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Today’s entry in Incoherent Ramblings From The Trump Administration is brought to you by: budget cuts!

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), talks about himself in the third person. We know this because Mick Mulvaney told CNBC about how Mick Mulvaney would work on Mick Mulvaney’s budget. He is very concerned that His Most Bigly Of Profits be able to keep all his campaign promises! There will be no cuts to Social Security or Medicare because dammit, Trump promised! (Social Security Disability might get cut still because it’s a known loophole in campaign promises: When you swear to Loki that you won’t cut a program, you clearly aren’t talking about all of it, just the parts you think of as part of the program, and no you don’t need to know how it all works, this is how we Politics now!)

Of course we also heard a lot of Trumpy promises about paying off the national debt, five hundred percent of which was borrowed solely by Barack Obama on purpose to bankrupt the nation like a common Trump company, but Mick Mulvaney says that Mick Mulvaney can’t quite get us there. “It’s fairly safe to assume that was hyperbole. I’m not going to be able to pay off $20 trillion worth of debt in four years. I’d be being dishonest with you if I said that I could. The reason the president doesn’t want to change some of the mandatory spending, is because the public’s not ready for it yet. They’re ready for economic growth.” So we guess that there are different levels of promises and some are fine to break and some are not?

In fact His Most Respectful of Women’s promises to cut the deficit are kind of, we don’t like to use strong words around here, but: utter fucking lies. “The discussion we’re going to try and drive is, yeah, we’re going to raise the debt ceiling. But we’re going to have to do it as part and parcel of a larger thing to try and solve and resolve some of our debt problems,” says Mulvaney, which sounds to us suspiciously like not cutting the debt, but we don’t work at Goldman so maybe we just don’t understand monies!

Anyway the important thing according to Mick Mulvaney is to get GDP to 3.5% growth by gutting economic investment programs like the Appalachian Rural Commission which is only slightly less bonkers than Jeb “Please Clap” Bush’s plan to just magic the economy into a 4% growth for his whole presidency had he won. (You only have yourselves to blame for Trump’s election because Bushes are like fairies and if you don’t clap their campaigns die, should have clapped, people!)

But lest you think it is only the budget people that can’t money too well, let us introduce our Betsy “I believe in accountability” DeVos, who thinks that private schools shouldn’t be forced to get disabled children’s cooties on them, even though they should get all the public schools’ money. For the kids! We love kids!

Anyway, Betsy thinks it’s a shame that Mooslim Obama wanted to ease pressure on student loan borrowers and made it so that companies who were known to defraud and mistreat their customers couldn’t get government contracts to service and collect on student loans. One company in particular, Navient, which used to belong to Sallie Mae, is so bad it’s being sued by multiple states. But the news for Navient is good, because now that DeVos has unilaterally overturned these regulations with no plan or really idea what she is doing, its stock is rising because it will be able to bid for contracts again! (She believes in accountability.) It’s a great thing that Betsy DeVos is able to write memos that completely overturn anything like logic or fiscal responsibility and no way this is a giveaway to a failing private corporation no sir!

In sum: these people have no idea how anything works but they’re in charge of all the monies! Wonkette is taking a short position on America’s solvency and encourages you to invest heavily in some kind of blockchain less stable than Bitcoin because it will still probably do better than Treasury bonds in the near future.

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  • mackafritz

    3.5% growth. So let it be written, so let it be done.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    Well, you can pay off $20 trillion in debt in four years, but you’ll have to move to a less expensive city, get an apartment near your job, bike to work, and start watching Netflix instead of cable.

  • aureolaborealis

    Affirmative action: Not just for the poors.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    Bob Dole says Bob Dole libel!

    • MizzMazz

      Ha, you beat me to it!

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Kirby Delauter libel!

      • Werewolf

        Kirby Delauter demands that you not use the name Kirby Delauter.

  • Chadwells
  • Mavenmaven

    No worries, Trump will shoot 59 missiles at the economy and everything will be fixed!

    • Crystalclear12

      Only if Ivanka thinks it’s necessary.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        Show her some sad pictures so we can wrap this up.

  • Crystalclear12

    Mulvaney bragged he got Trump to cut certain programs because Trump didn’t know what they did.

    We are doomed.

  • Chadwells
  • Paperless Tiger

    I’d be being dishonest with you if I said that I could.

    Funny. That never stopped any of you before.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    In sum: these people have no idea how anything works but they’re in charge of all the monies!

