Daily Bread for 2.17.20

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a little snow, and a high of thirty-seven.  Sunrise is 6:48 AM and sunset 5:29 PM, for 10h 41m 03s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 33.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand one hundred ninety-sixth day.

Whitewater’s Library Board meets at 6:30 PM.

  On this day in 1801, an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr is resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States and Burr, Vice President by the United States House of Representatives.

Recommended for reading in full —

The Washington Post editorial board writes Eric Trump said the Secret Service stays free at family properties. Doesn’t look like it:

NO ONE disputes that Secret Service protection is essential and expensive. But revelations about exorbitant rates that the Secret Service has been charged to protect President Trump at his private properties raise the question of what interest is being furthered. Is it the safety of the president or the bottom line of his private holdings?

An investigation by The Post’s David A. Fahrenthold, Jonathan O’Connell, Carol D. Leonnig and Josh Dawsey found 103 payments from January 2017 to April 2018 from the Secret Service to Trump companies, totaling more than $471,000. Among the charges were $650 per night for agents to use rooms “dozens” of times in 2017 at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida and $17,000 a month to rent a three-bedroom cottage at Trump National Golf Club Bedminister in New Jersey for three months in 2017.

The full extent of what the Trump Organization is charging the government is not known because the Secret Service has not listed them in public databases, even though it is typically required for charges in excess of $10,000. Nor has the agency filed the required twice-yearly reports on its spending to Congress. Since 2016, it has filed just two reports and those were not complete; the lines for Bedminster and Mar-a-Lago were both left blank. Post reporters were able to provide a glimpse into the arrangements by compiling documents that came out piecemeal from public records requests of other news organizations and watchdog groups and by talking to people who have seen some receipts.

The Rev. Dr. William Barber II writes of these times that we must intensify our efforts with the tenacity of the abolitionists:

One of the Trump administration’s greatest failings is the economy – just ask poor and low wealth Americans. Yes, the stock market may be at a record high and unemployment rates are deceptively low – but 140 million people are also poor or low wealth, and every day roughly 700 people die from poverty.

This will only get worse as the Trump administration’s budget proposal, released Monday, lays bare the lies he told during the State of the Union. On Trump’s watch, the federal debt is up $3 trillion. Since budgets don’t lie, the folks crunching the numbers at the White House had to acknowledge there is no plan to get America out of the red anytime soon. They hang their economic hopes on long-term growth projections that make the failed projections of Trump’s first three years seem modest. But they also make clear that Trump wants poor and low-income Americans to pick up the bill for his shortcomings in the meantime.

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