Donald Trump orders a Dodd-Frank "review," and halts Obama Administration fiduciary responsibility rule requiring pension fund financial advisors to put their customers ahead of their profits. They say bankers are "shackled," and I say if only they were! They also say the fiduciary rule doesn't have enough "consumer protections," when its obvious effect will be to protect consumers! Remember: there's no debating whether they're stupid or evil, because, as we learned from Tha Bush Mobb, stupid is evil.
Poor wittle Congressbabies complain about being "hammered" by constituent phone calls since the new Administration took office. Does someone need their wittle diaper changed? I couldn't care less when people whine about having to do the job for which they signed up, particularly when that job is "doing your constituents' will." Perhaps if these morons did less evil, they wouldn't have to hear so much from us.
A dozen folks file suit against three manufacturers of insulin for consorting to jack up the price of the drug -- a drug upon which many folks depend to keep on living, I feel compelled to add. From 2002 to 2013, the price of insulin almost tripled; did inflation almost triple during those years? No, it did not. President Trump, of course, is very upset about such matters, and has proposed to solve it by slashing the kind of regulations that might prevent it in the first place.
Ho hum, Politico advises us that "Businesses Grow Concerned About Trump After Early Excitement." Because of the immigration orders and the sense that Mr. Trump is "making policy on the fly," when he most assuredly is not. Again: it's all theatre! And it's bad theatre! Those corporations will be pleased as punch with what they get out of Donald Trump, no matter what they're telling you now. And more to the point, you won't be.
Congress passes bills reversing two Obama Administration anti-pollution rules. Are these the good works our Congressfolk want to take to the pearly gates? Yes, Lord, I made it easier for coal corporations to pollute good Americans' clean water, and I also made it harder for Americans to know whether fossil fuel corporations are paying foreign governments. I mean, gosh, that would give me pause. Do you need to get a lobotomy to serve in Congress?
Finally, and I really saved the worst for last this time, South Dakota lawmakers rushed to repeal the campaign finance disclosure law the state's voters approved on Election Day. And even if they're right that the law's aim was too broad, it hardly required "emergency" status; the real "emergency" for South Dakota legislators, it seems, is that good folks will find out what they're really up to. The bill goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard; his phone number is 605.773.3212. In the meantime, the shame of South Dakota legislators is infinite.