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Tell Mick Mulvaney What You Think of Trump’s Lousy, Insulting FY2018 Budget

This OTYCD entry originally posted in May 2017.

Get in touch with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), now headed by Mick Mulvaney, and tell him what you think of the recently announced FY2018 budget plan.

The plan itself, and the people who designed it, seemingly reek contempt for the American public. First, they put together a pile of cuts that are almost gratuitously cruel, with the aim of lightening the taxes of the wealthy–an aim that 77 percent of us don’t support, including some wealthy folks.

Second, the plan contains a $2 trillion math error. This document came from the budget office. Math is its goddamn job. How the hell do its stewards make a $2 trillion error, and how is it that no one catches it before the budget heads to the printer?

Third, when called on the error, Mulvaney basically said, “We meant to do that,” and gave an answer that implied that the budget numbers were legit and could work in the real world, and were not a malfunctioning heap of rubble.

Now, granted, the budget that the Trump people put out will not pass as written. More than one Republican senator called it “dead on arrival.” Still, it is so thoroughly riven with incompetence and bad faith that it amounts to a grave insult to all Americans, no matter how much we pay in taxes.

Make some time for the OMB and tell them off. Politely and respectfully, of course, but tell them off.

This is gross. This is wrong. We deserve better.

 

Call the OMB: 202.395.3080

 

Write to the OMB:

The Office of Management and Budget

725 17th Street, NW

Washington DC 20503

 

Read about Trump’s FY2018 budget plan, and criticism of it:

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/05/trump-budget-based-on-usd2-trillion-math-error.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/05/23/the-impossible-magic-math-of-trumps-budget-proposal-explained/?utm_term=.7a9e2f69afb5

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trumpbeat-a-budget-with-math-errors-and-a-fraction-of-a-wall/

http://larrysummers.com/2017/05/23/a-budget-warning/

http://www.vulture.com/2017/05/colbert-explains-usd2-trillion-math-error-in-trumps-budget.html

 

Read about how GOP senators declared the FY2018 budget dead on arrival:

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/334731-mccain-trumps-budget-dead-on-arrival

 

Read about how Mulvaney doubled down when the $2 trillion error was pointed out:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/23/press-briefing-fy2018-budget

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/05/trump-budget-based-on-usd2-trillion-math-error.htm

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/05/mick-mulvaney-tried-to-explain-math-error-in-trump-budget.html

 

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Keep a Journal

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

 

Keep a journal, for the sake of your future self.

 

When the Trump administration is over–and really, it will end–you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll forget what life was like. You’ll question whether things were that tense, or that intense. You will struggle to remember what it was like to have three to five bombshell news stories to break in one day and have that be normal. You will forget what it’s like to feel like you’re living in a Dom Delillo novel. (We had been living in a bad John LeCarré novel until a young woman named Reality Leigh Winner was arrested for leaking documents. That’s when we shifted to living in a Dom Delillo novel.)

 

Anyway. You’ll forget what life was like because, to some extent, you will want to, and you will need to. Living under Trump is goddamn exhausting. When it ends, you’ll need to reassign a whole mess of neurons just to give them a much-deserved rest (if you don’t, they might short out on you, so yes, please, do rest your battered brain when the time comes).

 

But once you’ve had a chance to heal, you’ll need to periodically remind yourself what living under Trump was like. That’s where your journal comes in. If you’re not already keeping one, please start. It can be on paper, or online. It can be public or private. But commit to writing a dated entry at least once a week.

 

And when you do, try to note just how weird and screwed up these times are. Be honest about what you’re seeing and feeling, and why. Name your emotions, and describe them in detail. Write exactly as much as you need to write and no more, whether it’s two sentences or two chapters’ worth of observations. Refine it if you must, but it’s best if you just disgorge your thoughts and let them stand, and keep doing it, consistently.

 

Writing this journal will help your future self remember what this time was like, and it will revive your passion to resist when we no longer feel the need to capitalize the first letter of that word.

 

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