March 31, 2019

Promises NOT kept: Trump’s budget deficit surpasses Obama’s record-breaker, amassing $2 trillion in debt in 2 years. Trump’s economy slowing faster than expected.

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Photo credit:
Intellectual / Pixabay via Inquisitor


“Barack Obama Had The Record For Largest U.S. Budget Deficit. Donald Trump Just Broke It.”

“The United States federal budget deficit in February was the largest in history according to the Treasury Department, HuffPost reports. Despite Donald Trump’s promise to balance the budget within eight years, in the two years since he took office, the country’s total debt has increased by $2 trillion, with a $234 billion budget shortfall in February alone.

“Analysts attribute the record-setting gap between spending and revenue with a combination of a dramatic drop in corporate tax revenue coupled with an increase in federal spending. The 2017 tax cuts championed by the president lowered corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 21 percent for a total tax package projected to cost an estimated $1.5 trillion,” by Josh West, Inquisitor. Read more

“Economy slumping faster than expected, with fourth-quarter GDP revised down”

“The economy is facing headwinds from the fading stimulus, slowing global growth, a trade war with China and uncertainty over Brexit.”

“The U.S. economy slowed more than initially thought in the fourth quarter, keeping growth in 2018 below the Trump administration’s 3 percent annual target, and corporate profits failed to rise for the first time in more than two years,” by Reuters. Read more


March 31, 2019

“Massive incompetence” and top-level vacancies hamper Trump Administration

“Trump Administration Losing 94 Percent of Lawsuits Over Illegal Policy Changes”

“Federal agencies under Trump are losing suits at a record rate, largely because of massive incompetence”

  • Editor’s note: The public is well aware of the turn-over from incompetence and greed of Trump cabinet members and other appointees. So with such massive incompetence, how are Trump and his appointees expected by his base to eliminate the Federal Reserve and have a suitable plan in-place to put the U. S. on the gold standard in the aftermath?

“The Trump administration is losing court battles at an unprecedented rate, with many losses coming because officials failed to follow basic rules in changing policy.

“Federal judges have ruled against the administration at least 63 times since Trump took office, The Washington Post reported. Two-thirds of those cases involved complaints that the administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act, a 1946 law that set procedural requirements that federal agencies must follow when unilaterally changing policies or regulations.

“The normal “win rate” for the government in such cases is about 70 percent, the Post reported, but according to the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law, the Trump administration’s win rate in these cases in just 6 percent,” by Igor Derysh, Salon Magazine. Read more

“Help Wanted: Trump administration riddled with vacancies”

“The president has yet to nominate people for nearly 140 top-level positions, which experts say is hampering his long-term goals.”

“More than two years after then-President-elect Donald Trump said he wanted his Cabinet officials to look the part, his administration is filled with actors — but probably not in the way he intended.

“A large ensemble of acting agency heads have been cast in temporary roles across the administration, and that can hamper how the agencies do their jobs, government experts tell NBC news.

“In the Cabinet alone, there is an acting secretary of defense, an acting interior secretary and an acting chief of staff.

“There’s also an acting United Nations ambassador (a position the administration is downgrading to sub-Cabinet level), an acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and an acting Drug Enforcement Agency administrator.

“As the Trump administration grappled earlier this month with whether to ground a Boeing airliner involved in two deadly crashes, acting Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Daniel Elwell was in charge. The agency, which has a budget of over $16 billion, more than 47,000 employees and oversees nearly 50,000 flights a day, has been without a permanent administrator since Michael Huerta ended his five-year term in January 2018,” quoiting Dereh Gregorian, NBC News. Read more


March 31, 2019

FINALLY, someone “gets” President Trump!

“Now Team Trump is out for vengeance: It’s crucial that Democrats push back, hard”

“It’s not just Lindsey Graham: Trump’s flunkeys are trying to flip the script on “treasonous” Obama administration”

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon Magazine.

“It seems clear that Trump’s philosophy of life is zero-sum primitive domination and not much else. And there is one credo in “The Art of the Deal” he does live by: “I fight when I feel I’m getting screwed, even if it’s costly and difficult and highly risky.” Over the years that’s evolved into something a little bit more elemental. It’s no longer about just fighting. It’s about vengeance.”

“Back in 2005, he told a Colorado audience, ‘If someone screws you, screw them back 10 times harder. At least they’re going to leave you alone, and at least you’ll feel good. I believe in screwing people when they screw you.'”