    They take after their boss, then. Good to know!

  • Asterix

    Hmm… Raise the debt ceiling to pay off the debt with more debt.

    • Jenny

      Brilliant!

    • efoveks

      Ignore the minuses, and everything moves to the plus column, duh…

    • Lord Jim

      Didn’t Teatards shut down the government over a debt-ceiling increase?

  • anwisok

    “it’s a shame that Mooslim Obama wanted to ease pressure on student loan borrowers”

    Silly Libtards, thinking Government is supposed to serve its Citizens’ interests, rather than its Corporations’ interests! It’s the Trump Era now!

    • chazmanr

      I know, right?! That “promote the general welfare thing” in the Pre-amble was inserted by lizard people and New World Order globalists.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    I fucking knew it!

    Setting a growth target as a deficit fix – that is absolutely the first step in forcing dynamic scoring on the CBO, the dirty bastards.

    • Anna Rompage

      Ah yes, Dick Mulveney, as well as Steve Munchkin, both believe in the magic of dynamic scoring…

      And when their fantasy doesn’t come to fruition, who are they gonna blame? The gays, the immigrants, the jews, the brown people, the poor, and the liberals…

      • Lefty Frizzell

        ALWAYS – the answer is that they didn’t deregulate and tax cut enough.

        Next time will do it for sure. I have a feeling that, just like other compulsive gamblers and Ponzi scheme operators, they might actually believe it.

        Which is not to say anybody else should.

    • Lord Jim

      If only we could apply dynamic scoring to the rest of life. Read to the end. It’s short, and the funny really kicks in at the very end.

  • Anna Rompage

    I’ve got to wonder about these kids sometimes…

    See, when I’ve gone into debt in the past, the usual route out of that debt is to make a couple sacrifices on what I normally spend my money on, say buying a Mazda, instead of a BMW, and then put that saved money towards paying down my debt.

    Somehow, however, in the magical land of conservatopia, these silly folks seem to think that drastically cutting spending on federal programs, and then passing those savings, and more, onto the top 3% in the form of massive tax cuts, is going to somehow pay off the money that were are in debt by.

    Something about this just doesn’t add up, see, f I cut my spending by $3, and then give $5 to my friend who helped get me elected, how does that reduce the money that I owe to the bank?

    • efoveks

      2 words: “new math”.

      • C4TWOMAN

        Essential in Voodoo Economics.

        • Lord Jim

          “Voodoo Economics”. Coined by George Bush.

          • C4TWOMAN

            That wacky Bush Senior. Never could coin a phrase that didn’t bite him in the ass later. Like “A thousand points of light”….

      • Anna Rompage

        -3 + -2 = eleventy billion dollars for everyone!

    • C4TWOMAN

      You don’t understand. By cutting taxes and passing the savings on to the wealthy, you will give yourself that extra financial boost when, in 10 or so years, you need to escape the riots on the continent by fleeing to your own private island.

    • jesterpunk

      You are doing it wrong. When you go into debt you are supposed to quit your job and take a lower paying job each time the debt gets higher. Eventually when you are working for 25 cents an hour the debt will all magically be paid off and you will be a billionaire.

    • canes_pugnaces

      Here’s how it works: say you owe $3B to a Russian bank, and their collection department is all up in a huff and unless you pay they are threatening to release peehooker videos of you. But you’re orange, fat and vain, and that won’t do. Not at all. So you become president and make everything great again. There. Get it?

    • aureolaborealis

      You need to borrow enough that defaulting on your debt would bring the lending institution down in flames. Then you can tell them to go fuck themselves with their silly debt talk. Also: somehow use the forgiven debt as an asset to pay other people, thus using the borrowed money twice while never paying it back. AND write it all off as a loss on your taxes. Or something. It’s simple, if you’re not a loser.

  • Asterix

    I don’t know if this was mentioned elsewhere on the Wonks, but Ben Carson got stuck in an elevator, in a housing project, this morning.

    Makes me believe there might actually be a god. If she really wanted my undying adoration, Carson would have fallen through the floor and all the way down the shaft. Does that need votes?

    • Shibusa

      Luckily, The Free Market will fix that elevator.

      • Crystalclear12

        You can’t see it but the invisible hand is giving him the finger.

        • Asterix

          I want a fist.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      He needed a nap, so he broke it.

    • h4rr4r

      A grain elevator?

      • Nockular cavity

        Sheeple, please. Pyramids don’t have elevators!

