” from the Denver Post brings out, it is surely not a coincidence that Comey was hot on the Moscow Connection trail. The Denver Post’s own headline “The Comey firing stinks; a special prosecutor is a must” draws the necessary conclusion supported by both PA Senator Bob Casey and PA-06 congressman Ryan Costello.

That editorial refers to “the president’s angst with Comey.” The German word” angst,” defined as “a feeling of dread, anxiety, or anguish,” describes well the national political mood in the potentially brief era of Trump.

Another Denver Post article (from the Washington Post) says a lot in its headline “How Trump’s anger, impatience prompted him to fire the FBI director” and goes on to give a lot of significant background.

Angst, anger, impatience… that’s Trump all over. We knew last year that a lot of voters liked candidate Trump’s volatile behavior, unguarded language, and middle-of-the-night tweets. Such traits may be less attractive in a president. Obama’s cool and no-drama exterior may be looking a lot better now….

keep reading at Politics: A View from West Chester

Chester County as Split on Trump’s First 100 Days as It Was on Election Day

Vista Today, May 2017

President Donald Trump has been in office 100 days now, and Chester County voters are just as split about his successes as they were on Election Day.

Throughout the battleground county, Republicans say he’s been bold and fast-paced, while Democrats say the past three months have been chaotic and disgraceful, according to a PBS NewsHour report by Daniel Bush.

Fellow Republicans disagree about Trump’s tweetstorms, and Democrats are struggling to pull together a plan to rebuild after their defeat. However, they both have one thing in common: renewed energy.

“People are just coming out of the woodwork,” West Chester University professor Geetha Ramanathan said….

keep reading at Vista Today. See the underlying article, Daniel Bush ,”‘Are we a red state or a blue state?’ Life in a Pennsylvania swing county 100 days into Trump’s presidency, PBS NewsHour, 4/29/17, which quotes, among others, several West Chester Dem Committee members, a steelworkers union leader in Coatesville, CCDC chair Brian McGinnis. The map below is from that article.

Trump’s first 100 days were an attack on working Pennsylvanians

By Marcel Groen, chairman, PA Dem party, PennLive, 4/29/17

In October 2016, Donald Trump announced his “Contract with the American Voter,” his plan for his first 100 days in office right here in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

His contract included sweeping proposals that promised to protect Americans, make better deals for our middle class, and restore honesty and accountability in Washington, D.C. But much like every other contract Donald Trump has signed, it’s not worth the paper it’s written on.

Trump has now been president for 100 days, and Americans are worse off and his accomplishments are nonexistent. During his first 100 days, Donald Trump has spent more days on the golf course than he has spent protecting American workers.

Since day one of his presidency, Donald Trump has put corporate and special interests ahead of the middle and working class.

Trump stacked his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires who oppose raising the minimum wage, funding public education, regulating Wall Street, and other policies that would help the working people of Pennsylvania.

Trump puts Harrisburg in national spotlight on his 100th day

Trump puts Harrisburg in national spotlight on his 100th day

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be in Harrisburg today.

He proposed a budget that will make massive cuts to programs that benefit millions of Pennsylvanians and would move our commonwealth backwards by adversely affecting our middle-class, rural communities, seniors, and children.

Trump promised the American people that he would deliver a plan to ensure healthcare for everyone. Instead, he tried to take health care away from 24 million Americans by repealing the Affordable Care Act….

keep reading at PennLive