“Trump has spent his life on the edge of being discovered as a fraud. Character assassination and revenge, or the threat of it anyway, is how he dances his way out of trouble. It’s like a magician’s misdirection, done with the impact of shock and awe. Whether it’s siccing his lawyers on people he believes have wronged him, siccing his “fixer” on reporters who write things he doesn’t like, or publicly humiliating a subordinate he feels has disrespected him, this is how Trump believes he has become the most powerful man on earth.

“When a politician sees some daylight after having been under a cloud for a long time, the usual response is to tell the country that it’s time to pull together and get back to doing the work they were sent to Washington to do. They don’t want to wallow in the scandal because all it does is remind people it was there. They want to be positive and optimistic and put the whole thing behind them. Not Donald Trump.”

“By “never let it happen again,” he is saying, “get even so they’ll never mess with you again.” By “evil people,” he of course means the Obama administration.

“It’s tempting to say that this is just Trump being Trump, but his family and his henchmen in the Congress are taking him seriously and they are running with it.”

“This isn’t just the president sounding off. So far, the Democrats don’t seem to be too spooked by the Republican threats. They are too busy fending off the high-velocity spin about the Barr letter that Salon’s Amanda Marcotte aptly compares to the Iraq WMD propaganda. But the mere fact that the president and high-ranking members of Congress are pushing this ugly idea of wreaking vengeance should sharpen the Democrats’ own survival instincts and allay any inclination to ease off on oversight. They cannot allow the country to be held hostage by this authoritarian “lock her up” mentality.” Read more


March 30, 2019

Yelm receives another annual $10,000 Port of Olympia grant

“Port of Olympia Invests in Thurston County’s Small Cities”

“Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino and Yelm projects get a financial boost”

“At its March 25 meeting, the Commission awarded Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino, and Yelm $10,000 each, for community and economic development investments, as part of the Port’s Small Cities Program.

“Launched in 2010, the Small Cities Program provides gap funding for community and economic development initiatives in incorporated Thurston County cities with fewer than 15,000 residents. The four cities will use the funding to help implement the following projects:

  • Bucoda will purchase event equipment to support and expand both the popular Annual Haunted House as well an outdoor event space.
  • Rainier will continue to renovate and preserve the historic Rainier School and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church for event and activity space rentals.
  • Tenino will continue with construction of a shaded pavilion dedicated to the needs of bicyclists. The pavilion will feature water-bottle filling stations, seating, bike racks and minor repair facilities.
  • Yelm will purchase emergency notification message boards that will be used to residents, as well as passing motorists, of an emergency or planned event that will impact the community.

Read more


March 29, 2019

Yelm Community Blog’s 13th Anniversary is today! Thank you for your interest.

Yelm Blogger Steve Klein
Photo Copyright © 2019 Stephen R. Klein.

– THANK YOU to readers of the Yelm Community Blog,
available via YelmCommunity.org, YelmNews.com, and Yelm.com (on the site’s upper right tab).



– Editor’s note:
The Yelm Community Blog was begun at the insistence of a supporter to my Yelm mayoral campaign, who said I had garnered so much knowledge in the year 2005, that to just walk away would be a travesty to the community. I heard this supporter’s message and with his encouragement, began the Yelm Community Blog on March 29, 2006 as a free service to the public and as a live archive of important stories of local and historical significance.

The Yelm Community Blog’s first entry thirteen years ago today is still pertinent now: “5000 pupils in Yelm Community Schools.” with the recent schools bond passage.

As always, you can e-mail this blogger at info@yelm.com.

Thank you for your continued support.

Steve Klein
Host, Yelm Community Blog


March 28, 2019

SRO’s Final Weekend of The Lion in Winter

Courtesy: Standing Room Only
  • Yelm’s SRO raises their already-high bar with The Lion in Winter!

– Standing Room Only is proud to present… THE LION IN WINTER
WHEN: March 8-31, Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm (includes post-show History Chats – March 10, 17, 24).
WHERE: The Triad Arts Theater, 102 Yelm Ave. E., Yelm WA 98597
TICKETS: $20 Regular price, $17 Military (and families) & Seniors, $10 Students.
Click here to pre-purchase tickets online and to read the plot summary.