    • laughingnome

      Wasn’t that an Aerosmith song?

    • aureolaborealis

      would have fallen through the floor and all the way down the shaft.

      Onto some bullets? With votes.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    There is not one, not even Mattis or McMaster, involved with the Donald Malassstration who should not be exiled to Baffin Island. Forever.

    • Lord Jim

      What was it Gen. “I calls ’em like I sees ’em” McMaster said about the bombing of Syria?

      *crickets chirping*

    • Fun with Cthulhu

      What did Baffin Island ever do to you?

  • ManchuCandidate

    Fiscal ignorance and stupidity were job requirements.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      And fanatical devotion to the pussy grabber.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    Counting on 3.5% growth may seem like a stretch, but their domestic policy plan has to factor in post-world war growth estimates, the way their foreign policy is going.

    • Anna Rompage

      98,000

      The number of Jobs created last month…

      Sad Trombone….

      • efoveks

        Obama’s fault. Somehow.

  • Ms.MLG on Maui

    Another job well done, Appalachia! How’s listening to that preacher man come election time working out for you? And may I compliment your on your marksmanship? You hit your own foot dead-center every time. You really showed everyone, didn’t you?

    • RobKanC

      But atleast they showed them coastal elites, with big tax breaks(???). How about them apples?

    • KillerMartinis

      Thank you! Though if you’re going to insult us hillbillies who live here in these woods I would point out that more people on Staten Island voted for Trump than live in my whole county, but data frequently gets in the way of a good zinger, I know! A+!

      • Anna Rompage

        Staten Island? That place is white trash hell and probably should just be given to New Jersey for safe keeping…

      • Ms.MLG on Maui

        I’m from Appalachia, born and raised. My family has been there for generations. In fact, I only left 2 months ago. In my almost 40 years I might have even noticed some behaviors and beliefs that tend to hold my people back, frequently from my very own family! But you don’t know me or that, but facts get in the way of trying to make yourself look superior on the internet!! Better luck next time, sugar.

      • aureolaborealis

        But Staten Island didn’t get him elected. Places like Appalachia did, on account of some votes being more equal than other votes in this country.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        You say that as if the Trump voters of that white flight Galapagos finch colony are not themselves proud hillbillies.

      • goonemeritus

        Staten Island doesn’t count, it’s only part of NY because we won a yacht race with NJ and Staten Island was the prize (true story). Over the years NY has mainly used it as a landfill site so it wasn’t a total loss.

    • Lord Jim
    • Carpe Vagenda

      Just saying. They wouldn’t be scrambling for ways to stop poor people from voting if they thought poor people were going to vote for them.

      • Ms.MLG on Maui

        Being a poor white person born to poor white people, surrounded almost exclusively by poor white people, I have yet to see a poor white person prevented from voting. Gerrymandering? Rampant. Whites not able to vote? I have yet to see it in any number.

        • Carpe Vagenda
          • Ms.MLG on Maui

            I would never argue voter suppression isn’t a thing. Of course it’s a thing, it’s bad no matter who it happens to, and it’s a problem every election. I am from one very small part of Appalachia, and this much I know-voter suppression in that area isn’t the issue. The issue is people being Republicans, and voting for Republicans. The hatred you see for liberals from the nasty trolls here? I lived surrounded by that every day of my childhood. Some people are kept from voting, some people choose not to vote, some people vote for good reasons, some vote for the worst possible reasons, some vote for whoever their pastor or husband tell them to vote for. Voter suppression didn’t force millions of people to vote for Donald Trump. It isn’t the reason my home county goes redder than red every election. There are definitely many systematic problems out there, but some things come down to personal choices. A lot of people made a bad personal choice, and there is no one to blame for that but them. I always appreciate your comments and talking with you, even when we aren’t on the same page!

  • chazmanr

    “Anyway the important thing according to Mick Mulvaney is to get GDP to 3.5% growth”

    Any politician who tells you that 3.5% growth is even remotely possible in a country as industrialized and automated as the US is a bigger liar than Trump. Innovation and technology are what have traditionally driven significant growth in GDP. We are rapidly approaching the point where very little labor still performed by humans can be automated and our current administration has said that the US will not be a part of the alternative energy economic boom which is coming. We will let China and Germany eat our lunch and take those good paying jobs. Americans expecting good jobs had better get comfortable with saying, “Would you like fries with that?”

