Fun fact: The NEAH got $149m last year, or $30m less than Ivanka sleeping in NY will cost us yearly.
The country signed itself up for a complete kleptocracy. And not just the sheer expense of the Trumps' jet-setting and security detail, but also the fact that he surrounds himself at Mar-a-Lago with the stakeholders in industries his policies will demonstrably affect. A little flattery Donald's way and he, as a matter of his only principle, will reward those closest to him.
And Republican Congressmen can't be counted on to do anything to check Trump preemptively since they'll be destroyed in their district's primary by an opponent running on Trump's coattails. Thus in my mind, the only question is how bad will it have to get before a tipping point is reached and the country demands Trump's ass. I posted something on the night of the election (feeling guilty later for somehow jinxing the outcome, silly as that sounds). And it was Americans will always do the right thing… after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives. I was wrong then. Now I wonder if it'll ever come to pass before an irreparable amount of damage is done.
In the meantime, so long AmeriCorps. Which--not that anyone here doubts the esteem in which I hold the program--changes lives, costs the tiniest fraction of the budget, and provides an important source of willing labor doing work the market doesn't find profitable. And also worth noting, the program provides the increasingly important function of mixing disparate populations from those so-called balkanized realities that practically everyone agrees is accelerating how quickly to-hell-in-a-handbasket and useless our political discourse has become.