  • A Review In arriving at The Triad, I was pondering the enormity of Standing Room Only (SRO) to take on this script and how this would translate to the theater’s small stage. After-all, my only previous exposure to the play was the movie adaptation from 1968 starring Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn. I left The Triad amazed at how professional SRO pulled-off such an ambitious project. The Cast and Director received my standing ovation, deservedly so.
  • Well-known actors to Yelm audiences shined and delighted once again: Dave Champagne, Jesse Geray, Daniel Wyman, and Will Champagne. However, these fine thespians all stretched themselves to deliver greater performances than I’ve seen on this stage from them, revealing even more depth in their respective acting ranges. In doing so, the synergy they created, much from body motions, facial expressions, and intonations in their lines delivery, was very important to the success of this show. They made the insolence of their characters really felt by the audience. Will Champagne’s performance was stellar and is to be commended for holding his own with the others, especially in scenes with his father, Dave. They commanded The Triad’s stage taken to greater heights!
  • Dawn Wadsworth and Travis Martinez returned to SRO’s stage for their second time and were joined by first-timer here, Victoria Ashley. They were paramount in their roles allowing them to seamlessly engage with our seasoned Yelm-stage actors. Dawn was especially amazing in an exceptionally demanding role. I hope to see more performances from these three fine actors in future SRO shows.
  • The other stand-outs in this production were the outstanding direction of Angela Marinella and the fab work by Stage Manager Alex Brown and his team, as there were many intricate set changes which were carried-off with precision. The gorgeous costumes were also noted.
  • I congratulate SRO and The Lion in Winter team. They hit a home-run “outta da ballpark” which I hope is supported by patrons from far and wide, as they will be dazzled by this production!
  • As a side note, I appreciated Dave Champagne’s comment in the program about his mission to provide a lasting legacy to the 2 decades of hard work by SRO founder Nancy Tribush Hillman and the numerous theater volunteers all of those years. Bravo Dave – you’re a true “mensch”!




March 27, 2019

Positive Train Control (PTC) installed on Amtrak’s Point Defiance Bypass, may resume use soon.

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Dec. 18, 2017 derailment @ I-5
Credit: Washington State Patrol

Amtrak Installs Positive Train Control, NTSB Nears Release of Report on Derailment”

“The Washington State Department of Transportation on Monday announced two milestones that signal that passenger rail service on the Point Defiance Bypass could resume soon. Service had been suspended after a December 2017 derailment on the bypass.

“Amtrak has installed a safety feature known as Positive Train Control (PTC) on its Point Defiance Bypass. Additionally, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced that it will release its report on the December 2017 derailment, which happened in DuPont, at a board meeting in May.” [Click here for the prelim NTSB report.]

“‘Once the final NTSB report is issued, WSDOT and others involved with the service will assess the recommendations to determine next steps for returning the Amtrak Cascades and Coast Starlight service to the Point Defiance Bypass,’ WSDOT’s release states,” quoting South Sound Business. Read more


March 24, 2019

World’s recession may stunt Trump’s economic growth – Bonds went into inverted yield last Friday, a sign of gathering storm-clouds!

GS: Bond Traders Treasury Notes 071031
“Traders signal offers in the Ten-Year Treasury Note Options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade.”
Scott Olson | | Getty Images

“Bonds are flashing a huge recession signal — here’s what happened to stocks last time it happened”

Key Points

  • Stocks rise about 15 percent on average in the 18 months following inversions, according to Credit Suisse.
  • The spread between the 3-month Treasury bill and the 10-year note went into negative territory on Friday, the first time since 2007.
  • The more widely watched part of the curve — the gap between yields on the 2-year and 10-year debt — falls to just 10 basis points, versus 60 basis points a year ago. By Yun Li, CNBC. Read more

“Dow drops more than 450 points; S&P 500 posts worst day since January on worries over economy”

“Stocks dropped on Friday [March 22] as investors worried global economic growth could slow down following the Federal Reserve’s cautious outlook from earlier in the week and weak overseas data.

“The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 459 points lower as bank stocks fell on an inverted yield curve, which some investors see as a signal of a recession coming. The S&P 500 fell 1.9 percent and notched its biggest one-day drop since Jan. 3. The Nasdaq Composite declined 2.5 percent as shares of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Alphabet and Apple all closed lower,” quoting Fred Imbert, CNBC. Read more


March 21, 2019

Be sure to add the Yelm performance of The Lion in Winter to your weekend plans!

Courtesy: Standing Room Only (SRO)
  • Yelm’s SRO raises their already-high bar with The Lion in Winter!