    • Lord Jim

      My dad observed that when Reagan talked about a “service economy” he meant that he and his plutocrat buddies would have all the money and the rest of us would be their servants.

      • chazmanr

        We don’t even have service jobs in this country anymore. When was the last time you called your ISP for technical support or your credit card company to ask them a question? Where do you think your call was being answered?

  • MynameisBlarney

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/10028923268

    Charlie Murphy has passed away.

    RIP Charlie.

    • Ms.MLG on Maui

      He’s playing Basketball with Prince now!

  • C4TWOMAN

    Investments? Kruggerands or go home.

    Now this used to be a joke, but now I don’t know.
    I suppose I could look into foreign currency markets…

  • Lefty Frizzell

    I mean, if the federal government doesn’t make a profit, what the fuck is it for, anyway, at the end of the day?

    • Lord Jim

      Main wingnut/corpo welfare agency.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    Or, you know…maybe Donald and the kids could cut back on the travel just a bit? Maybe?

    • weejee

      I think the tRumps need to travel and see what’s up with Uranus.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/36df260a1b1a1c0fb746c430a9059569efe6ef4f7fd8c0a6d9d406d444c70cd3.jpg
      And the puns start flying in 3, 2, 1…

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        I think naming a planet Uranus was pretty close to a dick move.

        • Lord Jim

          Well, maybe if some stoopid “We Don’t Need No Classical Ejicayshun” Murkans could be taught to pronounce “Ouranos”…

          • Good_Gawd_Yall

            But that would take all the fun out of it.

          • Lord Jim

            Yeah, you’d think someone who had read Aristophanes would have a sense of humor, what can I say? :P

  • Résistance Land Shark Ω
    • artem1s

      love Sam. just saw The Hero a couple of days ago.

  • Asterix

    3.5% growth/yr is impossible. They’ll manage it just as all CEO’s do – fire everyone, shut down all departments that aren’t making a stupidly artificial sales target and declare a win.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Don’t forget random reorganizations to “bury the bodies”.

    • Anna Rompage

      I don;t know about that, if you look at the wage growth of the top 1%, it far exceeds a 3.5% annual growth rate over the last 3 decades…

      • Lord Jim

        R>G

        R = rate of return on capital investments
        G = GDP growth

        See Pickety, Thomas Capital In the 21st Century

        This is why Thomas Jefferson wanted an estate tax – to put the brakes on the formation of hereditary dynasties of wealth and return some of this captive money to the general economy.

    • georgiaburning

      That can work for a year or two, enough time for the CEO to jump to a better job. The next CEO gets to sell the company and leave with an obscene severance payment.

  • kindness

    So the Trump guy comes out and openly says Medicare and Social Security should be privatized (ie – Wall Street should steal ALL of your retirement money, not just some of it).

    Usually this lights a fire under the olds and the TeaHaddists.

    • Lefty Frizzell

      It’s akin to taking your retirement and healthcare money and putting it all on a horse in the 2:50 at Doncaster. Maggie tried it with the contracting out of SERPS and it was a fucking disaster. Just like those stupid fucking endowment mortages. Both of which I had on the advice of an “independent” FA, not that I’m bitter about it or anything.

    • Asterix

      In one draft, the rethugs want to eliminate the payroll tax and call it a tax break netting (putting into their pockets) the middle class around 3000 a year. They neglect to mention this action defunds Social Security…

      • artem1s

        it’s never, ever going to go back in your pocket. they will redirect it to a managed fund so brokers can skim profits off the top before they completely steal it out from under you in the next crash. anyone who believes they will get to keep their SS contribution is a rube.

    • weejee

      This olde is 69 and still hasn’t started poking at that sweet, sweet SSI. But still working, so there is that.

      • clubseal

        69 is the new 43.

      • NastyBossetti

        Dad? I always thought you were more of a Republican, but you always cited the secret ballot when I asked how you voted, so I’ve never been sure. Now I know you hang out on this here mommyblog. That answers a lot of questions.

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    I thought Jared was gonna fix the debt by streamlining verticals and optimizing core competencies while downsizing laterals and disrupting business as usual.

    Did I do that right? I never got an MBA, so the buzzwords elude me sometimes.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot
    • Asterix

      That actually makes more sense than what they’re saying. I’ll vote for you in 2020.

    • laughingnome

      That’s some Ph.D. level business skillz!

