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am_Unition  ·  376 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: SPACE FORCE

I believe you were right about that, by the way, but it was almost refreshing to hear an even slightly nuanced defense of anything Trump has proposed. Caught me off guard. I'm sure if you force fed him truth serum and then asked him why he wants to create a Space Force, he'd say "yeah it just sounds cool, but more importantly distracts from all of the various investigations and lawsuits against me".

edit: no satire detected here:

    We have run out of things to throw money at on earth.

    Look there are only so many decorative napkin holders with your initials on them that you can possibly get before you are decorative-napkin-holdered out. You can only commission so many large oil paintings of yourself in a red hunting jacket staring wistfully at your pack of hounds, and you can only buy Scott Pruitt so many first-class seats and personalized telephone booths before you start to feel empty and bored.

    And then what can you do? You cannot build yourself an enormous armored suit and go around fighting crime. (Well, you can, but it is frowned upon.) You can build an ill-received rescue submarine and then leave it in a cave, after calling the actual rescuer a pedophile, but … Elon Musk already did it, and there is no reason to wish to do it again.

kleinbl00  ·  376 days ago  ·  link  ·  

My personal theory is Trump's presidency illustrates the limits of executive privilege. Everything he does is something he can do without congressional approval. Creating some dumb department of dumbness? He can do that. Fund it?


am_Unition  ·  376 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Which is especially ironic when he holds a Congressional majority. It's almost like the Congresspeeps don't want to be associated with a terribly large amount of Trump's policies after he leaves office.

But yes, this has been a master class in "Why You Don't Give One Man Too Much Power", something the Democrats are just as guilty of doing under Obama as the GOP was with G.W. Bush. Well, I dunno. The Patriot Act is legendary.

kleinbl00  ·  376 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Alexandra Petri, by the way, is the columnist who wrote the false praise of Trump that his "West Wing Reads" forwarded to his mailing list without realizing it was satire.

am_Unition  ·  376 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    This budget will make America a lean, mean fighting machine with bulging, rippling muscles and not an ounce of fat.

    All schoolchildren will be taught by an F-35 wearing a Make America Great Again hat.

HAHhahahah, how did I miss that one??

I'm glad you caught my edit. Yeah, unfortunately, I think her new piece is just a bit too slathered in sarcasm to achieve the same incredible feat. I especially loved the dig at Musk.