– Standing Room Only is proud to present… THE LION IN WINTER
WHEN: March 8-31, Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm (includes post-show History Chats – March 10, 17, 24).
WHERE: The Triad Arts Theater, 102 Yelm Ave. E., Yelm WA 98597
TICKETS: $20 Regular price, $17 Military (and families) & Seniors, $10 Students.
Click here to pre-purchase tickets online and to read the plot summary.

  • A Review In arriving at The Triad, I was pondering the enormity of Standing Room Only (SRO) to take on this script and how this would translate to the theater’s small stage. After-all, my only previous exposure to the play was the movie adaptation from 1968 starring Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn. I left The Triad amazed at how professional SRO pulled-off such an ambitious project. The Cast and Director received my standing ovation, deservedly so.
  • Well-known actors to Yelm audiences shined and delighted once again: Dave Champagne, Jesse Geray, Daniel Wyman, and Will Champagne. However, these fine thespians all stretched themselves to deliver greater performances than I’ve seen on this stage from them, revealing even more depth in their respective acting ranges. In doing so, the synergy they created, much from body motions, facial expressions, and intonations in their lines delivery, was very important to the success of this show. They made the insolence of their characters really felt by the audience. Will Champagne’s performance was stellar and is to be commended for holding his own with the others, especially in scenes with his father, Dave. They commanded The Triad’s stage taken to greater heights!
  • Dawn Wadsworth and Travis Martinez returned to SRO’s stage for their second time and were joined by first-timer here, Victoria Ashley. They were paramount in their roles allowing them to seamlessly engage with our seasoned Yelm-stage actors. Dawn was especially amazing in an exceptionally demanding role. I hope to see more performances from these three fine actors in future SRO shows.
  • The other stand-outs in this production were the outstanding direction of Angela Marinella and the fab work by Stage Manager Alex Brown and his team, as there were many intricate set changes which were carried-off with precision. The gorgeous costumes were also noted.
  • I congratulate SRO and The Lion in Winter team. They hit a home-run “outta da ballpark” which I hope is supported by patrons from far and wide, as they will be dazzled by this production!
  • As a side note, I appreciated Dave Champagne’s comment in the program about his mission to provide a lasting legacy to the 2 decades of hard work by SRO founder Nancy Tribush Hillman and the numerous theater volunteers all of those years. Bravo Dave – you’re a true “mensch”!


March 17, 2019

Trump Admin. set to open Alaska’s pristine Bristol Bay area to mining, seen as “threat” to Pac. NW, and more environmental assaults proposed

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Credit: NRDC

“Feds inch closer to approving Alaska mining project seen as a threat to Pacific Northwest”

“Over the past several decades, fishermen, business owners, Alaska Native organizations and environmental groups have protested a proposed open-pit copper and gold mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay — a pristine salmon habitat.

“Now the federal government is inching toward approving the mining project.

“Nestled in southwest Alaska, Bristol Bay is home to the world’s largest wild salmon run. The watershed supports a teeming ecosystem of eagles, grizzlies and beluga whales. It’s also an economic engine for the Pacific Northwest. Each year, the fishery contributes thousands of seasonal fishing and processing jobs and millions of dollars in economic activity to Washington, Oregon, and California, according to the University of Alaska Institute of Social and Economic Research,” by Julianna Rennie in The Olympian.
Read more

From NRDC:

“President Trump and his Department of Energy are attempting to drastically weaken common-sense energy efficiency standards for light bulbs and appliances — cuts that will cost consumers billions while driving millions of tons of additional carbon pollution per year.

“The Trump administration is accepting public comments on these two disastrous anti-environment attacks.” Read more

  • UPDATE: March 23, 2019

“Recording reveals oil industry execs laughing at Trump access”

“Gathered for a private meeting at a beachside RitzCarlton in Southern California, the oil executives were celebrating a colleague’s sudden rise. David Bernhardt, their former lawyer, had been appointed by President Donald Trump to the powerful No. 2 spot at the Department of the Interior.

“Just five months into the Trump era, the energy developers who make up the Independent Petroleum Association of America, or IPAA, already had watched the new president order a sweeping overhaul of environmental regulations that were cutting into their bottom lines – rules concerning smog, hydraulic fracturing and endangered species protection.

“Dan Naatz, the association’s political director, told the audience of about 100 executives that Bernhardt’s new role meant their priorities would be heard at the highest levels of the department,” by Lance Williams, Reveal News. Read more


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