    • canes_pugnaces

      Very good try. Jared never got an MBA either. He got the next best thing, $500M in family money.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Actually I think he did. The program daddy gave NYU below-market Puck Building space to get him into was a joint MBA/JD.

    • Lefty Frizzell

      Needs moar paradigm shifts and synergy

      • Opalescent Riddles

        Whoa, it’s like I should read further into the thread before I say almost exactly the same thing, but an hour later.

        • NastyBossetti

          That wouldn’t be the corporate way, now, would it?

          • David Chaillou

            Not sure. I’m arranging for McKinsey and BCG to organise a workshop and we’ll get back to you.

    • laughingnome

      The greatest buzzwords were uttered by Cheech and Chong.

    • Mirful

      And, so I have heard, he’s going to reorganize the VA so it starts paying for itself.
      You know, like a business should.

      • laughingnome

        Start charging the vets by the wounds.

        • jesterpunk

          They are just going with Trump’s plan, anyone injured is a loser and doesnt get benefits. He doesnt like people who where injured or captured.

        • Nockular cavity

          “I like soldiers that don’t get wounded.”

      • artem1s

        Oh man, this is gonna be good.

      • Martini Ambassador 🍸

        Awesome! I’m off to apply for a job in the Office of Management and Budget now!

    • aureolaborealis

      They actually work better when they’re decoupled from any meaning whatsoever. Well done.

    • georgiaburning

      You’re doing great. The hard part is to translate those dynamic synergies into animated PowerPoint presentations.

    • Opalescent Riddles

      Moar synergy, leverage, paradigm and springboard. At the end of the day, moving forward.

    • Doug Langley
    • Phoenixdoglover

      Lean. It has to be lean.

  • Proud Liberal

    They want to run this country like Enron ran their company. How did that turn out?

    • weejee

      Solid gold plumbing in their houses?

  • Zonath

    “It’s fairly safe to assume that was hyperbole. I’m not going to be able to pay off $20 trillion worth of debt in four years. I’d be being dishonest with you if I said that I could.”

    Pretty sure Mulvaney just called his boss a liar. Better dust off the ol’ resume…

  • canes_pugnaces

    It is heartening to hear Mulvaney is personally going to pay off the $20T in national debt. Not in four years. But eventually. First he’s gotta get a higher credit limit, cause that’s a lot of money. After that, no worries. He’ll just kill all the poor people. Eventually.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      HARWOOD: Is Social Security Disability on that list?

      MULVANEY: I don’t think we’ve settled yet. But I continue to look forward to talking to the president about ways to fix that program. Because that is one of the fastest growing programs that we have. It’s become effectively a long-term unemployment, permanent unemployment program.

      So, either he doesn’t realize that putting unemployed white people on long-term disability is what Republican governors substitute for jobs and social programs they might have to pay for, or they know they’re circling the drain and they want to leave a horde of angry, armed, unemployables behind them. Since they’re not getting the security deposit back anyway.

  • laughingnome

    If mean was a crime Mulvaney would be doing hard time.

  • I’m thinking Musicoin is the wave of the future. Get in on the ground floor, Wonkers!

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Teh Wonkette’s past investment advice has been terrible. I still have a bunch of whore diamonds I can’t use. The Ron Paul Blimp? Took a bath on that one. Total waste of my Ameros. And the less said about canned clam futures, the better.

    • KillerMartinis

      I cannot be blamed for this as I have only just begun giving out investment advice for Wonkette! (Have you thought about buying Whore Island instead of whore diamonds? Maybe you misheard?)

      • clubseal

        I tried to buy Whore Island but ended up getting screwed.

        • foreign agitator Captain Kraut

          I think you’re doing it right.

    • Tennessee Rain

      You shoulda invested in cedar cheese and the cakes we like. I did and made a killing.

      • puredog

        I hear Putin invested in tea and made a killing.

        • Yr. Gma

          Doesn’t he just make killings without the investment part?

          • Doug Langley

            What’s wrong with mixing business with pleasure?

    • jesterpunk
    • Carpe Vagenda

      One is a bloated nazi gasbag, and the other is his blimp.

    • Jon Sussex

      I can’t complain about those pitchfork and torch futures I picked up last fall.

    • aureolaborealis
  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I’ll admit it: I don’t understand the federal budget, and I don’t try. But here’s the thing: I didn’t take a job in the administration, because I couldn’t do it right. With all the money these asshats have, you’d think they could buy a clue.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      I refer you back to the first paragraph where they mention that Mulvaney came to Washington as part of the tea party class of ’10. As far as he’s concerned, he’s here to keep the schvartzes and poor people from getting uppity.

    • Lord Jim

      These people still think that the economy of a sovereign nation is just like the budget of a household.

  • TJ Barke

    All about raidin’ that treasury.

  • Oblios_Cap

    I’m cool; I loaded up on Ameros and Hobo Beans back in the day.

  • Anna Rompage

    OT,

    Great, Trump loved his ratings bump so much after he fired missiles at Syria, that he’s sending an armada to provoke a full out war with North Korea…

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-north-korea-sending-armada-144441920.html

    • cmd resistor

      Do they even make Armadas anymore?

      • Anna Rompage

        Technically it’s just the fancy, and ironically, Spanish name for a fleet, and Fleet also happens to be the mfg of prepackaged enemas. Maybe Trump is pranking Kim Jong Un by sending him a case of enemas?

        • Jennifer R

          It was also a really cool top down shmup RPG on the Dreamcast.

          • clubseal

            There’s a such thing as a shmup RPG? Jeez, I though I knew just about everything about video games.

          • Jennifer R

            Had a map, random battles (open Sinistar style areas) money and upgrades, in addition to a main story quest and randomly generated side quests.

          • clubseal

            Admittedly, I was in high school when the Dreamcast came out, and my cousin was the only one I knew who had one. Played a lot of Resident Evil Code: Veronica and that was about it. And some stinker by the name of Blue Stinger.

          • Jennifer R

            Blue Stinger is a terrible game all right. And I got some love for RE:CV as well. If you want your mind blown more, Armada was originally going to be an MMO, but the company couldn’t figure out how to make one on the dreamcast.

          • clubseal

            I remember being amazed by a console even being online at all. Dreamcast browser was terrible for porn though. Or so I heard.

          • Jennifer R

            Really? You could get networking hardware for the Genesis, Snes, NES, and Atari 2600 as well.

          • clubseal

            I had all of those consoles (and he PS2, which at the time I didn’t know had a port), but my family didn’t get internet access until I was a junior in high school, circa 2000/2001. And it was the type of connection that was measured in kilobytes.

          • Jennifer R

            The 2600’s GameLink was a whopping 1200 Bauds. I don’t know off hand the speed of the XBand modems that the Genesis and SNES used, but I do know the SatellaView (holy fuck autocorrect knows SatellaView) had to get a continuous signal and thus the games were all modified to be beatable in an hour. BS Zelda (Broadcast Satellite) was actually really important to the creation of the zelda maker programs of the early 2000s.

          • clubseal

            I wish that Nintendo would do a Zelda Maker in the style of Super Mario Maker. Would buy day 1.

          • Jennifer R

            There have been a few in the past. Honestly they are probably as good as whatever nintendo will make. Lunar Magic outshines Mario Maker any day of the week.

        • Yr. Gma

          What happens when the Armada is in if it’s not the Fleet?

        • cmd resistor

          All I could think of was the Spanish Armada, which sounded kind of old. The enemas could work. Or else just a whole bunch of chocolate cake.

      • Me not sure
      • Me not sure
      • Querolous

        All 5910 lbs of it.

    • whitroth

      From some stuff mentioned on a blog I read… first, Putin wants to stay in Syria, because the US has forced them out of most of their out-of-country bases, as opposed to us, with bases every*bloodywhere.

      And
      a lot of us have been calling his boss Trumpolini; someone’s suggesting that he much more resembles Wilhelm II, of Germany, and with games with N. Korea *and* Syria (and China, and Russia)… “what, they assassinated the Archduke! That means WAR!….

      This is *not* the future I had any reason to expect, or to leave to my kids or granddaughter….

  • goonemeritus

    I’m starting to think people in this administration aren’t looking out for little guy despite what they promised.

    • Anna Rompage

      I don;t know, small hands, small mind, small pecker, isn’t that a little guy?

    • georgiaburning

      They are looking out for the little guys- they removed the bag limit on them

  • cats530

    “While many economists and policymakers see a looming disaster, Betsy DeVos apparently sees an opportunity to cash in.

    In a Office of Government Ethics report that was completed January
    20, DeVos agreed to divest from a long list of companies that pose a
    conflict of interest.

    On the list, are a number of firms that have found ways to profit off of public education.

    Among them is LMF WF Portfolio, a company which helped finance a $147 million loan to a debt collection agency that does business with the Department of Education, called Performant Financial Co.” http://www.prwatch.org/news/2017/01/13207/betsy-devos-ethics-report-reveals-ties-student-debt-collection-firm

    Has DeVos divested? Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Student loans are guaranteed by the government and can’t be discharged in bankruptcy. Now the lenders aren’t even being held to minimal ethical standards.

    Time to go after some more welfare cheats!

  • Rick Hill

    There isn’t anything to worry about with these people in charge. There’s actually people standing by, ready to make money when everything goes south so just remember: You may be living in a cardboard box, dreaming of being able to afford cat food but someone else is snorting coke off the ass of a $3k a night hooker because of your sacrifices.

    • Ducksworthy

      Trump is bringing back the Studio 54 jobs.

    • Jack of the Resistance Tenhet

      Make America Greedy Again. ;)

    • Mike Steele

      Mulvaney, on his long game: “the public’s not ready for it yet”. Translation: the public’s not ready to become solvent green but, face it, folks – that’s where Mulvaney’s heading.

  • Lefty Wright

    I hate to mention this about the claims of 3.5% or even 4% growth, but Bernie promised an average of 5.3% growth for a decade under his budget. And some economists actually bought it.

    • JustDon’tSayFlatEarth

      We would have called it the ‘Bernie Bubble’ when it popped in 2018.

      • ♚ King Leo ♚

        I would have called it The Sanders Situation, because that makes it sound like a crappy spy novel.

    • Yr. Gma

      If you hate to mention it, why do you?

      • zerosumgame0005

        because Dirty Bernie is an ass?

    • David Chaillou

      Wasn’t he speaking of GDH rather than GDP? Gross Domestic Happiness.

  • zerosumgame0005

    OK, as a break from these ugly, ugly, stupid asshole “people” one of the few thing that keep me sane-ish

    https://www.instagram.com/goatstigram/

    • H0mer0

      one of them looks like he or she is vaulting off the tree trunk. So cute!

      • zerosumgame0005

        don’t you just wanna hug them all?

  • Red Bird Ω

    Funny thing about Navient. I had a loan held by them and I didn’t even apply to them for the loan. They just go around buying people’s debt.

  • Carpe Vagenda

    So, guess we’ve discovered who cares about Ukraine.

    https://twitter.com/juliehdavis/status/852253262489276417

  • Nephilim

    Betsy DeVos’s brother is Eric Prince, the founder of Blackwater. That’s Dick Chaney’s former and favorite private security company that made billions (billions!) during the Iraq War. ‘nough said about the 1%.

  • I disagree. They know precisely how it works. They are working very hard to make sure it never works again

  • mardam422

    But I thought we couldn’t have economic growth until we paid off the debt? Now we are going to have economic growth and then maybe pay off the debt? I has a confuse.

  • mardam422

    You know, any more Trump is like that weird brother-in-law you have who is responsible for everything that goes well in the family, but had nothing to do with anything that goes wrong. He pontificates endlessly on how he was the one who told you to refinance your house, and told old Aunt Ginny to get a reverse mortgage. But he totally was against your Dad selling the business and moving to Arizona because he knew he’d hate it there.

  • H0mer0

    I may like boobs, but that set with the “I Voted” sticker are scary to me; almost look like a butt.

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      You have a problem with butts?

      • H0mer0

        I never appreciated butts until I was pregnant and mine migrated laterally so that I was wider but had inadequate cushioning

  • CTOH

    Why is Mulvaney wearing 1970’s style hiphuggers? In MAROON??

  • Panika MCD

    “the Mulvaney budget”? surely he jests. that. is. not. how. it. works. and Trump ain’t got a line item veto neither!

  • Scooby

    Now I know why these guys are more than doubling thier person protection.

  • Phoenixdoglover

    If you thought the healthcare bill was a debacle, just wait for the budget. The party of fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget will be writing fairy tales to explain how it will all end happily ever after.

    • dshwa

      I’ve already heard “Dynamic Scoring” whispered in the wind.

  • Lambsendbeds

    Hey, Mick Mulvaney, you motherfucker, I consider my SSDI to be very much Social Security and so do many of Fanta Hitler’s voters. This year I actually got a tiny COLA increase, which, added to the increase in the Medicare deduction, netted me exactly nothing. Yay ! Much better than the last couple of years when we didn’t get one. Make no mistake, the knuckle dragging, mouth breathing base WILL care if you try to slice and dice SSDI.
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